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Social Media: Self-Worship?

We are all familiar with the first commandment in the table of the law…maybe even too familiar.  Those of us who were raised in the Protestant Reformed Churches have heard the law read hundreds of times, Sunday after Sunday.  In response to this commandment, we quickly say, “I only worship one God, the true God […]

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Mirrors, Thoughts, and a Golden Calf

Remember the story of the golden calf and the people of Israel? Exodus 32 tells us how the people of Israel became impatient waiting for Moses to come back down Mount Sinai. They wanted a god they could see, so Aaron had them melt their gold and make a calf. They worshipped this calf by […]

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Did You Say Your Prayers Tonight? (2)

Now from the experience of being in the court room in front of an earthly judge, there are significant points to be considered, which I will do the best I can to describe. However, I am sure my words will fall far short of what they should be relating to God and his mercy and […]

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Did You Say Your Prayers Tonight? (1)

On August 2, 2007, the Lord took unto himself our beloved daughter Charity Hope Rus in an auto accident.   After Charity’s death I started to write down some of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences, into what I now would call my reflections on various events that unfolded before and after her death. It took me […]

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The Melodies of our Hearts

Have you ever had it where you were in a dark mood, and within a matter of moments your gloomy thoughts were extinguished as a sunny tune filled the air?  How about when you were in a sunny mood, and a slow sad melody was played, and quickly melancholy took over?  We have all have […]

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Prayer: Reasons and Reminders

Think back to your day yesterday. How many times did you pray? What did you pray for? Could you stay focused? Did you struggle with your prayer? Prayer is such an important part of a Christian’s life. As Martin Luther said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive […]

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A Re-evaluation of Emotional Maturity

“Grow up!”  “Man up!”  How often do we not hear these phrases in the world in which we live?  To a certain extent, our society scorns showing emotion.  Crying is seen as a sign of weakness and immaturity, in particular on the part of men.  Doing so somehow seems to make us lesser people, not […]

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A Reflection on India

It is difficult to know where to start and how to explain my experiences in India. When people ask me how my trip was, the only place I know to start is to say, “It was amazing!”  I could write pages and pages on all of the experiences that I had, but unless you have […]

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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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Riotous Living

We as young people in the Church in the year 2017 of our Lord have many temptations to flee and fight against.  One major temptation is living a riotous lifestyle.  As we look at the world today we see rampant riotousness, especially in the younger generations.  The world loves pleasure and will do whatever it […]

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