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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 of this mov...

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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 (Leviticus 19:18). Theref...

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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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