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How Is It that We Obey?

There is an idea that has circulated among different Christian groups through different times and ages. It involves the question of how it is that we obey and also then how we do good works. The Christians who hold to this idea commendably exert great emphasis on the importance of grace and the importance of […]

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Better Than Sacrifice

Sacrifice has long been an activity of God’s people that testified of their faith in God. “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering” (Gen 4:4). God commanded Noah to make special provisions of extra animals […]

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Vineyard Workers

The owner of a vineyard left His country for a while; The men he left in charge of it Were filled with craft and guile. The owner sent his servant there To get the fruit when ripe, But he was beaten and was sent Away with many a stripe. Other servants then he sent, They […]

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The Beginning of Knowledge (3)

Last time we considered God’s holiness and how it applies to us as Christians. Now let’s take a closer look at how true obedience to God’s law is an expression of our proper fear of the Lord. Jehovah admonished the nation of Israel again and again by the mouth of Moses both to fear Him […]

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Obedience or Submission?

Kevin is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. He wrote this essay for Senior Writing at Covenant Christian High School. Every day we are faced with this question: Do we simply obey those in authority, or must we submit to them? Whether this be with respect to parents or the government, […]

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Filial Duties in the Christian Family

Collin wiped the last spot of wax off his new Corvette. He had just bought it yesterday, so today he spent hours wiping down the black leather and polishing the yellow fiberglass…hours dedicated to touch-up work, and yet no time to help around the house. After going back inside, seeing the messy house, watching his […]

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God Will Have Obedience

The life of the child of God is a life of obedience to God. Not an external obedience, but an obedience that proceeds from the heart and affects the thoughts, words, and actions. This obedience, a result of the work of God’s grace in our hearts, is part of the life of thankfulness which we […]

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Obedience to the Authority of God

By nature, all of us are children of disobedience. We all live in disobedience to God’s law. We, by nature, resist the order of God and all of His commandments. This evil disobedient nature which we have is that of our first parents. Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:16,17 and 3:6) disobeyed the explicit command of […]

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Obedience and Honor

Dear Mr. Engelsma, “I would like to know the difference between obedience and honor to my parents.  Isn’t there a time when I honor my parents, but do not have to obey them, e.g., when I move out of the house or get married?”   Your question (s) are of great importance and timely.  Important, […]

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Called to Obedience

I was very happy last January to have received an invitation to speak at the 1982 convention! For several reasons it did not take very long before a letter of acceptance was in the mail. First, this is the area that my wife and I consider as our home territory. Mrs. Kuiper was born near […]

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The Virtue of Obedience

We live in an age of lawlessness. It pervades the whole of our society. This lawlessness has especially made its impact on the home. It is a well-known fact that the home, which is the foundation of any society, is in deep trouble. Children openly flaunt the authority of their parents and superiors. The sad […]

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In the recent past it has often been said of our consistories that they threw out faithful members for nothing more than personal animosities. It is not the purpose of this article to go into the issues involved in past troubles, they are utterly closed, and should remain so, but  rather, a clarification of the […]

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An Eleventh Commandment

I once heard a certain news commentator suggest what he considered an appropriate “eleventh” commandment: “Thou shalt not get caught.” This “command,” he believed, was one which was appropriate to the spirit of this age. I have since thought much of that. He was correct. In our day, more than ever before, it seems that […]

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Our Calling

Summary of a speech delivered by Rev Herman Hoeksema reported by Mary Engelsma On the night of the Mass Meeting at the P.R.Y.P. Convention, Rev. H. Hoeksema lectured on the topic, “Our Calling to Obedience.” He introduced the subject by explaining that obedience is a covenant part. Obedience is our part; however our part cannot […]

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Obedience in the World

Summary of a speech delivered by Rev Cornelius Hanko reported by Henry De Vries and Bern Huizenga Rev. Hanko introduced his topic by stressing that the world is an ever-changing thing. He developed this idea by speaking of three relationships which we all experience; To the church. In the field of labor. To our civil […]

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Obedience in the Home

Summary of a speech delivered by Rev Richard Veldman reported by Margaret Hoekstra Rev. Veldman first of all pointed out that he was not speaking to our brothers or sisters, nor our parents, who are not perfect and are far from being spiritual and as heavenly minded as they ought to be, but to us, […]

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Lost — A Meaning

Have you ever heard a phrase so often that its meaning was actually lost in the over-familiarity of the words? I am thinking of such a phrase as “God is near to us.” Each of us must have heard that phrase or a similar one dozens and dozens of times and each time we let […]

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Obedience

No month is more significant in the history of our country than February, even more so than the fourth of July. In February, the two important birthdates of the two statesmen-presidents occur: Washington and Lincoln. Thus we are reminded of our national heritage, as boys and girls, young men and women, who live in the […]

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Obedience

Mr. Gaastra is the President of the School Board of the Protestant Reformed Christian School, Redlands, California.   The cause of Christian instruction is dear to the hearts of Christian parents.  They spare neither time nor money so that the Covenant children may receive the very best of Christian instruction.  They realize that it is […]

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