Meditation for Sunday, December 9.

“All things that the Father hath are mine.” John 16:15

The last direction I offer to your faith is, O! Would you take this testimony of Christ. Then receive it in the demonstration of the Spirit, who is come to glorify Christ. Look for the anointing that teaches all things; the Spirit takes and shews them to you. All the glorious things that are spoken of Christ will be tasteless, till the spirit give you a taste of them. But, O sirs, have you not now ground to expect the Spirit, when he that hath all things that the Father hath, hath said, “He shall come, he shall glorify me, he shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you;” and again, “He shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you?” And, O! is he not this day shewing you, that the things of God are the things of Christ, and the things of Christ the things of God? Yea, so far as he hath shewn you that all things that the Father hath are Christ’s so far hath he glorified Christ, and made all the glory of God to appear in his face.

Question. How shall I know, if I have believed what Christ here says, and what the Spirit shews; for, I think I am yet brutish in my knowledge; I think I know nothing of this mysterious glory, how all things that the Father hath are his; I think I have no right notion or understanding herein?
In answer hereto, read and consider Jer. 26:7, “I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people: for they shall return to me with their whole heart.” Whence you may see, that the promise is not here of a head-knowledge, but of heart knowledge; for many learned heads, that have had very high notions, and lofty speculations, are lying in the bottom of hell: but, though you have not a head to know, yet have you got a heart to know the Lord; a heart desire to know him, such is many learned rabbis never had. And, though you cannot boast of knowing what a Lord he is (for his glory is infinitely great above the language of men and angels;) yet have you got a heart to know that he is the Lord? Not what he is, but that he is the Lord of lords, and King of kings; that he is such a Lord as commands your heart, and is drawing your heart to him, and away from all your lusts and idols, so as you are returning to him with the whole heart? Then he is so far enlightening your minds in the knowledge of his glory, in having all things that the Father hath is to he giving you what is vastly better than a head to know, even a heart to know him that he is the Lord, a heart-burning desire to know him.

Yea, says he, I give you a heart to know me, that I am the Lord, that I am thy Lord; therefore worship thou me; for, “All things that the Father hath are mine;” all his power and glory, dominion, and authority is mine; and all his treasures and unsearchable riches are mine; and now that thou hast got a heart to know me, thou art mine too. I have given thee a heart to know me, to love, and fear, and adore me; you never had such a heart by nature; it was a heart full of enmity against me, and my Father too; but yet my Father had a heart toward thee, a heart-love to thee; and as all things that he hath are mine; so his heart-love is mine, and he gave it to me, that I might give it to you, and declare it by my Spirit; and I open his heart to thee in his own words, “I have loved thee, with an everlasting love.”

Ralph Erskine

Announcements for Sunday, December 9.

  • Please note: Prayer meeting, Titus 2 meeting, and midweek service for December are canceled.
  • Christian education classes after the morning service will not be held on December 23 and December 30.
  • The youth group Christmas program will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 5 pm. A potluck supper will be held in the lower level, following the program. People who attend the Christmas program are welcome to stay for the potluck.
  • The consistory has authorized an offer on the house at 3473 Mason Ridge Dr NE. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and help in the purchase of a parsonage.

Service Information for Dec. 9 2018

Morning Worship; 9:15am

Celebration of Deliverance
1. Misery Removed
2. Confidence Raised
3. Praise Resulting
Psalter 163
Exodus 15:1-21 and Isaiah 12
Psalter 115
Psalter 251
Psalter 198

Evening Worship; 6pm

Hope for the Bruised
1. A Troubled Sinner
2. A Tender Savior
3. A Noiseless Victory
Psalter 275
Matthew 11:28-12:21
Psalter 114
Psalter 91
Psalter 221

Announcements for Sunday, December 2.

  • Please note: The Titus 2 meeting for December, as well as the midweek service are canceled.
  • The youth group Christmas program will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 5 pm. A potluck supper will be held in the lower level, following the program. People who attend the Christmas program are welcome to stay for the potluck.
  • The collections for November 2018 are as follows:

General $10,411.80

Benevolent $  1,017.60

CEF $  1,153.00

Building $  1,416.00

Trinitarian Bible Society $  1,534.00

Thanksgiving-Parsonage $15,178.00

  • We can be thankful that we have a signed buy-sell agreement for the current parsonage. Please pray that the sale will be completed, and that we can find another suitable parsonage.

Meditation for Sunday, December 2.

“All things that the Father hath are mine.” John 16:15

Another direction to your faith is, O let faith take the testimony of Christ out of his own mouth concerning his own glory, which is here wrapped into the very midst of the Father’s glory! “All things that the Father hath are mine,” Christ, the Mediator, is the speaker here: and as he declares, to his Father’s praise and honour, that all things he hath for us are originally the Fathers, even that God, who so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son, &c., so he proclaims his own glory that he hath from the Father: “All things that the Father hath are mine.” We need not commend Christ to you, as if we could say more than he says himself; there is ten thousand times more in this very word, than men or angels can tell: therefore, O hear his commendation out of his own mouth, “All things that the Father hath are mine.” He says, elsewhere, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.” Why? What rest? What happiness? What good things? Even all things that the Father hath, they are put in my hand to give. Christ himself is here the preacher, commending himself, and offering himself. O sirs, is there none here hearkening to him, and saying, O! “It is the voice of my Beloved; behold he cometh, skipping on the mountains, and leaping on the hills? It is the voice of my Beloved, saying, Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for, lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;” the heavy shower of the Father’s wrath for your sins, hath fallen on my head, and now all the treasures of the Father’s grace and love are put into my hand and will you not come to me? Rise, my love, my fair one, you shall be fair in my sight, though in yourself a vile monster, and black like hell, by lying among the pots of sin and guilt; yet, rise at my call; let your heart rise, let your soul rise: “Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away: all things are ready, come to the marriage.” If you intend to come to the marriage supper, come first to the marriage. All things are ready for you, whatever you lack; pardon, and peace, and grace, and glory, and every good thing; “All things that the Father hath are mine;” and, “I that speak unto you am he;” and, “To you, O men, do I call; my voice is to the sons of men. If any man thirst let him come to me and drink.” Come and drink abundantly of all things that your souls stand in need of: only come to me, and then drink. The Father hath put the cup of salvation in my hand: come then, and take a large drink of wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption, and all things that the eternal God hath; for, “All things that the Father hath are mine.” A large drink of the Spirit is to be had here. See John 7:37.

Ralph Erskine

Service Information for December 2 2018

Morning Worship; 9:15am

No assurance without faith
1. Great distress
2. A sign offered
3. A sign given
Psalter 241:1-5
Isaiah 7:1-16 (9b)
Psalter 71:1-5
Psalter 152:1-5
Psalter 448:3-4

Evening Worship; 6pm

Bought with a price
Psalter 92:1-3
1 Corinthians 7:1-23
Psalter 236:1-4
Psalter 30:1-3
Psalter 428:5-6

Service Information for November 25 2018

9:15AM Worship:

The gospel preaching can’t be stopped
1. The boldness of the preachers
2. The envy of the enemies
3. The effect of preaching

Psalter 60:1-5
Acts 5:12-28 (28)
Psalter 27:1-5
Psalter 154:1-4
Psalter 420:1-2

9:15AM Worship:

Bodies as members of Christ
Psalter 125:1-5
1 Corinthians 6:9-20(15) HC LD41 qa108

Psalter 360:1-5
Psalter 57:1-3
Psalter 428:1-2

Announcements for Sunday, November 25.

  • Please remember in prayer those who are not able to join us in worship today, due to studies or work away from home, and service in the military, as well those who are sick or infirm.
  • The youth group Christmas program will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 5 pm. A potluck supper will be held in the lower level, following the program.
  • The mission collection for the month of November is the Trinitarian Bible Society. Your donations help finance the work of distributing the Holy Scriptures throughout the world in many languages, particularly to those who cannot afford to buy them. Donations are also used to fund the work of Bible translation and revision as we seek to produce Bible translations which are accurate and trustworthy.

Meditation for Sunday, November 25.

“All things that the Father hath are mine.” John 16:15

Remember where all things are to be had; and that therefore, if you would believe, you must remember, that faith to believe in the Son of God is to be had where all other things are. Faith is the gift of God; and Christ is the Author of faith; therefore, seek not to bring faith out of your own bowels; for, as faith comes by hearing, so nothing but the power of God can produce it effectually; that is, by the gospel’s coming, not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Ghost. This power works secretly and silently upon the heart in hearing, when, perhaps, the person little knows that it is the power of God that is dealing with his heart; when yet, while the Spirit is in the word, shewing the things of Christ, there may be a heart-beating towards him: a heart-bleeding, a heart-bursting, a heart-burning towards him: and possibly, the heart that was hard like a rock, now melting like water before the Lord; yea, under this drawing power of the Spirit, there may be heart-panting after the Lord, and yet the poor soul, perhaps, doth not know that the power of God is present. This faith comes not by working or doing, or forcing yourselves up to some strong acts, but it comes by hearing: the actings of faith come by hearing of the object of faith shown in the word, and by hearing what the Spirit says of his glory.
Why then do you stand poring over your lack of power to act faith, as if you were to pull it out of your own breast? You will be nearer to your purpose, if you pore over the object of faith, wherein all things are. The soul, in believing, considers not, What can I do, but What can Christ do? Not, What have I in me, but, what hath Christ in him? It is taken up with nothing but Christ; and it is the best act of faith that loses itself, and is swallowed up in his fullness.
The next direction to your faith, is, Let the claim of right that Christ hath to all things that the Father hath, be your claim. Christ is the first receiver of all things from the Father; and we can receive nothing but through his hand. We have no claim to any thing that the Father hath, but in him whom the Father loveth, and to whom he hath given all things; they must be his before they can be ours. All is mine first, says Christ, before ever you can share; and they are mine, that they may be yours: my mediatorial right to them is on your account: his love falls upon me, that it may descend upon you; his blessing lights upon me, that it may light on you; his Spirit is given to me, and put upon me, that it may be put upon you; his fullness dwells in me, that out of my fullness ye may receive, and grace for grace; his promise lights upon me, that it may be accomplished to you: Psalm 2:9. Therefore, let your claim of right to any thing the Father hath, be grounded on my right; for, “All things that the Father hath are mine.” He is your God, because he is my God; and your Father, because he is my Father; he is yours, because he is mine; and all things the Father hath are yours, because they are mine; all things are yours: for ye are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. God’s kindness toward us is only through Christ, Eph. 2:7. We are blessed with all spiritual blessings only in Christ, Eph. 1:3; and accepted only in the Beloved, verse 6. Ralph Erskine

Thanksgiving Services 2018

Wednesday PM Thanksgiving Day Eve

How to rejoice in time of tribulation
1. A prophet and nation in distress
2. Failing of resources for this life
3. Yet, a rejoicing in the Lord
Psalter 378:1-3
Habakkuk 3:1-19 (17-19)
Psalter 202:1-3
Psalter 381:1-4
Psalter 420:1-2

Thursday AM Thanksgiving Day Service

An altar of gratitude
1. Noah first built an altar unto the Lord
2. God pays attention to the sacrifices
3. The merciful faithfulness of God
Psalter 427:1-2
Genesis 8:13-22 (20-22)
Psalter 284:1-5
Psalter 175:1-4
Psalter 206:1-5