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Digging up an Old Doctrine

It is worth your time to dig up old doctrines. The doctrine that I am speaking of is the one on which the church stands or falls, the doctrine of justification. For those in the reformed church, it is like a well worn book in your library. You know where it is on the shelf. You know the joy you have had in the past reading it. You know your soul’s thirst to revisit i...

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I Almost Slipped

The psalmist struggled with envy and it came close to the ruin of his faith. He says, “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.” (Psalm 73:2). He speaks of his feet and steps as the way of his heart. His heart, which is captive by God’s saving grace, wandered with envy. He was “envious of the arrogant when [he] saw th...

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The Church's Good Order

It is good to belong to a church of good order. Image bearers of God require order. God has provided the order of mothers and fathers for the home, kings and all those in high places for the civil realm, and the order of elders and deacons who lead and serve his church. The Belgic Confession, Article 30: teaches us this order in “The Government of the Church”:...

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Don't Be Embarrassed by Your Ordinary Church

Those acquainted with social media are well aware of their own F.O.M.O (fear of missing out). But are you aware of your group induced shame? We know the feeling, or better yet the reality, of having to fess up when we're not a part of 'the group'. Everyone is speaking out or joining in and you're not. Therefore there is a sense of shame. In our culture it is shameful to no...

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A Community of Saints

When the gathered church confesses, "I believe...in the communion of saints..." in the Apostles' Creed, what is it we believe? The writers of the Heidelberg Catechism help us with this question and answer: Q. 55. What do you understand by "the communion of saints"?A. First, that all and every one, who believes, being members of Christ, are in common, partakers of him, an...

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Judgement of the Antagonist

The antagonist is typically on the side less favored. They are not usually our favorite characters in the story. We may like their costume or the clever way they play their part, but in the end we are glad when they “get what they deserve.” It is better to be on the side of God’s saving power than the side of his power in judgment. As the story of redemp...

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Escaping the True Church

Some movies are worth watching and some after you’ve watched them are not worth remembering you watched them. Some of these are not only worth forgetting, but you don’t want others to know you watched them either. I watched one of those recently. However, to further reject it from my thinking I am going to mention it in writing. Misery loves company. The theme...

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Adoption

The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 12, On Adoption, teaches the wonderfully gracious and wise doctrine of Adoption with the following words, 1: All those that are justified, God vouchsafes, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the child...

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A Life of Glory

Glory is evident even when darkness is pervasive. There is a glory in this life for all those in Christ Jesus. For all the difficulties of this life; the sufferings, afflictions, and pains; for all the groaning we experience being subject to the fall; for all of life being a bearing of the cross of Christ unto our own death; the Christian living in union with Christ enjoys...

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Best Laid Plans

Do you ever have a week of foiled plans? You know the drill: The calendar is marked for the meetings of the week, the to do list for each day is laid out and prioritized to keep you on track, and it is all synchronized with your various callings to ensure productivity. There is time for work, time for activities and relationships, time for exercise and rest, and even an al...

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Darlin' you got to let me knowShould I stay or should I go?If you say that you are mineI'll be here 'til the end of timeSo you got to let me knowShould I stay or should I go?(The Clash, Should I Go or Should I Stay, 1981) Mick Jones of the Clash penned the words to this 1981 classic rock song, Should I Go Or Should I Stay. He says he did not write it with any hidden agend...

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Today in a "Free America"

On Monday May 9, 2016 the civil government of North Carolina is in a terse with the Federal government of these United States concerning who will use a particular bathroom. According to North Carolinians there is an objective reality to a person's sexuality, and they desire the freedom to say so. If the birth certificate says a person is a male then he belongs in a bathroo...

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The Great Applicator

The work of Christ in redemption was to give his life as a ransom for all. He lived a righteous and holy life to die as an atoning sacrifice for sinners and was raised on the third day from the dead. He fulfilled the covenant of works in the place of sinners in his active obedience. He paid the price of the sin and guilt of sinners by his suffering and death on the cross. ...

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Switch Hitters

Are you a switch hitter? A switch hitter is a baseball player that can hit from the right and left side of the plate. The Yankees Mickey Mantle was the greatest switch hitter of all time, but my all time favorite was Chipper Jones who played for the Atlanta Braves for 19 years. Chipper hit for a career batting average of .303 from both sides of the plate, and he came close...

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Making Distinctions

Have you ever wondered by why the command Jesus gave to his disciples in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”, was considered “new”? The Mosaic Law had prescribed love to neighbor both in the moral law (Exodus 20:12-17) and explicitly in the civil law (...

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I'm My Own Worst Enemy

Thursday May 5, 2016 was Ascension Day. This is the date celebrated in the Christian calendar of the west as the 40th day in Easter. It is commemorating the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven as recorded by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles. He writes, 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He sai...

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The Great Ought

There is for those redeemed by the blood of Jesus the great “ought.” We like to be free and in our expression of freedoms we don’t like “oughts” or “mandates”. We see ourselves free to do what we want, even as those who have been bought with the price of the blood of Christ. But those who are bought are not their own, and the ought...

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Holy Catholic Church

The Belgic Confession (1561) enables us to affirm what we believe when we confess that “I believe in...the holy catholic church.”1 They wrote in Article 27: The Holy Catholic Church “We believe and confess one single catholic or universal church-- a holy congregation and gathering of true Christian believers, awaiting their entire salvation in Jesus Chri...

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A Can't Miss Book

Here's a free book that can't miss. It will help you to find Christ in all of Scripture. You can read it for free by following the link below. http://files1.wts.edu/uploads/images/files/Seeing%20Christ%20ebook(1).pdf Here's what another author has to say about this read, “Ours is an age rife with relativism and self-absorption. How refreshing, then, to read a book...

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A Justifying Faith Works By Love

The Westminster Confession Chapter 11, On Justification, section 2 states, “Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and His righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification: yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.” Those who are dead in their trespas...

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