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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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Holding to False Doctrine and Walking In Sin

Dear Rev. Laning What is the difference, if there is any at all, between one’s holding to false doctrine and one’s living in sin? Michael J. Vermeer   Dear Michael A person who is holding to false doctrine is sinning by doing so. But such a person may or may not be impenitently walking in […]

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Thoughts for Young Men

Thoughts for Young Men, John Charles Ryle (Moscow, 2002: Charles Nolan Publishers). Occasionally, while browsing through one of Grand Rapids’ fine Christian bookstores, I’ll come across a title I wish everyone would read. I don’t mean a thick volume—maybe less than a hundred pages—but one saturated with timeless truths and invaluable wisdom. Thoughts for Young […]

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Armor of Light

Eric wrote this as a senior writing assignment at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us […]

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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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