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Unpardonable Sin

What is the meaning of the unpardonable sin, or the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matt. 12, Mark 3, Luke 12)? How does the unpardonable sin relate to the exhortation of Ephesians 4:30 not to grieve the Holy Spirit, and the exhortation of 1 Thessalonians 5:19 not to quench the Spirit?  Thank you! The question of the unpardonable […]

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My Friends: A Reminder Past Due

About a year and a half ago, I attended a young adults summer retreat hosted by Redlands Protestant Reformed Church. During that retreat, Rev. Vander Wal spoke to us, warning us not to give in to the temptation to use our God-given talents for ourselves and our glory. Prof. Gritters also gave a speech, instructing […]

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Sincerely, A Mother’s Heart…to Her Children

What do you want from us? You keep showing, by your actions, that you hate what we’ve taught you; therefore, you despise us as well. You bring shame to your mother and great dishonor to your father. Why? Why is there no remorse for your deeds? Why do you shrug them off? “Only once” you […]

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Holding to False Doctrine and Walking In Sin

Dear Rev. Laning What is the difference, if there is any at all, between one’s holding to false doctrine and one’s living in sin? Michael J. Vermeer   Dear Michael A person who is holding to false doctrine is sinning by doing so. But such a person may or may not be impenitently walking in […]

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Thoughts for Young Men

Thoughts for Young Men, John Charles Ryle (Moscow, 2002: Charles Nolan Publishers). Occasionally, while browsing through one of Grand Rapids’ fine Christian bookstores, I’ll come across a title I wish everyone would read. I don’t mean a thick volume—maybe less than a hundred pages—but one saturated with timeless truths and invaluable wisdom. Thoughts for Young […]

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Armor of Light

Eric wrote this as a senior writing assignment at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us […]

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The Sins of Youth

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord. Ps. 25:7 The sins of our youth; one would think sins committed and repented of years even decades ago would be long forgotten. We know God’s promise to His people that if […]

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A Little Isn’t So Bad? (2)

Last time we considered the serious spiritual problems that result when one acts on the thinking “A little isn’t so bad.” Chief among these is a compromising attitude that leads one to commit seemingly minor sins without repentance. However, these “minor” sins are the “little foxes that spoil the vines” (cf. Song of Solomon 2:15). […]

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A Little Isn’t So Bad? (1)

Intentionally or unconsciously, this argument can often be used by Christians in an attempt to justify one’s actions. A young Christian may rationalize under-age drinking, wrongful sharing of schoolwork, attending movies, telling dirty jokes, or disobedience to parents. The older Christian may justify (a little) excess drinking, coveting material things, watching movies or television sitcoms […]

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Sin No Longer Has Dominion

In a response to the poem printed in the February 2000 issue of Beacon Lights which reads as follows: We stray in sin, we cheat, we lie, We set up other gods, we lust, We steal, we kill, we are unjust. a reader writes: Dear Editor Is this what describes a child of God? Someone […]

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Stitches

Images of terrible things flashed across the screen of the television. Susan wanted to shut her eyes, but somehow they couldn’t help taking in all the suffering that was being shown on the news. People in one country were starving. People in another country had been hit by a flood. And still another country had […]

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Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory!

Christianity is not meant to be boring, drab, or restricting. It’s not a set of rules that we have to follow. It’s not “don’t do this,” and “don’t do that.” Christianity is meant to be enjoyable! Sometimes we make Christianity boring and restricting, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Christ has saved us […]

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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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Youth – Prayer Candy

“Let’s pray,” began the preacher. All eyes were softly shut and all heads were bowed in reverence to God, but one child was enough to break the stillness. He blared out his signal that all was not right. His father quickly arose to take the youngster to the back of church. He sobbed all the […]

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How Did Sin Enter the World?

Question #24 If God is completely good, and all things were created by him, how did sin enter the world? Since God is good it would seem philosophically impossible for him to create something sinful, or even something perfect which is able to sin. I know this is kind of a philosophical question, and possibly […]

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Do You Live What You Believe?

We often make excuses or allowances for our sin. We come up with many excuses to try to quiet our conscience. We may say, we were forced into that sin, or anyone would have done that because of the cir­cumstances involved. Maybe we say, we could do nothing else, we were powerless or not strong […]

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Remembering Our Creator

What you young people should remember is not simply what wise king Solomon wrote.  We should indeed heed what wise people say and advise us to do.  However, the awesome truth and extremely important calling that we have is that which our all-wise and sovereign God, Who moved Solomon to write what he did in […]

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Carnal Christians

“Carnal Christians” is a humbling rebuke of a church of Christ.  It charges that the life of the congregation is being dominated by the depraved human nature, by what the Bible calls “the flesh.”  A more shameful state of affairs cannot be imagined. “Carnal Christians” is a shocking rebuke.  Seemingly, it asserts a contradiction.  If […]

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Lawlessness

We live in an age that is characterized by the word ‘lawlessness.’ 56,700 persons were murdered in 1989. 6,744 children were abandoned by their parents in that same year. A step-father holds his two-year-old head first in the toilet and beats it to death because it dirtied its diaper. Not only adults, but even teenagers […]

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Pleasure in What Pleases God

By nature, young people, we are all part of one human race that it pleased our covenant God to bring into being.  At the Tower of Babel, He did divide that one human race into different nations, tongues and tribes, so that today there are many different nations, tongues and tribes all over this earth. […]

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Who’s Delinquent?

We read in the paper, We hear on the air Of killing and stealing And crime everywhere. We sigh and we say As we notice the trend, “This young generation, Where will it all end?”   But can we be sure That it’s their fault alone? That maybe a part of it Isn’t our own? […]

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