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As we ended our study of the book of Luke last month, Jesus had just ascended into heaven and left his disciples behind (empowered by his Spirit) to continue the work of establishing the early church. Now we fast-forward about thirty years to consider the two epistles that Paul wrote to Timothy. Churches had been […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Amos

As did Hosea and Joel, Amos prophesied that God would judge his people. Amos also specified Israel’s sin: she had despised the poor, freely committed adultery, and despised those who rebuked her with God’s word (2:6–12); she worshiped Jehovah, but not according to his law and not from the heart (4:1, 4, 5); she had […]

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Safeguarding Your Worldview

In high school, I took a class called Cults that outlined several alternative religions or variations of Christianity and contrasted them with our Reformed worldview. Although learning about these alternative views was interesting, the parts I appreciated most were the two sections that followed immediately afterward on apologetics and evangelism. These sections were crucial as […]

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Active, passive, or implicit—what is YOUR faith?

Over the past few months there has been an intense debate going on about the nature of faith. The issue being debated in various magazines and blog posts specifically concerns the question of whether faith should be considered active or passive. Some readers may be aware of the debate and have perhaps come to the […]

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God’s Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.   —Deuteronomy 33:27    On October 16, 2021, my great-grandmother passed away into heavenly glory. On October 21 her funeral was held at Trinity PRC. Before she died, she asked that Deuteronomy 33:27 be the text for the message at her funeral. Although this […]

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Self-esteem: Magnified by Social Media

Social media is a large part of the way people communicate with each other in today’s world. Either they use it to talk to each other or they use it to post pictures and videos about what is going on in their lives. Even though it sounds like a positive thing, social media can negatively […]

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Search for the Twelve Apostles 

The Search for the Twelve Apostles   By Dr. William Steuart McBirnie  Tyndale House Publishers, 2008  Reviewed by Mike Velthouse    It’s quite amazing when you think about it. Of all the men whom Jesus could have called to be his disciples, surely he would have looked in Athens for the philosophers and cultural elite. Finding them in Alexandria amongst the […]

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