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"The Word of the LORD that Came to Joel" -- Joel 1:1-20

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:23:29 +0000

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Joel

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This Week's White Horse Inn

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:18:59 +0000

(image) A New Way to Think About Work and Family

On this edition of White Horse Inn the hosts begin a discussion of Ephesians chapter 6, as Paul outlines the proper roles for Christian parents and children. While many today leave religious instruction to their church’s youth program, Paul teaches that it is the father’s responsibility to bring up their children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” The hosts also interact with Paul’s instructions concerning the proper motivation for Christian workers and employers.

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Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- God's Revelation (Part Three)

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:45:03 +0000

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Here's the audio from our Wednesday night Bible Study:  Modern Theories of Revelation

Previous lectures in this series can be found here (scroll down): Apologetics in a Post Christian Age




Gene Veith on How Churches Can Better Retain Their Youth

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:58:39 +0000

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Gene Veith's take on two recent LCMS studies exploring the reasons why our kids leave our churches, and why others stay.  How Can Churches Retain Their Youth?




"Our Citizenship Is In Heaven" -- Philippians 3:12-4:1

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:43:50 +0000

The Seventh in a Series of Sermons on Paul's Letter to the Philippians Whatever we say about Paul and the importance of his doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone, we must not overlook the fact that Paul is an eschatological thinker–his focus is always on the time of the end regardless of whatever real life issues he must deal with in his letters.  Even while Paul remains under house arrest in Rome awaiting the outcome of his trial before Caesar (Nero), Paul desires to know better the resurrection power of Jesus through which he will attain to the resurrection of his body at the end of the age.  Even as the Apostle exhorts the Philippians to stand firm in the face of persecution from without (Greco-Roman pagans) and from within (the Judaizers who had recently arrived in Philippi and were beginning to torment the church), Paul repeatedly tells the Philippians to do the things necessary to stand firm.  They are to be of one mind, one accord, and love one another, in light of the day of Christ Jesus (our Lord’s second advent).  While the theme of the entire Philippian letter can be summed up in one word, “rejoice,” Paul’s own joy in the midst of suffering is thoroughly grounded in his knowledge that Jesus directs all of human history to his appointed end (eschatology).  Whatever comes to pass serves to bring us closer to the day of “Christ Jesus.”  Yet, there is much to do until that day comes.  This requires that the Philippians stand firm in the face of persecution and as far as humanly possible put into practice those things which Paul has exhorted them to do, and all the while keep their eyes fixed on the finish line.We are returning to our series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and we have made our way as far as the second half of the third chapter (vv. 3:12-4:1).  As we saw last time, Paul warned the Philippians about  the presence of Judaizers in their congregation (3:2), identifying these men as enemies of the gospel.  Paul uses very strong language in this regard.  He calls these false teachers dogs, evil-doers, and mutilators of the flesh–men who boast about their own personal righteousness all the while speaking despairingly of those Gentile Christians who dare reject their heretical teaching.  While we might be a bit dismayed that Paul would use such harsh language of others, Paul has skillfully demonstrated that it is the Judaizers who deserve the same derogatory names which they had been using of their opponents.  The Judaizers claim to be righteous through their good works, specifically circumcision, but they must realize that the very same Apostle Paul, whom they seem to despise, can put them all to shame when comes to claiming human merit before God.  If any circumcised Jew with a zeal to obey the law of God had grounds to boast, it was Paul.  Paul was a true Hebrew of Hebrews, a well trained Pharisee.  But after Jesus appeared to him while Paul was on his way to hunt down and arrest Christians in Damascus, Paul came to see that his own personal righteousness (which he describes as “blameless”) was really only so much “rubbish.”  Paul’s reflection upon being “found in him” (Jesus) and possessing a righteous not his own, which instead comes from God, and which justifies, requires a bit of qualification so as to make sure his words cannot be distorted by the Judaizers.  This was an ever-present threat as Paul knows all too well.Once Paul has revealed his heartfelt desire to know Christ’s resurrection power and attain the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11), he must now clarify that this is something for which he longs–this is not something he’s already attained through his own accomplishments, even those things he has accomplished[...]



Audio from Dr. Godfrey's Author's Forum, "Learning to Love the Psalms"

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:44:45 +0000

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Here's the audio from Friday Night's Author's Forum with Dr. W. Robert Godfrey: 


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This Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 16-22)

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:27:16 +0000

(image) Sunday Morning, April 22:  As we work our way through the Minor Prophets, we now take up the Book of Joel.  This Lord's Day we will ask and answer the "who?" "when?" "why?" and "what?" questions, before tackling the first part of Joel's prophecy.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  As we study the Belgic Confession, we come to article 10, which deals with the deity of Jesus.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (April 18 @ 7:30 p.m.):  We continue with our series, "Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age."  We are surveying modern theories of revelation.

The Academy (Friday, April 20 @ 7:30 p.m.):   We continue our lecture/discussion series based upon Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.  Our topic this week is "The Decade of the Disenchanted."

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Church), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).




"Wasted Is Nineveh" -- Nahum 1:12-3:19

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:42:30 +0000

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Nahum

 




This Week's White Horse Inn

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:36:09 +0000

(image) Applying the Gospel to Our Relationships

On this program, the hosts resume their verse by verse discussion of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, picking up midway through chapter 5. The focus of the conversation centers around Paul’s discussion of the relationship between husbands and wives, as an analogy of Christ’s relationship to his church. Once again, the practical imperatives are grounded in gospel indicatives.

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"Children in the Hands of the Arminians" (Part Four)

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:38:34 +0000

Here is the fourth and final part of B. B. Warfield's "Review" of The Child as God's Child, by Rev. Charles W. Rishell, Ph.D., Professor of Historical Theology in Boston University School of Theology. New York: Eaton & Mains. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham (1904).  Warfield's review of Rishell's book was originally published in Vol. xvii of the Union Seminary Magazine, 1904.  Warfield entitled his review, "Children in the Hands of the Arminians." To read the previous posts in this series, go here: Children in the Hands of the Arminians -- Part One, and  Children in the Hands of the Children --  Part Two and Children in the Hands of the Arminians -- Part Three. Warfield concludes his review. _______________________________ Warfield zeroes in upon Rishell's unsupported assertion that proper Christian training from infancy will itself be sufficient to prevent the mature Christian from falling into the "evils of an unbridled appetite."  Born saved, they just need to be taught to "stay saved."  As Warfield sees it, this is another Pelagianizing assumption made by Rishell which cannot go unchallenged. The very ideal of the Christian life as well as of Christian training suffers in consequence. Dr. Rishell sums up his appeal at the close of his volume, in some very beautiful words. "So to train a human being from infancy to maturity," he says, "as that he will never fall into the evils of an unbridled appetite; that he will lead a clean, pure, helpful life; that he will find in the service of God and the service of his fellow-man his chief joy; that he will gladly take his place by the side of Christ in the saving of other human beings - this is worth while." It certainly would be worth while. Can it be done? That is, not indeed the question, but a very important question. In effect, what Rishell is asking Christian parents and their churches to do is to raise up the next generation of "rich, young rulers" (cf. Matthew 19:16-30).  Perhaps, Dr. Rishell has not realized what he is seeking.  Maybe he has--only his Arminian assumptions about human ability (will worship) prevent him from connecting the dots.  Warfield connects them for him.  The question is whether, when it is done, all is done; or, indeed, in the deepest sense of the word, anything is done. We have been told of one for whom as nearly, probably, as in the case of any one who has lived on the earth, all this was done. The note of his character was expressed in the great declaration, "All these things" - all the things commanded by the law of God - "have I obeyed from my youth up." When he saw Jesus, with the natural impulse of one so trained and so richly endowed, he wished to take his place by His side: "Good Master," he called Him, and fell on his knees at His feet. "And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him." Surely here, if anywhere, may be found Dr. Rishell's well-trained youth. If Rishell is correct, that such a child raised to maturity will "never fall into the evils of an unbridled appetite; that he will lead a clean, pure, helpful life; that he will find in the service of God and the service of his fellow-man his chief joy; that he will gladly take his place by the side of Christ in the saving of other human beings," then Rishell is denying any necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in applying God's saving grace to the whole of the Christian's existence--especially in regard to the matter of the creation of the faith which justifies, and which leads to sanctification. Says Rishell, just give children the right instruction--moral instruction at that--and they'll be right beside Jesus.  This might be a comforting image for nominally Christian parents, but it is not a comfort to a parent who understands that their children were bor[...]