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A Woman of Many Names: Judges 4–5

A Woman of Many Names: Judges 4–5 Annica Kuiper   For years now, she has listened for the Voice. Sometimes it came out of the whirlwind. Sometimes it came still and small. And sometimes it came with the thunderings of Sinai. In the beginning, it was a quiet Voice. Calling her to do quiet work—speaking, […]

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The Blameless Young Man

We use the term “gift” in many ways today. We may say that a high school student is “gifted” at playing basketball. What we mean to say is that he plays basketball well. Or we may say that a musician is “gifted” at playing his instrument when we mean to say that a person has […]

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The Call to the Ministry Rev. Stephan Regnerus   Our churches need more ministers. Synod 2019 expressed an urgent need for more seminary students; pastors regularly pray for more ministers; godly fathers encourage their sons to consider whether God has called them to become a preacher. The need for more ministers has been well documented, […]

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A Pastor’s Life as a Slave of Christ

“Paul, a [slave] of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.” Though our King James Version uses the word “servant” rather than “slave,” that is how we can read the apostle Paul’s introduction of himself in the opening verse of his letter to the Romans.­ Paul, the great preacher, […]

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Enslaved to Jehovah

It is likely that there are few people who would be content upon being sold into slavery. For many, the very term “slave” immediately produces images of prejudice and horrific violence. Even more offensive to our selfish hearts is the implication of total subordination to another. To be a slave is to forget about one’s […]

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The Questions I Never Was Asked

There are tons—and that’s a lot—of questions I never was asked. Some of them might be labeled frivolous: Do you like sushi? Or, what is your fourth favorite color? Others might be considered meaningful: Who is the most important U.S. President and why? Or, how important is the U.S. Constitution to you? Then there are […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (11)

Its Exhibition The view of the decree of election presented in the last three installments is not only the most acceptable, but the correct one, not because it happens to agree with our opinion, but because it is most in harmony with Scripture.  Divine election is that act of God according to which He chose […]

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