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Young Calvinist Readers and Librarians (2)

My fellow young Calvinists, what I have not mentioned yet is that there was a third part to Rev.Herman Hoeksema’s editorial in that issue of The Young Calvinist (Vol. 3 No. 6, June, 1921), titled “Collecting a Library”. Here, “to create a new interest in the study of good books”, Hoeksema encourages the Young Men’s […]

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Young Calvinist Readers and Librarians (1)

Are you readers, young people? Do you have your own personal library (collection of books)? Do you take an interest in and use the library that may be in your church? Young Calvinists should be readers and librarians, don’t you think? The Federation of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies recently started a new “test” organization […]

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Is Cool to Be a Christian?

I.  Introduction A.  For some time now there has been a popular trend relating to the way in which modern Christians display their faith and advertise Jesus to the world. 1.  That is by making use of some of the means of contemporary (“pop”) culture. a.  Walk into any Christian bookstore and you will find […]

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The Christian and Politics

Discussion Group Outline for the 2001 Young People’s Convention I.  Introduction A.  An area of Christian living and relationships we seldom discuss at length is that of the Christian and politics. 1.  Perhaps because the subject is often so controversial, that we think it best to avoid it. Or because we judge politics to be […]

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HOW to Let Our Light Shine (Matthew 5:16)

This article was given as a speech at the New Jersey retreat.   It falls to me in this series of retreat speeches to address the “How” of letting our light shine. Our focus is actually quite narrow, because we want to look at that little word “so” in our theme text: “Let your light […]

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Healthy (Humble) Self-Esteem (2)

What is proper self-esteem? How should I regard myself as a person? Should I think highly or lowly of myself? What am I really worth? When we began to answer that in our last article (October, 1997), we started with the negative aspects: what is unhealthy self-esteem, i.e., what is the wrong way to regard […]

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Healthy (Humble) Esteem of Self

What do you think of yourself, beloved young people? What is your estimation of yourself? What worth do you believe you have? Do you have a high or low view of yourself? Do you believe you  have great worth or little worth? Do you love or hate yourself? Are you satisfied and happy or dissatisfied […]

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Daniel’s Bold Witness

INTRODUCTION My dear friends in Christ, you are learning this week of convention that God wills and calls you to be courageous young people, spiritually strong and brave and confident in the face of danger. And you are learning what this means and how to be this by looking at aspects of the life of […]

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Love, the Gift of God

I.  INTRODUCTION Let me begin by thanking the host society and church here at Redland for having us all here, and for giving me the privilege of being one of the speakers.  This is a first for me, and I am grateful for this opportunity.  I also commend you for the theme you have chosen […]

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I.  Specific Principles of Scripture concerning work or vocation. A.  Work is necessary and noble, for God Himself is an ever-active God. 1.  God created man to work, to be active and productive, and not to sit contemplating or be inactive, Genesis 1:28; 2:15. 2.  Man’s fall into sin did not change God’s purpose to […]

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(Dating is a relatively new, cultural innovation of the last century in the Western world.  As a result, the Bible has no explicit commands on how to date.  Therefore, we learn God’s will about dating by considering what the Bible says about marriage and about healthy relationships.)   I.  What the Bible says about marriage […]

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Learning God’s Will

(The outline given below is the combined effort of Pastors Charles Terpstra and Ronald Van Overloop.  It was used on the occasion of the 1989 Fall Retreat.  It is believed that the subject is one which is always current, and that the form of an outline would serve well for beneficial discussion, whether by young […]

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Family Communication

I. INTRODUCTION A.  Communication is an important and necessary part of our lives. 1.  By communication in this outline we mean the interpersonal activity of passing information, exchanging ideas, expressing thoughts and feelings through speech, i.e. by talking. 2.  All human relationships in their various spheres depend on this activity.  Relationships in the workplace, in […]

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Pop Goes the Gospel

Welcome again, young people, to the world of books!  I would like to review another book with you, but before we get to that, let me again encourage you to respond to these book reviews, either by telling me what you thought of the book(s) which was (were) reviewed on these pages, or by submitting […]

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Here Am I; Send Me

I want to direct this article to the young men of our churches for the purpose of encouraging you to consider seriously training for the gospel ministry in our seminary.  No, I was not asked to do this by anyone else.  No, this is not a pressure tactic by one of your ministers.  This article […]

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Discovering God’s Will

Welcome, young Christian reader, to our second book review written specifically for you!  How did you respond to our first review?  Did you read the review?  Better yet, did you go out and buy the recommended books, and have you begun to read and study them?  I hope at least some of you have, and […]

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Antichristmas

Covenant young people, let me begin by explaining the title of this article. Perhaps you judge from the title that I am against Christmas, and that this is an article which criticizes our practice of commemorating the birth of our Lord Jesus on the day known as Christmas. Such is not the case, however, and […]

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Education, A Preparation for Life

Introduction 1.  One of the many questions which you as Reformed Young People confront as you grow and develop into spiritual maturity is the question, “What will God have me do in life? or What place does God have for me in His Kingdom?” and then too, “How do I know and find out this […]

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Convention Impressions

It was the privilege of my wife and me to chaperone the 1983 Young People’s Convention sponsored by our Lynden congregation. It was held on the beautiful campus of Trinity Western College in Langley, British Columbia. Providentially the Lord brought us in safety to this magnificent part of our continent. After viewing the majestic mountains, […]

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