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Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church

Our Name: As a CHRISTIAN Church: We believe that the entire Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God. We hold that the historic Creeds shared by all Christian Churches, (the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed), the Reformed Confessions, (the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt) and the Westminster Confession as an accurate summary of the teachings of God's Word. The Church is Presbyterial in its form of Government, being governed by the Church Council, comprising the Minister(s), the Elders and the Deacons, as elected by the Church Membership. As a REFORMED Church: We are in the tradition of the historic Protestant Reformation. We believe the Bible to be our rule for faith and life. We believe that God saves us from our sin by Grave Alone. We believe that we receive the gift of eternal life only by faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. As a CHURCH: We believe that we belong to Christ, as members of His body. We believe that He is our King, the Head and Saviour of His Church. We believe that He has called us to be His People, living out our faith in His Church and in His Kingdom. OUR VISION: We are a Christian Church that Loves God and others, Grows together in Christ, and Reaches the Lost
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: God’s covenant

Today’s theme: The covenant with Noah

Read Genesis 9:9-16: “’I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you – the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow on the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.’”

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Looking at the events around Noah it quickly becomes clear that man’s heart is by nature evil and sinful, which is why God washes the earth clean with the flood (Gen. 6:5-7).
Yet, God is also merciful. He doesn’t wipe all people from the earth, but spares Noah and his family. Noah is not without sin, but lives close to God (Gen. 6:9).
Although man is evil and sinful, God does not forsake us. He does not forget why He made man. God created man in His image that the earth may be filled with His glory.
In this covenant God preserves man. Never again will a flood destroy mankind. God saves His wrath for the end of the age at His final judgement.
Remember every time you see a rainbow that it is a sign of God’s promise to never again in these times destroy all life, and that this time too will pass. We need to once again see God’s grace and patience that we may repent, because Judgement Day is near.
Prayer: Lord, we pray today that when we see Your sign of the rainbow it will remind us of the grace we received. Grant us the wisdom to repent of our sinful life and live close to You. Amen

Philip Hattingh
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Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The nature of God

Today’s theme: My God has perfect wisdom!

Read Psalm 104:24: “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”

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Clearly the writer here is greatly aware of the wonders of God’s creation. He describes the glory of God and His wisdom in a varied and colourful way.
Having traversed the heavens and the earth in this Psalm, he is awed at all he has seen, because it speaks of the wisdom of the Creator of it all. Every single thing has been planned and placed to live in perfect harmony.
God’s wisdom is revealed to us in a variety of ways, which the writer describes in terms of the creation of heaven and earth. He sees it in the directing and maintaining of the universe.
We also experience God’s wisdom in His redemption. It seemed to His followers to be utter foolishness for the Messiah to die, but God knew in His perfect wisdom what it would take to save His chosen people. Someone had to die, but also conquer death to regain life.
We also find God’s wisdom in the second coming of Christ, when He as Judge will redeem His children for eternal life.
We experience God’s wisdom in daily life. He knows when we need discipline, when a tender touch, when hard work. The wonderful is: Because He is all-wise, He doesn’t make mistakes.
Paul cries out in Romans 11:33-36: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever!”
We can take on each day with the assurance that even if “the heathen…for war assemble…the Lord is near, our fears he stills” (Ps. 46 - Psalm book). We may not understand what is happening, but God knows what is best for us and guides us on His path. We can trust Him in this. He is also shaping the way for the good of His Kingdom in and with this lockdown.
Prayer: All-wise, eternal God, thank You that we belong to You. You do not change or perish, You are with us. You know us. You love us. Guide us every day on the right path to the glory of Your Name. Amen=

Braam van der Walt
braamvdwalt61@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The nature of God

Today’s theme: My God knows everything!

Read Psalm 139:1-2: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”

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Here David verbalises the realisation that God knows everything, stating: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.”
David sees, in other words that God knows him. Yes, God knows who he is, what he does, the attitude of his heart, his needs and when he needs them.
The knowledge that God knows me completely, knows everything about everybody and everything, should always have the implication that I pull back from wrong when I have already reached toward it, because He sees me. It should also be of comfort that the almighty God knows my circumstances, when I suffer and am in need. He also knows what is right for me and will work everything for the good.
God’s omniscience basically tells us: Do not sin, I see it all. Do not fear, I am with you. Do not feel alone, I am with you. I know you!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for knowing me completely. You know my exact circumstances. Guide me, carry me according to Your will. Amen

Braam van der Walt
braamvdwalt61@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The nature of God

Today’s theme: My God is unchanging!

Read James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

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God is unchanging. He is always remains the same. In fact, Him changing would mean that He is not perfect, eternal God.
This unchangeableness of God distinguishes Him from all else. Creation has never come to a halt. Creation is a continuous, without pause, scene of change. Seasons come and go. People come and go.
God is however above all change. This is the believer’s comfort: God is and remains the same!
He doesn’t love today and hate tomorrow. Time does not change His attitude. He was love upon creating Adam, when He sent Christ as Saviour in and by His unending love and remains to this day and will be forever the same love. Even if we change.
In His unchanging faithfulness lies the guarantee of our salvation. Those He chose to be His possession, He guides with His Spirit and Word to faith and have them ultimately persevere and come home. Our Lord Jesus indeed says in John 6:39: “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”
We so easily trust in things that seem sure and certain to us (money, status, pleasure, power), but in the face of death they turn out to be shaky “certainties”.
This has been a difficult and uncertain year. We may yet face great misery. Trust now more than ever in Him who does not change. He promised to guide us, all the days... to the end of the age. Believe Him!
Prayer: Faithful, unchanging God, help us to trust in You alone during these troubling times! You are our Rock. Amen

Braam van der Walt
braamvdwalt61@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The nature of God

Today’s theme: My God is actively present everywhere!

Read Jeremiah 23:23-24: “’Am I only a God nearby, and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.”

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The above passage means that God doesn’t only see what occurs at a certain time at a certain place. His works are not confined to any boundaries. He sees to the furthest reaches. His works can be seen all over. He is in heaven and on earth- everywhere, at all times!
The Lord’s omnipresence contains a warning in a sense: We cannot hide anything from Him. He knows everything, because He sees it!
His omnipresence is also of great comfort: I am never alone... not when I suffer either. If I call on Him in prayer, He hears. He is after all not a faraway God. He is a God who is with whoever calls on Him, all who call on Him with an upright heart (Ps. 145:18).
When we are oppressed, suffer injustice, experience adversity or live in troubling times such as the Covid 19 lockdown, we have the tremendous comfort that the Lord our God is with us. A greatly suffering Asaph professed in a fearful time: “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory” (Ps. 73:23-24).
We are always under scrutiny. Even when other people don’t see us, God does… and He guides us. Isaiah 43:2, 5 states: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you...”
Isaiah adds, guided by the Holy Spirit, in Isaiah 59:1: “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for always being with us. Although this knowledge often creates a sense of anxiety in us, it nevertheless comforts us, because we know that You will care for us and guide us until we enter as Your children our eternal home. Amen

Braam van der Walt
braamvdwalt61@gmail.com
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The nature of God

Today’s theme: My God is eternal!

Read Psalm 90:2: “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

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The phrase “before the mountains were born” depicts God as the One who is everlasting. Against the changing of the times and the transience of man, stands God’s eternalness.
Storms may rage, clouds may build, but amid it all the mountains solidly and stately remain standing.
So does God, our Rock. He who created the mountains, He who created it all. He who has always been there. He who transcends time.
If we don’t see or hear Him, it is not because He is gone or no longer exists. It is because our eyes and ears have been dimmed by sin that we’re no longer able to see or hear Him. It does not mean that if clouds obscure a mountain that the mountain has disappeared. Once the clouds lift, the mountain is still there. In the same way God is always there, even when we’re blinded by the dense fog of our sin and circumstances.
God grants us eternal life out of grace, for Christ’s sake. He grants us a life in fellowship with Him without end, because He dwells inside us through His Spirit - to the extent that He could declare that nothing can separate us from His love.
When stormy clouds of worry, fear of illness, failure, suffering, loneliness and the like build up around us, then the believer is richly comforted that his God is eternal and He therefore fulfils all His promises, never forsaking the works of His hands and works everything for the good for those who love Him.
Someday we will also be freed of the bounds of time and be with the Lord, our God, forever.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for being our God for all time. You will guide and bear us until we enter the eternal Zion. Amen

Braam van der Walt
braamvdwalt61@gmail.com