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Regenerated and Sanctified Believer

Believer, how often do you fall into sin knowing that what you are doing is wrong, but still pursuing the lusts of the flesh? Do you despair because sin at times is so prominent in your life? But do you also strive to glorify God in your life by living according to his word? Do […]

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How Is It that We Obey?

There is an idea that has circulated among different Christian groups through different times and ages. It involves the question of how it is that we obey and also then how we do good works. The Christians who hold to this idea commendably exert great emphasis on the importance of grace and the importance of […]

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The Meaning of Necessary Good Works

You have always been taught that good works are necessary. What does “necessary good works” mean? Those who promote error give the word necessary just their one meaning that is often the first meaning listed in many dictionaries. We are called sometimes to explain the proper meaning of terms that have been corralled into one […]

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The Power of Sanctification

Joseph appears in Scripture as a great example of God’s sanctifying power in his people. His godly response to sufferings, fleeing fornication, and forgiving his brothers, reveal God’s work of grace in his heart. For us as young people, it is easy to look at the life of Joseph and to try to distance ourselves […]

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The Bush

“Be careful! Don’t touch that bush,” said Grandma as she brushed the snow off the path in front of them. Robert was careful to walk far around the bush his grandmother pointed to. His younger sister Rachel did the same. Long, sharp thorns grew out of every branch. Robert looked at the bush and shook […]

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Purify Your Hearts

The Lord commands us in His word Our hearts to purify. This task seems insurmountable; I pray: O how can I Fulfill this admonition, Lord? I am so weak, yea, dead, Unable to accomplish aught, But violate instead. Yet since He has commanded it (I know His faithfulness) He also will supply the means; In […]

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Nurturing of Christian Attitudes

1998 Scholarship Essay  All Christians desire to be godly. Every believer longs to see Christian attitudes within himself and to manifest these attitudes clearly and consistently before God and man. Therefore, a Christian’s chief hope regarding his attitude is that it may be like Christ’s. He greatly desires to imitate and reflect his glorious Redeemer’s […]

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Battles and Onions

“What’s the matter, Mom? Why are you crying?” said Abby with genuine concern. “Oh, don’t worry,” Mother smiled as she sniffed, “I’m just cutting up onions. See?” Abby looked inside the bowl and took a whiff. “Ew! I don’t think I’d like that job.” Mother laughed. “You don’t have to like this job, dear, but […]

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Renewed Day by Day

From a physical point of view, Young People, and from the day when we were born, we began to go through some won­derful changes. That day we were very, very help­less and weak, compared with what we are now, and can do today. For many months we could cry; but we could not talk. It […]

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Renewed Day by Day

From a physical point of view, Young People, and from the day when we were born, we began to go through some wonderful changes. That day we were very, very helpless and weak, compared with what we are now, and can do today. For many months we could cry; but we could not talk. It […]

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Sanctification: A Taste of Heaven

“And Enoch walked with God” (Gen. 5:24). “And Noah walked with God” (6:9). David’s heart was “perfect with the LORD his God” (I Kings 1:14, 9:4). Walking with God with a perfect heart; what a beautiful picture. Our hearts are glad when we read of men who walked with God and kings who did that […]

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Being Sure, Today

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give dili­gence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abun­dantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” II Peter 1:10-11. We love to procrastinate! Some of us are […]

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What Is a Christian? A Saint

Almost everyone today claims to be a Chris­tian. Many, however, who take the name of Christian do not live as Christians with the result that they cheapen the name. Think, for example, of the professional athletes who claim to be Christian but regularly profane the Sab­bath day with their ball playing. Think of the entertainers, […]

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The Sanctification of The New Man in Christ

Neither yield ye your members as instruments [weapons] of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments [weapons] of righteousness to God.  Rom. 6:13   It was with pleasure that we accepted the invitation to write a short series of essays on […]

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As I Have Loved You

There is, as you probably remem­ber from your Junior High science class, a law of physics which declares that water seeks its own level. And if you don’t remember learning about that “law” in school, you certainly know of it from easy and frequent observation. Think, for example, of the water in a teakettle. You […]

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Walking in Newness of Life: The Fruit

Conventioneers, parents and Christian friends, I count it a great privilege to be able to address you this evening. I want to thank my young people’s society for counting me worthy to speak on this occasion. I am the third and final speaker of this convention. There are two things I dislike about that. First, […]

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Sanctification by the Mercies of God

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 I am addressing you, covenant young people, as those who have been promised the Holy Spirit no less than it was promised to your parents. If I […]

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Christian Identity (2)

To live as a Christian and, therefore, to identify one’s self with the saints in Christ consists of much more than a general, outward lack of conformity to certain standards and practices of the ungodly world. Christian living must not be characterized by a certain nega­tivism but according to its real mean­ing it is the […]

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Time for Innovation

Happy New Year! But only in the way of Christian Liv­ing! Putting these two together, we would conclude that there is no better time to stop and reflect upon our Christian Living than at the beginning of this New Year. Then, if a sincere introspection is carried out, we will see the necessity of certain […]

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I Do, Don’t You?

The snow has melted into the earth: the risen streams are rush­ing to seek their level; and the cold winds of winter have given way to the warm breezes of spring. People all over are once again succumbing to that annual “disease” called spring fever, myself includ­ed. This universal “disease” pro­duces a multitude of various […]

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Debtors to God’s Spirit

May I call your attention just once again to those words of the Apostle Paul, so directly connected with our subject of “Christian Living”, that we find in Romans 8:12, 13: “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For is ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: […]

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Its Spiritual Necessity (2)

We ended our previous article on this sub-topic by stating: “Only the pure, Reformed conception gives the correct answer to the question: Why is Christian living necessary at all?”  In this article we shall try to give that answer. That conversion and good works are necessary, that a child of God must live a Christian […]

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