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Recipe for Friendship

1 cup trust 1/2 cup fun 1/2 cup seriousness ¼ cup laughter 2 tsp. tears 2/3 cup patience 3/4 cup kindness 1/3 cup hope 3/4 cup humbleness 1/2 cup reliability   Blend well in a large container of love, sprinkle some memories on top. Make some every day for a life full of happiness. Serves […]

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Repentance is the Key to Forgiveness

“We must be reading different Bibles!” a sign reads from a student of Byron Center High School (Byron Center, Michigan) supporting his openly homosexual music teacher. In the same section of students at this packed Byron Center school board meeting another sign accuses, “Who are you to judge?” These signs are directed at the Byron […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit (Conclusion)

Time for a break! It was a warm, sunny afternoon, and Julie and Jason were finished with their daily chores. Now with apples in hand, they climbed onto the railing of their porch and began to eat the crisp, red fruit. “Mm, these are good,” Jason slurped. “Yea. Hey—that reminds me of a poem I […]

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The Mark of a Man

The Mark of a Man by Elizabeth Elliot, Fleming H. Revell Company: Old Tappan, New Jersey. Young ladies, what do you look for in a man? Young men, do you cultivate the qualities of a man? Do you have a clear goal in your mind for attaining true manliness? In these days of confusion when […]

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The Reformed Churches in the Netherlands

Introduction (by John Huizenga) Although many of our readers can trace their family history back to the Netherlands, the bond has become very weak and our Fatherland has become a Great Grandfatherland known only from secondary sources. Yet we do well to keep abreast on church news in the Netherlands as well as the other […]

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Too Busy

Too busy to hear the song of the bird As he carols at the break of the day— Or list’n to the bee as his drone can be heard, When nectar he sips on the way? Too busy to observe the expanse of the blue As the clouds nonchalantly float by— Or gaze at the […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

From New Biblical Devotional by H.W.S. Nijkerk: G.F. Callenbach 1908, translated from the Dutch by John Huizenga.   May 1 Read Ephesians 3 (verses 14,16). The Apostle brings us here inside the secret of his inner chamber and shares with us his prayers for his beloved congregation in Ephesus. That prayer is no mere formality […]

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Compassion – Hail to the Victors!

Saturday, November 24, 1995. An afternoon football game that really meant something for a number of people was in progress. The number two college football team in the nation was trailing its opponent late in the fourth quarter. The score was very close all game. The lead had changed hands a time or two. But […]

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In Defense Of Women (1)

An issue which sharply distinguishes us as Protestant Reformed young people from an increasingly greater number of churches and people, is the issue of women holding places of authority in the institutional life of the Church. The most recent example of this is the “Women in Office” controversy in the Christian Reformed Churches, where many […]

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Introduction to Distinctives

There are differences between the Church of God and the world, which can be seen as believers walk the antithetical life here on the earth. More specifically, we as Protestant Reformed youth see many differences between us and the church world as a whole. There are distinctions taking the form of doctrines and also distinctions […]

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