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A Feast Unlike Any Other

You can’t imagine life without him. Seeing your dad scoop up your younger sister in his arms and smother her with kisses while she giggles with delight and pretends that she wants to get out of his clutches brings a smile to everyone’s face. Maybe it’s playing catch in the backyard or burrowing into his […]

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Issue at Hand, July 2019

It was a poignant end to Bible study.  The adult Bible study of Byron Center PRC had just concluded its last class of the year by finishing with the last verse of Acts 14. The leader, Mr. Leroy DeVries, announced his relief that the class had made it through chapter 14, so the group could […]

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Our Eternal Home – The Best Thing!

What will be the best thing about heaven?  I did not take a survey of the young people of our churches or of professing Christians.  If I were to poll people from many different churches a plethora of answers would be given.  Some might say the best thing about heaven will be seeing their husband, […]

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Eternal Ponderings

The human brain and human reasoning cannot fully comprehend the idea of something that has no end and no beginning. God in his three persons is eternal. The expanse of the universe is infinite, even though the mind of man says that there must be an end somewhere. The idea of eternal glory with God, […]

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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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Home

Through our days in hope we live For Jesus Christ, our Lord did give. And when our days on earth are past, Our heavenly Saviour we meet at last. When our days in number quickly pass How much we realize our days are as grass. When troubles and trials seem to increase To Jehovah we […]

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Heavenly Mansions

In Father’s heav’nly home Are many mansions bright; He has prepared these for His own Who in His ways delight. While in this vale of tears We grief and sorrow know, Our pathway’s strewn with rocks and thorns And many a deadly foe. This world is not our home: We’re pilgrims trav’ling here. This life […]

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What Happens When We Die, Mom?

What happens when we die, Mom? Where do we really go? Do we climb up a mountain? Or where it always snows?   “God takes us.,, “takes us where, Mom? Into a deep, dark cave Or to a lonely desert? Don’t worry, I’ll be brave!   Do we go to a forest Where we cannot […]

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Death…and Life!

There in his chair the old saint sat His body weak, his face forlorn. The mind that once was bright, alert Was now so dull, its memory torn.   His days of Spring and Summer gone; The Fall of life—it too had flown. And deep in Winter’s drab he sat With sightless eyes and soul’s […]

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New Birth

Again it is springtime, We thrill to new birth As God in His wisdom Reclothes all the earth. Let’s praise our dear Father In heaven above, For each gift He gives us Is sent in His love.   May we see more clearly How God guides our way; His hand e ’er upon us Yields […]

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Too Busy

Too busy to hear the song of the bird As he carols at the break of the day— Or list’n to the bee as his drone can be heard, When nectar he sips on the way? Too busy to observe the expanse of the blue As the clouds nonchalantly float by— Or gaze at the […]

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Heaven – Our Hope

The poem I have written to fit the topic “Heaven our Hope” is written in dialogue form. That means, two people – or two groups of people – read the two columns of the poem simultaneously. When a reader’s side has only a blank line, he waits for the other reader to recite the “solo” […]

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A Guided Journey

In the midst of the darkness of the night, there appeared a light that filtered through the trees and down a pathway in order to make itself known to a wandering young woman. Her steps slowed to a pace that allowed her deep, blue eyes to focus on this light ahead as her mind filed […]

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Antithetical Walk

My neighbor and I set out one day To travel the road of life. The path was wide and beautiful— Sunshine and gladness were rife. Onward we journeyed, then saw on our path An old man, tired and ill, Unable to gather strength to get To the inn at the crest of the hill. My […]

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Repent or Perish

Repent or Perish, by John H. Gerstner. Ligonier, P.A.: Soli Deo Gloria Publications; 1990. 218 pg. Is there really such a place as Hell? Would a lov­ing God punish anyone in this manner? Modern evan­gelicals are denying eternal punishment in hell by appealing to the goodness of God. They look at the texts of the […]

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Over Home to Heaven

Many ministers we know have testified of visits to aged saints in which they were much more blessed than the one visited. These saints, some in their nineties, it has been pointed out, live close to heaven, and this is wise. One may speak of soon “going over to heaven”. When language like that comes […]

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The Way to Heaven

The way to heaven, steep, paved with thorn, Compacted with crosses, those who mourn. Like Israel’s way found in desert bleak, Fleeing Egypt, its black furnace reek. Like Jonathan and armor-bearer On toward the foe pressed ever nearer; Crept they on all four, A jagged, flinty floor ’Neath; and all around, thistle and briar, While […]

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A Wonderful Thing

Every living thing fears death. An animal instinctively runs from the hunter, perhaps to live only briefly away from the final bullet. Reprobate man fears death as a termination of any conscious life at the least, or at most, a time of judgment. A child of God quite understandably fears death too. This is not […]

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Our Wonderful Heavenly Guide

When the Israelites left Egypt for Ca­naan, a difficult and treacherous journey lay ahead of them. Many hardships and temptations faced them as they travelled their long way, during which time God led them in the form of a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. Yet, even though […]

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The View from Heaven

A man holds a prism up to the light and sees not more the light, but a splattering of colors against the wall. As he turns the prism, one angle will show more truly the colors of which light is made than another. One is the true view of light, the other the distorted. All […]

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II Corinthians 5:1-21

LESSON 61 TENT HOUSE AND THE BETTER II Cor. 5:1-5   Chapter 5 begins with the word “for” and indicates that Paul is motivating what he had just said in the end of chap. 4. He spoke of fainting not, of being of good courage, even in the face of death. Because we look at […]

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Father Speaks

Father speaks to us from glory: “Just obey Me, trust in Me;” Throw thy bread upon the waters, Fruits of it you sure will see. Lay up treasures there in heaven, Preach the gospel far and wide; For My grace in mercy given, Shall fore’er with thee abide.   I’ll supply your need a plenty, […]

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