Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 11
"Happy is he
that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is
in the Lord his God" (Ps. 146:5)
Morning Service -
The Covenant Traitor
I. David’s Friend
II. David’s Fellowship
III. David’s Response
119:161-168; 41:7-13; 55:7-14
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
I. Smooth Words
II. Drawn Swords
III. Spiritual Warfare
119:169-176; 109:6-12; 55:19-25
For audio cassettes of the
worship services or CDs of the sermons, contact Sean Courtney
Quotes to Consider:
John Calvin on Psalm 55:14: "We are taught by the
Spirit to reverence all the natural ties which bind us together in
society. Besides the common and universal one of humanity, there are
others of a more sacred kind, by which we should feel ourselves attached
to men in proportion as they are more nearly connected with us than
others by neighbourhood, relationship, or professional calling, the more
as we know that such connections are not the result of chance, but of
providential design and arrangement. Need I say that the bond of
religious fellowship is the most sacred of all?"
C. H. Spurgeon on Psalm 55:21: "He lauded and
larded the man he hoped to devour. He buttered him with flattery and
then battered him with malice. Beware of a man who has too much honey on
his tongue; a trap is to be suspected where the bait is so tempting.
Soft, smooth, oily words are most plentiful where truth and sincerity
are most scarce ..."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The Standard Bearers and Beacon Lights
are available on the back table.
Offering: General Fund - £491.36. Building Fund -
£313.50. Donations: £50 (building fund), £15.70 (S. Wales), £20 (CR
News), £9 (CDs).
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is "I Will Pour Out My Spirit Upon Your
Sons & Daughters" (Isa. 44:3-5).
The yearly family visitation is scheduled to
begin soon. Next Lord’s Day we plan to have a sermon in connection with
the family visitation.
Upcoming Lectures: Friday, 6 June, in
Ballymena, on "The Antichrist." Friday, 20 June, in Limerick,
on "Prayer & the Sovereignty of God" Friday, 4 July, in S. Wales,
on "Prayer & the Sovereignty of God"
PRC News: Rev. Spriensma and Rev. Bill Langerak
will be leaving for the Philippines on Monday. Besides preaching
for the Berean Protestant Reformed Church of the Philippines, they plan
for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, visit the church extension
work in Gabaldon, and meet with the Bastion of Truth Reformed Church
pastors. Pastor Spriensma will be with Pastor Langerak for ten days, and
then Rev. Langerak’s wife, Karen, will join him as they consider the
call extended to them to work in the Philippines.
A devastating cyclone has struck the country of
(Burma). While no members of the Protestant Reformed Churches of
Myanmar (PRCM) were seriously injured, three families in the Yangon
(Rangoon) congregation had their houses destroyed and Rev. Titus had his
home damaged. The Hope PRC Council, using a special fund created to help
the saints in Myanmar, sent emergency aid to the PRCM this past week and
is keeping in close contact with Rev. Titus.
Considering Orion (II)
In thy light shall we see light (Psalm 36:9b)
Orion, the great hunter, now sets in the west just
after dusk. Soon he will not be visible at all. His hunting season is
over. Orion is known for his two brightest stars of markedly different
colours and his glowing nebulae.
The star which depicts Orion’s right shoulder, the
eleventh brightest star in the night sky, is Betelgeuse, notable for its
reddish/orange colour. The people who were among the first to study the
stars in a systematic fashion were the Arabs, which is why so many of
the stars have names of Arabic origin. One would think a bright,
beautiful star with an uncommon colour would have a name reflecting its
beauty, but such an assumption would be mistaken. The Arabic name of
this star is most often translated, "the arm-pit of the giant." Sadly,
it is what it is.
The position of the hunter’s left leg is depicted by
Rigel, which means "left leg of the giant." It’s the seventh brightest
star and is a brilliant bluish-white colour. Comparing Rigel and
Betelgeuse is a good way to practice one’s ability to discern star
colours. By examining the light of these stars with modern instruments,
astronomers have been able to learn much about them. They’ve found stars
do not have the same temperature. It runs counterintuitive, which
becomes especially evident when trying to teach this to children, but
the hottest stars burn blue, and the coolest stars burn red.
Today Orion is most well known for the nebulae which
are there. The brightest part of the nebulae can be found by starting at
the middle star of Orion’s belt, then proceeding down to the middle of
three dimmer stars which form the Hunter’s sword. Some observers claim
that under the best conditions, they can see that the sword’s middle
star appears to be a small, fuzzy patch of light, not the typical point
of light of stars. However, binoculars are all that is needed to obtain
a view of this well-known object.
Astrophotographers have furnished books and magazines
with many stunning pictures of Orion’s nebulae. Modern photographic
equipment shows the amazing extent of Orion’s glowing clouds of dust and
gas. These nebulae are easily large enough to be seen with the unaided
eye, stretching from his head to his knees, but they are far too dim. If
our eyes were large enough to furnish us with pupils a few inches in
diameter, we would see large, swirling patches and streamers of greenish
light. The reds and blues of the images seen in books and magazines are
possible only because of sensitive film and long time-exposures, or
modern digital photographic equipment.
For many years men had no idea Orion possessed such
beauty. The tools needed to observe his treasures had not yet been
developed. The nebulae were there, we simply could not see them. Orion’s
nebulae remained unseen, hidden in the darkness.
Something similar happens with spiritual truth. The
evolutionist will assert, often quite vigorously, that there is no God.
Despite God’s revelation to them in His creation, which is enough to
leave them without excuse, they claim that their expensive, delicate,
finely-tuned scientific instruments provide no physical evidence of His
existence. The faithless astronomer practically bathes himself in
celestial light which he gathers with enormous telescopes, yet he dwells
in darkness and does not comprehend true light. The ungodly astronomer,
the observer of light, defiantly clings to the darkness of evolution.
Light reveals much about the physical world to us. By
studying light from the heavens, we have discovered the composition of
the stars. For astronomers, light is the currency of knowledge. However,
when man’s study of light is not governed by the light of God’s Word, he
is penniless, credited with no spiritual currency. If it were not for
God shedding His light in our hearts, we too would remain in darkness
and be blind to Him. As our children learn of their Redeemer’s creation,
let’s remind them that only "in thy light shall we see light."
Mr. Brian Dykstra, teacher at Hope Protestant Reformed