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Where are the Young People?

It is Saturday afternoon, July 20, 1985. The day is hot and humid, the water temperature of Lake Michigan is pleasantly warm. Perfect weather for a day at the beach! The Federation Board of Protestant Reformed Young People is sponsoring a beach party at North Shore in Grand Haven, Michigan. But. . .wait. . .where […]

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Pulpit and Pew

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. “   Pulpit and pew. There should always be a close connection and harmony between the two. Worship services are communion with God. There we sing:   “To Thee, 0 Lord, I lift my eyes, 0 Thou enthroned above the […]

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Our Main Goal

What is important in our lives right now? Could we come up with a list? Or still, would we want to come up with a list? If we were to take out a piece of paper and put down in plain English, most important to me is first. . .second. . .third and so on; […]

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Do I Ever Pray?

I often say my prayers, But do I ever pray? And do the wishes of my heart Go with the words I say?   I may as well kneel down And worship gods of stone, As offer to the living God A prayer of words alone.   For words without the heart, The Lord will […]

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The Strength of Youth to Overcome

My dear youthful fellow-Christians: Covenant Christian High, My subject this morning is really taken from the Bible. I do not intend to preach a sermon to you in the formal sense. That I leave to the pulpits in our churches. I am called to give you a chapel “talk”. Luther and others gave their famous […]

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Believe What You Profess

We in the Protestant Reformed Church know a lot about our God. In the areas of theology, we have not only maintained the Reformed Creeds of our fathers, but we have worked hard to further develop this faith, i.e., the doctrine of the covenant. You should almost think that we have “arrived”. But have we? […]

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A Spiritual Letter to My Grandchildren

Dear Grandchildren: It was over two years ago that I wrote a letter to you about the spirit world; the origins of the good angels and those of the bad angels, Michael keeping the good ones, and Satan leading the bad ones – the devils. Just lately I was asked to write another letter answering […]

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Respect for Authority

The fifth of the ten commandments enjoins, “Honor thy father and they mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”  (Ex. 20:12).  The first five of these commandments follow the line of God’s unity, God’s spirituality, God’s holiness, God’s rest, and God’s authority.  That last, to […]

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