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A Pastor’s Reflections: Everyone Says They’ll Submit

VFT
I can remember having a conversation with one of my elders as we were reflecting upon the vows of membership. In my denomination, we have four membership vows, the last of which says something to the effect, “Will you submit to the authority of the session, and if you’re found…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 14

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism God’s Making of Man Q&A 17 We live in a time in which our humanity is misunderstood, at best, and under attack, at worse. Our consumer society is rooted in the philosophy that greed is good, that “it’s not personal, it’s business,” and that he…
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October 1, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 13

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism What are Angels? Q&A 13, 16 We’ve all seen them, right? Angels, that is. You know, those chubby little children with wings; those cute Precious Moments statuettes; those little guys on your shoulders—one reminding you of good and the other tempting you to what is…
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September 17, 2012

Contentment in Ministry

VFT
I know of a number of pastors over the years who have served Christ’s church quite faithfully, some for numerous years, even decades. What everyone can easily perceive is the number of years that a pastor has served. Watchful eyes in the congregation will mark the passing anniversaries and alert…
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September 12, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 12

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism God’s Work of Creation Q&A 14-15 The story goes that there was an astronomer, a biologist, a cosmologist, a geologist, and a physicist who climbed the highest mountain in the world in order to collaborate on determining the origin of life. The astronomer measured the…
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September 10, 2012

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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