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Responsibility

The above caption will immediately raise in the mind of our readers the thought of a certain point of discussion that was for some time coming to the foreground in our Christian life. The history of the individual Christian life and of the Christian church has a way of bringing such points to the foreground, […]

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Unbelief and Revolution

The above caption is the title of a book written about a hundred years ago in the Netherlands, by the Christian statesman and author, Groen van Prinsterer. It was written in connection with the very concrete historical struggle of unbelief and its consequences in the economy of the state as it appeared in the terrible […]

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Problems Confronting Young Servicemen

Under the above title we have occasion to reflect upon some of the problems that confront the young Christian who is called to give a part of his time and life in the service of the army. There are two distinct elements in this problem that stand out for our consciousness, namely, that of the […]

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Labor – Its Spiritual Motivation

If what we have said in previous articles about labor and the accompanying curse is true, then the question arises, how is there still sense and inducement for the Christian to be interested and faithful in his work? Of course we can point to the precept of the Bible to direct our decision. The Bible […]

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Laboring Amid the Curse

As we have seen according to Genesis 3:17-19 our daily labor is burdened with a curse which God has pronounced: Cursed be the ground for man’s sake. The application is plainly also to the Christian even though we have been redeemed from the final curse. That this curse embraces also the Christian, the servants of […]

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Labor: Joyful or Joyless

What if we have said in the foregoing articles about labor is true then we can indeed speak of the joy of labor. Think of what we have found as the truth! From the first pages of the Bible reporting the creation of man we learn that we are made to have dominion over the […]

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The Christian and His Labors

In our previous article we tried to face the problem that confronts us as Christians in the field of Labor—in that field with all its carnal strivings, with all its perversions of the meaning of the work of our hands. Certainly for the Christian whose lot is cast into a daily first-hand contact with this […]

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The Beneficent Goal of Labor

We have seen in the preceding article that the divinely ordained purpose of labor lies in its beneficent productivity. Now in the sinless creation in which this fundamental ordinance was first announced we can quite readily imagine the pursuit and realization of this purpose. We can imagine Adam and Eve occupied with the cultivation and […]

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The Christian Labor Ideal

If the dignity of labor must be viewed in the way that the Reformers following Scripture, have indicated, then we will immediately understand that this noble function runs into many complications in this sinful world. We have seen that the dignity of labor lies in its purpose, in its worthy product, in its abiding fruitage. […]

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The Dignity of Labor

In our previous article we pointed out that men through the ages have pondered upon and struggled with the question of the basic motive and incentive to labor. Here the happy wit will interject that he has the problem completely solved: He labors for the cash. That is simple enough. To this we could counter […]

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Productive Labor

In our days of painful labor problems the question easily begins to play in our minds, what is the meaning and purpose of all the labor and struggle of man in what we call the world of labor and industry? It is in these days that the Executive Department has seized the steel mills to […]

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The Church and Practical Christianity

The present article is occasioned by the recurring voices that arise out of the church for guidance, for direction, for leadership; in regard to the daily life and problems of the Christian in the world of business and labor and politics and amusements and so forth. For an example in our present season there will […]

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Cursing and It’s Antidote

The observation is often made that cursing or using the sacred names of God in vain is a growing evil. An evil that is growing, that is becoming more prevalent. By this is meant that more people are becoming habitual swearers, and that the evil is becoming more public, more taken for granted. For the […]

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Redeeming the Time – The Manner

Summary of a speech given by Rev Andrew Petter by Miss Elsie Kuipers The manner of redeeming the time is to buy out our opportunities. What is our calling? We must honor and glorify God. We must serve God according to our nature. A tree and a bird glorify God. We are different. We have […]

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The Only Way to Freedom

If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.  –John 8:31, 32 One of the threads woven through this eighth chapter of John is man’s way to freedom or happiness. This passage speaks of being saved from darkness, vs. […]

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Denominational Loyalty

It is always a pathetic sight to see a church that has lost the Truth and its spiritual power appealing to its members for allegiance.  Pathetic also on the part of those who are thus exhorted is the attempt to make an honest response to such an appeal. For usually in every church there is […]

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