My name is Sam Powell. I am the pastor of First Reformed Church in Yuba City.

I love the Heidelberg Catechism and have from my youth when I first memorized it. I fully and without reservation subscribe to the Reformed Creeds known as the Three Forms of Unity, which are the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt. I would be happy to provide the reader with a link, if you are unfamiliar.

My blog is a record of my thoughts and my studies. I hope and pray that the reader will find those thoughts edifying. I know that there are those who might disagree with me. I bear them no ill will.

There are some who want to discuss things with me that they might disagree with. I don’t mind a discussion, but I have very little time. My church occupies a lot of my time and I do not want to neglect the sheep that God has placed under my care to carry on long debates on-line. I certainly will not take time away from my wife and family to do so. But if I find myself with a moment or two to spare, I may respond.

Others, however, disagree with me and want to post argumentative and reviling comments. These will not be approved and not allowed to post. You may disagree with my decision, but it is my blog. If I have limited time for discussion, I certainly have no time for an argument with a reviler. I love discussion, and I love talking about my faith and my savior, Jesus Christ. But I find argument to be distasteful in the extreme and will not engage. I have never changed anyone’s mind by arguing with them, and they have certainly not changed mine by reviling me or my family.

There are also those to whom I owe an accountability, being a part of a Reformed denomination, and I take that accountability seriously. If I post something that concerns you, or that you wish to discuss, you all know who you are and who I am, and you know how to get a hold of me.

That being said, browse and enjoy my thoughts. You may be challenged, comforted, confronted, wondering, or perhaps indignant, but I pray that whether you agree or disagree you will be edified.

And with that, I leave you with the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism:

  1. What is thy only comfort in life and in death?


“That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own but belong to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me, that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready henceforth to live unto Him.”

9 responses to “About

  1. Anne Odendhal

    I do think that the Bill Gothard teaching and home school program set the stage for the free reign of the unBiblical control and abuse in our home and consequent blowing apart of our family …and the children have never recovered from the travesty of harshness and legalism. Please pray for or family.

  2. cm

    Thank you. Please keep writing. Your voice has what is needed to reach a certain group of families greatly confused and hurt by the teachings of gothard and others.

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  4. MeganC

    Thank you for all that you do! We have shared your blog on our Give Her Wings FB page.

  5. Sam, I used to be of the Reformed mindset and have abandoned it now for almost for 2 yrs. Strangely, I’m finding my way back. Good writing Sam, keep it up.

  6. Thanks Sam. You’ve prompted me to study the Heidelberg Catechism.

    • It really is wonderful. So relevant to the things we deal with every day. It defines repentance as the dying of the old man and the quickening of the new, for example. a “Heartfelt sorrow for sin, causing us to turn from it always more and more.” And a “Heartfelt joy in God through Christ, causing us to take delight in living according to the will of God in all good works.”
      How repentance has changed today into carefully crafted PR statements, accompanied by tears – is beyond me.
      So much good stuff in that old book!

  7. F Taylor

    Hello, do you have any disagreement with the WCF?
    (I’ve recently learned that I do, in that the WCF allows for remarriage while spouse is still alive. )
    Thank you,

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