Category: Moderator

The "Silver Bullet" of the Joyful Christian Life?
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The “Silver Bullet” of the Joyful Christian Life?

By: Alex Campbell A “silver bullet” is defined as a simple remedy to a difficult problem.  The term, from ancient folk lore, taught that the only way to successfully defeat foes such as werewolves, vampires, and witches that embodied dark powers, was to dispatch them with a silver bullet. We are all naturally suspicious of […]

Looking Back and Looking Ahead
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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Several years ago my wife, Janie, and I took our 14-year-old granddaughter, Logan, to the Cinema to see “Chronicles of Narnia” from CS Lewis’ book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The first time I read CS Lewis I was 23 years old, not redeemed and was not particularly impacted by what I read. Years later, at 35, I picked up a copy […]

What is it to Love?
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What is it to Love?

By: Rev. Patrick Malphrus  The theme of synod this year is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. But what does it actually mean to love? The article that follows is a condensed version of the sermon I had the honor of preaching this year at General […]

True Colors
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True Colors

By: Neil Stewart “By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action…yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days.” (Daniel 11:32-33) We live in interesting times. For […]

Holy Spirit, My Spirit
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Holy Spirit, My Spirit

  Following last year’s nomination and election as Moderator, I have spent a lot of time in thought and prayer for you and for our church (Synod). A portion of that time has been in reflection on issues, needs, strengths, weaknesses and direction for our Synod. In past years, we have seen issues come and […]

Victory Assured from a Trustworthy Scripture
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Victory Assured from a Trustworthy Scripture

Victory Assured from a Trustworthy Scripture By: Jeff Kingswood Next year, the year of our Lord 2017, should the Lord tarry, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This movement turned the world upside down as the Word of God was rediscovered and human institutions and traditions were challenged and uprooted by the […]

Old Insights on the Community of the Cross
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Old Insights on the Community of the Cross

  Old Insights on the Community of the Cross By: Bob Illman I used to do some work with Peacemaker Ministries. The goal of Peacemakers is to help Christians resolve conflict. In many of our seminars, we started off the presentation projecting a slide that said, “Where two or three are gathered in His Name, […]

Insight for Staying on the Ancient Path
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Insight for Staying on the Ancient Path

      As I come to write my last article as Moderator, I must give thanks to God and the Church for the pleasant experience of serving as Moderator. My appreciation for things in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has been enhanced. I desire to thank the others who have written articles to flesh out the […]

Rejection of the Old Paths
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Rejection of the Old Paths

The statistics are alarming. Research organizations such as the Barna Group report that the percentage of residents in the United States who don’t attend church has increased by 30% over the last decade. Other data only increases the concern. Studies by several groups indicate that the actual percentage of the US population worshipping in churches […]

Insight into the Sabbath Rest
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Insight into the Sabbath Rest

The theme for the ARP denomination this year is “Fresh Insight from Ancient Paths.” The theme is based on Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus says the Lord, stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is. And walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls.” In […]

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