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Now What Do I Do?

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Eccl. 12:1, 13)   As you near the end of high school or embark on college, you are probably asking yourself, “What […]

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A Church From All Nations

The Young People of Trinity have picked for this year’s convention the theme “A Church From All Nations.” This is a good subject for young people, firstly, because the church should be the most important thing in your lives and as you learn about the church, you can grow in this area of your life. […]

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Your Use of the Internet

Discussion Outline for 2009 YP Convention What’s going on in your life? Are the internet and cell-phones necessities in life, or just tools? Answer this from the point of view of your life; how much are they are part of your life and how would you do without them? What are some of the positive […]

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Rev. Rodney Kleyn is Pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This essay was written for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship when he was a seminary student. Why preach in a Protestant Reformed Church? One of the main reasons, which especially the young male readers of the Beacon Lights ought to consider, is that […]

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Teaching Christ in the Catechism Room

Rodney is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. A scholarship essay for 2000. Central to all catechetical instruction is the teaching and preaching of Christ and His cross. The reasons for this, the “why?” of teaching Christ in the catechism room, are two. First, Catechism is preaching, and second, covenant children […]

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Parental Involvement In Christian Education

Rodney is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. 1999 scholarship essay. Parental involvement in every aspect of the Christian education of children is crucially important. It is so crucially important because of the covenant. Christian education is covenant education. It is also important because Christian education, properly understood, is parental education. […]

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Many churches today are introducing into their worship services all sorts of elements which are foreign to the Scriptures. In this paper we will see what proper worship is, as well as what the elements of worship ought to be. We will then look at contemporary trends of worship and compare them to proper worship, […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

February 1 Read Proverbs 1:1-19. The Book of Proverbs is God’s book of wisdom. It is His book of wisdom for His church. As members of the church we ought to use this book. The usefulness of the Proverbs is pointed out in the opening verses of the book. We can use the Proverbs to […]

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The Importance of Family Time

The family is under attack from the devil and from the world. The devil knows that the heartbeat of the Church is the cov­enant family. The devil knows that if he can abol­ish the family unit from off the earth, he has also rid the world of the Church. He is working hard at it. […]

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Borrowing Money

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7   Our text says: “The rich ruleth over the poor.” There are two classes of people mentioned here, the rich and the poor. Those who are rich are the upper class. This class, who have more in earthly possessions, […]

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John Davenant (1576-1641)

The Canons of Dordt (1619) is the third of the three confessions in the Three Forms of Unity. It was formulated at the Synod of Dordt (1618-1619) in response to the rise, in the Dutch churches, of doctrines which were heretical and which contradicted the earlier confessions of the church, the Belgic Confession (1561), and […]

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Why Go to Church?

It is the practice of Christians to go to church. But why? The answer to this lies in the very name Christian. What is a Christian? If you were to look in a dictionary the definition would be something like this: “a follower of Christ, pertaining to Christ,” or something of that nature. Who then […]

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The Church in Tasmania

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia is a small denomination consisting of six congregations in three of the eastern states of our country. Three are in Tasmania where the denomination originated from and three are on mainland Australia. One of these is in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, and two in Queensland, the […]

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An Outside Impression

The topic of the 1993 Protestant Reformed Young Peoples Convention was ‘Spiritual Youth in a Carnal World’. Rev. A. Spriensma spoke on Spiritual Youth in Entertainment. He brought across to us that our life as young Christians is not governed by a bunch of rules, but that we are in entertainment, in work and in […]

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