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The Origin of Christmas Customs

*This article was originally published in the December 1964 issue. The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices that her Head and Redeemer was born as a babe in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago.  On December 25?  In the year 1 A.D.?  It seems that neither the month nor the year is correct.  The […]

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The Origin of Christmas Customs

The church of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices that her head and redeemer was born as a babe in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago. On December 25? In the year I A.D.? It seems that neither the month nor the year are correct. The few historical facts recorded in the gospels gave scholars little […]

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Halloween or Reformation Day?

How wonderful in meaning are Paul’s words to Timothy as recorded in II Timothy 3:15: ”And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Equally meaningful are the same words as applied to our covenant children today. For […]

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Jamaican Journeyings

World Book Encyclopedia described it thus: “Jamaica is the largest island in the British West Indies. It is a tropical paradise of high mountains, soft breezes, and color­ful plants and flowers. Jamaica lies in the Caribbean Sea, ninety miles south of Cuba …. The island is about 148 miles long and 52 miles wide at […]

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The Origin of Christmas Customs

The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices that her Head and Redeemer was born as a babe in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago. On December 25? In the year 1 A.D.? It seems that neither the month nor the year is correct. The few historical facts recorded in the gospels gave scholars little […]

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Why I Chose to be a Teacher

While my playmates were busy with dolls, I was reading everything I could lay my hands on. Housework bored me – and still does. One of my favorite games was playing school. And yet I never gave one thought to making the teaching profession my life work. That was due mostly to the times in […]

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Anointing Oil

The flame is low Upon the wick, So pale its glow. Dark shadows flick And slowly lick Up light, the foe. Sharp tongues of men Expose the quick, Lay bare each sin. No oil to slick, And faults are thick When love is thin.

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The Social Studies Program

The term “social studies” when used to designate certain school subjects is of comparatively recent origin. Although first used in 1916 it is in recent years that it has become the accepted term by which the school subjects which deal with human relationships are known. Included in it are history, geography, civics, economics, sociology, political […]

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Enjoying Geography

Geography should he one of the most enjoyable subjects studied in school. For the pupil who, in the light of the Scriptures, can view God’s creation and see His greatness and His glory in it, geography provides endless opportunities to praise his Maker. His heart overflows with joy and he says with the psalmist: “O […]

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A Peek into the Files

Do you like to receive mail? Does a stack of unopened letters intrigue you? If so, the work of corresponding secretary should appeal to you as much as it does to me. I am still hoping, though, to experience the feeling the former secretary had when she opened the Reformed Witness Hour’s box in the […]

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