Through these pages you will get to know us a little better and our vision to spread a passion for the glory of God in Christ Jesus from generation to generation. Whether you are new to Lynden, new to Christianity or just want to find out more about our church, we invite you to have a look around, feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail and visit us anytime. Our Sunday worship times are 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM. Childcare is provided at both services.
Change can be hard, big changes even harder. Changing homes or jobs, moving to a different state unsettling. Changing countries and cultures and languages is maybe the worst. A number of you have immigrated and you know firsthand the challenges that presents. Take that a step farther, being forced to move against your will and being able to take only what you can carry on your back, being forced to live in hostile enemy territory, that’s a challenge unimaginable to us, yet we see pictures of that every week on the news. Because of the advances in modern communication we are forced to witness the brutality and savagery of wicked and evil men who indiscriminately and casually destroy and rape and pillage and kidnap with little regard for human life. It is one thing to be forced to flee for your life, it is yet another to be carried off into captivity. In the first you have a measure of control over your destiny, in the later you are force marched with cruelty and torture and little regard for your personal needs or comforts or afflictions. Psalm 137 is a heart wrenching lament sung by Jews forced into exile over 500 miles from Jerusalem. They are sitting on the banks of the Euphrates in the huge city of Babylon, the capital and center of the Babylonian empire. They are a conquered people now subjected to a pagan ruler, Nebuchadnezzar and an evil empire every bit as brutal as ISIS. Their loyalty to Jerusalem (Zion) is significant, it was the earthly dwelling place of God in His holy temple. Remember the religion of the OT was much more strongly tied to a geographical location. The temple in Jerusalem was where the daily and special sacrifices were made, where the people made annual pilgrimages. Their religion was very rooted in a physical location. So to be exiled from that was far more traumatic than it would be for us who’s faith is spiritual, in our hearts. The center of their whole national life and identity was in ruins the temple, the king’s palace, the dwellings places of the Levites and priests. It would be like if an invading army destroyed our capital buildings and White House and monuments and places of government.