Service - 11:00 AM
Christian Love (11)
Covers All Things
Believes All Things
Hopes All Things
Endures All Things
Psalms: 42:1-5; 32:6-11; 41:3-9; 44:11-19
Service - 6:00 PM
The Christian's Death: A Passage Into Eternal Life
Heidelberg Catechism; Lord's Day 16; Philippians 1
I. The Meaning of Death
Passageway of Death
Psalms: 16:6-11; 33:1-7; 88:1-12; 73:18-25
For audio cassettes of the worship services, contact the bookstore.
CPRF website: www.cprf.co.uk
Quote to Consider:
R. C. H. Lenski: "Be a true, everyday
Christian in the exercise of love, then all great triumphs of love
will take care of themselves. He who fails in the ordinary works of
love will not even have an opportunity when the supreme moment for the
performance of the extraordinary arrives."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We welcome Andrea Lenting from Faith PRC in
Grand Rapids, Michigan, to our worship services today.
The congregational dinner sign-up sheet is
on the back table. The BRF Conference booking forms are also
Catechism: Today, after the evening service
with the older Hamills Monday at 7 PM at the manse with the Campbells
Tuesday at 5:30PM at the Murrays Thursday at 7 PM at the Hamills
Bible Study will be held this week Wednesday at
7:45 PM at the manse.
The church visitors arrive this Friday. If
you would like to have the men over for dinner, please check the
sign-up sheet on the back table for available time slots.
CPRF Website: Ten new sermons by Rev. C. Hanko
on Romans 8 have been added to the "Articles" page
(http://www.cprf.co.uk/articles.htm#devotional). The CPRF "Bookstore"
page has also been rearranged.
Building Project: A Building Committee has been
set up consisting of Tommy Hamill (Project Manager), Ivan Reid, Brian
Crossett, & William Graham. The site has been cleared & we have
applied to the Water Service for domestic water to be connected to the
site. This should take about 3 weeks to be processed.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day,
29 January (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Jesus Christ,
the Apple Tree" (Song of Solomon 2:3).
Upcoming Lectures: Limerick, 31 January,
Justification by Faith Alone (Rev. Van Overloop). S. Wales, 10
February, Miracles and the End of the World
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £423.59.
Donations: £50 (Building Fund).
PRC News: The sessions of First and Covenant
ERCS have met & determined that it is impossible for the denomination
to continue in light of the serious & irreconcilable differences that
exist, particularly over the issue of divorce & remarriage. Both
Pastors Lau & Goh expressed their conviction that they must preach the
whole counsel of God, including the biblical prohibition of remarriage
after divorce. A special classis has been scheduled for April 29, 2006
to formalize plans for the dissolution of the denomination. Pray that
God will preserve the saints & officebearers in the ERCS in the truth
of His Word.
BALLYMENA TIMES - Wednesday, 18
Sodom was destroyed by God with fire and brimstone from heaven
chiefly because of its homosexuality (Gen. 19:4-5, 24; II Peter
2:6-8; Jude 7). Yet Jesus Christ spoke of a sin worse than sodomy:
"But I say unto you [people of Capernaum], That it shall be more
tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for
thee" (Matt. 11:24; cf. 10:15). Sodom’s punishment on the Judgement
Day will be less ("more tolerable") than Capernaum’s, because
Capernaum’s sin was worse. This sin was rejecting the testimony of
God through Jesus’ miracles or "mighty works" (11:23) and despising
the gospel and messengers of Christ (10:14). This sin of
unbelief—rejecting or ignoring the message of forgiveness through
the cross of Christ—is committed by many "respectable" people who
would not dream of committing homosexual acts, yet it is worse in
God’s eyes than sodomy. Let us, therefore, not despise the gospel of
Christ, for "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?"
Covenant Protestant Reformed Fellowship, Ballymena
ENGLISH CHURCHMAN - Friday, 20 January
Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church Men's Society, Hudsonville,
Available from CPRF Bookstore, 7 Lislunnan Road, Kells, Ballymena,
In this heart-warming book, Gerrit Vos (1894-1968) expounds about 30
Psalms with eloquent charm. One warms to the author: his humility,
his deep sense of sin, his childlike faith are all evident as he
writes. Indeed, the style is so homely that you could almost imagine
Vos sitting opposite you chatting about the things of God.
Every chapter is filled with Christ. Christ is the theme of the
Psalms and Vos knows it! Therefore in every chapter God's amazing
grace in the cross of Christ is magnified.
With a deep sense of sin, Vos appreciated grace. Only those who see
themselves as wicked are awestruck by grace. Does Vos think after
almost 70 years that he has outgrown the cross? Not at all! Every
honest child of God must identify with Vos' confession: ''You
begin in the morning with the best of intentions. ‘I am going to
walk in harmony with my God and His law.’ But when evening is come,
you look upon the completed day, and you weep."
There is not only weeping (over sin), the joy of salvation, but also
warnings against sin, and pointed instruction in the faith. This is
a devotional (not doctrinal) work, but there is no mere
sentimentalism and easy-believism. Vos warns the reader, for
example, against falling into presumptuous sin, and fellowship with
Two chapters I found memorable are "Visited by Majesty on High"
which was written just after a devastating tornado hit the village
where Vos ministered. "Our village received a very special visit
by the Lord Christ ... God came to us, and He roared ... His
footsteps were seen ... He left desolation, death, pain and misery,
but also awe, the awe of the childlike fear of Jehovah," writes
Vos, who has a pastor's heart, and above all, a desire to exalt God
in all things. The other is "Judah, praise of Jehovah" in which the
name Judas (Judah) is explained, and Judas Iscariot is compared with
God's Judas, the Lord Christ.
There is much comfort here for the trembling child of God. Believers
of all ages would benefit from this book. It would be ideal for the
Christian in hospital or the afflicted saint. Indeed, even those
(like me) who don't normally choose devotional books may be
surprised to find that they enjoy it as well.