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The Biblical Teaching on “Sympathy” (1)

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth those that fear Him” Psalm 103:13.   Forward: It is upon the friendly invitation of the Staff of Beacon Lights that I undertake to write a few thoughts on the subject of Christian sympathy-empathy.  I am deeply grateful for this singular privilege to write […]

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Marry in the Lord

“I am a young person and my parents don’t want me to date any person who is not a member of the Protestant Reformed Church.  I will obey my parents who I know want the best for me.  There is in Scripture, however, the verse that says to marry in the Lord.  (I Cor. 7:39).  […]

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(Dating is a relatively new, cultural innovation of the last century in the Western world.  As a result, the Bible has no explicit commands on how to date.  Therefore, we learn God’s will about dating by considering what the Bible says about marriage and about healthy relationships.)   I.  What the Bible says about marriage […]

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Judging One Another in Love

Wrong and sinful judging of one another can cause serious harm, not only to the individual Christian, but also the Body of Christ.  The Pharisee of Jesus’ day is an example of how not to judge.  He had a very high regard for himself and utter contempt for those who did not belong to his […]

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Editor’s Notes: June/July 1990

The theme of the 50th Annual P.R.Y.P.’s Convention is “Love, The Bond of Perfectness.”  Rev. Terpstra, the first speaker, will talk about “The Gift of God.”  If his keynote speech, “The Holy Spirit—His Work in the Economy of Salvation,” given at the International Reformed Conference, is any indication of what you can expect, then get […]

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Christian Fellowship

I.  Christian Fellowship is a Covenant Activity (Communion of Saints) A.  It is based on having fellowship with the Triune God. 1.  The Essence of the covenant is friendship and communion. a. In the deepest sense, this is found between Persons of the Trinity. b. Hence: covenant is God’s covenant, He is the covenant God. […]

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Beloved Children

In the Bible our Lord has seen fit to teach us the wondrous Gospel of Salvation in many different ways.  One of those ways of instruction is by means of the parable.  A parable is generally defined as an earthly truth that sets forth a heavenly reality.  Our Lord Himself has established this relationship between […]

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