Preaching Christ from the Scriptures

2010

 

We have included below links to our recent sermon and worship service videos to let you see what a worship service at First Presbyterian Church is like, or to watch a service that you missed. We currently have over 550,000 views of our videos, and average over 1,000 views per day.

 

We would prefer that you join us on Sunday mornings for worship at 9:30 AM, as the videos can only give you a taste of what actual participation is like. As the writer of the book of Hebrews said, in our worship we "come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. ...to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven...." (Hebrews 12:22-24). You just can't duplicate that on a video!

 

 

Sermon: "The Mystery of Godliness," 1 Timothy 3:14-16. December 26, 2010. Does your church have a manger scene during the Christmas holiday? Not all churches do, but if it does, perhaps it should remind you that the church is the place to learn about the true meaning of Christ's birth. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from 1 Timothy 3:14-16 how God has entrusted "the mystery of godliness" to the care of the church. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4KmgU9Ea9Q; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGR8ak8eyI0

 

Sunday Worship Service, December 26, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by His Word and Spirit. This video contains Christmas hymns and songs, both vocal and instrumental. The sermon and catechism lesson are available on separate videos. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGWgZFLV9Bw; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1OsoHv7biA.

Special Music: "O Holy Night," Sing to the Lord Hymnal # 183. December 26, 2010. One of the most powerful hymns of the Christmas season is sung by Mr. Joseph Waggoner, baritone vocalist for First Presbyterian Church. He is accompanied on the piano by his wife, Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner. The song is taken from our "Sing to the Lord" Hymnal #183. Originally based on a poem by a French poet, Placide Cappeau, it was adapted by a Unitarian minister, John Sullivan Dwight, who spent his career as America's first influential classical music critic. The song was the second piece of music ever played on the radio on 24 December 1906. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-AT0hY6Evo

Catechism: "The General and Special Call," Larger Catechism Question #68. December 26, 2010. In this meditation on the Larger Catechism's Question #68, Pastor MacLaren shows why the gospel is heard publicly by many people, but few take it to heart and respond in faith. As Jesus himself said long ago, "Many are called, but few are chosen," Matthew 22:14 (KJV). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFEFRsedn5I

Special Music: "Go, Tell It on the Mountain," Sing to the Lord Hymnal #181. December 26, 2010. Originally composed as an African American spiritual by John W. Work in about 1865, this powerful Christmas carol exhorts the church to proclaim the saving message of the gospel. Mr. Joseph Waggoner, baritone vocalist for First Presbyterian Church, sings this hymn in his deep, resonant voice, with accompaniment by his wife, Rebekah Winder Waggoner, on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KfOaSiWNSc

 

 

Sermon: "God's Son and the Sons of God," Galatians 4:1-7, December 19, 2010. Christmas brings many wonderful memories of children opening their gifts and crying out, "It's just what I've always wanted!!" God's great gift for us is His dearly loved Son, whom he sent to redeem us and make us his very own sons. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Paul's words in Galatians 4 a deeper perspective on Christmas. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jud0afyybx0; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFCp7i8jG9I.

Sunday Worship Service, December 19, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by His Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Included in this video is the hymn, "O Come, All Ye Faithful." The Scripture readings are from the New International Version (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AklSfzsiloE; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SI1hVsURJI.

 

Special Music, "See Amid the Winter's Snow," Trinity Hymnal #158. December 19, 2010. This beautiful hymn was composed by Edward Caswall in 1851. Originally ordained as an Anglican priest in 1839, he went on to join the Roman Catholic Church in 1847, where he composed most of his hymns. His wife died suddenly in 1850, after which he was ordained as a priest in a congregation established by John Cardinal Newman. He spent the remainder of his life in the priestly ministry, becoming known especially for his concern for the poor, the sick, and little children. Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church with accompaniment on the piano by Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaDDAhYIMg0

 

Catechism: "God's Effectual Call," Larger Catechism Question #67. December 19, 2010. During the first and second World Wars, a poster was distributed throughout the country with a rather vigorous looking elderly man in a striped top hat, pointing directly at the viewer. The poster said, "Uncle Sam Wants You!" In a powerful and direct way, the poster recruited many young men into the United States military. God's effectual calling of his elect does not make use of such outward symbols, but rather works inwardly and secretly by the Holy Spirit. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains the meaning of God's effectual call of his elect from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrcuNZs7hy4

 

Special Music, "Silent Night, Holy Night." Trinity Hymnal #161. December 19, 2010. This great classic hymn of Christmas reflects on wonder of our Lord's lying in a manger as the babe of Mary and Savior of the world. Composed by the Roman Catholic priest Joseph Mohr in Austria as a hymn for a Christmas Eve mass, it gradually made its away over the Alps and across the ocean to the United States in 1839. Watch as Pastor MacLaren and Mr. Joseph Waggoner sing this moving hymn with accompaniment on the piano by Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L9z4_i7hco

 

Sermon: "The Gospel of God," Romans 1:1-7; December 12, 2010. The Christmas story fascinates many with its miraculous accounts of the virgin birth and the baby in the manger. You can find this story in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, but what does the apostle Paul say about it? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Paul expands our vision of the birth of Jesus Christ by describing "the Gospel of God." Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JvRpSDESXo; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgHbovNoH7Q.

 

Sunday Worship Service, December 12, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY-LBkWWhZc; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjN8o_hKz4I

 

Hymn: "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus," Trinity Hymnal #145. December 12, 2010. During the height of the Great Awakening in the early American colonies, the great Methodist hymn writer Charles Wesley composed this lyrical Christmas hymn that captures the hope of the ancient Israelite. The hymn is sung during the Sunday Worship Service of First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA on December 12, 2010. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor Richard Scott MacLaren sing with accompaniment from Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r43C7NzafgY

 

Catechism: "Chosen by Grace Alone," Larger Catechism Question #66. December 12, 2010. The election of some to salvation and passing others by is something that is misunderstood by many and vilified even by many of those who call themselves Christian. Is it an arrogant, racist idea that is offensive to any notions of fairness and love? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains the answer of the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church on God's work of election. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvdfgFmjN3Y

 

Sermon: "Righteousness and Salvation," Isaiah 51:1-16, December 5, 2010. What are you afraid of? The history of God's saving work should encourage Christians to face insults and hostility with grace and courage. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 51 how God makes the believer in Jesus bold by assuring him of God's enduring righteousness and eternal salvation. Part 1, http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/u/5/fgH8sqPZLXE. Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKPZ4mwsf3A

 

Sunday Worship Service, December 5, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and read the Scriptures from the New International Version of the Bible. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/u/2/qb15D_kG39s; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/u/1/T5N5mUGgbYQ; Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/u/0/0-K4dZfjNjE

 

Hymn: "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates," Trinity Hymnal (rev.) #198. December 5, 2010. This majestic advent hymn rejoices in the coming of the Lord of Glory into this world of sin. Watch as Pastor MacLaren and Mr. Joseph Waggoner sing this great hymn from the Trinity Hymnal (revised) of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/user/rsmac12#p/a/u/0/oKPZ4mwsf3A

 

Catechism: "The 'True' Christian," Larger Catechism Question #65. What is it that distinguishes a true Christian from one who is a Christian in name only? Is such a distinction meaningful or appropriate? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains the answer of the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to Question #65. http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/u/3/RiTsRF-mAZU

 

Thanksgiving Service, November 28, 2010. Join us as we thank the Lord for the blessings of our families, church, and nation. We'll sing "Come, Ye Thankful People Come," "God of Our Fathers," and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," among other great hymns from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Part 1: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9MBFMFNU; Part 2: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9MBFMMNU

 

Sermon: "A Resolute Man!" Isaiah 50:1-11, November 28, 2010. Do you have the strength to face uncertainty with courage and boldness? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 50 how God has given his Servant a "face of flint" to do God's will, and how we can be made like him through faith. Part 1: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=76LDWGNX; Part 2: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=76LDWPNX.

 

Sunday Worship Service, November 28, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the Trinity Hymnal, and read Scripture from the New International Version of the Bible. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9MB9ECNU

 

Hymn: "Jesus Christ, Our Lord Most Holy," Trinity Hymnal #196. November 28, 2010. This mournful hymn reflects on the sufferings of our Savior as he went to the cross. Originally written in 1550 by Michal Grodzki during the Reformation period, it was sung to a Polish melody and later translated into English by John Bajus in 1939. Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren sing this hymn from the Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied on the piano. GodTube: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9MB92CNU; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV0_2YPKyfg

 

Catechism: "Is Your Church Invisible?" Larger Catechism Question #64; November 28, 2010. The kingdom of God places greater importance on the invisible as opposed to the visible. Do you pray in public merely to get the attention of others, or do you pray in secret to God? Is everyone in your church a Christian, or are there some who are Christian in name only? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church that the invisible church is the true church. GodTube: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9MBFJJNU; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thSyjCNtquI

 

Sermon: "A Packed House!" Isaiah 49:13-26, November 21, 2010. Will a small church ever grow? Perhaps your church has struggled for years, or has seen young people leave for work in other communities. How will your church ever grow again? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how churches grow by the grace of God. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7G6ZPPNX

 

Sunday Worship Service, November 21, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith, including "Praise the Lord, Ye Heav'ns Adore Him" and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken." Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7G6ZZPNX

 

Sermon: "No Teleprompters Here!" Isaiah 49:8-16, November 14, 2010. A prominent journalist recently criticized the president for relying so heavily on his teleprompter. With so much depending on what he says, we can perhaps excuse him, but when God speaks, no teleprompter is needed. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how God remembers his promises to us. Part 1: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9E1211NU; Part 2: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9E12EFNU.

 

Special Music: "I'm Redeemed," November 14, 2010. Pastor MacLaren and Mr. Joseph Waggoner sing a selection of hymns (#419-420) from the "Sing to the Lord" Hymnal. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7GYP6LNX

 

Sunday Worship Service, November 14, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith, in this video making use of the "Sing to the Lord Hymnal." Our Scripture Readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9E12E1NU

 

Catechism: "Churchianity," November 14, 2010. Does everyone who goes to church make it to heaven? Some might think so, but the Bible tells us otherwise. In this video, Pastor MacLaren leads a meditation on the Larger Catechism (Question #61) of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9E12M1NU

 

Sermon: "Thinking Big," November 7, 2010. Are you feeling frustrated at the slow pace of progress in your life? Do you seem to have little to show for your work? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from Isaiah 49 how God encouraged his Servant with a expanded vision for service. Part 1: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7GKWPPNX; Part 2: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7GKWZWNX.

 

Hymn: "I Need Thee Every Hour," Trinity Hymnal #710, November 7, 2010. Christians know how much they depend on the Lord's provision for all of life. In this hymn, we reflect on the faith that abandons self and looks to the Lord. This hymn was sung by Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren from the Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied on the piano. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7GKYD7NX.

 

Sunday Worship Service, November 7, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9EF1BJNU

 

Catechism: "The Lost Are Really Lost," Larger Catechism Question #60, November 7, 2010. Do all religions lead to God? If you are sincere in your religious faith, will God accept you, regardless if you "believe in Jesus Christ?" In this meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Pastor MacLaren shows that salvation is reserved only for those who believe in Jesus. There are no second chances, no salvation for those of other faiths, no matter how sincere or devout. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7GKYL7NX.

 

Sermon: "The Christian Voter's Guide," Isaiah 48; October 31, 2010:

 

A pivotal election will take place in the United States this week, as people across the nation go to the polls to decide on the future. Should the Christian vote? Who should he vote for? Watch as Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren shows from Isaiah 48 how God guides us in the choice of candidates.

 

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Sunday Worship Service, October 31, 2010: Join us as we worship the living God by His Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7G7DD7NX

 

Catechism: "Redemption's Recipients," Larger Catechism Question #59.; October 31, 2010. For whom did Christ die? It is a question that might seem obscure, or terribly obvious, but many Christians get it wrong. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the Spirit takes the benefits of Christ's cross and applies them to the elect. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7G7DLWNX

 

Special Music: "O Quickly Come, Dread Judge of All," Trinity Hymnal #243. October 31, 2010. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing this great hymn that shares the same tune as "Eternal Father, Strong to Save." Composed by Lawrence Tuttiett in 1854, an Anglican minister, it looks in hope to the coming of the Lord, who is Judge and King, Life and Light of all. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanies on the piano. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7G7LZGNX

 

Sermon: "The Sorcerer's Kingdom," Isaiah 47; October 24, 2010. "I am not a witch," declared a candidate for office in the USA. That may seem rather obvious to most, but in Isaiah's time sorcery was one of the ways the ancient city of Babylon gained power. Watch as Pastor Richard Scott MacLaren shows how Jesus has overcome the darkness of the sorcerer's kingdom. This sermon was preached at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (www.firstchurchopc.org), an Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org) Watch a video of the sermon here: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=91CCFMNU

 

Sunday Worship Service, October 24, 2010. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9EBJJJNU

 

Catechism: "Redemption accomplished and Applied," Questions #57-58, 10/24/2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVW2KrB7rJM

 

Hymn: "Holy, Holy, Holy." Trinity Hymnal #87; October 3, 2010. The author of this wonderful hymn, Reginald Heber, served for many years as an Anglican minister in a small, obscure parish in western England before going on to serve as the Bishop of Calcutta (India). He composed this hymn for use on Trinity Sundays to celebrate the glory of the Trinity, one God forever existing in three persons. The hymn reflects the vision of St. John on the Isle of Patmos, where he saw the glory of the Lord seated on his heavenly throne, worshiped by the angels and the saints in glory. The song is sung by Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (www.firstchurchopc.org) during the Sunday Worship Service of October 3, 2010. Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren is the pastor. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=317f3b5386dd8b358d4e

 

Sermon: "In Remembrance of Me," 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; October 3, 2010. The great English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote an extensive elegy in memory of the death of his friend Arthur Hallam. Rather than a biographical remembrance, "In Memorium A. H. H." reflects on the larger themes of death, grief, and hope. We may not be able to write lyric poetry in memory of our loved ones, but perhaps we will keep something that will remind us of them, some photographs, a sweater, or an empty wedding ring. On the night before his betrayal and death, Jesus left his disciples with a remembrance of him that the church has observed ever since. What is the meaning of the Lord's Supper, and why does it remain one of the most sacred moments of a worship service? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 the meaning of the Supper, and how the Reformed faith is distinct from other branches of the Christian church in its understanding of this sacrament. This sermon was given during the Sunday Worship Service of October 3, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (USA; www.firstchurchopc.org), an Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren is the pastor.

 

Sunday Worship Service, October 3, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New Internation Version of the Bible. The sermon for this service was "In Remembrance of Me!" This worship service took place at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (www.firstchurchopc.org), a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren is the pastor. To start a church in your community, please contact Pastor MacLaren at MacLaren.1@opc.org. Service: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=52507673e2685ac899ca.

 

Sunday Worship Service, September 26, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=db5895236fadc6753e69; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=dd9c1075a6a89ad5138f

 

Catechism: "Jesus' Heavenly Intercession." Larger Catechism Question #55. September 26, 2010. Following his ascension into heaven and enthronement over all things for the sake of the church, Jesus not only rules as a king over all of history today, he also intercedes for his people as their great high priest, representing their interests before God the Father. This intercessary prayer is unique to Jesus. He pleads the merit of his own obedience and sufferings on our behalf. No one else is able to do this, not you and I, not the Virgin Mary or the departed saints. Jesus alone in our Great High Priest, and he pleads for us.

 

Hymn: "O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus," Trinity Hymnal #453. September 26, 2010. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing this wonderful hymn that reflects on the glory and beauty of the love of Jesus. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanies on the piano. The lyrics were written by Samuel Trevor Francis after experiencing a period of despair and doubt. Tempted to end his life by jumping off London's Hungerford Bridge, he instead discovered afresh the amazing love of God in Christ. Listen as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor Richard Scott MacLaren sing this hymn, and feel underneath the music the swelling of the waves which now speak of the deep, deep love of Jesus. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e1ddcd7109f6a75a7e1c

 

Sermon: "Welcome to God's Family!" Ephesians 3:14-21. September 26, 2010. A Christian missionary was reading the Lord's prayer to patients in a Christian hospital operating in Iran. As he read the words, "Our Father, which art in Heaven," one of the Muslim patients immediately interrupted him and said, "Don't call God 'father,' that is blasphemy. God is not a father." In our Christianized west, we might be surprised to hear that. Even liberal Christians speak of the Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of men. But it is the precious truth of the gospel that in Christ we become members of God's family. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Ephesians 3:14-21 how the Church of Jesus Christ is the family of God. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=f0485649da294bc7fab0; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=9dbecbd05708e6f6d018.

 

Larger Catechism: "Jesus Exalted in Heaven." Pastor MacLaren leads a meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church during the Sunday Worship Service of First Presbyterian Church, Perkasie PA (USA) on September 19, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=29792c49218e755fd0f7

 

Special Music: "None Other Lamb," Trinity Hymnal #115. Christina Rossetti was an English poet from a renowned literary family. After suffering from severe financial troubles and a nervous breakdown, she developed an interest in spiritual things and composed this wonderful hymn, "None Other Lamb." Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren sing this selection from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church during the Sunday Worship Service of September 19, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=aaf0517e3bcdbf596927

 

Sermon: "Predicting Cyrus," September 19, 2010. The popular singer Miley Cyrus has risen to fame with the Disney Channel's television series, "Hannah Montana." She played the role of a girl who leads a double life: average school girl by day, and a famous pop singer by night. The show has been an amazing success, both commercially and professionally. But now Miley Cyrus must make the adjustment into adulthood, and some of her artistic decisions have been rather unpredictable. With a promising career ahead of her, will she make choices that reflect her family's Christian values and beliefs, or will she pursue the fame and fortune that the world offers at the expense of her integrity? We will see, but what happens next is anyone's guess. The Bible tells us however of someone else named "Cyrus," who's actions were predicted over a century before he was even born. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows who this Cyrus was and how God distinguished himself from all other claims to deity by doing the impossible: predicting the future. This sermon was preached at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (USA). Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=54772142c3e7265cc2ba; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=0635c1780a4852391a13

 

Larger Catechism: "Jesus Exalted in His Ascension." September 12, 2010. The Bible tells us that after Jesus rose from the grave, he appeared to his disciples for 40 days before ascending into heaven. What is the significance of his ascension? How did it take place? Was it merely metaphorical, a nice story to charm little children with, or did the gospels simply intend to tell us that his soul went to heaven after his death? No, the Bible has something much more significant to tell us in his bodily ascension. Watch as Pastor MacLaren leads a meditation on the 53rd Question of the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=dc937c81d6280a7457e9

 

Special Music: "Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty," Trinity HYmnal #304. September 12, 2010. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing this beautiful hymn that celebrates the glories of Christian worship. This hymn was sung during the Sunday Worship Service of September 12, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=55ab03a2e80d9100ce12

 

Sermon: "Ground Zero for America," September 12, 2010. A controversy erupted in recent months when a Muslim cleric announced plans to build a mosque near the site of the fallen World Trade Towers in New York City. Known as 'Ground Zero,' this area is considered 'hallowed ground' to those who have lost loved ones there. The controversy escalated further this week when a Christian pastor announced his intention to burn the Koran on 9/11, sending shockwaves throughout the Muslim world and the US government. The religious conflict here at Ground Zero is emblematic of a deeper conflict within America as to how we should live in a religiously diverse culture. Should we trade insults with each other, or ask more profound questions as to who is God and whom should we serve? The prophet Isaiah faced a similar situation in his day. In a religiously diverse culture, he forcefully argued that the Lord alone is God. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the church of the Lord Jesus should best advance his kingdom in the world today.Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=13be499fbcd5dede1aa6; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=881623cc3e73f0bb5d4d

 

Sunday Worship Service, September 5, 2010. Join us as we worship the living God by His Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Our Scripture Readings are from the New International version of the Bible. This service took place at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (USA) on September 5, 2010.<br />\r\nRev. Richard Scott MacLaren is the pastor. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d9029fa1ca3ffe864b27

 

Sermon: "The Christian at Work," September 5, 2010. Why do you work? Perhaps to pay bills, put a roof over your head and feed your family, but in the grand scheme of things, isn't work a "necessary evil"? Wouldn't it be nicer to be independently wealthy, free to go about and do as we please? You might think so, but God has a plan for us to work, and our faith in Jesus should make us into ideal employees, or business owners, who work to the glory of God. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows why a Reformed understanding of work will transform your weekly job into a holy calling. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=5e5281256db20c044180; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e42dc87d193f170866a7

 

Sermon: "The Spirit and Christian Worship." August 29, 2010. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=eb66ee75aae0c46e1ec8 Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1f0e194b8cde43c14d36

 

Sermon: "Sons and Witnesses," August 22, 2010. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=76703eefe895166c5e89 Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ffd5899368e8baa7b8ea

 

  • Sermon: "Do You See What I Mean?" August 15, 2010. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=19220b553282b67de4be Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=29ae2ae3a6185bdf3dbe

  • Sunday Worship Service, August 1, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=07a1079f3e48270bf78f

  • Hymn: "Fairest Lord Jesus," Trinity Hymnal # 129, August 1, 2010. In this hymn we worship the Lord Jesus Christ, who's beauty far surpasses anything found in heaven or on earth. He is worthy to receive our worship, for he is the "Son of God and Son of Man," "Ruler of all nature," and "Lord of the nations." Join us in worshipping him by the power of his Holy Spirit! Mr. Joseph Waggoner, Pastor MacLaren, and Mrs. Connie Minnig sing this classic hymn of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=853aa604765f6f424e47

  • Catechism: "Jesus' Conception and Birth," Larger Catechism Question #47; August 1, 2010. The willingness of the Lord to enter this world and endure the normal human processes of conception and birth shows the great humility that eventually led him to deliver up his life on the cross to save us from our sins. The Lord did not enter a fully developed man and lead him for a time, nor did he enter this world with great applause or attention. No, he entered as a human embryo, conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary, and grew within that womb until the time of his birth. In this way he showed that he is able to save us at every point in life, from the earliest moments of life until our final breath. If the Lord of glory was able to live within the tiny confines of a human embryo, surely he is able to save "the least of these..." http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ac91453f11ade6655bb2

  • Sermon: "The Song of the Redeemed," Isaiah 42:10-17, Revelation 5:1-14; August 1, 2010.Why has the Christian faith produced so much in the way of hymns and worship music? What is it about this faith that prompts such joy that its churches echo with hymns of praise to the Lord? Pastor MacLaren shows from the words of the prophet Isaiah that our hymns reflect God's new work of redemption, a redemption that reveals God's great work as our Divine Warrior who defeats our enemies and leads us to victory. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=6cb8f265d507b1afd8c4

  • Sunday Worship Service, July 25, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=2a44f56934d1db483d04

  • Hymn: "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah," Trinity Hymnal #501, July 25, 2010. The Bible speaks of life in this world as something of a pilgrimage, a wilderness wandering to the promised land. When going through strange experiences, we might feel disoriented and confused, not knowing which direction to go. In this hymn, we pray for the Lord's guidance, particularly when we "tread the verge of Jordan...." Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner, Pastor MacLaren, and Mrs. Connie Minnig sing this classic hymn of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=5dbf45ea6d8a0071e632

  • Catechism: "The Humiliation of Christ," Larger Catechism Question #46; July 25, 2010.The humiliation of our Savior, Jesus Christ, has much to say to us of the depth of his love for his people, and the security of their relationship to him following his exaltation. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=2050eb045f6080f4436e

  • Sermon: "Challenging Modern Idolatry," Isaiah 41:21-42:9, July 25, 2010. A drama unfolds everyday in the courtrooms of our land as litigants argue their cases before a judge and jury. Lives may hang in the balance, and in the end, truth should prevail. In the divine court, the God of Israel challenges the authenticity of claims made by the gods of other religions and cultures. This challenge shows us how we should attack the idols of our post-modern age, exposing their inability to produce either truth or morals. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 41:21-42:9, that only the Lord's sovereign plan for history centered on Jesus Christ provides a proper foundation for truth and morals. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=61d18c34b31e361e7575

§  Sunday Worship Service, July 18, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=cbf226a1a56795146785

§  Hymn: "Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts," Trinity Hymnal #549, July 18, 2010. Written originally by Bernard of Clairvoux around 1150 AD, this classic hymn expresses the deep satisfaction that Jesus brings to all who trust in him. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=15262ae3bf418b033a4a

  • Sermon: "Living in the Presence of God," Isaiah 41:8-20, July 18, 2010. Do you face obstacles that rise up like mountains before you, refusing to move? Do you thirst for life and joy, but lack any satisfying refreshment? Listen to what the prophet Isaiah said about what God does for his people. Those who live in the presence of God learn how to crush mountains and turn the world into a paradise. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how this is so through Jesus Christ, the Lord of all. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=80b1e8e8cb72e4f4b0b2; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=4797391f0506b98805ed

  • Sermon: "Election and Boldness," Isaiah 41:1-10; July 4, 2010. God's sovereign choice of his people confounds the world and assures the elect. Because God has chosen us for salvation, we can be assured that God is with us, and we can live with a holy boldness to advance his kingdom on the earth. We do not apologize for our existence, we are the children of God and heirs of the world. Therefore, we work to bring all of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=5e7bfe132d99cd6d6bba; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=538aa1f58521990b7799

  • Larger Catechism: "Jesus Is Our King," July 4, 2010. A meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, focusing on the office of Christ or Messiah held by Jesus. Jesus is our Prophet, Priest, and King. This meditation was given as part of the Sunday Worship Service of First Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=f05a54807712be10ce24

  • Sermon: "The Incomparable God," Isaiah 40:12-31; June 27, 2010. How big is your God? Is he big enough to handle modern science, technology, the nuclear bomb, and stem cell research? Can he help you when you lose your job, when your marriage crumbles, or when your health fails? The ancient prophet Isaiah encouraged the people of God by showing them the glory of the Lord in his works of creation and providence. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how faith in the Lord Jesus will free you from the fear of man or of the unknown. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=56ab06567bafd59c7302

§  Sunday Worship Service, June 27, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8676759b9d8e3ed829c3

§  Sermon: "Comfort for the Downcast," Isaiah 40:1-11; June 20, 2010. What comfort can we offer to someone who has experienced a devastating loss, such that their troubles are resolved at the very heart and core of the problem? It is only the Reformed faith with its full assertion of the sovereignty of God and his eternal plan that can offer real comfort to those who suffer. It announces the full forgiveness of sins to be revealed with the coming of "Sovereign Lord" who is the Shepherd of his people. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how God\'s word of comfort should be announced by the church in the world today with boldness and vigour. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=436e89c1383ce3989573

§  Sunday Worship Service, June 20, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=0b609ffd1ef730aced55

§  Special Music: "O Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee," Trinity Hymnal #119, June 20, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=aae83332c976856067c5.

§  Sermon: "Peace in Our Time!" Isaiah 39; June 13, 2010. The enemy of our souls is relentless in his attacks. When we have escaped one trouble, be sure that there are more lurking in the shadows. Hezekiah was miraculously healed and spared a certain death, but in his newfound health, he became proud of his accomplishments and blind to the dangers around him. His vanity and foolishness would cost him and his people dearly. Join us as Pastor MacLaren shows how we should continue to watch and pray, even when everything seems to be going well. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=25e5f100e8c755123e88; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=891fdc3a0687c2861299.

§  Sunday Worship Service, June 13, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=b5a53616cc4017df988e

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "Why Was Jesus Called 'Christ?'" Question #42, June 13, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=be16007edbfbbfe20303.

§  Sermon: "Standing at the Gates of Death," Isaiah 38:1-22, June 6, 2010. It is hard to imagine what someone must be going through when in the midst of life they learn that they are going to die. Illness has no respect for beauty, wealth, or worldly position. At any time, we may hear those words, "Put your house in order, because you are going to die." Are you ready for that moment? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how God uses these experiences to show us our purpose in life. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=03e14df15def52e901c6; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=866f750ea4f0942a837e

§  Sunday Worship Service: June 6, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=327006eaff0bc8cd8306

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "His Name Is 'Jesus!'" Question #41. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=f8de50c18af1dea57566

§  Sermon: "The Lord of Time and History." Isaiah 37:21-28. May 30, 2010. Does history unfold according to God's sovereign plan, or do we make our own history by imposing our own will on the course of events? These are two diametrically opposite points of view, and they come into historical conflict when Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, mocked the God of Israel and boasted of his accomplishments. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 37:21-28 how God has planned all that takes place in history, and his sovereign plan is the only foundation for meaning and signficance in life. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=7378540018ea9a02db5d

§  Sunday Worship Service: May 30, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=23014600d83b2bbf9605

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "Jesus: Two Natures in One Person," Question #40. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=33eacd721038ae7426ad

§  Special Music: "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," Trinity Hymnal #133. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ee77ebcfe75b62b5f148

§  Sermon: "The Living God Responds!" Isaiah 37:1-20. May 23, 2010. What do you do when you face an apparent death sentence? When the boss says, "You're fired," or your spouse says, "I'm done," or your doctor says you have cancer, where do you turn? Hezekiah faced a daunting challenge in his day when the city of Jerusalem was surrounded by the siege forces of Assyria. It was surrender, or die. But Hezekiah turned to the Lord and found that he could rely on the living God. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Hezekiah's experience encourages us to trust in the Living God. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=35fd9be54fa92e149021

§  Sunday Worship Service, May 23, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=f530a85448a1a972e2f4

§  Special Music: "From Ev'ry Stormy Wind that Blows," Trinity Hymnal #528. Mr. Josep Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren; May 23, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=53e865b1e3c0f436237c

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "Why the Christ Must Be Man," Question #39, May 23, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ab70e6716a7d63aacf6b

§  Sermon: "Big Man Talking!" Isaiah 36:1-22. May 16, 2010, Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=08a3eb22891430861ceb Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1686ff75c9261b4b93d1

§  Sunday Worship Service, May 16, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=bda7849828ee751f347b

§  Special Music: "Fear Not, O Little Flock," Trinity Hymnal #470. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=79e498203913eb2d5143

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: Question #38, "Why Must the Christ Be God?" http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=4125a3b4091abfd0bdc3

§  Sermon: "Mothers and Their Sons," Genesis 21:1-21. May 9, 2010. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8489312f5d53417dd855 Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=6bcc5bb21b3d912fd7b9

§  Sunday Worship Service, May 9, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d6f9277b7b849fbaa61e

§  Special Music: "Unless the Lord the House Shall Build," Trinity Hymnal #291, May 9, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=6b90a2db4fae97acc09f

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "The Humanity of Jesus," Question #37. May 9, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ef092e3e971a1f94f7f8

§  Sermon: "The Green Revolution," Isaiah 35:1-10. May 2, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=5eaa32e3393852a19045

§  Sunday Worship Service, May 2, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=04e9125cf7f5cfe5620f

§  Special Music: "Children of the Heavenly King," Trinity Hymnal #499. May 2, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=4aa2fbf73cfaf5db2e43

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "Jesus, Our Only Mediator." Q. #36. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=dc9a1c8d2b26dae7f5ae

§  Sermon: "The Wrath of God," Isaiah 34:1-17. April 25, 2010. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=73eb9faa90c686f7e46c Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1e87c23665be16fedb78.

§  Sunday Worship Service: April 25, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8f786bc5957efccb23fe

§  Special Music: "Unto My Lord, Jehovah Said," Trinity Hymnal #229. April 25, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=7014cd203588181ad661

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "New Testament Christianity," Q. #35. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=289d149222ba9a945429

§  Sermon: "The Abuse of Power," 1 Kings 21. April 18, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=4358edece517160af7dc

§  Sunday Worship Service: April 18, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=a430aeae7a0473abe6af

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "Shadows and Types," Q. #34. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=497f393b46d8d7a7c011

§  Sermon: "The Communion Cup," April 11, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d025868b37b4a3b64708

§  Sunday Worship Service, April 11, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=610d1eb0974d6fac53d8

§  Special Music: "Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face," Trinity Hymnal # 310. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=7ae7ee9935c5df921e5a

§  Larger Catechism Meditation: "Covenant Theology 101," Q. #33. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=fe0d6a7be9dd5d8b94ff

§  Easter Sunday Sermon: "Can We Believe in the Resurrection?" April 4, 2010. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=436f370157ebabe8e720

§  Easter Sunday Worship Service: April 4, 2010. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=9d3360a513ec799a7488 Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=7e06b1ad8d5aa4b02199

§  Good Friday Sermon: "Did Jesus Die for You?" http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e4a94630cbe555909dfa

§  Good Friday Worship Service: Part 1, http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=0ad12e77fc286a4c2fc9; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d7f8e885f4c975813bf8

§  Palm Sunday Sermon: March 28, 2010: "Did Jesus Predict His Own Death?" One of the amazing features of the gospel accounts are the specific descriptions Jesus gave his disciples of how he would die. His discriptions were even more detailed as the event drew near. Why did he talk of such things, and how did he know? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows what Jesus said about his death, and how this shapes our understanding of the gospel itself. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=a68555a47ec3c1b76f7c

§  Palm Sunday Worship Service, March 28, 2010: Join us in the worship of the Lord by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, including "Hosanna to the Living Lord," "Ride On, Ride On in Majesty," and "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.". Speical Music includes a children's duet called, "Hosanna!" Our Scripture Readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=b731632805b34b4251cd

§  Palm Sunday Special Music: "All Glory, Laud and Honor," Trinity Hymnal # 173, http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=33db0c63f5f98dff7dfb

§  Sermon, March 21, 2010: "The Spread of the Gospel." The early Christian church experienced a crisis in its life when a fierce persecution broke out against it in Judea. In the providence of God, this very persecution was the impetus for the gospel spreading across religious differences and cultural barriers, as ordinary Christians took the gospel with them to new communities throughout the world. The Christian faith is strong and aggressive, even in its weakest moments, or perhaps especially in its weakest moments. Watch as the Rev. Douglas A. Watson, Area Home Missions Coordinator for the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, explains from Acts 8 how the gospel spread from the confines of Jerusalem and Judea to the cross cultural ministries in Samaria, Ethiopia, and throughout the world.. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=7016d0cecfbdbbe13e1f; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=23744774d5f729b46e68

§  Sunday Worship Service, March 21, 2010: Join us in worshipping the Lord by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. This video includes the hymns, "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing," "I Love to Tell the Story," and "The Ends of All the Earth Shall Hear." Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=abfc0f05772065fed5b3

§  Larger Catechism Meditation, "Jesus the Second Adam." At the heart of the Christian faith is the covenant relationship God has entered into with His elect people through Jesus Christ. Jesus stands in history as the second Adam, the one who acts on behalf of all who belong to him. Watch as Pastor MacLaren leads a meditation on question #31 of the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=c018a248297072e826c4.

§  Special Music: "Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun..." Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren sing this great hymn of missionary endeavor, "Jesus Shall Reign Where\'er the Sun..." http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=2f69f9d706476c924f4b

§  Sermon, March 14, 2010: "Peace in the Church." We all want our churches to be places of peace and security, but sometimes conflicts arise for all sorts of reasons. What are we to make of this? Is the church still a place of peace, or should we simply look ahead for another age when real peace will arrive? Pastor MacLaren returns to the prophet Isaiah to see what he says to the people of God in a day of conflict and disaster. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=b896a3b1a724c8ba80e4 .

§  Sunday Worship Service, March 14, 2010: Join us in worshipping the Lord by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. This video includes the hymns, "Great is Thy Faithfulness," "How Sweet and Awful Is the Place..." and "When Peace, Like a River..." http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=c8c26d2c87d690929d2f.

§  Sermon, March 7, 2010: "Belief in the Truth." Our modern age is very skeptical of any claims to "truth." Something may be true for you, or true for me, at this moment and in this circumstance, but the notion of an abiding, divinely revealed "Truth" is dismissed by many today. This is especially "true" when it comes to religious ideas. What is true about the Bible, Jesus, Heaven and Hell? Does believing make them true for us, or is there an objective truth that remains true whether we believe it or not? Come and worship the Lord Jesus Christ with us, who describes himself as "The way, the truth, and the life," and hear how essential it is to Christianity and to our souls, to believe in the "truth." http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=75b72f09b9216cda2b3b.

§  Sunday Worship Service, March 7, 2010: Join us in worshiping the Lord by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, including "Forever Settled in the Heav'ns," "Thou Art the Way," and "I Sought the Lord." Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e083bfffae9cb158d771.

§  "Hell in the Hereafter?" Larger Catechism Meditation, Question #29: Do we really need to fear that some may be punished for their sins in the afterlife? What is the meaning of hell? Should we continue to speak of this fearful place? Watch as Pastor MacLaren leads a meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d28347ca05233402e6fd

§  Special Music: "Thy Servant, Blessed by Thee..." Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren sing this great hymn based on Psalm 119, found in the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=465cf587505b3ad95fb3

§  Sermon, February 28, 2010: "True Repentance." When Tiger Woods made his public apology, admitting his moral failures and resolving to change, did he truly repent? This question is not really about whether Mr. Woods was sincere about making changes in his life, but the nature of repentance itself. Watch as Pastor MacLaren takes you through the history of Christian preaching, and shows how repentance is at the heart of the gospel message, rooted ultimately in the grace of God. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=45ac253e279aae8c3537; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=48a50c8dcd9cf7c7ac92

§  "Does God Still Punish Sin?" Larger Catechism Question #28. Pastor MacLaren discusses how God punishes sin, not only in the afterlife, but in the here and now as well. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e7c32a8fbb6d851a4087

§  Sermon, February 21, 2010, "The Damascus Road Experience," Some people talk about have a Damascus Road experience in life, signalling that they have had a crisis in their lives that led to a kind of epiphany. The phrase comes from the Bible to describe the kind of change that occurs when the Lord comes into your life. Watch as Pastor MacLaren speaks on the conversion of Saul, who would become the great apostle Paul after meeting the risen Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=11103701370ce4a8a020

§  Sermon, January 31, 2010: "The Faith of a Child: Why We Baptize Infants," Can a baby believe the gospel or join a church? We don't think of children often in those terms, but Jesus reminds us that "of such is the kingdom of God." Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains God\'s work in the hearts of our infant children, and why we should apply the sign of the covenant to them in their infancy. Part 1: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=abc37ee4a04b2275f775 ; Part 2: http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=c92f07d306327f8b8bf2

§  Sermon, February 14, 2010: "Marriages Saved by Grace." There is no end to marital advice and counsel, both in the Christian community and in the secular world as well. Much of this advice may have some helpful suggestions or analysis of problems in marriage, but often it misses the heart of the problem or the real remedy provided by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains how the grace of God transforms marriage into something that can be deeply intimate and joyful. http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e107867308e8d18bb723

 

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