The Joy of Being Reformed (1): The Belgic Confession of Faith

Are you Reformed? Am I? How would we go about answering that question? And if you were looking for a church home, and you visited a church that claimed to be Reformed, what might you expect them to teach and practice? Before we could say, “I’m Reformed” or “I’m not Reformed” or “I go to a Reformed church,” we’d need to know what it means to be historically Reformed. We’d need an honest and historically accurate definition of Reformed, right? And this isn’t very easy to...

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Encouragement for Older Saints to Finish Well

“Indeed, Christ drank all the poison of death in order that we might not taste the wrath of God in our death . . . . This should encourage us to be obedient to God in our deaths, since Christ yielded His will to that of the Father for us, and drank and removed the wrath of God for us like a bitter potion.” [1] “Thus our physical death is neither a payment for our sins nor an entrance into eternal death but a putting an end to our sinning and an entrance into eternal life.” [2] [1]...

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Colossians, Children Are the Church, & Infant Baptism

One problem I have with credobaptism is that it doesn’t consider covenant children part of Christ’s church. Credobaptism assumes covenant children, particularly infants, do not possess the seed of faith and are not united to Christ, therefore, they are considered outside the church and part of the kingdom of Satan. Since the children cannot verbalize faith in Christ, credobaptism assumes they are outside of Christ. Is that an assumption Christian parents and churches should make considering...

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Zacharias Ursinus about Lukewarm Christians Who Confess Christ but Show Little Interest in Repentance and Holiness

“He, therefore, who boasts of having applied to himself by faith the death of Christ, and yet has no desire to live a holy and godly life, that he may so honor the Savior, lies, and gives conclusive evidence that the truth is not in him; for all those who are justified are willing and ready to do those things which are pleasing to God. The desire to obey God can never be separated from an application of the death of Christ, nor can the benefit of regeneration be experienced without that...

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Who’s in Charge in Your Marriage?

New boy in the neighborhood Lives downstairs and it’s understood. He’s there just to take good care of me, Like he’s one of the family. Do you know these lyrics? If you grew up in the 80s, you might recognize them. Here’s the chorus: Charles in Charge of our days and our nights Charles in Charge of our wrongs and our rights And I sing, I want, I want Charles in Charge of me. Charles in Charge debuted on CBS in 1984. I was four years old. The star...

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Louis Berkhof on the Hypostatic Union

“it should be maintained that the divine nature did not undergo any essential change in the incarnation. This also means that it remained impassible, that is, incapable of suffering and death, free from ignorance, and insusceptible to weakness and temptations. . . . The result of the incarnation was that the divine Saviour could be ignorant and weak, could be tempted, and could suffer and die, not in His divine nature, but derivatively, by virtue of His possession of a human nature.”...

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Louis Berkhof on the Hypostatic Union

“The human nature of Christ as such does not constitute a human person. The Logos did not adopt a human person, so that we have two persons in the Mediator, but simply assumed a human nature. . . . [his human nature] has no independent subsistence of its own. . . . the Logos assumed that nature into personal subsistence with Himself. . . .it should be maintained that the divine nature did not undergo any essential change in the incarnation. This also means that it remained impassible, that...

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Zacharias Ursinus on the Virgin Birth & Sinlessness of Jesus

The Holy Spirit miraculously sanctified that which was conceived and produced in the womb of the Virgin, so that original sin did not attach itself to that which was thus formed; for it did not become the Word, the Son of God, to assume a nature polluted with sin, for the following reasons: 1. That he might be a pure sacrifice; for it was necessary for him to make satisfaction for sin. 2. That he might also, by his purity, sanctify others. 3. That we might know that whatever the Son says is...

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A Marriage Made in Heidelberg (17): Remembering You’re Adopted Helps You Love Your Spouse

My wife Kristina is an immeasurably gracious and wonderful gift to me. God kindly brought her into my life about 27 years ago and gave her to me as my wife almost 20 years ago. She has enriched my life in countless ways, and I’m grateful and honored to be hers, to be close to her, to walk the path of life with her. And as I tell you this, I want to confess something. I sometimes look to Kristina to validate me or to certify that I’m worth something. Now, you might not think it’s bad...

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A Marriage Made in Heidelberg (16): Three Things You Can Do to Improve Your Marriage

Sometimes marriage can seem overwhelming and complicated. We may ask ourselves sometimes, “Why isn’t my marriage working better?” It’s kind of like running. Some days you cruise along feeling energetic and invigorated. Other days your feet feel heavy, and you feel drained. What makes the difference? Well, maybe you’re dehydrated, or you’ve been eating junk, or maybe you’re just off. Marriage can be like that. However, there are some tweaks you can make to improve your...

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