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Our Responsibility To Those Who Are Excommunicated

Note to the reader: Before reading what follows, please read the Form Of Excommunication found in the hack of The Psalter. As stated in the Form Of Excommunication, excommunication is the “last remedy” for those under discipline who show no “true repentance.” Excommunication is the final step that the Church takes when the biblical method […]

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Many churches today are introducing into their worship services all sorts of elements which are foreign to the Scriptures. In this paper we will see what proper worship is, as well as what the elements of worship ought to be. We will then look at contemporary trends of worship and compare them to proper worship, […]

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Jesus Will Have Mercy, and Not Sacrifice

These are Jesus words to the Pharisees in Matthew 9:12, 13: “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go and learn what that means. I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Parallel texts are Mark […]

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The Castle

Charles van Zevenaar stared in front of him. Next to him stood his daughter, Christine. In front of them stood the castle Vinkenstein, reflecting in the water of the moat. In the grass at their feet waddled a couple of chattering ducks. The day before they had come home from a long journey overseas, where […]

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The Sad Tale of a Young Church-Rejector

A young man ’round the age of sweet sixteen Is the strangest beast you ever have seen. For although much diminished by age’s lack, He has far more brains than a miser’s sack. He knows so much more than his pastor and others— Whether mum, dad, grand-folks, sister or brothers. ‘The Church is a place […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God.   June 1-9 Devotionals from Psalter #157 “A Cry for Help” June 1 Read Psalm 59, noting verses 1 and 2; Read and sing Psalter 157:1 This psalm and song versify David’s thoughts when Saul sent men to watch his house to kill him. Notice […]

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Psalter 151 – Prayer for Deliverance

Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.” Psalm 56:1. We as God’s people are hated by the wicked world. They use the evils and sinful distractions of this world to tempt us into sinning with them. The wicked despise to see God’s children striving to […]

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Do Christians Who Commit Suicide Go To Hell?

Question I know it has been long debated as to whether those who take their own lives go to hell or not. I could understand that if the person was an unbeliever his/her entire life, but what if the person was at one time or another experiencing a strong faith in God? Answer I will […]

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Practical Antithetical Living

The text for our convention this year is Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light.” Here we are taught that naturally we are darkness. We are lost in the darkness of sin and death. We are under the dominion of the […]

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Antithetical Dating and Marriage

The word antithesis means “the exact opposite.” So when we speak of antithetical dating and marriage, we are saying that our view of dating and marriage is the exact opposite of that of the world. Only in Scripture do we find the truth concerning marriage and concerning how God brings to a man the woman […]

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Healthy (Humble) Self-Esteem (2)

What is proper self-esteem? How should I regard myself as a person? Should I think highly or lowly of myself? What am I really worth? When we began to answer that in our last article (October, 1997), we started with the negative aspects: what is unhealthy self-esteem, i.e., what is the wrong way to regard […]

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The Church of Onstwedde

In the Dutch province of Groningen exists this State Reformed Church in the town of Onstwedde, which is a rare colossal building, made of thousands of bricks; even the whole roof of the tower. It has resisted any kind of weather up till now. The style is late Gothic. The tower was built first, in […]

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Just Wood

Jared watched as his father cut down a tree with a chain saw and then split pieces of the trunk with an ax. Jared wished he was old enough to help. So did his father! “Dad, what’s all this wood for?” “Some is for the fireplace, to help keep us warm,” chop, “and some is […]

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