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What Is Pure (4)

Swish-sh. My sled could race down the hill faster than anybody elses! Well, almost anybody’s. I didn’t even feel the wind bite my face as I slid down. What fun it was! The sun shone brightly and made the snow sparkle. It didn’t make it any warmer though. It was cold! “Hey, Philip, come over […]

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The Songs of Zion

March 1 Read Psalm 9 Psalm 9:1-2. This Psalm starts with a declaration of praise. David will praise God for the mercies that He has given him. In reading through the Psalm we see that David wrote this after enduring afflic­tion and being delivered by God. We, too, while living an antithetical life will endure […]

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The Menace of Islam

By the grace and direction of God, Paul established some of the first Christian churches in Asia Minor. Some of the letters that he wrote to these churches (at Ephesus, Collosse, and in Galatia) we have today as a part of our Holy Scriptures. This area, modern-day Turkey, which at one point in history was […]

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Church of Heelsum

The State-Reformed Church of Heelsum (in the Eastern part of The Netherlands) was built in the years 1517-1519. Kolonel Leonhard van Dorp (in my childhood my next-door neighbor), retired chamberlain of H. M. Queen Juliana, was so kind as to give me a picture, draw the ground plan and to dig up some particulars of […]

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Springtime Window

The bitter cold hard wind whipped snow like mountain ranges piled high along the fences squeaked and cracked in shards beneath my feet.   There, amid the peaks and hollows etched by wind born flecks of snow I came upon a roundish hole that disappeared below ‘mid feathery flakes of frost like lace adorned the […]

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Love…7-Eleven?

God is love. Our love for Him is a primary concern. Our relationship with the living God is awesome and important. But, it is very difficult. So God gave us a way to understand love. In His providential care and love, He did not place us alone in separate little pockets of the human population. […]

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God’s Sovereignty in Conception

I want to thank Ken DeJong and Geri Klaassens for their thoughtful letters in response to my article in the Beacon Lights, “Augustine on Sex and Marriage.” In that article I pointed to the fact that Augustine (and the Roman Catholic Church to this day) error in their teaching that only when a married couple […]

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God’s Sovereignty in Conception (1)

“…we must not believe as the Roman Catholics do that any use of birth control is wrong. No Christian husband and wife should use birth control without searching their heart to be certain that they are not using it for the wrong purposes. They must realize that one of the ways that their sexual relations […]

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Called to Watch: Not Sleep

The command of Christ that we watch for His second coming is seen often in Scripture. The reason for this exhortation is that we, “know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matt. 25:13). Because of this uncertainty on our part, we must keep a constant watch. The opposite of […]

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Blessed

The poor in spirit, they are blessed, God’s kingdom they’ll inherit; And those that mourn will comfort find Imputed by Christ’s merit; The meek are blessed and shall possess God’s kingdom through Christ’s righteousness.   God fills with good the souls who thirst And hunger after right; Those who show mercy shall obtain Compassion in […]

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