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Watching Daily at My Gates

October 1 Daniel 4:20-37            The sin of pride brings down more people, churches, and other institu­tions than any other. We quite often get off on the right foot, and then we fall into Nebuchadnezzar’s sin. We begin to think that this church or school or whatever is the work of our hands. We must stop […]

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The Pulpit in the Past and Now (2)

A short time ago we compared the content of the preaching from our pulpits in the past and now. There are still a few details that should be mentioned. As I ask around among our older folk about the difference in the preaching then and now the common remark is made, that the preaching is […]

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The Order of Salvation

God has granted us the blessings of salvation in an orderly and experiential manner. The distinct order in which the blessings are applied to God’s peo­ple is based on three important truths. First of all, this plan of salvation is based on the sovereignty of God. God is sovereign over all things, specifically the salva­tion […]

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Sports-Craziness

Sport pervades and dominates our society. Every newspaper and every news broadcast devotes great amounts of space and time to what is happening in the latest basketball, football, and baseball games, as well as to what is going on in the numerous other sports both here in the U.S. and around the world. Sport is […]

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Spiritual Work-Out: ERCS Family Camp 1993

“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” I Timothy 4:7,8 With this exhortation in mind, the committee for the ERCS Family Camp […]

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Personal Evangelism (1)

Recently in our congregation in Redlands we had a series of three meetings to focus on the above-named subject. News of this somehow came to one of the members of the Beacon Lights staff and he asked me to reproduce the messages used in these meetings for the Beacon Lights. I humbly submit these mes­sages […]

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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle.” Because of the beauty and lush greenness of the countryside, this seems an appropriate nickname. The members of the Covenant Reformed Fellowship have welcomed us very warmly to this beautiful country. Their friendship has made the adjustments to a for­eign country easier. Although there are quite a […]

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Learned Passivity

“The way to love anything (anyone too) is to realize that it might be lost.” Tremendous Trifles, Gilbert Chesteron, p.56 1917. Teachers despise it, parents fear it, and ministers exhort about it; yet, its destroying effect relentlessly pounds at the Church’s foundations and debilitates the fibre of the Church, as the Church shuts her eyes […]

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Convention Highlights

My first Protestant Reformed Convention took place from August 2-6 at Dordt College in Sioux Cen­ter, Iowa. It was sponsored by the churches of Doon, Hull and Edgerton. I have to admit I was scared at first, but everyone seemed to make each other welcome, the ice breaker for me was the Singspiration at Hull […]

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An Outside Impression

The topic of the 1993 Protestant Reformed Young Peoples Convention was ‘Spiritual Youth in a Carnal World’. Rev. A. Spriensma spoke on Spiritual Youth in Entertainment. He brought across to us that our life as young Christians is not governed by a bunch of rules, but that we are in entertainment, in work and in […]

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