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He that Striveth…is Temperate

We have come at last to temperance, the last of nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit as that fruit is outlined by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5. The word “temperance” in the original (Greek), we are told, means literally “inner strength.” It refers here to the strength of character which enables one […]

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Learn of Me; for I am meek…

Just how important is meekness in the estimation of God? The Apostle Peter, who wrote by the inspiration of the Spirit, declared it to be a grace of the highest order. He says of the “ornament of a meek and quiet spirit’’ that it is “in the sight of God of great price” (I Pet. […]

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But I Have Prayed For Thee…

“Whither goest thou?” “Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now.” “Why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.” ******* The scene is the upper room. The exchange was between two men, one a mere man, the other the Son of man. Both make what amounts to […]

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Unto the Least of These My Brethren

“When the Son of man shall come in all his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he […]

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Neither Do I Condemn Thee…

There are some people, are there not, with whom it’s just plain difficult to get along. Others there are whose engaging personality makes it a plea­sure to associate with them. To the latter, one is easily and quickly drawn. Such people have a way of putting others at ease in their presence. For whatever the […]

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Father, Forgive Them

“If that idiot-driver at the head of the line had not been sleeping when the light turned, I could have made it through!’’ Have you ever heard anyone say that. . .or said it yourself? For that matter, how often do you go through an entire day without hearing a single snide remark about somebody […]

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Why Are Ye So Fearful?

Late on Christmas eve last year a pickup truck, having gone out of control on a snow-covered and slippery stretch of M-50 slid off the highway and overturned in the ditch. No one witnessed the accident. A few cars did pass that way during the next quarter of an hour or so, but, with nothing […]

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Happiness is……

That love, longsuffering, gentle­ness, meekness, and other of the fruit of the Spirit were manifest in all their perfection in the life of Christ goes almost without saying. But what about “joy”? One is inclined to wonder if we might perhaps be hard pressed to discover even a single occasion for joy in all the […]

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As I Have Loved You

There is, as you probably remem­ber from your Junior High science class, a law of physics which declares that water seeks its own level. And if you don’t remember learning about that “law” in school, you certainly know of it from easy and frequent observation. Think, for example, of the water in a teakettle. You […]

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Blessed Are Your Eyes

The following article is the substance of a beginning-of-the-year chapel speech delivered last September by Mr. Don Doezema, principle of Covenant Christian High School.   Some years ago I ran across a picture entitled “The Christ of the Snow.” I have it here with me today. At first glance this picture appears to be nothing […]

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Sunday School in the Protestant Reformed Churches (3)

We have, in the past two issues, said quite a bit about Sunday School but virtually nothing about Sunday School teachers. If Sunday School is important beyond what it does for parents, then the caliber of the teachers is extremely important. The effectiveness of the instruction given during the Sunday class session is going to […]

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Sunday School in the Protestant Reformed Churches

This is the second of three articles by Mr. Doezema on the topic of Sunday Schools. (2) In the last issue we attempted to show that Sunday School teachers, though not called by God officially through the church institute, do, nevertheless, perform an important work in the church. Through their instruction the covenant seed gains […]

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Sunday School in the Protestant Reformed Churches

Some time ago I was asked to write an article on the Sunday School for the Beacon Lights. That’s a pretty broad subject, of course, so the committee wisely gave me a topic to which I was to address myself. Now, somehow or other, I managed to lose the letter which I had received from […]

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The 1962 Convention

Convention week 1962 began for some Prot. Ref. young people on Monday, August 13.  But the first two days were undoubtedly different for different people.  Long before the young people of the Wolverine state were thinking about the convention, our more distant friends were probably pushing east across the Great Plains toward Hudsonville.  Once the […]

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The Arian Controversy

The history of the church during nearly the entire 4th century A.D. is chiefly a history of the Arian controversy. And, if it may be said at all that the controversy was settled in those two generations, it was followed by a series of controversies essentially connected with it, which for centuries tore the Church […]

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