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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It belonged to the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament that the head of each family contribute annually one tenth of the produce of the ground and every tenth animal that passed under the staff (method of counting) to the support of the Levites (Lev. 27:30-32). The Levites gave a tenth of these tithes for the support of the high priest (Num. 18:21). This was really very simple; all the Israelite had to do was count his blessings, move the decimal one figure to the left,...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The stars were created by God’s Word of power on the fourth day of the creation week, along with the sun and moon (Gen. 1:16). We ought not accept the view of scientists that the sun is simply the closest star, and a rather small one at that; God created the sun specifically to rule the day, and the moon and stars to rule the night. The seed promised to Abraham is compared to the stars of the heavens for multitude (Gen. 15:5, etc.), but God is...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church The word imagination occurs thirty-six times in Holy Scripture. It is striking that every occurrence of this word, with one exception, is in the evil sense; and almost every use of the word is found in context with the words “evil heart.” God makes plain in His Word that He does not think much of the imaginations of men! Just before the flood, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5)....

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A striking passage on the subject of patience is James 5:1-11. After the apostle has warned the rich against fraudulently keeping back the wages of the laborers while they themselves lived in pleasure and wantonness, he writes, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rains. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” This...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sleep is a wonderful blessing from God; it is one of the good things that He gives us as He lifts up His countenance upon us. He gives His beloved sleep after they have risen early and labored late (Ps. 127:2). Indeed, the workman needs sleep after the rigors of the day, so that he is refreshed in body and mind for the new day. We can both lie down and sleep when we know that God watches over us, when we have confessed our sins, when...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The two great passages that set forth the concept of reconciliation are Romans 5:10 and II Corinthians 5:18-21. The word translated reconciliation, a word used only by Paul, sets forth our salvation in a very rich, broad way. Three ideas are implied in reconciliation: 1) There is a relationship between persons that has brought them very close. 2) This relationship is disturbed so that the persons have become alienated. 3) The cause of alienation has been removed, so that the relationship is restored, and peaceful harmony is once again enjoyed....

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Scripture often speaks of seed time and harvest, sowing and reaping. When God speaks to us in these terms, He uses a figure with a deep spiritual meaning that is based on the agricultural economy of Israel and that is very familiar to us today. God is the Lord of the harvest to whom we pray for laborers (preachers) that may go forth into His harvest (Matt. 9:38). He is the Husbandman who tends His vineyard, cutting off unfruitful branches and purging the fruitful branches that they...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The harp has a solemn sound which soothes the restless spirit; the trumpet’s call has the unique ability to quicken and excite. Who is not stirred by the trumpets of a military band, or by the trumpet solo that precedes the bass recitative of I Corinthians 15:52 in Handel’s Messiah? The trumpets of early Israel were made of ram’s or goat’s horns. Moses was instructed by God to make two trumpets of silver (Num. 10:12) to be blown at certain ceremonies. All these instruments (variously translated trumpets, horns, or...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Our New Testament words steward andstewardship come from a Greek word, the parts of which mean “house” and “manager.” A stewards is one who labors in the house of another, manages that house as to its business and affairs, with the calling to work for the welfare and advancement of his master. Joseph was such an overseer in Potiphar’s household, and Chuza was steward in Herod’s house. Three things stand out in this matter of stewardship. First, God is the great Master of the universe, the absolute Owner of all...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Hebrew word for doctrine means “to take, receive, seize”; then it means that which is received mentally, instruction. The Greek has a whole family of words relating to our topic: one means that which is taught; another refers to the one doing the teaching, the doctor or master; the verb form simply means to instruct or indoctrinate. The word doctrine appears fifty-two times in Scripture, good evidence of its importance. Strikingly, when we read of doctrines in the plural the reference is always to strange doctrines,...

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