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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Fascinating is man’s fascination with the future. It is not even here. It is a nothing. It might never even be—that certain future of man’s imagination. And yet not only are we interested in it, but we are often taken up by it and into it in our thoughts. Powerful nothing, this elusive Future! Never is—never seen, never touched, never now. Yet ever is—calling, gripping, exciting, alluring. One day in gathering darkness it is that wolf—there lurking, soon to pounce we just know, are Future’s fangs. Then another...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Good Bible study is the study of Jesus. Jesus, He and no other, is the eternal, living Word of God. Jesus, He and no other, is the name, the revelation of God, whom to know is to know the Father, whom to call upon is to call upon the Father, whom to praise is to honor the Father. Jesus, the Word, the communication of God given among men. Come, He is, incarnate. In flesh! He is also in ink! Not that Jesus is John 1 verse 29. Or...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. We have been engaged in good Bible study of the Gospel according to John. Good Bible study is focused on Jesus. He is the Word living of the Word written. He is the Word saving of the Word spelled out. Indeed, we have been studying the inspired John in order that, as John says (20:31), we “might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing (we) might have life through his name.” Good Bible study: beholding and believing Jesus!

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Many secrets! Jesus has been whispering these to His disciples on this night before His death—secrets recorded in John 14-16. Secrets, these are, of God to men, of Grace to graced, of Love to lovers, of Friend to friends. These are secrets of the covenant, of that blessed relationship “God with us.” What secrets? Secret of God with us in Jesus. Secret of heaven. Secret of the Savior’s love. Secret Spirit. Secret of the fruit of the Vine. Secret of tribulation. Secret of the peace Jesus leaves. Secrets...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. In the privacy of the upper room in Jerusalem Jesus was teaching His disciples things of the new covenant of grace. The old covenant was about to be done away. The old covenant pictures, the symbols, the types were about to be fulfilled in the real salvation of the cross of the Christ. There must be instruction, important instruction, on this last night before His death. Instruction in something new, something wonderful! Listen to the Master’s instruction. Jesus washes feet! An old covenant way, still, of teaching the...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Intimate discourse, this last one of Jesus to His disciples. It is the night before Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus continues to reveal covenant secrets to His friends. So much to say! Who would say: but the sermon is too long? The main concern of Jesus in this last discourse of John 14-17 is to comfort the people of God. God had told the prophets long ago that to comfort the people of God is the calling of the prophets (Is. 40:1). Here is the prophets: all...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. McEverything. So one has described this age. A fair description, I think. We live in an age where almost everything is and must be quick and easy. And to go. Whatever it is we want we want it short, simple, sweet, quick, yummy, and cheap. Hot’n Now. Your way. For people on the go. McEverything. Our kind of age. Our kind of place. Well then, the question is fair: have you ever gotten a cheeseburger, fries, and coke…at Bible Study? Which is to say: have you ever not...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. This last discourse of Jesus is secret. It is one Friend talking to friends. It is between Jesus-Friend and His disciple-friends alone. There are no miracle-seeking crowds. There are no antagonists. Even Judas, once in the company of the true friends of Jesus, is now gone—sent away to do his dastardly, devilish double-cross. Only true friends of God may and can and want to hear what Jesus will say. The eleven. And you? This last discourse is the secret of the covenant, of God befriending sinners. Jesus speaks...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. I think I see Jesus now. He is with the disciples launching out into a sea. It is the sea Gethsemane. Some see olive trees, and maybe a press to make oil of olives. But all i see is sea. And something pressing the perfect fruit of a virgin womb. Something pressing Jesus, Captain of the skiff. So much so, that something will soon come out of Him…. No apparent reason, at first. For, as the writers, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, record, when the boat first launches, and...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. “I am not.” The above are the disciple Peter’s words, recorded in John 18:17. With these words Peter did not deny his existence. He had not just staggered out of the local pub where, with his philosophy club-pub buddies, and by syllogism and sophistry and scotch, he had come to the conclusion that he was only a “figment of the imagination” — or not even that, a “not!” Worse. With the words “I am not” Peter was denying he was a disciple of the Lord Jesus. After the...

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