Session Summary June 2017

Your elders met and prayed for the congregation. We received reports on our Home Small groups, the Men’s Discipleship group, the Hope in Brokenness group, the Youth Group and the General Assembly. We transferred a family to Redeemer PCA. We talked about the recent newcomers to our church and two others who need to be interviewed for membership. Also, we will have a baptism service on June 25. Communications, Library, and the Foyer Pamphlet ministries all have new leaders. Ted Kuhn is planning a Seminar on Worship on July 28 and 29. Details to follow. We discussed the Fulcher property and our required easement on the property. Continue to pray for us as we lead the congregation by follo

WCF 3:2-5 Clarifying God's Predestination

WCF 3:2-5 Clarifying God’s Decree 2. Although God knows whatever may or can come to pass under all conceivable conditions, yet he has not decreed anything because he foresaw it as future or as that which would come to pass under such conditions. God initiates; He does not respond. He is the first cause, the very ground of being. He decides, he decrees, and it happens. In His omniscience, he knows everything that could happen or might happen upon certain conditions, but His decree is not based on “what if’s”, but rather on his sovereign good pleasure. 3. By God's decree, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are predestined to everlasting life, and others are foreordained

Grace and Holiness

This recognition of God's grace as we pursue holiness ... frees us from believing that our sins could separate us finally from his love. All too often we are motivated to live by our guilt, rather than by God's grace. We recognize our failings, we feel the conflict within us because of our remaining corruption, we know the oppositions of Satan and we hear his accusations ringing loudly in our ears "You call yourself a Christ and you did that? You screamed at your children or at your spouse. You envied your co-worker's success to such a degree that you sought to sabotage his rise up the ladder. You shaded the truth so that it became a lie, and you did it to make yourself look good. You l

My Two Fathers

At my father’s funeral a few weeks ago, I reflected on Genesis 25:8: “Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.” He was full of years. Most Scholten males have died in their fifties or sixties, but my Dad was a miracle of sorts. He lived to be seventy-seven. Because of the family history, he didn’t expect to live this long. He even convinced my Mom to let him retire at 60, telling her he probably would not live to sixty-five. They joked about that for twelve extra years! They were good years. Like Abraham, my Dad lived a long, full, happy, good life. He was satisfied and content. He was gathered to his people.

WCF 3:1 I am Free and God is Sovereign

The Decree of God God, from all eternity, did—by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will—freely and unchangeably ordain whatever comes to pass. Yet he ordered all things in such a way that he is not the author of sin, nor does he force his creatures to act against their wills; neither is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established. God has pre-determined everything that happens. The future is as certain to Him as the past. All things happen according to the will of God. When did God give this blueprint for history? “From all eternity.” Before anything happened He decided everything that would happen. He wrote history before time. What guided H

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