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Dying Well

How will you die? Will you die well? “What silly questions to ask,” you say. And then you lose a loved one. Tragically. Or you receive the doctor’s report that you will not live as long as you expected, and your life comes to a screeching halt. Suddenly. Now you are forced to think about […]

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Unspeakable Consolation

God did not choose you as his child because of anything in you. In eternity, long before the first clock ever sounded, he did not look into the future to see what your response would be when you opened Snapchat, clicked on the three dots in the bottom right corner, and browsed through the Discover […]

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Letter of Comfort for the Bullied Young Person

Dear brother/sister in Christ, I can truly say that I don’t know what you must be going through right now.  I have seen how they treat you and I hear the things that they say about you.  I see the Snapchat and Instagram postings that say all those terrible things about you.  It all makes […]

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Providence (4) The Comfort of Providence

In his fine essay on the providence of God, Princeton theologian B. B. Warfield mentions the frequent saying of a certain woman familiar to him. That housewife was fond of saying, “We will not be robbed of God’s providence.” That quotation and its source are instructive for the consideration of the doctrine of providence, especially […]

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The Christian Hope: Blessed Are the Dead Which Die in the Lord

“With Christ—which is far better” Philippians 1:23 Fallen asleep in Jesus! How precious is that word! Enjoying now for evermore The presence of the Lord. This is not death! ‘tis only sleep; The Lord doth now thy loved one keep. The earthen vessel’s broken, The Treasure now has flown, The Lord hath taken back again […]

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The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away

Covenant Christian High School has been hit hard with deaths these past two years. Last year we lost a fellow student, Daniel Cammenga; then a father; then a mother; and then a sister. Now this year we lost another fellow student, Paul Noorman. We can not help but ask why? Why did God take two […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (2)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In the last issue, Rev. Bruinsma explained “comfort” and “hope” as gifts from God. He defined comfort as “encouragement and strength when I feel insecure. And, best of all, comfort is this certain deep-down consolation that I receive from God when I am hurting or face […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999 What is the use? What is the point in all of this? Our ministers and our denomination keep driving home this “truth” thing. It does not seem as if anyone else around worries their head all that much about the truth. We must know the truth, […]

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Our Certain Victory

When the believer reads the Word of God, it is at the same time both crystal clear but so deep that he can never see to the bottom. The book of Daniel is one example. The smallest children can understand and love the story of Daniel and his three friends. But when it comes to […]

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Nothing

As Doreen awoke, she looked at the rain hitting her bedroom window and sighed. It seemed as though nothing was going well for her lately. Her grandfather was sick, she couldn’t go to summer camp, and her best friend was gone on vacation for two whole weeks. Now the rain would cancel today’s picnic plans, […]

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