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The Stranger

A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months […]

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Nurturing of Christian Attitudes

1998 Scholarship Essay  All Christians desire to be godly. Every believer longs to see Christian attitudes within himself and to manifest these attitudes clearly and consistently before God and man. Therefore, a Christian’s chief hope regarding his attitude is that it may be like Christ’s. He greatly desires to imitate and reflect his glorious Redeemer’s […]

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Deforestation

What goes through your mind when you hear environmentalists lament the disappearance of the rainforests? Most of us are far removed from the rainforests and we form our views on the basis of what the environmentalists, talk show hosts, politicians, and economists tell us. Some want to preserve the forests—leave them alone completely. They warn […]

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Fleeing Sin (1)

Lord’s Day 33, Q & A 89 of the Heidelberg Catechism asks the question: “What is the mortification of the old man?” The answer: “It is a sincere sorrow of heart, that we have provoked God by our sins; and more and more to hate and flee from them.” It is evident from this question […]

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Whence Glory?

Though I attain great learning And many tongues can speak, I’ve mastered all philosophies And still new concepts seek…   Though I, a first class artist Get all the world’s acclaim; I craft the greatest sculptures, Each painting brings me fame…   Though a king or ruler Have pow’r ne’er known before; My word is […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God December 1 Read Psalm 117 Psalm 117:1 This is the shortest Psalm, but what a multitude of truths we can find in it. We read the word praise in the first verse twice. This is significant for us because as God’s people we are called […]

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Psalter 27 – God the Highest Good

Our highest good is God! This what David desires to teach us in this Psalm. We are led by the confidence of David to also put our trust in God. We see that there are many difficulties and sorrows in life but God remains our strength. This Psalm then goes on to speak of the […]

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Fourth Floor, Room 113

Writing Contest Winner – 1st place, Age 14, 9th Grade  As I walked into the hospital, all sorts of antiseptic smells assailed me. I scrunched up my nose. I had always hated hospitals. I walked down the hall and waited for the elevator. An intern with a girl in a wheelchair followed me. She was […]

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God, The Savior of All Men

Reprinted from the CPRCNI newsletter.  “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe,” I Timothy 4:10.  This text, along with others of a similar kind, has often been quoted in support of the free and general […]

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The Old “Schepershuis”

Here a shepherd once lived. The word “scheper” was local dialect in the Southeastern part of the Dutch province of Drenthe. I made this drawing in the beginning of the war, at a sunny afternoon. There was no road, but a very small path in the tract of heath. You could go over it with […]

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