Sermon on Exodus 20:12 – “Teachings of the Fifth Commandment”

Sermon for Sunday, September 12th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 20:12 ESV] 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. New Testament reading: [Eph 6:1-9 ESV] 1 Children, obey your parents …

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John Witherspoon and the Connecting of American Presbyterians

John Witherspoon and the Connecting of American Presbyterians Speech given at the 84th General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church meeting in Cape Canaveral, Florida, August 9, 2021. by Rev. Douglas J. Douma [Introductory Remarks: On the theme of connectivity at the level of the general assembly (or synod in the case of the BPC), …

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Sermon on Exodus 18:1-27 – “A Fruitful Family Reunion”

Old Testament reading: [Exo 18:1-27 ESV] 1 Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 Now Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her home, 3 along …

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Sermon on Exodus 17:8-16 – “On the Undefeated Team”

Sermon for Sunday, July 18th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 17:1-7 ESV] 1 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for …

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Sermon on Exodus 16:1-36 – “Complaining and Contentment”

Sermon for Sunday, July 11th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Exo 15:22-27 ESV] 22 Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 When they came to …

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Sermon on Acts 2:14-47 – “Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost”

Sermon for Sunday Evening, June 27th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Scripture reading: [Act 2:14-47 ESV] 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. …

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Sermon on Servanthood

Sermon for Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY (BPC) Old Testament reading: [Job 1:6-12 ESV] 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” …

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A story of Rev. Thomas Grier, “Minister of Minisink”

The following is excerpted from “The History of Sullivan County” by James Eldridge Quinlan, 1873. Rev. Thomas Grier (or Greer) was the founding pastor of each the Westtown and Unionville Presbyterian Churches. Here we find him laboring in a neighboring county.   There is ground for belief that Rev. Thomas Greer, a Presbyterian clergyman of …

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On the Requirement of Being a Member of an Evangelical Church to Take Communion

There are a number of requirements to take communion in a Reformed or Presbyterian church. While specifics may vary from church to church, before participating in communion a person must be baptized, must be of sufficient maturity to “examine yourself,” must not be under church discipline, and must be a member of an evangelical (or …

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