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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. One day, Matthew, Mark, and Luke confirm, Simon, a man of Cyrene, Came from the country To Jerusalem. Suddenly, soldiers! They compel Simon to bear the cross The Savior will soon hang on and die on. Simon … from the country. Called to the city of God. By God. Soiled man. Soil heart. Prepared soil? His way … intersecting via dolorosa! Compelled to bear the cross! Follows Jesus. Christian? Others … Daughters of Jerusalem, weeping for the wrong Person. Two thieves, hanging, sheep and goat. Those that pass...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. “Nobody Ignores A Tornado” is the title of an article by Keith Sikkema, published in the April, 1999 issue of the Reformed Perspective. Nice article about tornadoes. Important advice given in it about how we should seek shelter when a tornado threatens. Glory given to the God of tornadoes before whose power and wisdom we must bow when we behold His right arm’s might revealed in the devastation of such storms. Nobody ignores a tornado. I guess that’s right. It is hard, when skimming through such an article,...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan Some thing has just happened. A great storm. Some destructive thing. Did you hear about it? Hurricane Calvary! And awful wreckage. Do you see it? Jesus died! Jesus dead! The thing, the storm and the wreckage, is recorded in John 19 and the other gospel accounts. There it is: the great wrath wind from God Himself; then the still, lifeless body of the Lord. And His being buried. That truth—that killing, and that death—is a real test of faith. I believe in other storms. And it is impossible...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. John 20:31 tells us the purpose for things being written by God in the gospel according to John. Listen: “These things are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”The things of God written down by John to accomplish such a wonderful purpose probably refer first of all to the accounts of the various appearances of Jesus after His resurrection, and to the miracles Jesus performed then in the presence of His...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. The man and maid who have been led to one another covenantally, in the context of family and church, and hitherto trusting the guiding hand of God, can know for sure very simply if they are meant to be married. This is the ninth thesis of covenant marrying (cf. the April 1, 2003 issue of the Standard Bearer). These two can have such certainty because their way toward marriage together has been principled. The couple has been graced to follow God’s way of covenant marrying as revealed in...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. In the March 15 issue of the Standard Bearer, “Grace Life” elaborated upon these seven theses of covenant marrying: 1.The father of the Christian home must earnestly endeavor to know who his children are to marry. 2.Father’s knowledge of God is crucial for the father’s superintending the marriage of his children. 3.The godly father will seek to know God’s will for a mate for his children through his knowledge of families. 4.Mates will be pursued in the church. 5.The church will be actively involved in the marrying of...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Dating must die. And Grace Life, you will recall, has been all for its swift demise. There have been several articles (cf. SB, Dec. 15, 2001; March 1, 2002; April 15, 2002; June, 2002; August, 2002; September 15, 2002). In them we have written just what convicts and condemns dating; it is everything she is about. For this is she: The unbiblical coupling and cavorting of two who are not yet ready for marrying, The pairing off of those who confess Fun, but who have not yet confessed...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. In Evangelio Dominus Ego sum, inquit, veritas. Non dixit, Ego sum consuetude! (Augustine, in De Baptismo, III.6.9, translated, “In the Gospel the Lord says—’I am the truth.’ He did not say, ‘I am custom.'”)Dating is fatherless. Modern American dating is determined to be fatherless. Not all fathers have succeeded in aborting all their children. But all daters do away with dads. Fatherless dating is a sign of the end of time. It is just one way, but a significant way, in which end-time worldling young and not-so-young people...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. If modern American dating is so bad, as yours truly has contended, what then is the alternative? How, just how, ought our covenant men and maids go about getting married? In the June issue of the Standard Bearer I mentioned that we must think theologically (and therefore biblically) in our approach to this. And, I suggested, when we do that, think theologically that is, we will be thinking along the lines of what could be called “the Family principle” when it comes to the marrying of the covenant...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Dating is the way, the truth, and the life of the ungodly. It is the sought-out Savior of many-a-youth too scared to go through adolescence alone. It is the Silver Cup from which many older lonely and unmarried folk long to drink in order to live a Life they fear has passed them by. Believe me, dear Grace Life readers! Believe one who has been in the land of the pagans, believe a pastor and friend of all who would be the friends of Jesus—Dating is the Idol...

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