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I Kissed the Church Goodbye

Whether you realize it or not, there is a brutal war being waged against you. The battleground is your mind. Your foe? Not a physical army seeking your death, but the philosophies of this world. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of […]

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Holding Fast this Foundation

Outright hostility to a creed does not appear out of nowhere. Such hostility can be seen in a letter that was published in a Reformed magazine earlier this year. Writing in response to an article that encouraged commemoration of the Canons of Dordt, the letter writer stated that “The 400th anniversary would be an excellent […]

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On the Origin of Religion

Charles Darwin, known today as the father of evolutionary theory wrote his well–known book, Origin of Species in 1859. Through this book Darwin opened a door that has gotten wider and wider since that time. He suggested an entirely natural process to explain the variation of life forms we see in creation: evolution by means […]

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To Lounge or to Labor

  “I’m working for the weekend.” “Life’s a beach.” TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Friday.   These and many other messages promote the idea that work is drudgery, only a necessity, and that real living is a vacation, relaxation, and lounging.  Our society overemphasizes lounging and minimizes man’s need for labor.  But God created man to labor and […]

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A Feast Unlike Any Other

You can’t imagine life without him. Seeing your dad scoop up your younger sister in his arms and smother her with kisses while she giggles with delight and pretends that she wants to get out of his clutches brings a smile to everyone’s face. Maybe it’s playing catch in the backyard or burrowing into his […]

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United to Christ: The Believer’s New Identity

The superstitious Athenians to whom Paul preached wanted to make sure that they didn’t miss out on identifying with a god that could possibly be the all-powerful God. They sensed an empty space that they felt compelled to fill with an idol “to the unknown god” (Acts 17:23). To say that the Athenians were missing […]

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The Destructive Power of False Doctrine

The temptation is strong for a young person to question the necessity of an emphasis on true doctrine. It is certainly not a concern of the world, or even of most of what calls itself church. The question is asked, “What do all of those truths with large, hard to remember names like propitiation and […]

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An Ever-growing Acronym

It used to be just four letters: LGBT. Now there are seven. And a symbol. The latest rendering of the ever-growing acronym of the sexual revolution is LGBTQIA+. You are probably familiar with the first part of the acronym, but maybe not the last part. In full, it stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, […]

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Irresistible

I don’t have much time. No, I did not just receive a fatal diagnosis. I simply don’t have much time to keep your attention. According to Microsoft Canada, the average human attention span is only eight seconds (28). I would have a better chance writing to goldfish (attention span: nine seconds). Unfortunately, we do not […]

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CityFest 2018 – The Theology

In mid-September 2018, over 400 churches in the West Michigan area worked together to bring Luis & Andrew Palau and their message to Grand Rapids. Driving around West Michigan in the weeks leading up to the event, you would think that a good portion of the $1,700,000 budget was spent on signage alone. The last […]

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