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James 3 (2)

(Continued from last month)   3) And Jesus says that not what enters the mouth but that which comes out and is expressed by that tongue defiles the man! b) But the tongue corrupts the whole existence of mankind. 1)  The teacher can and often does corrupt the masses and sets the wheel of society […]

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James 4 (1)

A. Verses 1-10: War in the Church: its cause and corrective. 1.  Verse 1. a.  Explanation: James now turns his attention to the “wars and fightings” that racked the churches of his time. These were not conflicts of the churches with unbelieving enemies but were conflicts within the churches between brother and brother. “Wars” are […]

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Apathy

Mouths open and close with hippopotamus-like yawns as another day of school begins. Eyes are heavy with sleep: minds are dull with the thought of another day in school. When the mouths are not open yawning and sighing, they are moving incessantly chattering about last night’s television programs, the latest hits in pop music, or […]

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Dating

Why do we, as young people date? Do we date for fun or do we date with the reason of looking into the future? With either reason in mind the questions of who to go with and where to go on a date are very important. At this period of our lives we are looking […]

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Space Science in 1966

Mr. Kaminga presented this essay in a panel discussion at a combined Junior and Senior Young People’s Society meeting in First Protestant Reformed Church. Rick is a sophomore at East Christian High School in Grand Rapids.   In 1966 the world took great strides in the area of space science. Because of these spectacular achievements […]

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Assurance: Defined and Promised

From the age of the Puritans we have the following statement on Assurance. “Can true believers be infallibly assured that they are in the state of grace, and that they shall persevere therein unto salvation? Answer: Such as truly believe in Christ, and endeavor to walk in all good conscience before Him (I John 2:3), […]

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The Other Side of the Coin

. .”For they verily for a few days chastened us after their pleasure.”  Hebrews 12:10   There are two sides to every story. Thus goes the adage. Many are such common proverbs which contain much truth in their very simplicity and homeliness. There are two parts in every covenant. Thus we read in the liturgical […]

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Current Events and Comments

Not long ago, Dr. Donald Wilson, Professor of Physical Anthropology at Calvin College, addressed an assembly at East Christian High School here in Grand Rapids. I was privileged to obtain a tape of his message, from which the information in this article is taken. By digging up and examining fossils, he attempts to reconstruct the […]

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What is Wrong with our Singspirations?

Dear Mark, In response to your question in the March issue of Beacon Lights I have the following comments and suggestions to make. I believe that the lack of attendance of singspirations is due primarily to the fact that such short notice is given. Lately a notice appeared in the bulletin of First Church informing […]

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