Monthly Archives: December 2012

Exhortation: And So This is Still Christmas…

Merry Christmas! After all Christmas is with us until January 6th, which is Epiphany. The calendar is moving. Our final candle is lit. Christ has come! But he did not come the way it was expected by men; He came … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Washing

The desirable effect of purification is to make us more valuable, more Christ-like. God comes to us this morning as a washer and refiner. He possesses all the ingredients to make us clean, and He has done so by His … Continue reading

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Children in Worship

Two fellow pastors have contributed to this important discussion. Pastor Rob Hadding writes: One would be hard pressed to find examples in the Bible of where parents are instructed are to exclude children from worship or the feasts. In fact, … Continue reading

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Van Til on False Remedies

“Christians are in themselves no wiser than are other men. What they have they have by grace. They must be ‘all things to all men.’ But it is not kindness to tell patients that need strong medicine that nothing serious … Continue reading

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Peace and Destruction

“He [Christ] came to bring peace, to be sure, but the peace that He came to bring must be built upon the complete destruction of the power of darkness.” –Cornelius Van Til

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Malachi’s Message

In Frederick Gaiser’s excellent essay “Refiner’s Fire and Laundry Soap: Images of God in Malachi 3:1-4,” he summarizes the message of the Prophet: Amid the disappointments and cynicism of present reality, Malachi sees, longs for, hopes for, proclaims a world … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bill Bennett’s “The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas”

There are too many unknown facts, as Bill Bennett rightly asserts. Much of the historical data is purely speculative with the exception of a few references, poems and prayers in honor of Saint Nicholas. The Roman Catholic tradition has largely … Continue reading

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Exhortation: New Season

Today marks the first Sunday of Advent. It is the beginning of a rich season of anticipation and preparation. The word Advent means “arrival” or “coming.” For centuries Christians have used the month prior to the celebration of Christ’s incarnation to … Continue reading

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