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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 oughts and mandates of God are for the glory of...

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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 Christ being washed by...

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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 like ...

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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 trespasses and sins...

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Vocation, It All Matters

"What does God want me to do?" This is a question I often hear from people struggling with their jobs or vocations. The two answers I most often give are, his revealed will given everyday in the Scriptures, and the thing he has you doing now. We should be doing what he has given our hands to do right now for the good of others and his glory according to his revealed will. ...

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Idolatry, Having Other "Gods"

The New City Catechism1 addresses the matter of idolatry in week 17: Q.: What is idolatry?A.: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security. Martin Luther says, "To whatever you give your heart and entrust your being, that...is really your god...Everyone has set up for himself some particular god to w...

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God's Effectual Call

Today's everyday doctrine comes from the Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling: 1: All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, He is pleased, in His appointed time, effectually to call, by His Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature to grace and salvation, by Jesus Christ; enlightenin...

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The Benefits of Christ's Resurrection

Do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ? You must for your: JustificationLife Before GodFuture Resurrection The Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 17 tells us we receive three benefits from the resurrection of Christ. Q. 45. What does the "resurrection" of Christ profit us?A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, that he might make us partakers of th...

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Justification and a Justifying Faith

The everyday importance of the doctrine of justification cannot be understated. It is the doctrine on which the church stands at every hour of it's existence. A doctrine everyone one of her members must understand, believe and live. Martin Luther, the German Reformer of the 16th century wrote, "This doctrine [justification by faith] is the head and the cornerstone. It alo...

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Sanctification, Grace for Good Works

The Belgic Confession was written to teach the church what God has revealed in his Word about particular matters of theology or doctrine. Today's everyday doctrine focuses on "Sanctification". As the writers of the Shorter Catechism state, "Sanctification is a work of God's free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and...

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