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Issue at Hand, Jan 2019

Is there a better way to begin a new year than by taking account of the time you have been given—past, present, and future—and meditating on how you use it as a child of God? Within the incomprehensible vastness of eternity, God formed a creature called time. Have you ever stopped to meditate upon that? […]

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Irresistible

I don’t have much time. No, I did not just receive a fatal diagnosis. I simply don’t have much time to keep your attention. According to Microsoft Canada, the average human attention span is only eight seconds (28). I would have a better chance writing to goldfish (attention span: nine seconds). Unfortunately, we do not […]

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God, the Creator of Time

“A fickle-minded man, whose thoughts were all astray because of his conception of time past, might wonder why you, who are God almighty, Creator of all, Sustainer of all, and Maker of heaven and earth, should have been idle and allowed countless ages to elapse before you finally undertook the vast work of creation. My […]

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How Shall We Look Back?

Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it, Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” – 1 Samuel 7:12 Whether it is the Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC, or the memorial of the Civil War in Arlington, VA, or even that of tombstones […]

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A Foundation for our Future

We all possess a sinful nature that drives us to gratify all of our desires immediately. Our sinful natures ask us, “Yea, hath God said?” just as the serpent asked Eve in the Garden (Gen. 3:1). As we pose this question to ourselves, we seek to elevate ourselves over God by presuming the right to […]

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Using Our Time for the Glory of God

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31) Whatsoever we do? Really? Including eating and drinking? What about after a hard day’s work helping my parents, surely a few hours in the evening I can just please myself? The inspired Apostle teaches us, […]

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The Clock

Stephan moved the hands of the clock back. No one would notice a few minutes off. Besides, he’d move the hands ahead again later. “Stephan, you’re late!” Mother scolded as she entered the house. “I said if you were late once more—“ “But Mom,” Stephan interrupted, “I’m not late.” Stephan’s mother looked at the clock, […]

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The Sand in Your Hourglass

Another year’s worth of sand has poured through the neck of the cosmic hourglass. Very little is left. How many grains are left, only God knows. When God created the heavens and the earth, He filled it with just enough to accomplish His purpose with the earth. When the last grain drops, Christ will return […]

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It’s Time

Throughout life we live asking For each and every thing. For me the hardest part was waiting For everything plus what was in between. For so long I had wanted To find someone and fall in love, I even reached a certain point When I became impatient with God’s plan from up above. I wanted […]

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A Little Cloud in the Sky

Nearly two years have gone by since that most wonderful day, the day when the longing, the loneliness, the heartaches, the desire to be married, were all over. Then life began. United in love we walked into a new life to enjoy its beauties, leaving all the troubles of single life behind, never to return. […]

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The Cosmic Clock

Pulleys turn, the governor whirrs, The chimes announce the passage of yet Another precise quantity of time. The sounding brass fades, All the quiet sounds of metal parts Working together resume.   A cold blast of snow and wind, Glistening ice, and frozen lakes Announce the hour of winter on earth. Grand and majestic the […]

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Being Stewards of Time

God created time for this creation and for the creature, namely man. Because God created an orderly creation and governs it with time, we are bound to work within the framework of time. All that we do, have done, or project to accomplish, is measured by time. The Lord started the clock of the universe […]

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Time (continued)

In Psalm 31:15 David confesses, “My times are in Thy hand.’’ Though this is true of all men, in that they live and move and have their being in God, yet the confession is one which only God’s redeemed children can make. The ungodly deceive themselves and in the folly of their unbelief they imagine […]

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Time

Time to get up out of bed. Time to go to school. Time to leave for Church. Time for Young People’s Society. Dinnertime, bedtime, and time to begin yet another day. Never enough time! Springtime, summertime, and wintertime, and so “time flies.” Perhaps it is true that as we grow older we become more aware […]

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Redeeming the Time: In an Age of Ignorance

The theme of our convention speeches is expressed in the words of the apostle Paul: “Redeeming the time.” We should note briefly the use of the concept time in this epistle to the Ephesians by the apostle. In the first chapter of this letter the apostle speaks of eternity in contrast to time. This contrast […]

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God’s Time

In the beginning, God created that creature called time. God is a God that is eternal, but in order that His creatures might have an orderly life, God created time. As David wrote: time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away. That stream is the stream of life which begins at conception and […]

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Years in Thy Sight

For a thousand years in Thy sight Are but as yesterday when it is past. And as a watch in the night. —Psalm 90:4   Years to a thousand! that’s ages and ages Crowded with history for pages and pages. Ceaseless rise, reign and ruin of empires past; Dynasties, philosophies—they never last!   Countless events […]

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Redeeming the Time

“Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away.” How often we sing this song, young people! How often don’t we observe that “time flies.” And yet, how often do we really stop and think about that creature–time? The word time, you know, refers to a period, or an interval, an interval between a […]

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Do You Have Time?

Ephesians 5:15 and 16: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Several weeks ago, as I was looking at my mail, I discovered a brown and tan envelope from Beacon Lights. Before I even opened it, I said to myself, “They’re probably […]

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Redeeming the Time

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15 – 17 Do you, young people? Sit down for a few moments and read the entire chapter in which […]

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Redeeming the Time – Its Meaning

Summary of a speech given Rev Herman Hoeksema by Miss Fran Vanden Berg At the Inspirational Mass meeting, the first meeting of our recent Convention held in Iowa, we were privileged to have the Rev. H. Hoeksema speak to us briefly on the theme “Redeeming the Time – It’s Meaning”. He began with these words: […]

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Redeeming the Time – The Manner

Summary of a speech given by Rev Andrew Petter by Miss Elsie Kuipers The manner of redeeming the time is to buy out our opportunities. What is our calling? We must honor and glorify God. We must serve God according to our nature. A tree and a bird glorify God. We are different. We have […]

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Wasting Time

When we speak of wasting time we are speaking of a matter which concerns us all. Who is there that is not guilty? We were created to serve God all the time. We were made in the image of God which means we once knew God, were righteous as God created us, and we were […]

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