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The Believer’s Response to Legalized Marijuana

The world continuously increases in iniquity. All about us the ungodly rush with unbridled lusts to fill the cup of iniquity. A significant power for unbridling restraints on man’s lusts has been legalized in Canada and ten states in the United States. That power is marijuana. Marijuana is the product of the cannabis plant that […]

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God As Our Protector

Young People’s Convention Speech, Loveland, Colorado, August 15, 2003. I wish to begin by expressing my sincere appreciation to the Loveland congregation and the Young People’s Society. On behalf of us who visit your fair state, I thank you for the countless hours of hard work you put into this convention. We truly appreciate all […]

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Professor Russell Dykstra

Professor Russell Dykstra was born on March 10, 1954, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Arnold and Donna Dykstra who are members of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Growing up in the Grand Rapids area near Hope Church, Prof. Dykstra attended Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School and Covenant Christian […]

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Participating in Life-Endangering Sports

Convention Discussion Outlines This intended to be a debate within each discussion group. The first thing necessary in any debate is to define the main term. Definition: Life-endangering sports are those physical activities that involve a high risk of injury or death which people do for the sake of the thrill of the activity. That […]

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Universal Atonement

The atonement is a crucial truth in the whole of the Reformed faith. It describes what Christ did when he laid down His life for His sheep (John 10). A man’s convictions on the atonement will influence all his beliefs in the matter of salvation including who are saved and how they are saved. The […]

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The Authority of the Preacher

[In the introduction to this rubric, The Binding Power of the Word, we noted that authority in the Church of Christ is the right [from Christ] to speak the Word of God, and pointed out several areas of authori­ty found in the Church. The first area to be examined is that of the preaching. But […]

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An Introduction

What would you decide in these situations? Your minister is preaching. In the course of the sermon he admonishes the congregation to imitate a particular lifestyle. Although he claims the text requires this obedience, you are not at all convinced that the text teaches it. Must you go along with what he preached, or may […]

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Experiencing the End

Beloved young people and fellow believers, at this convention we have been privileged to hear and discuss many things about the end of time signs of the second coming of Christ, false teaching about His return, as well as how we must live as Reformed Christians with our spiri­tual eyes always open, watching for the […]

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The Advantages of Covenant Youth

In this competitive world it seems as though everyone is looking for an advantage.  When the 10-year old boy challenges his younger brother to a race, the smaller boy responds, “Do I get a head start?” In a different setting, a man seeking a particular job in competition with other applicants also looks for an […]

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Tis The Season

‘Tis the season, indeed. Need anyone ask, What season? The world of the J.C. Penney’s, the K-Marts, the Younkers, etc., has been reminding us of the coming, the arrival, and soon (none too soon for many), the end of the “Holiday Season”—Christmas and New Year’s. It seems the whole world, at least all North America, […]

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