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Contending, not contentious

Probably one of the ugliest things in the world is a contentious Christian. We’ve all seen it. A face twisted into a snarl, with nostrils flaring. A voice raised, biting with sarcasm. Words handled like knives to slash and cut the opposition. And when the argument is finished, a parting dig laced with smug condescension.   […]

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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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Our Proper Christian Attire

Text: Colossians 3:12-13     Colossians sets before us a pointed reminder of the preeminence of Christ when it comes to all Christian doctrine and practice.  The Christian faith, unlike any other religion, does not focus on laws, not even divine precepts, and certainly not human ordinances.  It rejects all forms of legalism.  The Christian […]

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An Essay on Humility

Lisa is an eighth grade student at Covenant Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. The dictionary and the Bible define humility as a sense of one’s sinfulness, modesty, recognition that man can do nothing without God, a state of mind that makes us patient under trials, meekness, and a willingness to put others before oneself. […]

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Godly Conversation

Adam is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. This essay was written in Mr. Scott Van Uffelen’s Church History class at Covenant Christian High School. We often think of ourselves (as individuals or groups) as being better than others. We do this subconsciously but the bad effects can be seen in […]

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Esteeming One Another Better

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than them­selves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:3, 4. In verses 1 and 2 of Philippians 2, Paul has exhorted the church to live […]

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Sadness Turned to Gladness

When you young people have a sad look on your faces, when the twinkle in your eyes is not there, when your usual smile is gone, while you are actually in good health and have no bodily pains, we know that there is something wrong in your soul. You have troubled thoughts and aching hearts. […]

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How to be Humble

We live in a day of easy “how to’s”: how to do this and how to do that. But we often find that the things that are presented as easy either are not, or that they are not worth doing. Nothing good comes easy. Satan’s lie is always — the easy way or short cuts. […]

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Pride or Humility?

The following poem had its birth in a sermon based on 1 Peter 5:5-7 at our Hope, Walker Church. “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble your­selves therefore […]

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Humility: God’s Elevator

Man, in sinful pride, thought to elevate himself above God. He thought that by disobeying the Lord’s command he too could know good and evil. He fell and great was his fall. He became a lowly, despicable, sinful creature whose whole life was enmity against God. In his wretched state he foolishly imagines himself, even […]

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