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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


10 Thoughts on Spiritual Gifts

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Over the past 100 years, there has been increased attention on the topic of spiritual gifts in the American church. Some of this attention comes from the rise of Pentecostal … Continued


The Gift of the Holy Spirit

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While there is a lot of discussion about various “spiritual gifts” that are given through the Holy Spirit to believers, we should not forget that the Holy Spirit Himself is … Continued


Chosen by God – Election Does Not Make Us Robots or Rule out Responsibility

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A common critique or concern when discussing the idea of election or predestination is that it is at odds with the concept of “free will.” That is, if God has … Continued


Chosen by God – Passages About All, the World, and Whosoever

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As noted in the previous post, there are many passages in the Old and New Testaments that speak about the idea of God choosing to save some individuals out of … Continued


Chosen by God – The Biblical Basis for Election

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At a Bible study that I attended when I was in high school I first learned about a concept believed by some Christians called election – this is, the idea … Continued


Chosen By God – What About Those Not Chosen?

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Over the next few weeks, we will explore aspects of the doctrine of “election” on this blog to complement a sermon series called “Chosen.” Before looking at various passages that … Continued


Because He Lives – He Sits on the Throne

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The reality of Jesus’s resurrection should give us hope and confidence in this world, knowing that though we die, we shall be raised from the dead just like Jesus. Last … Continued


Because He Lives – He Prays for Me

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Our salvation was secured when Jesus died on the cross (as he said, “It is finished”) and rose again. However, that doesn’t mean that Jesus is retired. His work is … Continued


Because He Lives – 10 Reasons to Believe the Resurrection

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In the previous post, we looked at how the resurrection of Jesus changes us; we have hope to face tomorrow and need not be afraid “Because He Lives.” Those truths … Continued


Because He Lives

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On Easter Sunday we sang the song, “Because He Lives.” This song was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither and published 50 years ago – in 1971. It has been … Continued


Failing to Pray is Planning to Fail

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“Failing to plan is planning to fail” is a familiar expression and loved by those of us who are planners! During the past few months, and especially during this Holy … Continued


Annunciation Day and Holy Week

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The week beginning on Palm Sunday and leading up to Easter Sunday is often called “Holy Week.” Because the date of Easter changes each year (it is the first Sunday … Continued


Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare (Part 5) – Engaging In Battle

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Having learned more about Satan and demons over the past several posts, I now want to focus on spiritual warfare – that is, how are we to engage Satan and … Continued