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Body Ornamentation

Excuse me, sir, may I ask you a rather personal question? I couldn’t help but notice the rings in your ears, nose, and…eyebrow. Why do people do that? Well, for me it began when I started high school. Having an earring was daring and radical. An earring was the rite of passage into the group […]

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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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And Was Elizabeth Jealous?

Mrs. Van Diemen had made it a habit every day to make a pot of tea at three o’clock in the afternoon. Those who were at home came to the living room or to the garden (that depended on season, winter or summer), and it was cozy to eat a couple of biscuits, drink tea […]

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Suicide: A Closer Look

In June of 1998, an article appeared in the Beacon Lights entitled, “Do Christians Who Commit Suicide Go To Hell?” The article was a brief answer to this question. I would like to begin this “closer look” by answering that same question. The question, as posed, can be very easily and very quickly answered. No! […]

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Winter Slays

Winter slays With icy breath The tender living flower. God removes The sting of death All with His gracious power.   Winter holds With loyal grip ‘til God commands and waters drip a bud unfolds.   Winter serves our all-wise God who made the flower it kills. Death, we know doth serve His plan our […]

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The Death of Someone Close

Sometimes God takes from us loved ones, We really don’t know why. He does it for the best of us, “But,” we always ask, “Why?”   God will have to tell us, When we see Him face to face. It’s hard for us to understand, But God will tell us, by His Grace.   When […]

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In Memory of a Dear Person

(Someone who will always be close to my heart) Heidi L. Baas May 1957 – July 1997   As every day passes and the minutes go by, The pain never ceases and I start to cry. The memories within me they always appear, Whether good ones or bad ones, they start with a tear.   […]

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Other Replies to the Question of Suicide

There were several that responded to my answer on the topic of suicide. The gist of the remarks were questions about, the one who may have a serious mental, chemical, etc. imbalance, or the one that may have been under the influence of drugs or some such. Further there was the implication that we are […]

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Christmas Decorations

Question I was just wondering if there is any place for a Christmas tree, Christmas lights, and all the other things that we see at Christmas time in the Christian home? Answer We will keep our answer to this question rather brief. In the first place it appears that the use of the Christmas tree […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God  December 1 Read Psalm 76 Psalm 76:1-3 Notice the four names for the church of God found in the first two verses. It is a great comfort to us that God is in our midst. With Him we do not need to fear anything any […]

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Psalter 116 – Remembrance of God

We go to Psalm 42 this time and contemplate the words of Psalter 116. The title of this Psalm, Remembrance of God, leads us to the truths expressed in this Psalm. We are to remember God as our strength at all times, but especially in times of despair. The first stanza of this Psalter speaks […]

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Confession of Faith (5)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 356- 357.  Last time we began our discussion of the second question asked of those who make public confession of faith: “Have you resolved by the grace of God to adhere to this doctrine; to reject all heresies repugnant thereto and to lead a new, godly life?” […]

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The Two Margarets

This book is a true story about a teenager and a seventy-year-old who are both named Margaret. The story takes place in 1684-1685 in Scotland. They are both strong Christians who will not give up their true Christian faith. The young Margaret’s parents serve the King of England, Charles II, who is wicked because he […]

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Living the Antithesis (2)

This is the text of the keynote address to the Convention of Protestant Reformed Young People at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan on July 20, 1998.  What Living the Antithesis Is Living the antithesis is living apart from the world. This is a spiritual separation, not a physical separation. A physical separation would […]

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It could only be expected that Classis West would take the same action against the Rev. Henry Danhof, minister of the First Christian Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan, since he had openly declared, already before synod, that he would not cease opposing the error of common grace and the three points. In the meantime, there […]

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The “Helpoort” of Maastricht

The word “hel” has nothing to do with the English word “hell” but with a word that comes from the local dialect, under the influence of the German language. It means “this is the gate to the light” The gate is part of the defense wall of the Dutch city of Maastricht, built in 1229, […]

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The “Oldehove” In Leeuwarden

This is the tower in the center of the capital of the Dutch province of Friesland, built as part of the St. Vitus Church in the twelfth century (1190). There was also the monastery Mariengaarde. In that time, Leeuwarden was a harbor city, but the connection with the sea closed itself by huge amounts of […]

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This past summer, the fourth family conference was held in Castlewellan, Northern Ireland. The British Reformed Fellowship has organized a week-long family conference in the British Isles every second summer since 1990, and this year’s was probably the best one yet! The members of the Fellowship from Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland really look […]

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Diary Found on a Farm

December 7 Dear Diary, The orange-pink sun arose this cold and misty morning, while the frost encrusted grass crunched beneath my feet. I headed toward the barn among little puffs of steam that my own breath made in the crisp, winter air. I had put an extra sweatshirt on underneath my coat, but I still […]

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