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Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Among the many Old Testament figures who served as types of Christ, David stands out as one of the greatest. In order to understand David as a type of Christ, we must first understand what it is to be a “type.” Once we have that definition in mind, we will be able to see the […]

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Crosses in the Churches

Dear Rev. Laning Here is my question, hopefully you can answer it. In examination of the movie the “Passion of Christ” and the Protestant Reformed stand against it, how, in light of the second commandment, do you view the crosses that we have in several of our churches? Are they a symbol that have a […]

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The Cross

My Savior bore His wooden cross, Up Calvary’s dismal hill. Without a word, without complaint, Quietly accepting the Father’s will. The crushing weight, the cuts and bruises, Abused, rejected, condemned to die. Bleeding from his crown of thorns, His hurt beyond my mortal mind. Each step He took was filled with pain, Each breath a […]

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Whence Glory?

Though I attain great learning And many tongues can speak, I’ve mastered all philosophies And still new concepts seek…   Though I, a first class artist Get all the world’s acclaim; I craft the greatest sculptures, Each painting brings me fame…   Though a king or ruler Have pow’r ne’er known before; My word is […]

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On Calvary

Come with me to Calvary To see the Suffering One. Jesus Christ, God’s Son. His pain and anguish, so intense; Alone He bears God’s wrath; Forsaken, though He’s done no wrong, He walks God’s chosen path.  It is for you and me He hangs In utmost agony Atoning with each drop of blood, From sin […]

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The Promise of Paradise

While on the cross Jesus spoke words which are both comforting and reassuring to the believer.  As we know, Jesus was crucified between two malefactors.  One of the malefactors railed on Jesus and mocked Him.  But the other rebuked the malefactor and told him that they were getting what they deserved but Jesus was innocent.  […]

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Part God, Part Man

“I thirst” are two everyday words that we use off and on all the time.  But when Christ said these words they meant so much more than what they mean when we say this.  Christ said these words on the cross on the hill of Golgotha when He was crucified.  He uttered them right before […]

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In Agony, But Not Lost

Although Jesus was suffering each time He uttered a cross word, no other one depicts His pain and anguish more than the fourth cross word: “My God, my God, why has Thou forsaken Me?”  Both physically and spiritually, Jesus experienced a fierce tormenting.  God the Son was forsaken by His Father and in terrible agony, […]

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Christ’s Cry of Victory

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar he said, It is finished, and bowed his head and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30 There Christ hung, in pain and agony on the cross, dying the death of the damned, seemingly defeated.  His enemies surrounded Him, laughing, spitting, jeering, mocking.  Yet, in a sense, his whole […]

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Christ: The Perfect Example of Forgiveness

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Such is the first cross word of our dying Lord and Savior.  Though He is tormented by the nails driven into His hands and feet by the Roman soldiers, and taunted by the cries of the Jews, He, the perfect Lamb, has […]

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A Content Savior

“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus he gave up the ghost.”  (Luke 23:46) With these words, Christ’s earthly life ended.  He had endured the mockery and ridicule of men for many years and now Christ was going to […]

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His Blood on Us

The frenzied mob, ferocious, fearing nought, Pressed closer, shouting for the life they sought, And raised their voices like a mighty flood, “On us and on our children be His blood.” The scarlet stains, on that spike-studded cross Where hung the bleeding body, with each toss Of pain re-echoed that rebellious cry Until it reached […]

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The Things We Must Know

There are three things that we must know Would we be happy here below: We must our sin and misery see. And how we can delivered be; True gratitude our heart must fill, Our striving be to do God’s will. God’s Word and Spirit must impart A knowledge of our sinful heart. Our lost condition […]

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The Cross Engulfed in Darkness

Luke 23:44 “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.” That darkness was the speech of God at the cross. God’s voice prevailed over the land for three long hours. That speech of God was devoid of love and grace. It was God’s […]

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Glorying in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Galatians 6:14 On Good Friday, we commemorate again in a special way the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed it is fitting that Christian young people should set aside a day for such special celebration of this great […]

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Current Events and Comments

The daughter of Zion has rejoiced and the daughter of Jerusalem has shouted. Palm trees have been stripped of branches and coats have been laid for a carpet. “Hosanna! Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” were the shouts heard as one stood in the city of Jerusalem. Slowly, excited crowds […]

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Preaching Christ Crucified

I Cor. 1: 23-24 “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” There is that strong desire today to change the traditional forms of worship to God. Nor […]

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Shadows of the Cross

The following article was first given as a speech at the Singspiration held at Hudsonville church on November 23, 1969. Twilight softly shadows the city, silently aloof on its hills. Towers stand gently gilded in the setting sun, for this is Jerusalem the golden. In the ravines and valleys, even to the plain beyond, stand […]

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The Glorious “Way of Sorrows”

Youth of His Church, our thoughts are once more drawn to Christ on Calv’ry. Because we are each one a member of His chosen race, we seek to know the story and its meaning, though we surely cannot comprehend the reason why. Does mere man deem he knows the central motivation of that love wherewith […]

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His Blood On Us

The frenzied mob, ferocious, fearing nought, Pressed closer, shouting for the life they sought, And raised their voices in a mighty flood: “On us and on our children be His blood.” The scarlet stains, on that spike-studded cross Where hung the bleeding body, with each toss Of pain re-echoed that rebellious cry Until it reached […]

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Others…Not Himself

Himself He cannot save! How true!  All men say it, church and world alike.  Looking at Calvary, that’s one thing that strikes us.  He went on, never thinking for even one moment of coming down from that cross.  He went on, until He had left His life on that tree and had poured out His […]

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The Day Christ Died

The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop Confessing the impossibility of any Christian (including himself) to be perfectly objective when viewing the death of Christ, Bishop here reconstructs both the historical events and the background of Christ’s crucifixion with intense clarity and force. To read this book without first reading the preface is to rob […]

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At Golgotha

They mocked and scorned the Son of God With cruel laughs and jeers, The crown of thorns upon His head Brought forth deriding sneers.   Away with Him they then did cry, Of Him we’ll have no part, Contempt, disdain and haughty pride O’er flowed within each heart.   Not only they, but also I […]

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Easter by Way of the Cross

The Passion season is again with us, that wonderful time of the year when in a special way we commemorate the suf­fering and death of our Lord and Sav­iour. And just a few more weeks, and another Easter Day will dawn, when “Torn the lips of old and young alike, we hear the old yet […]

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