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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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Amazing Grace: Lessons I Learned from my Grandma

Grace Schimmel was born August 27, 1926 to George and Nellie Kamps. Over the course of her long and full life, she had seven children, 31 grandchildren, and over 50 great-grandchildren. Her past times included lively card games with friends and family, heated debates around the dinner table, Dutch bingo, and painting (which she was […]

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Covenant Courtship (10) The Church Our Mother

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) The goal of God’s covenant friendship with us is his glory. He befriends us for his glory. He saves us for his glory. The church is his glory. For her he gives himself; loves, cherishes and nourishes her according to his marvelous perfection. We experience […]

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Covenant Courtship (9) The Role of Parents

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). The blessedness of covenant truth is that God’s covenant friendship extends to believers and their seed. God purposes to save not only individuals but families in their organic lines as well. He […]

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Covenant Courtship (8) With a View to Marriage

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Eph 5:31-32). The covenant God who establishes the institution of marriage purposed it to be a reflection […]

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Covenant Courtship (7) Subjection to the Head

“Being in subjection refers to the inner attitude of a wife’s heart, according to which she knows her husband to be in authority over her and freely wills it.” —Prof. David Engelsma In the covenant marriage between Christ and the Church, He calls his bride to be in subjection to him. Christ is the faithful […]

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Covenant Courtship (6) The Head of the Woman

“The head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man” (1 Cor. 11:3). In the miracle of God’s work of salvation, he promises to save families and their generations after them. As he establishes his covenant with a man and a woman in marriage, he establishes a system in […]

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Covenant Courtship (5) Godliness in Courtship

As God establishes his covenant friendship with his elect in Christ, he draws them closer to him in a spiritual bond of love. His love attracts and compels them to union with him. He teaches them in his ways so that they know how to obey and love him rightly. His Word instructs while his […]

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Covenant Courtship (4) Surrendering

“Submit yourselves therefore to God” (Jas 4:7). In the covenant of grace, God extends his friendship to sinners who are by nature totally depraved. He does so by his Spirit, accompanied by the preaching of his Word, drawing his elect people out of darkness into the marvelous light of his fellowship. And although the hearts […]

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