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What is the Belgic Confession of Faith?

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The oldest of the doctrinal standards of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands is the Confession of Faith, most commonly known as the Belgic Confession, following the seventeenth-century Latin designation Confessio Belgica. “Belgica” referred to the Lowlands or the whole…

Wrong Doctrines Taught

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I was once attending a church, to which the Pastor taught heresy and other errors. He ultimately was forced to resign and the church grew exponentially after his departure. It should be noted that any position must be supported by…

Are Christians required to tithe?

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Positions on giving Let’s begin by making a few statements, and then follow up by reviewing what the Bible states. First – In both the Old and New Testaments, giving to God, the church, and others has always been “free…

Does biblical salvation include free will?

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Satan’s goal is to prevent and pervert salvation Just as Satan uses “works religions” vs. “faith” to prevent salvation outside the church, he also uses “free will faith” vs “biblical election” to pervert salvation inside the church. Although many credits…

I will never leave you!

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Ethel Phoebe Waxham Love Ethel Phoebe Waxham Love (1882-1959) was neither a celebrity nor a notable historical figure, and what little acclaim was realized after she had died. But, the love story of this Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley educated teacher,…

A jet tour through the Bible?

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The Bible is a big book. How can you truly understand it? Understanding the bible requires three important initial concepts. You need to be saved, you need a good translation and finally, you need to understand practical hermeneutics. This post…

An analysis of Church Leadership

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Leadership Structures Leadership is foundational and vital to the successful operation of any organization. True leadership, however, must balance authority and accountability.  Authority without accountability leads to dictatorships, Accountability without authority leads to slavery. Common Church Leadership Structures Church leadership…

Best Bible Study Tools

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There are a number of tools and resources that I use for my bible study that may be of help to you. Please know that the links below are to Amazon but are not affiliate links. I have included them…

"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur