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My Exceeding Joy — Even in Darkness

According to 1 John 1:4, the very goal of the gospel of the covenant of grace is that we may experience the fullness of joy.  It is certainly our prayer as pastors that you yourselves live in the consciousness of the joy of your relationship with our covenant God in Jesus Christ. In the light […]

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Happiness

Happy is that man whose God is the Lord: The most perfect gift that life can afford. Without this great treasure, our lives would be bleak: No focus, no purpose, no value to seek. How rich is the life with God’s praise its goal; With songs in the heart and joy in the soul; The […]

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Proclaiming Joy

How do you feel when someone gives you something? Not just anything, but something you desperately need? Most of us don’t even know what it means to desperately need something. Most of us are quite well off. A good portion of us have never truly felt a need for something—or have we? Let’s think back […]

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Pleasure?

Come with me, let’s drink and dance and play; Life is so short; take pleasure while you may. We pass this way but once, you know; Let’s live it up before we go.   Hey, what is that which I just said? “Before we go.” Go where? To realms of dead? I do not want […]

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Joy (3)

Jason thought it hadn’t been a very good day. First of all, he and his sister, Julie, had been mocked by other children at the park that morning. Next, they returned home to find there was nothing to eat for lunch except tuna sandwiches— Yuk. Then when he had planned on going to the library […]

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I Will Rejoice

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will […]

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Joy

“But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people could not discern the noise of the […]

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Happiness is……

That love, longsuffering, gentle­ness, meekness, and other of the fruit of the Spirit were manifest in all their perfection in the life of Christ goes almost without saying. But what about “joy”? One is inclined to wonder if we might perhaps be hard pressed to discover even a single occasion for joy in all the […]

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Developing Joy

Man was not originally made to mourn, but to rejoice. The Garden of Eden was man’s happy abode. As long as he was obedient to God, nothing in the Garden caused man sorrow. But Adam and the human race lost that joy when he fell into sin. Jesus Christ has come to bring restoration. Man […]

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Fullness of Joy

When you read the Word of God on a regular basis, you never know what you will notice about it. The Word always seems to speak to a very specific need that you have. Or it makes you notice certain things about your life that you may not have noticed before. Such was the case […]

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The Sorrows of Conception (9)

In the last Ladies’ Society held in Edgerton this past season, our pastor asked us the question: “Why does God give us the struggle with sin in this life? He could, when He regenerates and converts us, make us so perfect that we would never again sin even in this life. . .and we could […]

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Our Joy is in Jesus First

During the month of December, our family received many Christmas cards bearing merry greetings, glad tidings, and blessed wishes. I noticed that many of the captions in the cards spoke of one topic: “Wishing you JOY of the Christmas season.” “May the JOYS of the season be yours all year through.” “We pray unmeasured JOY […]

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Joy Now, or Forever?

One of the popular musicals from some years back has an often-repeated line which goes as follows: If you have leisure, follow pleasure; Let not an hour of joy pass by. This was the advice given in the musical to the young man of the world. The language of today puts this philosophy more briefly […]

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Making a Joyful Noise unto the World

Covenant Young People of our Protestant Reformed Churches: It always amazes me, and gives me a certain sense of spiritual joy when I watch you young people prepare for your conventions. Especially is this true when I watch you, and find out what theme you have picked for your convention. Thus far the thirty-four conventions […]

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Joy!

Dear readers: Due to my surgery I was unable to complete an article for my regular column “Current Events and Comments.” In place of it I have written a fill-in article which I hope you enjoy as well. My apologies and the Lord willing I will be back in two months. Thank you. Jamie carries […]

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Easter by Way of the Cross

The Passion season is again with us, that wonderful time of the year when in a special way we commemorate the suf­fering and death of our Lord and Sav­iour. And just a few more weeks, and another Easter Day will dawn, when “Torn the lips of old and young alike, we hear the old yet […]

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Serve Him with Gladness

Scripture repeatedly admonishes and exhorts us to serve the Lord. The very fact that the Word of God always exhorts us to do this implies a fact which we cannot very well escape or ignore.  It implies that we don’t do that and are not of ourselves inclined to do that.  Scripture paints a very […]

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The Jubilee of Christian Liberty

Summary of speech given by Rev Gerrit Vos reported by Alice Reitsma After the banquet had been served at our last Convention gathering, the Rev. G. Vos, from Edgerton, Minn. addressed his audience of approximately 350 young men and women. “Jubilation is the heart of my talk to you tonight,” Rev. Vos stated.  “Hearing in […]

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