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Foreign Missions in the Philippines

Introduction  After several years of investigation and development by the Foreign Mission Committee (FMC), in 2001 our PRCA synod approved the proposal of the FMC that a mission field be opened in the Philippines, with the Doon PRC as the calling church. Since then, Rev. Audred Spriensma (2002–7), Rev. Daniel Kleyn (2009–23), Rev. Daniel Holstege […]

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Walking in the Light

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:6-7). […]

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I Have Enough!

The world declares to you, young brothers and sisters, that you never have enough and that you always need more: “More! More! More! Of what God has not given you, of what God has not promised, and of what God has not willed for you to have, you need that and need more of that.”  […]

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Rev. Richard J. Smit

Like many other second generation Dutch Canadians, my story would not be complete if I did not begin it with the immigration of my parents from “the old country.” In 1951, a young fellow of 17 years and his mother, left the island of Terschelling in Friesland, the Netherlands, to immigrate to Canada. These were […]

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A Child of the Reformation

I am a child of the I6lh century Reformation. I make known that fact with the least hesitation. My spiritual fathers had an inheritance so grand Now given to me wherein by grace alone I stand.   Blessed is that heritage, a great wealth untold, Incomparable even to all of the creation’s gold. The Scriptures […]

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Too Many!

This article was inadvertently missed for the September issue and belongs before the article which appeared in September. We apologize for the confusion. That was the problem with Gideon’s army. Gideon did not see the numbers he had as a problem. Obviously, the men did not see the problem either. Though Gideon and his men […]

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The Sword of the LORD and of Gideon

Gideon returned from the camp of the Midianites in a strong faith that the LORD was with him and that the Word of the LORD would surely come to pass. Swiftly Gideon moves into action as the leader of Jehovah’s little army of 300 men. However, leading the small band against the host of the […]

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A Tumbling Loaf of Barley Bread

If you were at the bottom of a big hill, would you be afraid of a little loaf of barley bread tumbling down the hillside towards you? Perhaps you would not be. However, in the passage we look at this time there was a tumbling loaf of barley bread which struck fear in the hearts […]

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The Wet and the Dry

In Judges 6:34a we read that “the spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon.” The LORD clothed Gideon in the Spirit of the LORD in order to qualify and equip him with the spiritual strength needed for the battle. The Spirit of the LORD would be his full suit of armour, his coat of mail, […]

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Gideon Tested and Ready for Battle

In Judges 7:25-32, we learn of the next important stage of the history of Gideon as the God appointed deliverer of His people. Immediately, one naturally wonders whether Gideon was ready for his work as deliverer. Would Gideon, as so many did in that time, do what was right in his own eyes, or would […]

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Gideon Appointed Under Jehovah’s Banner

That banner was unfurled over a dark moment in Israel’s history. At the time, the Midianites covered the land like a blanket of innumerable grasshoppers (Judges 6:5). Israel had been greatly plundered and oppressed because of the Midianites. What was particularly stinging about the oppression was the fact that this situation was on account of […]

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Little Children, No Idols!

Me? A little child? Having read the title, perhaps you may conclude already that this article does not apply since you’re are not a little child anymore. Perhaps you wonder if the author is holding the young people in low esteem by calling them “little children.” Before we in haste turn the page, we must […]

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In Everything Give Thanks!

Once a year on “Thanksgiving Day” is not the idea of the title. Our duty of thanks is not fulfilled only on this past October 12 for our young people in Canada, nor is it fulfilled only on November 26 for our young people in the United States of America. That Word of God sums […]

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Joy in Bible Study

Bible study is work. It is not “fun,” but difficult and strenuous work. It is that for many reasons, but especially because of the weakness of our flesh. To the flesh, searching the Scriptures is boring, unnecessary, too difficult, and is repulsive. Over against our rebellious flesh, Scripture declares that the study of Scripture in […]

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Every Protestant Reformed young person knows that when the calendar changes to September, there will have been, or this coming Lord’s Day there will be, an announcement in the bulletin that new catechism books will be distributed and assignments handed out. For a period of 30 weeks Protestant Reformed young people will descend into their […]

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Shouldest Thou…Love Them that Hate the LORD?

Introduction  A prophet walked into the beautiful palace in Jerusalem. When summoned by the king into the throne room, the prophet boldly proclaimed the Word of the LORD, “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.”1 What had the king done wrong […]

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