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Jesus, Loved and Hated

Jesus brings division. He understood that this would be the case. He did not want his disciples to misconstrue the impact of his coming into the world: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matt. 10:34).1 He knew that people would […]

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On Death and Dying: What Exactly Are We Afraid Of?

“Are you afraid of the coronavirus?” My four-year-old asked his Sunday school teacher that question on March 8, 2020. Since then, I daresay that there has not been one person on our planet who is unaffected by the pandemic. As I watched events unfold, questions echoed in my mind. There were a variety of reactions […]

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True Enlightenment

Central to the biblical teaching concerning the human condition is the doctrine of the fall of man from an original righteousness into the depths of sin. The Reformed theological tradition has strongly emphasized the pervasive impact of sin upon man in its affirmation of total depravity. This does not mean that every person is as […]

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A Biblical Plan for Ministry

Long Range Planning If you’ve ever been a member of a Board of Directors for a Christian charitable organization, you know the term “Long Range Planning Committee.” It’s the one committee hardly anyone volunteers to be on. Long range planning is difficult work, requires visionary minds and a big picture perspective that few today seem […]

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Reformed Christians have been perennially engaged in defending the doctrine of justification by faith alone against its detractors in other theological traditions. At times, however, debates over the doctrine have raged even within Reformed circles. Norman Shepherd, former Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, […]

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Teen Scene: Shielded by Faith

“He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:7–8 Ephesians 6:16 states, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish […]

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Book Review

Book Review Hoeksema, Herman. Righteous by Faith Alone: A Devotional Commentary on Romans. Edited by David Engelsma. Grandville, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2002. xxvi. 702 pp., including Scripture Index and short bibliography. $41.95 US, hardcover. Reviewed by Rev. Jerome Julien. For the lion’s share of his ministry, Rev. Herman Hoeksema brought God’s Word to […]

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Why Faith Alone?

In our every day lives, we typically base our evaluations of people on how well they do. We don’t think, for example, that if someone in our class at school does “D-” work on a paper that they should get an “A.” Further, we don’t like it when our boss says that the lazy guy […]

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All you need is faith. As long as you have faith, you’re fine. If you have listened to politicians, watched television, and kept up with the pop philosophy of the culture around us this is a predominant view of spirituality in our day. As long as a person has faith, no matter what that faith […]

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God’s Salvation from Eternity to Eternity

The ultimate basis for the salvation of man lies in the recesses of eternity, emanating from the counsel of God’s will. Before the foundations of the world were framed, and before any creature was brought into being, it was by the eternal counsel of God, whereby He has determined the eternal destiny of all mankind. […]

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