December 14, 2015 0 comments

Who Was Jesus' Father?

An Advent Sermon from Pastor Ron Svendsen on Matthew 1:18-25...Keep Reading

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December 10, 2015 0 comments

The Sometimes Confusing Use of OT Prophecy in the NT...

PCA Pastor Kevin DeYoung has a good post on the NT use of the OT. It’s Christmas season and that means renewed attention on Messianic prophecy. Ah, the familiar sounds of “a virgin shall give birth,” “the government shall be upon his shoulders,” and good ole “Bethlehem Ephrathah.” It makes a churchgoer feel all warm and cuddly inside. And frankly, a bit confused. If we’re honest, the way the New Testament uses the Old Testament seems a little far-fetched. ...Keep Reading

October 30, 2015 0 comments

Reformation Week Resources

Click on the link below for resources to the following Reformation Week topics: #ReformationWeek Luther's 95 Theses - An Interview with Dr. Carl Trueman Sola Scriptura - Modern Reformation Article by Keith A. Mathison Sola Fide - Modern Reformation Article by Dr. David VanDrunen Solus Christus - Martin Luther Sermon Excerpt Sola Gratia...Keep Reading

October 13, 2015 0 comments

The Tolerance Jesus Will Not Tolerate

Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, has a great take on tolerance from Christ's interaction with his churches at the begining of the book of Revelation. Christians cannot be tolerant of all things because God is not tolerant of all things. We can respect differing opinions and try to understand them, but we cannot give our unqualified, unconditional affirmation to every belief and behavior. Because God doesn’t. We must love what God loves. That’s where Ephesus failed. But we must also hate what God hates. That’s where Thyatira failed. Of the seven cities in Revelation, Thyatira is the least well known, ...Keep Reading

September 22, 2015 0 comments

Why Should You Come to Church?

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2:42). One of the greatest needs of our dark times is for the Christian church to regain her true identity and character. To understand what the church is designed to be, the best place to inquire is at its founding in the time of the apostles. Acts 2:42 describes the newborn church after the Holy Spirit was poured out from heaven at Pentecost. The apostle Peter preached the message of Christ to the crowds and when many believed they gathered together as a church. What was the character of that church, we ask? Why did the early believers come to church? By extension, looking at the example, we can ask, Why and how should we come to church?...Keep Reading

September 21, 2015 0 comments

The Focus of the Sacraments

Reformed churches traditionally have a high view of the sacraments, so it is important for those who believe Reformed theology is the best summary of biblical teaching to have a high view of the sacraments as well. That means baptism and the Lord’s Supper must be seen as true means of grace, avenues through which the Holy Spirit works to portray visibly the promises of the gospel and mature us in Christ. At the same time, let us also understand that the grace we receive through the sacraments is not a different kind of grace than what we receive through the preaching of the Word and prayer. The sacraments are not ways to receive a “better grace,” nor are they “better” ways to access sanctifying grace. They are just a different means to access the same grace. ...Keep Reading

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July 9, 2015 0 comments

Same Sex Attraction and the Christian

On the latest edition of "Theology Matters," a VideoCast ministry of Valley Presbyterian Church, Pastors Ron and Jason weigh in on some very sensitive matters related to same sex attraction and the Christian....Keep Reading

June 15, 2015 0 comments

Do You Have a Philosophy of Life and Death?

Do You Have a Philosophy of Life and Death?...Keep Reading

June 2, 2015 0 comments

How Should Christians Relate to Civil Government

In the following video Pastor Ron answers the question of how Christians are to relate to civil government. He also addresses the roles of conscience and Scripture in informing a believer's behavior in civil matters....Keep Reading

May 29, 2015 0 comments

What are Justification and Sanctification - Rev. Guy Waters

The words justification and sanctification have largely fallen out of use in Western culture. Sadly, they are also fading from sight in the Christian church. One reason this decline is distressing is that the Bible uses the words justification and sanctification to express the saving work of Christ for sinners. That is to say, both terms lie at the heart of the biblical gospel. So, what does the Bible teach about justification and sanctification? How do they differ from one another? How do they help us understand better the believer’s relationship with Jesus Christ?...Keep Reading

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