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April 29th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

It’s time to get back to regular blog posts after about six weeks of absence. I didn’t know I would not post for so long, but since my last post I’ve done a lot of development of our Consistory retreat series that I am calling “What Matters Most”.


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The Better Insight about Jesus Q&A 18 Gives Us

March 2nd, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

Today we come to Q&A 18 and we find a truly better insight into the Two Natures of Christ that the ancient creeds did not address. The Catechism mostly recaptures what the Ancient Church taught in contrast to what the Roman Church was teaching at the time.


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Bet You Didn't Know This

February 24th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees

Well, it’s been officially two full months since my last post. The day after my last one I got on a plane and flew to Colorado Springs to have Christmas with some family there. It was a new adventure, and nothing like we usually do for Christmas.


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The Heidelberg and the Manger

December 24th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

It is Christmas Eve as I write this post today, and as I was reviewing the Q&A’s of the Heidelberg Catechism to write the next post on it, I read again the first question and answer. What is the relationship between the Heidelberg and the Manger of the Christ child?


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Deliverance by Grace

December 8th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

The Heidelberg Catechism is divided into three parts, which follows the answer to Q&A 2. (I could quote it here and make it easy on you, or as a good ‘teacher’ I could leave it to you to look up; yep, that’s what I’ll do)


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Mercy is not Permissive

November 17th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

In the Heidelberg Catechism we spend a good amount of time in what some people might say is negative territory. We have nine questions (3-11) that deal with our misery in sin.


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God's Love is Tough or Tender as Needed

November 13th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

I believe we have lost a lot of zeal and joy for God in the Church because we have bought into the lie of our culture that only a mean God would punish someone for sin.


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A Very Helpful Insight about Sin and Guilt

October 17th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

Most Christians today glibly attribute the forgiveness of their sins to the “love of God.” John 3:16 is cited as proof that “God so loved the world” that he forgives sins. The problem is that this is making only one part of the truth the whole truth. People are claiming God’s love, part of the truth, but forgetting his justice.


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Lord's Day 3: How Things Got So Bad

October 15th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

The 129 questions and answers of the Catechism are divided into 52 segments so that it can be preached through in one year. My HC history is not deep enough to know who did this, but it is a handy way to organize it for teaching and preaching the doctrines of our faith.


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The Greatest Loss and the Greatest Command

September 19th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

I want to pick up where I left off in my last post, so you may want to quickly review that one before reading this one. The point I drew out was that the HC attributes our misery to our failure to live by the Two Great Commandments.


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We Just Don't Get It

September 11th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

Have you ever remembered someone telling a joke that you didn’t get and then getting it ... weeks, months, or even years after they told it? I’m embarrassed to say that this has happened to me several times.


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The Diagnosis of our Soul; Or “Doc, I feel miserable. What’s wrong?”

September 9th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

The last post introduced us to the 2nd Q&A of the Catechism; “What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort? Answer: Three things â€" First, how great my sin and misery are; Second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; Third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.”


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What is Our “Misery”?

September 2nd, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

When we read the Heidelberg Catechism (HC) for our spiritual growth we step back into the world of 1563. That is when it was written. Like all documents, the HC is a product of its time and place. The 16th century was tumultuous.


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The Key that Opens Comfort's Door

August 28th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

I don’t know if you have driven a newer car lately, but things are changing a lot in cars these days. The digital age is really impacting how we interact with our cars. Back in the day we had one or two keys, one for the ignition and one for the trunk.


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A Deep Well of Grace

August 26th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

Q&A 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism is a deep well of grace. You can keep going back to it to get another dose of the Gospel. It is a tightly packed and beautifully statement of God’s grace toward us in his Son, Jesus Christ. It is well worth memorizing so that throughout the day its phrases and truths can strengthen our faith.


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I Belong to Jesus Christ

August 23rd, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

This morning is opened the HC to the first question again, which I will be doing repeatedly for a while, to reset my grip on God’s line of grace.


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The Source of our Comfort

August 20th, 2014

Question 1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?


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My Heidelberg Catechism Blog Challenge

August 19th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

Today’s post is my first step in a personal challenge in blogging for NLCC. I want to write a post for each of the 129 questions and answers of the Heidelberg Catechism.


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On the Sovereignty of God and Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 26-28

March 13th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

Scott Peck wrote a best-selling book way back in the 80’s titled, “The Road Less Traveled.” Its title comes from Robert Frost’s famous poem of that same title. In his book opens with the statement, “Life is difficult.”


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Best Statement Ever on How to View the 10 Commandments

February 28th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

Everyone should read these two HC questions and answers about the 10 Commandments before and after reading the other questions in the Catechism about the Law. They are Q&A 114 and 115. Here is 114 for today.


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Heidelberg #115 - Why Keep Preaching the 10 Commandments?

February 28th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees

"Why bother preaching the 10 Commandments if we are forgiven?" That's like asking why bother with a map once you have decided to go on a journey to a place you have never been.


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