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[04/02/20]   Daily Soul Care from Pastor John
Job 42:5,6
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.

I hear people start to ask the old questions like is this pandemic God’s will? How could a loving God do this? And people join in the debate as best they can.
It’s hard to believe in God or follow the grace and truth of Jesus and love his church when faith is a concept. When we think faith in God is an idea we either agree with or disagree with in our heads, well, there are so many more experiences that make us disagree than agree.
Job had the concepts down, but when life got hard and messy and even unthinkable, he struggled.
When he finally experienced that God wasn’t a concept, an idea to study, an object to accept or dismiss, but real and personal, then he changed for the better.
‘My ears had heard of you.’ That is, Job had some ideas and concepts in his head about God. All that led him to do was doubt and then distance himself from God. ‘. . . but now my eyes have seen you.’ In creation, in prayer, even in suffering, Job encounters the living God personally.
God is not an idea or an object for our reasoning, the Lord is God in three persons. When we respond to God person-to-person, the grace and truth of the divine shines into our lives and brings the change that only peace and redemption can bring.
‘Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.’ Job confesses how treating God as an idea was prideful. And more importantly, his pride resulted in him missing out on God’s present help in his trials. He repents, he changes his mind and heart. He trusts now that in trouble – in dust and ashes (when life involves sacrifice and mourning and pain) – in that trouble God is with him. Now he will reach to God in prayer, worship, gratitude, and patient trust.
Have you reduced God to thoughts you think in your head?
Take a step to meet God personally: worship and praise, prayer and confession, gratitude and serving others. You will be rewarded with experience that recognizes God with us personally.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in these days and moments we struggle to be honestly present to you. Thank you for staying with us. Go with us, stay with us the whole day through. Amen.



Want to be part of our Easter choir? It’s simple! We can use as many people as possible. Here are the directions:

1) Download the sheet music here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7d837s5d0qfau4z/186-Low-in-the-Grave-He-Lay.pdf?dl=0.

2) Download the instrumental track here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9lxmu4q53iyi5lp/Low%20in%20the%20Grave%20He%20Lay%20-%20Instrumental%20Track.mp3?dl=0

3) Use headphones or earbuds to listen to the track. There is a four-bar intro (don’t sing this), then straight through (verse, chorus, verse 2, chorus, verse 3, chorus).

4) Record yourself with a phone. (NOTE: Keep your phone vertical for this one — which is opposite of what we normally request — so don’t turn your phone sideways.)

5) Send your video to Joel Jupp via YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Facebook. (Email and text messaging compresses the video.)

6) Make sure you receive a thank-you confirmation — or let Joel know via Facebook or text that you’ve submitted.

Send these ASAP, so we can add you! (Sunday is the targeted deadline, but the sooner, the better. We might be able to accept submissions after that; just keep in mind that it will take time to compile, so we’ll do our best!)

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[04/01/20]   Daily Soul Care from Pastor John
Mark 10 - 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ”

As a snake slithered by across my path looking for some sun I thought of this old quote. Bear with its old-time language. It helps us these days when we wonder about the goodness of God:
‘Whatever else may be true, God has created venom, and we must not scruple to say it. If we have any conception of goodness that forbids this kind of possibility in God, then our God plainly does not exist, or the God that does exist is not He . . . And we need not scruple to confess a degree of satisfaction in this kind of discovery, showing that goodness is no such innocent, mawkishly insipid character, no such mollusk softness swimming in God’s bosom as many affect to suppose . . .’ – (Horace Bushnell, 19th century)
We tend to think of goodness or being good as weak and unexciting. When we consider the mystery and wonder of nature, including the venom of a snake, and pine seeds that only germinate after a forest fire, wolves taking down an elk, even viruses, it gets us thinking about this creation God called ‘good.’
It's the same with everyday life. Goodness has a toughness about it. Just look at those pledged to care for the sick. No one doubts that those who are working at the front lines of this pandemic are good. Goodness and suffering, generosity and sacrifice, risking safety in danger . . . Sometimes we struggle against God because we don’t understand the Lord’s goodness. We think God’s goodness should mean more for me, or something different, or less sorrow or struggle. But since Jesus carried the cross - yet he still called our Heavenly Father good - our concept of goodness has to grow to mean taking on the brokenness and harshness of life, too.
It’s time we think better about being good. And what kinds of spiritual muscles we have to exercise again in order to strive toward God’s goodness.
Prayer: Help me today, my Lord, to discover your good, perfect, and acceptable will and to focus all of my desire and energy upon doing it. Amen.

[03/31/20]   Daily Soul Care from Pastor John
1 Corinthians 3:11-13
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

My dog has been scratching her sides and ears lately. She needs a haircut. Maya leaves little clumps of hair dust bunnies around the house. We were going to get it cut for spring this past week, but with the restrictions in place that will have to wait a while now. It’s about time for me to get a haircut, too. But I can put it off for now. I suppose it’s more of a growing (ha!) issue for those of us who color our hair. It’s said that in the next few weeks our true colors will begin to show! Better run out and get one of those home coloring kits before they run out!
Other, more telling conditions will come out now, too. If you are a worrier you may find yourself worrying even more, you might not be able to hide it. If you are a controller you may find yourself more anxious and frustrated because you are finding that what you can control doesn’t amount to all that much. I suppose we’ll have to be gracious for now to those who crave recognition. Those are the ones posting all those Facebook advice memes. I read those and think of the insurance advertisement phrase: ‘Everybody knows that already!’ But I don’t say that, I’m trying to be kind.
It’s a good time to try to build on the foundation of grace: kindness, selflessness, generosity, thinking the best of people and not the worst, pray instead of rant, listen more and speak less, shine the revealing light of Christ on your habits, exercise confession, even learn what repentance is about, practice contentment, show gratitude . . .
We live in a revealing time. Our true colors are beginnings to show.

Prayer: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

[03/30/20]   Daily Soul Care from Pastor John

Hebrews 3:7-8a, 12-13
So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts . . .
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

So today an email blast went out to our community and neighborhood about a Saturday Easter Egg Hunt coming up this Saturday. Of course, we can’t do that given our stay-at-home order. The invitation notice was scheduled to be sent out automatically long before the onset of the coronavirus caused us all to change our plans, and was forgotten about until it automatically found its way into our inboxes today.
What’s interesting is how many people immediately responded. I received multiple phone calls, texts, and emails asking about this. I learned that certain messages at certain times grab people’s attention more than others. And I thought of all the times we’ve received other messages, promptly forgot about them, and never responded to the one who sent the message to us.
We’re getting a lot of messages these days. Can we listen for the meaning that lies underneath? Can we overhear what’s being revealed to us as we respond to each thing we hear with either fear, or scorn, or an attempt to manage, or to ignore?
In all the news, and fear, judgment, and hope against hope, the Lord God is speaking to us. Often it’s a message we put off until later, and in the meantime forget about. Instead, we can practice an on-the-spot daily examen. If we’re asking ourselves why we feel as we do about either a news item, or someone’s shared witness, how either anger, or mockery, or fear, or the like wells up in us, we may be open just enough for the Spirit of God to speak into our lonely, desperate hearts.
The Lord Jesus is God-with-us. He is the Living Word. He is always speaking to us: inviting us, commanding us, questioning us, and assuring us. Today you will hear his voice. Don’t harden yourself to its grace. How about you use your voice to share with someone what you heard from the Lord today, and how you responded.

[03/29/20]   Join along with evening prayer and song.
You're invited to comment your personal prayer requests during the video.
Music: "Hold Me Fast" by Sovereign Grace Music
(Copyright permission from Robert Kauflin)

[03/29/20]   JOIN US! Sunday at 9:45 AM.
Visit LombardCRC.org/live for lyrics, discussion questions, and children's activities.

Lombard CRC Livestream | 3/29/20.

JOIN US! Sunday at 9:45 AM.
Visit LombardCRC.org/live for lyrics, discussion questions, and children's activities.


worship - mar 29 childrens activities-1.pdf

Parents, as a reminder, you can print this kids activity packet prior to the online service:


Thanks to Anna for helping get this ready!

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[03/27/20]   Daily Soul Care from Pastor John
Job 21:15
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?’

Most people who criticize those who pray don’t really pray themselves. Most who dismiss prayer as anything other than a religious or sanctimonious act don’t really know what prayer is. Most who judge prayer only by whether it works – whatever that means – won’t submit to Jesus when he teaches us how to pray.
Soon enough many of us will find ourselves wrestling with prayer, which really means we are wrestling with the Lord God. Wrestling will tire us out; it will tempt us to give up. Many of us will retreat into safe clichés. Some will choose to mask our unbelief by a demonstration of going through religious motions. And some will let the shame of failure at prayer keep them from praying. But if we will follow our tears, if we will dare to sit with God in silence when we’ve run out of words, if we will wait and not simply run out, then we may discover what prayer really is, and be found by the one God who hears our prayers and responds.
Eugene Peterson prayed through tears, death, loss, sin, with shouts and in silence. He reminds us just how costly and priceless prayer is in times like these: “Prayer is a political action. Prayer is social energy. Prayer is public good. Far more of our nation’s life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation. That we have not collapsed into anarchy is due more to prayer than to the police. Prayer is a sustained and intricate act of patriotism in the largest sense of the word – far more precise and loving and preserving than any patriotism served up in party slogans. That society continues to be livable and that hope continues to be resurgent are attributes to prayer far more than to business prosperity or a flourishing of the arts. The single most important action contributing to whatever health and strength there is in our land is prayer.”
Above all this weekend, let us pray to the one true and gracious Lord God.

[03/27/20]   THIS SUNDAY - The Power of the Cross, Part 5 – From Emptiness to Fullness. Empty store shelves and empty cupboards. Empty wallets and bank accounts. An empty home where you are isolated and separated from friends and family.
Empty churches as we practice social distancing. We long to be full again. But how? Philippians 2 gives us the faith equation that brings the fullness of Jesus the God-man who sacrificed his life for us and rose from the dead as eternal king. Andrew Root describes it this way: although (x) not (y) but (z). Though Jesus is God he doesn’t use his power to his advantage but instead becomes one of us
in order to die for our salvation. You can even argue that the formula is: because Jesus is God he doesn’t distance himself from sin and brokenness but sacrifices himself for us to meet us in death and raise us to new life.
This prepares us for our own choices knowing that to love the Lord and our neighbors will mean choosing against our fears preferring the risky love of God,
while also being assured that to give ourselves in service and sacrifice to others
may sound like we’ll wind up empty, but it really is the way Christ fills us.
Join us online Sunday at 9:45 at lombardcrc.org.
Also find there worship resources for the day and a children’s activity packet.

[03/26/20]   Daily Soul Care from Pastor John
2 Chronicles 7:13-14
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

“Sometimes it stings, like a slap in the face.” In the movie about her life, that’s how Harriet Tubman describes what it sometimes feels like to hear the Word of God.
And this is a Bible passage like that for us. Maybe you have heard others recalling this historical word and applying it to 2020. First there was drought in Australia causing wildfires that ruined the land down under. Then locusts destroyed the crops in Kenya. And now the plague that is covid-19 is sweeping the world. Coincidence? Or maybe a slap in the face to get us to stop and think about more than the daily news. I’m not saying look, here a prophecy is being fulfilled. That’s
not the context of the passage. The point of the passage is our response to disaster. The proper response is not selfishness, it is not unbelief, it is not even judgment against ourselves or others. The proper response is repentance: humble one’s self, pray, seek the Lord, and turn from sin. In other words, repentance. Many will stop reading at this point because that’s the last thing we want to hear right now. It feels better to blame God or blame others.
Foundational to soul care is repentance. That means a turning back to the Lord God and a turning away from self: self-assuredness, selfishness, and pride of self. The revelation here and in many other Bible passages like this one is that in times of trouble we will only begin to make sense of it by drawing near to God humbly, prayerfully, seeking to get right again with the Holy One.
Solzhenitsyn once said: “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
What must you and I repent of? Some of us are invited to repent of forming God in our own image, either to excuse our behavior and immorality or to judge God and feel excused from submitting to him.
Others know we must repent of seeing sin in others but not our own lives.
Still others are summoned to repent of asking the wrong question. As Martin Luther King, Jr once said, “Too many of us live asking, ‘If I do this what will happen to me?’ When we should be asking instead, ‘If I don’t do this what will happen to him?’
And the rest of us are given the chance to repent of dismissing and disregarding the healing Word of God.
Wondering what all these slaps of drought, famine, and pandemic mean? Respond with a humble act of repentance to find holy meaning, purpose, and strength.

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