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Monday
Sep152014

Great Article on Ben Sasse

Anyone interested in Ben Sasse's senate campaign in Nebraska will enjoy Mark Hemingway's recent article on Ben in the Weekly Standard

Monday
Sep152014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 15-21) -- A Special Guest and New Members Class Begins

Sunday Morning (September 21):  We are continuing our series on 1 Peter, and this coming Lord's Day, we'll be looking at how we relate to the civil authority in light of our status as exiles and sojourners (1 Peter 2:13-25).  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

New Members Class (9:00 a.m.):  Our Fall new members class begins with a discussion of the history and distinctives of Christ Reformed Church.  All inquirers welcome.

Sunday AfternoonAs we continue our study of the Canons of Dort, we are currently in the 3rd/4th head of Doctrine, and will be considering faith as a gift from God (article 14).  The catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 17): Bible study resumes this week with a study of Revelation 21, before we take up a study of the Book of Romans.

Friday Night Academy (September 12):  On Friday evening September 19, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, Professor of Church History and President of Westminster Seminary California, will be our special guest, discussing his book John Calvin:  Pilgrim and Pastor.

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Sep142014

"You Are a Chosen Race" -- 1 Peter 2:1-12

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the fourth in a series on 1 Peter:  Click Here

Sunday
Sep142014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Avoiding the Feast

Rather than trusting in God’s provision, the people of Israel “demanded the food they craved” as they wandered in the wilderness, This unbelieving generation cried out saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” (Ps. 78:19). On this program, Michael Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, Justin Holcomb, and Steve Parks will discuss the sinful human tendency to question God’s promises rather than to rely on his fatherly kindness.

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Rather than trusting in God’s provision, the people of Israel “demanded the food they craved” as they wandered in the wilderness, This unbelieving generation cried out saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” (Ps. 78:19). On this program, Michael Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, Justin Holcomb, and Steve Parks will discuss the sinful human tendency to question God’s promises rather than to rely on his fatherly kindness. - See more at: http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2014/09/14/whi-1223-avoiding-the-feast/#sthash.xle0tMXW.dpuf

 

Friday
Sep122014

Friday Feature -- Ringo's an Educated Man

Some you have asked, why nothing from Tombstone?  Here you go!

Tuesday
Sep092014

"Be Still, and Know That I Am God" -- A Sermon on Psalm 46

A Sermon on Psalm 46

Most people cannot recite Psalm 46 from memory.  But many are so familiar with the words to Martin Luther’s famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” that they can sing it without looking at the bulletin.  “Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott” is actually Luther’s paraphrase of Psalm 46.  This Psalm has several very familiar lines, has been cited by American presidents (most recently by Barak Obama), and portions of it appear in well-known Jewish prayers.  Found in Book Two of the Psalter and attributed to the Sons of Korah, it is classified as a “Psalm of Zion” and contains loud echoes from Psalm 2, where that divine protection promised to the king, is extended to include his capital city (Jerusalem).  Charles Spurgeon aptly speaks of the 46th Psalm as “the song of faith in troubled times.”  Martin Luther thought this Psalm of such comfort, he put it to verse.  

As we continue with our series on select Psalms, I thought it appropriate to turn our attention to Psalm 46, because we sing this particular Psalm as often as any other–often in the form of Luther’s famous paraphrase.  Before we turn to the text of the Psalm itself–where we will find much deep and rich biblical theology–I think it appropriate to consider Luther’s use of this Psalm, then debunk one of the persistent myths surrounding the version of the Psalm which appears in the KJV, and then look at the context in which the Psalm was originally composed.  Then, we will look at the text of the Psalm while making various points of application as we go.

As for Luther and “A Mighty Fortress,” although there are many theories about when it was written and for what occasion, Luther’s hymn first appears in a 1531 hymnal which would indicate that Luther wrote it several years earlier, likely in 1527-29.  This was ten years or so after his 95 theses were circulated throughout Europe, igniting the theological fire which became the Protestant Reformation.  The black plague was especially virulent throughout much of Europe in the winter of 1527, nearly killing Luther’s son.  Luther was also a physical wreck during this time (from exhaustion).  He began spending much time reading and reflecting upon Psalm 46, especially its promise that God is the bulwark (fortress) who never fails.  From Luther’s reflection on that word of comfort, the famous hymn was born.

According to one church historian, “many times during this dark and tumultuous period, when terribly discouraged, [Luther] would turn to his co-worker, Philipp Melanchthon, and say, ‘Come, Philipp, let us sing the forty-sixth Psalm.’”  Luther said of this particular Psalm, “we sing this psalm to the praise of God, because He is with us and powerfully and miraculously preserves and defends His church and His word against all fanatical spirits, against the gates of hell, against the implacable hatred of the devil, and against all the assaults of the world, the flesh, and sin.”  Because our fathers in the faith were sustained throughout their trials by their knowledge and love of the psalter, we would be foolish to ignore their wise counsel, and the faithful example they have set before us.

To read the rest of this sermon:  Click Here

Monday
Sep082014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 8-14) -- Back to Our Regular Schedule and a Special Guest

Sunday Morning (September 14):  As we continue our series on 1 Peter, we are now in chapter 2 and considering the church as the new Israel (vv. 1-12).  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday AfternoonWe are continuing with our study of the Canons of Dort.  We are currently in the 3rd/4th head of Doctrine, and will be considering the implications of regeneration as an act of God (articles 12-13).  The catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 10): Bible study resumes this week with the closing chapter of Revelation, before we take up a study of the Book of Romans.

Friday Night Academy (September 12):  The Academy resumes with a four-week reading/discussion format centering on Dr. Robert Godfrey's book, John Calvin:  Pilgrim and Pastor (Crossway, 2009) and Mike Horton's book, Calvin on the Christian Life, (Crossway, 2014). 

Note:  on Friday evening September 19, Dr. W Robert Godfrey, Professor of Church History and President of Westminster Seminary California, will be our special guest, discussing his book John Calvin:  Pilgrim and Pastor .

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Sep072014

"This Word Is the Good News" -- 1 Peter 1:13-25

Here's the audio from this morning's service--the third in a series:

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Sunday
Sep072014

This Week's White Horse Inn

God's Hospitality

The hosts begin a new series exploring the feasting themes from Genesis to Revelation. After eating the forbidden fruit, humanity was cast into sin and death. As Scripture unfolds, we discover God’s gracious plan of redemption which culminates in the great feast at the end of the ages. We who were strangers and enemies of God are welcomed to the wedding feast of the Lamb. Join the hosts as they begin this new series on Divine Hospitality. Michael Horton and Kim Riddlebarger will be joined in discussion with special guests Justin Holcomb and Steve Parks.

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Friday
Sep052014

Friday Feature -- The Antichrist Drives a Cadillac!

He's back!  And he's watching TV commercials for Antichrist numerology. 

I always thought the Antichrist would drive a Fiat--the symbol of a revived Roman Empire.