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Being Bold in the Lord

As most of you, I was born and raised in a typical Protestant Reformed family. I was a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church (now Crete) and attended the Protestant Reformed grade school. We did not have our own high school yet, so my parents sent me to the local Christian high school. There […]

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Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma

On December 12, 1953, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma was born in Lansing, Illinois. His parents are Wilbur and Dorthy Bruinsma. He grew up in his hometown of Lansing, although he lived for a few years in South Holland. He attended South Holland Protestant Reformed Church until he left to go to pre-seminary at the age of […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (2)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In the last issue, Rev. Bruinsma explained “comfort” and “hope” as gifts from God. He defined comfort as “encouragement and strength when I feel insecure. And, best of all, comfort is this certain deep-down consolation that I receive from God when I am hurting or face […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999 What is the use? What is the point in all of this? Our ministers and our denomination keep driving home this “truth” thing. It does not seem as if anyone else around worries their head all that much about the truth. We must know the truth, […]

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The Sabbath: A Perpetual Covenant

What a wonderful command God has given His church in the fourth commandment! It is one that believers cherish and enjoy keeping! “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” This is the one commandment that Jehovah repeated just before Moses came down from Mt. Sinai. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, […]

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The Calling of Young in the Church and Home

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” Proverbs 8:32, 33   There is nothing more comforting or reassuring than to know that God is our sovereign Friend! God’s covenant friendship in the line of generations is a […]

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Seeking a Godly Spouse

The following is the body of a speech given by Rev. Bruinsma for an area-wide Bible seminar at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. I assume most of us here have not come just to hear an interesting speech on dating. If we are parents, then we are concerned with giving wise counsel to our young […]

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Living with a View to the End

While working in my study one day in Jamaica, my children came in all excited.  They took me by the arm and dragged me into the backyard in order to show me something they had discovered.  We had an old rundown fire pit there with gaps, holes and chips in the mortar joints between the […]

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Preparing the Church for Christmas

How do I, a minister of the Gospel, having my roots in the Reformation (in particular the Reformation under John Calvin) prepare my congregation for the celebration of Christmas?  At first I felt that such a question placed me in somewhat an awkward position; especially considering that John Calvin among other prominent Reformers encouraged a […]

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Proper Use of God-Given Wealth

The ten-year old boy burst through the door, erupting with excitement, “Mom, the neighbor gave me two dollars for shoveling the snow off her sidewalk!”  He opened his hand to reveal eight shiny quarters stuck to the palm of his glove. “Pretty good,” his mother responded with a smile.  “Why don’t you put the money […]

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