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Born to Die

  By Karlo Janssen Christmas is probably the most joyously celebrated of all Christian feast days. But should it be? Think about it: Why was the Son of God born as a human being? It was that He might take our place in the judgment of God. That judgment was death. Physical death. Eternal death. The […]

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What are you doing?

By: Karlo Janssen Picture a young man in his early thirties, married, and several young children; a young man who is serving the church as an elder or deacon; a young man who is beginning to feel the pressure of career, family, and church. It was such a young man who recently e-mailed me: “I […]

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Remember

By Karlo Janssen Remember Many a lapel is flowering red these days. November 11 is around the corner. Almost a hundred years ago Flanders fields were soaked with the blood of freedom fighters. Its blood-red poppies now remind us of the price paid for liberty. Do we understand that price? The price of the countless […]

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Choose this day

By Karlo Janssen Joshua 24:15 is a favourite text for Christian families. It is for ours. Those who enter our house via the front door are confronted with the last words of this text. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Words from the first part of this verse are […]

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Open Up

By Karlo Janssen How open are you with your pastors? (By “Pastors” I don’t just mean your minister. Paul spoke of the elders of Ephesus as appointed shepherds of God’s flock (Acts 20:28). Peter addressed elders as shepherds (1Peter 5:1-4). Ministers are pastors. Elders are pastors too. Thus: in Abbotsford we have sixteen pastors, not […]

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The Role of Office Bearers

By Karlo Janssen Equipping the Saints – the Role of Office Bearers Watch the video Download the transcript In a lecture hosted at an Office Bearers Conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia in April, 2013, Dr RC (Karlo) Janssen provides insights in the Reformed (Calvinist) tradition on how elders and deacons equip the saints. In his […]

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Steak, not Spam

By Karlo Janssen Steak, not Spam Ever wondered why Reformed churches are so big on doctrine? Just look at the size of John Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion. Many tomes on doctrine followed: Francis Turretin, the Synopsis produced in Leiden, Charles Hodge, Herman Bavinck, Louis Berkhof. See if there is a copy of […]

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How Faith Is A Gift Of God

How Faith Is A Gift Of God By Karlo Janssen  The concept of faith is difficult to understand. Yet, Christians claim to ‘believe’ and ‘have faith’. So it is important for all Christians to know what faith is and how it comes about. Faith, according to scripture, is a gift of God. With Canons of […]

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The Christian Playing Field – Setting the Boundaries

By Karlo Janssen The Christian Playing Field – Setting the Boundaries Reformed Christians hold to the principle of sola Scriptura. Only the Word of God has complete and absolute authority. It means that for the Reformed Christian what he believes, how he worships, and how he lives, is shaped by what God has revealed in […]

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