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Revelation of God’s Image

Different Christian denominations hold to distinctive doctrines and practices. One significant distinction between groups of Christians, even in the Reformed tradition, is in how they describe God’s image, namely his attributes, his countenance, and how each of these aspects affect the manner in which we praise him. How we interpret the doctrine of God’s image […]

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Marks in Scripture

I thought it would be interesting to do a short study on the various marks given to people in Scripture to see what they signified. A distinguishing mark may be used to label various kinds of things, generally with the purpose of proving authenticity or identifying to whom the object pertains. For example, in the […]

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Seek ye first the kingdom of God

The world we live in is fast-paced and filled with distractions. As technology advances, there are more and more ways to distract Christians as they walk on this earth. In our culture there is a serious danger for the Christian to forget about heavenly things. As difficult as it is to focus our minds on […]

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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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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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Dear Young People…

This morning was a mind-wandering morning for me. The type where you have work that could be done but nothing urgent for the next few hours. I was enjoying the quiet stillness of my classroom, sipping my coffee, and deciding what to tackle first. Nothing was screaming “pick me,” so I picked nothing in particular. […]

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No Room for the Savior

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). We often hear this verse around Christmastime, but how often do we consider what it means that there was no room in the inn? […]

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Truly Christian Polemics

In a time of controversy, the church of Jesus Christ often becomes immersed in something we call polemics. This might be a new word for some readers, so it’s worth defining and explaining in some detail before we discuss how it fits into the Christian life. A polemic is a strong verbal or written attack […]

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Thursday: Intense Suffering

            Jerusalem was filled with activity.  Devout Jews from all over the “world” had converged on the city to celebrate the most important of three annual festivals on the Jewish calendar, the feast of unleavened bread with its Passover feast.  It was the day of Passover.  The vendors in the markets were busy selling lambs […]

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Monday: Controversy in the Temple

If we were living at the time as Jesus and Jesus spoke to our denomination right now what do you think he would say? It is valuable to ask how God views us and our church right now. Believer, you might hear of controversy in our denomination and it may be challenging to know what […]

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Friday: Good Friday

Have you ever been in a situation where you knew that you would suffer greatly at the end of the week? That is hard. The coming suffering weighs on you. Now, think of Jesus. He suffered each day of the Passion Week, but He knew that His suffering would be intensified on Friday. On Friday, […]

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The term “Passion Week” is used to refer to the last week of Jesus’ three-and-a-half-year earthly ministry. It was not only the culmination of his work on this earth, but the very purpose for which he was born. The week begins with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ends with the resurrection and […]

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Wednesday’s Startling Events

“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). Our sin is the reason why Christ had to endure God’s wrath on this earth and ultimately by the curse symbolized in crucifixion. It was for […]

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Trust

Trust When life seems hard, impossible to bear This thought sustains: I know my Savior’s there. Some days it seems each little task goes wrong, I’m helpless then, but know my Savior’s strong. My pain and suff’ring may sometimes overwhelm But then I’m comforted: this is my Father’s realm. Good friends oftimes don’t seem to […]

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Serving One Another

Throughout the course of his entire life, Jesus was always serving those around him. Whether he was teaching the people, washing his disciples’ feet, working miracles of healing, or willfully laying down his life on the cross, Jesus was constantly showing that he became a man and came to this world not to be served […]

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