The Readings for the week are:
Sun April 12 Judges 4-5; Luke 20:27-47 WLC 56
Mon April 13 Judges 6-7; Luke 22:1-30 WCF 8.6
Tues April 14 Judges 8-9; Luke 22:31-53 WCF 8.7
Wed April 15 Judges 10-11; Luke 22:54-71 WCF 8.8
Thurs April 16 Judges 12-13; Luke 23:1-25 WLC 57
Fri April 17 Judges 14-15; Luke 23:26-43 WCF 9.1
Sat April 18 Judges 16-17; Luke 23:44-56 WCF 9.2
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Blessings on you all,
Psalm 48:1-2, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion in the far north, the city of the great King.”
Our Lord and our God, we come to You this day and we acknowledge that You are the only wise God. You are God almighty, You are the God of hosts, and You are the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You are our God as we are received by You through Your gracious covenant to us in Jesus Christ. We declare our desire and purpose to worship You and worship You alone, and we ask for Your assistance and acceptance as we do. We adore You, we give You honor, we give to You this day the glory due Your name. And we adore You for You are infinite and eternal and unchangeable in Your being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. You are a God of love and mercy and righteousness and justice, and Your works are displayed in Your creation and in Your providence, and in Your glorious redemption. And above all O God, we adore and honor You, for though You are our creator, You have chosen also to be our Father, our redeemer, our king, and our everlasting inheritance. Be with us now as we give our hearts to you in worship and help us to devoted minute by minute to You. Amen.
The Law & the Psalms
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You are my God, and I give thanks to You. (118:28)
You shall not make for yourself an idol.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. (96:5)
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Let my lips utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes. (119:171)
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. (84:10)
Honor your father and your mother.
O God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still declare Your wondrous deeds. (71:17)
You shall not murder.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. (37:8)
You shall not commit adultery.
My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me. (101:6)
You shall not steal.
O fear the LORD, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want. (34:9)
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. (120:2)
You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain. (119:36)
We confess our sins before You this day, for though You have redeemed us by the blood of Christ, though You have forgiven us for His sake, and declared us to be righteous in Your sight, justifying us freely by His blood, yet we are still sinners and we confess before You this day both the original sin or our first parents which is credited to our account, and all the actual sins that flows from that sin. We acknowledge that we deserve punishment, and we're unworthy of Your mercy, but in view of our needs and in view of Your Son and His work on the cross, we ask that You deliver us and spare us. Make us to hate our sin and to love righteousness, for Christ’s sake, and in His name we pray. Amen
1 Timothy 1:15, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
Lord, how gracious you are that You gave us such a great Savior. We praise You that in Him we have a full salvation: justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification. He is worthy to receive all praise, honor, glory, and adoration as our true God of salvation. Amen.
Romans 4:18-24, In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (ESV)
Pastor Babcock’s Message: Raised for our Justification
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Great God in heaven, the Lord of the Ages, we are creatures characterized by limits in both space and time. We can’t see around the corner; we don’t know what lies over the hill; but You know every moment of every hour that passes. You know the end from the beginning, and just as You laid out the Heavens and the Earth with precision and purpose from foundation to pinnacle, so too have You foreordained each moment of our days with an overarching purpose and plan. This gives us comfort and peace and confidence to both lift up our desires to You and to present before Your throne of grace all those things that trouble our heart and concern us. And so we praise You, O Lord and our God, we pray that You would deliver us from evil, temporal, spiritual, and eternal, and that You would confer upon us Your spiritual blessings.
We ask on behalf of Your church that You would build her up, that You would protect her unity, that You would protect her witness, that You would sanctify us by You word. And especially this day we pray for all our missionaries, and we ask that You prosper the work of their hands. As the gospel goes into all the world, may Your Word draw in Your elect people and have mercy upon the peoples of the world. We especially lift up before You Mark Richline in Montevideo, Uruguay. As Mark meets with various men in this book study, You will knit their hearts together and grow strong believers among these men that they might serve Your church there. We also pray for Bradney Lopez in Arroyo, Puerto Rico and Iglesia Presbiterian Sola Escritura as they seek to move into a new building. Grant them all that they need that this may happen with little problems.
We pray for our Presbytery, and all the churches that are in it. Please bless our Moderator, Roger Wagner, as he organizes a special meeting of the Presbytery through teleconferencing. This is a new thing and we pray that the meeting would go well without any hitches, and that the little business that is needed to be conducted would be fruitful and smooth. Father, since the virus has effectually shut down churches and their worship services, we pray that You would bless each individual and cause this isolation to result in good fruit. We especially pray for Pastor Rochester in Lakeside as he seeks to minister under such strange circumstances. Bless his work and cause Your people there to grow in grace.
We pray O Lord for our nation, embattled within and without, a culture that is crumbling, a people who are becoming estranged from the very first principles of our land. We ask, O God, that You would protect our nation from its enemies, and that You would cause this people to return to You. O Lord, what can save this nation from the path it is going but a mighty revival? We plead this blessing not because we deserve them but because of the perfection of Your person and because of Your name. May it be honored in this world. Use this virus to bring men to a conviction of their mortality and that they must one day die and meet You in judgment. May Your Word go forth to bring about many conversions.
Lord, we are Your disciples, and we recommit ourselves O Lord to be disciples to Thee. We ask O Lord that You would enable us to renounce everything which is inconsistent with our dedication to You as Christians. We give You thanks for Your bounty, for all the benefits that You have given to us without our even asking, and for the many benefits that You have given to us in answer to prayer. We praise You for this O God. You are a prayer hearing and prayer answering God! Help us to lift up our thoughts and hearts to You more consistently and more fervently. We long to be able to meet with our brothers and sisters again in corporate worship. Lord, please end this pandemic and bring a true healing. But use this time that we have, while we are isolated, to bring about our sanctification. Forgive us for our neglect in times of plenty and help us to appreciate those things we have from You. Help us to be grateful. Help us, in this time, to seek after You with all our hearts that the name of Jesus might become more and more precious as we grow in our personal relationship with Him whom our soul loves. We bless You O God, we pray that by the grace of Your Spirit, we would delight in You all the more and worship You all the days of our lives. All these things we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.