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We Will Have a King over Us

The desire for strong leadership has been a natural tendency for people throughout human history. The evidence of this is abundant in Scripture, which gives us the names of men like Lamech and Nimrod, who stood out as mighty men of renown in their day. Lamech was a proud murderer who raised three sons who […]

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One-Trillion-Dollar Coin

When I was a boy, I once (or twice!) played the game “Three Wishes” with my friends. The premise of the game was that any three wishes you had would come true exactly as you stated them. The limiting rules were that you could not hurt or kill anyone, you could not wish to live […]

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Guide Our Thoughts on Immigration

Ever since Betsy Ross penned the Star Spangled Banner and the twelve original colonies drafted our Bill of Rights, Americans have demanded that their popularly elected leader(s) uphold the religious freedoms that this great country was founded upon. Are you one of them? Hopefully you were able to recognize the errors in the above paragraph readily. If […]

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Amy is a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. 2000 Protestant Reformed Scholarship essay. In society today, there is an increasing pressure upon parents to enable their children to receive the best education possible. They feel that the voucher system would help them, and maybe it would. But, as Christians, […]

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The Christian’s Attitude Toward Government (2)

The following is the text of a lecture given in the First Protestant Reformed Church, Holland, MI, November 6, 1998.  Last month we ended with the following paragraph: “This then is the threefold calling of the Christian with regard to the civil government. We must be subject to the superior authorities, not resist, but obey […]

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The Christian’s Attitude Toward Government (1)

The following is the text of a lecture given in the First Protestant Reformed Church, Holland, MI, November 6, 1998.  The question before us tonight is occasioned by the scandalous behavior of our nation’s president. For the second time in a little over twenty years the House of Representatives is considering whether to impeach our […]

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Praying for Politicians and Those in Authority

Are politicians and those in authority over us, worthy of our prayers? Look at the way they run the country, wasting the tax money we send in, with their stand on abortion, their calling homosexuality just a life style; the list goes on. We should not reason because of their wrongful doings, therefore, that we […]

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Our Country

We live in a country whose beauty is great; The mountains, lakes, rivers, with grandeur abound; The flowers, trees, grasses, which God did create, And the deserts and fields us with splendor surround.   We are thankful that we who inhabit this land May have freedom to worship, to speak, and to write, And we […]

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Parents are responsible for the education of their children. This basic principle and truth is being called into question today. Many people and groups would like to seize this responsibility of educating the child. What is even worse than this is the compliant parents who almost willingly let someone take over the duty that they […]

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Thomas Jefferson and the Man from Uz

Philadelphia, 1776 – While the mid-summer heat wave sizzled over the city, Thomas Jefferson sat at his wooden desk to write a statement for the colonies. At first, his part was prepared specifically for the men of Congress. But 40,000 people of Philadelphia soon heard the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. Up and down […]

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Should I Run for President or Another Public Office?

Mayor, Congressman, Senator, President. What do all these have in common? They are all public offices, called to rule and serve the con­stituency of the people who have elected them. Should a child of God living near the end of the 20th century aspire to one of these public offices? This is the question we […]

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The Death Penalty

“Thou shalt not kill.” Ex. 20:13 “Whoso sheddeth mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” Gen. 9:6 “And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.” Lev. 24:17 “Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the […]

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Politics-80 and Christian Involvement

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 Is it right for Christians to be politically active? Indeed, is it Christian for us not to be active? We may believe that in answering the Pharisees as He did, Christ was instructing them and the […]

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What Do We Owe Our Country?

What would your answer be if I asked you this question: “What is the best country in the world?” If you’re like most other Americans, you would probably automatically answer, “the United States.” Simple, right? Well, what if I were to then ask you, “What do we owe our country?” A little tougher question to […]

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The Christian and Patriotism

You know, “patriotism” is an extremely relative term. Some of us feel that patriot­ism is waving “Old Glory” on the Fourth of July. Others feel it is serving in the Armed Forces or buying Federal savings bonds. Many people felt that the draft-dodgers who fled to Canada during the Viet­nam War were very un-patriotic. But […]

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The Christian and Politics

This is in response to the interesting ar­ticle, “The Christian and Politics,” August- September issue. Statements of special in­terest centered around the duty of the child of God to participate in politics; for Chris­tians to show themselves as the most exemplary and most purposeful citizens be­cause we live the life of Christ on the earth […]

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The Christian and Politics

Watergate: As I was contemplating the subject of the Christian and politics this term repeatedly crossed my mind. It struck me that Watergate is a prime example of the evil that the world gets involved in with its brand of politics. Politics, as you may or may not realize, is inseparably con­nected with our government. […]

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The Christian and Politics

When we speak of the Christian and politics we should have a definition of the two words, Christian and politics. I think we would all claim to know more or less what a Christian is. A Christian, it is said, is a person who professes a belief in Jesus Christ and who follows the teachings […]

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Unknown

With the national elections over, a dramatic and tumultuous political year is rushing to a close. Its’ shocking assassinations, unruly conventions, and distasteful campaigns seen by everyone on T.V. and in newspapers, seem something like a bad nightmare, and are more subject to repression than reflection. But in the climax of this political year, one […]

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A Look at The Candidates

A LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES This is the year of elections. To most of us, however, amongst all those to be elected, the election of the president of the United States is of primary importance. The two main parties have made their selections and the candidates are on the campaign trail each attempting to convince […]

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