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Election 2016

Young people, for the first time some of you will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. Some of you already are eligible. And surely your parents and grandparents are eligible (and we know that they read us too). This will pose some issues for all of us, especially concerning the presidential election, which […]

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Interview with Don DeVries

It is April 12, 2008, and I am at the residence of Mr. Don DeVries, near Randolph, Wisconsin. MHH:  Mr. DeVries, can you tell me where and when you born? DDV:  I was born in Rural Route Randolph, on July 21, 1934. MHH:  What can you tell me about your childhood, your family, anything that […]

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Judging

Does the Bible forbid or allow one human to judge another human in light of Matthew 7:1, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” In general, today’s society advocates tolerance. Every person is believed to have the right to determine good and evil for themselves and may do so without any opposition from another. We […]

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Cremation

Recently I received a note from Mr. Ray Kikkert, member of the Protestant Reformed congregation in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. Beacon Lights thanks him for his interest and his comments. He begins with two questions: “Who is Schuyler?” And: “Is it Mark Hoeksema, the editor?” My answer is also two-fold. First, Schuyler’s identity is a deep, […]

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My Country

My country ’tis of Thee, Who telleth the number of the stars.­­ And with Thy stripes we are healed. Absolved from all allegiance to sin, we, the pilgrims, seek a more perfect city. Declare independence: where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, secured for ourselves and our posterity. O death, where is […]

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My Exceeding Joy — Even in Darkness

According to 1 John 1:4, the very goal of the gospel of the covenant of grace is that we may experience the fullness of joy.  It is certainly our prayer as pastors that you yourselves live in the consciousness of the joy of your relationship with our covenant God in Jesus Christ. In the light […]

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Prayer

  Read James 5:13–20   Idea of Prayer What is prayer? Who can pray? (John 9:31) Why pray when God knows everything already? Does prayer actually change things?   Necessity of Prayer Is prayer important? Why so?  (Psalm 50:14–15) Why must we pray for each other? James 5.   If prayer is so important, why […]

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The Daily Press

July 8– Read Psalm 102:1–12 What makes hell so terrible?  It is full of God’s wrath. Psalm 139:8 states, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”  There is no comfort in hell, just the wrath of God being poured out eternally. We […]

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The Meaning of Necessary Good Works

You have always been taught that good works are necessary. What does “necessary good works” mean? Those who promote error give the word necessary just their one meaning that is often the first meaning listed in many dictionaries. We are called sometimes to explain the proper meaning of terms that have been corralled into one […]

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Conventions of the Past and Present

Our churches started conventions in 1938 with a purpose in mind for our churches’ youth. The goal of writing this is so that the reader can be informed about what conventions were like in the 1940s and how they are different from conventions held now. There are many things that are different about our conventions […]

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