Meditation for Sunday Feb. 25

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself; and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Phil. 2:8.

Did the world help on the humiliation of Christ by their base and vile usage of him? Learn hence that the judgement the world gives of persons, and their worth, is little to be regarded. Surely it dispenses its smiles and honors very unduly, in this respect, among others, the saints are styled persons, “of whom the world is not worthy” Heb. 11: 38. It was the complaint of Salvian, above eleven hundred years ago? “if any of the nobility (saith he) do but begin to turn to God, presently he loses the honor of nobility! O in how little honor is Christ among Christian people, when religion shall make a man ignoble! So that (as he adds) many are compelled to be evil, lest they should be esteemed vile.” And indeed, if the world gives us any help to discover the true worth and excellency of men by, it is by the rule of contraries, for the most part. Where it fixes its marks of hatred, we may usually find that which invites our respect and love. It should trouble us the less to be under the slights and disrespects of a blind world. “I could be even proud upon it, (saith Luther) that I see I have an ill name from the world.” Labor to stand right in the judgement of God, and trouble not thyself for the rash and headlong censures of men. Let wicked men, saith one, cut the throat of my credit, and do as they like best with it; when the wind of their calumnies has blown away my good name from me in the way to heaven, I know Christ will take my name out of the mire, and wash it, and restore it to me again.

From the whole of Christ’s humiliation in his life, learn you to pass through all the troubles of your life with a contended, composed spirit, as Christ your fore-runner did. He was persecuted, and bare it meekly: poor, and never murmured; tempted, and never yielded to the temptation; reviled, and reviled not again. When ye therefore pass through any of these trials, look to Jesus, and consider him. See how he that passed through those things before you, managed himself in like circumstances; yea, not only beat the way by his pattern, and example for you, but has in every one of those conditions left a blessing behind him, for them that follow his steps.

Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ.

from The Fountain of Life Opened by John Flavel

Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, February 25

  • The consistory has scheduled a service for public confession of faith on Sunday, April 1 during the evening service. (Note the date change.)
  • Plymouth Christian High School will present a sacred music concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 9, at the St. Cecilia Music Center in downtown Grand Rapids. A free-will offering will be taken to defray the cost of the rental, and to fund several “prolife” projects that the PCHS Students for Life group is support
  • The Forgotten Man Ministries fund raising banquet is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 at 6:15 at Frederick Meijer Gardens. Please contact Mark or Coral Hoffmann if you would like to attend.
  • The Mission collection for the month of February is Timotheos USA. Timotheos USA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance and religious instruction to poor communities in Malawi, Africa. Timotheos was formed at the request of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Malawi. With the Lord’s provision, a childcare center has been constructed in Southern Malaw We now hope to receive the funds to support 200 additional orphan children.

Service information for 2/25/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: The sinking of the soul
1. What this sinking means for yourself
2. What this sinking means for others
3. How to get out of this sinking

Psalter 184:1-5
Psalm 69:1-18 (2)
Psalter 440:1-3
Psalter 112:1-4
Psalter 22:1-3


6:00 p.m.
Title: Godly sorrow works repentance to salvation

Psalter 358:1-4
2 Corinthians 7:1-16 (10) HC LD33 qa89
Psalter 365:1-4
Psalter 140:1-4
Psalter 417:1-3

Service information for 2/18/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: The payment for atonement
1. Does Jesus pay the tribute?
2. Should Jesus pay the tribute?
3. Jesus pays the ransom for souls

Psalter 135:1-5
Matthew 17:1-27 (22-23)
Psalter 310:1-6
Psalter 221:1-3
Psalter 444:1-2


6:00 p.m.
Title: Put off and put on

Psalter 67:1-5
Ephesians 4:17-32 (22-24) HC LD33 qa88
Psalter 428:4-6
Psalter 74:1-4
Psalter 24:1-3

Meditation for Sunday, February 18.

God’s more ordinary way of calling sinners to Himself

The fourth and most ordinary way by which many are brought to Christ, is by a clear and discernible work of the law, and humiliation; which we generally call the spirit of bondage as was hinted before. We do not mean that every one, whose conscience is awakened with sin and fear of wrath, does really close with Christ; the contrary appears in Cain, Saul, Judas, eta. But there is a conviction of sin, an awakening of conscience, and work of humiliation, which, as we shall point out, rarely miscarries, or fails of a gracious issue, but ordinarily does resolve into the Spirit of adoption, and a gracious work of God’s Spirit. And because the Lord deals with many sinners this way, and we find that many are much puzzled about giving judgment of this law-work, we shall speak of it particularly. This work is either more violent and sudden, or it is more quiet and gradual, so as to be protracted through a greater length of time, by which means the steps of it are very discernible. It is more violent in some, as in the jailer, Paul, and some other converts in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, on whom Christ did break in at an instant, and fell on them as with fire and sword, and led them captive terribly. And because some great legal shakings are deceitful, and turn to nothing, if not worse, we shall point at some things remarkable in these converts spoken of before, which proves the work of the law on them to have had a gracious issue and result.

  1. Some word of truth or dispensation puts the person to a dreadful stand, with a great stir in the soul; some ‘are pricked in heart’ (Acts 2: 37); some fall a ‘trembling’ (Acts 16: 29.) And thus it is, that the person is brought to his wits’ end: ‘What wilt Thou have me to do?’ saith Paul (Act: 9: 6.) ‘What must I do to be saved’ saith the jailer. (Acts 16: 32.)
  2. The person is content to have salvation and God’s friendship on any terms, as the question implies, ‘What shall I do? As if he had said, What would I not do;what would I not forego? what would I not undergo?
  3. The person accepts the condition offered by Christ and His servants, as is clear in the fore-cited Scriptures.
  4. The person presently becomes of one interest with the saints, joins himself with that persecuted society, puts respect on those whom he had formerly persecuted, joining and continuing with them in the profession of Christ at all hazards. Those with whom the Lord has so dealt, have much to say for a gracious work of God’s Spirit in them: and it is probable many of them can date their work from such a particular time and word, or dispensation, and can give some account of what passed between God and them, and of a sensible change following in them from that time forward, as Paul givesa good account of the work and way of God with him afterwards. (Acts 22) Again, the Lord sometimes carries on this work more calmly, softly, and gradually, protracting it so that the several steps of men’s exercise under it are very discernible. It would lead us to a great length to enlarge upon every step of it. We shall touch on the most observable things in it.

from The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie

Announcements for Sunday, February 18.

  • The consistory has scheduled a service for public confession of faith on Sunday, March 25 during the evening service.
  • A church shower is planned for Elissa Vander Boon for Saturday, March 24 at 9:30 am. The sign up sheet is in the foyer.
  • The Mission collection for the month of February is Timotheos USA. Timotheos USA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance and religious instruction to poor communities in Malawi, Africa. Timotheos was formed at the request of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Malawi. With the Lord’s provision, a childcare center has been constructed in Southern Malaw We now hope to receive the funds to support 200 additional orphan children.

Service information for 2/14/18

7:00 p.m.
Title: Intercession
1. Who is making the intercession
2. How he is making the intercession
3. Who the perfect Intercessor is

Psalter 175:1-4
Genesis 44:18-34 (33)
Psalter 353:1-3
Psalter 444:4-5

Announcements for Sunday, February 11.

  • Please remember in prayer Deacon R. Hoogmoed’s mother. Her health has been failing of late. She was in the hospital, and is now in rehab.
  • G. Kwekel hopes to celebrate her 83 rd birthday on Tuesday, February 13.
  • A church shower is planned for Elissa Vander Boon for Saturday, March 24 at 9:30 am. The sign up sheet is in the foyer.
  • Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for everything I received for my birthday, your cards, good wishes, gifts, cakes and your presence at the pot luck. We feel really blessed with our Church Family! “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” Psalm 116:12. Pastor VandenBerg

Meditation for Sunday, February 11.

Some graciously called at the hour of death.

There are some brought in to Christ in a way yet more declarative of His free grace; and this is, when He effectually calls men at the hour of death. We find somewhat recorded of this way in that pregnant example of the ‘thief on the cross.’ (Luke 23: 39-45.) Although this seems not very pertinent for the purpose in hand, yet we shall speak a little of it, that, on the one hand, men may be sparing to judge and pass sentence on either themselves or others before the last breath; and we shall, on the other hand, speak so particularly, that none may dare to delay so great a business to the last hour of their life. We find these remarkable circumstances in the conversation between Christ and the thief. 1. The man falls out with his former companion. 2. He dares not speak a wrong word of God, whose hand is on him, but justifies Him in all that has befallen him. 3. He now sees Jesus Christ persecuted by the world without a cause, and most injuriously. 4. He discovers Christ to be a Lord and a King, whilst His enemies seem to have Him under. 5. He believes a state of glory after death so really, that he prefers a portion of it to the present safety of his bodily life, which he knew Christ was able to grant him at that time, and he might have chosen that with the other thief. 6. Although he was much abased in himself, and so humbled that he pleaded but that Christ would remember him, yet he was nobly daring to throw himself upon the covenant, on life and death; and he had so much faith of Christ’s all-sufficiency, that he judged a simple remembrance from Christ would supply all his need. 7. He acquiesced sweetly in the word which Christ spoke to him for the ground of his comfort. All which are very clear in the case of that poor dying man, and prove a real work of God upon his heart. As this example may encourage some to wait for good from God, who cannot as yet lay clear claim to any gracious work of His Spirit; so we entreat all, as they love their souls, not to delay their soul’s salvation, hoping for such assistance from Christ in the end, as too many do,–this being a rare miracle of mercy, in which Christ honorably triumphed over the ignominy of His cross; a parallel to which we shall hardly find in all the Scripture besides. Yea, as there be but few at all saved: ‘many be called, but few are chosen’ (Matt. 20: 16); and fewest saved this way; so the Lord has peremptorily threatened to laugh at the calamity, and not to hear the cry of such as mocked formerly at His reproof, and would not hear when He called to them: ‘Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof; I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear comes’ (Prov. 1: 24-26): which scripture, although it does not shut mercy’s door upon any, who at the hour of death do sincerely judge themselves and flee to Christ, as this penitent thief did; yet it certainly implies that very few, who reject the offer until then, are honored with repentance as He was; and so their cry, as not being sincere, and of the right stamp, shall not be heard.    from The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie

Service information for 2/11/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: “The great contrast in the life of a Christian”

Psalter 415: 1, 4, 6
Scripture: 1 Pet. 4
Psalter 48: 1-4
Psalter 109
Psalter 428: 1, 5, 8


6:00 p.m.
Title: No salvation without conversion

Psalter 202:1-3
Scripture: Daniel 5:1-31 (22-23) HC LD32 qa87
Psalter 1:1-5
Psalter 4:1-5
Psalter 421:5-6