Being Abused Does not Give us the Right to be Mean

Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Abusers are evil. Abuse is evil. Wicked. It is cruel and those who exercise it are going to be objects of God's wrath....

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Getting “Gossip” Wrong Enables the Wicked

I received a copy of a small book written by Pastor Marc J. Grimaldi entitled Gossip: The Church Killer. It included a letter from Pastor Grimaldi which indicated he had sent out a copy of his book to pastors such...

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To Discern Good from Evil, You Must be Born Again

[The following is excerpted from July 6, 2014 sermon  at Christ Reformation Church. You may listen to or read the entire sermon at sermonaudio.com/crc] Faith is the means by which we overcome the world, by which we resolve to not...

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“You Meant it for Evil, But….”

Gen 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. These words of course were spoken by Joseph to...

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An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil – Digest

This Digest compiles the 24 part-series titled, An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil.  In this series Pastor Crippen looks at many real examples of counterfeits. People who have an exterior appearance of godliness but who, like the whitewashed...

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An Appearance of Godliness – Part 19

Mat 10:34-39  “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  (35)  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter...

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The False Appearance of Godliness Has Typical Identifiers (Part 18)

Mark 12:38-40 ESV  And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces  (39)  and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of...

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An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 17)

Harry is a Christian counselor. He holds a seminary degree and is on staff with a large Christian organization where he has his counseling practice. Harry is a member of his church where he also serves as a church board...

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An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 15)

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 ESV  But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  (4)  For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus...

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An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 13)

2 Kings 6:15-17 ESV  When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What...

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