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Everyone Does It!

“Everyone does it!” You’ve probably heard it. You’ve probably said it. The argument “everyone does it” is quickly perceived by young people as a silver bullet with parents and often persuades the hesitant to join the crowd. The argument packs a powerful punch that will knock the naive flat and leave them wondering what happened. […]

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A Beautiful Writer

The morning dawned bright and cheerful, and later, as we sat on her porch swing amid the  gay hues of various flowers, sipping our raspberry-chocolate coffee, and relishing the taste of dainty waffles smothered in a rich strawberry glaze, I could not help but wonder at the amazing woman who sat beside me. With every […]

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Jesus is Born

One night on the hills of Judea As shepherds watched over their sheep, A messenger came from Jehovah While round them the world was asleep. Jesus is born! Was the message he brought: He whom God’s people Through ages had sought.   The shepherds, exceedingly frightened, Were comforted now with these words, And hastened to […]

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Walking in Darkness

Question #26 Just one small question: In one of your replies last week to a question, you indicated that no young believer or old saint should stay up past midnight. You further claimed that no good comes out of this time frame. Could you elaborate on that a bit more, as it relates to God’s […]

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Her Neighborly Love

Franny could not credit her senses that it had ever happened before that the whole family was together at home for lunch. But it was immensely pleasant around the kitchen table, the five of them: father, mother, Otto, Martin and Franny. Mother served pea soup with pieces of bacon in it. That was the very […]

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Psalter 350 – Devotion to the Church

Many any are the Psalter numbers that ring dear to our hearts, and the more we sing them the more precious they become. Psalter number 350 has become special for me because it reminds me of my friends and what an encouragement they are. The first stanza calls us to God’s temple, not alone but […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God December 1—Read Psalm 39  Psalm 39:1 People of God, do we watch our tongues at all times? This seems to be the theme of this Psalm. David, in this first verse, seems to take an impossible task upon himself. This is a task that we […]

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Youth – Prayer Candy

“Let’s pray,” began the preacher. All eyes were softly shut and all heads were bowed in reverence to God, but one child was enough to break the stillness. He blared out his signal that all was not right. His father quickly arose to take the youngster to the back of church. He sobbed all the […]

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He Spake As A Dragon

Great Iron teeth which rip and devour. A fearsome beast which knows no mercy. Who can stand before this creature. The dead lay strewn in the wake of him. What makes the creature so frightening is that it looks like a lamb. Its deceptive nature is most fearful, for who would be afraid of a […]

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Liberated Reformed Church in Ede

The city of Ede, in The Netherlands (province Gelderland) is one of the biggest in the country. There are several Reformed Churches of different denominations. Amongst them, in the Northern part, this church of the Liberated Reformed Churches. There are many well preserved woods (a lot of tourism during the summer months), but also a […]

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Missions in Wales

Toward the end of the three months that my wife and I recently spent in Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland, we had the opportunity to accompany Rev. Ron Hanko on one of his missionary trips to Wales. As most of you know, Rev. Hanko has been making regular visits to Wales in order […]

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The Marks of the True Church (2)

Knowing what the marks of the true Church are, the believer is “in duty bound” to join himself to this “holy congregation.” This is the language of our Confession Of Faith as found in Article 28 where we read: We believe, since this holy congregation is an assembly of those who are saved, and that […]

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Piano Lesson (5)

“I can’t wait until tomorrow!” said Lydia when she came home from school. “I just know they’ll choose me!” She hurriedly set down her books and took off her coat. “Wait-a-minute,” said Mother. “Choose you for what?” “They need someone to play a piano piece for the program next week, and both Sharon and I […]

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