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Suffering for well-doing

A couple years ago I traveled with some friends to the state of Washington. We flew into the city of Seattle and stayed there for a few days before traveling elsewhere. One night as my friend and I rode bikes down the streets of Seattle, we had the occasion to chat with a couple of […]

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Serving Among the Suffering

There are many things that a young man who desires to be a pastor does not know. If it is God’s will that he be called to office, the young man does not know where the Lord will call him to labor. He does not know the circumstances that God may bring to his ministry […]

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Armed For the Battle

The Battle We Fight Because the whole of the new dispensation constitutes the “last days,” there was a battle for the Christians to whom Paul wrote in Thessalonica, and there is today, and there will be until the end a battle for the young people of the church.  In these latter days, the days grow […]

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Becoming Soft

Depending on where you read this, chances are that you live in a wealthy place. Especially in America, you and I have an unthinkable amount of food, clothes, and technology. For the most part, we have the freedom to do whatever we desire, and may say what we want, when we want to. Strikingly, this […]

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Reproach

Reproached for Jesus’ sake? That’s not what we desire; We’d rather be esteemed Because we thus aspire. Yet God says they are blest Who for their faith are scorned, Who gladly are despised, With harsh rebuke adorned. If we desire men’s praise We’re seeking self, not God. If love for Him comes first We’ll shout […]

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The Portrait of a Christian in the World

Lisa is an eighth grade student at Covenant Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She wrote this paper for Bible class. “The Christians…dwell in their own native land, but as strangers. They take part in all things as citizens; and suffer all things as foreigners. They marry like all others; they have children; but they […]

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Witnessing & Persecution

Melissa is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. She wrote this essay for Church History at Covenant Christian High School. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my names sake” (Matthew 5:11). There are a lot […]

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One Young Man

He was a young man, a mere youth, strong and healthy. He should have been out working, learning a trade, and enjoying his family and friends. But he was in trouble. Deep trouble. Chains fettered his ankles, hunger gnawed at his stomach, and the stench of filth and rot continually bombarded his nostrils in the […]

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Experiencing the End

Beloved young people and fellow believers, at this convention we have been privileged to hear and discuss many things about the end of time signs of the second coming of Christ, false teaching about His return, as well as how we must live as Reformed Christians with our spiri­tual eyes always open, watching for the […]

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Persecution?

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” II Timothy 3:12. Pause for a moment with me and consider that verse from God’s Holy Word. It is quite a statement to read, and it leaves very little doubt in the heart of the Child of God. We will without question, […]

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Martyrs of Antiquity

Hebrews 11 is a biography of the saints of old. Men and women gave up the treasures of this life for that which was not yet seen. By faith these saints of the Old Testament lived, suffering afflictions with the people of God, rather than enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season. (verse 25) […]

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Shadows of the Cross

The following article was first given as a speech at the Singspiration held at Hudsonville church on November 23, 1969. Twilight softly shadows the city, silently aloof on its hills. Towers stand gently gilded in the setting sun, for this is Jerusalem the golden. In the ravines and valleys, even to the plain beyond, stand […]

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Forsaker or Partaker

The caption of this article refers to the brief but lucid story of Demas recorded in II Timothy 4:10. The brevity of the story is such that we can relate it unabbreviated on this page. It reads like this: “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica.” The […]

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Exalt the Lord: The Possibility

A Review of P.R.Y.P. Convention Speech, by David Engelsma Rev. McCollam, in basing his speech on the convention theme, Exalt the Lord, called our attention to the Possibility of Exalting the Lord. He developed the theme from the point of view of exalting the Lord through persecution and suffering, through humility, and through divine sovereignty. […]

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Acts 8

Introductory Remarks: It is not difficult to see the connection between the introductory verses of this chapter, vss. 1-4, which tell of the rise of persecution, and the remaining section, which treats the missionary-ministry of Philip. Nor is there by any means a lack of connection between this chapter and the general idea of the […]

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Communism (7)

(continued)   Yes, although the secret controlling powers of Communism may wish to have Christ and His Church cast forever into eternal Hell (this is an actual modified statement of our present day secret Jewish Masonic rulers of the world. The original statement is of such an extremely diabolical nature that it is unprintable); although […]

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Persecution of the Jews

Again this was news in our papers. Although it was reported last month in our newspapers, I thought it of such significance that we can devote space to it in our Current Comments. This time anti-semitic propaganda and persecution broke out in Russia. That there was persecution and mass-murders in Russia is not a new […]

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Splendor of God

SPLENDOR OF GOD  by Honore Willsie Morrow Far from being a new book, “Splendor of God” was first published in 1929, and can no longer be purchased in any book store. However, you will no doubt have very little trouble finding it in any sizable library, and if you haven’t read it I would strongly […]

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The Apostolic Fathers (3)

There is one more thing in regard to the Apostolic Fathers that we would have you consider with us. It is the matter the persecution which the early church endured and which was therefore not at all strange to the Apostolic Fathers. For this purpose we have singled out the martyrdom of Polycarp for our […]

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The Inquisition

Jesus said, “Learn from me, for I am meek and lowly of heart.” We ought always to be disposed to persecution, to suffer for Christ’s sake. In the United States, so far, I may say there is yet a comparative peace, for the people of God to worship Him as they themselves believe to be […]

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