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God’s Providence Directs All Things!

LD 10: God’s Providence Directs All Things! by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: Job 2 How inclusive is this work of God’s Providence?  The Catechism emphasizes that it includes everything that takes place: both that which is considered “good” and that which would seem to be “bad.”  He upholds and governs the heaven, earth, and all…

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Providence: the Almighty and Everywhere Present Power of God

LD 10: Providence: the Almighty and Everywhere Present Power of God by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: Psalm 73 The Catechism speaks of “providence.”   It is striking that the word only appears once in Scripture (Acts 24:2) and then is not a reference to the work of God.  Yet, the word is properly used in dogmatics…

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What is God’s Providence?

LD 10: What is God’s Providence? by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: Hebrews 1; Acts 17 Question and answer 26 presents a definition of “providence of God.”  Simply put, it is the “almighty and everywhere present power of God” whereby all things without exception are under His direction.  He, who has created all things, must continue to…

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Lord’s Day 10 – Providence

Question 27 What dost thou mean by the providence of God? Answer The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things…

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My Father Sends to Me All Things in His Great Love!

LD 9: My Father Sends to Me All Things in His Great Love! by Rev. G. Van Baren Read:  Matthew 7:7-13 The Catechism presents all of the essential doctrines of Holy Scripture for our instruction. But again, the Catechism now makes the glorious truth of Trinity and the Fatherhood of the First Person, so very personal. …

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The Great Question: What do YOU Believe?

LD 9: The Great Question: What do YOU Believe? by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: Ephesians 1 The Catechism makes our confession very personal.  As in the Apostles’ Creed, I confess that I believe in God the Father Almighty.  I believe that He upholds and governs all His creation by his eternal counsel and providence.  I believe and confess that this God is my God and my Father….

One Believes Father’s Work of Creation Only By Faith

LD 9: One Believes Father’s Work of Creation Only By Faith by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: Psalm 115 The creation of all things is a wonder which is properly attributed to God the Father.  At the same time, it is the wonder denied by the unbeliever and, in fact, by the devil himself.  But the…

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Our Father Created All Things in Six Days!

LD 9: Our Father Created All Things in Six Days! by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: Hebrews 11 Genesis 1 and 2 present the simple, clear, testimony of the great work of creation by our Almighty Father.  In six literal days (each identified as beginning and ending with evening and morning) He fashioned all things within…

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My Father—How Great He Is!

LD 9: My Father—How Great He Is! by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: I Kings 8:22-53; Psalm 8 The Almighty Father, Creator and sustainer of the universe, is our Father.  But our Father has revealed uniquely His might in the planet earth on which we live.  He who beholds that earth through the “spectacles of Scripture” can not but…

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Creation: The Great Work of Our Father

LD 9: Creation: The Great Work of Our Father by Rev. G. Van Baren Read again: Genesis 1; Psalm 33 God, the Father, the First Person of the Trinity, is the Almighty Maker of the heavens and the earth.  He creates all things by the Word (Son) and through the Spirit.  He spoke and it was done. …