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07/28/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

July 28, 2017

  

President Trump Needs a New Advisor

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Whatever your particular political party affiliation may be I think we can all agree on this - after seven months into this new administration our President needs a new advisor.  And, I think we can also agree on this, the advisor that Donald Trump needs most “does not dwell in houses made by hands.”

Since his inauguration there has been little indication from his words, actions, and particularly his “tweets,” that our President regularly seeks and implements godly counsel in his decision-making.  The result, many evangelicals who had great hope for the potential change that might come out of Washington are left shaking their heads and wringing their hands.  The level of divisiveness and disappointment in our government is as great today as it was on January 19th, in my opinion.  So avoiding the tempting diatribe, may I simply ask you to join me anew in praying for our President and all those in his administration - perhaps especially for the man closest to the president; Vice President Mike Pence. 

7/21/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

July 21, 2017

 

What’s Spiritual About That?

Well, we just passed the mid-point!  No, not in my sermon series - we’re actually more than halfway through that; just a few more.  I’m referring to the baseball season.  A little over a week ago we once again witnessed the jewel of July - the All-Star Game!  Unfortunately, the National League (you know, the league where they still play REAL baseball) lost again, but at least it was after extra innings.  This perennial summer classic marks the beginning of second season for the “Boys of Summer.”  For those teams watching their playoff hopes melt-away like ice cubes on a July sidewalk it may mean a fire sale of roster regulars.  Competitive teams will be looking for that one or two-player addition that will give them an extra push for contention.  However, given the current standings in the divisions of both the AL and NL teams we could be tempted to call it now.  But recalling the colorful history of both September collapses and comebacks we may want to exercise a modicum of restraint regarding play-off prognostications.  As they say, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over!”

07/14/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

July 15, 2017

 

“I Should Have Known Better”

I follow the news.  Perhaps that would be better said, “I try to find the news.”  No, don’t worry; this is not an article about “fake” news - I’ll let the pundits parse that one.  But because I do like to follow the news, especially religious and political, I sometimes feel as though I could actually have something that might contribute to the analysis – silly me!  So, last week when I received an email from the Trump triumphant asking for my opinion of the President’s performance thus far I was drawn to the challenge like a moth to a flame.

So there I was, sitting at my desk attempting to write a cogent reply to a fair question.  I worked through a number of issues were I feel the President could improve in his role as the chief executive of our nation.  I won’t be sharing any of that in this article; I would like to remain on speaking terms with a number of you.  But because curiosity killed the cat I’ll give you just an inkling of my direction.  In my opinion – and that’s all that it is - I think it’s time – well, past the time – when our President needs to pay more attention to the unvarnished truth and less time with his unvarnished twitter.  I’ll stop with that.

07/07/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

July 7, 2017

 

More Than A National Anthem

Having just celebrated The Fourth – with friends, food, fireworks, fun, and freedom – a number of memories decided to pay a visit.  Their pleasant appearance wasn’t quite as startling as local fireworks – but thankfully, still as bright!

I have to admit that without younger children in our home these days I’m not up on current curriculum choices in our schools.  You see, I come from a time in our country were certain school activities were simply a “given” – the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, classroom prayers, and weekly trips to the local Episcopal Church for religious instruction.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot, we also hid under our desks for Air Raid Drills!

Channeling my best Andy Rooney, “I wonder how many kids today actually know who wrote the Star Spangled Banner – and the war it commemorates?”  I’m not sure I want to know – the anticipated answer is troubling.  But for most of us who grew up with blackboards and cloakrooms we remember that it was Francis Scott Key; and it was the War of 1812.  Along with composing our National Anthem, Mr. Key, a lawyer with a deep faith, also wrote a number of hymns; some that you may actually know but never looked at the small print to discover the composer’s name.  So, in honor of our National Holiday, I’ve decided to pass today along one of his more popular hymns as an encouragement for your life and faith! (here’s a link if you would like to here the hymn played in one its more familiar tunes: http://hymnary.org/media/fetch/182691 - it may take a second or two to load)

06/30/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

June 30, 2017

 

Did You Feel It?

 One of my electives during college was a “Physics of Astronomy” class – it was a night class (that’s where you laugh).  For a two-hour elective, I thoroughly enjoyed the class – the experiments exploring the heavens were fascinating.  Along with our study of galaxies, constellations, and black holes we spent a little bit of time on our own star, the Sun; especially as it interacts with Earth.

 With all of that in mind I have a question for you – did you feel it?  No, not an earthquake - or even a quiver.  Since writing about my knee episode last Friday, we’ve moved about 7 degrees in our terrestrial trek around the Sun.  It’s amazing to me at times what impresses the mind so much that it becomes a permanent part of our memories.  For example, since my love affair with space that began in the early 60’s I still remember that our Earth is 93,000,000 from the Sun.  So, if we use a little math – some that I still remember – we can determine how fast we’re moving as a planet.  It looks something like this:

06/23/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH June 23, 2017

An Anniversary of God’s Patient Grace

For those of you who know and have heard this story – forgive me. In fact, today’s article may be more for me than anyone else!

It was exactly 38 years ago today that I had convinced my pregnant, “up-to-that-point bed-ridden wife” that she should spend the evening with her parents having gained her newly found freedom. This just 2 1/2 weeks before the expected arrival of our first-born, Aarin. What a great husband! Of course, to make the visit “special,” I would be willing to allow her to have the visit without any interference from me. Instead, I would FORCE myself to rejoin my softball team, which I missed for a number of weeks. Again, what a sacrificial servant!!! I remember the parting words of my father-in-law, Walt, “Bob, don’t go out there and get hurt tonight.” Hurt! It was softball - who gets hurt in softball (cue drum roll).

Two hours later I was driving home using my left foot for both acceleration and braking. My right leg was resting painfully on the other side of the driveshaft hump of my ’69 Pontiac LeMans (350/4 brl carb – for those interested). My right-knee was a mess – I can still remember the mid-air “pop” as I flipped over the catcher on my attempt to score from third. Who gets hurt in softball?!!!

06/16/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH June 16, 2017

A Father’s Day Prayer

When asked by His disciples how they should pray, Jesus, their Master, shared with them what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer. In so many ways I wonder if it should not be called the Father’s Prayer?

Though certainly not the shortest prayer recorded in Scripture, this petite prayer conveys both the devotion and dependence we share in a loving relationship with our heavenly Father.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen

Only the Lord Jesus would be able to summarize our daily relationship with “Abba, Father” in this way. Its brevity is truly astonishing! With so much literature available today regarding our “sonship” (and daughtership) in the faith, Jesus uses the succinctness of this prayer to draw us into the depths of a daily relationship with our faithful Father.

06/09/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH June 9, 2017

“The Eyes of the World are Upon You”

The title above is the last line from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s charge to the brave men who took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. We celebrated the 73rd anniversary of this event last Tuesday, June 6. On that day allied troops began an insurgence that would signal the beginning to the end of the war in Europe. It is a day we should never forget as a country. The term D-Day did not begin with “D-Day.” Its use as a military designated marking the commencement of a campaign goes back to at least WWI. As a side note it is interesting to discover from the History.com website that the term H-Hour has the same kind of meaning pertaining to the time. Hence, you can have an H-Hour on D-Day; which they did on June 6.

If D-day is considered the “beginning to the end” to the aggression and tyranny in the global war of its day, then the same can be said, and should be said of the war in the spiritual realm. What war? The war that began in Genesis 3 and will not end until Revelation 22. When was our D-Day? Well, here’s at least one attempt to fix a day:

06/02/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH June 2, 2017

Sunrise, Sunset

Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don't remember growing older, When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty? When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset, Swiftly flow the days, Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, Blossoming even as they gaze

Over the next five weeks three of CPC’s former Covenant Children will take vows to become Covenant Partners in Marriage. Many of us will shake our heads and ask the same questions posed by Tevye and Golde – “Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small? No, it wasn’t yesterday – it just feels like it was!

Watching the entrance of the next generation into marriage is an incredible, and yet humbling experience. Years filled with lessons of love, life, and laughter find their culmination in the God-ordained, one-flesh relationship of mutual love and respect – a beautiful gospel picture of Christ and His Church. Still, the all too familiar lyrics ring in our ears, “I don't remember growing older, When did they?”

05/26/17


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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH May 26, 2017

Memorial Day – The Price of a Celebration

On Monday many in our nation will take time to celebrate Memorial Day – from parades to pole position. Memorial day is a day for memories. Growing up as a child I still remember my grandparents and others calling it Decoration Day. “Back in the day” we often made our way from Cincinnati to Greenfield, OH, to decorate family gravesites. That trip was made in my uncle’s Buick that could muster no more than 30 mph. And did I mention that it had a convertible top...that was apparently only ornamental! Still, it was fun playing with the electric windows. We often rotated seating assignments during the adventure and there was nothing quite like sitting between Uncle Leavitt and Grandma on the road to “the country.” As I got older I began to think that Gilligan’s three-hour tour on the USS Minnow might have been step up from this trip experience! And there were other memories as well – hamburgers, potato salad, jello, and the sinister laugh of my cousin Art as he sent my ball flying into the neighbor’s yard during a game of croquet. Ah, the family Memorial Day outings!

05/19/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH May 19, 2017

The Case for a Gospel Glossary

Wouldn’t it just be great if there were a “port” for downloading things into the brain?! Well, we don’t have a port, but we do have a process – learning. But even with the process I often fall into the trap of assuming we’re all speaking the same language. And that just isn’t the case.

For the last month or so in Sunday School we’ve been examining a number of denominations in attempt to better understand others in the faith as well as ourselves. In the process, some of you have shared with me a minor difficulty – a language problem. I tend to use a number of very specific - even technical terms - that often go unexplained. That can be a problem. To be fair, this isn’t actually the first time this has been brought to my attention. So, I’ve decided to take a break from our current study and do something that I hope will be beneficial for all of us - kind of like singing from the same page.

05/12/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH May 12, 2017

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAYS SERMON

Title: “Motherhood Of Grace: Taught, Trained, and Treasured” 

Text: Titus 2:1-8

Pastor Bob Clark

CENTRAL INDIANA PRESBYTERY – Christ Presbyterian Church is pleased to host the May Central Indiana Presbytery Mtg. Today, Friday, May 12th from 8:30am-4pm

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OUR CPC MOTHERS & WOMEN! In honor of the day, there will be NO Sunday School this week.

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – We will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church this Sunday.

TABLE TALK MAGAZINE – If you are a paid subscriber to Table Talk Magazine, your June issue is available at the Welcome Center.

CHOIR REHEARSAL – The Choir will rehearse Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm at the church
YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursday, May 18th from 6-7:30pm at the Schrage’s home for

a study on the book of Acts. For more information see Jeff and Shannon Schrage

BRIDAL SHOWER – A Bridal Dessert has been planned for Emily Swartzwelder (Mindy Deckard's future daughter-in-law) on Thursday, May 18th at 7pm at the Harrington's Home (12 Parkway Lane). Please RSVP to Beth Allen at bethallen87@gmail.com or Beth (765-969-0656). Emily is registered at Kohls, Target and Zola.

05/05/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH May 5, 2017

15 Minutes That Changed Everything

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?”

On May 5, 1961 at 9:34 a.m. a Mercury-Atlas rocket propelled Alan Shepard and his Freedom 7 capsule into a sub-orbital 15-minute space flight from Cape Canaveral. It is recorded that an estimated 45 million television viewers watched this brief historic flight. And I was one of them – a wide-eyed, 8 year-old who dreamed of going into space. Since that time, well actually from the beginning of Mercury 7, I have been in love with space. It may have also been the start of my back-burner love with the Navy.

Like King David, I am in awe of all that lifts our eyes upward – especially in the night sky. That has been reinforced in my life on several occasions but perhaps never as much as when our Submarine Tender would cruise the Mediterranean Sea. It was as if God flipped the switch on the midnight sky. I know some of you have had similar experiences.

04/28/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH April 28, 2017

Dandelions of Depravity

No one ever planted a weed. Well, not intentionally. Weeds happen.

Over the next several weeks we will be examining what the scriptures have to say about the weeds in our lives – those dandelions of depravity that yet appear in a redeemed life. Theologically this comes under the category of Progressive Sanctification – the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives conforming us to the image of Christ.

The reality of our sanctification is two-fold. As a result of our justification there is a definitive work of sanctification. Because of Christ’s work – and His work alone - God sees us completely sanctified in His Son. And yet, as Paul teaches, we are still in the process of growing up and into our sanctification. God is now perfecting, completing the work of grace He began in our salvation. Yet a struggle – even a war (as described by the scriptures) – continues. That internal struggle we experience is framed by the biblical understanding of the two natures at odds within us; that of the Spirit and that of the flesh.

04/21/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH April 21, 2017

“Not Afraid of Burning in Hell”

The timing of commercial could not have been more interesting, at least for me - I saw it for the first time just before Easter. It was an ad from the FFRF – Freedom from Religion Foundation – starring none other than Ronald Reagan. The difference between the father/son duo could not be more striking; especially on this issue.

The topic regarding the relationship between Church and State continues to be hotly debated. Even with that being the case, some TV networks have decided not to play the FFRF ad – to both the shock and sorrow of many who side with their particular point of view. My point today is not to discuss the ad, or even the nuances that exist in the church/state relationship; trust me, the question isn’t going away anytime soon!

What did surprise me about the ad was Ron Reagan’s religious stance. First, I knew that he had separated from more familiar family political ties by aligning himself with the Democrat Party. But I was completely unaware of his upfront, unabashed testimonial of being an atheist – I’ve got to get out more. Even with all of that, it was his sign-off that really caught me off guard. After making his plea for solicitations came this:

04/14/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH April 14, 2017

“Not in the Grave Forever!”

(The following is taken from one of Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier devotionals)

“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead”
1 Corinthians 15:21

Today we conclude our brief look at the work of Christ with a short study of His resurrection. Since our study has emphasized the work of Jesus as a man to merit righteousness for us and to atone for sin, let us first remind ourselves of the connection between our Lord’s resurrection and those aspects of His work. As we noted in our examination of Romans 4:25, that Jesus was “raised for our justification” is proof that His life and death were acceptable to God. Our Lord’s resurrection is His vindication, the declaration that He indeed was perfectly righteous and was therefore a suitable offering to turn away the wrath of God and also the firm basis upon which we can be declared just before the Father. If Jesus had stayed dead, it would have proven that death had a rightful claim over Him, and since death has a rightful claim only over sinners, Jesus’ remaining dead would have meant that He was a sinner and not our Redeemer.

04/07/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

April 7, 2017

 

 

 “The War to End All Wars (?)”

On this date, April 6, 1917, America entered the First World War under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.  It was actually H.G. Wells who coined the popular phrase from his articles that finally found their way into a book “The War That Will End War” published in 1914.  America’s reluctant entrance into the War gave the allies the necessary economic and military support to overcome and end the war with Germany in 1918.  Yet, even with post-war efforts and institutions, many believe that the “war to end wars” planted the seeds that produced the next global conflict of WWII.

Simply put, war, any war, is a horrific occurrence.  Conversation with any veteran of war will more than validate that statement.  But, as horrific as war can be, it is, at times, necessary.  When all diplomatic resources have been exhausted, war is, regrettably the final step in resolving the conflict.  The Apostles Paul and Peter clearly understood the importance of warfare in the Christian life.  From attitude to armor, these dauntless disciples remind the followers of Christ that there is a conflict that rages from both within and without.

03/31/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH March 31, 2017

The Faithfulness in Foolishness

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. – 1 Corinthians 1:20-25

Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day. No, really, it is. And no doubt many of us will be on one end of the day’s folly. Hmm, I guess that that will make some the fooler, and others the foolee. At any rate, be very careful what you believe tomorrow!

Foolishness has been around for a long, long time – and it will continue to be that way. A careful reading of the Book of Proverbs will uncover wise truths regarding the fool and folly – and the disaster that inevitably follows foolishness. Granted, many of the pranks tomorrow will not fall into that category of folly. But they will, nonetheless, point out the consequences of succumbing to such suggestions and silliness. Along with this, I will readily admit that I have played my part in a number of good-natured antics!

03/24/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

March 31, 2017

 

The Faithfulness in Foolishness

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. – 1 Corinthians 1:20-25

Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day.  No, really, it is.  And no doubt many of us will be on one end of the day’s folly.  Hmm, I guess that that will make some the fooler, and others the foolee.  At any rate, be very careful what you believe tomorrow! 

Foolishness has been around for a long, long time – and it will continue to be that way.  A careful reading of the Book of Proverbs will uncover wise truths regarding the fool and folly – and the disaster that inevitably follows foolishness.  Granted, many of the pranks tomorrow will not fall into that category of folly.  But they will, nonetheless, point out the consequences of succumbing to such suggestions and silliness.   Along with this, I will readily admit that I have played my part in a number of good-natured antics!

03/17/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH March 17, 2017

Closer Every Day

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

When you discuss the great songwriting teams of rock/pop music the names Lennon/McCartney dominate the charts – and with good reason. Well, at least if you’re a child of the 60’s and early 70’s. Their combined talent and success have few rivals. Yes, there’s the occasional entry by Ringo – mostly written with a little help from his friends. But the one Beatle who was often underestimated in his own rights was George Harrison. Of all the songs written by Harrison the one quoted above may be his best known and loved. I still remember the first time I played it on a twelve-string – all I needed was an agent. And clearly, a much better sense of reality.

“Here Comes the Sun” was written in the home of a friend, Eric Clapton, on a day when Harrison was growing weary of both the English winter and the increasing business demands of the Apple Studio. It wasn’t even his own guitar! I know, at this point you’re probably wondering where this is coming from and where is it headed!


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