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Proper Companions

One of the greatest concerns we have as young people is that we must have friends. To find ourselves without friends often makes us very troubled, and causes us to spend much time trying to determine what is wrong with us. And not only do we desire friends, but we want their approval. Sometimes this […]

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“Just Forgiven”

If you’ve ever taken the time to read bumper stickers on cars and trucks today, you will have been amazed, as I’ve been, at what seems to be a growing trend. It seems that no subject is too sacred or too private, and that anything can be said nowadays on a bumper sticker. Not only […]

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Look, Listen and Stop

Young People, take a walk with me, please-a walk through our church and high school parking lots, as they are filled with the various modes of transportation before Young People’s Society and church itself, or the daily schedule of classes, or a walk through your own private rooms where homework is done and hobbies are […]

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God with Us

The word “Incarnate” came up in my English class recently when we were studying Greek and Latin prefixes. One student thought it meant something like “incarcerate’’ – something to do with a putting away. Another thought it was something evil because she had heard of a book with that word in its title, and that […]

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Standing Alone

When I lived near the Rocky Mountains I looked forward to my occasional fishing trips in the mountain rivers of Colorado. Although I never caught many fish, I enjoyed the quiet beauty around me, and often fished on a large rock in the middle of a mountain stream. I often thought of all the years […]

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Redeeming the Time

“Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away.” How often we sing this song, young people! How often don’t we observe that “time flies.” And yet, how often do we really stop and think about that creature–time? The word time, you know, refers to a period, or an interval, an interval between a […]

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Be Still and Know…

By July and August, the 30-foot-wide Big Thompson River flows quietly in its rocky bed. Here and there along it, the trout fisherman has trouble finding enough water into which to cast his fly. On this weekend of the Colorado Centennial, hundreds of picnickers, sightseers, and campers find their ways up and down the narrow, […]

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For the Graduates

Graduation! What an exciting thought! Immediately we are aware that another important milestone in our growth has arrived. When I think back to my three graduations I remember mostly the mixed feelings of pride and accomplish­ment on the one hand, but also the feelings of regret that many of the activities and relationships I had […]

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Existence

At the time of the writing of this article we are in the middle of what is called the “Christmas Season”. Newscasters are heard proclaiming holiday truces in various trouble spots of the world, and bemoaning that this spirit of peace and joy cannot be with us all through the year. The Salvation Army bells […]

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Joy Now, or Forever?

One of the popular musicals from some years back has an often-repeated line which goes as follows: If you have leisure, follow pleasure; Let not an hour of joy pass by. This was the advice given in the musical to the young man of the world. The language of today puts this philosophy more briefly […]

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