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Glory in the Lord

Are we living the way we are commanded to live? Or are we giving in to our sinful natures? Do we go about our studies, employment and other daily activities humbly serving the Lord by serving others? Or are we letting the sin of pride dominate our lives? All of us have to fight the […]

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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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God’s Word: The Only Sure Foundation

How often don’t we rely on something other than the Word of God when we are challenged to give a reason why we do one thing and refuse to do another thing? Classmates may ask, “Are you going to the movies with us tonight? Who are you taking to the dance? Would you like a […]

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The Folly of Pride

I am the best— o’er all the rest   I win the game— though cheaters blame.   I know the most— ‘tis not a boast.   I even see— best dressed is me!   Though truly writ, how can be it this poem ends— I have no friends? In Proverbs 28:25, … “he that putteth […]

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Why Is Pride the Deadliest?

Pride causes people to rationalize their sins and in some cases the sins of ones they love. Pride makes people cover up their sins instead of confessing them. Pride answers a valid rebuke with an attack. Pride holds grudges and blocks forgiveness. Pride makes it impossible for people to see their own sins. Because of […]

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Piano Lesson (5)

“I can’t wait until tomorrow!” said Lydia when she came home from school. “I just know they’ll choose me!” She hurriedly set down her books and took off her coat. “Wait-a-minute,” said Mother. “Choose you for what?” “They need someone to play a piano piece for the program next week, and both Sharon and I […]

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Pride – Number One in My Life

I woke up this morning. It was a short night. Going to bed late last night, I got only five and a half hours sleep. But, I am awake. I need my shower to get things rolling. Shower should be quite hot. I like it very hot, almost scalding. Better hurry, though, or I might […]

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Knowing Who Is Able

“EXHORTATION”: From the Latin: “An urging out of.” From the Bible: “God urging His people out of sin and into His kingdom.” The Holy Spirit in the Bible in Luke 12:29-34 has exhorted us and in our hearts through that Word, does continually exhort us “to seek the kingdom of God.” Rather than seeking anything […]

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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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Pitfalls of Pride

Pride. What is it and how is it expressed? How do others react to the quality of pride in a man? In the place of pride, what quality should we possess? We all know the definition of pride as “a high opinion of one’s own worth,” or “conceit.” This definition does not give us a […]

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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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James 4 (3)

James 4   B. Verses 11, 12: Carping criticism in the Church. 1. Explanation: The deviltry in the churches which James exposes and condemns in these verses is part of the internal strife racking the churches which James has been opposing throughout the fourth chapter. It is the evil of running down one’s brother to […]

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Pride Goeth

The slow rain had been drizzling down for three days. The gray sky and the decrepit old buildings snuggled together, each matching the other shade for shade of the same weary color. A young sailor in a wet summer uniform shuffled along the sidewalk, stopping now and then in a deserted doorway. But they offered […]

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The Pope is Still Proud

A recent issue of a nationally circulated magazine blazed across its cover the caption, “Pop John, the Humble Pope.”  This description is only one of the many anthems being sung at the present time to the honor of Rome’s head.  With the calling of the Vatican Council, the “glorias” become louder and louder.  Catholics, Protestants, […]

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God I Thank Thee

You are well acquainted, of course, with the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican who went to the temple to pray.  We find it recorded in Luke 18:9-14.  Likely as not, you’ve always heard the Pharisee condemned and the Publican commended, which is correct as we may readily gather from verse 9. But, apart […]

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