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O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:1-6 Jeremiah lived and prophesied around 600 years before Christ’s incarnation. Jeremiah’s ministry spanned almost 50 years, during that time when the abomination of Israel’s apostasy had reached the depths from which there would be no revival as a nation. At the time that Jeremiah was called to the ministry, however, the situation appeared quite promising. He was called during the reign of Josiah, who...

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When we speak about the theological concept of adoption, we do well to remember that adoption is about the reconciliation of rebellious and estranged children. To understand this is important to our confidence in our Father’s commitment to our safety. We were named God’s children from eternity by His eternal and unchangeable decree of election in Christ (Eph. 1:4-5). But in Adam we who had the perfect place in Father’s fellowship forsook Him. Adoption is about God taking into the fellowship of His covenant life those who had rebelled against Him and who had left Him to make their home...

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For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20 This month we commemorate Ascension Day. The significance of Christ’s ascension is unfolded from many perspectives in Holy Scripture, including in Philippians 3:20. Because our Lord has been received into heaven, “our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Christ, according to Scripture, is our Head, the Head of the church, and we are in Him; therefore, our life is in heaven. The meaning The word conversation in Scripture refers not...

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Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7 From every earthly point of view as we enter this new year, we have reason to be anxious. We know nothing about what lies in store for us in 2023. Through all the political animosity and conflict, we see increasing hatred toward Christianity amidst the rapid development of wickedness in the world. From the perspective of our human natures, that is alarming. Nor do we know what trials may develop in the midst of our own families and churches. We know not whom the Lord will...

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Responses to sexual abuse issue Thank you from the depths of my heart for the special issue on sexual abuse in the SB. I wish I could say we literally fight over who gets the SB next more often in our home, but I have to admit that is not the case. But when this issue arrived, if the person whose hand it was in set it down for a moment, there was someone else waiting to snatch it up. It had a positive impact in our home. Seeing this in print in the SB shows in a large way...

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Rev. Steven Key, pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning…. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I John 2:13a, 14a John’s first epistle speaks about what it is to be a Christian. The essence of the Christian life is that of living in fellowship with the gloriously exalted and holy God. You and I who are united to Christ by faith are, by that living relationship, reconciled unto God and taken into His...

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Sometimes our Standard Bearer meditations are abbreviated sermons, prepared, we trust, for the edification of a larger audience than the congregations we serve. This is not such a meditation. This one is on the order of a pastoral visit, as we sit down and face the tormenting trial of one who has been sexually assaulted. May God use it for comfort and to assist in the restoration of spiritual peace to those having been thrown into turmoil. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of...

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I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake…. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I John 2:12, 13c. The inspired apostle John would remind us here that at the heart of living the Christian life stands the knowledge of who we are. We must know who we are and to whom we belong—as children, as fathers, and as young men. The text calls our attention to a wonderful distinction in Christ’s church—that of the various age groups in which God performs His wonder work of grace,...

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And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. II Peter 1:5-9 The gift that God has given us in...

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And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I...

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