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Covenant Breaking

The very worst sin of which a person can make himself guilty is the sin of covenant breaking. Adultery, murder, drunkenness, homosexuality—these are not the worst sins that a person can commit. Although we can be rightfully horrified over these sins of the flesh, the sin that ought to cause us to be especially horrified […]

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Unthankfulness – A Root Sin

  Introduction 2 Samuel 24 records David’s sin of numbering the people.  David’s act of numbering the people was a grievous sin.  The awful consequences of his sin certainly underscore how grievous a sin it was.  David’s sin was grievous because at bottom it was the sin than which there is none greater for the […]

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Called to the Ministry

The Ongoing Need First, some facts and figures.  Fifteen of the thirty-five active ministers—nearly one-half—are approaching or are older than sixty.  In the next ten years or so, these ministers will need to be replaced.  Of the thirty-five active ministers three are serving as missionaries, three are teaching in the denominational seminary, and one is […]

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Contending for the Life of Faith

What kind of life are you living? Are you living the Christian life? Can you say that? Can you say that before the face of God? Can you say that in all honesty before your own conscience? Do you want to live the Christian life? Is that really the desire of your heart? Do you pray to […]

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Confession of Faith (7)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 413- 415.  In the past several articles we have discussed public confession of faith. We have used as our guide the three questions that are asked of those who make confession of faith. We want to conclude this discussion by calling attention to certain responsibilities which a […]

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Confession of Faith (6)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 372- 374.  “Will you submit to church government, and in case you should become delinquent (which may God graciously forbid) to church discipline?” This third question asked of those who make public confession of faith is closely related to the previous two questions. In the first question […]

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Confession of Faith (5)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 356- 357.  Last time we began our discussion of the second question asked of those who make public confession of faith: “Have you resolved by the grace of God to adhere to this doctrine; to reject all heresies repugnant thereto and to lead a new, godly life?” […]

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Confession of Faith (4)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 305-307 Have you resolved by the grace of God to adhere to this doctrine; to reject all heresies repugnant thereto and to lead a new, godly life?” Last time we dealt with the first question asked of those who make public confession of faith. We saw that […]

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Confession of Faith (3)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 256- 258.  “Do you acknowledge the doctrine contained in the Old and New Testaments and in the Articles of the Christian faith and taught here in this Christian Church to be the true and complete doctrine of salvation?” This is the first question asked of those who […]

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Confession of Faith (2)

Reprinted from the Standard Bearer Vol. 63 pp. 211-213 At the end of our last article, we were busy discussing the basis for public confession of faith. We saw that the responsibility to make public confession of faith is based, first of all, on the general calling of the believer to confess Christ’s Name in […]

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Confession of Faith (1)

Reprint from the January 15,1987 issue of the Standard Bearer  One of the most joyful occasions in the church is the public confession of faith of the young people. For the pastor and elders there is no more joyful occasion than when young people come to the consistory room to make confession of faith before […]

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What is it to be Reformed in Faith

You young people profess to be Reformed Christians. You are members of a Reformed church, a Reformed church that is part of a Reformed denomi­nation, the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Most of you have been Reformed Christians all your life. You have not been anything else but Reformed Christians. You were born into a […]

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The Fifth Commandment

“Not another article (sermon!) on the fifth commandment,” I can hear some of you say. It’s the same old thing over again: “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times haven’t we heard this? And you are right. You will learn nothing essentially new who endure me long enough to read this article through […]

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The Christian Athlete

I count it an honor to be able to be a speaker at the 1992 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention. I wish to thank the young people of Faith Church for inviting me to speak. My prayer is that this speech, as well as the others that are given, may be of benefit to you […]

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Living the Antithesis in Our Personal Relationships

The relationships of the young people ought to be a great concern to the church. Certainly, Christian parents ought to be deeply concerned with whom their young people associate. This ought also to be a matter of concern to the office ­bearers of the church. And it ought to be a mat­ter of concern to […]

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Discussion Topics for the 1987 Convention

In this issue of the Beacon Lights are printed the discussion group topics for the 1987 Convention. We plan to conduct discussion groups quite differently this year from the way in which they have been conducted in the past. Our intention is to make the discussion groups a more meaningful part of the Convention. Here’s […]

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Discussion Outline On “Fund Raisers’’

I.   The propriety of fund raising. A.  Are fund raisers necessary? 1. Should there be fund raisers at all, or just free-will offerings? 2. Should fund raisers be considered as a last resort? 3. Are people more willing to give if they get something in return? B.   Are fund raisers more appropriate for some things […]

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Thanksgiving Day

November 24 is Thanksgiving Day, at least for those of us who live in the U.S. For our Canadian friends Thanksgiving Day will by this time be past, since the Canadian Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday. It is also a day on which we […]

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About the Ministry

Pastor: “Come in Ron. Have a seat. What’s on your mind?” Ron: “Well, pastor, I wanted to talk to you, uh . . ., about something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately. I’m just not sure what to do. I thought maybe you could give me some help. It’s about the ministry. I’ve […]

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Private Devotions

I. Introduction: A.  Do prayer and the reading of the Scriptures occupy an important place in our lives as young Christians?      1.   Are we accustomed to do these things in family devotions, at school, in the Church, at Bible study societies?      2.   Is it wrong that we are accustomed to pray and read […]

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Only Fear the Lord

“Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you.” I Samuel 12:24 The surrounding nations and especially the Ammonites were beginning to trouble and oppress the people of Israel. Samuel’s two sons, whom he had appointed judges at Beersheba, were proving […]

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Help Thou Mine Unbelief

“Jesus said unto him, If thou cast believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears. Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:23, 24 Jesus had just descended the mount of his transfiguration. During his absence a boy possessed with […]

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Underneath Are the Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath, are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” Deut. 33:27 The text quoted above is part of the blessing bestowed on Israel by Moses just prior to the latter’s death. Taken as a whole, the text […]

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Pilgrims and Strangers Even Unto Death

There are two things which, of late, have been plaguing my conscience. The first is the calling of the Christian to be a pilgrim and stranger here on this earth; the second is the certainty of death. After thinking about both of them, I came to see that the two are very closely related. For […]

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