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Of all the months of the year, none has greater significance for the church of God, has more to say to us, carries with it more sentiment, than this month of December, which is with us once again. How soon! How time does fly! First of all, first also in the minds of young and […]

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The Incarnation

“And the Word was made flesh.” John 1:14a Incarnation! What a miracle, and what a mystery! It means: coming into or being clothed with flesh. We might, of course, also speak of the birth of Christ. However, that is not enough. The mere word—birth—does not express what really happened in that wonderful stable. Every person […]

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Christian Living

Never does the difference between the church and the world, the Christian and the unbeliever, reveal itself more strikingly than it does on New Years Eve, the night of December 31. In its vain and foolish attempt to banish from its mind all thoughts of the end and in its anticipation of a new year […]

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Genesis 31

Genesis 31 A. Jacob’s complaint—verses 1-8. a. Why had Laban’s countenance changed?—verse 2. What do we read of Laban’s sons? Why did they complain? Were they carnal as their father, afraid, perhaps, that their inheritance was suffering? b. Who commanded Jacob to return to the land of his fathers? Would Jacob’s departure be difficult and […]

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Genesis 28-30

Genesis 28 A. Isaac blesses Jacob and sends him to Padanaram. 1. Introduction a. Jacob obtained Isaac’s blessing through fraud. We mean that Jacob deceived his father, regardless now of the question whether Isaac was actually deceived or not. b. What does this emphasize? It emphasizes that God blessed Jacob in spite of his fraud. […]

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Genesis 27

Genesis 27 Jacob and Padanaram— A. Isaac’s determination to bless Esau— Genesis 27:1-4 1. Isaac’s old age. a. Compare Gen. 27:46 with Gen. 26:34 and 25:26. How old was Isaac when Esau married Judith and Bashemath? b. Compare Gen. 41:46, 47; 45:6 and 47:9. How old was Jacob approximately when Joseph was born? c. Joseph […]

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Sober Discernment

In the February issue of our Beacon Lights, the associate editor of this magazine, H. W. Kuiper, wrote an editorial entitled: The Need for Protestant Reformed High Schools. This article had been criticized in subsequent issues of our Beacon Lights. And that part of the editorial which has been the principle target of this criticism […]

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The Second Resurrection

What comfort doth the “resurrection of the body” afford thee? That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its head; but also, that this my body, being raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and made like unto the glorious body of Christ. […]

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The Hour

“Father, the hour is come.” – John 17:1 What a terrible hour that was – the hour of suffering and death, of Gethsemane and Golgotha! Jesus and His disciples are on their way to Gethsemane.  The last Passover had been celebrated – and the first Lord’s Supper, too.  The last discourse of Jesus to His […]

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The Resurrection and the Life (2)

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life:  he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.  Believest thou this?” Believest thou this? “I am the resurrection and the life.”  To know Me is to know the Father.  […]

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The Resurrection and the Life (1)

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25a. “I am the resurrection and the life.” These familiar but marvelous words of Jesus express the theme of this entire beautiful eleventh chapter of John, the record of the miraculous raising of Lazarus from the dead. You well know the setting. The […]

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The Incarnation

“And the Word was made flesh.” John 1: 14a Incarnation! What a miracle, and what a mystery! It means: coming into or being clothed with flesh. We might, of course, also speak of the birth of Christ. However, that is not enough. The mere word “birth” does not express what really happened in that wonderful […]

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Coming to the Father

“no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” – John 14:6b Few chapters in all the Word of God are more touching, more tender and loving, than this 14th chapter of John. Spoken as it was in the very shadow of the cross, this is not surprising, The hearts of the disciples are troubled […]

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Teaching Our Children from God’s Word

How very often Scripture comes to us in one form or another with this same injunction! Besides, you promised it, did you not? The question was asked each time you presented a child for baptism: “Whether you promise and intend to see these children, when come to the years of discretion, instructed and brought up […]

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Therefore… For… But…

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”             “For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:  for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”             “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: […]

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Don’t Worry

“Therefore take no thought . . . . “ Matthew 6:31 The times wherein we are living are difficult and from many points of view most critical. Perhaps they are not times such as God’s people have experienced in the past, times of persecution and death, or war and epidemic and famine. Even so, also […]

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Desire the Sincere Milk of the Word

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” I Peter 2:2   Mark every word, every phrase!  The language is simple; a little child can understand it.  Yet, the meaning is tremendous.  Here is an exhortation no child of God, old or young, can afford to neglect.  “As […]

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Hold Fast!

Jesus Himself, is speaking here, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write.”  The glorified Savior is speaking to the apostle John on the isle of Patmos.  “These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and […]

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The House of the Lord

“One thing have I desired…; that I May dwell in the house of the Lord…” Psalm 27: 4   We often read and hear about the “house of the Lord.”  We often speak of it, especially in connection with divine worship; even with reference to our material visible church home. Really, what is the house […]

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Laying Down His Life For the Sheep

“and I lay down my life for the sheep” John 10:15b   Of course He does!  For many glorious reasons. “I am the good shepherd,” so He speaks in the preceding verse, “and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”  He knows, recognizes and acknowledges them as His own; and they know, recognize and […]

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Others…Not Himself

Himself He cannot save! How true!  All men say it, church and world alike.  Looking at Calvary, that’s one thing that strikes us.  He went on, never thinking for even one moment of coming down from that cross.  He went on, until He had left His life on that tree and had poured out His […]

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Whosoever Will

Let him take, drink, receive, believe, appropriate, and live forever! The waters of life!  Christ Himself crucified and raised from the dead!  The Spirit of Christ, through whom all the blessings of redemption are bestowed!  Those blessings themselves of knowledge and wisdom, life and glory, righteousness and holiness, as administered in and through the living […]

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Taking the Water of Life

Whosoever!  Any one!  Man or woman, Jew or Gentile, bond or free, young or old, rich or poor, it makes no difference.  With God there is no respect of persons. Whosoever will!  That does make the difference. Let him take the water of life freely! Life!  What is it? Who among men is able to […]

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Perfect Submission

“yet He opened not His mouth.”  Isaiah 53:7b   The exact words these are which the Ethiopian eunuch was reading, when Philip the Evangelist met him, in the desert, on the way from Jerusalem to Gaza, and expounded to him the Gospel concerning the Christ of God. Remember that beautiful story? An angel of the […]

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More Than Conquerors

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:37.   “Nay,   Separate from the love of Christ?  The love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord?  A love so deep, so divine, that it sent the Only Begotten Son of the Father to the […]

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