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Overcoming Spiritual Lethargy

Spiritual lethargy is a weapon used by Satan to weaken our faith and to damage our relationship with God and our neighbor. Maybe you’ve heard this term before in a sermon or during a discussion at young people’s meetings. Lethargy is a lack of energy or enthusiasm. Spiritual lethargy is specifically a lack of energy […]

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Need for a Personal Relationship with God

I’ve heard mentioned by some of my peers a general discontentment with church matters, and I’ve often had similar feelings. In Bible studies, sermons, or perhaps even this magazine’s articles, it all seems repetitive, even to the point that “I never learn anything new.” Some of us express a concern that there is little development […]

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Champion of God

Weary soldiers in the faith, do you cry out in pain and travail? Does the warfare waged by the serpent cause your heart to become tired from fighting, even troubled? All saints throughout the extended history of God’s established church have experienced, to varying degrees, the stress placed on their souls to conform to this […]

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Creating a Life of Thanks

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:20)   Give thanks always. Give thanks for all things. This is an incredible calling, but also a very hard calling. Thanks does not come naturally to us. It is something we have to work very […]

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Taking Up the Shield of Faith

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Eph. 6:16)  In Ephesians 6, Paul writes about the armor of God as a picture of spiritual equipment. In this article we are particularly interested in one piece of that armor: the shield of […]

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Footwear of the Gospel

“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” (Eph. 6:15)  Have you ever tried to play basketball with soccer cleats on? Or go for a long hike wearing flip-flops? No matter how well you have trained for these activities, the wrong footwear can render all of that training useless. Footwear is […]

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Breastplate of Righteousness

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.” (Eph. 6:14)    If you were to look at a Roman soldier, the breastplate would likely be one of the last things you would notice about his armor. His helmet features a colorful plume, and his shield bears a […]

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Value of Friendship 

“We should hang out sometime. We really should keep in touch.”    Conversations like these are often when we realize that a once-vibrant friendship is faltering. Circumstances have changed, and as much as we speak of the desire, neither of us is willing to go out of our way to maintain the relationship. But while it […]

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I want to be that man

“I Want to Be That Man” is the title of a song that the Voices of Victory sang a few years back. It’s been one of my favorite songs to listen to ever since. I like how the notes blend together and the way the group sang this song, but I didn’t truly understand what […]

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Biblical manhood for the young Christian man

To the men reading this article, God made you a man. A simple statement. In AD 2023, however, this truth of God’s word is attacked relentlessly. Scripture tells us that in the beginning, he made humanity as “male and female” (Gen. 1:27) and looking upon his creation beheld that it was “very good” (v. 31). […]

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Threats to Biblical Manhood

Men in the church have a divine calling to immerse themselves in God’s word and to be a commendable testimony to those around them. While this calling is ultimately the duty of all believers, men and women alike, we will focus here on applying the calling to young men. As a man of God, it […]

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A Man’s Reliance on God

As a Christian man, it can be difficult at times to see the direction that your life is going. This difficulty can be in pursuing a career you’ve been working toward, earning a college degree, establishing or maintaining a relationship with a woman, or fighting through a personal struggle. It can be easy to get […]

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Regenerated and Sanctified Believer

Believer, how often do you fall into sin knowing that what you are doing is wrong, but still pursuing the lusts of the flesh? Do you despair because sin at times is so prominent in your life? But do you also strive to glorify God in your life by living according to his word? Do […]

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Comfort of double predestination

The topic on which I have been asked to write, though not exclusively a Protestant Reformed distinctive, is a fundamental one for the Reformed faith. After all, in the Canons of Dordt election is called “the fountain of every saving good, from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal […]

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Suffering for well-doing

A couple years ago I traveled with some friends to the state of Washington. We flew into the city of Seattle and stayed there for a few days before traveling elsewhere. One night as my friend and I rode bikes down the streets of Seattle, we had the occasion to chat with a couple of […]

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Why We Care  Approximately one in ten people experience a depressive disorder at some point in their life. For some people, it’s sudden, severe, and fades over time. For others, it’s gradual, moderate, and chronic. The fact is, there are many people in your church who are experiencing some form of depression. And yet, it […]

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Benefits of using multiple translations

As English-speaking Christians, we have unbelievable wealth in the various Bible translations at our disposal. A few years ago, I picked up a multivolume English Standard Version (ESV) Reader’s Bible with the goal of reading through the Bible in another translation for the first time in my life. I could not have anticipated how beneficial […]

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Importance of a healthy prayer life

How healthy is your personal prayer life? It is safe to say that we have all at some point struggled to consistently maintain this spiritual practice. There are times in our lives when we become overly comfortable and content with only participating in public or family prayer, meanwhile neglecting our responsibility to be involved in […]

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Memorizing the Bible

The focus of this article is the value of memorizing the Bible. But to begin, I want to briefly defend the practice of memorization itself, since it is a discipline often despised today.  Memorization has largely fallen by the wayside in today’s society. We have outsourced our memory by using technology. For example, I don’t […]

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Scripture speaks often of the importance of humility in the life of a Christian. Christ himself, the greatest preacher and teacher to walk this earth, set forth a beautiful example of perfect humility. First Peter 5:5 teaches us to be subject one to another, and to be clothed with humility. Show from scripture the nature […]

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Glorifying God in Our Giving

Just over six thousand years ago, our universe did not exist. The world as we know it was empty, unformed, and enveloped in darkness. It can be difficult to even imagine this, but there was no measure of time, no geological formations, and no human or animal life. There was absolutely nothing—except the presence of […]

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Take up the cross but enjoy life!

For some time I have wrestled internally about how, as a Christian, I can synthesize the calling to take up my cross in following Christ and the desire to enjoy this short life here on earth. Many unbelievers see these as being direct opposites. I for one, before conversion, saw the Bible and following Christ […]

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Up, Up, and Away! The Cost of Living

Up, up, and away! In case you haven’t noticed, that’s the storyline these days as prices continue to rise across the economy and inflation shoots up to its highest level in nearly four decades. From groceries to gas and housing to Hondas, rising prices are sending shockwaves across our country.   Without geographic boundaries, today’s rising […]

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