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Exchanging the Glory of God for idols…

Exchanging the Glory of God for idols…

I mentioned in the quarterly session report this week that I wanted to give you all of the information that Charlie sent to me regarding various ministries and organizations near us that are dealing with the addiction crisis we face in our world today.  You would probably have to avoid all sources of news to have not heard of the opioid crisis in our nation and in our communities.  Weekly headlines speak of the addiction problem.   Continue reading “Exchanging the Glory of God for idols…”

Reflections on the 85th General Assembly of the OPC, Part 2: Home Missions

Reflections on the 85th General Assembly of the OPC, Part 2: Home Missions

On Wednesday evening we had another joint session between the OPC and the URCNA.  We heard from six church planters from the OPC and six church planters from the URCNA.  God is building His kingdom.  People are coming to Jesus Christ around our country and around the world.  These particular church planters were from North America.  Continue reading “Reflections on the 85th General Assembly of the OPC, Part 2: Home Missions”

The Hand of Providence

The Hand of Providence

I started to write the weekly thought for this week, and in the midst of writing changed my mind.  I was going to continue part 2 on the General Assembly about Home Missions.  As I started to reflect on new church plants around our country, I was reminded of how many churches do not have their own building.  Many congregations struggle to find a place to meet and to afford rent for less than ideal facilities that are not even available to hold an evening service.  In the midst of my reflection I thought of how blessed we are as a congregation to have three wonderful buildings and that God, in His Providence, preserved our place of worship this week.   Continue reading “The Hand of Providence”

Reflections on the 85th General Assembly of the OPC, Part 1: Ecumenicity

Reflections on the 85th General Assembly of the OPC, Part 1: Ecumenicity

Ecumenicity is simply a term used to speak of how denominations work with one another.  The Orthodox Presbyterian Church has a committee on Ecumenicity and Interchurch Relations.  The committee works hard throughout the year strengthening our ties with many Presbyterian and Reformed denominations around the world.  Currently, we are Ecclesiastical Fellowship with twenty different churches.  We are in Corresponding Relationships with nine churches.  We are in Ecumenical Contact with fifteen churches.  For more information on how we work with other churches I will refer you to the following website:  https://www.opc.org/icr.html

Continue reading “Reflections on the 85th General Assembly of the OPC, Part 1: Ecumenicity”

The 85th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

The 85th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

As you read this it is only a couple of days before the beginning of our 85th General Assembly.  Founded in 1936, the OPC is only 82 years old. However, this will be the 85th time the entire denomination has gathered in an official capacity. Continue reading “The 85th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church”

Instructions from Jude, Part 6

Instructions from Jude, Part 6

Jude 17-23, “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.  And have mercy on those who doubt, save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”   Continue reading “Instructions from Jude, Part 6”

Instructions from Jude, Part 5

Instructions from Jude, Part 5

Jude 17-23, “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.  And have mercy on those who doubt, save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”   Continue reading “Instructions from Jude, Part 5”

Instructions from Jude, Part 4

Instructions from Jude, Part 4

Jude 17-23, “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.  And have mercy on those who doubt, save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”   Continue reading “Instructions from Jude, Part 4”

“M” is for the million things…

“M” is for the million things…

Some of you now have the song from 1915 by Theodore Morse and Howard Johnson in your minds.  When we think of mothers, we truly have a million things that we can be thankful for.  Mothers are a great blessing from the Lord.  Yet we live in a time in which being a wife and a mother is not esteemed by the world as it used to be.   Continue reading ““M” is for the million things…”

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