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Trust

Trust When life seems hard, impossible to bear This thought sustains: I know my Savior’s there. Some days it seems each little task goes wrong, I’m helpless then, but know my Savior’s strong. My pain and suff’ring may sometimes overwhelm But then I’m comforted: this is my Father’s realm. Good friends oftimes don’t seem to […]

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Time Management

“Use your time wisely.” Has a parent or teacher ever said that to you? If so, they are correct in their instruction. But what exactly does it mean to manage your time? And why does it even matter if we use our time wisely or not? Donald Whitney doesn’t include time management in his Spiritual […]

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Serving One Another

Throughout the course of his entire life, Jesus was always serving those around him. Whether he was teaching the people, washing his disciples’ feet, working miracles of healing, or willfully laying down his life on the cross, Jesus was constantly showing that he became a man and came to this world not to be served […]

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Fasting

When you read the word “fasting,” what do you think? Maybe you think, “I have never given fasting much thought.” Or maybe you say fearfully, “How can I go without food for a day or longer?” In our food-loving society, fasting may seem almost impossible. But it is not. Let us be encouraged from scripture […]

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Prayer: Learning Childlike Dependence

“Daddy, watch me!” The little girl with newly removed training wheels grinned from cheek to cheek, her pigtails flopping. “Honey, no, don’t go yet! You will need my help to begin,” Dad answered. “No, I can do it on my own, Daddy. Remember? I’m five now!” “You are going to…” Dad could not finish his […]

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Little Lights: The Psalter (6)

The 1912 Psalter was the product of nine denominations working together to provide a single Psalter for use in their congregations. The times have been few when God has given so many Reformed denominations to work together. Yet, even then, three of the nine denominations were already moving toward hymn-singing along with psalm-singing in church. […]

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Devotionals January 1 – February 7, 2020

January 8—Read Acts 22 In the beginning of this chapter, Paul is telling the mob gathered at the Castle of Antonia the story of his conversion. In verse 16, he says that Ananias said to him, “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of […]

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Have You Given One Thought?

Think for a moment about the life you are living: work, school, sports, and homework for many of us. When you finally get a chance to relax, what are you doing with your time? Checking the latest stories on Snapchat? Scanning through your Instagram feed? At the end of the day you’re tired. You want […]

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Gracious Giving

The bright boxes neatly wrapped under the Christmas tree and the smell of mouth-watering turkey emanating from the kitchen tempts us to have an improper focus on the holidays. Ashamedly, it is one hundred times easier to focus on the physical objects we expect to receive. Our carnal minds stay focused on the material objects […]

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R. Kent Hughes’ Disciplines of a Godly Man

Hughes’ key verse is 1 Timothy 4:7–8, “Exercise (discipline or train) thyself rather unto godliness.” Rev. Hughes is convinced that godliness and discipline are intrinsically linked. His opening chapter is entitled “Discipline for godliness.” Thereafter the book chapters include the topics of discipline in relationships, discipline of self (soul and character) and discipline in church […]

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A Tough Life, but a Tougher Faith

“I was an angry, angry man,” he said. I stood on the tattered steps of a dim auditorium face to face with the man. Scars covered his cheek, and tattoos peeked from behind his navy collar. A long sequence of faded numbers over an orange stripe crossed his back. We were in the Ionia State Prison, and this inmate was telling me about his journey to Christ.  On a Saturday in late August of 2019, I had the opportunity to sing […]

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Editor’s Note, January 2020

This year we welcome some new faces to the staff and bid farewell to others. We welcome Ashley Huizinga to our staff as the new Promotions Manager. Ashley is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Ashley graduated from Dordt University in May 2018. Although she may not find much opportunity […]

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Issue at Hand, January 2020

Was 2019 a good year? For you personally, I mean. Did you hit all of your goals? Were you able to shed the last 10 pounds or continue the workout regimen you committed yourself to at the beginning of the year? Did you get the pay increase, find the job of your dreams, or did […]

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