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A Feast Unlike Any Other

You can’t imagine life without him. Seeing your dad scoop up your younger sister in his arms and smother her with kisses while she giggles with delight and pretends that she wants to get out of his clutches brings a smile to everyone’s face. Maybe it’s playing catch in the backyard or burrowing into his […]

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United to Christ: The Believer’s New Identity

The superstitious Athenians to whom Paul preached wanted to make sure that they didn’t miss out on identifying with a god that could possibly be the all-powerful God. They sensed an empty space that they felt compelled to fill with an idol “to the unknown god” (Acts 17:23). To say that the Athenians were missing […]

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The Destructive Power of False Doctrine

The temptation is strong for a young person to question the necessity of an emphasis on true doctrine. It is certainly not a concern of the world, or even of most of what calls itself church. The question is asked, “What do all of those truths with large, hard to remember names like propitiation and […]

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CityFest 2018 – The Theology

In mid-September 2018, over 400 churches in the West Michigan area worked together to bring Luis & Andrew Palau and their message to Grand Rapids. Driving around West Michigan in the weeks leading up to the event, you would think that a good portion of the $1,700,000 budget was spent on signage alone. The last […]

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CityFest 2018

“The truth is, that God wants everyone to come and know him.” Luis Palau “It’s a beautiful offer, and I extend it to you now.” Andrew Palau “Sometimes we forget how radically Jesus loves, well, everyone.” – Luis Palau “the Synod rejects the error of those” who teach that “while some obtain the pardon of […]

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Dying Well

How will you die? Will you die well? “What silly questions to ask,” you say. And then you lose a loved one. Tragically. Or you receive the doctor’s report that you will not live as long as you expected, and your life comes to a screeching halt. Suddenly. Now you are forced to think about […]

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One in Faith

Beloved reader, God hath dealt marvelously with His people. He does so today. His covenant shall stand and He will do wondrous works. The reality of salvation as a living bond with Christ causes the Christian to extol his Maker. Have you pondered on this thought lately? You, as a living member of the body […]

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Unspeakable Consolation

God did not choose you as his child because of anything in you. In eternity, long before the first clock ever sounded, he did not look into the future to see what your response would be when you opened Snapchat, clicked on the three dots in the bottom right corner, and browsed through the Discover […]

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A Day in the Life of a Prospective Teacher

I considered a different title for this editorial. “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Prospective Teacher” while certainly more catchy and accurate would probably have faced some copyright issues for ripping off the title of the popular book written by an “unlikely convert,” Rosaria Butterfield. So, what you see is what you get. At least […]

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Behold the Musk Ox

You belong to an organization that is much-maligned, despised, and ridiculed. The world takes one look at it and laughs. You are mocked for being a part of it. “You belong to what and it demands what of you?” The persistent and persuasive call to leave is a siren song that many before you have […]

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