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The Blessing of Elderly Saints

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to work at Sunset Manor and Villages, and I cannot say enough of how great of a blessing this job has been in my life. It’s hard even to consider it a job anymore. Yes, I am paid by the company, but I have been given […]

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Active in Fellowship

After the minister says amen and the service ends, I usually pick up my purse, shuffle up the aisle to shake an elder’s hand, and then work my way out of the crowded narthex until I can reach the spot where I normally stand and catch up with my friends. A few weeks ago, something […]

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Our Father and Friend

God is our Father and friend What a joyous thought In sadness our hearts He will mend With Christ’s blood us He bought What a joyous thought We must never be scared With Christ’s blood us He bought He has always for us cared We must never be scared For our loving Father is He […]

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Text Message From Our Covenant Friend

The bell rings for the end of class, and before the last tones are absorbed by the sounds of happy students free from the classroom, a number of students have made a beeline to their locker to check their phone for a text message or other form of communication from their network of friends or […]

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Instructed to Love and Hate

In Matthew 5:43-48, Christ instructs us to love our neighbor and in Psalm 139:19-24 instructs us to hate those who hate God. Seeing the Bible is inerrant and infallible, how do we reconcile the message in these passages? “Do not, O Lord, I hate those that hate thee?” “But I say unto you, Love your […]

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Strength Found in Unity

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” (I Corinthians 12:12). A certain young man was in a dire predicament. He was in the middle of a vast desert, far out of reach of any other […]

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Friends

The doctrine of the covenant teaches us that life long bonds of friendship and fellowship are an essential aspect of life in the church. What role do our “good Christian schools” play in developing such relationships? Good Christian schools play a huge part with who our children become friends. By doing this, our children make […]

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Developing Friendships in School

The doctrine of the covenant lies very dear to the hearts of Protestant Reformed people. It is a doctrine that distinguishes us from most other denominations. It is a truth that we defended fiercely in 1953 in the face of much opposition, because the covenant is not a doctrine that can be compromised. And it […]

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Living According to God’s Will: In Friendship

As a young, maturing child of God, you have surely experienced the true blessing of God in the gift of friends. Who are your friends? What is a friend? Webster’s Dictionary gives us this meaning: “friend: (n) a person whom one knows well, and is fond of; an ally, supporter, or sympathizer,” and, “friendship: (n) […]

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Fellowship in the Word

Fellow believers, walking the way through life with its trials and joys to our final resting place with God; when was the last time you enjoyed a heart to heart conversation with someone who “strengthened [your] hand in God” (1 Sam. 23:16)? Do you, like the apostle Paul, bring your friends before God in every […]

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My Friends: A Reminder Past Due

About a year and a half ago, I attended a young adults summer retreat hosted by Redlands Protestant Reformed Church. During that retreat, Rev. Vander Wal spoke to us, warning us not to give in to the temptation to use our God-given talents for ourselves and our glory. Prof. Gritters also gave a speech, instructing […]

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A Practical Teaching From John Calvin’s Works

When the occasion presents itself to study the many works of John Calvin, the great Reformer, you discover many outstanding teachings seldom thought of. The great struggle of the Reformation in which the defendants of the true doctrines of Scripture were constantly accused falsely, blasphemed and harassed, became the occasion on which they carefully studied […]

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What I Look for in a Friend

Acknowledging a common interest in each other like sports, family, school, or church can start a friendship. There can be many friends in a person’s life and each one different in their own way. I would consider someone my friend who is kind, forgiving, and God-fearing. The most important thing in a friend is the […]

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Jonathan and David: Covenantal Friends

Is not the arrow beyond thee?” There it was, David’s answer. It was the answer that would forever physically separate him from his closest friend, Jonathan. David and Jonathan were more than just close friends. Their friendship was a covenantal friendship—a friendship forged by (and with) the Lord. They were friends who spiritually sharpened each […]

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Faithful Wounds of a Friend

“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” This is God’s Word as found in Proverbs 27:5, 6. In these verses are to be found a principle that is central to all friendships within the body of Christ. Those who truly […]

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What God Says About Friends

Friends. This is a term we hear about a lot today. We hear songs about them, see pictures of them, and there is even a popular sitcom with that as its title. Friends are everywhere! Who comes to mind when you think of friends? Is it the Three Stooges, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Batman and […]

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Christian Friendship

It’s great to have a friend like you While traveling on life’s road, For when I’m weak and weary You help me bear my load.   It’s great to have a friend like you While I journey through the years, To share my joys and sorrows with, My gladness and my tears.   It’s great […]

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True and Desirable Fellowship

Today, more than ever, the devil is at work trying to destroy the Church. His methods are cunning, and as we approach the end, his tactics are increasingly devious. He craftily approaches the Church and her individual members with ever more pernicious attacks. Despite the deadliness of these attacks, they can seem quite harmless, and […]

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Practical Antithetical Living

The text for our convention this year is Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light.” Here we are taught that naturally we are darkness. We are lost in the darkness of sin and death. We are under the dominion of the […]

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Convention Challenge: Deepen Your Friendship with God

Last year I challenged the conventioneers to find three new friends at the convention. Did you give it a try? No matter where you meet a good friend, you quickly find out that meeting a new friend and maintaining a sound and lasting friendship takes some work. Friendships just don’t happen. You must be willing […]

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Friends

The first day of high school is always difficult. This is because you do not know that many people and those that were in your class before are probably not in all of your new classes. By the end of the first week you know the names of everyone in your classes and you have […]

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Friends and Friendships

Friends and friendships are very important parts of everybody’s lives and though we do not realize it we often take them for granted. Without friends there would be no one to talk to about personal problems, except for your parents. Not many people like to discuss personal problems with their parents, but that is a […]

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Book Reviews

The Friendship Factor: How to Get Closer to the People You Care For, by Alan Loy Mc Ginnis. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1979. This is an easy to read, very practical down to earth guide to the art of interpersonal relationships. It gets to the little details which are easily overlooked but which have a […]

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Recipe for Friendship

1 cup trust 1/2 cup fun 1/2 cup seriousness ¼ cup laughter 2 tsp. tears 2/3 cup patience 3/4 cup kindness 1/3 cup hope 3/4 cup humbleness 1/2 cup reliability   Blend well in a large container of love, sprinkle some memories on top. Make some every day for a life full of happiness. Serves […]

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