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Jesus, His Cross, and Blotted-out Sins

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts.3:19). Pretty straightforward, right? Repent and you’re sins will be forgiven. Well, yes, it is simple, but not simplistic. Let me qualify... Our sins are not blotted out simply with the wave of a magic wand in God’s hand and the words, “You’re forgiven.” It&rsq...

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Thinking About Family Ministry

I read an article last week in the Journal of Family Ministry called “The Problem and The Promise of Family Ministry” [JFM 1.1 (2010): 36-43]. The article mentions three trends characterizing ministry to families over the past couple hundred years and suggests that in recent years, a fresh appreciation for the biblical call to parents is taking hold f...

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Unquenchable Love

“Surging waters cannot quench love, floodwaters cannot overflow it” (SS 8:7 NET).   The love described here is a fiery love with a deep, resolute devotion in it. It’s a love that cannot be moved, even under the harshest opposition. It’s a resolved commitment. The decision has been made, and it’s impossible for it to be undone. Like skyd...

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Help for Parents

Paul Tripp has a great deal of wisdom and God has used him to shape much of my thinking about how the gospel impacts daily living. He has a lot to say about parenting in this light. Desiring God has posted a great “DG Live” video that I hope you'll take the time to watch, whether you're a parent or not. Paul Tripp on the Heart of Parenting...

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Raise Them Up

What might it mean to raise up our children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph.6:4)? Robert Plummer has a helpful article on the subject in theJournal of Family Ministry. Here are some excerpts (emphases mine): “In one setting, a father might fulfill Ephesians 6:4 by sharing the stories about Jesus that he himself has learned orally whi...

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What Is Repentance?

Fundamentally, in the Christian sense of the idea, to repent is to turn from wrong thinking and attitudes about Jesus, to right thinking and attitudes about Jesus and his gospel. To repent in this sense is to turn away from thinking that assumes Jesus was just a man, or just an example, or just a counselor, or, maybe, just some crazy person, etc. It’s to turn away f...

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Glorify God at Work

Happy Saturday! Many of you will have today "off" from your regular work and engage in more leisurely and restful activities. Great! Enjoy. As you rest and gear up for another week of labor on Monday, take a few minutes to read the June 4 post on the Desiring God blog. It suggests 12 ways to glorify God at work. ...

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A Funny Look at Small Groups

Small Group ministry is important to us at CRC!  God's kingdom is best displayed when his people joyfully embrace his passions and priorities (i.e., his glory in the salvation of his people and their representation of him in the world) and pursue a lifestyle that reflects them - in family relations, neighborhood relations, in workplace relations, in fr...

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Emotional Suffering and the Cross

Jesus was brought to Golgotha and crucified. Nails were driven into is hands and feet, and then he was hung on a cross. I cannot imagine the pain. Prior to that he was lashed, spit on, struck, pierced with a wreath of thorns on his head, and forced to carry the lumber of his cross. Painful as it was, none of it was a surprise to Jesus. He taught that “the Son of Man ...

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The Church is Important!

“Devotion to Jesus cannot be effectively implemented without a devotion to the local church.” So says Dave Harvey of Sovereign Grace Ministries. The quote comes from a chapter of the book that our CRC small groups have been discussing twice a month since February - Why Small Groups? Chapter 7 puts an exclamation point at the end of a book about ...

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