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My Friends: A Reminder Past Due

About a year and a half ago, I attended a young adults summer retreat hosted by Redlands Protestant Reformed Church. During that retreat, Rev. Vander Wal spoke to us, warning us not to give in to the temptation to use our God-given talents for ourselves and our glory. Prof. Gritters also gave a speech, instructing […]

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Sincerely, A Mother’s Heart…to Her Children

What do you want from us? You keep showing, by your actions, that you hate what we’ve taught you; therefore, you despise us as well. You bring shame to your mother and great dishonor to your father. Why? Why is there no remorse for your deeds? Why do you shrug them off? “Only once” you […]

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The Sins of Youth

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord. Ps. 25:7 The sins of our youth; one would think sins committed and repented of years even decades ago would be long forgotten. We know God’s promise to His people that if […]

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A Little Isn’t So Bad? (2)

Last time we considered the serious spiritual problems that result when one acts on the thinking “A little isn’t so bad.” Chief among these is a compromising attitude that leads one to commit seemingly minor sins without repentance. However, these “minor” sins are the “little foxes that spoil the vines” (cf. Song of Solomon 2:15). […]

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A Little Isn’t So Bad? (1)

Intentionally or unconsciously, this argument can often be used by Christians in an attempt to justify one’s actions. A young Christian may rationalize under-age drinking, wrongful sharing of schoolwork, attending movies, telling dirty jokes, or disobedience to parents. The older Christian may justify (a little) excess drinking, coveting material things, watching movies or television sitcoms […]

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Sin No Longer Has Dominion

In a response to the poem printed in the February 2000 issue of Beacon Lights which reads as follows: We stray in sin, we cheat, we lie, We set up other gods, we lust, We steal, we kill, we are unjust. a reader writes: Dear Editor Is this what describes a child of God? Someone […]

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Stitches

Images of terrible things flashed across the screen of the television. Susan wanted to shut her eyes, but somehow they couldn’t help taking in all the suffering that was being shown on the news. People in one country were starving. People in another country had been hit by a flood. And still another country had […]

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Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory!

Christianity is not meant to be boring, drab, or restricting. It’s not a set of rules that we have to follow. It’s not “don’t do this,” and “don’t do that.” Christianity is meant to be enjoyable! Sometimes we make Christianity boring and restricting, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Christ has saved us […]

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