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Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:13–14, ESV). Sinclair Ferguson in …

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The First Reformed Settlement in the New World: The French Reformed Colony in Brazil

[Our celebration of the Reformation is often focused on what took place in Europe. But how did it spread to the Americas? The following article by Rev. Good explains the very first attempt to bring the Reformed faith to America, beginning in Brazil. In those days, Reformers were often martyrs as well—not so much at the hands of the natives …

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Resting in the Land

I want to talk about rest—spiritual rest. In this world, all is turmoil. But for the Christian there is rest and quietness. The passage of Scripture I would like to consider may seem unusual. It is Joshua 1:10–15. Why this passage? In the book of Joshua, the Israelites come to the River Jordan, border of the land God promised to …

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South Central Classis: Spring of 2012

This year the South Central Classis met in Sutton, NE, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church. The delegates gathered early to experience a great meal. I mean an unbelievable meal, reminding us of the great bounty God has given. We had prime rib steak that was as big as your face and 1.5 inches thick. It was accompanied by an au …

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President’s Report of the State of the Church

For the 266th Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States Rev. Jim Sawtelle Esteemed Brothers, “Although the Reformed Church in the United States is a church of history, we recognize that she has re-entered a form of organization only a year ago. Now again, as a Synod, with four Classes, she is a year old.” These are the …

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