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Depression and Anxiety Part 4

We have emphasized that too much stress is most often a contributing factor to depression and anxiety. To combat this two-headed monster of depression and anxiety, we must learn how to minimize stress. And to do that we must be guided by the Bible as we view ourselves and as we live our lives in […]

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In our previous article, we talked about stress. Although one’s genetic makeup may make one vulnerable to depression and anxiety, mental and emotional stress are almost always contributing factors. Stress will sooner or later bring on either depression and/or anxiety. And stress is often self-induced. It is true that situations arise in our lives in […]

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Depression and Anxiety (2)

In the previous article on this subject we noted that twenty percent of teens (1 out of 5) will struggle with severe depression or anxiety before they are adults.  This is not only debilitating but can be terrifying. What can be done to avoid this kind of thing happening?  The things we need to know […]

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Depression and Anxiety (1)

The statistics on teenage depression are rather startling.  About 20 percent of teens (that’s 1 out of 5) will experience depression before they reach adulthood.  Between 10 to 15 percent of teens have some symptoms of depression at any one time.  About 5 percent of teens are suffering from major depression at any one time.   […]

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Want to Be Wise?

Have you ever read a book twice?  Maybe three times?    I remember in school rereading certain textbooks because I couldn’t grasp everything they had to offer with only one reading.  I’ve also found books that I read years earlier and reread them just for the enjoyment.  But no matter how profound or enjoyable a book […]

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Rev. James Slopsema

On December 31, 1947, Rev. James Slopsema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His parents are George and Dorothy Slopsema. Growing up in Grand Rapids, Rev. Slopsema attended Adams Street Christian School and Grand Rapids Christian High School. Covenant Christian High School did not exist yet. After high school, he attended Grand Valley State University […]

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Practical Antithetical Living

The text for our convention this year is Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light.” Here we are taught that naturally we are darkness. We are lost in the darkness of sin and death. We are under the dominion of the […]

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Lessons from a Grandmother

While in Seminary I made regular trips to my grandmother’s house to learn Dutch. Together we would sit on the sofa. I would read out loud from a Dutch Bible and translate. She would help me through the rough spots. This is a good way to learn a language. Too bad I didn’t go there […]

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What Is a Christian? A Saint

Almost everyone today claims to be a Chris­tian. Many, however, who take the name of Christian do not live as Christians with the result that they cheapen the name. Think, for example, of the professional athletes who claim to be Christian but regularly profane the Sab­bath day with their ball playing. Think of the entertainers, […]

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In Comfort

OUR NEED FOR COMFORT Tonight we will speak about comfort. You may ask, “Why speak about comfort at a Young People’s Convention?’’ When we think of those who need to be comforted we usually think of old people who are feeble, sickly, suffering pain and perhaps facing death. We think of families who have lost […]

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Walking in Newness of Life: The Idea

Are you careful about the way you live? Are you concerned that you live a godly life that your life meets with God’s approval? Or are you somewhat careless about these things, perhaps even a bit reckless? There is a great deal of worldliness in the church today. Worldliness in the church means that the […]

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Depression

The statistics on depression are quite disturbing. More than 250,000 people are hospitalized in our country every year for depression. Another 200,000 are treated every year for depression on an outpatient basis. It is estimated that anywhere from 8 million to 40 million people in the United States alone experience depression of some sort every […]

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True Repentance of Sin

Repentance is a very important part of the life of a child of God. Apart from repentance of his sins he has no salvation. The Bible makes this very clear. While Jesus was in Perea some came to Him with a report of murder. Pilate, the Roman governor, had murdered a number of Galileans in […]

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Confession of Faith

A. What is confession of faith? 1. What is faith? a. According to the Heidelberg Catechism (Lord’s Day 7) faith is a “certain knowledge whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in His Word”. 2. This implies two things:  a. Faith is knowledge of God’s Word. 3. A person who […]

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The Shining Lights

It is an uncontested fact that the child of God does not always act as a child of God. We are children of God! God has made us his children. He has saved us by His grace. He has renewed us spiritually so that we are no longer dead, but alive. He has given us […]

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Prayer

“It is good for me to draw near to God,” Psalm 73:28. This is Scripture’s testimony. It is good for the child of God to pray. It is beneficial. It is of utmost importance that he daily call upon God’s name. His life must be a life of prayer. There are many other passages in […]

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