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2023 Federation Board Update

Greetings from the Federation Board!  As representatives of the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies, we would like to provide some insight into who we are and what we do.  As stated in the constitution of the Federation Board, our purpose is to: 1) enable all Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies to work in close unity; […]

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Wayward Son 

A father sat with hidden face,  His sobbing shoulders shaking.  Drops from his beard rolled down his robes.  Beneath, his heart fell, breaking.    “My son…my son…” the warrior choked,  Upon the chief of all his woes.  His voice sunk down through hands stained red,  With more blood than his foes.    A spot along […]

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Judging

Does the Bible forbid or allow one human to judge another human in light of Matthew 7:1, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” In general, today’s society advocates tolerance. Every person is believed to have the right to determine good and evil for themselves and may do so without any opposition from another. We […]

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Prayer

  Read James 5:13–20   Idea of Prayer What is prayer? Who can pray? (John 9:31) Why pray when God knows everything already? Does prayer actually change things?   Necessity of Prayer Is prayer important? Why so?  (Psalm 50:14–15) Why must we pray for each other? James 5.   If prayer is so important, why […]

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A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our Helper He amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe; And armed with cruel hate, His craft and power are great. On earth is not his equal.   Did we in our own strength […]

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Step by Step

He does not lead me year by year, Not even day by day. But step by step my path unfolds. My Lord directs my way. Tomorrow’s plans I do not know, I only know this minute. But he will say, “this is the way By faith, now walk ye in it.” And I am glad […]

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The Devil and the End Times

Rev 12:9, 12–13, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.  Woe to the inhabiters of the earth […]

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The Devil and Pop Culture

Leviticus 18:3–5 “After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do:  and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.  Ye shall do my judgments and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am […]

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The Devil and Our Relationships

Our Lord and heavenly Father has seen fit in his infinite wisdom and counsel to bless us with relationships.  This is born out of the perfect fellowship and communion that he enjoys in his triune self.  We have so many and varied relationships in our lives that serve to test and strengthen our faith and […]

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Convention Discussion Outlines

#1: Awareness in the Last Days Reading: 2 Timothy 3 Are we in the last days? What do you see around you that shows that we are in the last days? Why do we need to be aware of these signs of the last days? What are false ideas about the end of the world […]

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Bless This House

Within these bright and solid walls, God holds a golden key; to rooms of safety, warmth and pride, a place called “family”. May all our days be filled with trust, nights blessed from up above, and as the years pass tenderly, may this roof shelter love. From month to year… from friend to kin, God […]

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Walking in Love

2 John 5–6, “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye […]

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Not Ashamed of the Truth

2 John 1–4, “The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us forever. Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the […]

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Dealing With False Teachers

2 John 7–13, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in […]

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Who Is On the Lord’s Side?

The history of the church is filled with examples of wicked and riotous living.  It is a cycle of sin, God’s judgment, Israel’s repentance, and God’s redemption.  The same can be said of the New Testament church.  From Revelation, in the letters to the seven churches, we learn of the different stages and ways of […]

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Out of This Life

Out of this life I’m unable to take Things of silver and gold I make. All that I cherish and hoard away, And I leave, on this earth must stay. All that I gather, and all that I keep, I must leave behind when I fall asleep. And I wonder often what I shall own […]

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Church Membership

To be Reformed is to have a high view of church membership; and not just membership for its own sake, but membership in the true, instituted church of Jesus Christ where the marks of the true church are clearly discerned.  Lively, active church membership and diligent use of the means of grace are ideas that […]

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Discussion on the Canons

This discussion is reprinted from the first issue of Beacon Lights, January, 1941. It asks and answers some very important questions about creeds and confessions that we must know. This discussion is continued in the four installments of Beacon Lights following January 1941. You can see them at beaconlights.org. A couple of typing mistakes found in the original […]

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The Christian and Facebook

Some statistics: • 54% of teens between the ages of 13 and 14 have a Facebook account. On average, teens between the ages of 15 and 17 spend 20 hours a week on Facebook. From April 2008 to April 2009, total minutes spent on Facebook increased from 1.7 billion minutes to 13.9 billion minutes–an increase […]

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Proper Judging in a Time of Tolerance

To judge is to make a pronouncement of what is right or wrong. The common view today is that we may not judge, but rather are to show tolerance. We must accept homosexuality as a viable lifestyle, abortion as a personal choice and drunkenness as a fun past time. The world openly embraces all manner […]

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Honoring Authority

As creator of all things, God has the ultimate authority and he has given this authority to men to accomplish his purpose and good pleasure. This authority of man is always subject to God’s authority, and this is found in the Bible as God’s revelation of himself and his will for our lives. Read these […]

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Godly Esteem of Self and Others

Many of God’s people have either a poor self-image, or proud self-confidence. At the same time, we often use a wrong standard when evaluating others. Our goal in this discussion is 1) to promote proper self-image and godly confidence by learning to see ourselves as God sees us, and 2) to promote a godly way […]

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There are several reasons why we need to understand Genesis 1, and how to defend 24-hour creation. First, Genesis 1 begins with “in the beginning.” This is the beginning of God’s sovereign plan of salvation which he would work through his son for his people. Secondly, it is likely that we will be exposed to a creation heresy, […]

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