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A Feast Unlike Any Other

You can’t imagine life without him. Seeing your dad scoop up your younger sister in his arms and smother her with kisses while she giggles with delight and pretends that she wants to get out of his clutches brings a smile to everyone’s face. Maybe it’s playing catch in the backyard or burrowing into his […]

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Issue at Hand, July 2019

It was a poignant end to Bible study.  The adult Bible study of Byron Center PRC had just concluded its last class of the year by finishing with the last verse of Acts 14. The leader, Mr. Leroy DeVries, announced his relief that the class had made it through chapter 14, so the group could […]

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Dying Well

How will you die? Will you die well? “What silly questions to ask,” you say. And then you lose a loved one. Tragically. Or you receive the doctor’s report that you will not live as long as you expected, and your life comes to a screeching halt. Suddenly. Now you are forced to think about […]

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Did You Say Your Prayers Tonight? (2)

Now from the experience of being in the court room in front of an earthly judge, there are significant points to be considered, which I will do the best I can to describe. However, I am sure my words will fall far short of what they should be relating to God and his mercy and […]

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Did You Say Your Prayers Tonight? (1)

On August 2, 2007, the Lord took unto himself our beloved daughter Charity Hope Rus in an auto accident.   After Charity’s death I started to write down some of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences, into what I now would call my reflections on various events that unfolded before and after her death. It took me […]

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A Cloud of Witnesses

Editor’s Note: The following article introduces a temporary rubric called A Cloud of Witnesses. The content will include articles on important people and events in the history of the church. At this time we do not know how many articles will be included, since this is a work in progress, but we hope there will […]

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Facing Our Last Enemy

Death. What a dreaded word.  What havoc and fear such a small word raises!  Immediately the questions come. Who died, how did it happen, why, etc.?   Shock is the initial reaction, then denial of the truth, then as shock wears off, slowly acceptance and heart wrenching grief follows.  Death is our mortal enemy.  It severs […]

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In Loving Memory of Baby Brands

Farewell my precious little one, So soon your earthly time is done. Our many hopes and dreams for you Are softly fading from our view. Your calling proved to be much more great Than what we did anticipate. With no more sin to weigh you down, You’re now a jewel in God’s crown. Serving Him […]

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To Die is Gain

Often in this earthly life, We feel the touch of death. It brings to our remembrance How man is but a breath. When one we love is taken From their place here in this life, We feel the pain of sorrow Which cuts us like a knife. But when we think on our Savior, We […]

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Onward Christian Soldiers

“It is enough!” The mighty prophet of God now sits alone in the shade of a juniper tree a day’s journey into the wilderness of Beer-sheba, far from the danger that wicked Jezebel posed, and proclaims to his God that he is finished. He is no longer able to battle on and makes an ardent […]

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Victory in Christ

One moment on earth, the next in heaven, O what a change it must be! To close one’s eyes in this troubled world, In heaven, the Savior to see. One moment on earth, the next in heaven, All pain and discomfort are past; No sorrow for sin, no battles to win, True vict’ry has now […]

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The Christian Hope: Blessed Are the Dead Which Die in the Lord

“With Christ—which is far better” Philippians 1:23 Fallen asleep in Jesus! How precious is that word! Enjoying now for evermore The presence of the Lord. This is not death! ‘tis only sleep; The Lord doth now thy loved one keep. The earthen vessel’s broken, The Treasure now has flown, The Lord hath taken back again […]

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The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away

Covenant Christian High School has been hit hard with deaths these past two years. Last year we lost a fellow student, Daniel Cammenga; then a father; then a mother; and then a sister. Now this year we lost another fellow student, Paul Noorman. We can not help but ask why? Why did God take two […]

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Death

What can we say about the concept “death”? It ends our life, it intercepts our breath; No longer is there energy or thought; Our pilgrimage is ended: come to naught. Yet this is not the end, dear pilgrim friend; It’s but the start of new life without end. Death is the passage that leads Christians […]

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In Memory

Bonnie is a freshman at Heritage Christian High School, in Lansing, Illinois. In memory of Mrs. Pat Haak of our South Holland Protestant Reformed Church and Mrs. Carolyn Houck of our Peace Protestant Reformed Church. Life is hard when you lose someone you love, But we all know that person is in heaven above. Times […]

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Witnessing and Testifying of the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999 The theme that Redlands gave me to speak on tonight is “Witnessing and Testifying For the Truth.” The theme text is: “Be ready always to give an answer.” My theme fits in the text in this way: Last night Rev. Koole spoke about being ready to […]

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What Happens When We Die, Mom?

What happens when we die, Mom? Where do we really go? Do we climb up a mountain? Or where it always snows?   “God takes us.,, “takes us where, Mom? Into a deep, dark cave Or to a lonely desert? Don’t worry, I’ll be brave!   Do we go to a forest Where we cannot […]

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Death…and Life!

There in his chair the old saint sat His body weak, his face forlorn. The mind that once was bright, alert Was now so dull, its memory torn.   His days of Spring and Summer gone; The Fall of life—it too had flown. And deep in Winter’s drab he sat With sightless eyes and soul’s […]

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The Death of Someone Close

Sometimes God takes from us loved ones, We really don’t know why. He does it for the best of us, “But,” we always ask, “Why?”   God will have to tell us, When we see Him face to face. It’s hard for us to understand, But God will tell us, by His Grace.   When […]

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In Memory of a Dear Person

(Someone who will always be close to my heart) Heidi L. Baas May 1957 – July 1997   As every day passes and the minutes go by, The pain never ceases and I start to cry. The memories within me they always appear, Whether good ones or bad ones, they start with a tear.   […]

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My Father’s Cane

A year ago this morning, my Father passed away. Jesus often calls to Him those we most wish could stay. With family gathered round him, the tears began to flow, Then he told us just to ease our minds, how much he longed to go.   For he had been a soldier and walked the […]

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All Things for Good?

“Hello?” “Hi, this is Chad, is Ryan there?” “Yeah, just a minute please.” After a halfway short conversation, Ryan Lang was convinced to jog over to Chad’s house a couple hundred yards down the road. Chad was the Reeves’ second son in a family of five. He just finished the first marking period of tenth […]

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The Day We Buried Grandpa

October 3, 1996 The day we buried Grandpa I could not let him go, I needed to accept it The Lord had told me so. The day we buried Grandpa  My heart was filled with pain, But that soon turned to joy For this was Grandpa’s gain! The day we buried Grandpa  I did not […]

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Infant Death

Question #17 But what of the little ones, the infants, those yet in the womb? Why does God give them life only to take it soon away?   Answer #17 One thing we ought to say at the beginning is that God’s ways are past finding out, we cannot know all the reasons God has […]

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