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Honor and Respect

We have lost something in our churches when the young do not address the older members as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” It may seem small and insignificant, but the absence of this simple address is a sign of a problem with disobeying God. God commands children to honor their parents and He also calls children and […]

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My Only Comfort

Walking through the cold, blustery wind, a figure in a black trenchcoat, perhaps a young man, heads toward a glass door. As he enters, he looks up the well kept wooden stairs. Barely paying attention to the soft playing sound of a bass guitar and trumpet, he begins to walk up the stairs. He enters […]

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The Doctrine of Creation (2)

In the last article, we briefly explained the theory of evolution and the form, with which we ought to be the most concerned, theistic evolution. Now we will turn our attention to the doctrinal consequences of a belief in theistic evolution. First of all, we must understand that a belief in theistic evolution requires of […]

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Karen Came Back

No, there was no scandal to be told in that sleepy town. Not even a whisper. There was only the fact, that in the only bank the town had, there was a new face behind the counter. Nobody knew where that kind, helpful girl came from. It was summertime, there were quite a few tourists […]

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God’s Creation

How beautiful are the flowers That grow in the fields. The birds that sing their own song of praise.   The rain that falls To make things grow. Snowflakes on the ground Covering it white.   All reminds us of our God and how awesome He is.   All the little creatures That roam the […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God   February 1-12 by Mike Feenstra  February 1 Read Psalm 44:1-8; Psalm 44:1-2 “Yea, for Thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” This is the evaluation of Israel by the Psalmist in Psalm 44. How […]

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Psalter 353 — Divine Deliverance

Imagine that you are fishing in a picturesque canyon river in a remote part of the United States, surrounded by majestic mountains on either side. The combination of water, wildlife, and trees provide you with a breathtaking view. As you wade a few feet over and cast a line down river, you think that everything […]

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Shouldest Thou…Love Them that Hate the LORD?

Introduction  A prophet walked into the beautiful palace in Jerusalem. When summoned by the king into the throne room, the prophet boldly proclaimed the Word of the LORD, “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.”1 What had the king done wrong […]

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Why Is Pride the Deadliest?

Pride causes people to rationalize their sins and in some cases the sins of ones they love. Pride makes people cover up their sins instead of confessing them. Pride answers a valid rebuke with an attack. Pride holds grudges and blocks forgiveness. Pride makes it impossible for people to see their own sins. Because of […]

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Through Strife to Victory Chapter 1

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, composed in England in 1647, begins with the question: “What is the chief end of man?” To that the answer is given: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” That applies also to God’s church. For God shows forth the riches of His glory in and […]

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The Church of Otjdemirdtjm

The village of Oudemirdum is to be found in the Dutch province of Friesland. The Synodal-Reformed Church was built in March 1889. Before that the congregation had gathered in a farmhouse. One of the elders was acting-minister. His name was R. Kuyper. There was a manse available, but sixteen times the Church called in vain […]

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The Church of Marrum

In the Northern part of the Dutch province of Friesland, not far from the Waddenzee (the Shallows and the Frisian Islands), you find the old village of Marrum. There is this State Reformed Church amidst a big cemetery with hundreds of headstones, tombstones and sepulchral monuments, surrounded by willow-trees. The Church is often restored and […]

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The Church of Hemelum

Hemelum is one of nine Dutch villages, brought together under the name Hemelumer-Oldeferd, in the province of Friesland. The Church is State Reformed and 63% were registered as members, before the “Samen Op Weg” (together on our way) started with the Synodal Reformed Church (which had 21% known members). The town hall is situated in […]

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Lydia, Nathan, and little Anna loved to visit their grandmother, even though the journey to her house was far. Grandmother always had special surprises and treats waiting for them, and this trip was no exception. “Welcome, welcome! Come inside!” she said as they were joyfully reunited. “Oh, Grandma,” said Lydia, “Where did you find this?” […]

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