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Train Up a Child

What if God placed a large diamond in your hand and told you to inscribe a sentence on it that would be read at the last day? On that diamond would be the index of your thoughts and an expression of all your feelings. What you carved into that... next...

Sexual Integrity: Honoring God Inside and Outside of Marriage

In our day, God’s seventh commandment speaks powerfully to our culture. The command is simple and brief: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). But encapsulated in this statement on human sexuality is the idea that... next...

The Bond between the Christian and Christ’s Church (3) Belgic Confession, Article 28

“We believe . . . outside of [this holy congregation] there is no salvation; that no person of whatsoever state or condition he may be, ought to withdraw from it, content to be by himself; but that all men are in duty bound to join and... next...

Why We Sing Old Testament Psalms

The Church Order of the United Reformed Churches in North America opens its article on what is to be sung in its churches (art. 39) with this assertion: “The 150 Psalms shall have the principal place in the singing of the churches.”... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 21: Not All of Israel... Romans 9:1–13

Romans 8 is a mighty hymn of exaltation to God in which Paul explains the security He has given to all who are saved by Jesus Christ. The chapter ends with an exclamation of unshakable confidence that nothing is able to separate believers from... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 22: I Will Show Mercy... Romans 9:14–33

Paul opens this chapter carefully, explaining that God is faithful to His promises, using the offspring of the patriarchs as examples. Isaac and Jacob illustrate the blessings God has given to those He has chosen as His own; Ishmael and Esau... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 23: The Simple Gospel Romans 10

Paul begins this chapter as he did the last, expressing his longing for the salvation of his fellow Israelites. His desire is “that they may be saved” (10:1). Oh, that they would call upon the Lord to deliver them from the consequences... next...

The Two Parts of the Heidelberg: Catechism Law and Gospel

The entire Scriptures consist of two parts, of the law and the Gospel.” Martin Luther relentlessly taught this unambiguous distinction between the law and the gospel in Scripture from about 1517 until his death in 1548. Phillip Melanchthon... next...

The Eternal Christ

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” —Titus 1:2 Some biblical truths are not revealed explicitly in any single passage of Scripture. While we learn some doctrines by... next...

Classis Eastern US URCNA Summary Report for April 26, 2013

Classis Eastern US convened for its thirty-second session under the able chairmanship of Rev. Aaron Verhoef on Friday, April 26, 2013. The delegates enjoyed the ready hospitality of the Covenant Reformed Church of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, for... next...
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