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Loving the church in deed and truth

In reflecting on the theme for this month’s issue, it occurred to me that knowing why we love the church should immediately be followed with instruction from God’s word on how to love the church in response. So instead of reading this editorial first, I encourage you to start with this month’s feature articles, which […]

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The Belt of Truth (3) A Soldier’s Honor

As Danny, his sister Becky, and their mom looked at the picture of a Roman soldier in a library book, Danny’s mom tapped on the belt. “A Roman soldier’s sword belt had one last important role. It was also the symbol of the soldier’s place as a soldier. Only soldiers wore belts like that. If […]

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Grow Up! (2)

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians […]

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Be Firm in the Truth

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (Eph. […]

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Buy the Truth, and Sell It Not (2)

We ended last time considering the various ways in which we are commanded to “buy” the truth. We found that the truth is most importantly the doctrines which we believe as they are found in God’s Word and summarized in our Reformed creeds. That we believe and love that truth will be evident by our […]

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Buy the Truth, and Sell It Not (1)

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” This is the familiar command of a father to his son found in Proverbs 23:23. This verse sets forth a very important principle, or standard, by which the child of God ought to live his life in this world. This instruction is […]

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Eternal Truth

Rationalist logician avers argument powerful That Christ’s death no substitution signifies. Futile, worthless logic falls before the Cross: “We have received the atonement – The Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep” – Doctrines of Grace He proclaims, holding heart and mind Deep-dyed with crimson stain To ingrain the wool of the soul. Where […]

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Ask for the Old Paths

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jer. 6:16) Scripture is clear that one genera­tion had to teach the next and in so doing remain faithful to the truth […]

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Earnestly Contend for the Faith (3)

I Peter 3:15 I.   With a Necessary Antidote II.   In a Continual Preparation III.  By a Gracious Manner   Sanctify Him in your heart. This means separate Him in your conceptions from all that is not God, from all that is human, imperfect, finite, temporal, changeable, evil. This in itself is to think and act […]

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The Christian Buying the Truth

“Buy the truth and sell it not.”   Prov. 23:23 John Bunyan’s incomparable story, Pilgrim ‘s Progress, sees Christian and Faithful passing through Vanity Fair (this world), where all kinds of merchandise are displayed for sale: houses, lands, trades, businesses, titles, public and ecclesiastical offices, countries, kingdoms; lusts, pleasures and delights, as whores, wives, husbands, children, […]

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The Christian, Truth and Holiness

“Thy Word is truth.” John 17:17. In the Lord’s (high priestly) prayer the complete thought is, “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.” People are always saying, Why so much doctrine? We need more practical teaching on how to live the Christian life! But why this separation of doctrinal truth from practical truth? […]

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The Christian and the Truth

Truth is an essential attribute of God. It is an aspect or facet of the divine nature. God is the God of truth. Deut. 32:4. The name “God of truth’’ expresses ownership or the possession of a possessor, as in “Lord of heaven and earth’’ (Matt. 11:25). See also Gen. 14:19, 22. God possesses all […]

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The Christian in This Age of Error

“Some … have erred concerning the faith’’ (I. Tim. 6:21).  “Ye (Sadducees) do err, not knowing the scriptures” (Matt. 22:29)  “He that refuseth reproof erreth” (Prov. 10:17). “Idols “are vanity and the work of errors” (Jer. 10:15). “He that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth us not. By this know […]

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Spiritual Nutrition

In America recently, there has been a rising concern over what we as a country eat. Many schools have prohibited the sale of junk food before the noon lunch period. Doctors all over the country are warning us against the dangers of a poor diet. High cholesterol, sodium, and sugar in diets are associated with […]

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The Development of the Truth

Introduction There are times, I think, in the lives of all of us when doubts and questions arise in our souls concerning the truth which we confess as Protestant Reformed people. Sometimes these doubts are simply due to our own weakness of faith – as the Psalmist sings: “These doubts and fears that trouble me […]

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Admonition to Adhere

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Host Society and the Steering Committee. These two bodies are acknowledged as having performed a great task in preparing for the convention. But I also want to thank the adult advisors who guided and helped the Steering Committee at all times. Very unselfishly and very […]

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Tell It Like It Is

First, read the article straight through without pausing at reference points; then go back, reread and look up the references. The man on the street likes to claim, I “tell it like it is!” As an old cartoon character used to say, “Interesting, if true!” But is it true? (1) We as Christians are bound […]

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Disciples Indeed!

“Then said Jesus unto the Jews which believed in him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31, 32 Jesus had an inner circle of disciples, called the twelve. They were not all real, spiritual learners. […]

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Invincibly Established

“Some twenty years ago an acorn dropped Into a rocky ledge where limestone showed A few white teeth and where the forest stopped Before the red slash of a quarry road. It had no business to be hatching there, A skinny leg of green life on the bare, Inhospitable ledge.  A week, no doubt, Would […]

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How Firm a Foundation

Non-Fiction: How Firm a Foundation The age in which we live could well be called, not the Atomic Age, but rather the Intellectual Age. Modern man is so completely governed and dominated by the burning desire to gain more knowledge that this knowledge has completely replaced his wisdom. No task is so great, and no […]

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Make Up Your Mind! (2)

“Men who are admittedly Reformed but who have a tendency toward one-sidedness” are cast out of the fellowship of the church because they refuse to mix the Reformed Truth with the poisons of Messrs. Pelagius and Arminius and company! They insist upon the unadulterated truth! On the other hand men who, to quote the Canons, […]

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Holding Fast to the Truth

On the night of the Mass Meeting of our 18th Annual P.R.Y.P. Convention, Rev. H. Hoeksema lectured on the topic, “Holding Fast to the Truth.” He first of all pointed out that this was a very beautiful theme, for even though the church in Philadelphia, spoken of in Revelation 3, was very small, it was the true […]

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