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Effective Group Bible Study

It’s six o’clock Wednesday evening. Your church’s mid-week Bible study starts in one hour, but you don’t feel like going. The trouble is that you can’t think of a fresh excuse, and you don’t dare to say what you (and several others) would like to say: “Is this really what a Bible study is supposed […]

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Four Reasons to Love the Psalms

Some psalms are easy to love. It is no mystery why Psalm 23 is a perennial favorite. But it is also no mystery why we cherry-pick the psalms. What do you do with prayers that ask God to let the children of the wicked become vagabonds (Ps. 109:10)? Parts of some psalms can hardly be […]

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God Binds His Covenant

“I will take note of you as you pass under My rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.” (Ezekiel 20:37) One of the distinctives of the Reformed Faith is its emphasis on the covenant of grace. We believe that God has graciously initiated an agreement between Himself and believers and […]

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Election: Friend or Foe to Evangelism?

“If the decree of election is unchangeable and therefore renders the salvation of the elect completely certain, what need have they of the gospel?” This is the way R.B. Kuiper phrased the question that has often been asked concerning the relationship between election and evangelism. To be more blunt, we might ask, “Doesn’t a belief […]

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The Atonement and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Imagine that one quiet afternoon you happen to glance out your window to see two people approaching your door carrying literature in their hands. A few moments later you discover that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. At this point your mind may begin to race: “I know they don’t believe as we do, but what is […]

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Godly Hospitality

Many of the words we commonly use today do not carry the same meaning as the Bible intended for them. The word “hospitality” is a good example. A simple Google search, for example, produces page after page of information on the Hospitality industry (hotels, res­taurants etc.), but nothing resem­bling biblical hospitality. In modern vernacular, there […]

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Three Speeches from Three Crosses

“There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death” (Luke 23:32) A Meditation on Luke 23:32-43 Drama has never had a more mo­mentous stage than Calvary; and never a weightier speaker than Jesus Christ. Luke 23:32-43 records three speeches from that great stage; one by that great Speaker, and two […]

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Christian Unity: Why Should I Care

“My prayer is . . . that all of them may be one” (John 17:20, 21). In these few words of Christ we catch a glimpse of God’s ideal for church unity. Does the church share His view? Shortly after Jesus uttered these words to His Father, one of His “friends” betrayed Him, another disowned […]

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