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Psalm Singing – A Reformed Heritage

Excerpt from the pamphlet: “The Reformation and Psalm Singing.” The full pamphlet is available at Protestant Reformed Churches or http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_37.html. It is a well-known fact that God used the work of Martin Luther and John Calvin to restore the Word of God to its proper place. Who can forget the Diet of Worms, before which […]

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On Homosexuality

I can clearly recall that fall day two years ago. We were juniors at Dordt College, and Rick had come back to visit us. Our group of guys had been friends since our freshman year when we all lived on the same wing of North Hall. We weren’t as close of a group anymore, but […]

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Suicide: A Closer Look

In June of 1998, an article appeared in the Beacon Lights entitled, “Do Christians Who Commit Suicide Go To Hell?” The article was a brief answer to this question. I would like to begin this “closer look” by answering that same question. The question, as posed, can be very easily and very quickly answered. No! […]

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Jesus Will Have Mercy, and Not Sacrifice

These are Jesus words to the Pharisees in Matthew 9:12, 13: “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go and learn what that means. I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Parallel texts are Mark […]

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A Traitor Within

Let us suppose that the government forced you to live with a known traitor. Not just any villain, but someone who sought your ill. A person so consumed with self gratification that he would not only have you condemned to death if only he could fill his hearts lust, but would not give a second […]

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Why Is Pride the Deadliest?

Pride causes people to rationalize their sins and in some cases the sins of ones they love. Pride makes people cover up their sins instead of confessing them. Pride answers a valid rebuke with an attack. Pride holds grudges and blocks forgiveness. Pride makes it impossible for people to see their own sins. Because of […]

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He Spake As A Dragon

Great Iron teeth which rip and devour. A fearsome beast which knows no mercy. Who can stand before this creature. The dead lay strewn in the wake of him. What makes the creature so frightening is that it looks like a lamb. Its deceptive nature is most fearful, for who would be afraid of a […]

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A Christian View of Sports (2)

In this article I wish to deal with some individual issues to which we can apply the general principles written about in the last issue. Firstly, women and sport. Some argue that women should not be permitted to play sports, because it might compromise their modesty, cause unfeminine traits of personality, and the like. Besides, […]

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A Christian View of Sports (1)

Play and sport was an accepted social activity of God’s Old Testament people. It was indicative of health, life, and other temporal covenant blessings of God (Zech. 8:5). The Old Testament background for a Christian view of sport lies in its connection with the Israelite emphasis on feasting, dancing, and hospitality. There is no hesitation […]

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Me a Theologian?

When we hear the word “theologian,” a certain picture is conjured up in our minds. A grim-faced man is sitting over a desk with heaps of books piled around him. The man has one hand holding up his head and is trying to write with the other. Perhaps he is an elder of some sort […]

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Mathematics

Newspapers, magazine, and journalists herald our generation as the information age. The rate of information available to consumers like you and me continually grows exponentially and there appears to be no end to this growth. Vast amounts of information are available at libraries, and through interlibrary loans one can obtain even the rarest books on […]

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To Know God Is Eternal Life

“And…put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.” (Colossians 3:10) God created man as a mold which His image alone could fill. Man, distinct from the animals, by virtue of his creation, is adapted to be an image bearer. Man’s rational moral nature makes him […]

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The Crouching Lion

You know the story of Cain and Abel, the first two children born in this world. Abel had the grace of God in his heart. Cain did not. Abel brought a humble sacrifice to God. Cain brought a sacrifice that revealed the pride of his wicked heart. Abel was very painstaking in choosing his sacrifice. […]

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Pella Iowa: Tulips in a Crumbled Castle (1)

Nestled in the plains of Southeast Iowa, along the Des Moines River, not far from Lake “Red Rock,” we find a city of 9300 souls with the name “Pella.” Here we find one of our own Protestant Reformed churches, as well as some very interesting history. Pella is a strange name for a city in […]

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Why Must Kingdom Causes Go Begging?

Although this will not be published until the spring of the year, as this is being written (January), we’ve just been through the holiday season which is always accompanied by many appeals for year-end giving to myriad charitable organizations, Kingdom or otherwise. At this same time of year many church consistories also complete their budgeting […]

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Calling Upon God with a Pure Heart

As you know, Young People, the day you were born you were not able to walk, or even to crawl. In fact, although you were born with legs and feet, you had to be carried, and have food brought unto you. You could cry for that food, and thereby could express your desire for it. […]

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Daniel – A Faithful Prayer Life (2)

What do you think Daniel was praying for at this time? If you were in that chamber and you knew that you would be cast into the lion’s den, would you be praying: “Lord deliver me?” Earlier we read that he asked his friends to ask, in prayer, for the mercies from the God of […]

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Fulfillment of the Lord

II Thessalonians 2:13-14 – “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory […]

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Righteous in the Lamb’s Blood

The tripartite image of God in man consists of knowledge, righteousness and holiness. Man through the fall irretrievably lost the threefold image. Like a cracked bucket that cannot retain water so was the innate ability of mankind to be image bearers damaged beyond repair like the bucket so that he could no longer bear the […]

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Two Swords

“So it came to pass in the day of battle that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and Jonathan his son was there found,” I Samuel 13:22.  You will recall that there was no smith in Israel. […]

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The Catechism Class – Necessary for an Active Faith

In the church world today, doctrinal distinctions are overlooked so that churches might join together to fight the social injustice in this world. They proclaim a god whose essence and commandments may be defined by each individual. The knowledge of God, as revealed to us through Scripture, is necessary for us to serve Him. How […]

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