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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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A Pastor’s Reflections: Never Counsel a Woman Alone

VFT
One of the regular tasks of a pastor is to offer counseling for members of the congregation. Over the years in my counseling I dealt with a number of issues ranging from the mundane to the outright bizarre. I always did my best to offer people biblical advice, teach them…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: They Shoot Pastors, Don’t They?

VFT
One of the more challenging tasks for the minister is standing in the pulpit and delivering a sermon. I once read that public speaking is feared more than death itself, but some might be under the impression that the preacher is at ease and does not fear mounting the pulpit…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Christians Are Sinners Too

VFT
As the pastor of a small congregation, I was initially surprised by the high number, at least to my mind, of church discipline cases I faced over the years. In rather short order, my session and I faced quite a few difficult issues. Some were common, such as a husband…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Never Preach to One Person

VFT
When I first entered the pastorate I told myself never to preach to any one person in the congregation, and it seems like Providence confirmed this decision time and time again. I would be in the throws of my weekly sermon preparation and as my message would develop I would…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: No Time for Prayer?

VFT
Among the many activities in the life of a church, prayer is one of the more important. The Shorter Catechism defines prayer as: “An offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment…
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