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A Pastor’s Life as a Slave of Christ

“Paul, a [slave] of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.” Though our King James Version uses the word “servant” rather than “slave,” that is how we can read the apostle Paul’s introduction of himself in the opening verse of his letter to the Romans.­ Paul, the great preacher, […]

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Enslaved to Jehovah

It is likely that there are few people who would be content upon being sold into slavery. For many, the very term “slave” immediately produces images of prejudice and horrific violence. Even more offensive to our selfish hearts is the implication of total subordination to another. To be a slave is to forget about one’s […]

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Royal Servants of the King

The image of a slave contrived in the minds of many today is that of a filthy and dehumanized creature, forced to do the bidding of his or her master. Why is a picture like this ingrained upon the recesses of our brains in such a derogatory way? The simple truth is that it originates […]

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Knowing God in the Classroom

Why do we send our children to distinctly Protestant Reformed schools? Why don’t we send them to the public schools just like everyone else and have extra money in our pockets? What is so important about a Reformed education? The answer to all these questions is simple: to know God. As the adopted children of […]

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Love in the Ministry

The ministry of the word is a calling which requires much attentiveness to and emphasis on the words of 1 Corinthians 13:13, where we read that love is the greatest of the three Christian virtues.  In fact, ministering to fellow saints and ministry in general are referred to as a “labor of love” in Hebrews […]

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The Praise of Charity

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1–3 says that the tongues of men and of angels, gifts of prophecy, understanding into the mysteries of God, all knowledge, faith enough to move mountains, constant care for the poor, selling of possessions, and martyrdom count for nothing if the virtue of charity is not present in him. […]

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Revelation and Science Education

Article 2 of the Belgic Confession states that God reveals himself to us by two means. “First, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe” and second, “by his holy and divine Word.”[1] The truths laid out in Article 2 must permeate the entirety of Christian education. A truly Christian education does not concern […]

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Both Christian schools and missions demand a place in the life of the Christian. On the one hand, missions are an imperative. They are a biblical mandate. Jesus Christ himself put great emphasis on them. As related in Go and make disciples!, “Each of the four Gospels ends with a ‘Great Commission’…Jesus says that his […]

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Missions and Schools: Us vs. Them?

The church of Christ is a universal one.  This means not only that its members are drawn from all over this earth, but that they come even from varying ethnicities and walks of life— “every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9).  This diversity of the elect in my opinion is one of […]

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