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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 11

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism The Double Decree of Predestination Q&A 13 The Reformed doctrine of predestination is “an opiate of the flesh and the devil, and is a stronghold of Satan where he lies in wait for all people, wounds most of them, and fatally pierces many of them…
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September 3, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 10

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism What are the Decrees of God? Q&A 12 What have you done for me lately? As a former basketball player I new this line well. No one cared about your last game. All that mattered was today and what you would do in the games…
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August 22, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 9

Danny Hyde
How is the Trinity Vital for Me? Q&A 9–10 Back in 2005 America’s new “pastor,” Rick Warren, said, “The first Reformation was about doctrine; the second one needs to be about behavior. We need a reformation not of creeds but deeds. It’s time to stop debating the Bible and start…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The New Heavens and Earth

Kim Riddlebarger
  When people speak of heaven, they often use images of their favorite places (i.e., the beach, or Yosemite), or they describe some sort of disembodied existence where their immortal soul will finally be set free from the limitations imposed upon it by the human body.  I’ve heard many people…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 8

Danny Hyde
Are There More Gods Than One? Q&A 8 A quick web search reveals surveys that show as many as 97% of Americans professing to believe in God. Impressive, isn’t it? But do 97% of Americans actually believe in the God who says, “You shall have no other gods before me?”…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Second Coming

Kim Riddlebarger
  The biblical account of the redemption of our fallen race takes many twists and turns throughout the course of redemptive history.  But the story comes to a glorious resolution when we come to the final chapter of the story.  There is indeed coming a day when all injustices will…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Lord’s Supper

Kim Riddlebarger
The Reformed understanding of the Lord’s Supper is grounded in an important distinction between the sign and seal (bread and wine), the thing signified (forgiveness through his blood, the “blood of the covenant”), and a sacramental union between the two (our Lord’s words “this is my body”).  This three-fold distinction…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: Baptism

Kim Riddlebarger
  Before our Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, he left his disciples with the following command: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 7

Danny Hyde
  What is God? Q&A 7 Exodus 34:6–9 There once was a popular song in my college years with a blasphemous chorus that went like this: “Tell me all your thoughts on God. Cause I’d really like to meet her; and ask her why we're who we are? Tell me…
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July 19, 2012

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Sacraments

Kim Riddlebarger
Although any discussion of the role of the sacraments in the Christian life seems too “catholic” for many evangelical Christians, the sacraments do play a very important role throughout the New Testament.  Summarizing the teaching of Scripture on this topic, the Heidelberg Catechism (Q 65) defines the two New Testament…
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