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One in Faith

Beloved reader, God hath dealt marvelously with His people. He does so today. His covenant shall stand and He will do wondrous works. The reality of salvation as a living bond with Christ causes the Christian to extol his Maker. Have you pondered on this thought lately? You, as a living member of the body […]

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Psalm Singing – A Reformed Heritage

Excerpt from the pamphlet: “The Reformation and Psalm Singing.” The full pamphlet is available at Protestant Reformed Churches or http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_37.html. It is a well-known fact that God used the work of Martin Luther and John Calvin to restore the Word of God to its proper place. Who can forget the Diet of Worms, before which […]

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A Practical Teaching From John Calvin’s Works

When the occasion presents itself to study the many works of John Calvin, the great Reformer, you discover many outstanding teachings seldom thought of. The great struggle of the Reformation in which the defendants of the true doctrines of Scripture were constantly accused falsely, blasphemed and harassed, became the occasion on which they carefully studied […]

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Rev Jason Kortering

Rev. Jason Kortering was born in Holland, Michigan on January 15, 1936. His parents were Justin and Edith Kortering. Justin Kortering was a buttermaker who worked at the Artic Ice Cream Company. As a boy, Rev. Kortering enjoyed building models. Now he enjoys photography as a hobby. Rev. Kortering attended the Christian grade school and […]

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The Seventh Commandment: Sexual Self-Control

Two things make this subject of great impor­tance to you Christian young people. The first is that we are living in a world that is flaunting sexual license. This is true not only in sins between male and female, but the perversion of sex in every abominable form. Secondly, the sexual desires brought on by […]

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The Covenant and Baptism

I.   Baptism a Sign and Seal of the Covenant A.  What is the covenant 1.  A relationship of friendship between God and His people a.  James 2:23, “And he (Abraham) was called the friend of God.” b.  Hosea 1:10, “In the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it […]

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Bearing Temptations

Temptation! The very word strikes fear in our hearts. They are the times in our lives when we as young people could make a terrible mistake. Some of these mistakes are terribly costly. It’s Friday evening, you are out cruising around with a car full of guys. Next to you at the red light, a […]

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Called to Faithful Church Membership

What does the church mean to you? Are you enthused about your church? Are you turned off? Are you glad where you are or do you complain a lot? This is what we want to talk about. The subject of the church tends to get a little complicated. This is true because we can look […]

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The Greatest is Love

One thing we surely can use more of is love. It makes such a difference. The tender hand of a mother as she washes the bloodied wound and gently bandages is love in action. Giggling children sitting on grandpa’s lap and cheering his aged soul is a personification of love. Ah, yes, it’s soon that […]

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Bearing Children Today

It used to be called a blessed event. Now one wonders. True, children are still born. Our hospitals have “delivery rooms” and the newspapers still report marriages, births, and deaths as usual. Yet, the fact remains that the average size of a household is below three for the first time in American history. The reason […]

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Called to the Ministry

The call to the ministry began before I was born. You see, it was a process, not some heavenly experience when an angel of light stood before me with oil to anoint. I can’t begin to designate a time when I first thought of the ministry. It was always with me. It all began when […]

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The Mark of a Disciple

Text: John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another, by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Discipleship is crucial in our day. True it is that the […]

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James 5

James 5   A.  Warning to the wicked rich (Verses 1-6) 1.   James here addresses the wicked rich a.   A man is not condemned because he is rich. There is no sin in riches itself. (1) There are children of God who are rich. Christ allows for this when He said, “It is easier for […]

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Genesis 50

(Continued from last issue) a) They would be in Egypt only temporarily, Canaan was their dwelling place. Jacob desired to rest in Canaan b) Even in burial, he would reside with his fathers.  This was a picture of  the abiding friendship with God and his people that even death could not sever. 3) Questions: Is […]

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Genesis 47-50

(Continued from last issue) b. Joseph took the initiative to have Jacob and his family settle in the land of Goshen. 1) He instructed his brethren to ask for this land. a) It would best fulfill their needs materially and spiritually. b) Even though Joseph was ruler, his father and brethren were guests in Egypt. […]

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Genesis 46, 47

3. Participants in this Descent  a. The general statement is made in Gen. 46:5-7, 26, 27.  b. The number was 70 souls: Jacob and his sons. 1) Of the children of Leah: 6 sons, 23 grandsons, 1 daughter (Dinah, unmarried) total 32. 2) Of the children of Zilpah (Leah’s maid): 2 sons, 11 grandsons, 2 […]

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Genesis 45,46

Genesis 45 Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers I. The disclosure (vss. 1-8). A. The event as such. 1. Why is the first reaction of the brothers to Joseph’s identification of himself one of terror? a. “they were troubled” (vs. 3) is, literally, “they were terrified.” b. That this terror was deeply rooted is indicated: […]

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Genesis 9 & 10

Gen. 9:18-10:32 God Preserves His Covenant Seed It would be a wrong conclusion to maintain that God purged the world of sin when He bathed the earth in the flood. To be sure He saved His church by purging the earth of her immediate enemy. Sin, however, was not dead. The very significance of the […]

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Genesis 9

God’s Covenant with Noah– Genesis 9:1 -17 God had performed a mighty, earth-shaking act in destroying the world with the flood. The fountains of the deep were broken and the windows of heaven were opened. Cresting the heaving sea was an ark adorned with God’s precious creatures. With waters abated, Noah offered the clean animals […]

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The Reformation and Denominations

This subject implies a relationship between the Reformation of 1517 and the vast number of denominations within the scope of Protestantism.  Though this has been and is assailed as a mark of failure on the part of the Protestant Reformation, I will attempt to show that the opposite is true, namely that the possibility of […]

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Certified Adoption

Frequently, adopted children face a deep crisis in their lives. I heard of such a case only recently. A young boy was about twelve years old, intelligent, and vibrant with life. He was active in school, and thoroughly enjoyed each day as it brought new challenges to him. Suddenly the vibrancy diminished and the luster […]

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Spectacles of the Word

When one is blind, the world lies in darkness.  He has no part in beholding the beauty of the rainbow, the symmetry of each flower, the colors splashed throughout the forest.  He cannot see the great advancements in the arts and sciences.  His eyes are blind. Of a less severe nature is one who has […]

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My parents said “NO”

Tom was all excited over the proposed trip to Chicago.  He and three of his boyfriends had made plans to leave Friday afternoon after school.  Jim could take his dad’s car.  They would stay in one of the famous hotels Friday night, and Saturday they would get their look at the big city.  They had […]

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