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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Dec082014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (December 8-14)

Sunday Morning (December 14):  We are continuing our four part Advent series, focusing this coming Sunday upon the eternal nature of Christ's kingdom (Daniel 7:9-18).  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  As we work through the Heidelberg Catechism's teaching about the person and work of Jesus Christ (during Advent), we will take up Lord's Day 6 (Q & A 16-19) and consider Christ's two natures.  Our  catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (December 10):  We are continuing our overview of the Book of Romans, and this week we'll be covering Romans 11.

The Academy:  The Academy will resume in 2015.

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

Sunday
Dec072014

"The Counsel of Peace" -- Zechariah 6:1-13

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon,

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Sunday
Dec072014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Exploring the Doctrine of the Trinity

The Trinity is a complex and mysterious doctrine that is often difficult to understand. However, it's also a crucial doctrine that lies at the heart of the Christian faith. Michael Horton, along with the hosts, attempt to bring clarity to this issue as they explore the doctrine of the Trinity with the help of Fred Sanders, author of The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything.

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Thursday
Dec042014

Friday Feature -- When Your Life Flashes Before You

This one is a bit longer than I usually post, but is a remarkable short film based on an Ambrose Bierce's short story.  Well worth watching.

Thursday
Dec042014

A Case for Amillennialism, Cheap!

Amazon has my book, A Case for Amillennialism (Revised Edition), on sale for $8.98.  The list price is $21.95, so that is a 60% reduction. 

I don't know how long the sale price will last, but you can find it here:  A Case for Amillennialism (Revised)

Thursday
Dec042014

A Request from Monergism.Com

I received the following request from my friend John Hendrix, the proprietor of Monergism.com

We earnestly seek your prayers and your help spreading the word. If you believe supporting the work of Monergism.com is a worthy cause, we are seeking funding for Monergism.com for the 2015 year.

We are so thankful for those who have already responded and that we have had the continued support of our partners to sustain Monergism since the year 2000, but I mention this because we still have a long way to go for our end-of-year fundraising for our 2015 budget. So if any of you are so inclined or know of any benefactors who are looking for place to put their dollars we have a definite need. Perhaps you could remember to send some of them our way. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Thanks in advance. http://bit.ly/10sS2US

I would not ask you to consider supporting a work which I myself do not support.  Mongerism is one of the most important Reformed resources on the web, and Mr. Hendrix is a good guy who does much in the service of God's people.

Tuesday
Dec022014

"Three Days" -- John 2:13-25

The Ninth in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

If you were a Jew living at the time when Jesus began his messianic mission (about 28 AD), the Jerusalem Temple was the heart and soul of your religion.  The temple was built by Solomon.  It was destroyed by the Babylonians and then rebuilt by Zerubabel.  The so-called “second temple” had been completed forty-six years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  Everything in Jewish life centered around this magnificent building and the sacrifices offered within it.  Upon entering the temple, Jesus is angry at what he finds–merchants and money changers.  Because of his zeal for the house of God, Jesus cleanses the temple, driving out those conducting business in the Court of the Gentiles.  When confronted by the temple authorities, Jesus implies that the Jerusalem temple will be destroyed, and that he will raise it up in just three days.  Jesus was speaking three years in advance of his own death and resurrection, but the temple authorities had no idea what he meant, because he was talking about his own body.

As we continue our series on the Gospel of John, we are now in the second half of chapter 2 (vv. 13-25).  We now take up John’s account of Jesus celebrating the Passover in Jerusalem.  John the Baptist will fade into the background, because that one greater than John had come and began his messianic ministry exactly as John had foretold.  Jesus began calling his first disciples, and then performed his first miracle (sign) at a wedding in Cana near his home town of Nazareth.  But in the second half of chapter two the scene shifts yet again as Jesus goes up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.

According to John 1:29 and 35, on at least two occasions John the Baptist identified Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  The Baptist also identifies Jesus as the Son of God.  Understanding that it was time to recede into the background, the Baptist directed two of his own followers (Andrew and John the disciple) to leave him and follow Jesus.  Andrew finds his brother (Peter) and tells him that he has met Israel’s Messiah (Jesus).  Andrew finds Philip and then Nathanael, and tells them “we have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth” (1:45).  Nathanael decides to “come and see” for himself, and upon doing so declares of Jesus in verse 49, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!  You are the King of Israel!”

Upon hearing Nathanael’s confession of faith, Jesus says to his new disciples, “because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe?  You will see greater things than these.’  And he said to him, `Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man (John 1:50-51).’”  In telling the disciples that they will see the same vision Jacob did (Jacob being a great patriarch of Israel whose sons were the founders of Israel’s twelve tribes), Jesus is promising the disciples that they will receive divine confirmation that Jesus is who they think him to be.  But Jesus is also informing them in ways they could not yet understand, that they themselves will supercede the twelve tribes of Israel in God’s redemptive purposes.

In chapter two, Jesus and his new disciples attend a wedding at Cana on the seventh day in John’s chronology of the opening days of Jesus’ public ministry.  Mary is there, and Jesus is an invited guest.  When the hosts run out of wine, Mary approaches Jesus and asks for his help in securing new wine to avoid a potentially embarrassing social faus pax.  Jesus’ answer to his mother (for whom he is likely providing after the death of Joseph) raises eyebrows at first hearing.  “Woman, what does this have to do with me?  My hour has not yet come.”  Jesus is not being rude or impolite, but he is mildly rebuking Mary because Jesus’ messianic ministry is underway and things cannot be like they were before.  Jesus’ hour has not yet come.  Until it does, Jesus must be about his father’s work, not his family’s.

To read the rest of this sermon, Click Here

Tuesday
Dec022014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Do We All Worship the Same God?

Do the various religions of the world actually have much in common? How can we all worship the same God if some traditions believe in a plurality of gods while others deny that he exists completely? On this program the hosts will continue their discussion of religious pluralism and contrast the classical Trinitarian view of God as presented in Scripture with other religious viewpoints.

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Monday
Dec012014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (December 1-7)

Sunday Morning (December 7):  We are continuing our four part Advent series, focusing this Lord's Day upon "the covenant before the covenant" in Zechariah 6:13.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We return to the Heidelberg Catechism during advent, and we will consider Lord's Day 5 (Q & A 12-15) and wrestle with the question, "why the Incarnation?"  Our  catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (December 3):  We return to our overview of Romans, and this week we'll be covering Romans 10-11.

Annual Christmas Party (Friday, December 5):  You are invited to join us for Christmas Carols and great desserts.  The Christmas party begins at 7:00 p.m.

The Academy:  The Academy will resume in 2015.

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

Sunday
Nov302014

"From Ancient Times" -- Micah 5:1-6

 

Here's the audio from this morning's service, the first Sunday in Advent

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