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God as Covenant Friend

God is the covenant friend of his people. Abraham “was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23), for God said about Abraham and his seed, “But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend” (Isa. 41:8). Jehovah “spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh […]

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The relationship between the church and the state is big news these days. God has made it big news by sending a coronavirus pestilence upon the whole earth. In response to this pestilence, government officials in most states have forbidden their citizens from assembling in public gatherings. The purpose of these orders is to prevent […]

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Living in Hope of a New Creation

This might surprise us at first. What does the flood have to do with the return of Christ? After all, the flood is recorded way at the beginning of the Bible, while our Lord’s return will be the very last thing that happens in the history of this earth. The flood resulted in the utter […]

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Our Mystical Union with Christ

Scripture often speaks of our union with Christ. It does this wherever it tells us that we are “in Christ.” The word “in” speaks of a union. If the branch is in the vine, then the vine and branch are united. So also, to be in Christ means to be united to him. And so […]

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Patrick- Missionary to Ireland

Patrick’s life reads like an adventure story, with chapters on pirates, kidnapping, foreign lands and languages, slavery, prophetic dreams, a daring escape over land and sea, a shocking return to the pagan barbarians, druids, leprechauns and fairies, and war. By the time he was 16, Patrick had had more real life adventures than most of […]

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The Sheep

God often describes His people as sheep. For example, in John 10, the Good Shepherd repeatedly refers to us as his sheep. The theme passage of this year’s convention, Psalm 23, is the familiar confession of sheep. When God calls us sheep, he is not paying us a compliment or flattering us. Rather, he is […]

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The 2007 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention will be the 67th such convention in the history of our Protestant Reformed Churches. With God’s blessing, this convention will be for the great spiritual benefit of the young people who attend, just as the past 66 conventions have been. The 67th Young People’s Convention! Could anyone at […]

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The Reformed Family

Andy is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. He wrote this essay for the 2004 Protestant Reformed Scholarship. Western culture more and more shows itself to be an enemy of marriage and the family. Astronomical divorce rates, remarriage after divorce, homosexual unions and now marriages, and the increasing disregard for the […]

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Teaching Covenant Children To Pray

Andy is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. He wrote this essay for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship. Prayer is necessary for Christians. Prayer is not merely an option for Christians, to be used or not as they see fit. Rather, the Christian man or woman is under a joyful and blessed […]

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The Effect of the World’s View of Discipline

Andy is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This article was written as a 2001 Protestant Reformed Scholarship essay. “We believe that discipline makes children miserable without offering them any genuine benefit, because punishing children whose behavior is out of control actually interferes with their ability to learn self-governance”1 Parents of […]

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