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Holiness in a World of Violence

This editorial is based on a speech from the Hope (Redlands) PRC Young Adults retreat held in July 2023.    Man’s heart, and therefore our world, is filled with violence. This is Scripture’s description of the world before God destroyed it with the flood: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was […]

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The Believer’s Battle Plan

Every soldier in the U.S. Army can appreciate a seasoned general’s battle plan, one that pinpoints the enemy’s defenses and places him in the best position to gain the field.  Every collegiate basketball player can appreciate a savvy, veteran coach’s game plan, one that shows how best to stifle the opponent on the defensive end […]

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Contending for the Life of Faith

What kind of life are you living? Are you living the Christian life? Can you say that? Can you say that before the face of God? Can you say that in all honesty before your own conscience? Do you want to live the Christian life? Is that really the desire of your heart? Do you pray to […]

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The Pursuit of Holiness

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, Paperback, 158 pages, The Navigators, 1978. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges is a brief book about just that—pursuing holiness—from a Reformed, biblical perspective. In short, this book is a concise, easy-to-read manual on holy living for the Christian. The author makes known that the title of […]

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The Beginning of Knowledge (2)

Last time, we briefly considered some teachings and practices that are not characterized by proper fear of the Lord. We saw that godly fear is different from the fear of pure dread or terror that the world has. This attitude is not Christian or godly because it does not draw us closer to God. Said […]

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Holiness Unto the Lord

We as New Testament Christians are anointed by the Holy Spirit to the three-fold office of all believers: prophet, king and priest. In these offices we are but a shadow of the triune God Who is our eternal Prophet, Priest and King (Revelation 1:6). Through the fall we lost the image of God necessary to […]

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Doers of the Word

The world has this policy: if it feels good, do it! The results of this promiscuous lifestyle is headline news: NlU3, teenage pregnancy, herpes, alcoholism, and the list goes on and on. The world are doers of whatever appeals to their wicked natures. The Christian is also, by nature, sinful. Do we, or can we, […]

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Walking in Newness of Life: The Fruit

Conventioneers, parents and Christian friends, I count it a great privilege to be able to address you this evening. I want to thank my young people’s society for counting me worthy to speak on this occasion. I am the third and final speaker of this convention. There are two things I dislike about that. First, […]

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As a Father Pitieth (4)

A third characteristic of the friend­ship between Godly parents and their children is that it is a life of peace. The family-life of God, both within the Trinity and within the Church, is characterized by peace. This is an outstanding feature of the family-life sketched in Psalm 128. Father, mother, and children live together peacefully. […]

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The Christian, Truth and Holiness

“Thy Word is truth.” John 17:17. In the Lord’s (high priestly) prayer the complete thought is, “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.” People are always saying, Why so much doctrine? We need more practical teaching on how to live the Christian life! But why this separation of doctrinal truth from practical truth? […]

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Called to Moral Purity

Young people of the 1982 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention, we live in a rapidly changing world. It is not difficult for you and me to see that this is especially true with respect to sin. Not that sin has become any worse today than it has in the past. Sin is sin. But it […]

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Be Ye Holy – Personally

Mr. Chairman, Protestant Reformed Conventioneers, Parents and Friends gathered with us tonight: It is with rather mixed feelings that I am on the platform tonight: feelings with regret, on the one hand, because I am acutely aware, as you must be, that I am a substitute for one who had well nigh become an institution […]

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Be Ye Holy – In the World

Mr. Chairman, Protestant Reformed Young People and Friends: I am thankful that I may be with you this evening. I have become more and more aware of the debt which I personally owe to the Protestant Reformed Young People and their various organizations, especially the organizations of Beacon Lights, the Federation Board and the Conventions. […]

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Be Ye Holy – With Friends

I wish to thank the Host Society of this year’s convention for the privilege of speaking to our young people. I enjoy speaking to young people not only; but I find the subject which was assigned me interesting and important. The calling to holiness in friendship is not an idle question. There is no doubt […]

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