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Covenant Breaking

The very worst sin of which a person can make himself guilty is the sin of covenant breaking. Adultery, murder, drunkenness, homosexuality—these are not the worst sins that a person can commit. Although we can be rightfully horrified over these sins of the flesh, the sin that ought to cause us to be especially horrified […]

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Rejoicing in God Personally

How does God speak to us in Scripture about rejoicing? Sometimes he speaks to us in the form of a command: “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). Sometimes he speaks in the form of a declaration, announcing that we, as his people, are in a joyful or blessed situation. […]

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A discouraged prophet

But he himself [Elijah] went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.  (1 Kings 19:4)  The history of […]

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Preserved by Jehovah

Note: This article is a modified version of a graduation address delivered for Hope PRCS in Walker, MI, in June 2021. The eighth grade class text was Isaiah 43:2, and the class theme “Preserved by Jehovah.” “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow […]

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I trust that you young people who love the Protestant Reformed churches love the heritage that God has given to you in the doctrine of the covenant.  If we love the Protestant Reformed churches but do not know, love, confess, and defend the biblical doctrine of the covenant that our fathers have taught us, then […]

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Herman Hoeksema (HH), the minister of the gospel whom Jesus Christ used to found the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRC), is little recognized by the Reformed and Presbyterian community of churches or, with the rare exception, by prominent Reformed or Presbyterian theologians. Indeed, there is a conspiracy of silence, to keep him hidden from […]

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Not every question can be answered by appealing directly to a text of scripture. The Bible has nothing to say about the modern practice of voting. At the time when the Bible was written, the government was either a theocracy, where God ruled in Israel through a hereditary monarchy and priesthood, or God’s people were […]

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The Institution and Function of the Civil Government The subject we explore in this article is the civil government. A wide range of perspectives on government exists both in the world and in the church. Many are quite negative. It is important for Reformed young people to have a biblically informed perspective on government. To […]

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2 Timothy 2:2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Note: In early November 2019, Mr. Jim Regnerus, principal of Trinity Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, asked me to give a chapel speech to […]

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Unconditionally Chosen Unto Salvation

Although it is today universally denied, young people, the truth of man’s total depravity is a basic truth of Scripture. God told Adam that if he would eat of the forbidden fruit he would die that very day. Paul, in Ephesians 2:1 tells the Ephesians that before God quickened them, that is, made them alive, […]

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The Earthquake at Jesus’ Death

There were two earthquakes that took place within the span of three days. The epicenter of both was near Jerusalem. The first earthquake occurred late Friday afternoon (Matt. 27:51) and the second took place early the following Sunday morning (Matt. 28:2). The first marked the death of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God (Matt. […]

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In my first article, I explained and proved five basics of good communication— logical speech, face-to-face interaction, attentive listening, truthfulness, and depth of content. I took the time and space to do so to aid us in honest evaluation of whether our use of technology has been detrimental to our good communication. I pray that […]

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About eight years ago, I remember sitting in a restaurant on a date with my wife, discussing a disturbing phenomenon surrounding us. People-watching being a bad habit of ours, we had noticed around us young dating couples, husbands and wives, families with children, sitting around their respective tables, eyes fixated not on each other in […]

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What’s in Your Bible? Fish

Some General Fish Facts from the Bible: Last time we looked at boats in the Bible; let’s go beneath the boat this time and look at fish. Can you name some different kinds of fish? I will: salmon, walleye, garibaldi, and bluegill.  The Bible names none.  The Bible names many different kinds of birds (ie., […]

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Exercising Holy Discernment

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” I Thessalonians 5:21 He was on the brink of forsaking his faith. For the first twenty years of his life, he had been a member of a conservative Christian family, community, school, and church, and thereby formally educated in the Reformed faith. As early as he […]

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What’s in Your Bible? Boats

I’d like to use this rubric for a time in exploration and explanation of interesting things – especially tangible objects – that appear in the Bible and often in the historical narrative passages.  Typically in our preaching, teaching and studying of the scriptures in which we are searching for the spiritual, gospel truth of the […]

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The Attack of Amalek on Young Israel

Young people, Amalek is coming to attack you and to destroy you utterly. Are you ready to fight? Is your sword in your hand? Are you following Jesus, your brave captain? Is Jehovah your banner? According to the text Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Amalek was a nation in southern Canaan made […]

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Living as Lights in the World

Ephesians 5:8 I began this speech by commending the young adults who attended the retreat for their exemplary behavior, for their ability to get along with each other, and especially for their love for the Word of God. I told them that they had shown themselves to be what Ephesians 5:8 talked about: “light in […]

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Jehovah’s Laughter (2)

Last time I began an examination of the biblical teaching that Jehovah laughs. I took note of the outstanding passages in Scripture where this is taught. I explained as well that Jehovah’s laughter is directed against the ungodly, reprobate opponents of himself, his Christ, and his kingdom. That Jehovah laughs is beyond dispute. That he […]

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Jehovah’s Laughter (1)

I remember distinctly two stories about laughter. One of my seminary professors told the story to his students about when he was preaching on the humanity of Jesus Christ and mentioned the human things that Scripture says Jesus did. After stating that Jesus ate, drank, wept, and tired, he said that Jesus laughed. After the […]

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You Are Being Watched

You are being watched.  Remember that. With surveillance cameras nearly omnipresent, including those coursing through the heavens, you are being watched by the government and others.  However, to such watching I do not refer. By the ungodly world you are being watched.  For, “a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” (Matt. […]

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Holding Fast Our Profession

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the             heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Hebrews 4:14   Young people today, more than ever before, are being tempted to leave what they profess. Quite often it is in the way of marrying someone […]

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An Exhortation to Walk Honestly

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation (I Peter 2:11, 12). Peter […]

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