Wisdom in a Wicked World – CRC Sunday Sermon

August 30, 2020

Responsive Reading
Psalm 5 (Trinity Hymnal #786)
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help, my King
and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my

voice; in the morning I lay my requests
before you and wait in expectation.
You are not a God who takes pleasure
in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.
The arrogant cannot stand in your

presence; you hate all who do wrong.
You destroy those who tell lies; blood-
thirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors.
But I, by your great mercy, will come 

into your house; in reverence will I bow
down toward your holy temple.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteous-
ness because of my enemies – make
straight your way before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be 

trusted; their heart is filled with
destruction.
Their throat is an open grave; with
their tongue they speak deceit.
Declare them guilty, O God! Let their

intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins, for
they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you be

glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may 
rejoice in you.
For surely, O Lord, you bless the

righteous;
you surround them with your favor
as with a shield.

Opening Hymn
Heaven’s Gift (CRC #3)

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The Greatness of God – CRC Sunday Sermon

August 23, 2020

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Opening Hymn
Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder (Trinity Hymnal #172)

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A Central Scripture on the Evil of Killing the Unborn

Jeremiah 1:4-5 ESV  Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  (5)  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

A nation cannot defy God’s Word indefinitely without experiencing His wrath. Only someone blind to His truth will fail to see that our nation is increasingly receiving His judgments for longstanding, unrepentant wickedness of all kinds.

One of the chief evils that has been prevalent in this country for decades now is the killing of babies. Killing them in the womb. The thing has been sanitized of course – it is a mere “procedure.” But I suspect that if people had to stand and witness what actually goes on in these “procedures,” they would throw up, pass out, or flee the room. It is amazing that the people who perform these murders have grown so callous to it that they can go to work everyday, fooling themselves I suppose with the lie that they are “helping” their patients.

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