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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church



Rev. Angus Stewart

Lord’s Day, 5 July, 2009


"Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep

the testimony of thy mouth" (Ps. 119:88)


Morning Service - 11:00 AM

Husbands Dwelling With Their Wives    [download]

Scripture Reading: I Peter 2:18-3:17

Text: I Peter 3:7

I. Dwell With Your Wife

II. Understand Your Wife

III. Honour Your Wife

Psalms: 124:1-8; 32:1-5; 45:1-6; 128:1-6


Evening Service - 6:00 PM

The Blessed Name "Jesus"     [download]

Scripture Reading: Matthew 1

Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 11

I. The Meaning

II. The Significance

Psalms: 90:1-7; 32:6-11; 116:1-8; 130:1-8

Contact Sean Courtney ( for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services.

CPRC website:

CPRC YouTube Site:

Quotes to Consider:

Prof. Herman Hanko: "So important is that idea of headship, that the father is ultimately responsible before God for determining the entire atmosphere (spiritual and moral) of the home. How he conducts himself, how he lives with his wife, how he shows her his love, how he deals with his children, what is his mood, what is his attitude—all this determines, in large measure, the attitude that prevails in the home" (Keeping God’s Covenant, p. 49).

Prof. Engelsma: "Love for one’s wife, therefore, is not only, or even primarily, a romantic feeling. Feelings cannot be commanded. Rather, this love is esteem for this particular woman as precious to the husband, as the one woman bound to him by God, and the will, or resolution, to do her good. This esteem and resolution issue in the behaviour of selfless, sacrificial giving on her behalf. In love for his wife, the husband works for her; supports her; takes her wishes into consideration; listens to her; lives for her. ‘… even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for her’ (Eph. 5:25)" (Keeping God’s Covenant, p. 39).

Announcements (subject to God’s will):

On the back table is the new CR News and flyers to pass on to family and friends for Friday’s Calvin lecture.

This morning, the second offering will be for our building fund. For updates on the building see our website.

Marco Barone from Italy arrives tomorrow for a 10-day stay.

Those who would like to help distribute flyers in Ballymena for the Calvin lectures, contact Rev. Stewart.

Come to the lectures on "Calvin’s Battle for the Reformation" this Friday and next Friday at 8 PM in the Protestant Hall!

The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is entitled "The Calling to Work" (Proverbs 6:6-11).

Everyone is invited to the manse next Tuesday, 14 July, at 6:30 PM or as soon as you can make it thereafter, for a barbecue and fellowship. Pete & Marilyn Adams (Susan Hall's parents) and Marco Barone will be able to join us (DV).

The Council meets next Wednesday, 15 July, at 7:30 PM at the manse.

Other Upcoming Lectures:

S. Wales, Thursday, 23 July, 7:15 PM - Calvin vs. Darwin: Anniversaries, Origins and Worldviews

Limerick, Thursday, 30 Aug., 7:30 PM - The 4 Horsemen of Revelation 6

Limerick, Thursday, 24 Sept., 7:30 PM - Guidance: How Do I Know God's Will for my Life?

Offerings: General Fund - £756.80. Donation: £200 (DVDs), £200 (building fund), £50 (building fund), £15 (CR News), £14 (books).

Website: Separate Italian and Portuguese pages have been created and a Portuguese translation has been added. Our YouTube site has 89 videos now, with 2 new sermons added by Lee McCracken.

PRC News: Rev. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI) declined Holland. Rev. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh, PA) declined Byron Center PRC.

Encouraging Quotes:

"I really enjoyed the DVD debate on ‘Calvinism vs. Arminianism.’ Once again by God’s grace you proved the truth that Calvinism is the Gospel. I enjoy everything from the CPRC. It makes up for the lack of Reformed teaching here." - Hants., England

"I’ve attached here a translation of Prof Hanko’s chapter on John Calvin from his Portraits of Faithful Saints. I was inspired by your ‘Calvin Resources.’ May it be of help." - Philippines

"Enclosed is a cheque to pay for John Calvin’s book Sermons on Melchisedek and Abraham. I have thus far found it very searching and encouraging." - South Wales

"I just want to thank you for the [CR News] you send me and for your excellent web site. It is a great comfort to me to read and to rejoice that there is still a true Reformed voice out there. I thank God that in His providence I watched that [Calvinism vs. Arminianism] debate ..." - Lancashire, England

"I received the books you sent me yesterday and I am happy to say that my English is not good enough to describe in words how much I appreciate it! It is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received. I briefly read a few paragraphs in Hoeksema’s and Hanko’s books. It was really inspiring to read some solid, Reformed theology in the midst of all the unbiblical post-modern theology I study at University." - South Africa

"Just been listening to your lectures done in Limerick and have enjoyed them very much. Could you please send me the second part on ‘Calvin’s Battle for the Reformation.’" - Co. Antrim

"I would like to continue receiving the Ballymena bulletin, CR News, etc., from you. They encourage me in my faith and are a great resource to build me up in the truth. Thank you." - Ohio, USA

"I just began reading Rev. Hamilton’s analysis of the 1859 revival. I am amazed at this book and am praising God for it. I can’t stop reading it. Rev. Hamilton’s grasp of Scripture and his desire to bring everything into subjection to the Word of God leads me to praise God, and his analysis of the various characteristics of the revival is incontrovertible." - Limerick, ROI

"Thank you for the book—Calvin is as apposite and timely as ever. Thank you also for the back issues of the Standard Bearer and for the cassette. Listening to the tape was a great blessing ... I cannot remember ever hearing a sermon preparatory to the Lord’s Supper either ... The downgrade [in my own church] has continued for many years now and is I think gathering momentum. There is much confusion in both pulpit and pew. For this reason I thank God for the literature and ministry of the CPRC." - Wolverhampton, England

"We listen to your sermons and to the Reformed Witness Hour every Sunday. In our home church we do not always have a good sermon. We have been looking around in some other churches but everywhere it is about the same." - Netherlands

"Thanks so much for the CR News which I thoroughly enjoy. I was very interested to read the leaflet ‘Women in Church Office’ and would be delighted to receive a further 6 copies, if that is possible, for passing around. Do you have any leaflets concerning the New King James Version of the Bible?" - Co. Antrim

"I would like to receive the CR News via e-mail each month. Yes, I love the material on your website! Your congregation is truly blessed to be under such wonderful teaching!" - Wisconsin, USA

"I have listened to about 50 or 60 sermons [on the website], so far mostly Old Testament, and liked them all, but my favourites are the ones on Romans 9."

"Please would you put me on your mailing list for the CR News. I have now listened to your message on being filled with the Spirit ... I have also read the booklet ‘Church Membership in an Evil Age,’ and I do agree with the author. My church is not preaching heresy, but it is still slowly moving away from its Reformed heritage. The teaching is so weak and it is not preaching the whole counsel of God, so it is unbalanced teaching. But it is the best church in our area ..." - Cheshire, England

"... We receive hunters from all over the world on our hunting ranch. About two years ago, we ordered 20 Doctrine According to Godliness books and although the postage fees were very expensive, we felt that this is how we can spread God’s Word in a special way. So, from then onwards, we gave these books as presents to hunters when they go back after their hunts with us ... It is, and always was, our prayer that people will some day, some time, start to read Rev. Hanko’s book and that it will bring them to understand and read the Bible. We have now only one book left and plan to order more of them for future visitors. So, yes, we would love more literature of the PRCA. " - Namibia