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Using the Bible

Q 5: May all men make use of the Holy Scripture? A: All men are not only permitted, but commanded and exhorted to read, hear, and understand the Holy Scriptures....

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The Word of God

The Word of God Q 4: What Is the Word of God?A: The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, and the only certain rule of faith and obedience. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."(2 Timo...

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How Do We Know?

“Show me proof that God exists and I will believe!” This familiar expression has been uttered from the lips of unbelievers on countless occasions. They argue that because they see no evidence for God, he must not exist....

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You Ought to Believe

Everyone ought to believe there is a God, but some people do not. This devotional addresses question 2 of the Baptist Catechism....

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First and Chiefest

When we call God the "first and chiefest" being, what does that mean? The is the first question of the Baptist Catechism. ...

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Hurricane Harvey Update and Thanks

Many of you worked in an area or two, but perhaps you are unaware of all the different ways GfBC has been working over the past month. We wanted to provide you with a list of some of the things we have done...

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Hurricane Recovery Thoughts

What a week! There have been a lot of ups and down over the last few days. It has been hard to watch various members of our community suffer through this storm and know that there is little we can do to relieve the stress and pain that they are experiencing. At the same time......

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Wonderful Hymn Sing and Benefit Dinner

Thanks for making April 28th Wonderful...

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Pass HB948

Please print and send this postcard to Representative Byron Cook...

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Good Tidings!

A quick reading from The Works of John Knox...

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A Letter to the Lesser Magistrates Regarding the Murder of Children

As Lesser Magistrates, our local and state rolling authorities have a responsibility to stand in the gap, placing themselves between the people they are called to serve and those who oppress them. In this case, we are calling for our local and state officials to oppose the murder of unborn children....

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Daily Calvin 20160119


"No one can get even the slightest taste of right and sound doctrine unless he be a pupil of Scripture." - John Calvin...

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Daily Calvin 20160118


"Scarcely a single person has ever been found who did not fashion for himself an idol or specter in place of God." - John Calvin...

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Daily Calvin 20160115


"Nothing is more preposterous than to enjoy the very remarkable gifts that attest the divine nature within us, yet to overlook the Author who gives them to us." - John Calvin #DailyCalvin...

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Daily Calvin 20160114


"No one gives himself freely and willingly to God’s service unless, having tasted his fatherly love, he is drawn to love and worship him in return."...

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Daily Calvin 20160113


"Wherever you cast your eyes, there is no spot in the universe wherein you cannot discern at least some sparks of God's glory." - John Calvin...

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Election Season is HERE!


Pastor Stephen gives some important things to consider as we move into this election season....

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The Holy mind restrains itself from sinning, not out of dread of punishment alone; but, because it loves and reveres God as Father....

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"Man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty." - John Calvin...

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How to Use the Back of a Napkin to Prove to a Jehovah's Witness that Jesus Is God

If you want to prove the Trinity, then, all you need to do is show that three specific truths are taught in Scripture. First, there's only one God. Second, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are truly distinct persons. Third, each has the essential attribute of deity....

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Guns? or No Guns?

A few thoughts on John Piper's response to Dr. Jerry Falwell regarding whether or not Christians should arm themselves....

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A Note About Reading

The book of Proverbs is filled with counsel to "listen", "gain wisdom", "pay attention", etc. In scripture we are commanded to seek knowledge....

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