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8th Commandment – Giving, Not Taking

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“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19) “I’ve never robbed a bank.” This is often said (along with “I’ve never killed anyone”) when someone is trying to prove to … Continued


7th Commandment – Keeping, Strengthening, and Celebrating the Marriage Covenant

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“You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18) At first glance, the 7th commandment, “You shall not commit adultery” seems like one that only applies to married people (Jerry … Continued


THe Sixth commandment – preserving and protecting life

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“You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13/Deuteronomy 5:17) The commandment people would seem least likely to debate and least likely to disobey is the sixth commandment. Most of us haven’t murdered … Continued


the FIFTH Commandment – Remembering Those Placed Over Us

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Last week, I said that the fourth commandment (keeping the Sabbath Day holy) is the most debated of the Ten Commandments. The fifth commandment – “Honor your father and your … Continued


The Fourth Commandment – Learning to rest

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The Fourth Commandment September 23, 2021 “Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy” is the fourth of the Ten Commandments — and the one that causes the most controversy … Continued


The Third Commandment – Honoring the Holy God

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You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy … Continued


The Second Commandment – Worship God Rightly

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“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in … Continued


The First Commandment – No Other Gods

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“You shall have no other gods before me”is the first of  the Ten Commandments. I don’t believe it is first because of some random or arbitrary decision, but because it … Continued


Why the Ten Commandments?

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The Apostles’ Creed has long stood as a summary of Christian belief, highlighting some essential truths that all Christians should know and ponder. Throughout the history of the church, the … Continued


Reflections on the Apostles’ Creed

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As Faith Church concluded an 8-week sermon series on the Apostles’ Creed this past weekend, I took a few moments to reflect on some things I discovered about the creed … Continued


Elders and Deacons, Shepherds and Servants

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Usually around the time that Faith Church installs elders and deacons, I write a blog post about the nature of church leadership and the church officers that stand in the … Continued


I Believe in the Holy Christian Church

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I feel the phrase “He descended to hell” is the most confusing and potentially misunderstood part of the Apostles’ Creed, but I think there is another phrase in the traditional … Continued


The Holy Spirit in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed

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While the Apostles’ Creed is important for the church due to its ancient roots and wide geographic use, it is not the only confession or creed of the church. Another … Continued


Why “He Suffered the Agony of Hell for Me” as an Explanation of “He Descended to Hell” in the Apostles’ Creed

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As we study the Apostles’ Creed at Faith Church, one phrase that may sound different to those who have previously recited the creed is “he suffered the agony of hell … Continued


The Mission of Faith Church, Part Three: “…Grow the Connected”

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This is another guest post by Andy Schultz, a teaching elder and Worship Director at Faith-Highland, and a Masters student at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, MI. He can be … Continued


The Mission of Faith Church, Part Two: “Reach the Disconnected…”

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This is another guest post by Andy Schultz, a teaching elder and the Worship Director at Faith-Highland, and a Masters student at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, MI. In Part … Continued


The Mission of Faith Church, Part One: Who Are We?

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The next three weeks will feature a series of guest blog posts from Andy Schultz, an ordained elder at Faith Church. Andy is the Worship Director at Faith-Highland and is … Continued


Mental Health, Rhythms and Reacclimation

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This week’s post is a guest post by Vinnie Adams, Faith Church’s Special Needs Ministry Director; it appeared in the most recent edition of Faith Church’s triennial magazine called The … Continued


Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the Unpardonable Sin

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I have often been asked about what Jesus declares is the “unpardonable sin” – blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:28-30, and Luke 12:10). Specifically, people wonder why … Continued


7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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The last post provided some thoughts on the topic of spiritual gifts. As I was researching that subject, I came across some references to the seven gifts of the Holy … Continued