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“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9 Like the multitudes of Jesus’ day, many today want an earthly Jesus who will satisfy their carnal desires by creating an earthly kingdom of peace and prosperity. They minimize and ignore His ascension and its significance. But by grace we rejoice in the ascension and exaltation of Christ. We see how necessary it was for the salvation of the church. We understand...

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If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. John 13:14, 15 It is Thursday evening of the Passion Week, the week of Jesus’ suffering. It is the day before Christ would lay down His life on the cross. The time that the disciples would be with their Master was growing short. Certainly they could sense that things were working toward a climax. Jesus had warned His disciples repeatedly, in one way or...

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 As a new year looms before us, many are filled with fear and dread. The world is filled with turmoil and violence. What have we seen of late? Crisis in Ukraine with Russia’s intrusion; the ongoing civil strife in Syria; Iran’s threat of nuclear war; the barbaric acts committed by the Islamic State; fighting between Hamas and Israel; the worst Ebola epidemic in history—these are a few...

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I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8 Even in the darkest hours, when the battle has been raging the fiercest, as soldiers of the cross, we are able to sing: “Christ shall have dominion over land and sea, Earth’s remotest regions shall His empire be.” That confidence of victory in the...

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Killing Newborns… The London Daily Telegraph (March 4, 2012) ran the headline: “Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say.” In Britain, two “medical ethicists,” Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, associated with Ox­ford University, have published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics contending that, “Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are ‘morally irrelevant’ and ending their lives is no different to abortion.” Mariette Ulrich comments in an article on mercator­net.com, “‘Killing babies is no different from abortion.’ Never were truer words spoken: groups seeking legal protection for prenatal life have been saying...

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Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. “Tenured Bigots”  Such is the title of a telling article by Mark Bergin in WORLD magazine (August 18, 2007). It is common knowledge that the institutions of higher learning in North America are dominated by professors who have little regard for, or are openly hostile toward, traditional values and Christianity. That would appear to be especially true with regard to evangelical (including Reformed) Christians. Bergin contends that statistics now confirm that most faculty members do not like evangelicals, and that they are not ashamed to admit it. He reports:...

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Rev. DeVries is pastor or the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. From time to time I’m asked, by friends and fellow saints in the United States, regarding the current status of religious freedom here in Canada. Are things getting worse for the faithful church, for serious-minded Christians who strive to live according to their religious (biblical) convictions? One ominous indication that there is much reason for concern is the sad fact that “The Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter” (May 2009) focused on religious liberty issues in Canada. Normally this informative newsletter relates accounts of the suffering of Christians...

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Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. As you may recall, the Wingham, Ontario congregation was admitted into the fellowship and communion of the Protestant Reformed Churches in January 2004. The congregation was organized in 1979 in the neighboring town of Listowel. In 1988 the congregation, with eight families, bought an old mechanic shop in Wingham. With much volunteer work, the congregation transformed it into a church building. A portable building was added on as a lunch-room/nursery. This building served very adequately for twenty years for the Wingham congregation. In 2007 the congregation attempted...

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Rev. DeVries is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15, 16 What a High Priest we have! Our risen and exalted Savior, Jesus Christ, is our great High Priest. In the old dispensation the high priest would pass once a year,...

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