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Meekness

“Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek…” (Matt. 21:5). There is a certain truth in the theory of Thomas Carlyle, “The history of this world is the biography of its great men.” Certainly it is true that the great leaders of this world have left their mark on history’s lessons. Equally true is that great […]

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Faith

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years. . .came behind him, and touched the border of his garment.  Luke 8:43, 44   For the most elegant litany of all those who lived and died by faith, one only has to read Hebrews 11. Here, the apostle gives names to the Old Testament […]

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Temperance

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank. . . .” Daniel 1:8   And so, finally, we come to temperance, the last of nine evidences of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. What is […]

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Meekness

“Behold, they King cometh unto thee, meek. . .”  Matthew 21:5   There is a certain truth in the theory of Thomas Carlyle, “The history of this world is the biography of its great men.’’ Certainly it is true that the great leaders of this world have left their mark on history’s lessons. Equally true […]

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Faithfulness

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. I Cor. 4:2 If there is one criterion for anyone who is hired to handle a great deal of money or oversee the finances of some important corporation it is that he must be trustworthy. In a day of rank dishonesty, swindling of […]

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Goodness

 “… for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11   Tucked between the saber rattling of the Book of Judges and the power and panoply of the six books about the kings of Israel lies the quiet little Book of Ruth. It consists in its entirety […]

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Gentleness

“But a certain Samaritan as he journeyed came where he was: and when he saw him he had compas­sion on him. And went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine and set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him.”   Luke 10:33-34 […]

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Longsuffering

“Choosing rather to suffer af­fliction with the people of God. . . .”  Hebrews 11:25 As a child, there were two stories from the Old Testament which dis­tressed me a great deal. Neither of these stories seemed to have a very just or happy ending. And if there is one thing which every child looks […]

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Peace

“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9 Without a doubt, the decade in which we live will be remembered as the era in which the greatest advances for women were made since the Women’s Suffrage […]

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Joy

“But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people could not discern the noise of the […]

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Love

“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” I Samuel 18:1 The birds on the Judean plain still sang. The locusts whirred their dusty serenade. The soft evening […]

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Conventions 1950-1964

At the beginning of a new decade, the 50”s, few could have envisioned the disturbing scenes which would create cacophony in our already smallish denomination. Scenes which would leave pulpits in pitiful plights, pews in barren desolation and conventioneers bereft of number. But in 1950, not even the hoary heads, much less those strong in […]

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The Need for Protestant Reformed High Schools

Dear Mr. Editor: The month was February and ordinarily would have boded snow, ice and coldness. But this day verged on the balmy; a chilly wind whistled, yet aloft in its arms it presaged spring. As I gazed entranced out the kitchen window, I could see the knoll rising bare and bleak on the fringe […]

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David Brainerd, Beloved Yankee

Book by David Wynbeek – Eerdmans – 256 pp. David Brainerd, the young new Englander who brought stirring revival to the Indians in Colonial America during the 1700’s was a contemporary of Jonathan Edwards, the well-known Puritan “fire and damnation” preacher.  Jonathan Edwards, highly esteeming Brainerd, edited Brainerd’s doleful diary in the year 1748.  Wynbeek, […]

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The Third Cross

The Third Cross Avin Harry Johnston – Zondervan Publishing Co. – 346 pp. – $3.50 The Third Cross, written by A. H. Johnston, is a sincere attempt to write a Christian novel. The depth of thought, the type of romance, and the perpetuance of action make this novel especially appealing to those of Junior High […]

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Post Confession Issue

Suitcases, Suitcases, and more Suitcases, Large, small, heavy, light, square, round, dark, bright. Suitcases of every shape, size, color, and texture met the eyes. Yes, anyone riding past First Prot. Ref. church on Monday, August 21, was assured that some great venture was underway, even though he saw no people. The people, you see, were […]

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1961 Convention

Although the Federation Board has many responsibilities, it has assumed one more.  The Board decided at one of their early meetings to auspicate the annual Spring Banquet, formerly cared for by the young people of First Prot. Ref’d Church.  Having assumed this duty, the Board immediately relinquished it by transferring the planning to a committee.  […]

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