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Sacraments as a means of grace

The children of God are greatly blessed, for their Father in heaven has granted to them his grace, that is, his attitude of undeserved favor toward them. God’s grace was earned for his people upon the cross of our Savior Jesus Christ and is bestowed upon them through means. As weak and frail beings, we […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Habakkuk

Young people, would you rejoice in Jehovah, even if you were poor and hungry? Would you praise him, even if all around you were trouble and grief? Would you bless him, if what he sent you appeared to be evil?  Habakkuk did. We can too, in the Spirit’s power, believing God’s promise that earthly troubles […]

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Ordinary Means of Grace

It’s possible that the most feared word to the teenage mind is the word ordinary. No one wants to be ordinary. Ordinary students don’t get the best scholarships for college. Ordinary athletes don’t receive awards or win state championships. And ordinary-looking people don’t receive the sort of attention that might lead to getting asked out […]

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Power of Ordinary

If someone asked you how you were saved, what would you give as an answer?   I have little doubt that most young people raised in Reformed churches would respond by pointing to Christ and to his death on the cross as the way in which they were saved. And this would be a good answer […]

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Spiky clusters of spearmint-green leaves are hanging off tree branches, an earthy, slightly smoky aroma filling the air…can you guess what it is?   It’s marijuana.   Since the late twentieth century, there has been an increasing movement to legalize marijuana. As of April 22 of this year, thirty-seven states have legalized the medical use of cannabis. […]

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