All Articles For DeVries, Michael

Results 1 to 10 of 63

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7 Many of us who live in northern climes have what we might call a ‘love-hate’ relationship with snow. What beauty there is on a cold, sunny morning after a newfallen snow! Snow means fun for the children—making a snowman or sledding on a nice hill. Many enjoy winter recreation in the snow—skiing or snowmobiling. The ‘hate’ part of it usually comes with the hazardous driving conditions on slippery roads or in blowing snow. Heavy snowfall often entails work in clearing...

Continue reading

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2 The creature is created in such a way that he stands in need of rest. All creatures have that need, including man. In life we are confronted with many things that would make us weary and restless. There are many circumstances that would make it impossible for us to relax and have peace, to experience contentment. How quickly we can be filled with stress, anxiety, and fear. Sheep require rest too. Sheep, being rather timid, defenseless animals, are easily disturbed. For sheep...

Continue reading

Rev. Michael DeVries, minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7 Issues in education have been increasingly found in the news headlines. Outraged parents are demanding wide-sweeping reforms in the content and quality of our country’s system of public education. How thankful we must be for the good Christian schools that have been established...

Continue reading

Rev. Michael DeVries, minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. John 20:15, 16 Tears can be blinding. Grief can be debilitating. So it was for a time for Mary Magdalene following the death and...

Continue reading

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 Burdens—we all know what they are. We all have them and struggle to bear them to one extent or another. They are the temptations and sins with which we struggle, the anxious cares, the sufferings, and the sorrows that weigh heavily upon us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yes, Scripture exhorts us to “cast thy burden upon the Lord” (Ps. 55:22a), but it is not always as simple as that. We need help. In this chapter the apostle Paul is applying the truth that living in the...

Continue reading

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. Philippians 3:8 To a considerable extent our current society is characterized by mediocrity. That mediocrity is frequently evident in the sphere of education as well as in the workplace. In contrast, there are those involved in the pursuit of excellence—academic excellence, athletic excellence, excellence in job performance. As Christians, we are involved in the pursuit of excellence. It is...

Continue reading

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:8-10...

Continue reading

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 The twenty-third Psalm is a psalm of amazing comfort for the child of God. Our lives in the midst of this world are filled with cares, trials, and tribulations. But this psalm brings peace and quiet trust to the souls of God’s children. In the midst of all of the storms of life we behold our Shepherd, Jehovah God. He provides for our every need: “I shall not want,” we confess in verse 1. He cares for us, constantly alert to our...

Continue reading

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 The child of God experiences countless times of joy and gladness over the course of his life. But no one can dispute the fact that our earthly pathway is also beset with many obstacles and dangers. There are many hardships, many afflictions, many disappointments, many sorrows and heavy burdens to bear. And always, to one extent or another, there is the hatred and persecution of the ungodly. The circumstances of life can appear...

Continue reading

“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house….” Psalm 128:3a It is rather strange, if not ironic, that an annual “Mother’s Day” is so widely observed in our times. When we examine current trends and projections for the future, we see that for many—both men and women— marriage and family simply are not considered the way to the so-called “good life.” We see more and more people deciding against marriage, as social pressures to wed diminish and women find it easier to achieve economic independence. We see continuing high levels of divorce, low birth...

Continue reading