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As we move into the weekend, let's begin to think about the incredible opportunity we have to gather for the specific purpose of giving praise to God! Our corporate worship meetings are indeed opportunities for service to the Lord as we sing, pray, enjoy fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, read/hear God's Word, and hear the voice of the Head of the Church as His Word is preached and explained! Just because we are blessed with this opportunity on a regular basis doesn't mean that it is not a monumental event with cosmic implications! Every Lord's Day, redeemed people around the world meet for the glory of God. That's powerful. So let's not approach the Lord's Day casually or as if it is routine and mundane. Let's approach the Lord's Day with specific preparation and enthusiasm!
 
At DRBC, the sermon text is scheduled to be Romans 9:19-29 (but including verse 18 in the reading as a reminder of the immediate context). To prepare, first of all, read the passage! I've been encouraging us to be reading and thinking about Romans 9 in the context of chapters 9 - 11 as a unit, and all of this within the flow of thought that has accumulated in the first 8 chapters.
 
In Rom 9:19-29, we are confronted with the mystery of God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility. Most every believer I know and every theologian I've heard or read have agreed that the topic of the salvation of sinners involves some deep things that could be classified as mystery. Paul has made the case for God's right to elect sinners for salvation (i.e. that salvation is by grace) throughout all that precedes our passage in Romans, but particularly in verses 6-18 as he discusses the dilemma of the security of salvation while Israel is mostly in unbelief.
 
As you read vv 19-29, note the question of verse 19. Note the presupposed truths behind the question: that God indeed finds fault with sinners in unbelief, and that God is sovereign in accomplishing what He wills. Note the answer to the question of verse 19 that is found in v 20: "who are you, O man to answer back to God." God is presented in His relationship to His creatures as a potter with complete authority and ability to mold the clay as He wills. Do you agree that He has that right? 
 
Read the passages in Isaiah 29:15-16; 64:8-9 and Jeremiah 18:1-6 to see the background for Paul's illustration. Ask yourself the question that runs from Rom 9:22-24. Are you okay with the truth of what is indicated there? Does God indeed have the right to do what He wills with His creatures?
 
Does He have the right to create a people for Himself? Paul quotes Hosea 2:23, 1:10, and Isaiah 10:22-23 and 1:9 which are passages about God's activity in creating a people for Himself--Israel, or more specifically redeemed, believing Israel with whom He has included believing Gentiles. It is helpful to read these passages including the context of those passages.
 
All of these illustrations and quotations are provided by the Holy Spirit through the human authorship of Paul. What is your response to God's right to be God?  Do you rejoice in bowing before His sovereignty, or are you concerned for the rights of the creatures? Let us yield to, indeed rejoice in, God's right to rule, and let us be grateful that God is good and is gracious to save sinners who deserve only His wrath!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Praise the Lord for the instruction of His Word! What a challenge for Fathers to see the high responsibility given to them by God for the spiritual care of the family. Fellow Fathers, let us commit ourselves to bringing up our children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph 6:4).
 
I can't help but think of the meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC Wednesday evening of last week. I don't know the theology of that church, but I am certainly able to identify an evil, murderous act. May the Lord grant mercy and grace and peace to that community. May He redeem and rescue through the gospel. And may He grant strength for DRBC and every true church to continue to engage in the work to which we've been called, knowing that the possibility exists that simply showing up at a Wednesday evening church meeting could cost us our lives. We can continue, precisely because we know that nothing happens outside of the perfect plan and purpose of the One "Who works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Eph 1:11). 
 
The Color Country Baptist Association Family Camp is schedule for July 7-10 at Camp Lutherwood near the intersection of Highways 89 and 14, east of Cedar City. There are two ways to participate in the event: 1. The "In-tents" experience--bring your own tent; and 2. Recreational Vehicle. This camp features the two ends of the camping spectrum, but that's just the way it is! The fee is only $12 and this covers meals from Tuesday Dinner through Friday breakfast (maybe lunch, but I can't confirm that right now). If you are planning to stay in a tent, just pay your $12 to DRBC and register at the online registration page: CCBA Family Camp Registration. If you want to take an RV, you will need to contact Camp Lutherwood at the number provided at the above link. The hook-up fee for RVs is $25 per night. You must register at the linked page either way. Registration deadline is June 30.
 
On June 28, DRBC will host the Connect 180 Youth Fellowship meeting at 6:30 pm. If you would like to help us with snacks for the event, please bring some chips, cookies, fruit, or drinks to the church building on Sunday June 28. Pray for Collin Day as he will be speaking that evening, Lord willing. And pray for Tami Walker and the DRBC youth as they will be playing worship music.
 
DRBC T-shirts are available for $10 each. They are available at the church building.
 
 
DRBC Offering Report:
 
June 21  Receipts   $879.00
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget  $1748.94
 
Remember to pray for one another. Soli Deo Gloria!
This Sunday is Father's Day, and the role of fathers in God's plan is crucial. In fact, it is so important that I believe it necessary that we take another break from Romans and look at a passage that points to the ministry of fatherhood: 1 Chronicles 28:2-20; 29:16-19. I encourage you to read chapter 28 and 29 for the context of King David's words and actions toward his son, Solomon, which is that he is charging him to follow through and build God's Temple.
 
As you read this passage from God's Holy Word, consider what David is doing in 1 Chron. 28:9-10; and in 29:19. Fathers, does anything happen in your relationship with your children that looks like this? Most of the folks at DRBC are not biological fathers, but everyone of us needs to promote God's plan for fatherhood, particularly since God's Word tells us that a congregation is like a family! Paul told Timothy to relate to all the people in the church as family members (1 Timothy 5:1-2). That means that all the men of DRBC should have an attitude of acting like fathers in relating to younger folks in the church. Not to be obeyed like a father with a small child, but as one who instructs and prays and is giving an example of following the Lord Jesus. We should honor fathers who are doing the things we see David doing in our passage, both in the congregation generally, and especially fathers in their homes. Do you see any correlation between what King David exemplified in our passage and the qualifications for leadership in the local church (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1)?
 
May the Lord grant us all an eagerness to be together for His praise and glory, and to hear instruction from His Word!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
God is good! Zack, Whitley, and Matthew Wilson are safely home from the hospital. What a blessing to rejoice with Zack, Whitley, Brian, and Suzie in welcoming this little gift from God into our fellowship! We will be planning for a Baby/Child dedication Sunday soon when we pray and agree to each do our part so that DRBC is a congregation in which God is praised, Christ is exalted, the gospel is made clear, and we each receive fellowship, with its mutual accountability and care. More details to come.
 
Let's remember to pray for one another, as several among us are facing challenges. Our small groups have details for intercessory prayer.  Email the leaders . . . David Bernstein ChosenbyGodinChrist@gmail.com, Rodger Tracy Rodger.Tracy@nwi.net, Michael Klos Michael@Klos.com . 
 
Next Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 pm, we will have a churchwide fellowship. I hope that everyone can come. There will be a sign-up sheet at the church on Sunday so we don't all bring the same thing. We will read some Scripture and pray and generally enjoy fellowship.
 
The Color Country Baptist Association Family Camp is schedule for July 7-10 at Camp Lutherwood near the intersection of Highways 89 and 14, east of Cedar City. There are two ways to participate in the event: 1. The "In-tents" experience--bring your own tent; and 2. Recreational Vehicle. This camp features the two ends of the camping spectrum, but that's just the way it is! The fee is only $12 and this covers meals from Tuesday Dinner through Friday breakfast (maybe lunch, but I can't confirm that right now). If you are planning to stay in a tent, just pay your $12 to DRBC and register at the online registration page: CCBA Family Camp Registration. If you want to take an RV, you will need to contact Camp Lutherwood at the number provided at the above link. The hook-up fee for RVs is $25 per night. You must register at the linked page either way. Registration deadline is June 30.
 
Collin and Kallie Day are here! They were married in Arkansas on Saturday, and arrived in St. George on Sunday evening. Then, Kallie started to work at Dixie Regional Medical Center on Monday. Now that's a weekend! Collin officially begins on July 1 as the CCBA Pastoral Ministry/Church Planting Intern. Let's make the Days welcome!
 
On June 28, DRBC will host the Connect 180 Youth Fellowship meeting at 6:30 pm. If you would like to help us with snacks for the event, please bring some chips, cookies, fruit, or drinks to the church building on Sunday June 28. Pray for Collin Day as he will be speaking that evening, Lord willing.
 
Also, thanks to JP Solstad for attending the SBC Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH this week as a messenger from DRBC. Welcome home, JP!
 
DRBC Offering Report:
 
June 14  Receipts   $4146.00
Weekly Undesignated Receipts needed for 2015 Budget  $1748.94
 
Soli Deo Gloria!

 

As we approach corporate worship on the Lord's Day, let us have hearts and minds set on the Lord. I saw a quote from the missionary Hudson Taylor that points us in the right direction, both for daily Bible reading and prayer, and as we prepare for corporate worship: "Don't have your concert first, and then tune your instruments; begin the day with the Word of God and Prayer."
 
Let us, then, begin to tune our instruments for our corporate concert of worship and praise for our God! Let every household be dedicated to give glory to God in all things, especially the worship service of the local church!
 
Brother Scott Miller is scheduled to preach at DRBC on Sunday morning. Let us pray for him as he prepares to minister the Word to us. And let us prepare to hear the Word of the Lord from Psalm 8, as he has indicated that he feels lead to preach on the glory of Christ from this Messianic Psalm. So, let us read it in our households, meditate on it, and see how this Psalm speaks of man, generally, and of the Son of Man, specifically! Let us glory in the display of God's infinite wisdom and power in telling us about the Messiah 1000 years before the Incarnation! Soli Deo Gloria!
 
Also, we are not through with Romans! So, let's continue to be thinking about Romans 9 - 11 and the amazing reality that Israel's unbelief (nor anyone else's) threatens the plan of God. On the contrary, man's rebellion is consistent with God's plan of redemption. Be thinking of the last verse in this section of Scripture, the one we have up on the wall at DRBC: 
 
"For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen."
 
Amen!
 
Soli Deo Gloria!