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Acts 2 and 3

Acts 2 Introductory Remarks: We have in this chapter the well-known narrative of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, together with the connected events of Pentecost Day. Perhaps this narrative is so well-known that we are almost inclined to pass over it in our Bible discussion. This, of course, would be a mistake: not only […]

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A Glimpse of England

Imagine, if you will, a small, well-kept park, its walks bordered with neatly-clipped hedges, flaming scarlet and mauve rhododendrons everywhere, and interspersed among the greens, tiny beds filled with blossoms of riotous color. Southern England has often been compared to such a scene, for in contrast to the vast cultivated and barren lands of the […]

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A Few Opinions Resulting From a European Tour

I didn’t know how to begin this article, or perhaps I should say “where” to begin it, so I decided to put off writing until another time and read my “Reader’s Digest” instead. I turned to the article, “The Scots Among Us,” and that reminded me of the time I took the train from London, […]

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Free Will

This is my absolute opinion: he that will maintain that man’s free will is able to do or work anything in spiritual cases, be they never so small, denies Christ. This I have always maintained in my writings, especially in those against Erasmus, one of the learnedest men in the whole world, and thereby will […]

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Impressions of Italy

The day for departure arrived, and after spending nine enjoyable and restful days on board ship, we landed in Europe to find the contrast to America very noticeable. We had always been told that American culture was the European transported variety, but vast differences were apparent. Although we prefer our American way of life, yet […]

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Instinct

Instinct is inherited behavior. It is the part of behavior with respect to which animals are born fully educated. It is automatic and instantaneous in action. It is common to all members of a species; in matters of vital importance, all tend to act alike. It is by instinct that birds build their nests, and […]

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Introduction: The ‘Why’ of Our Confessions

We have thus far raised the question, “What are Confessions?” And we have briefly answered this question by pointing out that Confessions are the concise and systematic expression of that which the church believes to be the truth of the Word of God. Our confessions express the contents of our Protestant Reformed faith. We will […]

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Lessons from the Past

History always teaches God’s children many important lessons. For this reason, God gives us the Old Testament. Its history is interwoven with the mystery of the Gospel of redemption. Schools require its students to study history in order to acquaint them with the background of the world in which they live, and to give the […]

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My Trip to Europe

As long as I can remember, I hoped that some day I would be able to take a trip to Europe. So when my uncle, George Knoll, decided to go and asked me to go with him, you can imagine how thrilled I was. He has many friends in the Netherlands, and we both have […]

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On the Wing

I watched a little group of birds As they flew south today; And wondered if I’d want to leave My home each year that way.   They didn’t seem a bit perturbed, As heavenward they soared; I guess they knew their journey Was guided by the Lord.   And as I saw them winging by, […]

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Our Thanksgiving

Protestant Reformed Youth! Our Thanksgiving! What shall it be? Although Thanksgiving Day is still some weeks away, there are already many things that are preparing the American people for the keeping of this traditional holiday. Because they belong to the customary picture of Thanksgiving Day, forest and field with their color and abundant yield are […]

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Preparation – The Consistory

As the youth in the church of Christ face the future, when they shall take an active place in the midst of the congregation, their thoughts inevitably turn to the time when they may be called to serve in the consistory. There are necessarily many questions which arise, and many doubts which exist in their […]

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Regional Staff Report

On a beautiful afternoon in September, as many of our people as possible were gathered together to celebrate the 40th anniversary in the ministry of our beloved pastor, Rev. H. Hoeksema. The celebration was held on Sept. 16, at the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds. We spent an enjoyable afternoon talking with old friends and meeting […]

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Trusting in Him

“The President has had a mild coronary thrombosis.” Those eight words spoken in Denver by a White House secretary thudded on the nation and the world. The first concern turned on the man, a figure of affection and respect in the hearts of more millions throughout the globe than any man of this decade. Throughout […]

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