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31 Oct 2011

When Strivings Cease: The Law and the Gospel

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Reformation Sunday 2011 | Galatians 3:10-14 | Josh Feil

This is a topical sermon preached by relief-preacher/seminary-student/Resolved-leader-in-development Josh Feil, as part of The Resolved Church’s Reformation Sunday.  This sermon was originally preached on October 30th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.

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26 Oct 2011

On Being A Wife And Mother

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Blog | Tracy Martin

By Faith Sarah became a mother and believed the promise that God had given her many years earlier. I feel a sense of kinship with the matriarch of our faith. When I was a young girl, God placed in my heart a desire to be a wife and mother. Not only that, but a particular desire to be with my children daily, to care for them, as well as support and care for my husband and our home. I actually remember the day after school, the crisp autumn air and the peace in my heart at my calling. I spent the next 13 years planning my wedding!


20 Oct 2011

Children’s Catechism

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Blog | Pastor Duane

Catechisis is a form of question and answer teaching used for training the mind to think and understand properly. The word “catechism” literally translated means “to sound down” into the ears, a metaphor for indoctrination.

For hundreds of years Christians have prescribed to and used catechism as a method of learning for both children and adults. Some of the most well known Catechisms are the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Westminster Confession and the London Baptist Confession.

Since they were babies fresh out of the womb, I have informally practiced catechisis with my children teaching, them basic things about who God is, the word he has given and the gospel he has provided for our salvation. As time has progressed I discovered the need for a more comprehensive program to assist me in the spiritual leadership of my home. I discovered an old catechism for children written in 1840 by Joseph Engles, but in some parts the language was outdated. So I have updated that catechism and also included at least one Scripture verse (ESV translation) for each answer which can be used for memorization.

Feel free to download it and use as you please: Children Catechism

Joseph Engles word to Fathers in his introduction is one of the most humbling and weighty things I have ever read about the responsibility I have before my God regarding my children. May it inspire you and encourage to lead your children in knowing God’s Word which heralds the Gospel.

You have an awfully responsible office in being entrusted with the training of immortal spirits for the service of God on earth and for glory in heaven.  The temporal welfare and the eternal salvation not only of your own children, but of future generations, may depend upon your faithfulness in the discharge of this duty.  The prosperity, and even the continuance, of the church of God on earth are connected with the religious education of the rising generation. 

Be admonished then to enter on this work of faith and labor of love with diligence, preparation and prayer.  Endeavor to impress the minds of the dear children with the importance of understanding what they learn.  Be not satisfied with the verbal accuracy of their answers.  Encourage them to ask and be ready to answer questions for information, while you gently check a spirit of idle curiosity.  Endeavor to make what most children consider an irksome task a pleasing and profitable study.  Be not discouraged nor chafed in your minds if you find that “ line upon line and precept upon precept” are required to overcome the dullness or heedlessness of your youthful disciples.  Remember the words of the divine Teacher, who, when inviting sinners to become his disciples, said, ‘Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart (Mt. 11:29).

07 Sep 2011

Resolved Vision

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Blog | Pastor Duane

A few weeks ago at the leaders conference our church put on our keynote speaker Dave Kraft he pressed us on having a clear vision for the future of our church. He gave examples from Scripture, Christian history and current movements who had a vivid, detailed picture of what God had put on their heart and what it would look like when it happened.

Many have noted having and communicating a clear vision often involves answering three questions: “Where are we going? Do I belong? What’s in it for me?” I’ve touched on a few of these elements here and there in member meetings, sermons and blogs but never clearly and simply addressed it outright out of insecurity, fear, and a long period of questioning my own personal motives since my chief desire is to see Jesus glorified and not Duane Smets or The Resolved Church.

I asked Dave Kraft how you know whether the vision in your heart is from God or just from yourself and he replied, “a good indicator is whether you would be okay with someone else accomplishing your vision without you.” It was an immediate point of clarity when I heard that because I know I would be completely happy if the things you are about to read happened even if I was never a part of them. Since then, several of you from the church have asked me to write more on my vision for our church. So here it is…

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30 Aug 2011

If You Love Jesus You’ll Love His Church

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If You Love Jesus You’ll Love His Church | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets

This an topical sermon rooted in Hebrews 10:23-27 addressing the need, importance and centrality of the local church. It looks at what the church is, who the church is, how a church works and why the church exists. In addition, it provides some biblical basis and background for the installation of a new elder, two new deacons and the move to two Sunday morning services. This sermon was originally preached on August 28th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.


23 Aug 2011

The Gospel, Grace & Our Kids

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Blog | Amy Smets |

After reading and seeing various quotes and blogs from my mommy friends on the book Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, I decided to read it myself and see what it was all about. Just the fact that a mother and a daughter wrote a book about parenting together grabbed my attention from the start. This happened about the same time I had my second daughter, so I was somewhat (ok all the way) sleep deprived, and at somewhat (ok all the way) at a loss of how to love two children at the same time with patience and grace.

With both of these things going on, I was blown away. There were definitely points that I was floored and humbled as a mom. First, floored that God in His graciousness has even allowed me to be a mom, and second humbled that I had been thinking I knew what I was doing as that mom. And then I started to notice my language and attitude in the way I parent.

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29 May 2011

Discipleship: The Sermon

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Discipleship: The Sermon | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets

This sermon looks at what discipleship is, what it isn’t, why it’s important and what it looks like in practice. Particular attention is paid to the historical and cultural backgrounds of discipleship, modern day forms, and how discipleship is what undergirds the way the Christian life is meant to be lived. This sermon was originally preached May 29th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.


11 May 2011

Career: Wife!

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Article | Guest Writer: Molly Reitsema, MD

My husband and I took nearly a year regarding our decision for me to leave medicine. It has been quite a long and emotional, though in the end very joyful, process for Jeff and I. We took that amount of time to decide because we wanted to give it the time and thought it deserved, wanted to look at things from every conceivable angle. Most importantly, we did not make this decision based upon assumptions for our future. We do not assume we’ll be able to have children, live long lives, or remain in good health. We pray for all of these things, but know that life often brings the unexpected. Instead of basing our decision upon assumptions, we made this decision through the influence of God’s Spirit and Scriptures. His Spirit has changed our passions and his Scriptures have affirmed our instincts toward making this change.

It is easiest and most helpful for me to organize my/our thoughts in regards to the questions we asked God and asked ourselves throughout this process. Since announcing our decision, many people have asked us a lot of questions. There are seven questions in particular people regularly ask me.

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05 May 2011

The City

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Blog | Pastor Duane

Cities are important to God. In the book of Jonah God challenges him about his lack of love for the city and reasons that the people there are important to God. In his book, The Meaning of The City Jacques Ellul chronicles the cities of the Bible and the move from broken cities to a beautifully transformed city where the savior reigns. The importance of cities are big theme in the Bible: Babel, Bethel, Sodom & Gomorrah, Jericho, Jerusalem, Babylon, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Rome, Ephesus, Philippi, Collosae, Laodicia, Smyrna, Pergamum and to Thyatira, and Sardis all play important roles in preparation for the great city of Zion.

Urbanologists say 50% of the world’s population lives in cities and by 2050 that will be nearly 75%. Cities are important. In order to develop a love or more than a selfish love for our city (San Diego) we must first catch God’s vision for cities.

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28 Apr 2011

Porn Isn’t The Problem

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Blog | Pastor Duane

The pornography industry is one of the most successful businesses on the planet pulling in nearly $5 billion dollars a year. Statistics concerning pornography are staggering: There are 25,000 pornographic internet sites. Every second 30,000 people are viewing porn and over $3000 dollars is spent on it. 40 million Americans are regular visitors to porn sites. 2.5 billion pornographic emails are sent each day. Pornography is sought after over 68 million times on search engines each day and the most popular day for porn is Sunday (even more stats here: Porn Stats).

As a pastor I get a lot of dudes coming to me asking for help in dealing with an addiction to porn. The confirm the statistics above. It’s clear, we’ve got a porndemic on our hands. But porn isn’t the problem…the heart is.

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