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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Thursday: Intense Suffering

            Jerusalem was filled with activity.  Devout Jews from all over the “world” had converged on the city to celebrate the most important of three annual festivals on the Jewish calendar, the feast of unleavened bread with its Passover feast.  It was the day of Passover.  The vendors in the markets were busy selling lambs […]

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Being Bold in the Lord

As most of you, I was born and raised in a typical Protestant Reformed family. I was a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church (now Crete) and attended the Protestant Reformed grade school. We did not have our own high school yet, so my parents sent me to the local Christian high school. There […]

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Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma

On December 12, 1953, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma was born in Lansing, Illinois. His parents are Wilbur and Dorthy Bruinsma. He grew up in his hometown of Lansing, although he lived for a few years in South Holland. He attended South Holland Protestant Reformed Church until he left to go to pre-seminary at the age of […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (2)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In the last issue, Rev. Bruinsma explained “comfort” and “hope” as gifts from God. He defined comfort as “encouragement and strength when I feel insecure. And, best of all, comfort is this certain deep-down consolation that I receive from God when I am hurting or face […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999 What is the use? What is the point in all of this? Our ministers and our denomination keep driving home this “truth” thing. It does not seem as if anyone else around worries their head all that much about the truth. We must know the truth, […]

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The Sabbath: A Perpetual Covenant

What a wonderful command God has given His church in the fourth commandment! It is one that believers cherish and enjoy keeping! “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” This is the one commandment that Jehovah repeated just before Moses came down from Mt. Sinai. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, […]

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The Calling of Young in the Church and Home

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” Proverbs 8:32, 33   There is nothing more comforting or reassuring than to know that God is our sovereign Friend! God’s covenant friendship in the line of generations is a […]

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Seeking a Godly Spouse

The following is the body of a speech given by Rev. Bruinsma for an area-wide Bible seminar at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. I assume most of us here have not come just to hear an interesting speech on dating. If we are parents, then we are concerned with giving wise counsel to our young […]

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Living with a View to the End

While working in my study one day in Jamaica, my children came in all excited.  They took me by the arm and dragged me into the backyard in order to show me something they had discovered.  We had an old rundown fire pit there with gaps, holes and chips in the mortar joints between the […]

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Preparing the Church for Christmas

How do I, a minister of the Gospel, having my roots in the Reformation (in particular the Reformation under John Calvin) prepare my congregation for the celebration of Christmas?  At first I felt that such a question placed me in somewhat an awkward position; especially considering that John Calvin among other prominent Reformers encouraged a […]

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Proper Use of God-Given Wealth

The ten-year old boy burst through the door, erupting with excitement, “Mom, the neighbor gave me two dollars for shoveling the snow off her sidewalk!”  He opened his hand to reveal eight shiny quarters stuck to the palm of his glove. “Pretty good,” his mother responded with a smile.  “Why don’t you put the money […]

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Called to Moral Purity

Young people of the 1982 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention, we live in a rapidly changing world. It is not difficult for you and me to see that this is especially true with respect to sin. Not that sin has become any worse today than it has in the past. Sin is sin. But it […]

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Proper Enthusiasm for our Schools

It is good when young people are interested in our own Christian schools. It is good not only because many of them attend our own schools now, but also because the future of our schools will soon be in their hands when they in turn marry and have children. For this reason, a proper enthusiasm […]

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Jehovah Builds the House

A new house is being built. The foundations have been poured and the house is under construction. Already the house is beginning to take shape. The builders are busy: the mason is carefully laying another course of brick, the carpenters have nailed together the studs and lifted the walls, the plumber works in the basement […]

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The 1981 Convention

I was asked by the Beacon Lights staff to give the readers my impressions of the past convention. Evidently they felt that I as the retiring spiritual advisor of the Federation Board and as a minister of one of the host societies would be able to give you the inside scoop from a minister’s point […]

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Thoughts Concerning Pastoral Care

While in Seminary the students receive a course entitled Poimenics. The purpose of this course is set forth in the syllabus used for study. It is “to prepare the student as much as possible for his calling and duties as a Pastor of the sheep of Christ.” The course deals with the labors of a […]

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Respect Goes Both Ways

I.    Passages to Consider A.  Respect of children for their parents: Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 20:9; Proverbs 1:8&9; 23:22-26; 30:17; Matthew 15:4-6; Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:20. B.  Respect of parents for children: I Samuel 2:12-36; 3:11-14; Deuteronomy 6:6-12; Proverbs 22:6; 23:13-14; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21. II.   The Basis of this Respect. A.  What is it to […]

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