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Is Cool to Be a Christian?

I.  Introduction A.  For some time now there has been a popular trend relating to the way in which modern Christians display their faith and advertise Jesus to the world. 1.  That is by making use of some of the means of contemporary (“pop”) culture. a.  Walk into any Christian bookstore and you will find […]

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The Christian and Politics

Discussion Group Outline for the 2001 Young People’s Convention I.  Introduction A.  An area of Christian living and relationships we seldom discuss at length is that of the Christian and politics. 1.  Perhaps because the subject is often so controversial, that we think it best to avoid it. Or because we judge politics to be […]

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HOW to Let Our Light Shine (Matthew 5:16)

This article was given as a speech at the New Jersey retreat.   It falls to me in this series of retreat speeches to address the “How” of letting our light shine. Our focus is actually quite narrow, because we want to look at that little word “so” in our theme text: “Let your light […]

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Healthy (Humble) Self-Esteem (2)

What is proper self-esteem? How should I regard myself as a person? Should I think highly or lowly of myself? What am I really worth? When we began to answer that in our last article (October, 1997), we started with the negative aspects: what is unhealthy self-esteem, i.e., what is the wrong way to regard […]

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Healthy (Humble) Esteem of Self

What do you think of yourself, beloved young people? What is your estimation of yourself? What worth do you believe you have? Do you have a high or low view of yourself? Do you believe you  have great worth or little worth? Do you love or hate yourself? Are you satisfied and happy or dissatisfied […]

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Daniel’s Bold Witness

INTRODUCTION My dear friends in Christ, you are learning this week of convention that God wills and calls you to be courageous young people, spiritually strong and brave and confident in the face of danger. And you are learning what this means and how to be this by looking at aspects of the life of […]

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What Is It to be Reformed in Life?

I.  INTRODUCTION Pastor Cammenga has laid a good foundation for us in reminding us of what it is to be Reformed as far as our belief is concerned. In this second speech, we want to examine together what it means to be Reformed in life. This is what we sometimes refer to as the practical […]

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Love, the Gift of God

I.  INTRODUCTION Let me begin by thanking the host society and church here at Redland for having us all here, and for giving me the privilege of being one of the speakers.  This is a first for me, and I am grateful for this opportunity.  I also commend you for the theme you have chosen […]

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I.  Specific Principles of Scripture concerning work or vocation. A.  Work is necessary and noble, for God Himself is an ever-active God. 1.  God created man to work, to be active and productive, and not to sit contemplating or be inactive, Genesis 1:28; 2:15. 2.  Man’s fall into sin did not change God’s purpose to […]

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(Dating is a relatively new, cultural innovation of the last century in the Western world.  As a result, the Bible has no explicit commands on how to date.  Therefore, we learn God’s will about dating by considering what the Bible says about marriage and about healthy relationships.)   I.  What the Bible says about marriage […]

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