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Memorizing the Bible

The focus of this article is the value of memorizing the Bible. But to begin, I want to briefly defend the practice of memorization itself, since it is a discipline often despised today.  Memorization has largely fallen by the wayside in today’s society. We have outsourced our memory by using technology. For example, I don’t […]

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Spiritual accountability

In last month’s issue of Beacon Lights, I noted a recent sermon on Ephesians 5 that described three different characteristics of faithful church members. Such people are sober, they sing the truths of God’s word to one another, and they submit to one another (vv. 18–21). Last month the value of singing was discussed at […]

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Seeking the Lord in the Morning

What is the first thing that you reach for in the morning? Do you immediately pick up your phone to check social media? Do you look at your work or school emails and start thinking about all the tasks you need to complete? Do you grab your running shoes and head out for some exercise? […]

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I Am Responsible

There have been two somewhat recent news stories that illustrate an ever-growing, disturbing trend. That trend is the disappearance of responsibility, being accountable or answerable for actions within one’s control. The first story we heard brought to the fore once again the controversial trial of a young man, who in June 2013 killed three people […]

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A Child Loved – Chastened and Scourged

Daniel Miersma, a 24 year old member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, was a busy student studying mechanical engineering with many exciting opportunities available for him, when God, in his inscrutable wisdom suddenly and very violently with heart wrenching anguish of soul yanked him from that life, and brought him (and brings us) […]

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The Effect of the World’s View of Discipline

Andy is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This article was written as a 2001 Protestant Reformed Scholarship essay. “We believe that discipline makes children miserable without offering them any genuine benefit, because punishing children whose behavior is out of control actually interferes with their ability to learn self-governance”1 Parents of […]

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The Right and Godly View of Discipline

Bruce is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church and is a second-year student at the Protestant Reformed Seminary. This is a Protestant Reformed Scholarship Essay. Baptism Form, Question 3: Do you promise and intend to see these children, when come to the years of discretion (whereof you are either parent or witness), instructed and […]

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The Way of Christian Discipline

Rev. Hanko was missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. Because Christian discipline is such a serious thing, careful rules are laid down for it in the Word, especially in Matthew 18. These rules are of the greatest importance. For one […]

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The Necessity of Christian Discipline

Rev. Hanko was missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. One thing almost completely missing in the church today is Biblical church discipline. It is almost unheard of for anyone to be excommunicated from the church, except for committing a gross […]

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The Marks of the True Church

Rev. Hanko is missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. That the true church of Christ can be found in the world is evident from Christ’s promise: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against […]

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The Marks of the True Church (2)

Knowing what the marks of the true Church are, the believer is “in duty bound” to join himself to this “holy congregation.” This is the language of our Confession Of Faith as found in Article 28 where we read: We believe, since this holy congregation is an assembly of those who are saved, and that […]

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The Marks of the True Church (1)

The true Church of Christ has three marks which distinguish and separate it from all false churches and religions which claim to be true. We do well to remind ourselves of these three marks as they are found in the Bible and summarized in our creeds. It is even proper that we take care to […]

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A Bride Prepared through Discipline

“The marks, by which the true Church is known, are these: if the pure doctrine of the gospel is preached therein: if she maintains the pure administration of the sacraments as instituted by Christ: if church discipline is exercised in punishing of sin: in short, if all things are managed according to the pure Word […]

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Discipline: An Awesome Responsibility

Finally…. the long-awaited for cry of a newborn infant pierces the air!!! In amazement, the new mother and father stare at the miracle produced by their love. God, in His infinite wisdom, has bestowed upon them the blessing of a covenant child. Even as their grateful hearts and mouths praise the Lord for this precious […]

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Discipline is no enemy of parental love for their children. Rather, love demands discipline, if this love for children reflects God’s love for His children. The experience of every believer convinces him of the truth of this, for the Heavenly Father disciplines every one of His children. Scripture teaches this emphatically. It is the powerful […]

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Open Ear to Discipline

When a covenant child challenges the authority of his or her parents and disobeys them, that covenant child is disciplined in love. This is true for our covenant children no matter which authority they challenge and disobey. It is also true no matter how often they disobey. The discipline we use is covenant discipline and […]

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America — A Christian Nation?

Here in the United States we live in a so-called “Christian” society. Today more people than ever before profess to be members of a church in one of the various denominations in our country. However, are the churches these people attend really Christian? In order to determine whether or not they are truly Christian churches, […]

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In the recent past it has often been said of our consistories that they threw out faithful members for nothing more than personal animosities. It is not the purpose of this article to go into the issues involved in past troubles, they are utterly closed, and should remain so, but  rather, a clarification of the […]

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Positive Direction

Punish your children when they continue in wrong doing.  Punish them even though it hurts you more than it does them.  Do not try to hide the pain in your heart when you do it.  Punish them thoroughly, finish it, do not stop short no matter how you dislike doing it.  And now you are […]

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