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Rendering to Caesar

At this time of year we again see the voting for the president of the United States of America.  We need to remember that no matter who becomes our next president, whether it is Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton, we must show respect to that person.  In Mark 12:17 Christ dealt with the Pharisees who […]

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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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The Battle Against Disrespect

Sometimes it’s hard as a young person to be submissive to my elders and respectful to those in authority, especially my parents. I don’t know why I think I can get away with disrespecting my mom and dad—maybe it’s because I’m closer to them than I am with my teachers and others, and I feel […]

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Respect for Authority

Sarah is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. She wrote this essay for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship. “Why should I?” “Who made you the boss of me?” “I do not have to listen to you!” These responses along with many other disrespectful retorts are increasing at a disturbing rate among children […]

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The Authority Challenge

February the sixteenth is President’s Day. Our president has at his disposal more power and resources than any other man in the world. Of the available candidates, the people of the United States have judged him to be the best suited to use this power for the good of the country and its citizens. Would […]

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Honor and Respect

We have lost something in our churches when the young do not address the older members as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” It may seem small and insignificant, but the absence of this simple address is a sign of a problem with disobeying God. God commands children to honor their parents and He also calls children and […]

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An Introduction

What would you decide in these situations? Your minister is preaching. In the course of the sermon he admonishes the congregation to imitate a particular lifestyle. Although he claims the text requires this obedience, you are not at all convinced that the text teaches it. Must you go along with what he preached, or may […]

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Beliefs, Values and Norms…

As a member of the staff of this magazine, I am a part of ground level issue planning; themes, securing writers, etc.  As well, I am a contributing associate editor, and occasionally you will read my articles on these pages.  As a result of the above capacities, I have written the following article in such […]

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Contentment…Under Authority

I do believe that this subject has been chosen because specifically young people or Protestant Reformed people need to learn about contentment under authority.  During this week of the convention I have watched you and you have exhibited both a consciousness of authority and a respect for that authority.  You do not need to be […]

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Contentment under Authority

I do not believe that this subject has been chosen because specifically young people or Protestant Reformed people need to learn about contentment under authority. During this week of the convention I have watched you and you have exhibited both a consciousness of authority and a respect for that authority. You do not need to […]

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The Strength of Youth to Overcome

My dear youthful fellow-Christians: Covenant Christian High, My subject this morning is really taken from the Bible. I do not intend to preach a sermon to you in the formal sense. That I leave to the pulpits in our churches. I am called to give you a chapel “talk”. Luther and others gave their famous […]

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Respect for Authority

The fifth of the ten commandments enjoins, “Honor thy father and they mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”  (Ex. 20:12).  The first five of these commandments follow the line of God’s unity, God’s spirituality, God’s holiness, God’s rest, and God’s authority.  That last, to […]

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One-of-a-Kind Teens?

The Apostle Paul writes under the direction of the Holy Spirit in his epistle to the Romans in Chapter 12, Verse 2 that “Ye be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God”. […]

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A Young Worker’s Dilemma

Perhaps most of you already have some work experience under your belts, and if you don’t you no doubt anticipate getting a job sometime in the future. Work is a very important aspect of our lives. After all, we will spend the majority of our lives working. God created us this way, and we need […]

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Attitudes Toward Authority

Authority and its related truth: obedience, is a subject which has provoked much discussion through the ages, and continues to do so today. There is in our own day a growing resentment against authority. The underlying opinion is that none ought to be over others. There ought not be authority. Each, rather, has his “rights”. […]

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The Right to be Dependent

As growing and maturing Christian young people, we want to be more and more independent. That is good. That is part of growing up. Yet in the process of maturing and seeking independence we must be careful that we keep a proper spiritual perspective. Really, you know, we never become independent in the absolute sense […]

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The Rule of Christ

Rebellion! In a word that is the spirit of our times. Compare for a moment the concept “rebellion” with what is euphemistically called “student unrest” or compare with it what is termed the emancipation of the woman. What is the so-called “underground church” which has as its cornerstone the “uninhibited exercise of worship”, but open […]

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Unions (8)

The methods which the labor unions of America have used in order to accomplish their aims are in direct violation of the fifth commandment. This commandment speaks of obedience of children to father and mother. “Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God […]

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