Betrayal by Friends and Family is Nothing New

Jeremiah 12:6 ESV  For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; do not believe them, though they speak friendly words to you.”

We know that the enemy of our souls and his infernal ambassadors are filled with all deceit, malice, and treachery. It is therefore not surprising that those who are his instruments in this world utilize the same tactics. They “speak friendly words” to us. We must be wise and not be taken in by them.

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As it Was in Jeremiah’s Day – CRC Sunday Sermon

September 20, 2020

Responsive Reading
Psalm 149 (Trinity Hymnal #840)
Praise the Lord
Sing to the Lord a new song, his
praise in the assembly of the saints.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the 
people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with 
dancing and make music to him with
tambourine and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with salvation.
Let the saints rejoice in this honor
and sing for joy on their beds.
May the praise of God be in their 
mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations and
punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters, their
nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written
against them
This is the glory of all his saints.
Praise the Lord.

Opening Hymn
Give to Our God Immortal Praise (Trinity Hymnal #3)

Prayer
Focus this week: Renee

Congregational Hymns
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place (Trinity Hymnal #468)
Rise My Soul to Watch and Pray (Trinity #567)

Offering Hymn
Object of My First Desire (CRC #86)

Scripture Reading
Jeremiah 1

Preaching the Word
As it Was in Jeremiah’s Day – Jeremiah 2
YouTube link
(Note: The Facebook recording has the best sound)

Closing Hymn
Great is Thy Faithfulness – Trinity Hymnal #32

(links to sermon and hymns are in blue font)

Let’s Think Some More about the Popular “Christian”

Isaiah 53:3 ESV  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

I would like to ask you to think carefully about the Lord Jesus when he was here on this earth, and about the Apostle Paul as he went about preaching the gospel of Christ. Think about how they were treated, and even by those who claimed to be God’s people. Or think of this:

Hebrews 11:36-38 ESV  Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.  (37)  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—  (38)  of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And now I would like you to think about the kind of “christian” most churches and church leaders try to produce.

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