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Soft Soil

Matt swiped his forehead with a dirty arm. His knees, arms, and hands were covered in dirt. He’d had fun helping his dad plant their garden for a few hours, but now he was hot and sticky. “Dad, I’m bored.” His dad straightened. “We have been working hard. Let’s take a break.” They sat down […]

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Called to the Ministry

Throughout my grade school, high school and college years, the word, “Every young man should consider the ministry,” or some variation thereof, penetrated my heart as the sower’s seed the hard path.  That word never received even a momentary or passing consideration.  I never considered why the ministry was not for me because I never […]

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Federation Board Update

Another Federation Board year is nearing its close, which means that it is time to introduce our new nominees. This is also the time publically to thank those members who will soon be retiring from their 2 year terms on the Fed Board. Thank you to Brian Feenstra, Joe Holstege, Erika Schipper, Dan VanUffelen, and […]

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Interview with Alvin Rau (2)

MHH:  So, at one time there were churches in Loveland, Isabel, Leola, and Forbes, correct?   AR:  Isabel and Leola were always separate from Loveland.   MHH:  But there was a total of four German churches at one time?   AR:  No, Leola became the Forbes congregation.   PR: By that time Leola was out […]

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Watching Daily At My Gates

July 12 Read Acts 10 After receiving the vision instructing him to preach to the Gentiles, Peter is sent into action immediately. Through the Holy Spirit he is sent to Caesarea. Peter must get over his shock of eating what previously had been unclean meats. Now he must go and preach to a Gentile. It […]

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Convention Discussion Outlines

#1: Awareness in the Last Days Reading: 2 Timothy 3 Are we in the last days? What do you see around you that shows that we are in the last days? Why do we need to be aware of these signs of the last days? What are false ideas about the end of the world […]

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Modesty

Modesty should be one of the most important things a young person thinks about when he or she starts his or her day. Young men as well as ladies have to think about this and be careful to dress in a way that glorifies God. However, young women, I am talking to you from the […]

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Those Who Can, Teach

Our daughter Leah held my hand as we entered the school building on her first day of kindergarten.  The place and faces were familiar to us – I’d spent nine years at the same Protestant Reformed grade school.  Leah took in everything with an excited smile, and when the bell rang, I bravely left.  As […]

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Letter to a Young Man in Waiting

Dear son, I’d like to have a brief talk with you about your dating life.  I know—you haven’t started dating yet.  But I know that you want to, so now is probably the best time for us to have this discussion.  Before we start, you should know that I think it is okay that you […]

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