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The Holy Spirit is referred to in the Trinity as the third person.  Third to whom, we may ask?  To that question the Jews of Jesus’ day, modern Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarians and Armstrongians of the Universal Church would reply, nobody!  They reject the Trinity of the Godhead.  Heated exegesis also took place during the […]

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God: Always There When We Need Him

A beige, rose colored casket stood open and to the left as we entered the room. Soft, downy puckers and a silken fluffy pillow filled in around the corpse. The mortician had done his work, too; very well, some said. But all the multi-colored flowers and all the silkiness and paint on his face could […]

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Guided by the Word

All around me sat young people bubbling over about the work of the Spirit in them. Every once and awhile such exclamations as “Praise the Lord” or “Thank you, Father” penetrated the air. I had never seen anything like it. Here were kids my own age filled with the praise, joy, and love of God […]

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God the Holy Spirit and Modern Thought

“It has become almost a convention that those who undertake to write about the Holy Spirit should begin by deploring the neglect of this doctrine in the thought and life of the Church today.”  This assertion from the opening page of one of the most recent treatments on the subject can also be applied to […]

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The Value of Being Protestant Reformed (3)

Ware discussing the advantages of being a member of the Protestant Reformed Churches. We observed that if we are to speak of advantages at all, we must look at the matter of our membership from a different point of view than the viewpoint of our life as churches in the world. This is bound to […]

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Of the Holy Spirit

“I believe in the Holy Ghost.” Such is the concise hut highly significant declaration of the faith of the church concerning the Holy Spirit. Explaining this the Heidelberg Catechism significantly points out that it means: “First, that He is true and co-eternal God with the Father and the Son; secondly, that he is also given […]

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Acts 2 and 3

Acts 2 Introductory Remarks: We have in this chapter the well-known narrative of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, together with the connected events of Pentecost Day. Perhaps this narrative is so well-known that we are almost inclined to pass over it in our Bible discussion. This, of course, would be a mistake: not only […]

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Galatians – Lessons 21-24

Lesson XXI Living and Walking by the Holy Spirit Galatians 5:16-26   1. The “freeborn sons,” who have the Spirit of the Son in their hearts crying Abba, Father are here admonished to walk in the Spirit, that is, to walk in faith that works by love! Evidently the believers in Galatia, who did not […]

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He Was Taken Up

“And when he had spoken all these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” Acts 1:9. Lenten weeks and Easter are now past. But Christ’s resurrection was not the last of His life on this earth. One great event was yet to come. This event […]

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Choosing a Vocation (1)

Two young men are on their way to a session of their Young Men’s Bible Club. John is nineteen and Jim is just twenty. They are engaged in an animated dis­cussion concerning the question of Choos­ing a Life’s Vocation. This is not the first time that they have tossed this sub­ject back and forth between […]

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John 15:1 to 16:15

LESSON XLVIII. Jesus, The True Vine (John 15:1-8) After rising from the Passover Supper, and while still in the upper room, Jesus utters His last words to His disciples. He will speak of the disciples as they will fare after His death, but first of their connection with Him. That we have in the words […]

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John 13:18-14:31

LESSON XLIV. Jesus and Judas Iscariot (John 13:18-30) Jesus, Complete Master of the Situation, vss. 18120. In the previous verses Jesus has taught the disciples by way of a mighty example (washing the disciples’ feet) that they must be servants of each other. Through this work of Jesus, the dying on the cross, they would […]

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Pentecost and Christian Living

This month, only a few days ago, we were privileged to celebrate another of our great Christian festivals–Pentecost. Were you happy, Christian friends? Was your inmost heart filled with the joy of your salvation? That Pentecost is by no means the best understood and most enthusiastically celebrated of our Christian feastdays is a matter of […]

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Intoxicated Christians

Did you get drunk over the holidays?  What?  Yes, you heard me correctly.  I asked, “Did you get drunk over the holidays?”  I hope you did and what’s more, I hope you stay that way! Generally understood, a drunken Christian is not to be commended.  Rather, he is an object of shame and pity and […]

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