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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Lead, Toxicity,  Lead and lead compounds can be highly toxic when eaten or inhaled. Although lead is absorbed very slowly into the body, its rate of excretion is even slower. Thus, with constant exposure, lead accumulates gradually into the body. Lead can cause lesions in the central nervous system and apparently can damage the cells making up the blood-brain barrier that protects the brain from many harmful chemicals (see BRAIN). Symptoms of lead poisoning include loss of appetite, weakness, anemia, vomiting, and convulsions, sometimes leading to permanent...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”  Matthew 7:16, 17 In Greek mythology, Augeas, King of Elis, owned a gigantic herd of 3,000 oxen. But for 30 years no one had cleaned out the stalls of these oxen. A mammoth, almost impossible task faced any who would put forth the effort. Then Hercules, Greek hero, had to redeem himself for...

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.Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. In our renewed campaign against drama, television, and movies, we began by sharpening the battle lines, showing precisely what the issues are. We pointed out that the battle is not against the television as an instrument, for it can be put to good use if extreme care is exercised. The battle is against the context of most television and movies, as hostile towards the Christian faith and life. The attack was leveled against television, movies, and drama from the viewpoint of the ruinous effects they have on...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. PARENTS! When I was leading discussion groups at the Young People’s convention this summer, I asked the young people in my group if they had read a certain article in the Standard Bearer. I was discouraged at the response; not one of them had. In fact, it was almost discouraging enough to conclude that I would not write any more. Parents, if your young people have been reading, thanks! And thanks to you too, young people! It was all worth the time and effort! But, parents, if...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Review In the last article, I began to explain the Scriptural teaching of the battle of Armageddon, the last battle that will take place on this earth. We need to remember that this is different from the view of many, who teach that there are two great battles yet to come: the battle of Armageddon and the battle of Gog and Magog. Others believe that these battles are separated by a thousand years, the first taking place before Christ returns, the second after the thousand-year reign of...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 About to be offered for their sakes, Jesus is giving His last instruction& o His disciples, bidding them farewell. And He wants His last words to stick. What Jesus wants His disciples to hear is that when He leaves them to go to the Father, they abide in Him. “Abide in me, and I in you” (John 15:4ff.). Included in abiding in Jesus is abiding in His love:...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. Proverbs 17:9 Love for the church of Christ implies love for the brother in the church. Every good Christian has a heart of love for the church. This means he will be a member of the church institute. It means that in every way he will live the love he professes to have in his heart. If we love the church, we will love the members of the church. Why, the...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Jesus Christ is coming again! I believe that! Every Sunday evening, in our heart or with our mouth, we confess this: “I believe in Jesus Christ . . . he shall come to judge the living and the dead.” This same Jesus who came to planet earth some two thousand years ago, who gave Himself in love for us, will come back in that same love for us. When? The battle of Armageddon (or Gog and Magog) will be the last battle the world experiences. In this...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. No, we cannot know the day and the hour that Jesus is coming again to make all things new. We can’t know when He will return to take the church to glory. We may not try to determine the day or even the year. But, you say, if we cannot pinpoint the time the Lord will come, is there any profit in studying about those days, and even asking how close they are? Definitely, yes! It’s not for nothing that the Bible gives us information about the...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. As preparation for reading or discussing this article, read and. study the following texts in their contexts:Daniel 7:10; Matthew 13:24-30, Matthew 25:31-46, Acts. 10:42, Acts 17:31,Romans 2:16, Romans 14:10-12, II Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27, I Peter 1:17, Jude 1:14, 15, Revelation 20:12, 13. See also Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 19 and Belgic Confession; Article 37: Perhaps a good exercise would be to write out the shorter ones on a piece of paper, and summarize the longer ones in your own words. Now, with the Word of God at your hand, read what follows. When we stand before...

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