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Power of Ordinary

If someone asked you how you were saved, what would you give as an answer?   I have little doubt that most young people raised in Reformed churches would respond by pointing to Christ and to his death on the cross as the way in which they were saved. And this would be a good answer […]

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Secret Recesses of the Heart

The Canons of Dordt are often considered heavy stuff. Pretty doctrinal. Not easy to understand. Good for ministers and the more mature members of the church. But some think it to be out of reach for the common pew-sitter—and especially for young people. It is true that the Canons of Dordt are doctrine, that is, […]

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Jehovah

Jehovah The Alpha, Omega The Beginning and End. My Lord, my Friend. The Giver of Salvation, The Author of Life The One who leads me Through sorrows and strife. My Strength, my Rock, My fortress sure His mercy and love Forever endure. My God, my Prophet, Priest, and King His praises forever I will sing. […]

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Receiving Christ

Young people, have you received Christ? This is an important question for all to ask themselves. First however we must be clear about the question itself. I do not intend the question as so many in the church world today intend it. I do not ask if you have accepted Christ. I do not even […]

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Called To Be Saints

Could there be a greater blessing Ever given mortal man Than to know he has a calling, One that’s even higher than That of angels, who attend him- Though they heav’nly creatures be— They protect sons of the Father— Sons and daughters—you and me. Oh, how great a love has bought us While in filth, […]

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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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Jonathan and David attend the Protestant Reformed Mission in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where their father is missionary. Jonathan & David submitted this essay in 10th grade Bible at Trinity Christian School. Christ’s salvation began from eternity and will only be finished when He comes finally to bring us to glory. Christ’s salvation is taking place from […]

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Witnessing and Testifying of the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999 The theme that Redlands gave me to speak on tonight is “Witnessing and Testifying For the Truth.” The theme text is: “Be ready always to give an answer.” My theme fits in the text in this way: Last night Rev. Koole spoke about being ready to […]

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A Precious Jewel*

* Reprinted from the Standard Bearer, vol. 47, pp. 255- 257.  They were neighbors. In fact, they had lived next door to each other for over forty years. It could be said that they got along quite well, even during those years when the children did the usual damage to lawns and gardens—and to an […]

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Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory!

Christianity is not meant to be boring, drab, or restricting. It’s not a set of rules that we have to follow. It’s not “don’t do this,” and “don’t do that.” Christianity is meant to be enjoyable! Sometimes we make Christianity boring and restricting, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Christ has saved us […]

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What He has DONE for Me

Yesterday Rev. Cammenga explained who God is for us, and what knowing God means. In addition to what he said, you know that God is our Father in Christ, and our Friend. He loves us as His children, and fellowships with us in love as His friends. The topic today, is “What He has DONE […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am concerned that Nathan Brummel fails to grasp the significance of the vague language that he used in his article “What Must You Do To Be Saved?” (Oct. 1994 Beacon Lights). I had thought that upon reflection he would see that his explana­tion of Acts 16:30ff not only leaves open the possi­bility […]

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Letter to the Editor

Having often proclaimed the gospel concept of faith, as well as issuing the call to faith many times in the preaching, I was taken aback – to say the least, when I read the article “What Must You Do To Be Saved?” (September issue). In his concluding two paragraphs, the author, Nathan Brummel, has led […]

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Glorification

Glorification is the last step in the golden chain of salvation. Romans 8:29-30 gives us that order. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom […]

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What Must You Do to Be Saved?

If you are not a confessing Christian and are wondering what you must do to be saved, the Apostle Paul provides you with the answer in the true story that is to follow. Paul was traveling on a mission journey through what is now Greece. He came to the city of Phillipi which was then […]

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Those True Disciples of Christ

From a physical point of view, Young People, the human race is divided into many different kinds of people and kingdoms. But from a spiritual point of view, the whole human race is divided into only two kingdoms, in which each has only one kind of people in it. The Kingdom of Heaven has citizens […]

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The Planted Seed Preserved

Our Lord Jesus Christ, during His ministry, taught through many parables, signs and wonders. In the parable of Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus tells us of the farmer that went and planted wheat seed in clean ground. While the farmer was away from the field, an enemy came and sowed tares in the same field. The farmer […]

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Sanctification: A Taste of Heaven

“And Enoch walked with God” (Gen. 5:24). “And Noah walked with God” (6:9). David’s heart was “perfect with the LORD his God” (I Kings 1:14, 9:4). Walking with God with a perfect heart; what a beautiful picture. Our hearts are glad when we read of men who walked with God and kings who did that […]

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That Wonderful Change

In your catechism classes, Young People, you were taught that there are seven different elements in our salvation. First of all, we are by God’s grace caused to be born again, with a new spiritual life.  The title of that work of our God is regeneration.  In the second place we have a calling out […]

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Putting on the New Man

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ, I have agreed to write an article for you on the topic of conversion.  The possibility exists that the reason I was asked to write on this topic was that there is a marked difference between the conversion that we knew at Netherlands Reformed, and the process of […]

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The Faith of God Restored

Before embarking into my thesis on “faith,” I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  For approximately thirty years I was employed in the computer field, most of which were in managerial positions, followed by six years as a Baptist preacher.  During my pastorate I was caring for an elderly father who was much […]

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Salvation’s Basic Purpose

Can you, young people, without hesitation, present the basic reason why God saves us from our sins? Can you point out the chief purpose of the salva­tion which He realizes in Christ? Do you know what must be presented as the basic purpose of salvation? There are in Scripture, as you have been taught – […]

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Reality-?-

Drowsily I stretched and attempted to roll over.  My left side seemed to be one long continuous pain.  Startled, I opened my eyes.  Darkness.  Darkness that enveloped me.  Darkness that penetrated into my mind.  My right hand reached out – reached out toward…nothing.  Beneath me was sand.  I sensed strangeness and feared to cry out.  […]

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