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The Coming of Our Lord

Clayton is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. A scholarship essay for 2000. Christ is coming: “for the time is at hand!” (Rev. 1:3b) It is to this end that all things exist and occur. For the child of God this is a glorious reality. However, in light of this glorious […]

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The Fourth Man (10)

A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 10 Around the Fire on the Hearth (In the last chapter we left Jan Donker and Gijsbert Haan walking in the cold rain to the farmhouse of Ko Boelhouwer. They, with two other men, were returning in their cart from Loosdrecht. […]

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The Lighthouse on the Harbor

Deane is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Written in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The lighthouse stands a sentinel strong, Though battered by wind and wave. It stands as a beacon to the countless throng, Who seek refuge from the storms that rage. Ships that […]

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There are few things that inspire quiet reflection, even melancholy self-examination, than the setting of the sun when viewed from the Golden Coast. The setting sun can be viewed from the dunes without interruption because the whole expanse of Lake Michigan lies to the west. The lake is very wide at this point, about eighty […]

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Watching Daily At My Gates

August 1 Read Genesis 27:1-5 Isaac had received the covenant promise from God. He had heard of it from his father Abraham. He had been told at the birth of his sons that it would be through Jacob that the promise would be realized. But Isaac, like us, had the old man of sin in […]

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The Origins of Music

In my last article, we considered the dominate effect of music on our culture. Did you notice where music is? It’s everywhere! How has this come to be and who is to be credited for a good portion of this? Where does music originate? These are some of the things I would like to consider […]

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Godly Conversation

Adam is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. This essay was written in Mr. Scott Van Uffelen’s Church History class at Covenant Christian High School. We often think of ourselves (as individuals or groups) as being better than others. We do this subconsciously but the bad effects can be seen in […]

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The Necessity of Christian Discipline

Rev. Hanko was missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. One thing almost completely missing in the church today is Biblical church discipline. It is almost unheard of for anyone to be excommunicated from the church, except for committing a gross […]

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Where Grandfather Came From

It was her first night in The Netherlands. Wilhelmina van Duin had been very tired and slept like a guinea pig, after her long journey from Aruba (in the West Indies) to Amsterdam. She had not even taken the time to look around in the modern hotel room of the Airport Schiphol Hilton. But she […]

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The Church at Urk

Urk is a former island, known since 966 A.D., in the Dutch Zuiderzee (later called IJsselmeer), but after 1950 part of the North-East-polder. The majority of the inhabitants belong to Reformed Churches. The picture shows you the church building of the “Oud Gereformeerde Kerk” (the Old Reformed Church) of Urk. The people stick to the […]

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The Churches in The Netherlands

Once a year the churches in The Netherlands await with much interest the latest figures about the welfare of the various churches in the country, their growth or otherwise. The State Reformed Churches, in a period of 150 years (beginning in 1849) have gone down from 55% of the Dutch population to only 14%. Again […]

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On the Trail

The hiking trail went on and on, tree after tree and rock after rock, while the sun burned brightly overhead. Timothy’s feet ached and blistered with every step. His tongue could no longer wet his lips, and his stomach grumbled with a cave-like echo. Timothy glanced behind himself on the path and saw his younger […]

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