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Fear of God Devotional: What Is at the Heart of the Reformation?

What is at the heart of the Reformation? Paul Thompson explains that the heart of the Reformation involved rediscovering the necessity of the sufficiency of Scripture. We have been given the very words of God. They are wholly true and completely trustworthy. A need for reformation indicates a need for a return to the only source […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Heart Of The Reformation Was The Recovery Of The Heart Of Christianity

What was the heart of the Reformation? David Eddy explains in this video that the heart of the Reformation was the desire to be closer to God. Up until that time, the Pope had largely gotten between the typical believer and the Lord. Most people thought that they had no real relationship with God. But, […]

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How the Love of God Is Perfected in You

Its often easy to tell where people are from based on how they talk. John is making a very similar point in 1 John 2:3-8. Jesus makes a different kind of person. God teaches His children to think differently, talk differently, walk differently, react differently. It is tangible. It shows where they are from. John is making it clear that the greatest earthly blessing that […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Blessing Of The Word Of God

How did the translation of Scripture into the common language impact the Reformation? Mike Davenport explains in this video that one of the greatest benefits that came from the Reformation is that Scripture was translated into the common language. This is a blessing that people before the Reformation did not have. They had to rely […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance That Grows Humility

What does an unrepentant life look like? Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that when someone lives an unrepentant life,  their life will be marked by immense selfishness. An unrepentant person is a person who takes advantage of and uses others in their life to promote themselves and please themselves.  Conversely, a repentant person strives […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Common Theme of Repentance Throughout Scripture

What is a common theme of early New Testament sermons? Jason Dohm explains in this video that throughout Scripture, sinners are called to repent, believe the Gospel, and be baptized. Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, and Peter each repeated this common theme in their sermons. The message of repentance begins in the Old Testament and […]

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What Can Infants Really Get Out of Church?

Let me illustrate how valuable it is for a child to be included in corporate worship in the church. Many years ago, there was a family in our church who needed some help with their children during the church services as a result of a new baby and lots of little ones. My wife Deborah […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Authority: A Driving Force Behind the Reformation

What was the driving force behind the Reformation? Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Reformation began through Martin Luther’s opposition to the selling of indulgences to release people’s souls from purgatory. Thus, it was the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy that initially drew the Reformers to confront these long-held […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Taking A Turn In Your Life

  What effect does repentance have upon our life? John Snyder explains in this video that repentance is a complete shift of thinking about a matter so that there is a corresponding turn in our life. Scripture describes it as a gift from the Lord. It truly is a supernatural work that allows us to […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Heart Of The Reformation

  What was the heart of the Reformation? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that the heart of the Reformation began with Sola Scriptura, the returning to the Word of God as the absolute authority for all of life. Without access to the Scripture, there could be no Reformation. With the Reformation came the translation […]

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Restoring the Worship of God in the City

Our greatest calling as Christians is to establish the true worship of God in our hearts, our homes and our churches. The central matter in Nehemiah 2:1-9 is how the Lord uses a man of prayer restores true worship in the city of Jerusalem. He is a man with a burden. His burden is God’s […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Reformation Began With Regeneration

  What was the heart of the Reformation? Michael Beasley explains in this video that the heart of the Reformation begins with regeneration and an understanding that Scripture alone is sufficient. During the Reformation, born-again believers were eager and hungry to cling to true authority, the authority of Christ, after enduring centuries of false teachings […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What Was The Heart Of The Protestant Reformation?

  What was the heart of the Reformation? Curt Daniels explains in this video that he believes that the heart of the Reformation was the sola, Soli Deo Gloria – “to the glory of God alone.” The Calvinists also considered this to be the most important out of the Five Solas. In the Westminster Shorter […]

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The Smallest in the Fold – Do Children Belong in Sunday Morning Worship?

Here is a helpful interview on Mortification of Spin, The Smallest of the Fold of Jason Helopolous, Associate Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing Michigan. They raise important questions and give some helpful insights and answers to the question. Do children belong in Sunday morning church worship services??? Yes they do! Do children belong in […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Forsaking the Traditions of Man

  How have the traditions of man affected the Church? Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that one of the primary results of the Protestant Reformation was the forsaking of many traditions that been encrusted onto the Church by the Roman Catholic Church. During the Reformation, many of those traditions were cast off and replaced […]

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