Service Information for March 3 2019

Sunday Morning Worship: 9:15am

Theme: The value of Christ
1. A woman and her ointment
2. The disciples and their indignation
3. Judas and the thirty pieces of silver
Psalter 271:1-3
Matthew 26:1-16 (7 and 15)
Psalter 113:8-12
Psalter 33:1-5
Psalter 415:6-7


 

Sunday Evening Worship: 6pm

Theme: Teach us to pray
Psalter 301:1-4
Luke 11:1-13 (1) HC LD45 qa119
Psalter 429:1-4
Psalter 312:1-6
Psalter 351:1-2

Announcements for Sunday, March 3.

  • Please pray for Mrs. Gayle Dykema as she recovers from a broken elbow.
  • The collections for February 2019 are as follows:

General $11,034.50

Benevolent $     880.00

CEF $  1,872.00

Building $  2,153.00

Mission – COAH $  2,386.00

Family Camp $     817.00

  • There is a presentation by Jonathon VanMaren that is planned for Friday, March 8 at 7:30 pm at the Plymouth Christian High School gym. The presentation is entitled ‘Dealing With Concerns in Our Society Today’ and will address the scourge of pornography that has engulfed our society. Parents, young adults, and young people are encouraged to attend. If you do attend, please bring something to help with the refreshments afterward.
  • The collection box and sign-ups sheet, for church bridal shower, will be available through next Sunday, March 10.

Meditation for Sunday, March 3.

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart (be sore broken)for it: and he that hateth suretyship is sure. Prov. 11:15.

This repeated warning against suretyship (Chap. 6:1-5) is intended to inculcate considerateness; not to excuse selfishness, or to dry up the sources of helpful sympathy. It must not be for a stranger, whose character and responsibilities are unknown to us. For such incautious kindness, too often done to the injury of our family, we shall smart, if not be sore broken. To hate such engagements is therefore our prudent security.

But one exception we can never forget. The blessed Jesus, from his free grace–unsought, unasked (Philip. 2:6-8) became surety-– not for a friend (in which case we should have had no interest), but for a stranger. He became One with us in nature, that he might be One with us in law. He took our place under the curse of the broken law. (Gal. 3:13.) He put his soul to the fullest extent in our soul’s place; and then made our nature pay the debt, which all the angels of heaven could never have discharged. Oh! this was a smart indeed. Yea–sore broken was he under the stroke of his Father’s hand. The Upholder of the universe was prostrate in the dust; his own creature strengthening his sinking frame., (Luke 22:43.) Had he hated suretyship, he would have been sure; (for what could have disturbed his self-existent happiness?) but we should have perished. Glory to his name! Though from all eternity he knew the bitterness of the smart, instead of hating, he “rejoiced and delighted” in his work. (Ps. 40:6-8.) His was no rash engagement. For it was the arrangement of the everlasting covenant. (1 Pet. 1:20.) Every way it was lawful. There was an infinite treasure to discharge the liabilities. The claims of justice were fully satisfied. (Rom. 3:26.) Sin was as thoroughly punished, as it was thoroughly pardoned. There was no injury, but rather direct benefit to the family of God. (Eph. 1:10. Col. 1:20.) What then remains for us, but to fall down before this grace, and to spend our days, as we shall spend our eternity, in adoring this wondrous manifestation of Divine glory! (Rev. 1:5, 6)

Charles Bridges

Service Information for February 24 2019

 

Sunday Morning Worship: 9:15am

Theme: A light unto my path
1. The light
2. The path
3. The word
Psalter 334:1-4
Psalm 119:89-112 (105)
Psalter 71:1-5
Psalter 32:1-4
Psalter 417:1-3


Sunday Evening Worship: 6pm

Theme: Prayer and priority
Psalter 159:1-4
Matthew 6:19-34 (33) HC LD45 qa118
Psalter 75:1-6
Psalter 117:1-4
Psalter 421:5-6

Announcements for Sunday, February 24

  • Please remember in pray for those who cannot worship with us today due to school, work, the military, or weakness from to old age.
  • The mission collection for February is Come Over and Help. As we saw in the presentation regarding the ministry and work in the Reformed Church in Lithuania, there is a large field of labor and a great need for financial support.
  • Willem E. Klaver is the pastor at Free Reformed Church, Hamilton, ON. He will serve us on March 10 as a pulpit exchange. He plans to travel here with his wife and three children.

Meditation for Sunday, February 24.

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him, chasteneth him betimes. Prov. 13:24.

Among the many modern theories of education, how often is God’s

system overlooked! Yet should not this be our pattern and standard? The rod of discipline is its main character; not harsh severity, but a wise, considerate, faithful exercise; always aiming at the subjugation of the will, and the humbling and purifying of the heart. Here however God and man are at issue. Man often spares the rod, because he loves the child. This at least he calls love. But is not our Father’s love to his children inconceivably more yearning than that of an earthly parent? Yet does he not spare the rod—”What son is he, whom the Father chasteneth not?” (Heb. 12:7.)

Is the rod the proof of his hatred? “Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth.” (Heb. 12:6, Rev. 3:19.) Nay—he gives us his Divine judgment—He that spareth the rod, hateth the child. Does he not act at least as if he hated him; omitting a duty so necessary for his welfare; winking at the indulgence of vicious habits and a wayward will, so surely issuing in bitter sorrow?1  Is not this delivering him up to his worst enemy? Better that the child had been trained in tile house of strangers, than that he should thus be the unhappy victim of the cruelty of parental love.

The discipline of our children must therefore commence with self-

discipline. Nature teaches to love them much. But we want a controlling

principle, to teach us to love them wisely. The indulgence of our children

has its root in self-indulgence. We do not like putting ourselves to pain. The

difficulties indeed can only be known by experience. And even in this

school one parent cannot measure the trials of another. But all our children

are children of Adam. “Foolishness is bound up in their hearts.” (Prov.

22:15)

All choose from the first dawn of reason, the broad road of destruction. (Isa. 53:6) And can we bear the thought, that they should walk in that road? We pray for their conversion. But prayer without teaching is mockery, and Scripture teaching implies chastening.*  Discipline therefore must be. All need the rod, some again and again. Yet it must be the father’s rod, yearning over his chastened child. (Ps. 103:13), even while he dares “not spare him for his crying.” (Prov. 19:18.) The rod without affection is revolting tyranny.

But often do we hear mourning over failure. And is not this the

grand reason? We do not chastise betimes. Satan begins with the infant in arms! (Ps. 57:3. Isa. 18:8.) The cry of passion is his first stir of the native corruption. Do we begin as early? Every vice commences in the nursery. The great secret is, to establish authority in the dawn of life; to bend the tender twig, before the knotty oak is beyond our power. A child, early trained by parental discipline, will probably preserve the wholesome influence to the end of life.

But fearful indeed is the difficulty, when the child has been the early master; to begin chastening, when the habit of disobedience has been formed and hardened; to have the first work to do, when the child is growing out of childhood, and when the unreserved confidence needs to be established. Rarely indeed does this late experiment succeed: while the severity necessary to enforce it is not less dangerous than painful. “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” (Lam. 3:27.)

* The Scripture term combines chastening with instruction— LXX. Prov. 13:18. Eph. 6:4. Heb. 12:6. Comp. Ps. 94:12; 119:67, 71. Charles Bridges

Announcements for Sunday, February 17.

  • Please pray for Pastor Vanden Berg in traveling home from the Netherlands, and for clear direction in the pastoral call he received.
  • Mission collection for February is Come Over and Help. As we saw in the presentation regarding the ministry and work in the Reformed Church in Lithuania, there is a large field of labor and a great need for financial support.
  • Dear Church Family, Thank you seems small for all the care you have shown us. The cards, visits, meals, Titus 2 gift basket, and your prayers have all been appreciated. ”In everything gives thanks.” I Thes. 5:18.  Elizabeth Rozeboom.

Meditation

“Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith.” Matt. 15:28.

Great boldness in the faith, argues great faith. There be three things in faith, in this notion: (1.) An agony and a wrestling of faith, which is a heavenly violence in believing: (2.) To be carried with a great measure of persuasion and conviction, with full and hoisted-up sails in believing, There is a rich assurance of faith. Not that only, but in the abstract, there is the riches of assurance. There is all riches of assurance; all riches of the full assurance of faith. So strong prevailing light, produces a strong faith: alas! it is but twilight of evidence that we have. (3.) To be bold, and to put on a heavenly stoutness and daring, in venturing with familiarity unto the throne of grace, is a strong faith, (Heb. 4:16). We are to come with liberty, and holy boldness to the throne, as children to their father: so the church, with heavenly familiarity, and the daring of grace and faith, prays, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.” (Cant. 1:2.) John’s leaning on Christ’s bosom, is not familiarity of love only, but of faith also: “In whom we have boldness and access,

A humble faith, such as was in this woman, is a great faith. The more sins that are pardoned, as it infers the more love to Christ, (Luke 7:47) so the unworthier a soul is in itself to believe pardon in Christ, argues the greater faith. It must be a great faith to believe the pardon of ten thousand talents, than to believe the forgiveness of five hundred pence. Christ esteems it the greatest faith in Israel, that the centurion abases himself, as one unworthy to come under one roof with him; and that he exalts Christ in his omnipotency, to believe that he can command all diseases at his nod, (Matt. 8:8-10).

A strong desire of a communion with Christ, is an argument of a strong faith. “Surely, I come quickly;” (Rev. 22:20). Faith answers with a hearty desire, “Amen, even so, come, Lord Jesus,” and, 2 Pet. 3:12.35 Faith desires an union with Christ, and a marriage union. The reason is, strong faith comes from strong love; and strong coals of desiring to be dis-solved, and to be with Christ, (Phil. 1:23,) burns in at heaven’s door; love-sickness for glory goes as high, as the lowest step of the throne that the Lamb Christ sits on; and it is faith and love together, that desires Christ to mend his pace, and saith, “Make haste, my beloved, and be as a roe or young hart upon the mountains of spices.” (Cant. 8:14). The fervour of love challenges time, and the slow-moving wheels of years and months, and reckons an hour for a day, and a day for a year, “Oh, when wilt thou come to me?” (Psalm 101:2). Faith with love cannot endure to wait until tomorrow; faith puts Christ to posting, and “leaping over mountains, and skipping over hills,” (Cant. 2:8😉 and adds wings to him, to flee more quickly. Yet is there a caution here most considerable: Faith both walks leisurely, and with leaden feet, and moves swiftly with eagle’s wings. Faith, in regard of love, and desire of union with God, is swift, and hath strong motions for a union; yea, a love-sickness to be at the top of the mount, to be satiated with a feast of Christ’s enjoyed face; but, in regard of a wise assurance, that God’s time is fittest, it makes no haste. So, to wait on, and to haste, may stand together, (2 Pet. 3:10). Samuel Rutherford

Meditation for Sunday, February 10.

What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits to me? He now exclaims with devout admiration, that the multitude of God’s benefits was greater than he could find language to give expression to the grateful emotions of his heart. The question is emphatic, What shall I render? and imports, that it was not the desire, but the means, of which he was destitute, to enable him to render thanks to God. Acknowledging his inability, he adopts the only means in his power, by extolling the grace of God as highly as he could. “I am exceedingly wishful to discharge my duty, but when I look around me, I find nothing which will prove an adequate recompense.” Some understand the phrase, upon me, to intimate, that David had the recollection of all the benefits which God bestowed on him deeply engraved upon his mind. Others, supply the particle for, What shall I render unto Jehovah for all his benefits towards me? But it is much better to make the first clause of the verse a complete sentence, by putting a period after Jehovah. Because, after confessing his incompetency, or rather his having nothing to offer to God as a sufficient compensation for his benefits, he at the same time adds in confirmation of it, that he was laid under such obligations, not by one series of benefits only, but by a variety of innumerable benefits. “There is no benefit on account of which God has not made me a debtor to him, how should I have means of repaying him for them?” All recompense failing him, he has recourse to an expression of thanksgiving as the only return which he knows will be acceptable to God. David’s example in this instance teaches us not to treat God’s benefits lightly or carelessly, for if we estimate them according to their value, the very thought of them ought to fill us with admiration. There is not one of us who has not God’s benefits heaped upon us. But our pride, which carries us away into extravagant theories, causes us to forget this very doctrine, which ought nevertheless to engage our unremitting attention. And God’s bounty towards us merits the more praise, that he expects no recompense from us, nor can receive any, for he stands in need of nothing, and we are poor and destitute of all things.

The cup of salvation He refers to a custom which was prevalent under the Law. For when they rendered solemn thanks to God, a feast was also appointed, at which they poured out a holy drink offering. This being a symbol of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage, is for that reason here called the cup of salvation . The term to call upon, signifies to celebrate the name of God; and this he expresses more plainly, subsequently, by saying that he would pay his vows in the assembly of the faithful. The amount is, that the faithful need not be greatly perplexed about the way of performing their duties, God not demanding from them a return which he knows they are unable to give, but being satisfied with a bare and simple acknowledgment. The proper return is to own our obligation to him for everything. If God deal so kindly and mercifully with us, and we fail in giving to him the tribute of praise for our deliverance which he claims, then our inactivity becomes the more base. And certainly they are unworthy of the enjoyment, I say not of the riches of the world, but of the light of the sun and the air by which we breathe and live, who would rob the Author of them of the small return which so legitimately belongs to him. The Mosaic ritual has indeed been abrogated, and along with it the external libation referred to by David, yet the spiritual service, as we found in Psalm 50:23, “The sacrifice of praise shall glorify me,” is still in force. Let us, however, bear in mind, that God is lawfully praised by us, when we offer in sacrifice not only our tongues, but also ourselves, and all that we possess. And this not because God derives any profit from it, but because it is reasonable that our gratitude should manifest itself in this way.

John Calvin

Announcements for Sunday, February 10.

  • Give thanks that the hip replacement surgery for Mrs. Elizabeth Rozeboom went well and she is recuperating at home. What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits to me? Ps. 116:12.
  • Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for everything I received for my birthday, cards, emails, gifts, good wishes and your presence at the potluck. We appreciate your warm love and support. It is our sincere prayer that the Lord will bless you all with his saving grace and presence.   –Pastor Vanden Berg