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October 31 Reformation Day!


10/31/2014 by Ken Han
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Three.

Two.

One.

Post tenebras lux.

The motto of the Protestant Reformation is Post tenebras lux. After darkness, light.

We live in a world filled with hype. Everywhere we turn we see people breathlessly exclaiming the virtues of the latest diet, laundry detergent, car, annuity plan, potato chips. “How can you live without this?&...

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October 31 Reformation Day Countdown - 1!


10/30/2014 by Ken Han
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Dear Church,

October 31 is Reformation Day. We have been thinking about what it means to be the heirs of the Protestant Reformation, first by remembering the history and the leading figures of the Reformation, and then by thinking through the core convictions of the Reformation. Today, we continue by thinking about the ties ...

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October 31 Reformation Day Countdown - - 2!


10/29/2014 by Ken Han
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Dear Church,

October 31 is Reformation Day. We began yesterday to think about what it means to be the heirs of the Protestant Reformation. For many people today, being Reformed means only agreeing with the “Five Points of Calvinism (TULIP).” That is all very well and good, but the Reformed faith (which indeed includes the ...

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October 31 Reformation Day Countdown - - - 3!


10/28/2014 by Ken Han
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Dear Church,

Each year, as our country erupts in a sugar-induced mania of Halloween, we celebrate the Protestant Reformation. Yes, October 31 is Reformation Day!

We are, as you know, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, and therefore self-consciously the heirs of the Protestant Reformation. Thus we identify ourselves as a “...

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Ray Sammons


8/22/2014 by Ken Han
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This is the notice that was sent out on August 18 regarding Ray Sammons' passing away.

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Dear Church,

“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” (Ps 17:15)

With a heavy heart, yet rejoicing in the hope of resurrection, I report to you that Ray Sammons has ...

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A Timely and Timeless Encouragement


4/24/2014 by Ken Han
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A Timely and Timeless Encouragement

Every now and then a book comes along that is both timely and timeless. Kevin DeYoung’s Taking God At His Word is just such a book. Kevin DeYoung is a gifted writer, and manages successfully, I think, to impress upon us the importance of having a biblically robust doctrine of Scripture.

Now, don’t

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Brother Jack


11/22/2013 by Ken Han
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Most Americans know the significance of the date November 22, 1963 as the day JFK was killed. But on that day, another “Jack” died. November 22, 1963 is also the day that C.S. Lewis died. C.S. Lewis wore many hats. An Oxford (and later) Cambridge scholar, an expert in medieval literature, a respected literary critic, the author of

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Shorter Catechism Qs. 29-30


7/26/2013 by Ken Han
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Q. 29. How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?

A. We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us by his Holy Spirit.

Q. 30. How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?

A. The Spirit applieth to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith

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Shorter Catechism Q. 105-107 (Lords Prayer: fifth and sixth petitions and the conclusion)


7/3/2013 by Ken Han
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Lord’s Prayer: Fifth and Sixth Petitions, and Conclusion

Q. 105. What do we pray for in the fifth petition?

A. In the fifth petition, which is, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” we pray, That God, for Christ’s sake, would freely pardon all our sins;[1] which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by

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Shorter Catechism Q. 103-104 (Lords Prayer: third and fourth petitions)


6/27/2013 by Ken Han
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Lord’s Prayer: Third and Fourth Petitions

Q. 103. What do we pray for in the third petition?

A. In the third petition, which is, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” we pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey,[1] and submit to his will in all things,[2] as the angels do in heaven.[3]

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Shorter Catechism Qs. 101-102 (Lords Prayer: first and second petitions)


6/19/2013 by Ken Han
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Lord’s Prayer: First and Second Petitions

Q. 101. What do we pray for in the first petition?

A. In the first petition, which is, “Hallowed be thy name,” we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known;[1] and that he would dispose all things to his own glory.[2]

Q. 102. What do

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Shorter Catechism Qs. 98-100 (prayer)


6/13/2013 by Ken Han
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Prayer

98. What is prayer?

Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies.

99. What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer?

The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction

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Shorter Catechism Qs. 96-97 (communion)


6/4/2013 by Ken Han
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Lord’s Supper

96. What is the Lord’s supper?

The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, his death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his

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Shorter Catechism Q. 95 (reformed baptism)


5/29/2013 by Ken Han
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Baptism (again)

95. To whom is baptism to be administered?

Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to him; but the infants of such as are members of the visible church are to be baptized.

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“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized

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Shorter Catechism Q. 94 (baptism)


5/22/2013 by Ken Han
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Baptism

Q. 94. What is baptism?

Baptism is a sacrament, wherein the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, doth signify and seal our ingrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace, and our engagement to be the Lord’s.

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For an introduction and an overview of the

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