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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 18

Danny Hyde
Our Estate of Sin Q&A 23-26 Quick; what’s the first thing you think of when I say the word “estate?” Got it? Now let me take a wild guess and say that you probably thought of the word sale, as in estate sale, right? To us materialist Americans, an estate…
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12 / 31 / 2012

A Pastor’s Reflections: Reformer’s Syndrome

VFT
Among the many theological ailments that can strike in Reformed churches, “Reformer’s Syndrome,” is one of the more troublesome. What is “Reformer’s Syndrome,” you ask? Reformer’s Syndrome is the personal belief that you are a sixteenth-century reformer, reincarnated for the present day, ready to take on all forms of authority…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 17

Danny Hyde
In Adam’s Fall, We Sinned All Q&A 21-23 “In Adam’s fall, we sinned all” (New England Primer, 14). This famous line of Benjamin’s Harris’ 1690 New England Primer expresses the basic Christian belief that Adam’s sin had dreadful consequences for the rest of us. We need to meditate upon this…
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12 / 24 / 2012

A Pastor’s Reflections: Book Allowance

VFT
I have found it to be true, that as a general rule, people do not like to pay for maintenance, whether it is for their home or car, for example. Replacing the air conditioner on your home can be very costly, and after you’ve spent thousands of dollars, at least…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 16

Danny Hyde
Abundant Providence to Adam Q&A 20 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1). God in his goodness and covenant mercy has created and continues to provide for all that his creatures need. What a good God he is! If we…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Accountability and the Truth

VFT
Part of my pastoral ministry involved making regular visits with the members of my congregation. My elders and I did our best to visit every household in the congregation once a year. There were and are a number of benefits to doing this. First, it allowed me as the pastor…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 15

Danny Hyde
Upheld by Providence Q&A 18 The God of the Bible is the God who has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass from all eternity and who in human history brings all his plans to reality through creation and redemption. This means he surely is not absent, but present in all the…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Christ Loves Us All

VFT
Over the years in the pastorate I can truly say I met all kinds of people—big rig drivers, business people, fighter pilots, nurses, doctors, former professional football players, mothers, parents, children, and the like. But I can say, without a doubt, that some of the most challenging people to deal…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Hospitality

VFT
One of the lost and dying arts in the church these days is the practice of exercising hospitality. In days gone by people in church regularly planned to exercise hospitality on the Lord’s Day. They would plan ahead, invite people over for Sunday lunch, and fellowship with Christ’s people on…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Life Happens in Church

VFT
In Reformed churches there is great care and attention given to the idea that the worship service is a time of joy but it is also supposed to marked by solemnity. After all, we are meeting with the triune God. When we think of Isaiah, who fell upon his face…
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