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The Earthquake at Jesus’ Death

There were two earthquakes that took place within the span of three days. The epicenter of both was near Jerusalem. The first earthquake occurred late Friday afternoon (Matt. 27:51) and the second took place early the following Sunday morning (Matt. 28:2). The first marked the death of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God (Matt. […]

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Dating

Dating can be one of the most enjoyable experiences a young person can have. It can also be the cause for some very traumatic times. Some boys fear rejection. Some girls are afraid that they will never be asked for a date. Often both are jittery because they do not know what is expected of […]

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Attitude Toward Other Members

1 Corinthians 12:12–25 Gracious salvation puts the ones being saved into a relationship—a covenant relationship. This relationship is both with the Savior and with all the others saved by the Savior. Scripture often uses the figure of the human body to describe both the relationship that every saved one has with Jesus and the relationship […]

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Developing Love

The title of this article raises a question. How can we develop love, when it is a fruit of the Spirit? When love is called a fruit of the Spirit, then the implication is clear that the Holy Spirit is the divine agent who works in us the blessings of salvation as merited by Christ […]

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Rev. Ronald Van Overloop (2)

During my high school years, the idea of being called to serve God’s church as a minister grew and developed. The prayers changed from, “Lord, what dost Thou want me to be?” to “Lord, I think I am called to be a minister. I think I want to be one. If that is not Thy […]

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Rev. Ronald Van Overloop (1)

God gave Gordon and June Van Overloop a baby boy on February 13, 1949. I was baptized by the Rev. Gerrit Vos as a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church. For the first four and half years of my life I lived on 84th Street in Byron Center, Michigan (just a block away from the […]

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“Winning Souls”

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30. The emphasis of this speech will be on the positive. We will strive to determine what the Bible means when it speaks of a “soul winner.” We have assumptions, namely those of the Reformed faith which […]

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Adult Conversion

A young mother was working alongside a Christian girl who is in her upper teens.  A day after the young Christian had spoken of her position against abortion, the young mother approached the teenager to ask for more information about the young girl’s God and church. This began a series of conversations between the two, […]

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