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Steadfast in Faith

Justin Martyr was born in Samaria and was converted to Christ from a background in pagan philosophy. He was steadfast in faith, and this ultimately cost him his life. After refuting a philosopher called Crescens in public discussion, he and four of his friends fell victim to Crescens’ revenge. The prefect of Rome, Rusticus, demanded[…]

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Renewal Starts with Confession

Evangelist, church planter, and founder of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) had a passion to proclaim the gospel to the masses. Often preaching at the margins of life, Moody stressed the need for repentance and the hope of salvation in Christ Jesus. Ever looking forward to the Second Advent, his life’s desire[…]

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Conquering the Desolate Silence

Many people make it their policy to avoid discussion about death, even though it’s certain to visit all of us. In fact, our lives move along a deathward trajectory. Thousands of people die each day, and it’s the horizon before which we rise every morning. The Italian playboy Casanova resented the thought of death because[…]

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The New Year Journey

How shall we proceed into the New Year? Timothy Jones (1955 – ), the author of A Place for God, provides helpful insight. In the following excerpt, he describes the radical commitment of early Celtic saints who embarked on a life of missionary service without worldly assurances or visible supports. Their faithful embrace of “peregrinatio” provides an inspiring example of the[…]

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Why Christmas?

A Pottery Barn-like-glow emanating from the fireplace. The resplendence of tinfoil seraphs. The smile on a child’s face as she stands beside your bed at 4:33 AM with eyes that say, “Daddy, is it time yet?” These expressions of love-light gleaming are special gifts from God, enchanting and enriching our hearts; but they are not the reason for[…]

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What Would You Like for Christmas?

What would you like to receive for Christmas? You are by now familiar with the wish lists of the important people in your life—a spouse, children, siblings, friends. But what does the Lord’s Christmas list include, the gifts that God intends to give his people? How about this? How about a big branch from Israel?[…]

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Special Event: Lessons and Carols

You are cordially invited to join us at New Covenant Church, Naperville on Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 PM for our annual Lessons and Carols service under the direction of Greg Wheatley. This year we are delighted to have soprano, Grace Canfield, along with our adult choir. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a worship service celebrating[…]

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Advent and Peace

How does Advent contribute to peace? The Church univocally confesses that it comes through the Babe in the manger whom we call Lord. This is the bedrock on which true peace is established. But in what way is incarnational peace ‘spread to all the earth abroad’? Here is an example from history. Friar Antonio de[…]

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Philosophy and the Christian

Should Christians study Philosophy? In view of the Apostle Paul’s caution in Colossians 1:28 (“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit…”), many Christians assume the answer is no. Such an aversion is compounded by Martin Luther’s reaction to scholastic theologians and their methods—the “pig theologians,” as he called them, for[…]

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Are you Connected?

God fits us into his temple as living stones.  It is in discovering this reality—the building of God, in which we live, and move, and have our being—that we come alive.  It is not by getting our own way, but rather by fitting into something sacred, ancient and massive. Here is how C. S. Lewis[…]

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