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The Laurens Church of Rotterdam

This State Reformed Church is the biggest historic building of the famous Dutch harbor city of Rotterdam. The church takes its name from St. Laurentius, arch-deacon in Rome, who died a martyr in 258 because emperor Valerianus hated his Christian teaching. It was built during the years 1449-1525 in Dutch late Gothic style with very […]

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The Song of Zion (June Devotional)

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God   June 1 Psalm 20:1-2 Psalter 43:1; 44:1, 2 Do you pray for others? Do you pray on behalf of the church and the kingdom of Christ? David instructed the people how to pray for himself as the king over the people of God, and […]

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The Song of Zion (July Devotional)

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God   July 1 Read Isaiah 29:18-24 Psalm 22:26 In Matthew 5 we read that one of the characteristics of a citizen of the kingdom of heaven is meekness. We also read in Galatians 5 that meekness is one of the fruits of the Spirit. In […]

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Child Birth—Not Child Prevention

In the May issue of the Beacon Lights, our brother Mr. Fred Iwema, of our Bethel PRC, responded to my article entitled, “Child-bearing, Not Child Prevention” of the February issue. He indicates this is a “hot” issue and takes a stand against my view. He states his response “follows considerable meditation and prayer on his […]

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Liberty? Or License?

The two have frequently been confused. “Liberty” is often taken to be the right to do what ever one pleases. After all, is not “liberty” to be understood as “freedom”—freedom to do as one wishes? Does not liberty imply that one is not bound by laws and regulations? No wonder such conclusions are drawn! Much […]

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No Greater Comfort

He sat quietly in the cave. No sound or movement came from him. He had the look on his face of an old man reminiscing of long ago. He was thinking of back then, but they were not happy thoughts. They were thoughts that left scars on his tender heart. Joey had lost his mother […]

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Virtue and Praise

Philip looked up from his book and stared out the window. He put the book down and went outside onto the patio. The sun was going down and the air was especially clear this evening, creating a spectacular sunset. Bright orange, pink, and purple filled the sky. Suddenly his father joined him. “Beautiful, isn’t it?” […]

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Wait Patiently

Lord, teach me patience as I plod along, Help me to understand when I’m not strong That in whatever way my Savior leads He’s promised to supply my daily needs.   So often I would run ahead impatiently Instead of following His path for me. “If I could know what lies ahead Then I would […]

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