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That you might proclaim God’s mighty work

Pastor Tom preached on 1 Peter 2:9-10 a couple weeks ago.  In that sermon, he underscored Peter’s point that our appropriate response to our being called out of darkness and into light is to proclaim God’s mighty work:

    Expand your praise!  Look for things to praise God for: they’re all around you.  Look for his great works in the record of redemption that we have in his Word.  As you’re reading the Old Testament, do you stop and say, “Wow! This is amazing!  Look at what God did.”  Have you ever praised God (I haven’t until i put this sermon together) for Boaz redeeming Ruth?  Shouldn’t we?  Wasn’t that a great thing that occurred?  How about causing the fire to fall from heaven when Elijah called for it before the prophets of Baal?  What a great act!  Isn’t God worthy of our praise today for doing that so many years ago?

    Since we just came through the Christmas season, here’s a challenge for you.  You might have to look up some of the people to find the point of praise, but I would challenge you to read one or the other or both of the genealogies of Christ that we find in Matthew and Luke.  And as you go through that list of names, ask yourself, “Who is this person and why should I praise God for what happened in this person’s life?”  It will take you a while . . . and when you get to Shealtiel, you may wonder, “Who in the world is this?” . . . and you might not find much.  But there’s a whole long list of things that you could praise God for in the lives of that list of people that led either from Adam or Abraham, right up to Christ.

God is indeed worthy of our praise for His mighty work.  And if you’d like actually like to use one of the genealogies to praise God, here is a helpful resource from Tim Challies’ Visual Theology series called Awaiting the Messiah:

Tim Challies’ Visual Theology: Awaiting the Messiah

Or listen to Andrew Peterson sing Matthew’s genealogy from his album Behold the Lamb of God:

God Has Not Forgotten About Russian Orphans

Here is an article written by Wendy Lankford of MissionICare.  Wendy and her husband Shane will visit Pasadena EP Church on Sunday, January 20 to discuss their work connecting churches to opportunities to care for orphans, widows, and vulnerable children.

Her tired, chapped  face appeared contented as she rolled through baggage claim in her new umbrella stroller with her exhausted, relieved, and overjoyed parents.  Little Lina had endured a 2 hour car trip from her orphanage to the nearest major city, a 12 ½ hour train ride to Moscow, and a 10 ½ hour plane ride to Baltimore.  Lina has Down Syndrome and her adoptive family found her through Reece’s Rainbow, a non-profit organization that advocates for special needs children around the world.   Amy and Mike Livingston, her adoptive parents, were among the American families to take placement of one of the close to 1,000 Russian children welcomed into American homes last year.

How should we react to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent signature of a bill effectively eliminating American adoptions of Russian orphans like Lina?  How should we respond to the disruption of the 46 nearly finalized U.S. adoptions of Russian children?  How can  we take action when it appears that American hands are tied?

While the immediate implications are significant and disheartening for Russia’s more than 650,000 orphans waiting for families, the possibly hundreds of American families seeking visas for immigration of Russian orphans, as well as thousands more who might consider Russian adoption in the future, there are three things we, believers called to care for the orphan, must remember:

First, the media focus on the Russian orphan crisis may bring needed attention to the plight of orphans in Russia, as well as orphans worldwide.  Observers have credited the impetus for Russia’s new legislation as politically-motivated retaliation against the The Magnitsky Act, an act signed into law by President Obama in December to impose restrictions on Russian human rights violators.  However, in its efforts to react to American foreign policy, and in its willingness to use its own children in an act of political retribution, Russia has effectively turned the spotlight on its own domestic policies and priorities .  In a Christmas address, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill appealed to congregants.  “And as we celebrate Christmas I would like to appeal to everyone with a request: If you can take this important step in life aimed at adopting children, supporting orphans, take this step,” Kirill said. “There should be no orphans in our country.”  The media exposure of Russia’s overburdened orphanage system, which is acknowledged by American and Russian adoption agencies alike, as well as by Russian legislators, could result in a greater legislative emphasis on non-institutional and family-based solutions domestically for Russia.

Secondly, the shift away from American “solutions” allows us to focus on and support the growing efforts by Christian Russian nationals to stem the tide of the orphan crisis.  In April of 2012, The CoMission for Children at Risk and the Russian National Network for Children at Risk partnered with other Russian organizations to host The Alliance for Russia Without Orphans in an effort to cultivate a culture of orphan care.  This Christian summit provided information and helpful resources to prepare Russian Christians to care for the most vulnerable in their country.   Organizations like the Risk Network, provide resources to the Church to meet the needs in the community.  The Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund is an organization that helps orphans in orphanages and prepares them to transition by giving them life skills.   We can use this opportunity to begin to pray for, partner with, and financially support Russian domestic ministries that are caring for orphans in Christ’s name.

Finally, as Christians, the uncertainty and powerlessness we are tempted to feel in response to perceived setbacks can be potent reminders that our Sovereign Creator God is the same God in Russia that He is in America.  While we cannot dictate the foreign policy direction taken by Russian leaders, we know that “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord.”  And while we cannot control the fate of the many vulnerable Russian children waiting for homes, we know that our God “hear[s] the cry” of the orphan.  God has not forgotten about the Russian orphans, and His church is alive and working on behalf of the fatherless.  We need to create partnerships with Russian churches to serve them as they live out the biblical mandate to care for the fatherless.  We must pray and look for practical ways to help our brothers and sisters in Russia.  Russia’s new orphan care legislation is a great limitation, humanly speaking, but it does not limit the power and passion of our God, “the Father to the fatherless,” for the orphan.

Eleventh Anniversary: Reasons to Rejoice

On Sunday October 7, Pasadena Evangelical Presbyterian Church celebrated its eleventh anniversary as a church.  During worship we praised God for his faithfulness by singing Psalm 127, Great is Thy Faithfulness, The Church’s One Foundation, and I Love Thy Kingdom Lord.  God has been good and we pray his blessing on the days ahead.

The newspaper article pictured here appeared in the Maryland Gazette in September 2001.

Repost: Ten Years of Expository Preaching at Pasadena EP

Several months ago we put together a video to recognize ten years of expository preaching from Pastor Tom Wenger Sr.  The video shows the passage, date, and title for over 400 sermons that he has preached.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Ten Years of Expository Preaching at Pasadena EP Church from Pasadena EP Church on Vimeo.

Matter, Mind, Math, and Meaning: Did Science Kill God?

This Friday night, Andover Baptist church in Linthicum will be hosting a lecture and discussion led by John Byl (Ph.D. in Astronomy and winner of a 1999 Templeton Science and Religion Course Award).  The lecture is entitled “Matter, Mind, Math,and Meaning: Did Science Kill God?” and will began at 7pm on October 12th at 1009 Andover Road, Linthicum, MD.  Here is more from Andover’s website:

We live in a world of relative comfort and historically unprecedented longevity, health, wealth, and ease. Standing behind all the technological glory of modernity—iPods, transcontinental flights, and cell phones—is science. Her reign is almost total and seems to be unstoppably progressive. Science rules.

But did science kill God? Did the cumulative effect of technological developments in scientific instruments, harnessing the power of nature, and medical advances necessitate the dwindling of the God concept?  Doesn’t a bit of education and a dose of common sense require that God be dead or at best a psychological comfort for the weak, the simple, and the uneducated?  And if science didn’t kill God, why not?

All are invited, but especially professional scientists and mathematicians and those interested in the intersection of science and faith. The event is hosted by Andover Baptist Church.

Dust off your skates

Come on out for the first Roller Skating session of the season! We are skating Saturday, November 3rd from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Roller Skating Center on Mountain Road. The cost is $5 a person, plus skate rental. You can bring your roller blades, and there is no charge if you are just coming to watch. We play family-friendly music, so come on out for a good time!

Thanksgiving Parade

A float from the 2012 parade [Image from Pasadena Patch, Credit: Yvonne Lawson]
Pasadena will be hosting its 17th annual Thanksgiving parade on November 4.  The parade route passes right in front of the church.  This year we’ll have some free refreshments and games for the kids.  We’re also hoping to have an entry in the parade.  So come join us on Sunday November 4!  Worship is at 11 am at 7975 Tick Neck Road.  Immediately following worship we’ll have refreshments and games in the front yard of the church.  The parade starts at 2 pm.

Deacon & Mercy Training

Last summer, Pasadena EP Church hosted a conference on mercy ministry.  Dr. David Apple from Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia was our speaker.  He gave two talks: The ABCs of Mercy Ministry and How to deal with cold calls and walk-ins.  Unfortunately we didn’t save the recordings properly so we can’t post them here (though there are some related recordings from Dr. Apple here).

Next month, Tenth Presbyterian and MercyNet will be hosting two sessions on Mercy Ministry at Westminster Seminary (Van Til Hall, Church Road, Glenside, PA).  Here is some more information:

What is Mercy Ministry (Sat, Oct 6)?

  • The essential work of the deacon
  • The type and scope of ministry
  • Word and Deed Together
  • There is no mercy without evangelism

 

What is a Trauma Deacon (Sat, Oct 27)?

  • We can figure this out, right?
  • Managing ministry effectively
  • Learning to work smarter
  • What other churches are doing

 

According to the brochure, these sessions are for deacons, elders, future elders, Christian servants, those with the gifts of service and mercy, and those who have “retired to serve”.  For more information, contact David Apple (dapple at tenth dot org).

 

Sanctification: God’s responsibility and ours

The PCA magazine byFaith recently launched an online version of their newsletter.  They’ve done a nice job on the site – plenty of good articles and news stories.  Yesterday they posted Brian Chapell’s presentation from General Assembly on sanctification.  Here is an excerpt, in which he answers the question “How do all the Scriptures bear witness to Christ?”

Christ-centered exposition of Scripture should not require us to reveal Jesus by some mysterious magic of allegory or typology. Rather, solid exposition should identify how every text furthers our understanding of who Christ is, what the Father sent Him to do, and why. The goal is not to make Jesus magically appear from every detail of Hebrew history or Greek house code, but rather to show where every text stands in relation to the ultimate revelation of Christ. To do this we must discern the message of grace as it unfolds throughout Scripture. Our goal is not to force every text to mention Jesus, but to show how every text furthers our understanding of God’s grace, which is ultimately revealed in Christ.

Click here to read the rest of the presentation.  Michael Ross also delivered a presentation on this topic which can be viewed here.

Yard Sale Saturday

Pasadena EP Church will be hosting our first annual neighborhood yard sale tomorrow at 8 am.  We’ve invited the community to join us – selling their stuff, shopping, or just enjoying some of the free refreshments!  Come on out and get to know some of the neighbors.  The sale will start at 8 am and conclude at 12 pm.