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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Apr172017

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 17-23)

Sunday Morning, 23We return to our series on Paul's letter to the Galatians.  Our focus will be, "why the Law?" (from Galatians 3:15-25).  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We will be considering Heidelberg Catechism (Lord's Day 29, Q & A 78-79).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, April 19, (7:30 p.m.):  We continue our series on personal evangelism entitled, "Telling the Truth in Love."  We will be considering various approaches to evangelism.

Academy, Friday, April 21, (7:30 p.m.):  We will be viewing and discussing Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.  Our text for this series will be Hollinger and Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition.  Be sure to get a used copy!  They are much cheaper!

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Info), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

Sunday
Apr162017

"He Is Risen" -- John 20:1-18 (And Easter Week Audio)

Here's the audio from this morning's Easter Sermon:  "He Is Risen"

Here's the audio from Maundy Thursday "Love One Another"

 Here's the audio from Good Friday "They Will Look Upon Him, Whom They Have Pierced"

Sunday
Apr162017

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

Implications of the Cross

In the last program we took a look at Christ’s cross-centered mission, and in this program we want to ask what it all means. Why did Jesus have to suffer in our place, and what did his death accomplish? As they attempt to unpack this topic, the hosts spend some time defining important words and concepts that the New Testament authors use to describe the benefits of the cross such as redemption, atonement, propitiation, and imputation.

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Thursday
Apr132017

Easter Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 10-16) -- Updated Audio

 

Easter Week Schedule of Services (No Wednesday Night Bible study or Academy this week):

Maundy Thursday, April 13 (7:30 p.m.) – “A New Commandment”

The New Testament Lesson:  John 13:31–14:4
The Old Testament Lesson:  Leviticus 19:1–19

Good Friday, April 14 (7:30 p.m.) – “It Is Finished”

The Old Testament Lesson:  Isaiah 52:13–53:12
The New Testament Lesson:  John 19:1–37
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 22

Easter Sunday, April 16 (10:30 a.m.) – “I Have Seen the Lord”

The Old Testament Lesson:  Isaiah 25:1–9  
The New Testament Lesson:  John 20:1–31

Note:  There will be an Easter potluck after church (12:15 p.m.), followed by our Catechism service (Lord's Day 17 Q & A 45), in which we will cover the benefits and evidences of Christ's resurrection.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday
Apr122017

"Ten Times Better" -- Daniel 1:17-21

The Third in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

I think it fair to say that one reason why preachers often turn the great events of redemptive history into object lessons or timeless truths–and often times even these are obscured by illustrations, stories and multi-media presentations–is because neither they nor their congregations know the Bible well enough (or care to know the Bible well enough) to let the biblical story tell itself, and then trust God to apply his word to the hearts of those hearing it proclaimed.  Because it is a difficult book, requiring a great deal of background, the Book of Daniel is far too often subject to such unfortunate moralizing treatment.  This is a shame, because the story of four young Jewish boys, taken captive, forced to conform to foreign ways, and then finding themselves standing before the king of Babylon (the man who has done these evil things to them) and out-performing by ten times the king’s own best and brightest, is far more interesting than any illustration I might find, any story that I might tell, or any timeless truth we may attempt to identify.  Their story is especially compelling when we know the biblical background which puts this account into perspective–the reason why I will spend some time developing that background.  Yes, this is a wonderful story of faith under pressure and resistance in the face of temptation.  But it is also a story of God working all things after the counsel of his will, while still caring for these four young men.  God has chosen Daniel to reveal future chapters in the great story of redemption.

We are continuing our series on the Book of Daniel and we will be wrapping up our time in chapter 1.  As I mentioned several weeks ago, the Book of Daniel can be quite challenging to understand–because of its apocalyptic visions and its direct ties to ancient near-eastern history–as well as a difficult book from which to preach (for the same reasons just mentioned).  So we are slowly “easing” into our study of Daniel’s remarkable prophecy.  In our first sermon we spent some time on the background to the book, we looked at its literary structure, and then we established that two themes run simultaneously through the course of this book–themes bound together in the person of Daniel, a prophet of YHWH, and the author of the book which bears his name.  

The first theme is the sovereignty of God over the empires and rulers of the world–including the Babylonian empire and its king current Nebuchadnezzar.  We have considered Daniel’s stress the upon the sovereignty of God in the opening chapter of his prophecy–god “gave” Israel’s king Johaikim over to Nebuchadnezzar, along with many gold and silver vessels from the Jerusalem temple used in the worship of YHWH (v. 2).  The very idea of Israel’s king being led in chains to Babylon, as well as Jewish gold and silver, which had been used in the Jerusalem temple for the worship of YHWH, now placed in the Babylonian treasury and dedicated to the “gods” worshiped by Nebuchadnezzar, was unthinkable to any Jew.  The symbolism attached to these events is not to be missed by Daniel’s reader.  Nebuchadnezzer thinks his kingdom is far greater then Judah, and his “gods” are vastly superior to YHWH.  He will soon discover otherwise.  Yet at the same time Daniel tells us that this tragic set of events occurred because God willed that they occur–the covenant curses meted out by YHWH upon disobedient Israel.

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Monday
Apr102017

Congrats to the Ultra Marathoners!

Congrats to my son Mark on his amazing feat of completing a 50K ultra marathon (31+ miles) on Saturday!  He looks pretty good, all things considered.

Congrats too to C-Ref deacon James Guan (Mark's coach and mentor) who completed a 100K the day before!  He too looks none the worse for wear. 

I get tired driving that far.  I get tired even thinking about running that far.

Sunday
Apr092017

"By Works of Law, or by Hearing With Faith?" -- Galatians 3:1-14

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Galatians

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Sunday
Apr092017

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

Christ's Cross-Centered Mission

Many people today seem to think that Christ came to give us the keys to the good life. While conservatives are likely to think of Jesus as the one who secures “my best life now,” liberals tend to view him as one who inspires us to have “our best society now.” Yet throughout his ministry, Jesus kept telling his disciples that his ultimate mission was not to be a helpful teacher, political philosopher, or moral example, but rather a redeemer who was called to give his life as a ransom for many.

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Tuesday
Apr042017

"God Gave Daniel Favor and Compassion" -- Daniel 1:8-21

The Second in a Series on the Book of Daniel

Perhaps you heard the same sermons on Daniel I did growing up.  As Daniel resisted the temptation to embrace worldly ways, keeping his faith under pressure to conform, so we too should resist “worldliness” and stand strong in our beliefs in the face of those reject them.  The application we were to draw from this was not to smoke, drink, date non-Christians, lie, steal, and so on, when non–Christians tell us these things are OK.  While there is truth in this, when we read of Daniel being forced to resist the pressure to compromise his faith we are tempted to read Daniel’s struggle in light of our own struggles to live godly lives and progress in our sanctification.  But, as I will suggest throughout this series, we should understand Daniel’s situation as much more like that which a Christian in modern Syria and Iraq must endure when their community has been overrun by ISIS.  Daniel faced a constant, coercive, and humiliating pressure to reject his religion and his national citizenship, to embrace foreign gods, foreign rulers, and a way of life completely alien to the faith of Israel’s patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Daniel faced intense pressure to conform at a level difficult for us to imagine, especially when we consider that he was still a youth serving in the royal court (and therefore in the presence) of the very king (Nebuchadnezzar) who was attempting to subjugate Daniel’s people and nation through the most diabolical of means.  Throughout his struggle to not compromise his fundamental beliefs, YHWH is with him every step of the way, all the while directing the affairs of kings and nations to their divinely-appointed ends.

As we resume our series on the Book of Daniel, we consider two related themes as we continue to work our way through the opening chapter of Daniel.  Last time we covered introductory and background matters, and established the fact that in the prophecy of Daniel two elements unfold simultaneously throughout the book.  One element is Daniel’s stress upon God’s sovereign control over all of history, as YHWH brings Israel through a time of judgment (exile) and restoration (a new Exodus) leading up to the coming of the Messiah, and then on to the end of the age.  The second element is God’s providential care for Daniel and his three friends while they struggle to remain faithful to YHWH while in Babylon.  It is this second element of Daniel’s prophecy we will consider in this sermon as two related sub-themes appear–Nebuchadnezzaer’s coercive attempts to turn young Hebrew royals into pagan Babylonians, and Daniel’s resistance to this intense pressure to conform to the king’s scheme to weaken, if not destroy, the people of Israel through Babylonian domination.

The opening verses of Daniel reveal the details of Nebuchadnezzar’s efforts to cripple the nation of Israel, as well as explaining the circumstances which led to Daniel’s captivity and exile in Babylon in 605 BC.  We read in verses 1-2, “in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.”  We can date this to precisely 605 BC when Nebuchadnezzear (who is still crown prince and not yet king) led the Babylonians to victory over an Egyptian army led by Pharaoh Neco at Carchemish (modern Syria).  Pursing the routed Egyptians, Nebuchadnezzer went south to Jerusalem, laying siege to the city, when word came to him that his father had died.  Nebuchadnezzar returned to Babylon for his coronation. 

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Monday
Apr032017

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 3-9). Note: Easter Week Schedule

Sunday Morning, April 9 (Palm Sunday):  We will be continuing with our series on Paul's letter to the Galatians, and considering Paul's declaration, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree" from Galatians 3:1-14).  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We are in that section of the Heidelberg Catechism dealing with the Lord's Supper (Lord's Day 28, Q & A 75-77).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, April 5, (7:30 p.m.):  We continue our series on personal evangelism entitled, "Telling the Truth in Love."  We will be considering the spirit of the age and the difficultly this presents in evangelism.

Academy, Friday, April 7, (7:30 p.m.):  We will be viewing and discussing Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.  Our text for this series will be Hollinger and Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition.  Be sure to get a used copy!  They are much cheaper!

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Info), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

 

Easter Week Schedule of Services:

Maundy Thursday, April 13 (7:30 p.m.) – “A New Commandment”
The Old Testament Lesson:  John 13:31–14:4
The New Testament Lesson:  Leviticus 19:1–19

Good Friday, April 14 (7:30 p.m.) – “It is finished” 
The Old Testament Lesson:  Isaiah 52:13–53:12
The New Testament Lesson:  John 19:1–37
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 22 

Easter Sunday, April 16 (10:30 a.m.) – “I Have Seen the Lord”
The Old Testament Lesson:  Isaiah 25:1–9  
The New Testament Lesson:  John 20:1–31