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The Important Calling of a Father

A father, as a parent, has an important calling in this world. When considering the calling and responsibilities of a father, one can look to the example which God has set as our Heavenly Father. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul says that there is, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through […]

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A Faithful Witness: The Christian Family

Nathan is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. He wrote this essay for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship. The institution of marriage and the family structure have come under heated debate in religious and political circles. Various churches degrade marriage by the allowance of divorce and remarriage and their support of the […]

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The Reformed Family

Andy is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. He wrote this essay for the 2004 Protestant Reformed Scholarship. Western culture more and more shows itself to be an enemy of marriage and the family. Astronomical divorce rates, remarriage after divorce, homosexual unions and now marriages, and the increasing disregard for the […]

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The Shaping of a Christian Family

The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot. Published by Fleming H. ReveIl a division of Baker House. 215 pages ($10.00) paperback. Elisabeth Elliot unfolds for us a fine description of structuring a biblical, godly home in the midst of this unconnected world. This book will warm the heart and encourage our covenant families […]

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Big Boys’ Toys

Heads turned as the gleaming truck rolled down the street and turned into his driveway. After a brief rev, the powerful engine was silent except for the ping of the cooling exhaust. Backwoods Bob remained inside fiddling with the radio and lights as his neighbor strolled across the street to check out this new rig. […]

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Attending to Family Worship

Family worship is indispensable. It cannot be done away with. It cannot be ignored without consequence. Attending to it regularly is important. We as young people must know this. We cannot avoid worship with our families and not suffer spiritually. The devil is hard at work, plotting to keep us from our homes. He knows […]

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The Importance of Family Time

The family is under attack from the devil and from the world. The devil knows that the heartbeat of the Church is the cov­enant family. The devil knows that if he can abol­ish the family unit from off the earth, he has also rid the world of the Church. He is working hard at it. […]

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The Covenant Family

Our families are a gift, given to us on earth, By our Heavenly Father, the God of matchless worth. The parents must reflect God’s glory and His love, Until someday at last, we are a family up above.   God intended families, His covenant to reflect, Each member has responsibilities, which he may not neglect. […]

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Family Communication

I. INTRODUCTION A.  Communication is an important and necessary part of our lives. 1.  By communication in this outline we mean the interpersonal activity of passing information, exchanging ideas, expressing thoughts and feelings through speech, i.e. by talking. 2.  All human relationships in their various spheres depend on this activity.  Relationships in the workplace, in […]

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The object of this series is to discuss various joys which accompany, by God’s blessing, the training of covenant children. Usually these joys are present in the diligent training of God’s children. But we recognize that situations differ, also by God’s design, so that one family may experience one joy more keenly and another joy […]

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Serving God in the Family

The discussion on which I am writing this reflection is on the third, and final discussion we had at the Lynden Conven­tion. What was discussed was centered on the convention outline by Rev. Moore, namely; Youth Serving God in the Family. Rev. Kamps introduced this outline by making a few remarks dealing with the young […]

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Youth Serving God in the Family

A.   Our God is a covenant God. Gen. 17:7; Acts 2:39 1.  He has chosen His covenant people from eternity to be His children. Col. I: l4ff.; Eph. 1:3-5. 2.   He has redeemed His covenant people over 1950 years ago. Eph. 1:5-8. 3.   He calls, justifies, and glorifies those whom He has chosen. Rom. 8:29-30; […]

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Are You Listening?

Webster’s dictionary defines com­munication as a giving or an exchanging of information, messages, etc. . . . Now all of us, be he young or old, parent or teenager, student or teacher, have a communication problem. There is not one of us who can escape completely times when there is a failure to communicate in […]

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Teaching Children as Holy Mothers

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness… teachers of good things… that they may teach the young women to be sober, keepers at home,… that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2: 3-5. Paul is giving Titus instruction how to teach the different levels of church-saints in the […]

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Discouraged

So much is written now days about children. Questions are asked such as: is the child emotionally happy? Is he secure? Does he feel wanted? Do his parents accept him? These questions are asked by those who have made a study of children’s behavior. These people write much on child psychology. We do not need […]

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In the first two verses of the thirteenth chapter of Romans we read the following: “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they shall receive to themselves damnation.” Communism and its secret controlling powers, […]

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A Plea for the Home

It has been quite some time since I have seen that daily feature found in many newspapers, called “The Man on the Corner Says”. I used to read that eagerly. I would not mind being the man on the corner myself—just long enough to say to youth especially: “It would be much better if many […]

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Potpourri

A short but to-the-point contribution entitled “…..AND FAMILY”, signed by Bernard T. Haan, is found in the August, 1942 issue of the “Young Calvinist”.  It deals with a problem that is painfully evident in many of our church services. To let the article speak for itself, we quote the following portions: “What a contrary and […]

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Potpourri

A short but to-the-point contribution entitled “…..AND FAMILY”, signed by Bernard T. Haan, is found in the August, 1942 issue of the “Young Calvinist”. It deals with a problem that is painfully evident in many of our church services. To let the article speak for itself, we quote the following portions: “What a contrary and […]

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