Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lent CREC Devotions

Through the labors of Pastor Steve Hemmeke, the CREC is making available a Lenten Devotional for personal and family use. The PDF version can be found here: Lent CREC Devotions 2013 Each devotional ends with an application and/or prayer, which is … Continue reading

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What is Shrove Tuesday?

Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting. It marks the conclusion of the Epiphany Season. On this day, the Church feasts before she enters into a more solemn and penitential season called Lent, which is referred to as a Season … Continue reading

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Baptismal Exhortation: Not an Empty Symbol

The Bible—among many things—is a book of symbols. But they are not empty symbols, they are symbols that speak and direct us to a reality. Baptism does just that! It is a sign and symbol of the reality that God’s … Continue reading

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Van Til’s Influence on Norman Shepherd

In Obedient Faith: A Festschrift for Norman Shepherd, Dr. Shepherd speaks to the influence of Van Til in his own thinking: Van Til visited Westminster College in my senior year, and I heard his lecture on Noah. This lecture made a profound … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Hungering for that Place

God looks at you this morning as His beloved ones, chosen to serve Him before the foundation of the world. This is a noble task; one we must embrace with great joy, but also with a profound sense of responsibility … Continue reading

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Better Than I Imagined…

I told someone recently that the pastorate is harder than I expected, but more rewarding than I imagined. As I continue to grow in wisdom I find myself more confident in counseling and exercising my daily pastoral duties. It is … Continue reading

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Our King

As King, he fought for us, as Priest he offered himself for us. When he fought for us, he seemed indeed to be conquered, but in reality he conquered; for he was crucified, and by his cross, whereon he was … Continue reading

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Exhortation Series on Church Membership: Striving for Unity

We have had a couple of extraordinary years as a Church. God has richly favored us. As a sign of this favor, we will be adding new members this coming Sunday. And part of being a member of Providence means … Continue reading

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Shameless Plugs!

Editor and Contributor to The Church-Friendly Family (Published by Covenant Media Foundation) Or on Kindle Of the making of books about marriage and the family, there is no end. The family is in trouble today―and has been since the sin of our first … Continue reading

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Dead Intellectualism

The contents of the Scriptures can never be subject to the criticism of the believer or of the Church, but the doctrinal declarations of the confessions must really constantly be subject to such criticism. Scripture cannot be altered or developed, … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Service for Others

These exorcisms (Luke 4:31-44) are pictures of what Jesus does with our sins when we confess them. He takes them away and calls us to serve, as Simon’s mother-in-law. In service, we are equipped to exorcise the pain of others. … Continue reading

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