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What is the most essential foundation of every relationship? Trust? Love? Respect? If we really think about it, knowledge of one another must be the basis of a relationship. A person cannot trust another if one does not know the other. Neither can he or she respect or love. Really knowing another person sets up […]

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Wise Strangers and Sojourners

Young people, are you wise? I suspect that most of you would answer affirmatively. Some of you may be correct to a degree. But I suspect that not everyone who answers positively is completely honest. Most of you have a ways to go when it comes to wisdom. Young people generally are not noted for […]

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Knowledge of the Truth (2)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In the last article, Rev. Koole explained that the knowledge that we need is the Knowledge of the Truth. Now, there are a few things in connection with this Knowledge of the Truth that I want to emphasize. In the first place, I want to point […]

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Knowledge of the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. I subscribe to a weekly news magazine that reports and assesses the world’s news and events from a Christian perspective. In that magazine is an advertisement of a college named Knox College—after the great Scottish Reformer of the late 1500’s who studied in Geneva under Calvin […]

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Knowledge and Reverence

“According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth.” (Psalm 48:10). “Wherever God becomes known, his powers cannot fail to be manifested; might, goodness, wisdom, righteousness, mercy, truth – these should captivate us with wonderment for Him, and impel us to celebrate His praise.” These are the words […]

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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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God’s Controversy with Israel (2): Hosea 4

“By swearing, and lying, and killing…” The world is full of it.  Daily killings continue in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, in Sri Lanka, in Honduras, and Nicaragua.  But in our own land the crime of murder is appalling!  “Four (4) times as many Americans will be killed by abortion as by cancer…; 10 […]

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Nature of the Knowledge of Christ

Calvin’s Tracts: Vol II, page 213. Nature of the Knowledge of Christ “We must hold therefore that Christ, being the eternal Son of God, and of the same essence and glory with the Father, assumed our flesh, to communicate to us by right of adoption that which he possessed by nature, namely, to make us […]

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What Wonderful Knowledge We Possess

The knowledge of the mystery of the gospel is beyond what precious metals can buy.  We possess this knowledge not because of who we are or what we have done, but only by the grace of God.  The carnal man does not have this knowledge.  He cannot eat of the spiritual meat and drink of […]

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Having the knowledge of God is of extreme importance, for without this knowledge, the people of God are utterly destroyed. God’s own people come to lack this knowledge because they openly reject it instead of diligently striving toward it. The truth of Scripture which makes known who God is constitutes the knowledge of God. It […]

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God’s Knowledge

“God … is perfect in knowledge.” (Job 37:15-16). Probably it was Protagoras, one of the earliest heathen philosophers, who claimed what amounts to the very opposite of the above, namely, “Man is the measure of all things.” This comes out of Agnosticism (a cowardly Athe­ism). But current, blatant, hard-core Atheism makes the same foolish contention. […]

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So You Want to Go to College

That is a good thing — wanting to go to college. Education has always had a high place in the value system of the Christian and that high place ought to be maintained. The 16th century reformers — both Luther and Calvin — speak highly of education. (Cf. Rev. D. Engelsma’s excellent series of articles […]

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A Wonderful Season

It is a wonderful season! Fall is here and once more we have begun our studies. We have begun our school work receiving our instruction in grade schools, in high schools, or in colleges. Also, the most important part of instruction has resumed. Catechism classes have started. This season of study is wonderful for God’s […]

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Beri-Beri – Bad Business

Beriberi is a word which has become more or less common to us.  It is derived from the Singhalese wore beri which means weakness.  We use it to denote the disease which is caused by an improper diet.  Persons who do not eat the proper foods and persistently lack certain vitamins are liable to this […]

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