Friday, December 28, 2012

Sunday Service is On

Oh no, I got caught! I (eh, eh, eh) said in the posting below about the Watch Night Service that we would not be having the Sunday evening service (thinking in my confused brain that Sunday was New Year's Eve). It can happen to anybody! It is a coincidence that the minister from New Jersey (Will) is preaching.

8 and Counting

I have just about completed preparation for Sunday's sermon, "Despite His Wonders." This will be my eighth sermon in as many years on Psalm 78. I know, I know - how many sermons can one do on the same psalm. The way I figure it, I should be able to come up with seventy more sermons! If you've missed the past seven years and want to catch up, you will find there at my DMC Resources site.

SCCA Open House

Stratford Classical Christian Academy in Stratford, NJ is having several open houses for prospective students and parents in January and February. Check out for more information.

New Year's Eve Watch Night Service

Our New Year's Eve Watch Night service resumes Sunday night. You may recall that we did not hold it last year, due to falling on a Saturday night. We did not want to be in a position of encouraging members to attend a service that would then make it difficult to attend worship on the Lord's Day (as well as being undue stress on staff and diaconate to provide the needed support.)
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Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

The students who do the best work are the students who are most diligent in their labor. They are the students who excel in grades, get the awards, and win the scholarships. The employees who are most diligent find the same kind of results; so do rulers, athletes, musicians. Indeed in every field, the same pattern holds out - the diligent rise above the slothful.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Prudent Use of Knowledge

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man conceals knowledge,
but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Why would it be prudent to conceal knowledge? Read more »

Sunday Services 12/30/12

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 and 11): Rev. D. Marion Clark preaching "Despite His Wonders" (Psalm 78:32)
Hymns: Go, Tell It On The Mountain; Gentle Mary Laid Her Child; Faithful To All Generations.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15) Benjamin Shute and Evelyn R. Larter will offer violin and piano music to the glory of God.
(6:30): Rev. Will Spokes preaching "Who Is Your Keeper?" (Psalm 121:1-8)
Hymns: While by the Sheep We Watched at Night; On Christmas Night All Christians Sing; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.

Defining Lying

Proverbs 12:22

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Do you read such a proverb and give thanks that you are not a person who lies?  Consider what the Larger Catechism has to say about breaking the ninth commandment.

Q. 144. What are the duties required in the ninth commandment? Read more »

Monday, December 24, 2012

Good News of Great Joy

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"