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A Community of Saints

When the gathered church confesses, "I believe...in the communion of saints..." in the Apostles' Creed, what is it we believe? The writers of the Heidelberg Catechism help us with this question and answer: Q. 55. What do you understand by "the communion of saints"?A. First, that all and every one, who believes, being members of Christ, are in common, partakers of him, an...

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Judgement of the Antagonist

The antagonist is typically on the side less favored. They are not usually our favorite characters in the story. We may like their costume or the clever way they play their part, but in the end we are glad when they "get what they deserve." It is better to be on the side of God's saving power than the side of his power in judgment. As the story of redemption unfolds it is...

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Escaping the True Church

Some movies are worth watching and some after you've watched them are not worth remembering you watched them. Some of these are not only worth forgetting, but you don't want others to know you watched them either. I watched one of those recently. However, to further reject it from my thinking I am going to mention it in writing. Misery loves company. The theme of this mov...

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Adoption

The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 12, On Adoption, teaches the wonderfully gracious and wise doctrine of Adoption with the following words, 1: All those that are justified, God vouchsafes, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the child...

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A Life of Glory

Glory is evident even when darkness is pervasive. There is a glory in this life for all those in Christ Jesus. For all the difficulties of this life; the sufferings, afflictions, and pains; for all the groaning we experience being subject to the fall; for all of life being a bearing of the cross of Christ unto our own death; the Christian living in union with Christ enjoys...

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Best Laid Plans

Do you ever have a week of foiled plans? You know the drill: The calendar is marked for the meetings of the week, the to do list for each day is laid out and prioritized to keep you on track, and it is all synchronized with your various callings to ensure productivity. There is time for work, time for activities and relationships, time for exercise and rest, and even an al...

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Darlin' you got to let me knowShould I stay or should I go?If you say that you are mineI'll be here 'til the end of timeSo you got to let me knowShould I stay or should I go?(The Clash, Should I Go or Should I Stay, 1981) Mick Jones of the Clash penned the words to this 1981 classic rock song, Should I Go Or Should I Stay. He says he did not write it with any hidden agend...

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Today in a "Free America"

On Monday May 9, 2016 the civil government of North Carolina is in a terse with the Federal government of these United States concerning who will use a particular bathroom. According to North Carolinians there is an objective reality to a person's sexuality, and they desire the freedom to say so. If the birth certificate says a person is a male then he belongs in a bathroo...

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The Great Applicator

The work of Christ in redemption was to give his life as a ransom for all. He lived a righteous and holy life to die as an atoning sacrifice for sinners and was raised on the third day from the dead. He fulfilled the covenant of works in the place of sinners in his active obedience. He paid the price of the sin and guilt of sinners by his suffering and death on the cross. ...

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Switch Hitters

Are you a switch hitter? A switch hitter is a baseball player that can hit from the right and left side of the plate. The Yankees Mickey Mantle was the greatest switch hitter of all time, but my all time favorite was Chipper Jones who played for the Atlanta Braves for 19 years. Chipper hit for a career batting average of .303 from both sides of the plate, and he came close...

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