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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Sunday
Apr232017

"Why Then the Law?" Galatians 3:15-25

Here's the audio from this morning' sermon:  Click Here

Sunday
Apr232017

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

The Story of Reality

Religion is often presented today as a kind of therapy. Find the treatment you like best—the one that meets your needs and warms your heart. That’s the point of religion. But is this the way that Christianity presents itself? Did Jesus offer himself as a kind of sage who could help us to cope with life’s difficulties, or did he come to tell about himself, our problem, and his solution? On this program Michael Horton and the panel discuss these questions and more with Greg Koukl, founder and president of Stand to Reason and author of The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important That Happens in Between.

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Wednesday
Apr192017

"Whose Dwelling Is Not With Flesh" -- Daniel 2:1-24

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

The mood in the Babylonian court has completely changed between the time Nebuchadnezzar claimed the throne in 605 BC, and the scene which unfolds in Daniel chapter 2.  In the opening chapter of his prophecy, Daniel describes Nebuchadnezzar as an all-powerful king, bestowing favors on those servants who have successfully completed their transformation from captured youths into humble and efficient servants in the Babylonian court, young men who come from the various peoples defeated by the Babylonians, now dedicated to serve the king and worship his Babylonian “gods.”  But in chapter 2 (which takes place two years later in 603 BC), the king is troubled and frightened because he has had a dream–the meaning of which escapes him.  The royal court which seemed so dominant over its humiliated subjects is now depicted as a place of fear, helplessness, and brutality.  Whatever it was that the king had dreamed, coupled with the failure of Nebuchadnezzer’s magicians and astrologers to interpret the dream for him for him, at first leads to great peril for Daniel and his friends, but then becomes an opportunity for Daniel to ascend in rank and importance in the court.  This is because YHWH is Daniel’s shield and defender, and the source of both Nebuchadnezzaer’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation.

We resume our series on the Book of Daniel, and we now take up Daniel’s second chapter.  Chapter 2 contains a 49 verse story dominated by Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a bizarre statue composed of four different metals (which represent four different earthly kingdoms), which is then destroyed by a giant rock (which represents an eternal kingdom established by the God of Heaven).  The revelation given by the Lord to Daniel regarding the meaning of the king’s dream tempts us to focus entirely upon the sequence of future events revealed, for as we will see, the dream contains a remarkably accurate prediction of the rise of future empires and events.  Yet, we must not overlook the big picture purpose of the story of the king’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation of that dream.  Although the details of the vision which follows are interesting and important because the dream predicts the histories of the great world empires, this is not as important to Daniel’s message as the fact that only YHWH knows the future, because he is the author of the future.  It is YHWH’s kingdom, not any of the four which Nebuchadnezzar sees in his dream, which triumphs over all other kingdoms of the world in the end.

For the next several weeks we must deal with the tyranny of time.  The account in Daniel 2 of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation of it, is a single unit which is best covered in one sitting.  But this requires far more time than the half-hour or so we can spend on Sunday sermons.  So rather than skimming through the entire chapter and then just hitting the highlights (there are too many and the dream is too important for that), we will break the chapter in four parts and spend several Sundays going through the various parts.  The first part is the king’s dream and his challenge to his court magicians to recall and explain it to him (vv. 1-13).  The second part is God’s revelation of the dream to Daniel (vv. 14-23).  We will cover both of these sections this time.  The third part of the chapter is Daniel’s God-given explanation of the dream to the king (vv. 24-45), and then finally, we have the king’s very favorable response after Daniel interprets the dream for Nebuchadnezzar (vv. 46-49).

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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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