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Secret Recesses of the Heart

The Canons of Dordt are often considered heavy stuff. Pretty doctrinal. Not easy to understand. Good for ministers and the more mature members of the church. But some think it to be out of reach for the common pew-sitter—and especially for young people. It is true that the Canons of Dordt are doctrine, that is, […]

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The Earthquake at Jesus’ Death

There were two earthquakes that took place within the span of three days. The epicenter of both was near Jerusalem. The first earthquake occurred late Friday afternoon (Matt. 27:51) and the second took place early the following Sunday morning (Matt. 28:2). The first marked the death of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God (Matt. […]

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Dating

Dating can be one of the most enjoyable experiences a young person can have. It can also be the cause for some very traumatic times. Some boys fear rejection. Some girls are afraid that they will never be asked for a date. Often both are jittery because they do not know what is expected of […]

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Attitude Toward Other Members

1 Corinthians 12:12–25 Gracious salvation puts the ones being saved into a relationship—a covenant relationship. This relationship is both with the Savior and with all the others saved by the Savior. Scripture often uses the figure of the human body to describe both the relationship that every saved one has with Jesus and the relationship […]

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Developing Love

The title of this article raises a question. How can we develop love, when it is a fruit of the Spirit? When love is called a fruit of the Spirit, then the implication is clear that the Holy Spirit is the divine agent who works in us the blessings of salvation as merited by Christ […]

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Rev. Ronald Van Overloop (2)

During my high school years, the idea of being called to serve God’s church as a minister grew and developed. The prayers changed from, “Lord, what dost Thou want me to be?” to “Lord, I think I am called to be a minister. I think I want to be one. If that is not Thy […]

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Rev. Ronald Van Overloop (1)

God gave Gordon and June Van Overloop a baby boy on February 13, 1949. I was baptized by the Rev. Gerrit Vos as a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church. For the first four and half years of my life I lived on 84th Street in Byron Center, Michigan (just a block away from the […]

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Winning Souls

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30. The emphasis of this speech will be on the positive. We will strive to determine what the Bible means when it speaks of a “soul winner.” We have assumptions, namely those of the Reformed faith which […]

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Adult Conversion

A young mother was working alongside a Christian girl who is in her upper teens.  A day after the young Christian had spoken of her position against abortion, the young mother approached the teenager to ask for more information about the young girl’s God and church. This began a series of conversations between the two, […]

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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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Judging One Another in Love

Wrong and sinful judging of one another can cause serious harm, not only to the individual Christian, but also the Body of Christ.  The Pharisee of Jesus’ day is an example of how not to judge.  He had a very high regard for himself and utter contempt for those who did not belong to his […]

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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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Contentment…Under Authority

I do believe that this subject has been chosen because specifically young people or Protestant Reformed people need to learn about contentment under authority.  During this week of the convention I have watched you and you have exhibited both a consciousness of authority and a respect for that authority.  You do not need to be […]

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Contentment under Authority

I do not believe that this subject has been chosen because specifically young people or Protestant Reformed people need to learn about contentment under authority. During this week of the convention I have watched you and you have exhibited both a consciousness of authority and a respect for that authority. You do not need to […]

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Developing Temperance

After Saul knew that God would give the kingdom to David, his wrath and jealousy were kindled toward David to such an extent that he dealt treacherously with David over a long time and tried to kill him at every opportunity. He would take Israel’s army in constant pursuit of the fulfillment of his maddening […]

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Developing Meekness

If we are to assume our calling to develop the fruit of the Spirit called “meekness”, then it is necessary to know its proper place and motive in the life of the believer. Jesus gives us the way in which this development will take place: take My yoke upon you and learn of me, for […]

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Developing Faith

Exactly what is this fruit of the Spirit.  Once we understand what it is, we can consider how it is developed. We all know that faith is frequently spoken of in the holy Scriptures.  As such it is a knowing and a trusting; knowing God from His Word and a trusting confidence that He has […]

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Developing the Virtue of Goodness

The aspect of the fruit of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, which occupies our attention at this time, is goodness. Goodness stands closely related to the virtue of gentleness – which immediately precedes it in the listing of the fruit of the Spirit. It is said that goodness is the activity which proceeds […]

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Developing the Fruit of Gentleness

That we might develop this virtue, it is required that we understand the concept, “gentleness”. The best way to gain such an understanding is to examine the pas­sages in which this word is used. A lexicon (a dictionary of New Testament Greek words) tells us that “gentle­ness” means “mild, pleasant; the opposite of harsh, hard, […]

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Developing Longsuffering

For the Christian to grow and develop in this aspect of the fruit of the Spirit it is necessary that we know what it is and how we obtain it. To be longsuffering is to be patient in bearing the offences and injuries of others. It is to be mild and slow in avenging, i.e. […]

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