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God's word says, "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?' But salvation is not by man's works, it includes the application of Christ's work from the new birth, through faith and repentance, to Justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification. by Dr. Ryan McGraw
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I want to emphasize the necessity of the preaching of the gospel. It is self-evident that preaching is necessary if it is the means to faith, if it is the power of God to salvation, if it is the voice of Christ, if it is what God uses to show us ourselves and to bring us to repentance and the cross. The churches need the pulpit, and individuals need the preaching of the gospel more than anything else in the world. by Rev. Rodny Kleyne
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The book of Jonah continues to perplex and bewilder the church, much as the prophet himself who seems so unnerved by his commission. Rationalistic and liberal commentators have no ultimate resolutions for the difficulties of this book for they reduce the work to a parable or semi-mythological construct. The chosen people in a state of rebellion and rejection are given a sign. A sign now heightened and magnified by the fulness of time. by James T. Dennison, Jr.
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Faith Without Works Is Dead - James 2:14-26 (Part Two). This article is from a sermon series on the Book of James, preached at Christ Reformed Church in 2007 and edited for the Riddleblog. On its face, this seems to fly in the face of a number of passages in Paulís letters where the apostle appears to be saying the exact opposite thing. those who oppose the Reformation doctrine of justification often seize upon comments made by James in this chapter to prove that we are not justified by faith alone. by Kim Riddlebarger
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Faith Whout Works Is Dead - James 2:14-26 (Part One). This article is from a sermon series on the Book of James, preached at Christ Reformed Church in 2007 and edited for the Riddleblog. On its face, this seems to fly in the face of a number of passages in Paulís letters where the apostle appears to be saying the exact opposite thing. those who oppose the Reformation doctrine of justification often seize upon comments made by James in this chapter to prove that we are not justified by faith alone. by Kim Riddlebarger
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Underlying the affirmation of the stateís duty to advance the gospel is the notion that a Christian state aggressively promoting the gospel and true church is a very important form of the Messianic kingdom. Those who hold this notion suppose that a future Christian state, governing all the life of the nation according to the Word of God will be the real and full form of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Not So. by Prof. David J. Engelsma, A.B., B.D., Th.M.
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Is there an age of accountability? Dr. Ligon Duncan addresses whether or not there is an age when children become accountable to the Lord and explains how we should understand Godís promises to covenant children. by Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III
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Be you perfect and good, for he had been exhorting them to bless them that cursed them, and to do good to them that hated them, from the example God had set them in causing his sun to rise upon the evil as well as the good. 'Be you therefore perfect.' As patience is Godís perfection, so it is the accomplishment of the soul: and as his "slowness to anger" argues the greatness of his power over himself, so an unwillingness to revenge is a sign of a power over ourselves which is more noble than to be a monarch over others. by Stephen Charnock, B.D.
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Kim Riddlebarger responds to John MacArthur on Amillennialism, Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Israel and Hermeneutics. Hs lecture requires a few relevant comments. Kim declares that this is hard to say, but in his lecture, Dr. MacArthur set up and repeatedly attacked a straw man. His was a pyrrhic victory over a phantom foe, and it requires a retort. by Kim Riddlebarger, B.A., M.A.R., Ph.D.
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As we think about this sign of the Great Apostasy or falling away, we should remember to love the truth of Godís word, to love Jesus Christ Himself, and to put our faith and trust in Him. As we do this, we have the love of truth, and we'll try the spirits to test for false teaching. That does not mean that we should be suspicious of the decline of Christianity, but that we should evaluate the word of God ourselves. Just like the Bereans who searched the Scriptures themselves to see whether the things that they heard were true or not. by Rev. Rodney Kleyn
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From the wisdom of Solomon we can see how we may better honor our mother on Motherís Day, and indeed every day. But let us remember that in doing so, it is really God that we truly seek to honor. Because it is He Himself that has commanded you to, 'Honor your father and your mother -Exodus 20:12'. by Keith Throop
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Psalms 91, frequently called 'The Solder's Song," can provide a great encouragement to those in the military, but equally to farmers, teachers, mechanics or doctors and well Ė you get the idea. Yet itís not because of some mysterious power in the words themselves, but itís the way it points us to God who truly saves you from all the perils of life and death. It encourages us to make God our refuge and boldly trust his protection. by Michael Nott
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The terms 'missional' and "missional church" have been the buzz in various Reformed denominations and the wider church for about a decade now. But what exactly do the terms mean? That is an important question, and not an easy one to answer. But the historic Reformed church has been concerned with both the internal life and the outward ministry of the church. by J. Todd Billings
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What I want you to see now is how God is building the faith of the disciples to trust in His word and His providence and to believe the resurrection. What's He doing? He's building a foundation for faith, because saving faith, my friends (the only faith that saves), is based upon the word of God and the promises of God, and is focused solely on the Lord Jesus Christ. by Dr. Ligon Duncan
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Doesn't Christian evangelicals reject any worship of anyone other than the Triune God, and even the intercession of Mary and the saints? Maybe common love for Donald Trump overtakes these theological convictions and Christian principles? Our response should be, What theological convictions? Has Idolatry taken precedence over Christian doctrine and theology? by Michael Horton
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In the Christmas season everybody talks about goodwill and love to fellow men. It happens every year, but does not last. But in the church it does. By the grace of God love grows. But it needs to abound, and so the Lord would have us cultivate that Christmas spirit in ourselves and each other. To live is Christ, and therefore the children of God follow His examplet in self-emptying, not insisting on our rights. by Rev C Bouwman
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I was reminded of this when James Dobson spoke to reporters after a meeting with Donald Trump who supposedly made a commitment to Christ. Dobson assured us Trump is just a "baby Christian" and part of the evidence was the fact that in his own remarks after the meeting, Trump used the word "hell" four or so times. Dobson said that the fact that Trump still "doesnít speak our language" was evidence of the infancy of his Christianity but that it would no doubt get cleaned up eventually. by Scott Hoezee
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Conscience can be defined as "an inner feeling that acts as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of oneís behavior." For those with a biblical worldview, the conscience is the part of the human soul that is most like God (Genesis 3:22). Those who disbelieve God have a difficult time explaining the existence of the human conscience. Evolution cannot account for this facet of the human spirit, which cannot be explained by a "survival of the fittest" mentality.
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The church-state relationship in America is perpetually unsettled, vulnerable to lawsuits and changing norms. In just the last few months, court rulings and executive actions have again challenged old ideas about the proper distance between religion and government, sparking both outcry and celebration. It wasn't supposed to be this complicated. by Kelsey Dallas
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Thanksgiving Day will be held in the United States this week. Few in our country even realize the idea behind the celebration of this day. It is a day set aside to give thanks to God for providing a plentiful harvest again in the season past. It is a day in which we give thanks to God for providing our homes and families with food. For that reason, I want to consider a passage today that speaks of thanksgiving. by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma
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