Pastor’s Letter – June 26, 2020 – The Simplicity of Worship

And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son.

Genesis 24:48

Dear Church and Friends,

What do you need to worship the Lord? Some might say they need a pew, a hymnal, a choir, a praise band, a piano, an organ, or an organized service. While all of these things aid in worship they are not the heart of worship.

Abraham’s servant demonstrates for us the simplicity of worship. The word “worship” appears three times in his story in Genesis 24.

  • And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren. Genesis 24:26-27
  • And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son. Genesis 24:48
  • And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth. Genesis 24:52

His worship springs from a grateful heart. Seeing the hand of God in answering his prayer, in the response of Rebekah, and in the response of her father and brother, he is overwhelmed with the goodness of God. Worship can happen in a house or beside a well with a bunch of smelly camels.

Worship doesn’t need externals. It only needs a grateful heart. Worship the Lord today while you water your camels.

Music: Oh, Great is Our God! by The Sing Team.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the Nubians of Egypt and Sudan.

  • (NOO-bee-ans) – In A.D. 580, Nubia was considered to be a nation that strongly followed Jesus. Nubians proclaimed the name of the Lord and gave Him praise. Churches were built, and congregations gathered to worship. As Islam conquered the area, access to the Word of God and to the teaching of new clergy were cut off. Today, the vast majority of Nubians call themselves Muslims. Some practice folk Islam with its animistic rituals, while others live for materialism and education. A very few follow Jesus. Over the Nubian people, please pray Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NIV): “I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” Pray for Nubians to turn to the Lord. Ask God to raise up His church among them once again.

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

Question 93: Why is it called the Creed of the Apostles?

Answer: Because it agrees with their doctrine and time.

Question 94: Into how many parts is it divided?

Answer: Into four principal parts.

Question 95: What are we taught in the first part?

Answer: The right knowledge of God the Father.

All my best.

And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.

Genesis 24:52

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The Bible Bistro University – Genesis 1:1-31 – Session 1

Dear Church and Friends,

Welcome to the Bible Bistro University! Today’s screen cast, session 1, will cover Genesis 1:1-31. You will find the outline that we create during the lesson linked below. I hope you enjoy this first study in the Creation story.

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Pastor’s Letter – June 23, 2020 – Some Doubted, Some Tattled

Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

Matthew 28:11

Dear Church and Friends,

Intrigue, fabrications, and cover-ups are the ingredients for many thrillers. Today we find those elements in the resurrection story minus the thrills. This is no fictional tale, rather a true retelling of the events surrounding the resurrection of Christ.

It is disturbing because it reveals the division between the world and the church. We so often want to believe that the world system is at peace with the gospel but it’s not. They have an agenda and this comparison in Matthew 28 shows us how steep the divide is.

Comparison of Matthew 28:11-15 and Matthew 28:16-20

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch

came into the city,

and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,


13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. (Matthew 28:11-15)

but some doubted. (Verse 17)

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him:

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.


19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:16-20)

(I tried to line these columns up. I’ll have to work on this side by side column thing.) Just a brief glance at the comparison shows how dark and oppressive the lie was. And one lie led to another. There is no freedom there.

There is freedom in Christ. No lie, just the truth – all power is given to him! We are free to tell a wonderful story and teach others the same gospel truth that Jesus gave to these disciples gathered on a mountain top somewhere in Galilee.

Music: I’m No Longer An Orphan by The Primitive Quartet.

Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • David and Darryl Hines’ son had surgery on his eyes today at CEI. Please pray for his recovery.
  • Aaron Manning planted Fort Hill Community Church in Gorham, Maine. We recently learned that for the rest of the summer we will not be able to return to the space we rent. We are currently trying to find a new place to meet as a church for at least the summer. Please pray that God would provide this place to us and through it open new avenues for faithful ministry. This may be exactly what He is doing. Thank you.

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

Question 92: Repeat the Belief or the Creed of the Apostles.

Answer: I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. He rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended in heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost. The holy Church universal, the communion of saints: the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

All my best.

And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

Matthew 28:17

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What is a Dispensation?

Dear Church and Friends,

Since the Covid-19 shutdown closed or canceled so many things for the church I wanted to make up for the lack of in-person opportunities with virtual teaching sessions. Wednesday Night Bible Study at Creek Road Baptist is curtailed at least until September, so to fill the gap we’ll use the Bible Bistro for our classroom and our digital devices for delivery.

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All my best.

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