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Straight Thinking

Out here in the Midwest corn belt, there is an insurance company—its name is not important—which has the rather gruesome custom of marking every fatal highway accident with a sign, which, besides bearing an “X” to mark the spot, also carries in large letters the single word “THINK.” I suppose the sign has merit in […]

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A Word to Our Sick

The psalmist sings: “Truly my soul waiteth upon God.” Ps. 62:1 Our Psalter renders the original quite properly: “My soul in silence waits for God.” A soul in silence, or a silent soul!  What a blessed gift of grace!  A silent soul is the opposite of a turbulent, restless, impatient, rebellious soul.  It is a […]

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From Seminary Hill

My task is to try to paint for you a realistic picture of life on “Seminary Hill.” I am referring, of course, to the fact that our Seminary is perched atop one of the highest points in the Grand Rapids area. And this reminds me immediately of the Biblical figure of the city set on […]

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Beloved Protestant Reformed Young People and Beloved Protestant Reformed Brethren and Sisters gathered with us tonight: First of all, I want to say that I have always counted it a privilege to be able to address one of our Protestant Reformed Young People’s Conventions; and especially is that the case in this Fiftieth Anniversary Year […]

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The Enemy in Battle

Beloved Protestant Reformed young people: I count it a privilege that I may speak to you tonight. It has been several years since I have spoken at a convention. And to be perfectly honest, I am always a little bit jealous when someone else has this privilege, and I do not. The reason is not […]

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Genesis 35, 36

Chapter 35 1. Jacob fulfills his vow at Bethel, vss. 1-15 A. Jacob goes to Bethel at God’s command 1. Jacob’s Sinful Negligence: a. Where does Bethel enter the picture earlier in Jacob’s life? 1. What had taken place there? 2. What was the significance of Bethel at this time? 3. What did it imply […]

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Genesis 34

JACOB AND THE SHECHEMITES I. Shechem and Dinah: (vss. 1-4) A. The Setting. (Note. There are several different aspects to the incident recorded in this chapter, even as there are several individuals involved. Above all, we must view the entire history here as part of the Lord’s dealings with Jacob, the heir of the covenant, […]

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Genesis 33

Genesis 33 Jacob and Esau Meet and Go their Separate Ways I. The Meeting with Esau, vss. 1-15 A. The Parties Who Meet. 1. Who was Esau? a. What had become of Esau while Jacob was with Laban? b. What had been the last manifestation of Esau prior to Jacob’s departure for Padan-Aram? cf. 27:41, […]

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