Pastor’s Letter – September 15, 2020 – A Divine Collision

And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.

Luke 7:11

Dear Church and Friends,

When two bodies impact each other things change. If you’ve ever been in a car wreck you know this first hand. After the dust settles both vehicles look different, behave differently than they did before the accident, the passengers are effected to different degrees, traffic is effected to different degrees, and those who witness the incident are changed.

Luke tells us about a collision that takes place in the gate of the city of Nain. Traffic came to a standstill as Jesus was coming into the city and a dead man was being carried out. Coming out of the city was the dead man, being carried by pallbearers, his mother, and as Luke says, “and much people of the city was with her.”

Coming into the city was Jesus at the head, his disciples, and as Luke says, “and much people.” These two columns met at the city gate, one representing grief, loss, and death. The other representing hope, and life. The collision occurred and every thing changed.

  • The First Change: And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not (Luke 7:13). In His compassion for the mother He spoke a word of comfort.
  • The Second Change: And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still (Luke 7:14a). He stopped traffic with a touch.
  • The Third Change: And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother (Luke 7:14-15). He spoke to the man and the dead arose.
  • The Fourth Change: And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people (Luke 7:16). The people of the town, the disciples, and the many who followed Jesus on that day glorified God. This had a wonderful effect on the city.
  • The Fifth Change: And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about (Luke 7:17). An entire region is infected with the notion that “God hath visited his people.”

What an explosion of God’s glory in a little, out-of-the-way place in Galilee! Death leaves no lasting mark. Meeting Jesus changed everything. May you experience a divine collision today.

Music: You Don’t Love god If You Don’t Love Your Neighbor by Rhonda Vincent.

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Prayer Requests: Please pray for the following.

  • Lee and Priscilla Harrison, Spring Hill, Tenn. Lee Harrison is an evangelism catalyst serving in Spring Hill, Tenn. “We have two main challenges during this pandemic. One is to be able to reach out to the men I usually mentor one-on-one and personally visit in the jails and prisons. The other need is ongoing care for my mother, who is 90 years old, and dad, who is 87 years old. Both have physical challenges, especially my dad who also has deteriorating mental health challenges. Recently, they both fell at home; my mom fell trying to catch my dad when he fell. We are very grateful for God’s blessings on our lives this year.”

The Pastor’s Letter will return, September 22, 2020.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

176


What profit have we from His Prophetic Office?

Through it we know most plainly His Father’s will.

177


What other profit do we have?

All revelations and prophesies are finished.

178


But some things are not yet fulfilled?

That is true, but we speak of things pertaining to His first coming.

179


Why was He called God’s only Son?

Because He is His only Son by nature?

All my best.

And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

Luke 7:16

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Book Announcement – Finding His Way

Dear Church and Friends,

I recently released a new book on Amazon. Inspired by Psalm 119 I wrote a collection of 100+ poems. I hope you’ll check it out. If you are a KindleUnlimited subscriber you can get it for free. It is available for the Kindle and as a paperback.

All my best.

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Pastor’s Letter – September 11, 2020 – Shechem’s Sexual Sin

And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.

Genesis 34:11

Dear Church and Friends,

We live in a sex soaked age. A story about rape may seem pedestrian to us. The shock factor is gone and we may look at Shechem’s story and be sympathetic toward him. He declared his love and desire for Dinah several times in Genesis 34:1-31. However, what was behind his desire and love was selfishness and greed.

  • And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. (34:2) This is the first selfish, violent act of the story. Was anything ever withheld from this boy?
  • And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. (34:4) Notice that repentance doesn’t make an appearance here, but selfishness does. He wants what he wants and he wants it now and he wants daddy to get it for him.
  • And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife. (34:8) Daddy goes along with this because he too sees an opportunity. Hamor is after what Jacob has and sees a way to get it.
  • And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. (34:11) He will do whatever it takes to have Dinah. He’ll accept any condition except for a refusal. He won’t accept a refusal from Jacob or a refusal of his out-of-control passions.
  • Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us. (34:23) This is how they sell the idea to the men of the city. They manipulate them with the greed of having what belongs to Jacob.

Sexual sin always begins with selfishness and greed. No one dare tell us “No!” The current sexual revolution is based on the individuals right to have whatever they want, however they want it. Our selfishness has erected an idol of rights that blesses its followers with unconditional approval. If you speak out against the idol you are label a heretic.

Shecehm’s sexual sin stands forever as a warning to us to check ourselves, deny ourselves and keep the Lord’s way. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).

Music: Abide with Me by Jeremy Casella.

Consider supporting Creek Road Baptist Church through the Amazon Smile program. Use this link to select Creek Road Baptist Church as your designated charity. Once you have made this selection simply begin using Smile.Amazon.com (instead of using Amazon.com). No credits are available using just Amazon.com.  Please contact the church office or Pastor Dave if you need help or have any questions.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the following.

  • Theological Education in Kenya. Kenya Baptist Theological College is closed until January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please pray for the Theological Education Team to be able to create, with godly wisdom and within the government’s health parameters, opportunities to train pastors and church leaders. Pray for the development of online access for students to continue their studies during the closure.
  • Glenn Heckman, Glenda’s brother-in-law, will be having tests today to determine a drug treatment for his lung and liver cancer.
  • Dan Frayne, friend of Karen Turner, who is in the hospital with difficulty breathing due to COPD.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

172


What profit comes to us through His priesthood?

Through it He is our Mediator, and we are priests also.

173


How are we made priests?

By Him we have freedom to enter in before God, and offer up ourselves and all that we have.

174


What kind of sacrifice is this?

A sacrifice of thanksgiving only.

175


May we not offer Christ again for our sins?

No, for Christ cannot die again.

All my best.

Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.

Genesis 34:12

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Bible Bistro University – Genesis 10:1-32 – Session Twelve

Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

Genesis 10:1

Dear Church and Friends,

Welcome to the Bible Bistro University! Today’s screen cast, session 12, will cover Genesis 10:1-32. You will find the outline that we created during the lesson linked below. I hope you enjoy this study as the sons of Noah go forth and replenish the earth.

All my best.

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