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Lessons From Pluto

On January 19, 2006 NASA’s New Horizons (NH) space probe was launched with Pluto as its destination. Ironically, the same year NH was launched, Pluto was demoted from its status as a planet and reclassified as a dwarf planet. A little over a year after launch, cruising at about 36,000 mph, NH swung around Jupiter, […]

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Praying for God’s Will to be Done

“If it be Thy will.” How often don’t we use those words in our prayers? “If it be thy will.” It’s important for us to use those words. When Jesus instructed his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, he taught them to pray “Thy will be done.” Later, toward the end of his ministry, Jesus […]

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Providence (3) Providence and Evil

The Reformed confession of providence includes the confession that God is sovereign over evil. This is a particular emphasis of the Reformed confession of providence. The Belgic Confession in article 13 gives a general statement of the doctrine of providence and quickly moves to an extended treatment of the doctrine of providence and evil. The […]

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Christianizing the World? (1)

Is this the calling of the church? Is this the calling of the Reformed young man or woman? Is this the purpose of the Christian education of Reformed young people, especially of the higher education of Reformed young people? If we are to believe the Christian Reformed Church, especially its high schools and colleges, including […]

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God’s Total Sovereignty Over the Will of Man

In our last article concerning freewill, we dealt with several repudiations of this erroneous doctrine. In this article, we will be dealing with an argument the Arminians have against the total sovereignty of God. Many Christian Churches teach Arminianism today, and thus, it is a very dangerous doctrine for us and our young people, since […]

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Our Father is Sovereign

We live in a world of boundaries. A fish cannot live beyond the bounds of water. He can survive only when he have enough oxygen and within a narrow range of temperature. Man works hard to extend his boundaries but he remains a creature limited by space and time. All creation had a time when […]

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Our Father is Sovereign

Our God has created us and He has created the world in which we live. He created all things for His own glory. He created us so that we might know Him and enter into His eternal covenant fellowship. To this end, He has revealed Himself to us in His Word and He works within […]

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The Doctrine of Creation (4)

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). It is with faith that a belief in God’s work of creation begins; faith which is one of the blessings of salvation, and a gift […]

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God’s Sovereignty in Conception (1)

“…we must not believe as the Roman Catholics do that any use of birth control is wrong. No Christian husband and wife should use birth control without searching their heart to be certain that they are not using it for the wrong purposes. They must realize that one of the ways that their sexual relations […]

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God’s Sovereignty

All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing, and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, ‘What doest Thou?’ ” Dn. 4:35 By comparison to the Most High God, the absolute Sovereign […]

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If there is one chief doctrine, the defense of which characterized this entire period of history, it is the doctrine of God’s sovereign work of grace in the salvation of His elect people in Christ.  This is the truth which was recaptured by the Reformation of the 16th Century; this is the truth for which […]

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The Blessing of God

Jeremiah 14:22—“Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause ruin? Or can the heavens give showers? Art not thou he, O Lord our God? Therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.” THE BLESSING OF GOD The summer lies before us. Planting is done. Now there […]

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A Protestant Reformed World and Life View

“Prone to hate God and his neighbor!”  This is the eternal judgment of God upon wicked men.  Even in all their marvelous accomplishments, nothing else can be said but this.  No matter what man may attempt to do and actually succeed in doing, he is only adding to his sin.  Everything that comes into his […]

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Is Your God Sovereign?

Young people, may we ask you for a few minutes of your time to consider with us the most important question of your life? No, we do not have in mind the question of your life’s occupation, nor the question of marriage, nor that of the church, however important these and other related questions may […]

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A Redeeming Truth

It is refreshing to the soul to peruse some of the works of John Calvin in which he both criticizes the modem per­version of the truth he loved and taught and also ably sets forth and defends that truth. When we consider the argu­ments which he brings forth and notate his repeated appeals to Scripture […]

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Our God

GOD, the CENTER of all our Living! That is the essence of true Christian Living. By it the existence of the un­godly and the life of the Christian are forever distinguished. The former con­tinue on slippery paths and “God is not in all their thoughts” while the latter think, act and live in “the fear […]

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Esther 6:1 to 10:3

LESSON XIX From Sackcloth to Royal Purple Esther 6 For a reason not stated in the text King Ahasuerus could not sleep the night of the day upon which Haman had come to the conclusion that there was but one thing for him to do, namely, to ask the king for permission to hang Mordecai […]

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The Sovereignty of God

We hear it said so often that God is a sovereign God; that God’s sovereign counsel contains the destiny of all creatures: that the grace of God is sovereign elective grace. Yet, do we realize just what the word “sovereign” implies? Do we realize the extent of God’s sovereignty? What is meant by God’s sovereign […]

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