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Devotionals Apr 8 – May 7, 2023: God’s Word

Every day we are bombarded with information. We read news headlines, scroll social media, and research topics for school or for our own personal interest. Quite frequently this information is changing, conflicting, or confusing. This is why we take the time to cross-reference and check multiple sources to confirm the accuracy of what we are […]

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This is life eternal

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3    The passage that opens this article is taken from one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture. The entirety of John 17 is an intimate, personal prayer that Jesus spoke […]

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Seasons

I always thought of seasons as having a distinct beginning and end.  Spring starts. Winter ends.  But maybe I have the wrong idea. Maybe I am not seeing it correctly.    Isn’t today evidence enough?    The snow and bitter cold of winter is pressing into, mingling with, the entrance of spring.  A simple date—a […]

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Benefits of using multiple translations

As English-speaking Christians, we have unbelievable wealth in the various Bible translations at our disposal. A few years ago, I picked up a multivolume English Standard Version (ESV) Reader’s Bible with the goal of reading through the Bible in another translation for the first time in my life. I could not have anticipated how beneficial […]

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Importance of a healthy prayer life

How healthy is your personal prayer life? It is safe to say that we have all at some point struggled to consistently maintain this spiritual practice. There are times in our lives when we become overly comfortable and content with only participating in public or family prayer, meanwhile neglecting our responsibility to be involved in […]

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A new form of mysticism is arising today. This version of mysticism, known as the cosmic humanism movement, is becoming a staple in Western culture, whether or not people realize it. Although it may not be any sort of organized religion or instituted world view, its influences are everywhere.   Beginning with Eastern ideas, the cosmic […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,  In the February 2023 issue, Onderwijzer was asked whether music’s rhythm or beat have “an inherent morality.” I appreciated his emphasis that music’s lyrics can be immoral. I am concerned with his view of music’s rhythm and beat as being amoral. He said, “Much of modern popular music is out of bounds for […]

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Apologists: Justin Martyr

The first generation of church fathers after the apostles were known as the post-apostolic fathers. In our last two articles, we noticed three of them: Clement (died AD 101), Ignatius (died AD 107), and Polycarp (died AD 155).  After the post-apostolic fathers came the apologists. This name “apologists” comes from the Greek word apologia, meaning […]

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A practical guide to personal devotions

If there is one area of our spiritual lives that can use some growth and development, it is likely in the practice of personal devotions. And although this probably has been true of God’s people throughout history, the pace of life and incredible variety of distractions in our modern world have made the practice of […]

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Memorizing the Bible

The focus of this article is the value of memorizing the Bible. But to begin, I want to briefly defend the practice of memorization itself, since it is a discipline often despised today.  Memorization has largely fallen by the wayside in today’s society. We have outsourced our memory by using technology. For example, I don’t […]

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2023 Federation Board Update

Greetings from the Federation Board!  As representatives of the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies, we would like to provide some insight into who we are and what we do.  As stated in the constitution of the Federation Board, our purpose is to: 1) enable all Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies to work in close unity; […]

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Asbury Revival

Students at Asbury University, in Wilmore, Kentucky, are engaged in an “organic, unplanned revival.” As of the writing of this article, the revival is still taking place. Following a chapel service, students were invited to receive prayer. Dozens stayed and many more returned later. One week later the gatherings continued. Evenings saw large crowds filling […]

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