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Note: The following is from a speech given for the Young People’s Mass Meeting in December 2019 at Trinity PRC.   Young people, your Lord calls each of you to witness to him and to the glad tidings concerning salvation from sin and death by him; and he calls you to do that, not simply […]

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1 Peter 5:8–9: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” The text chosen for the 2015 PRYP convention is a survival […]

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Harvest

At this same time each year, it seems that the world is morbidly preoccupied with death. A favorite name for the season is fall, something leaves do after they shrivel up and die. A celebrated holiday, Halloween is merely a weak attempt to mock death and hell—and by implication Jesus who has the keys of […]

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Heaven

Discussion Outline for 2009 YP Convention Its origins When was heaven created and by whom? (Gen. 1-2; Psa. 8:1-4, 33:6; Col. 1:16-20) Can heaven be merely a state of being or feeling? (Eph. 1:3, 20, 2:6, 3:10) Scripture speaks of heavens (plural). How many there are? (Deut. 10:14; Neh. 9:6; 2 Cor. 5:2) What are their […]

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For the Want of a Dollar…?

Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was also published in the March 1 issue of the Standard Bearer. Covenant members must take heed to many important details in the kingdom of heaven. One of them is that prospective teachers and preachers receive adequate financial resources to […]

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The Call to Minister an Effective Word

When a young Reformed man meditates upon the future labors to which the Lord may be calling him, certainly the ministry of the gospel will have primary consideration. A believing young man understands the importance of the ministerial office and its crucial role in the salvation of lost sinners. Not only has he been taught, […]

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A Prayer for Pastors

Bill is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was written for the 2002 Protestant Reformed scholarship. An intriguing question has been raised by the 2002 Protestant Reformed Scholarship Committee: “Why isn’t the position of minister desired by more young people?” This question supposes two things: 1) That the […]

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Bill is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was written as a scholarship essay. Covenant youth are fascinated with eschatology. Little prodding to “listen up” or “pay attention” is necessary when the family meditates upon texts such as Matthew 24, II Peter 3, and Daniel 7-12 during devotions. When […]

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