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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. The media and entertainment industries have become big business, and are a powerful means of shaping the thinking of our present society. This is true because the tools which these industries use, those of radio and television, are, without a doubt, the most popular form of leisure and recreation in the 1990s. This can be said not only of the generation of the 90s in general, but of the church of the 90s as well. This was not always the case. Though many of the older generation had...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. There is a golden link between God’s everlasting covenant of grace and mission work. So much so, that it is hard to conceive of any proper mission work being carried Consider God’s covenant: it is His everlasting bond of friendship on without a deep appreciation of and fellowship with His chosen people in Christ. It is rooted in the life of fellowship God has within the truth of God’s covenant with Himself as the triune God; it is decreed from eternity in God’s sovereign election; and it is...

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  Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. “Let’s talk about dating!” was the suggestion I made at the beginning of one of our Young People’s meetings. There followed a little laughter and then silence. “OK, let’s talk about not dating.” A little more laughter and some more silence. We never did pursue the subject, since our meeting was canceled in order that our Sunday School could practice for its Christmas program. It probably should have been pursued, and perhaps still can be – in all our Young People’s Societies. But then, maybe it is too...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Rid me, and deliver tie from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace:… Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:11, 12, 15 King David was able to observe the nation of Israel in a unique...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. It is always amazing how certain passages of the Bible suddenly seem to stand out at different times in life. I remember when I was once visiting with my sister and her husband, that she mentioned that it is important to teach our children not simply to abstain from evil, but to abstain from all appearance of evil. This short exhortation of the apostle Paul in I Thessalonians 5:22 had never really struck me before that conversation. Maybe that was true because my children were young and I had not...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. What is to the child of God most precious in his life? To know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord. . .” (Jer. 9:23-24): This we believe with heart and soul. So did the Anabaptists. But what they meant by...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dating in the Church – 1 When a person dates, he must seriously look for a life’s mate. That fact has already been established. Dating is not in itself a form of recreation. It is a serious matter. For that reason, never may a young person of the covenant date an unbeliever. The Bible is clear: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” This we established in the last article we wrote concerning courtship. Dating someone who is not a professing believer and who shows no interest...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dating in the Church — 2 The safest place for young people to date is within the confines of their own church or denomination. Who can deny that? When looking for a book, we search in a bookstore. When searching for a loaf of bread, we look in a store that sells groceries. When looking for a life’s mate, we look in the sphere of our own denomination. That is where we will find believers, and that is where we will find people of like faith with us....

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Authority of Parents “Who gives this woman to this man in marriage?” “Her mother and I.” These are words that have been spoken over and over again by fathers who have given their daughters in marriage. But do we really understand the implication of these few words? They refer to the active exercise of parental authority in the marriages of our covenant children. When a father walks his daughter down the aisle to give her hand in marriage to a man, he is placing his stamp of...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin -; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  Exodus 32:31-32 It is a well-known Bible story: the golden calf. When the children of Israel observed that Moses delayed to come down out of Mt. Sinai, they approached Aaron. With the demand placed before him, “Up, make us gods...

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