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“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18 This text applies to men and women, old and young, rich and poor, married and single people. Nevertheless, I make special application to those who are married because marriage is under attack these days. God’s Word to married couples (and to every child of God in every circumstance) is “Rejoice evermore.” Someone might say, “It’s easy to rejoice on the day of your wedding as you look forward to spending the future together. It’s easy...

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Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Psalm 119:17 The outstanding self-designation of the psalmist throughout Psalm 119 is the title “thy servant.” Thirteen times in this prayer to God he calls himself “thy servant.” That is the way we must ever see ourselves: as friend- servants of our covenant God. As His servants, our great desire is not to escape God’s law. Our great desire, like that of the psalmist, is to live and keep His Word. So, our prayer to God is, “Deal bountifully with thy servant.” We want God to deal...

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“… thy children like olive plants round about thy table.” Psalm 128:3b As Reformed believers, we know how tremendously significant the institution of the family is in the church and kingdom of God. We know and believe that God, from the beginning to the end of time, is pleased to continue His covenant from generation to generation with believers and their children. The faithful church will continue, by the grace of God, in the way of each succeeding generation fulfilling its covenant obligation to raise up a godly seed. From the time of the Fall of our first parents into...

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“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6 Hosea was a prophet sent of God to the true church in the northern kingdom at a time of great apostasy. The book of Hosea teaches the greatness of God’s faithfulness in light of the grievous sins of His spiritual wife. The verses preceding our text describe God’s chas­tisement. God’s chastisement had the purpose of call­ing His people away from a sinful walk in the way of repentance. The chastisement was accompanied with the amazing promise that God would heal and bind...

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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:10 Lest any man should boast! God alone is God. And as such He must be acknowledged by every creature. Of Him, and through Him, and unto Him are all things. Never is anything of us and through us. Nor is anything partly of us and through us. Hence, His alone is the glory for ever and ever. And this glory must be attributed to Him. He will give it to no other. And therefore, salvation...

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Wherefore remember that ye being in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph. 2:11-18 Wherefore remember! Because ye are saved by pure grace …. Because it is not of works, lest any man...

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And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor ram these years, but according to my word. I Kings 17:1 Amazing appearance! Elijah the Tishbite . . . said unto Ahab. . . . Perhaps, you are inclined to criticize the writer of this history? You remark that here he introduces a character to his readers, and speaks of him as if all his readers should be thoroughly acquainted with him, while fact is that in his entire...

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And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went, and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread, and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. I Kings...

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And the shepherds returned….Luke 2:20 The shepherds returned! There are moments in our life which we would like to prolong, to perpetuate, perhaps. Relatively this is true even in our natural life. There are patches of sunshine flecking the prevailing gloom in our present world, that are swallowed up all too soon; moments of joy we would like to eternalize, but which quickly flit away. How much more would we fain cling to those moments, when through the darkness of our night the eternal flashes into our soul; when in the midst of the toil and sorrow of things earthly...

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*2018 Pre-synodical sermon, June 11, 2018 Nehemiah 2:1–8 One thing that stands out in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah is Nehemiah’s heartfelt love for God’s cause. Nehemiah received word of the great affliction and reproach suffered by those who had returned to the promised land, and his heart burned within him for grief. But Nehemiah also laid hold of the gospel promise. God had said that He would gather His people from wherever they had been cast and would bring them to the place where He had chosen to set His name. We understand, too, that the promised inheritance...

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