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Sanctification & the Heidelberg Catechism

Sanctification the Heidelberg Catechism Exploring the Heidelberger's robust doctrine of progressive sanctification In the recent and engaging discussions on the doctrine of sanctification, I have found it interesting that some in my own denomination, The Presbyterian Church in America, are quicker to reference the Heidelberg Catechism (HC) than the Westminster Standar...

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Fighting For the Truth

Fighting For the Truth The Apostle Paul exhorted his disciple Timothy to "fight the good fight of faith" (I Tim. 6:12a). Central to this "fight of faith" was defending the truth against those who "teach a different doctrine" and do not "agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness" (I Tim. 6:3). In some of his last writt...

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In the Spiritual Ditch?

In the Spiritual Ditch? Have you ever felt like you were in a spiritual ditch? Perhaps you feel that way right now. Your heart feels cold towards God, His Word, and His kingdom priorities. God seems distant. Your zeal for the Lord has waned. Your affections towards Christ have steadily declined. Your eyes are dry, and your love and concern for others feels strained and fo...

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The Public Reading of Scripture

For centuries, Protestant and Reformed liturgies have included a substantial reading of Scripture. How is it, then, that a person can walk into most present-day evangelical worship services and hear so little of the reading of God's Word? Although congregations boast in the inerrancy, authority, and sufficiency of God's Word, it is ironic that many church services are indi...

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