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When Was Hell Created

Dear Schuyler, When was hell created?   The Bible does not answer this question directly. Therefore we need to be sober and circumspect in our answer. Jesus tells us that hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). We know that God created all things in the space of six days. We […]

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Watching Daily At My Gates

September 8 Read Isaiah 42 In the first part of this chapter we see a description of Christ. The Messiah will come and bring deliverance to his people who are often despised and downtrodden by the world. We see this in verse 3. This Messiah will be a complete deliverer. As we saw in the […]

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Want to Be Wise?

Have you ever read a book twice?  Maybe three times?    I remember in school rereading certain textbooks because I couldn’t grasp everything they had to offer with only one reading.  I’ve also found books that I read years earlier and reread them just for the enjoyment.  But no matter how profound or enjoyable a book […]

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Unthankfulness – A Root Sin

  Introduction 2 Samuel 24 records David’s sin of numbering the people.  David’s act of numbering the people was a grievous sin.  The awful consequences of his sin certainly underscore how grievous a sin it was.  David’s sin was grievous because at bottom it was the sin than which there is none greater for the […]

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Out of the Saltshaker

Out of the Saltshaker, by Rebecca Manley Pippert. Leicester, England: Inter- Varsity Press, 2004. Paperback, 291 pp.  ISBN 0-85111-646-9  I thought I would read this as background to the British Reformed Fellowship conference to be held at Bangor, Northern Ireland in late July of 2012, which was on the theme “Ye shall be my witnesses,” […]

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Our God Calls Us to Be Holy

Last month we saw God’s holiness revealed in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament Israel was bound to the ceremonial law of types and shadows. There was a system of sacrifices set in place by God that the priests and high priest had to perform in order to make atonement for the sins of […]

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Near Me

No matter where I am I know the Lord is always near me. If something happens in my life I know my Lord and Savior will be walking by my side. Jesus is my Friend and Redeemer. He is my King and Salvation. He is the one I can go to in prayer day or […]

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Making Scripture-based Decisions

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are” (Quotations about Decisions). As Christian young people, we have been taught from our youth what our values are. The values we hold as Christians, such as the teachings of the Bible, are reflected in the decisions that we make.  The decisions that […]

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Living as Lights in the World

Ephesians 5:8 I began this speech by commending the young adults who attended the retreat for their exemplary behavior, for their ability to get along with each other, and especially for their love for the Word of God. I told them that they had shown themselves to be what Ephesians 5:8 talked about: “light in […]

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Dangers of Worldly Living

In today’s society the modern way of life makes everywhere a place full of sin and corruption. The devil is everywhere, preying on the weak in faith and devouring them. Living the life of a Christian in these wicked times can be extremely difficult. It seems that the children of God, especially young people, are […]

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Construction Trades

The room, if you could call it a room (it was more of a long hallway), was always dark and had a musty smell. It was only used for storage, so on the rare occasion that it was frequented, it involved either organizing or getting something that was rarely needed. It was our cellar underneath […]

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Called to the Ministry

“Then said I, Woe is me!  For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”   Such was the tremendous sense of the holiness of God that struck so […]

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