Year-End Greetings

Friday, December 22, 2017

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Things are becoming quieter here at CRTS.  Students are finished their exams, and some of them have left town to be with their families over the Christmas holidays.  Staff and faculty are also working hard to wrap up various duties so that they can have time with loved ones over the next couple weeks.

Speaking of the Christmas season, I recently heard parts of Handel’s Messiah on the radio, including the well-known chorus, “For unto us a Child is born.”  That chorus comes, of course, from Isaiah 9:6, a prophecy that is full of “great light” (v. 2) and God-given “joy” (v. 3).  It also mentions dividing the spoil (v. 3) and warfare (v. 5).  When you add the context of the surrounding chapters it quickly becomes clear that the one of the greatest Messianic prophecies was given to God’s people when enemies and oppressors surrounded them on every side.

Not much has changed, has it?  To be sure, we live in times of political peace.  Yet our spiritual battle against the devil, the world, and yes, our own flesh, too, has not subsidized.  In fact, a good case could be made that it is intensifying.  All praise to our God, then, that we have received the Son who is the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.”  We certainly need him!

As we draw to the close of one year and begin a new one, Deo volente, please join us in praying for the following matters:

  • Thank the Lord for supplying everyone at CRTS what they needed to complete the semester.
  • Thank the Lord for a new B.Th. student and a new Diploma student who are joining us in January. They are both from China.  Also ask the Lord to bless them as they find their way in a new country and church community.
  • Pray for the expecting mothers in our seminary community, as well as those who have recently given birth to a child.
  • Pray for our upcoming January interim semester and eighth annual conference, Real Gospel: Sovereign Grace for Church and World (Jan 11-13, 2018)

We remain sincerely thankful for the prayers and encouragement of our supporting community.  May the Lord continue to advance his kingdom and hasten the day of his Son’s second coming.