Do Not Pity the Wicked – Pity is Their Ploy

But if anyone hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him and attacks him and strikes him fatally so that he dies, and he flees into one of these cities, then the elders of his city shall send and take him from there, and hand him over to the avenger of blood, so that he may die. Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, so that it may be well with you. (Deuteronomy 19:11-13)

Let me apply this Scripture by paraphrasing it a bit:

If anyone hates his wife and sets traps for her and attacks her and strikes her so that her health is ruined and over time she sees herself dying, and he runs off to another church, the elders of his first church shall contact the elders of the church to which he has fled and he shall be put out of both churches, handed over to the Lord for the destruction of his flesh. You shall not pity him, but you shall purge your church from him, lest your entire church share in the guilt of innocent blood, so that the Lord will bless you and it might be well with you.

You shall not pity him! To pity him is to keep him in your midst, and in doing so everyone in that church stands guilty before the Lord of the wicked man’s evil! How many churches today are guilty then before the Lord? How many have innocent blood on their hands because they are harboring and enabling the wicked?

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Knowing and Being Known – CRC Sunday Sermon

July 19, 2020

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 26:1-8

Opening Hymn
Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah (Trinity #57)
1 Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
Of my God through all my days.
Put no confidence in princes,
Nor for help on man depend;
He shall die, to dust returning,
And his purposes shall end.

2 Happy is the man that chooses
Israel’s God to be his aid;
He is blessed whose hope of blessing
On the Lord his God is stayed.
Heav’n and earth the Lord created,
Seas and all that they contain;
He delivers from oppression,
Righteousness he will maintain.

3 Food he daily gives the hungry,
Sets the mourning prisoner free,
Raises those bowed down with anguish,
Makes the sightless eyes to see.
Well Jehovah loves the righteous,
And the stranger he befriends,
Helps the fatherless and widow,
Judgment on the wicked sends.

4 Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
Of my God through all my days.
Over all God reigns for ever,
Through all ages he is king;
Unto him, your God, O Zion,
Joyful hallelujahs sing.

Prayer
Focus this week: Acacia Christensen

Congregational Hymns
Grace Unmeasured (HMA #44)
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (HMA #90)

Offering Hymn
God of the Ages (HMA #40)

Scripture Reading
Revelation 21

Preaching the Word
Knowing and Being Known – Hebrews 1:1-3

Closing Hymn
Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me (Trinity #36)

1 Lord, thou hast searched me, and dost know
where’er I rest, where’er I go;
thou knowest all that I have planned,
and all my ways are in thy hand.

2 My words from thee I cannot hide;
I feel thy pow’r on every side;
O wondrous knowledge, awesome might,
unfathomed depth, unmeasured height!

3 Where can I go apart from thee,
or whither from thy presence flee?
In heav’n? – it is thy dwelling fair;
in death’s abode? – lo, thou art there.

4 If I the wings of morning take,
and far away my dwelling make,
the hand that leadeth me is thine,
and my support thy pow’r divine.

5 If deepest darkness cover me,
the darkness hideth not from thee;
to thee both night and day are bright,
the darkness shineth as the light.

 

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The Body and Blood of Christ – CRC Sunday Sermon

July 12, 2020

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 29

29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
    and strips the forests bare,
    and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
    May the Lord bless his people with peace!
 

Opening Hymn
How Marvelous, How Wise, How Great (CRC #2)

Prayer
Focus this week: Sarah Christensen

Congregational Hymns
Praise Ye, Praise Ye the Lord (Trinity #112)

Now Unto Jehovah, Ye Sons of the Mighty (Trinity #45)

1 Now unto Jehovah, ye sons of the mighty,
all glory and strength and dominion accord;
ascribe to him glory, and render him honor,
in beauty of holiness worship the Lord,
in beauty of holiness worship the Lord.

2 The voice of Jehovah comes down on the waters;
in thunder the God of the glory draws nigh.
Lo, over the waves of the wide-flowing waters
Jehovah as King is enthroned on high!
Jehovah as King is enthroned on high!

3 The voice of Jehovah is mighty, is mighty;
The voice of Jehovah in majesty speaks:
The voice of Jehovah the cedars is breaking;
Jehovah the cedars of Lebanon breaks,
Jehovah the cedars of Lebanon breaks.

4 Each one, in His temple, His glory proclaimeth.
He sat on the flood; he is King on his throne.
Jehovah all strength to his people imparteth;
Jehovah with peace ever blesseth his own,
Jehovah with peace ever blesseth his own.

Offering Hymn
Jesus Paid it All (Trinity #308)

Scripture Reading
Exodus 12

Preaching the Word
The Body and Blood of Christ, Matthew 26:26-29
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Closing Hymn
Worthy is the Lamb, CRC Hymn Notebook #27

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