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The Upper Room

The researchers (monks) believe that this is the place where Jesus and his disciples ate the Last Supper before Jesus was betrayed and captured. Centuries ago old drawings narrowed the spot in Jerusalem where it could have been. The whole building is made of plastered bricks and has been restored several times, layer upon layer. […]

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The Church of Oudemirdum

In the southwestern part of the Dutch province of Friesland you find the old State Reformed Church of Oudemirdum (see picture). In the newspapers of the region, De Balkster Courant and It Pompeblêd, this church building is very much in the news, because it has been discovered that all the woodwork is under the attack of gnawing beetles […]

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Synodale Church of Oudehorne

Halfway through the main road from Heerenveen to Donkerbroek (in the Dutch province of Friesland) you find the village of Oudehorne. Here stands this Synodole Reformed Church, now part of the “Samen Op Beg” (Together On Our Way) movement in The Netherlands. It is a simple small church, well looked after, about 75 years old. […]

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The State Reformed Church of Zuidlaren

In the northern part of the Dutch province of Drenthe, you can still find this well-preserved State Reformed Church of the city of Zuidlaren. An outspoken farmers’ congregation, “Suudloarders” as they call themselves in the local dialect, are reliable, independent, and always at work. This church was built in 1300. Over the years there were […]

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A Lonely Church

You see here a church in the Dutch hamlet Houtigehage, which is part of the village Luchtenveld, in the frontier-area of the provinces Friesland and Groningen, well-known by tourists because of the moors there. During the summer months, flowering tracts of heath all around are a beautiful sight. But on Sundays more and more curious […]

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The Reformed Church of Lollum

You see here the Synodal Reformed Church of Lollum, a town in the Dutch province of Friesland. The congregation is united with the State Reformed Church, and the Lutheran Church, in the ‘Samen Op Weg” (together on our way) Movement. This brick building was built about 75 years ago. The movement has its problems. In […]

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In Twijzelerhside

This is the State Reformed Church of Twijzelerheide in the Dutch province of Friesland. Because it is built on weak soil it has buttresses against the walls. To avoid heat loss during the winter months it has double windows. The whole building was recently restored. Because of the “Samen Op Weg” (together on our way) […]

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A New World

For several centuries there have been people in high places who speak about “making a new world.” All of them abandoned God’s Word first of all. They joined a conspiracy, or they started one. A well-known example in history occurred in 44 B.C.—the plot of 60 senators to murder the head of state, Julius Caesar. […]

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State Reformed Church of Sleen

In the Southeast corner of the Dutch province of Drenthe there is a typical farm village, with many retired people also living there. The name is Sleen. In the center stands this State Reformed church, which was built in1480. In the summer, tourists in the area often come to see and photograph it. The village […]

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The Johannes De Doper Kerk of Wageningen

This State Reformed church is named after John the Baptist. This big church is a so-called cruciform church, a late gothic style used for the first time in 1280, made of bricks and roofing tiles. In 1517 the city council of Wageningen decided to enlarge this building with a transverse nave and a choir stall. […]

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The “Kleverpark” Church In Haarlem

This picture was taken the day the building was finished on behalf of the State Reformed Church of the Dutch city of Haarlem. The name was chosen because of the park which surrounded it. Next to the entrance the rooms for the gatherings of elders and deacons, the minister’s room (for study and consultations), and […]

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In Dreischor

This is the tower of the big State Reformed Church of the small Dutch city of Dreischor (municipality Brouwershaven) in the province of Zeeland known as a modernist parish. The building had been under construction from the fourteenth until the sixteenth century. It stands on the ruins of the castle Windenburg that was built in […]

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The Small Pier

These days quiet places of natural beauty are in demand. There is too much noise, too much shocking news, too many problems to be solved, and too many obstacles in life to be overcome. This peaceful place is a fine, simple retreat, unspoiled by dirt, and plenty of fish (trout and eels). The Namu-namu lake […]

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The Work Corner

In his big house, Dr. Martin Luther had his own work corner with a desk and a place next to the window where he could read and select the material he needed from various sources. In the former monastery everything was sober and a bit primitive, but the reformer did not ask for more. The […]

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Like in the Days of Luther

To please the tourists, the City Council of Wittenberg organizes a parade of the Night Watch once a week. They wear the traditional costumes as of the days of Dr. Martin Luther. These halberds get their arms from a museum. They wear shoulder belts in the city colors of yellow and green. Behind them the […]

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The Russian Orthodox Churches

The Russian Orthodox Church is the property of the government, financed by the import of cigarettes and spirits at an extremely large scale. These taxed products are at the same time a nice source of income for the Department of Finance in Moscow. No objections, no questions, no problems. The priests of the Russian Orthodox […]

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The State Reformed Church of Maasdijk

During WWII (1940–1945), the State Reformed Church of Maasdijk was severely damaged. Maasdijk is part of the town of Naaldwijk, not far from the city of The Hague, in the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland, famous for its market garden produce. After the war, the church was restored and enlarged by Architect A. Komter. A Christian […]

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At the Lake of Gennesareth

The Lake of Gennesareth is also known as the Sea of Tiberias, or Kinnerèth, and the Arabs gave it the name Bahr Tabarija. The Lord Jesus had been here at the beach as well as on the water with the fishermen. The lake is 21 kilometers long, 12 kilometers wide; the water is 48 meters […]

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5 May 1945

The fifth day of May has special significance in The Netherlands because the liberation of the Nazi armies from Germany was a fact in 1945, after five year of occupation, terror, slavery and hunger The Allied Forces came and an armistice was signed. Military bands marched through the streets; some of them came back several […]

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The Church of Wolphaartsdijk

This State Reformed Church in the former island-town of Wolphaartsdijk (part of the Dutch province of Zeeland) is different from all the others. It has become a special attraction for the many tourists that come here for sailing or fishing. Thanks to a big enclosing dam, there is now a great lake close by. There […]

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The Church of Wilhelminadorp

In the Dutch province of Zeeland the greatest number of churches has been built since 1100 A.D, first of wood, but later replaced by buildings of hewn stone or hard-baked bricks. The builders usually came from Flanders, led by monks. After the Reformation the interior of all those churches were changed, so that the center […]

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What Happens In Zimbabwe?

President Robert Mugabe’s regime in Zimbabwe is guilty of national suicide, says Dr. Peter Hammond, missionary from Cape Town (South Africa) in his monthly publication “Christian Action” (For Reformation and Revival). Everybody should know about this, he says, reminding us of what is written in Proverbs about those who cannot speak for themselves. The Communist […]

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The Ascension Church

This is a picture of the Russian Orthodox Church of the so-called “White Russians” on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, Helena (255-332), was a Christian who founded several chapels and churches in the countries she traveled to, and so when she came in Jerusalem she founded a […]

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A View at Jerusalem

You see here one of the oldest parts of the capital of the State of Israel, Jerusalem. At the right is the so-called tower of David, not far from the gold plated dome of the Mosque. In the past in this area was the temple, which was destroyed by the Romans. You see the restored […]

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