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Virtues in Unbelievers  

“Virtues” in Unbelievers   What is the Protestant Reformed view with regard to the virtues that are found in unbelievers? There are many unbelievers who have the virtues of patience, integrity, self-control, and many others. Since we believe that man forfeited many of these virtues in the fall, how do unbelievers have these virtues without Christ’s […]

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Ordinary Means of Grace

It’s possible that the most feared word to the teenage mind is the word ordinary. No one wants to be ordinary. Ordinary students don’t get the best scholarships for college. Ordinary athletes don’t receive awards or win state championships. And ordinary-looking people don’t receive the sort of attention that might lead to getting asked out […]

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Power of Ordinary

If someone asked you how you were saved, what would you give as an answer?   I have little doubt that most young people raised in Reformed churches would respond by pointing to Christ and to his death on the cross as the way in which they were saved. And this would be a good answer […]

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But for the Grace of God

Roughly 100 of them stared back at us in that old, hot chapel at the Indiana State Prison. Their faces each told a story, a sobering story that was a mystery to the beholders. The thought crossed my mind as I looked out over the crowd, “How many of these faces were the last thing […]

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Augustine: Captive of Grace

There is nothing more beautiful in the whole world than the grace of God. God’s grace! Grace that takes hold of a man, a man who is dead in sin, and revives him; grace that takes the spiritually deformed and refashions him in image of Jesus Christ; grace that takes an ugly sinner and beautifies […]

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Dear Diary

December 25, 1933 Dear Diary, It is Christmas today. Pa and Ma gave me this diary. I was surprised. I didn’t think there would be any gifts this year. Pa has little work. Hardly anyone in the city has work. Pa had some socks that Ma couldn’t mend anymore. Martha got a doll made out […]

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A Precious Jewel*

* Reprinted from the Standard Bearer, vol. 47, pp. 255- 257.  They were neighbors. In fact, they had lived next door to each other for over forty years. It could be said that they got along quite well, even during those years when the children did the usual damage to lawns and gardens—and to an […]

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God’s Glorious Grace

Today the sun may never shine. Today the clouds may darken the sky; But I’ve learned that this day is not really mine, And that I’ve no reason to ask God why.   For life brings trials and hardships and tears But with it comes joy and blessed peace. If there’s one thing I’ve learned […]

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A City on the Hill

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. I would like to share with you how the grace of God can redeem a lost soul. A man I know was a fitness instructor working in a large health club in Indiana. He was raised Roman […]

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To Know God Is Eternal Life

“And…put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.” (Colossians 3:10) God created man as a mold which His image alone could fill. Man, distinct from the animals, by virtue of his creation, is adapted to be an image bearer. Man’s rational moral nature makes him […]

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The truth of salvation by grace alone is central to the understanding of Scriptural doctrine. Our churches adhere to this principle, and do not skimp in teaching it from the pulpit, in Sunday School, catechism, bible study groups, and Young Peoples’ groups. The Georgetown Young People were given the opportunity to visit Houston in order […]

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Introduction to Distinctives

There are differences between the Church of God and the world, which can be seen as believers walk the antithetical life here on the earth. More specifically, we as Protestant Reformed youth see many differences between us and the church world as a whole. There are distinctions taking the form of doctrines and also distinctions […]

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Explaining to Others What We Believe

What I intend to bring out in this article is the fruit of a couple of discussions we had in the last year or two in the Redlands Y.P. Society.  The question simply stated in straight-forward terms was, how do we explain to people what we believe?  What should we tell people, especially young people […]

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The Foundation of the Protestant Reformed Church

The issue of sovereign and particular grace has been an issue since the time of Augustine. Though always present, this issue came to a head again during the time of the Reformation and was one of the main issues of the Reformation. The fact that this issue of sovereign and particular grace came to a […]

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Total Death Unto Sin in Christ Jesus

”… sin shall not have dominion in you; ye are not under the law but under grace.” Romans 6:14 The truly Biblical teaching that we are saved by grace alone through faith is often misunderstood by God’s people; however, it is wholly despised and misrepresented by those, who are utterly adverse to the grace of […]

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The Righteous Scarcely Saved

Young people, I know from experience that if there is one thing which you have learned during your years of Catechism instruction in the Protestant Reformed Churches, it is the truth that salvation is a work of God alone without any ability or effort on the part of those who are saved. Even those from […]

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Living for Christ

Yes! Let’s live for Christ! Already, I feel that some eyebrows have raised . . . perhaps because “living for Christ” has the same ring to it as does “Crusade for Christ” or “Youth for Christ.” And that ring is the ring of Arminianism. Sometimes I think that we are so afraid of anything that […]

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Keeping Perspective

“Each one of you is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4:7 It is good, young people, to have the upward look in these evil days in which we live. We do not yet see all things subjected unto Christ, the Son. Yet, very really by faith we see […]

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If there is one chief doctrine, the defense of which characterized this entire period of history, it is the doctrine of God’s sovereign work of grace in the salvation of His elect people in Christ.  This is the truth which was recaptured by the Reformation of the 16th Century; this is the truth for which […]

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Essay Report

“Is God’s Giving of Things in This Present Life a Blessing to the Wicked?” is the title of the essay given by Everett Buiter of our Oaklawn Church. Today, in our world there seems to be a very little difference between it and the church as the latter generally shows itself. This idea, he expressed, […]

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Grace and Peace

Within the oyster’s habitat The ocean tide will sometimes hurl A grain of sand – a painful thing; He makes of it a lovely pearl! The tides of life may cause dismay, Adversity and cruel pain; “By grace through faith” our lives proclaim His “Grace and Peace” – eternal gain!

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Galatians – Lessons 17,18,19,20

Lesson XVII “The Two Sons of Abraham” Galatians 4:21-27   1. It should constantly be borne in mind in studying this Epistle to the Galatians that Paul is in “travail” of soul over these churches, that Christ may be formed in them, that they may walk as those who are under grace and not under […]

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Salvation’s Exclusive Standard

Every doctrine stands or falls with the Word of God. Every proposed theory and conception is received or rejected by the children of God according as it is in harmony or in conflict with the infallible Scripture. The Bible is the criterion of the Truth! With respect to the doctrine of salvation, numerous theories with […]

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Our Present Controversy in the Light of History

It is important to bear in mind that a heretic is one that opposes one or more fundamental tenets authorized by the Church to which a heretic belongs. In the light of that definition it must be emphasized that those who will not submit to the teaching authorized by our Church are heretics. They are […]

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He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase; To added affliction He addeth His mercy, To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.   When we have exhausted our store of endurance; When our strength has failed ere the day is half done; When we reach the end […]

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