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Review of Why the Reformation Still Matters

Five hundred years ago this October 31st, a young Augustinian monk, disturbed about the Roman Catholic Church’s many pastoral abuses and doctrinal aberrations, nailed to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, a list of topics he wanted to debate with the local religious authorities. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, Martin Luther’s “95 These...

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The Pastor's Study | God's Answer to the Problem of Evil

The greatest act of evil in the history of the world was used by God to accomplish the greatest good ever achieved. In fact, God was overseeing the most egregious act of injustice known to man. God planned it in eternity past, He predicted it in the Old Testament, He orchestrated all the events leading up to it in the New Testament, and He carried out its execution to the ...

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Testimonies of Grace: Patricia Biehn

Losing a loved one is perhaps the most difficult trial a human being can face. The grieving process that follows the loss of a beloved spouse, child, or friend is often a long and treacherous road, even for the believer. But the beauty of knowing the Creator of the universe is knowing the hope that is found in His sovereignty, His compassion, and His perfect will and glori...

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Engage | Should Christians Use Marijuana?

In 1978 the Encyclopedia Americana declared, “in the United States no hemp [cannabis] products are recognized as having medicinal qualities or have official standing as drugs.... Possession of any portion of the hemp plant or any of its products...without a federal permit is illegal in the United States” (vol. 14, p. 87). My, how things have drastically changed...

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8 Signs You are a Discipleship Bully

No one likes a bully. Most of us recoil when we encounter a person who preys on the weak and uses verbal and physical abuse to display his superiority. But bullies aren’t only found on grade school or high school playgrounds; they can be found in churches as well, particularly in discipleship relationships. This kind of bullying, however, does not need to express it...

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God Defines and Defends Marriage

Here in America, prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015, marriage had been defined as the union of one man and one woman. America did not create that definition; nor did any country or individual craft that definition. Secular anthropologists and sociologists attempt to explain the phenomenon of marriage by arguing that it is an ...

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Serving Christ as a School Teacher

“I have some bad news. Mrs. Johnson passed away last night.” These words, spoken by my headmaster four years ago, caught me completely off guard. In a blink of an eye, my director—the lady who believed in me despite all my mistakes, comforted me through painful critiques, and brightened up my days with her loud, vivacious personality—was gone. Thus...

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God Defines Marriage

“The Fourteenth Amendment requires States to recognize same-sex marriages.” So wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U. S. Supreme Court in his edict issued by fiat on June 26, 2015. Judge Kennedy, along with four other judges, has attempted to tell the American people, and the world, that the U. S. Constitution clearly states that marriage is between two people...

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Where Does Faith Come From? | Reflections on Romans 10:17

What does the unbeliever need to be saved? He needs faith! But what is the origin of faith? The answer to this question is part of the nexus that sets biblical apologetics categorically apart from traditional apologetics. Traditional Christian apologists would agree that unbelievers need faith. But they understand the nature of faith differently than just explained above....

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Practicing Hospitality

We love having people come over to our place. Here’s how God has developed our convictions regarding hospitality and how practicing hospitality looks for our family. We pray you will be encouraged. Helen’s desire for practicing hospitality in an intentional way started soon after she was saved. She noticed that her friends would comment on how “hospitabl...

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