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Little Lights: Go to the Ant

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. – Proverbs 6:6-8   For school-age children, you are now going back to school this month after the summer break. Adults are going […]

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Little Lights: Lord’s Supper

Every four months in the Protestant Reformed Churches, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. All the confessing members of the church—both men and women—participate by eating the bread and drinking the wine. As children, you might not think too much about the Lord’s Supper since you haven’t made confession of faith yet. But this is an […]

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Little Lights: Baptism

In the Old Testament, fathers were instructed to circumcise their sons eight days after the baby boy had been born. It was a sign of the covenant that involved blood. It reminded the parents that blood needed to be shed to save their children from sin. Back then in the Old Testament, they were still […]

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Little Lights: Fathers in the Bible

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. – Psalm 103:13 In the United States, we celebrate Father’s Day in June, a day to celebrate fathers and grandfathers. In the Bible, fatherhood is used as a picture of God’s fatherhood of us, His adopted children. This is a […]

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Little Lights: Mothers in the Bible

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. – Proverbs 31:28 In the United States, we celebrate Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate mothers and grandmothers. As Christians, we especially celebrate our Godly mothers and grandmothers. The Bible tells the story of many faithful covenant mothers: Eve, the […]

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Little Lights: TULIP

In the spring, we watch eagerly as the snow melts and the flowers grow from the ground. One of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring is the tulip. While we often associate tulips with the Netherlands, they were originally from southern Europe and Central Asia. The bulb was introduced to western Europe in […]

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Little Lights: The Psalter (6)

The 1912 Psalter was the product of nine denominations working together to provide a single Psalter for use in their congregations. The times have been few when God has given so many Reformed denominations to work together. Yet, even then, three of the nine denominations were already moving toward hymn-singing along with psalm-singing in church. […]

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Little Lights: Get Understanding

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. – Prov. 3:13-14   By now, it is March in a long school year. It has been months since Christmas break, and it […]

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Little Lights: Upon the Earth (1): The Lion

Four Great Things Upon the Earth (1): The Lion There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any. — Proverbs 30:29–30   The mighty lion prowled the savannah. As he moved, his muscles rippled beneath his gleaming, golden […]

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The Psalter (3): The Geneva Psalter

The Wittenberg Hymnal was comprised of songs that were inspired by the Psalms and other parts of the Bible, but they were not as close word-for-word as possible. Nor did this songbook have a song and tune for every Psalm in the Bible.   When John Calvin fled to Strasburg, Germany in 1538, he set out […]

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The Psalter (2): Wittenberg Hymnal 

Before the Reformation, singing in church was often done by a group of performers instead of the whole congregation. The Reformers believed that the whole congregation should sing to give praise to God together and be an active part of worship.   By 1524, only seven years after the Reformation began, Martin Luther, working with a […]

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