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Obedience to the Authority of God

By nature, all of us are children of disobedience. We all live in disobedience to God’s law. We, by nature, resist the order of God and all of His commandments. This evil disobedient nature which we have is that of our first parents. Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:16,17 and 3:6) disobeyed the explicit command of […]

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WWJD Bracelets

We believe that WWJD bracelets are not appropriate attire for the Reformed Christian to wear. This idea for the saying “What Would Jesus Do,” originated in 1886 by Charles Sheldon in his novel, In His Steps. The main character in this book wanted the world to be a better place, so he came up with […]

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My Father’s Cane

A year ago this morning, my Father passed away. Jesus often calls to Him those we most wish could stay. With family gathered round him, the tears began to flow, Then he told us just to ease our minds, how much he longed to go.   For he had been a soldier and walked the […]

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Regarding the Virtuous Woman

Dear Editor, I appreciated your modern rendition of Proverbs 31 in your recent editorial. You have hit upon a frightening pattern in our churches; the denial and reversal of the God-ordained role of men and women. The future of our churches lies with our families and our children. Oh, that we would recognize how indispensable […]

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Why I’m Here

My purpose on earth Is to walk for the Lord To follow His path To carry His sword To walk not in darkness But tread in the light To share all the truth Of His power and His might But if at some time I shall fail to succeed I will bow down my head […]

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After the Storm

“We had the nicest house in the village and they still are not yet over the shock, my wife and the children,” said David Wood, looking at the journalist at his bedside in the hospital. He had a broken leg and several stitches in his face. “Yes,” answered the man of the newspaper. “A rainstorm […]

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Every Protestant Reformed young person knows that when the calendar changes to September, there will have been, or this coming Lord’s Day there will be, an announcement in the bulletin that new catechism books will be distributed and assignments handed out. For a period of 30 weeks Protestant Reformed young people will descend into their […]

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Churches in Russia

Nowadays the Christians in the Commonwealth of Russian states are allowed to gather in the official Russian Orthodox Churches, who strive towards a monopoly. The priests are grumpy about the activities of Protestants from abroad, evangelizing in their area. They have said openly that they would like to get them all out of the country. […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God Devotionals for September 1-9 by Mike Feenstra  September 1 Read Psalm 69:1-12; Psalm 69:1-2 “With the exception of Psalm 22, there is no other psalm that is quoted so often by the Holy Ghost than this one to describe the suffering of Jesus.” Such were […]

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Psalter 111 – Grace and Gratitude

Psalter #111 is a song of thanksgiving to God for His gracious deliverance. This song directs our attention to Christ who fulfilled the law by giving Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. There are times in our lives when we are required to exercise our faith in such a way that […]

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The Calling of a Young Wife (1)

(This is the first of a series of articles, the substance of which was a sermon from Titus 2:4,5 preached in Randolph Protestant Reformed Church on February 5, 1995. It is published by request. Although applicable especially to wives and young women who desire to prepare themselves for holy marriage, it is also applicable to […]

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Can Christ Come Back Any Second?

Question #33 I would like to ask you a question. I am having a dispute with class members with the following question. What will happen at the end of the world, and can Christ come back any second, or do signs still have to happen? Answer #33 When you ask about what will happen at […]

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Confession of Faith (2)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 211-213 At the end of our last article, we were busy discussing the basis for public confession of faith. We saw that the responsibility to make public confession of faith is based, first of all, on the general calling of the believer to confess Christ’s Name in […]

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The Enemy (1)

This article was first presented as a speech by Rev. Gise Van Baren at the 1998 Young Adult’s Spring Retreat in Loveland, CO. The retreat occurs in March of every year. Young adults of high school age and older are encouraged to attend.   I come as a messenger with a very serious message. That […]

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The synod met on June 18, 1924. We should bear in mind a few things regarding a denominations broader gatherings before continuing. The Synod is a broader gathering than the classis. Likewise, the classis is a broader gathering than the consistory. It is composed of delegates from the consistories of a certain geographic area. In […]

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Sandra’s Prayer

Sammy looked so small and so sick as he lay in his crib. Mother gently rubbed his back, but he still continued to moan. Sandra watched awhile and then went to her room. She squeezed her eyes shut and clasped her hands as tightly as she could. After all, maybe God would do what she […]

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