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What Happened?

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God.” —Matthew 27:54 The Passion Week began with the... next...

Thriving under God’s Discipline: Trading Temporary Pain for Eternal Gain

None of us needs to be told that our lives are sometimes painful. We struggle with feelings of inferiority and inadequacy. We experience the frustration of physical pain and failure. We know what it’s like to be let down, looked down upon,... next...

Melchizedek: A Type of Christ

He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. —Hebrews 6:20 When you scan the world scene, it is interesting to note how different people rise to prominence, make their mark, and then disappear again from view. Some... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 7: Objections Answered, Romans 3:1–20

One can well imagine that the Jews did not appreciate the teaching of the apostle Paul. Those who depended on their own efforts and ceremonial rites to gain favor with God certainly would not have appreciated Paul’s dismantling of their... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 8: But Now! Romans 3:21–31

Some time ago I listened to a group of young children singing a typical evangelical song. It was new to me, so forgive me if I do not get all the words right. The gist of the song was something like this: When I get to the gates of heaven I’ll... next...

The Eternal Sabbath

If a man spent one-seventh of his life in a foreign culture, eventually aspects of that culture would become indistinguishable from his own customs, clothing, speech, and thoughts. He could not return to his own country without weaving something... next...

A Fly on the Wall

November 3, 2011. It is day three of three. The room is dark. The west-facing windows pull hard to draw in the first rays of morning light. The aroma of fresh coffee fills the room. The only hint that the early morning hostess has already been... next...

Proverbs 5: Pleasure or Fulfillment?

Adultery is altogether an uncomfortable topic to address and discuss. Particularly in today’s society, shutting our eyes and carrying on with life seems easier than confronting the truth about this prevalent topic. However, the author... next...

To Help Proverbs 31:17–22; 11:24–26; 1 John 4:7–21

From an outsider’s perspective, Christianity is perceived as a “thou shalt not” religion. Christianity is seen as a religion that simply restricts people’s lifestyles, forcing them to give up all the “good”... next...

Book Reviews: Books for Children

Rev. William Boekestein, pastor of the Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale, PA, has written two delightful history books for children. The first, The Quest for Comfort, introduces a new generation to the history of the Heidelberg Catechism.... next...
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