The CRCA

A Church Reforming to Reach the Lost for Christ

"The danger of too many words"

One thing that I have learnt over the years and continue to learn is the danger of sin when too many words are spoken. On several occasions, I have said things (or even printed words or allowed them to be printed) without giving proper thought as to whether they were admirable or praiseworthy. On some occasions, they ended up giving offence, even when no offence was intended. The words of Proverbs 10:19 spring to mind, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” James also gives us a timely warning, “My dear brothers, take ......
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Culture or gospel driven?

Nowadays, there is a lot of talk about ‘culture’ and especially how it relates to Christian worship and the gospel in general. The question with which we need to deal is whether our culture drives the gospel or should the gospel drive our culture. It seems to me that the latter is correct, but it is easier said than done. We certainly wish to be relevant to our culture, yet we don’t wish to compromise the pure gospel. Jesus was born into a culture and presented a refreshing gospel, which was rather radical by the Scribes and Pharisee’s standards. Perhaps we may nee......
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"Loving discipline"

Sometimes when we discuss the third mark of the true church as listed in Belgic Confession Article 29 (i.e. the faithful administration of discipline), we could exchange the word ‘discipline’ with ‘love’ for discipline is a sign of love. The disciplining of Church members is always a difficult thing to implement, however, the ruling elders have been given this responsibility. They not only have to ensure the gospel is proclaimed and the sacraments administered, but to also discipline those who are behaving in a way that shows they have no regard for God’s word or live in obedience to it as it reflec......
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Questions

Questions
The T-shirt made the point very well. It read: “Because I’m the Mum!” I thought to myself, “Okay, there goes a woman who has experienced the questioning nature of children.” You respond to their “Why” only to have the same question fired at you once more: “But why, Mum?” There comes that moment when in sheer exasperation we tell our children that this is the way things happen, because we are the parents who make the rules and the arrangements. “Get used to it...!” I thought of this the other evening when we were reading the end of Hebrews 11 for our devotions. It tal......
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Don't write them off!

For some people, the biblical doctrine of election becomes difficult to comprehend since some of our close friends, perhaps even family members that we love, have until now not responded to God’s call on their lives. At other times, we know our own hearts and wonder why God would make Jesus known to us, whilst other people, often morally decent, generous in love and giving, exemplary in behaviour, seem to be passed over. It seems so unfair. Well, perhaps we should state from the outset that God would have been perfectly just to pass us all by. Sometimes you will hear p......
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