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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Get a life!” All over the place. Hear it?  From somewhere near San Andreas’ fault to wherever will shake: “Get a life!” On the ball diamond: “Get a life!”  From one raging driver to another: “Get a life!” On the talk show and the sit-com, at the party.  In nothing but fun, or in disgust and scorn.  Because people want to make a point, or because they have run out of points to make. There’s this exhortation: “Get a life!”  In the hopes, one would surmise, of raising...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. (Preceding article in this series: August 2004, p. 449.) The 2004 Athens Olympic Games are over. The athletes came and conquered or were conquered. Spectators came and saw, booed, applauded, mashed a marathoner, and went home, or went to jail. Here in Grace Life we want to linger in Athens a little while longer. For we are wrestling with a question. It is a question that will not go away. It is a question from which we must not fly. The question has to do not just with...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. With this article I would introduce a new rubric in the Standard Bearer entitled “Grace Life.” Grace life is just for that—”the grace life.” The articles of Grace Life will aim to promote the life of conscious fellowship with God—the life conceived and nurtured by the Holy Spirit and grace of God, and characterized by grace’s work and fruit. Grace Life is written with Christian youth—say those 15 to 25—in mind. Anybody who has been one, or who knows one, might profit too. But especially for youth, the...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Bodies bodies everywhere. What’s a body to think? God has made them. He has made the universe full of bodies, and He has put us smack dab in the middle of them. And He has even given glorious bodies for us to think about. There is a glory of the sun, of the moon, and of yon feline. Think about it. And thank God for such glories. It is all created—the size, the brightness, the power, and yes, the curves, to show something of the great and glorious and bodiless...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2005, p. 14. Grace Life believer…you are a saint! This is true because God in heaven and in His Word, the Bible, says so. He says in the Bible that all believers are saints. In fact, God says it a lot there. I wonder why we seem loath to say it here, on earth? Here, as in, in the halls of Covenant Christian High School? As you gather for the Faith singles Bible Study? Or as we talk around a cup of tea in my...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. In several inspired epistles the apostle Paul is moved to address folks, even whole congregations, as “saints.” He does that, for example, in I Corinthians. There it is, I Corinthians 1:1-3: “Paul … unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called…saints.” Now this title “saints” we should ponder presently. Ponder for grace life. Maybe not for the church’s canonization of you, or dogs being named after you, or for folks seeking your help from heaven. But for Father furthering...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. According to Scripture’s log, only believers boat. The rest, the wicked, are lost at sea. In fact, the wicked are not only lost at sea. They are the sea, or at least quite similar, spiritually speaking. What sea are sinners like? They are like a big sea, and a deep. For the entire human race is lost; a vast sea of unholy nations. And the sin-lostness is as deep as the great Mariana Trench; as deep as the deceitful heart (Jer. 17:9). As well, this sea of nations...

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