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The Game

On Sunday evening, February 4, millions of people will gather around their TVs to watch the Super Bowl. Sadly, many Christians will also sit down and watch “the game that everyone has to watch.” Some might even scornfully ask you why you will not join them. What is our response to this massive event that […]

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Social Media: Self-Worship?

We are all familiar with the first commandment in the table of the law…maybe even too familiar.  Those of us who were raised in the Protestant Reformed Churches have heard the law read hundreds of times, Sunday after Sunday.  In response to this commandment, we quickly say, “I only worship one God, the true God […]

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Mirrors, Thoughts, and a Golden Calf

Remember the story of the golden calf and the people of Israel? Exodus 32 tells us how the people of Israel became impatient waiting for Moses to come back down Mount Sinai. They wanted a god they could see, so Aaron had them melt their gold and make a calf. They worshipped this calf by […]

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A Thistle in Your Heart?

[A Hidden Idol in Plain View] Is there a thistle in the corner of the garden of your heart? Perhaps a patch of growing and expanding thistles? I refer to the metaphor of the parable of the sower, and through it I challenge you to consider the theme of idolatry as it applies to a […]

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My Exceeding Joy — Even in Darkness

According to 1 John 1:4, the very goal of the gospel of the covenant of grace is that we may experience the fullness of joy.  It is certainly our prayer as pastors that you yourselves live in the consciousness of the joy of your relationship with our covenant God in Jesus Christ. In the light […]

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The twenty-eighth century of His-story opens upon a band of 600 Philistines entering the heritage of Shamgar, a man of God in Israel.  They had poured their energy and resources into developing superior iron tools and weapons and felt ready to press into the land of these despised people who put their trust in God.  […]

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Crosses in the Churches

Dear Rev. Laning Here is my question, hopefully you can answer it. In examination of the movie the “Passion of Christ” and the Protestant Reformed stand against it, how, in light of the second commandment, do you view the crosses that we have in several of our churches? Are they a symbol that have a […]

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