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Big Boys’ Toys

Heads turned as the gleaming truck rolled down the street and turned into his driveway. After a brief rev, the powerful engine was silent except for the ping of the cooling exhaust. Backwoods Bob remained inside fiddling with the radio and lights as his neighbor strolled across the street to check out this new rig. […]

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Public Worship

Public worship today comes in a wide variety of forms and substance. A quick glance at the “Religion” section of the newspaper on any given weekend reveals some of what goes on in churches on Sunday mornings. We are aware of worship services which are comprised of and include plays, films, bands and choirs and […]

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Atonement

Into Gethsemane’s garden Jesus retreated to pray, Knowing the path He must travel; The price for our sins He would pay.   His trial, unjust and so evil He endured. Yes, He drained the full cup— The cup of affliction and torment; On the cross the last drop was filled up.   Incomp’rable anguish He […]

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Needing the Lord’s Help

Christina Standish had promised, that she would again write an article for the Christian monthly for girls and boys of the Church. In the past year she had done that three times, and the editor was very pleased with that and had asked her to do it again. He had only a few contributors. She […]

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Spiritual Growth

Growth is a natural part of life. During our lifetime we experience physical, mental, and psychological growth. In the life of the child of God, spiritual growth is also part of our maturing process. While physical, mental, and to a certain extent psychological growth may end and even regress, this is never the case with […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God. Devotionals by Beth DeVries  May 1 Read Psalm 55:1-7 We cry to Thee, O Lord in our trouble. How often do we not feel the need to bring our many woes and trials before Jehovah! We have assurance in this Psalm that God will hear […]

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Psalter 42— Love for God’s Word

We hear the law of God read every Sunday to remind us of the requirement to live lives holy and acceptable to God. This versification of Psalm 19 also reminds us of how precious God’s law is to our lives. As the first stanza shows us, the law of God is perfect. What could be […]

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The Altar Call

Many of our young people attend schools where they are expected to respond to “altar calls” or to make “decisions for Christ.” They face intense pressure by teachers, ministers, and even fellow students to give an open, immediate reaction to the gospel in some visible way. Others have perhaps heard of youth rallies in which […]

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You will recall that in a previous article (Chapter 3) we saw that the theory of common grace is completely contrary to the beautiful truth of the antithesis, and replaces the antithesis with a synthesis, a compromise between Jerusalem and Athens, the church and the world, the believer and the unbeliever. This synthesis shows itself […]

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The Buttress Church in Bierum Revisited

Do you remember, that in Beacon Lights of August 1996 I wrote about the State Reformed Church of Bierum (province of Groningen, in the northeastern part of The Netherlands)? Well, two readers of Beacon Lights (from Jenison, Michigan) have paid that Church a visit during the past summer, and made this photo that shows the […]

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