Week 11, 2018

Week 11:


Weekly Hymn: Creation Sings


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q21 In what condition did God make Adam and Eve? /
    Answer: He made them holy and happy.


  • Q22 What is a covenant? /

Answer: An agreement between two or more persons.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q3 What do the Scriptures principally teach? /

Answer: The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 3/12 – Matthew 24:36-51 & Numbers 26-27

Tue – 3/13 – Matthew 25:1-13 & Numbers 28-30

Wed – 3/14 – Matthew 25:14-30 & Numbers 31-32

Thurs – 3/15 – Matthew 25:31-46 & Numbers 33-36

Fri – 3/16 – Matthew 26:1-16 & Deuteronomy 1-3

Sat – 3/17 – Matthew 26:17-35 & Deuteronomy 4-5

Sun – 3/18 – Catch Up Day

Week 10, 2018

Week 10:  


Weekly Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q19 Have you a soul as well as a body? /
    Answer: Yes; I have a soul that can never die.


  • Q20 How do you know that you have a soul? /

Answer: Because the Bible tells me so.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q2 What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? /

Answer: The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 3/5 – Matthew 22:34-46 & Numbers 9-11

Tue – 3/6 – Matthew 23:1-12 & Numbers 12-14

Wed – 3/7 – Matthew 23:13-24 & Numbers 15-17

Thurs – 3/8 – Matthew 23:25-39 & Numbers 18-20

Fri – 3/9 – Matthew 24:1-14 & Numbers 21-22

Sat – 3/10 – Matthew 24:15-35 & Numbers 23-25

Sun – 3/11 – Catch Up Day

Pastor’s Ponderings: March 2018

by John Armstrong

There is an old adage about the weather in March that says, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Well, what do you think? It is weather. Sometimes that is true and sometimes not. For example, the forecast on this 28th day of February calls for rain and high wind for the first three days of March. That seems somewhat lion-like to me. What is important is how I am reminded by the adage …in like a lion and out like a lamb… of our Savior who is both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb.

In the book of Revelation chapter 5 you will find Jesus referred to as both the Lion and the Lamb.


Rev. 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”


Rev. 5:6   And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

12 saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.


I can hardly ever get through reading that chapter without tears coming to my eyes. Oh, how I long to be in that multitude participating in the glorious worship in heaven. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain! I want you to think about that as we go through this month together. We will end the month with commemorating the death of Christ, the Lamb who was slain, on Friday,

March 30th. How fitting that indeed the month will go out like a lamb. The Lamb that was slain and whose blood ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and made them a kingdom and priests to our God. Let that soak in for a while. If you want to meditate on something worthy today, and this month, meditate on this.

What are you facing today that will not shrink to insignificance in the presence of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah? He is our God and He has given Himself as a Lamb to the slaughter that our sins would be paid for and our guilt removed and more than that, that we be brought into reconciled relationship with our heavenly Father and be able to come boldly to the throne of grace as dearly loved children. I don’t know what troubles you are facing today, but I can tell you that in light of what is ours in

Christ, you need not fear. Our Savior is a Lamb slain for us, and He is Lion who rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and is coming again in power to bring His kingdom to its full consummation. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to sing, that makes me want to fall down in worship before the Lord. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Week 9, 2018

Week 9:


Weekly Hymn: Jesus Shall Reign


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q17 Of what were our first parents made? /
Answer: God made the body of Adam out of the ground, and formed Eve from the body of Adam.


  • Q18 What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies? /

Answer: He gave them souls that could never die.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q1 What is the chief end of man? /

Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 2/26 – Matthew 21:1-11 & Leviticus 24-25

Tue – 2/27 – Matthew 21:12-22 & Leviticus 26-27

Wed – 2/28 – Matthew 21:23-32 & Numbers 1-2

Thurs – 3/1 – Matthew 21:33-46 & Numbers 3-4

Fri – 3/2 – Matthew 22:1-14 & Numbers 5-6

Sat – 3/3 – Matthew 22:15-33 & Numbers 7-8

Sun – 3/4 – Catch Up Day

Week 8, 2018

Week 8:


Weekly Hymn: The God of Abraham Praise


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q15 Who wrote the Bible? /
Answer: Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.


  • Q16 Who were our first parents? /
Answer: Adam and Eve.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q107 What doth the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?/
Answer: The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen, teaches us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him; and, in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 2/19 – Matthew 18:1-14 & Leviticus 8-10

Tue – 2/20 – Matthew 18:15-35 & Leviticus 11-13

Wed – 2/21 – Matthew 19:1-15 & Leviticus 14-15

Thurs – 2/22 – Matthew 19:16-30 & Leviticus 16-17

Fri – 2/23 – Matthew 20:1-16 & Leviticus 18-20

Sat – 2/24 – Matthew 20:17-34 & Leviticus 21-23

Sun – 2/25 – Catch Up Day

Week 7, 2018

Week 7:


Weekly Hymn: Our Great God


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q13 Can God do all things? /
    Answer: Yes; God can do all his holy will.


  • Q14 Where do you learn how to love and obey God? /

Answer: In the Bible alone.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q106 What do we pray for in the sixth petition? /

Answer: In the sixth petition, which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, we pray that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 2/12 – Matthew 15:1-20 & Exodus 32-33

Tue – 1/16 – Matthew 15:21-39 & Exodus 34

Wed – 1/17 – Matthew 16:1-12 & Exodus 35-37

Thurs – 1/18 – Matthew 16:13-28 & Exodus 38-40

Fri – 1/19 – Matthew 17:1-13 & Leviticus 1-4

Sat – 1/20 – Matthew 17:14-27 & Leviticus 5-7

Sun – 1/21 – Catch Up Day

Week 6, 2018

Week 6:  


Weekly Hymn: How Great Thou Art


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q11 Can you see God? /
    Answer: No; I cannot see God, but he always sees me.


  • Q12 Does God know all things? /

Answer: Yes, nothing can be hid from God.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q105 What do we pray for in the fifth petition? /

Answer: In the fifth petition, which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, we pray that God, for Christ’s sake, would freely pardon all our sins; which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by his grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 2/5 – Matthew 12:38-50 & Exodus 16-18

Tue – 2/6 – Matthew 12:1-23 & Exodus 19-20

Wed – 2/7 – Matthew 13:24-43 & Exodus 21-23

Thurs – 2/8 – Matthew 12:44-58 & Exodus 24-26

Fri – 2/9 – Matthew 14:1-21 & Exodus 27-29

Sat – 2/10 – Matthew 14:22-36 & Exodus 30-31

Sun – 2/11 – Catch Up Day

Pastor’s Ponderings: February 2018

by John Armstrong

You’ve heard the old cliché that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. That is simply not true,
you can teach an old dog new tricks, it just may take a little more time and patience, but they
can learn. Learning has a lot to do with desire to learn. There has to be a perceived benefit to
learning. I’ve seen people who had no interest in learning, all of a sudden become very
attentive students when they find out they’re going to get something they want from the
There are people out there that are unteachable. They are unteachable because they don’t
want to learn beyond simply acquiring knowledge. I think it is important to think in terms of
what it means to learn. We think of learning as gaining or acquiring knowledge, but is that all
there is when we are talking about being teachable? As Christians, we need to always be
thinking of how our learning impacts our life as disciples of the Lord Jesus. If we look at it from
the perspective of “the teacher” in Ecclesiastes, learning simply for the sake of acquiring
knowledge is just so much vanity. I know the commandments, but if I don’t do them of what
good are they? None, in fact they serve to condemn me. So, we have to ask ourselves, why are
we learning? To what end are we learning? We start to get somewhere when we see that
learning must serve a purpose to be worthwhile. Here is where I want to change our definition
of what it means to learn. I want us to define learning as acquiring knowledge for the purpose
of changing our practice. In other words, taking what we learn and putting into practice in our
daily lives.
Now, this is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Taking knowledge and applying it so
that our behavior changes. With regard to the things of the Lord, we are squarely in the realm
of the Holy Spirit’s work. We need the Holy Spirit applying what we’ve learned to make lasting
and true change in our lives. It is a process; we must have the Holy Spirit opening our minds
and our hearts to learn and be changed. We certainly participate in this process, we are not
passive, we must respond by putting what we’ve learned into practice. That can be
uncomfortable, that can challenge our idols, that will mean the status quo of our lives has to
change. Growing is a difficult and often painful process. As Christians, that is what we are
called to, but we praise God that He has not left us alone in the process. He is there, He is
working, it is His power and strength that brings about the change. In all of it, He is faithfully
working out His decree.
My prayer for myself is, Lord make me teachable, change me, grow me in grace that I may
follow Jesus more faithfully. I pray that for you as well. To be unteachable is a sad place to be,
because it is a place of unwillingness to change. It is a place of resistance to the Lord. Give us
teachable hearts, O God!

Week 5, 2018

Week 5:


Weekly Hymn: Before There Was Time


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q9 What is God? /
    Answer: God is a Spirit, and has not a body like men.


  • Q10 Where is God? /

Answer: God is everywhere.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q104 What do we pray for in the fourth petition? /

Answer: In the fourth petition, which is, Give us this day our daily bread, we pray that of God’s free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy his blessing with them.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 1/29 – Matthew 10:1-20 & Genesis 50

Tue – 1/30 – Matthew 10:21-42 & Exodus 1-3

Wed – 1/31 – Matthew 11:1-19 & Exodus 4-6

Thurs – 2/1 – Matthew 11:20-30 & Exodus 7-9

Fri – 2/2 – Matthew 12:1-21 & Exodus 10-12

Sat – 2/3 – Matthew 12:22-37 & Exodus 13-15

Sun – 2/4 – Catch Up Day

Week 4, 2018

Week 4:


Weekly Hymn: O, Worship the King All Glorious Above


Shorter Catechism for Young Children–

  • Q7 In how many persons does this one God exist? /
    Answer: In three persons.


  • Q8 What are they? /

Answer: There is only one God.


Shorter Catechism –

  • Q103 What do we pray for in the third petition? /

Answer: In the third petition, which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, we pray that God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to his will in all things, as the angels do in heaven.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 1/22 – Matthew 8:1-13 & Genesis 41

Tue – 1/23 – Matthew 8:14-22 & Genesis 42-43

Wed – 1/24 – Matthew 8:23-34 & Genesis 44-45

Thurs – 1/25 – Matthew 9:1-13 & Genesis 46-47

Fri – 1/26 – Matthew 9:14-26 & Genesis 48

Sat – 1/27 – Matthew 9:27-38 & Genesis 49

Sun – 1/28 – Catch Up Day