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Have You Found A Biblical Church?The Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) is Reformed according to scripture.

 

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  1. That every officer and member of the Church of Christ is obligated to bring glory to God by strengthening individuals and families in their walk with God;
  2. That we individually and corporately as a Church are obligated to proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified;
  3. That we individually and corporately as a Church are obligated to make known to our community the good news of salvation through the mediatorial work of Christ in submission to the gospel message given in all of Holy Scripture.
  4. That we individually and corporately as a Church are obligated to continue the Messianic mission of the Old Testament Prophets and Christ Himself to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers (Malachi 4.6).
 

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  • Text goes here imageClarence E. VeldMinister, Westminster OPC
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Westminster News

Written by Elder Terry Miller  /  Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2016

New Song Announcement (2016/07/15):

New Song, a choral group of nine college students from Geneva College, PA, is coming to Bartlesville on July 15, 2016.  New Song conveys through music the timeless truths of the gospel and its enduring value for our contemporary society.  The concert is free and a love offering will be taken to help defray expenses.

For more information please visit: 

http://www.geneva.edu/ensembles/newsong/index.

  

 

The Installation/Ordination Service for Clarence Veld, the new minister at Westminster OPC, was held on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Welcome Clarence, Adriana and family to your new call at Westminster ! 

 

 “Harvest is past, summer is ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20)

Jeremiah is the lamenting prophet.  He laments that he has been given a duty to speak to a people who would not listen to God’s words spoken by the prophet.

“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I commend you, that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.  Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them.  Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck; they did evil more than their fathers.  And you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will not answer you.” (Jeremiah 7:23-27)

Time is rolling on.  Markers of the seasons remind Jeremiah that the people given to his charge will not take the medicine offered by the physician and be saved from their perilous consequences of unbelief. 

“Is there no balm in Gilead ?  Is there no physician there?  Why has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored ?” (Jeremiah 8:22)

Time is the witness of our perils.   It reminds us that we have not kept promises or performed duties when a new time marker arrives.  It reminds us that we are being moved to some end.  That end is death, physical and eternal.

“Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.” 

(Our God our Help in Ages Past)

Today is the last day of 2015. It is a time marker.  Year 2016 will begin tomorrow.   The year 2015 will be gone.   

“Year 2015 is past, and I am not saved.”

Will this be your declaration for a new year?   

God stepped into time to remedy this.  Christ Jesus kept the law and the covenant with man perfectly.  He died to pay the penalty for sinners who place their trust in Him and His merits.

If a cure for a malady is given by a physician and the patient refuses to take it (much like Israel of Jeremiah’s day), his epithet should read “He died because he refused to take the medicine.”

Christ Jesus is offered freely to sinners today, even as in Jeremiah’s time. The answer to Jeremiah’s rhetorical question - Is there no balm in Gilead ? - is  Yes, there is a balm and a Physician in Gilead.  Jesus Christ is His name.

Lean upon Him by faith, so that it won’t be said by you …

“Another year is past and I am not saved.”

The pains and torments of hell are eternal. 

Take the medicine, my friend, and be saved from this peril.  Don’t be stiff-necked like the Israelites in Jeremiah’s day.

There is no other name given among men than that of Christ Jesus as the perfect physician.   

Terry Miller   

  

“In the fullness of time, God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law.”  (Galatians 4:4-5)

A New Year has arrived.  It is no longer 2015, but rather 2016.  Time is marching on.  A new time marker is established.   

Time is a product of God’s creation.   But God is eternal and does not need time.  So why did He create and step into time to create man?  And why did he step into time to redeem man?

What is the central event in created time?  And what was the purpose of this event ?

We see the answer in Gal. 4:4-5.  God stepped into time to send His only begotten Son, that whoever should believe in Him might be redeemed from his curse.  

What was man’s curse?  He had broken God’s Law and was under it’s penalty - death, physical and eternal death.

I read a cute comic strip on the internet where one Roman was speaking to another Roman saying, “I’ve got to quit writing BC on my checks.”

This is a humorous comic strip, but it reminds us that there was a very significant event at this time.  The incarnation - emcompassing the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ - was the event of all time.

We have the news media pick a man or woman of the year for the previous year at the end of each year.  We often reflect on the events of the previous year on what has transpired (even though we rarely learn from these events.)  What significant events happened this year?  What will be the significant events next year?  

But this is paltry when compared to the most significant event in time, at the “fullness of time”.  

We look back in time to this event.  Simeon, the priest and Anna the prophetess, look forward in time to this event and they beheld it with their own eyes (Luke 2:25-38).  They knew the significance of this event. Simeon, the priest was looking for the consolation of Israel (the Messiah), as he declared “Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.”  He looked with eyes of faith upon the Christ child, the long expected Messiah for the Jews. He further declared, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed —- and a sword will pierce even your own soul — to the end that thought from many hearts may be revealed.”  Anna gave thanks to God and and could not stop speaking about Him (Christ, the Messiah) to all who were looking for the ‘redemption of Israel’.

Both of these - Simeon and Anna - were expecting the long-awaited Christ child.  They believed the promises of God in His word.  So did many other Jews of their time, but there were many who rejected the Messiah, and even put Him to death on a cross.

Both groups were fulfilling the words of Simeon.  Some of the Jews fell over Christ and some did rise with the Christ child.

How about you, my friend?  At this “new time” and “New Year”, how will you deal with the One who stepped into time at the “fullness of time” and eternity?

How you receive or don’t receive the One who came in the “fullness of time’ will determine how you will step “out of time” and into eternity.

Will Christ be your savior and your redemption to grant you everlasting and eternal life or will He be you judge and condemn you to the pains of hell forever for your sins?

Time is running out.  It is appointed for man to die and then be judged by this Christ.  How will you spend eternity?

Christ Jesus is the sword that will pierce your soul and reveal your thoughts regarding Him.  

Will your rest in His victorious merits or in your feeble and sinful self-righteous attempts for merit?

Time will tell ….  And time is hastening on …

“Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly forgotten, as a dream

 Dies at the opening day.”   

(Our God our Help in Ages Past)

 

 Terry Miller   

 

On a Sunday afternoon in November of last year, Westminster OP Church in Bartlesville, OK. was invaded by thieves. They broke into a window in the church facility and commenced boxing up computer and electronic equipment after breaking into some offices.

However, they did not make their getaway until after the first member if the congregation arrived on the scene for evening worship. That unsuspecting person was Ms. Sarah Eppinger. Ms. Eppinger startled the thieves and they quickly exited the building (What ? This church has an evening service too ?)

By the gracious providence of God, Ms. Eppinger was not touched or injured. We are most grateful to God for this.

None of the computer or electronic equipment was taken out of the building. Only some spare keys were taken.

After replacing the window pane, repairing some vent covers and a lock set on a door and after changing the lock tumblers on the entrance doors, our facility was back as it was before the break-in.

As a consolation to Ms. Eppinger for enduring trauma during this episode, the Session of Westminster awarded her a medal of valor for her outstanding courage and valor in the line of church duty and in face of grave danger (It has been suggested by some in the church that the Session embellished the story of Ms. Eppinger's heroic and courageous actions during the award presentation, but this response can likely be attributed to a sense of jealousy).

The Session also awarded the thieves an absentee Darwin award for choosing a time to break and enter just prior to a stated ( and clearly posted ) worship service.

We again thank our gracious and loving God for his protection of his children. His mercy truly endures forever toward His covenant people.