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Time Management

“Use your time wisely.” Has a parent or teacher ever said that to you? If so, they are correct in their instruction. But what exactly does it mean to manage your time? And why does it even matter if we use our time wisely or not? Donald Whitney doesn’t include time management in his Spiritual […]

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Serving One Another

Throughout the course of his entire life, Jesus was always serving those around him. Whether he was teaching the people, washing his disciples’ feet, working miracles of healing, or willfully laying down his life on the cross, Jesus was constantly showing that he became a man and came to this world not to be served […]

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Have You Given One Thought?

Think for a moment about the life you are living: work, school, sports, and homework for many of us. When you finally get a chance to relax, what are you doing with your time? Checking the latest stories on Snapchat? Scanning through your Instagram feed? At the end of the day you’re tired. You want […]

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Gracious Giving

The bright boxes neatly wrapped under the Christmas tree and the smell of mouth-watering turkey emanating from the kitchen tempts us to have an improper focus on the holidays. Ashamedly, it is one hundred times easier to focus on the physical objects we expect to receive. Our carnal minds stay focused on the material objects […]

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The Belgic Lightning Bolt

  Great events in the history of the church are bolts of lightning from heaven.  But they do not strike out of a clear, blue sky on a sunny day.  They flash from storm clouds and are forecast by a darkening day.  Such was the case with the writing, and adoption as a Reformed creed, […]

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Common Grace in the Canons?

In 1924, the Christian Reformed Synod of Kalamazoo made the striking claim that the Canons of Dordt support the theory of common grace. The synod did not merely claim that the theory of common grace did not conflict with the Canons, but also that the theory of common grace was actually to be found within […]

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A Crash Course on How to Study the Bible 

Scripture Reading: Acts 8:26–35  Have you ever felt that way? The way the Ethiopian eunuch felt as he was reading the Bible? He had his Bible open to Isaiah 53. He read it. But he couldn’t understand it!  Has that ever happened to you? You’re around the dinner table. After eating, your father opens the […]

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The Office of All Believer

Question and Answer 32 occupies a blessed location in our Heidelberg Catechism. It comes in the middle of a section that is all about our Savior.  Q&A 31 asks, “Why is He called Christ, that is, anointed?”  Q&A 33 asks, “Why is Christ called the only begotten Son of God?” But between them is Q&A […]

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Musical Gifts? How Music is Learned

There once was a girl who lived on a farm. The privileges she loved  on that farm included shoveling manure, stacking hay bales, and  regularly mistaking her fingernail as the nail head. Blood, blisters, calluses, cuts; her hands were no dainty figures. Now a fourth generation American long removed from the life of the Netherlands, […]

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