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Spiritual Maturity & Growing in Love


1/19/2015 by Ken Han
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Dear Church,

Sometimes, when I hear,

"I LOVE you, Lord."

I want to say,

"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."

You see, I have never met a sports fan who could not tell me in great details the rules of the game, the performance of his favorite teams, the history of the ...

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Spiritual Maturity & Life in God's Word


1/13/2015 by Ken Han
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Dear Church,

We continue to reflect upon Paul’s exhortation to maturity: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” (Colossians 1:28–29) ...

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Spiritual Maturity & the Ministry of God's Word


1/6/2015 by Ken Han
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Dear Church,

A few Sundays ago we heard Paul’s exhortation for maturity from Colossians 1:28-29. “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Jesus is the source of ...

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We Know a Better Song: Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!


12/30/2014 by Ken Han
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Dear Church,

As I write this, Auld Lang Syne is playing in the background. “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?” The song asks us to remember. Certainly, we feel a compulsion to look back and remember as the year...

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Amazing Karma?


12/12/2014 by Ken Han
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Well, it’s that time of the year again. And, sure enough, here is my annual anti-Santa diatribe. You knew this was coming, didn’t you? I hope, however, your response is not, “Gosh, you’re no fun!” Rather, may we all appreciate afresh the true joy of Christmas!

Everywhere we go it is sung with such cheerfulness:

You

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Have Yourself a Mournful Christmas?


12/5/2014 by Ken Han
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Dear Church —

“Jingle bells, jingle bells…”, “Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer…”, “You better watch out, you better not cry…Santa Clause is coming to town…”

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Whether you are sitting in your local coffee shop, pumping gas into your car, ...

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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

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