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What Should We Do When They Stray?

Of all the painful experiences that I have had to face through nearly a decade in ministry--the death of a mother, couples enduring the heartbreak of miscarriage, strife, abuse, divorce, scandal, etc.--having to walk with a godly father and mother through the dark shadows of having a child rebel is among the most difficult. There are many difficult and painful exper...

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7 Areas of Unbiblical Conscience Binding

In what is one of the most beloved statements penned in all of church history, the Westminster Divines explained that "God alone is Lord of the conscience, and has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in anything, contrary to his Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship" (WCF 20.2). Few things can be so damaging to the church as...

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On Fencing the Lord's Table

Of all the phraseology that we used in Reformed churches, among the most misunderstood is that of "fencing the table." You will most certainly hear this phrase in those churches that take the Word and sacraments with the utmost seriousness--churches with leadership that deeply desire to obey Jesus' instructions concerning church discipline (Matt. 18:15-20). There is, howe...

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Trusting Christ to Provide

One of my sinful shortcomings is that I love to take matters into my own hands. I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not alone in this. Whenever I sense that things around me are less than secure, I tend to allow myself to be consumed with brainstorming, seeking counsel and devising plans to "fix the problem." However, I often fail to stop and pray on the front end of w...

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