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Calling to Repentance and Faith

One of the most important aspects of the gospel is its emphasis on repentance and faith. This two-part emphasis is seen throughout the Bible and across different characters and events. Familiar stories include Paul on the road to Damascus, David turning away from the sin of adultery, and even Joseph’s brothers coming to repentance years […]

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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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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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Change

The pace of change today is staggering, as are the effects on human life, heart, mind, soul, and body. Yet the Bible says Jehovah never changes (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). How does the unchanging character of God comfort you? How will you apply this truth to the children of God as you labor with them?  […]

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There are divers manners of circumstances which every man experiences. In the providence of God, some are at ease because they have much, while others struggle to have food on their tables. Some are physically healthy, while others by reason of debilitating illnesses are deprived of so many things. Some were born in the sphere […]

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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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Sola Fida: Faith Alone

Once there lived a man in what he thought was a beautiful country. He went about his job and his business without giving too much thought to the world around him. But one day, he was given a pair of special glasses. The man who gave him the glasses put the glasses on him and […]

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Shield of Faith (2): Faith as a Weapon

Danny, his sister Becky, and their mother leaned over the library book on Roman armor. Their mother pointed at a picture of a line of Roman soldiers charging into battle. “One of the interesting things about the Roman shield is that the soldiers used it not only to protect themselves, but also as a weapon.” […]

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Shield of Faith (1): Faith as a Shield

That night, when Danny and Becky were ready for bed, their mother pulled out the book on Roman armor. “We’re up to talking about the shield of faith.” Danny peered at the picture of the Roman legionnaire standing next to his shield. The shield was so big it came up to his waist. “They had […]

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John Calvin restored faith to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Faith as an instrument by which Jesus Christ is received in the Supper was nonexistent, indeed nonessential, in the Romish doctrine of transubstantiation which held sway for over 1,500 years before Calvin was born. The purpose of the Savior in instituting his Supper—the strengthening […]

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What Am I?

I am alive And I have eyes. I even have a mouth. But gown, nor dress, Nor coat have I, Nor move I north or south. I’m one of three Abidingly, But not the greatest one. A gift that’s free By God’s decree— The fount from which I come. I grow in strength Invisibly By […]

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What Do You Believe?

Ishu is a member of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.   “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”  What is God’s ultimate purpose for our lives? Do you know what is God’s purpose for your life? I believe each one of us has some view of […]

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The Lull Before the Storm

The lull. Lightning flickers in the distance. Thunder rumbles softly. As the towering wall of dark clouds draw near, an eerie light and strange silence settles across the land. The birds stop singing and scurry for shelter. The sky grows darker and comes swiftly like the gaping mouth of a fish ready to swallow down […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am concerned that Nathan Brummel fails to grasp the significance of the vague language that he used in his article “What Must You Do To Be Saved?” (Oct. 1994 Beacon Lights). I had thought that upon reflection he would see that his explana­tion of Acts 16:30ff not only leaves open the possi­bility […]

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Letter to the Editor

Having often proclaimed the gospel concept of faith, as well as issuing the call to faith many times in the preaching, I was taken aback – to say the least, when I read the article “What Must You Do To Be Saved?” (September issue). In his concluding two paragraphs, the author, Nathan Brummel, has led […]

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What Must You Do to Be Saved?

If you are not a confessing Christian and are wondering what you must do to be saved, the Apostle Paul provides you with the answer in the true story that is to follow. Paul was traveling on a mission journey through what is now Greece. He came to the city of Phillipi which was then […]

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The Faith of God Restored

Before embarking into my thesis on “faith,” I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  For approximately thirty years I was employed in the computer field, most of which were in managerial positions, followed by six years as a Baptist preacher.  During my pastorate I was caring for an elderly father who was much […]

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A Most Wonderful Gift

I have a gift It was given to me not wrapped with ribbons or bows no, it’s not even tangible it is the most glorious gift anyone could ever give Only, no one could give this gift No one human- Only God He gave me this gift And because of this gift I can live […]

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As Little Children

“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said to them, Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I […]

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Faith’s Prerequisite

By night Nicodemus came to see Jesus. It was not night simply in the natural sense of the word. Plainly Nicodemus was in the dark about certain truths. What Nicodemus was concerned about, we are not told. We may be sure however that he was seeking light about something that troubled him greatly. But Jesus […]

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Faith

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years. . .came behind him, and touched the border of his garment.  Luke 8:43, 44   For the most elegant litany of all those who lived and died by faith, one only has to read Hebrews 11. Here, the apostle gives names to the Old Testament […]

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Believe What You Profess

We in the Protestant Reformed Church know a lot about our God. In the areas of theology, we have not only maintained the Reformed Creeds of our fathers, but we have worked hard to further develop this faith, i.e., the doctrine of the covenant. You should almost think that we have “arrived”. But have we? […]

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