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Free Text Sermons by Rev C Bouwman when he served as minister of the Church of Kelmscott
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Canadian Reformed Church of Yarrow BC Canada

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John 1:51 THE SON OF MAN FORMS AN ABIDING LINK BETWEEN EARTH AND HEAVEN
Ecclesiastes 1:2 & 12:13 ONLY THE GOD OF LIFE CAN FIX THE BROKENNESS OF LIFE
Ecclesiastes 7:2 GODíS PROSPEROUS PEOPLE ARE TOLD THAT A FUNERAL IS MORE WHOLESOME THAN A FEAST
Ecclesiastes 3:11a GOD HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME
Ecclesiastes 4:12b SOLOMON INSISTS ON THE TOGETHERNESS OF THE SAINTS
Ecclesiastes 4:15  (Ordination of Office Bearer)
Ecclesiastes 5:1a BE HUMBLE WHEN YOU GO TO THE HOUSE OF GOD
Colossians 1:24 THROUGH HIS SUFFERING PAUL FILLS UP WHAT IS LACKING IN THE AFFLICTIONS OF CHRIST
Hebrews 13:20-21 THE APOSTLE PRAYS FOR CONGREGATIONAL HEALTH ON THE BASIS OF GODíS WORK ON EASTER SUNDAY.
Ecclesiastes 6:10 IT IS NOT FOR MAN TO CRITICIZE GOD
Ecclesiastes 7:13 THE HOLY SPIRIT INSTRUCTS US TO PUT UP WITH CROOKEDNESS AS LONG AS WE LIVE IN THIS FALLEN WORLD
Ecclesiastes 7:29  THE GOOD CREATOR ALONE PROVIDES MEANING FOR THIS FALLEN WORLD
Galatians 5:16 THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA MUST LIVE BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT OF PENTECOST
Psalm 2;4 GOD IN HEAVEN LAUGHS IN THE FACE OF HUMAN RESISTANCE ON EARTH
Philippians 4;19 PAULíS GOD WILL FILL EVERY NEED OF ALL HIS PEOPLE
Ecclesiastes 8:17a  GODíS CONTROL OF ALL THINGS GIVES REASON TO ENJOY LIFE
Ecclesiastes 10:10d WISDOM IS GOD'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

 

Sermons 2003

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Philippians 2:19a TO ADVANCE THE GOSPEL, PAUL SENDS AN AMBASSADOR TO PHILIPPI.
Mark 6:31a JESUS ENCOURAGES HIS BELABOURED DISCIPLES WITH HIS INSTRUCTION TO REST
Mark 10:14c JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES THAT COVENANT CHILDREN ARE HEIRS OF GODíS KINGDOM
 Mark 10:21b THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS FREE, AND THEREFORE SO COSTLY.
Mark 11:14 IN CURSING THE FIG TREE JESUS PRAYS FOR GODíS PROMISED JUDGMENT ON UNBELIEVING ISRAEL.
Mark 15:21 ON HIS WAY TO GOLGOTHA, CHRISTíS CROSS WAS TAKEN FROM HIM FOR OUR SALVATION.
Mark 16:8c FEAR BESETS THE WOMEN ON EASTER MORNING BECAUSE THEY SEE SOMETHING OF GOD AT WORK
Genesis 6:2b IN MARRIAGE AND OUT, NO ONE CAN SURVIVE INDEPENDENTLY OF GOD.
Genesis 6:22 NOAH SHOWED HIS FAITH IN GOD BY BLINDLY DOING WHAT GOD COMMANDED
Ephesians 4:3 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST IS ONE BECAUSE THERE IS ONE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK
Ephesians 4:1 (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)
Genesis 7:16b IN THE MIDST OF THE TERRORS OF THE DEADLY WATERS, THE LORD GOD IN MERCY PRESERVED A COVENANT SEED
Philippians 3:1a CHRISTIANS REJOICE IN THE LORD BECAUSE THEIR FOCUS IS FIXED ON HIM ALONE.
Philippians 4:5a  GODíS PEOPLE MUST EXUDE A DISPOSITION OF GENTLENESS.
Genesis 9:25 THROUGH HIS CURSE ON CANAAN, GOD SOVEREIGNLY PURSUES HIS WORK OF ACHIEVING SALVATION ON EARTH.
Psalm 13:5a DAVID COMPLAINS TO GOD ABOUT HIS CIRCUMSTANCES BECAUSE HE TRUSTS IN GOD
Revelations 4:1a BETWEEN EARTH AND HEAVEN IS AN OPEN DOOR!
 Revelations 5:5 THE ASCENSION OF THE LAMB DRIES THE TEARS OF MEN

 

Sermons 2002

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Matthew 2:23b IN HIS INFANCY ALREADY THE KING OF THE JEWS WAS REJECTED AND DESPISED Ė A NAZARENE.
 Ezekiel 1:28b GOD CONFRONTS A DESTITUTE EXILE WITH HIS GLORIOUS MAJESTY.
Ezekiel 3:26-27 THE GOD OF GLORY BINDS EZEKIELíS TONGUE FOR THE GOOD OF HIS PEOPLE
 Matthew 9:38 JESUS INSTRUCTS HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY FOR LABORERS
Ezekiel 5:13b GOD IMPRESSES ON THE EXILES THAT HE IS A JEALOUS GOD.
Matthew 26:31-32 THE SCATTERING OF THE FLOCK INCREASES THE SUFFERING OF THE SHEPHERD.
Matthew 28:2b FOR THE SAKE OF OUR SALVATION THE HOLY SPIRIT INSISTS THAT JESUS PHYSICALLY AROSE.
Acts 6:7a TO A CHURCH THREATENED BY DISSENSION, CHRIST GIVES DEACONS SO THAT THE WORD MIGHT INCREASE.
Ezekiel 6:13a ISRAEL SHALL BE MADE TO CONFESS THAT GOD IS THE LORD.
Ezekiel 8;18b GOD TELLS THE EXILES THAT THEYíRE UNDERSTANDING OF WHO GOD IS DETERMINES HOW THEY SERVE HIM.
Ezekiel 9:4 GOD SPARES FROM JUDGMENT THOSE MARKED BY HATRED FOR SIN.
Psalm 3:5 DAVID IN HIS TROUBLES PROFESSES QUIET TRUST IN HIS COVENANT GOD
Ezekiel 10:18 THE GOD OF GLORY LEAVES HIS TEMPLE.
Ezekiel 11:13b EZEKIEL CRIES OUT HIS HEART-WRENCHING DISMAY AT GODíS CONTINUED ACTS OF JUDGMENT
Colossians 3:2 (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)
Matthew 24:28 GODíS COVENANT WRATH INVARIABLY COMES ON COVENANT BREAKERS
Matthew 24:42 WATCH ALWAYS BECAUSE THE SON OF MAN IS COMING AT AN UNEXPECTED HOUR.
1 Corinthians 4:9b GOD MAKES HIS PEOPLE A SPECTACLE TO THE WORLD.
Ezekiel 12:25 GOD DECLARES TO REBELLIOUS EXILES THAT HIS EVERY WORD COMES TO PASS
Ezekiel 13:23b THE FAITHFUL GOD OF THE COVENANT SNATCHES HIS OWN FROM THE FALSE PROPHETS.
 Ezekiel 14:3b THE LORD REFUSES TO HEAR HYPOCRITICAL PRAYERS
James 4:4 FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY AGAINST GOD
Ezekiel 16:49-50 FOR PEOPLEíS INSTRUCTION GOD EXPOSES THE ROOTS OF SODOMíS SINS
Ezekiel 16:60-61a IN THE FACE OF HIS BRIDEíS BLATANT HARLOTRY, THE GOD OF GRACE REMEMBERS THE COVENANT.
Philippians 1:6 GODíS ABUNDANT GRACE DRIVES THE PEOPLE OF GOD TO ABUNDANT PRAYER
Philippians 1:21 PAULíS VISION FOR LIFE: TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN
John 3:16a (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)
Philippians 1:27a BIBLICAL CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IMITATES CHRIST: HE EMPTIED HIMSELF (Christmas Sermon)

 

Sermons 2001

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Luke 16:9 THE LORD WANTS US USE OUR MONEY TODAY TO MAKE FRIENDS FOR ETERNITY
Luke 9:57-62 THE COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST IS HIGH
Luke 13:3b JESUS TELLS ISRAEL THAT EVERY SINNER EITHER REPENTS OR PERISHES
Luke 20:17 CHRIST CHALLENGES GODíS COVENANT PEOPLE TO ACCEPT HIM AS THE GOD-GIVEN CORNERSTONE.
Luke 23:28 ON THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE JESUS ADMONISHES UNBELIEVING JERUSALEM TO GRIEVE FOR THEMSELVES. (Good Friday Sermon)
Luke 24:5b-6a, ON EASTER SUNDAY, THE RISEN LORD WORKED FAITH IN HIS RESURRECTION WITHIN THE DISBELIEVING WOMEN. (Easter Sunday)
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Godís identity as Israelís covenant God obliges His people to whole-hearted love for God.
Deuteronomy 7:2a IN HIS CARE FOR HIS PEOPLE, GOD COMMANDS ISRAEL TO DESTROY UTTERLY THE UNGODLY OF CANAAN
Deuteronomy 8:2 IN PROSPERITY THE LORD INSTRUCTS HIS PEOPLE TO REMEMBER HOW THEY GOT THERE.
Deuteronomy 9:3a BEFORE GOD THE CONSUMING FIRE, PEOPLE HAVE NO CLAIM TO ANYTHING BUT JUDGMENT
Isaiah 32:15 (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)
Mark 4:40 THROUGH THE STORM AT SEA, CHRIST TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES TO WORK IN THEIR DAILY LIVES WITH THE PREACHING THEY JUST HEARD.
Joshua 24:14 Serving God requires total commitment
Numbers 22:35b GOD ASSURES ISRAEL THAT NOT EVEN BALAAMíS PAGANISM CAN FORCE THE LORD TO DO ANYTHING; ITíS RATHER THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
Numbers 22:38b THROUGH THE PAGAN SORCERER GOD ENCOURAGES ISRAEL ABOUT HIS SOVEREIGNTY.
Numbers 31:16 GOD MAINTAINS THE ANTITHESIS BY MAKING THE COUNSEL OF BALAAM COME TO NOTHING.
Matthew 3:2 JOHN STRESSES THAT THE COMING JESUS IS GOD.
Matthew 3:15 (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)
 Matthew 1:17 GOD GIVES THE WORLD A SAVIOUR-KING IN JESUS CHRIST
Matthew 2:11b GOD CAUSED MEN OF THE EAST TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF ISRAELíS NEW KING.  ( Christmas Sermon)

 

Sermons 2000

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Ecclesiastes 1:3 HUMAN LABOUR HAS NO PROFIT IN ITSELF
Romans 8:28 THE CHILD OF GOD CONFESSES THAT FATHER CAUSES ALL THINGS TO BENEFIT HIS CHILDREN
Isaiah 59:15b, Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper
Matthew 8:3 IN CLEANSING THE LEPER, JESUS DEMONSTRATED THAT HE FREES FROM THE EFFECTS OF SIN
Matthew 20:26a SUCCESS FOR SAINTS IS MEASURED BY SERVICE
Matthew 27:19 THROUGH THE MESSAGE CLAUDIA SENDS TO PILATE, GOD MAKES JESUS SUFFER MORE.
Matthew 28:13 ON EASTER MORNING, GOD GAVE TO ISRAELíS CHURCH LEADERS THE SIGN TO PROVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST
II Samuel 6:2 CHRISTíS KINGSHIP MEANS THAT GODíS PEOPLE HUMBLY SUBMIT TO HIM. (Ascension Day Sermon)
Acts 4:31 GOD REASSURES THE THREATENED CHURCH OF JERUSALEM THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT REMAINS MIGHTILY PRESENT (Pentecost Sermon)
John 15:5a (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)
II Chronicles 31:21b, HEZEKIAH PROSPERED BECAUSE HE SOUGHT THE WILL OF HIS GOD
Exodus 2:10a IN CAUSING MOSES TO GROW, GOD MAKES SPORT OF PHARAOH
1 Corinthians 10:14 THE HOLY SPIRIT COMMANDS THE SAINTS OF GOD TO FLEE FROM IDOLATRY
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)
Exodus 3:10a, IN MOSES THE LORD PICKED UP A BROKEN TOOL TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSE
Exodus 4:24b, IN SEEKING TO KILL MOSES, THE LORD TEACHES MOSES HIS NEED FOR GODíS REDEMPTION.
 Exodus 6:1a MOSESí LABORS FAIL SO THAT GOD MAY RECEIVE THE GLORY.
Psalm 142:5 IN THE DARKNESS OF HIS CAVE, DAVID SOUGHT HIS COVENANT GOD IN PRAYER. (Public Profession of Faith)
1 Kings 3:12a SOLOMONíS KINGDOM OF PEACE RECEIVES A LISTENING HEART. (Ordination of Office Bearers)
 Luke 2:10b, (Sermon held prior to celebration of the Lord's Supper)

 

Sermons 1999

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Luke 2:38  God used a lonely widow to encourage his burdened people.
Luke 5:30-31 Jesus freely joins the sinnerís party in order to help celebrate Godís gift of salvation.
Luke 4:21  Jesus comforts the people of Nazareth with news that the year of jubilee has dawned.
Luke 19:1 In snatching Zaccheus of Jericho from Satan's grasp, Jesus Christ claimed the world for himself.
Luke 22:19  
Luke 22:31-32 In the hour before his betrayal, Jesus assures his disciples that he is master over Satan.
Luke 22:44a Through deep struggles of prayer Jesus received strength to do the will of God.
Luke 24:8 Through words of Jesusí triumph over death, God grants relief to his despairing children.
Revelation 3:1a  In his care for his church in Sardis, Christ tells this church that it is dead.
Romans 8:1a There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Luke 24:51a Calvary's Highpriest lays an unending blessing on his church.
Luke 24:48 The outpoured Spirit made Jesusí disciples reliable witnesses.
Acts 2:3 In the sign of the distributed fire, God teaches that he dwells in the hearts of all his own.
Revelations 3:7 Jesus tells his church at Philadelphia that he determines who has access to God.
Romans 8:18 The sufferings of this life lead us to glory.
Mark 5:13b By having the pigs run into the sea, Jesus sends the demons back to hell.
Revelations 3:14 Christ presses his lukewarm people in Laodicea to be zealous, lest they be spewed out.
Romans 9:20a Since God is God, he freely does whatever he wishes.
Romans 8:30b  
Matthew 5:3 Jesus teaches that one needs an attitude of humility in order to be happy.
Hebrews 13:17 The Lord tells his redeemed to obey their rulers and submit to them.
Romans 10:4a Christ is the heart of the Old Testament law
Genesis 18:14a Nothing is too hard for the Lord
Romans 11:26a Faithful God declares that all Israel will be saved
Romans 12:1 Paul exhorts every Christian to sacrifice the self to God
II Corinthians 8:9 God the Sonís self-emptying at Christmas prompts Godís people to enjoy giving.
Matthew 1:21  
Matthew 1:5a Rahab's place in Matthew's genealogy points up Godís faithfulness to his faithless bride.
Matthew 1:25a The Holy Spirit tells us of Joseph's abstinence so that we might be assured of Godís blessing on the marriage bed.
Matthew 2:17-18 Matthew quotes Jeremiah to make clear that Bethlehem refused the comfort of the gospel because of self-pity.

 

Sermons 1998

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Romans 1:16 God granted Paul enthusiasm for the gospel.
Isaiah 8:20a  Godís unbelieving people are summoned to return to the law and the testimony.
 II Corinthians 12:7-10 Through a thorn in the flesh, Paul learns that Godís strength is revealed through manís weaknesses
Mark 14:25  
John 19:25-27 "Christ's lonely sacrificial path." (Rev W VanderJagt)
Mark 14:45c Jesus received the cold kiss of betrayal so that we might never be alone.
Mark 16:14b Jesus scolded his disciples because they closed their eyes to the facts.
Galatians 6:10 Paul tells the Christians of Galatia to do good to all men
Mark16:19b Christ's ascension is a source of great comfort for the Church.
John 16:13a The departing Christ promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all Godís truth.
Revelations 2:12 Jesus Christ warns his Church in Pergamos against subtle covenant breaking
Mark 16:20b For our salvation, the ascended Lord assisted his disciples with the promised signs.
Romans 4:5 God is happy with those who entrust themselves to Him.
Romans 5:2b In good times and bad we exalt in the confidence we have in Godís glory.
Romans 6:12a Do not let sin be boss in your life.
Romans 7:25ba Paul the believer testifies of the battle that characterises every Christian.
Psalm 56:4c What can flesh do to me?
Revelation 2:18 In the name Christ mentions, he reminds Thyatira that the world is hostile to the Lord God.
Psalm 58:6 Godís people call Godís promised curses down upon Godís enemies.
Ephesians 5:18b  All who have the Holy Spirit are instructed to see to it daily that they are filled with the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 2:2 To encourage growth, Peter instructs the saints to be as babies in desiring the milk of Godís Word.
Luke 1:13a By announcing Johnís birth, the Lord shows a hopeless people that he hears prayers.
Luke 2:1 God Almighty uses the gods of this world as tools in His hand to bring about His plan of salvation.
Isaiah 41:4b This past year been a good year because all things have come from God and are to God.

 

Sermons 1997

 

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John 19 : 23a On the cross of Calvary, God stripped his Son naked so that we might be royally clothed.
Acts 2:4b On Pentecost day, the outpoured Spirit caused the disciples to speak foreign languages
Matthew 18:14 The Father does not wish a single little one to perish
1 Corinthians 5:5a The Church of Jesus Christ must deliver to Satan any member who persists in sin
Ephesians 6:14a Paul tells the Christian soldier to stand firm on the place which God assigns.
Psalm 49:20 The most honoured of men, if he has not Christ, shall perish.
Psalm 32:5 God's heavy hand drives David to confession of his sin
Psalm 103:4b The Lord's lovingkindness and tender mercy are revealed in the fact that David has life and health.
Revelation 2:8  The Sovereign over life and death encourages his oppressed people in Smyrna to be faithful until death.
Isaiah 2:22 God tells his people Israel to have nothing to do with man.
Isaiah 7:9b The Lord challenges king Ahaz to believe His Word
Ecclesiastes 11:9 "The Lord counsels his youthful children to make the most of the life He gives.
Ecclesiastes 10:16-17 Not maturity in years but maturity in faith is critical for leadership
Isaiah 9:6a Through the birth of a Child God gives to people in darkness a cause to rejoice.
Ecclesiastes 12:13a  The conclusion of the year is: fear God and keep his commandments.