Archive for December 23rd, 2007

Today was a blessing

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

(Image from Snapshots of Joy)

Last Sunday I talked a bit about keeping the Lord’s Day holy. Some of the blessings I took note of today were:

  • It was a privilege to come together with fellow Christians to worship the Lord, and hear two sermons preached from His Word.
  • I appreciated the fellowship of the saints, conversing with them about the sermons, and getting to know one another better.
  • We had the opportunity to show hospitality to others.
  • There was some quiet time to read more from God’s Word, and other edifying writings.

All of this was in addition to the blessings of health, sound minds, strength, safety from harm, plenty of wholesome food to eat, sufficient and warm housing and clothing, reliable transportation that enabled us to go to church, and a happy home life.

Our boys just called, and are on their way home. It will be a blessing to see them again, too, and, on that note, I had better make sure their beds are made. I hope you had a blessed Lord’s Day, too. 🙂

An Introduction to the United Reformed Churches

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

As I was reading through some blogs this afternoon, I came across this excellent intro. to the United Reformed Federation, of which we are members. This article is by Rev. Shane Lems of the URC in Sunnyside, Washington.

Some of our friends here are not very familiar with the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. (This is our background.) It was good to read that:

We also appreciate and agree with the great statements of the historic Presbyterian church – the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

On our part, we are becoming more familiar with the other classic summaries of the Christian faith, called the Three Forms of Unity, of which Rev. Lems says:

We also fully confess and acknowledge the truths found in three documents of the Reformation, namely the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and the Canons of Dort (1618-19)

Rev. Lems concludes:

We are churches that vary in race, nationality, location, and even language at times – but we are united in historic Reformation teaching, teaching that emphasizes the biblical truths of sin, deliverance from it in Christ alone, and gratitude for deliverance in biblical worship.