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Martin Luther (2): Lightning Strike

Clouds gathered and darkened. A storm brewed in the air. A young, traveling university student bent his head and held his cap in place as raindrops started to pelt the ground and a gust of wind swept over his path. It was a warm day in July. Thunderstorms were not frequent in the land of […]

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Thanksgiving – 1941

Scene One A magnificent edifice of the most modern construction, adorned with the last word in modern furnishing. A large, steaming, golden brown turkey graces the center of the dining room table, set off by two candlesticks and surrounded with heavy silverware and costly china. Two bright-eyed children sit at opposite sides of the table, […]

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The Gift (3)

He remembered wanting to scream. Of course there is something you can do! Make her better! You’re a doctor, that’s what you do! If only it had been that easy. His wife had been so strong through it all. She had been a very religious woman and it seemed that this enabled her to face this trial […]

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Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Psalm 122:6-7: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.” David, in this text, is speaking of how important it is that prayer is made for the peace of Jerusalem. Why is this peace such a concern for him? We are […]

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Watching Daily At My Gates

November 16 Read Dan 6:10-23 Psalm 37:32-33 Most of us should know the story of Daniel in the lion’s den well. Could we be put in the lion’s dens of today for worshipping our God in the way he commands us? The wicked watch us just as hard as they watched Daniel. Will they find […]

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The Course We Run

The topic we consider today falls under the main theme of the Convention, “Running the Race.” Hebrews 12, verses 1 and 2, from which text the theme is taken, is a passage that builds upon what was written in Chapter 11. And Hebrews 11 is the chapter of that great cloud of witnesses, those who […]

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My Mother’s Bible

This book is all that’s left me now, – Tears will unbidden start, – With faltering lip and throbbing brow I press it to my heart. For many generations past Here is our family tree; My mother’s hands this Bible clasped, She, dying, gave it me.  A-h! well do I remember those Whose names these […]

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The “Kleverpark” Church In Haarlem

This picture was taken the day the building was finished on behalf of the State Reformed Church of the Dutch city of Haarlem. The name was chosen because of the park which surrounded it. Next to the entrance the rooms for the gatherings of elders and deacons, the minister’s room (for study and consultations), and […]

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In Dreischor

This is the tower of the big State Reformed Church of the small Dutch city of Dreischor (municipality Brouwershaven) in the province of Zeeland known as a modernist parish. The building had been under construction from the fourteenth until the sixteenth century. It stands on the ruins of the castle Windenburg that was built in […]

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The Small Pier

These days quiet places of natural beauty are in demand. There is too much noise, too much shocking news, too many problems to be solved, and too many obstacles in life to be overcome. This peaceful place is a fine, simple retreat, unspoiled by dirt, and plenty of fish (trout and eels). The Namu-namu lake […]

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