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For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Acts 2:39 Although Protestant Reformed people have a correct understanding of the covenant in many regards, I believe our lack of zeal and activity in missions and evangelism is due, at least in part, to an underdeveloped understanding of the covenant. Deficiency in outreach is likely due to a deficiency in understanding God’s covenant of grace. I plead for humble and honest self-examination regarding our view of the covenant especially as it relates...

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But as man by the fall did not cease to be a creature endowed with understanding and will, nor did sin which pervaded the whole race of mankind, deprive him of the human nature, but brought upon him depravity and spiritual death; so also this grace of regeneration does not treat men as senseless stocks and blocks, nor take away their will and its properties, neither does violence thereto; but spiritually quickens, heals, corrects, and at the same time sweetly and powerfully bends it; that where carnal rebellion and resistance formerly prevailed, a ready and sincere spiritual obedience begins to...

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What is true faith? True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in His Word, but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel in my heart; that not only to others, but to me also, remission of sin, everlasting righteousness, and salvation are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits. (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Q&A 21)   We believe that, to attain the true knowledge of this great mystery, the Holy Ghost kindleth in our...

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Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matthew 4:7 Take heed and harden not your heart, As did your fathers, nor depart From God to follow in their ways; For with complaints instead of praise, With doubt instead of faith confessed, They put His mercy to the test. (Psalter 254, st. 4) Beloved young people of the church, beware of the devil who brings strong temptation to tempt God. Imagine this scene: The devil, as an angel of light, flies you to Jerusalem and sets you on the pinnacle of the...

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Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, pastor of the Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. Ecclesiastes 10:12-15 As the warm...

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Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, pastor of the Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan Every Reformed young person needs to know some Latin. Not only is it the language from which many modern languages have their origin, and not only is it the language most Reformation leaders used to compose their writings, but it is a language frequently used to make important truths memorable, one of them being coram Deo. This Latin phrase expresses the most fundamental description of the Christian life. A young person ignorant of its meaning is seriously deficient in his under standing of how to live as a...

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“How are you doing with your personal devotions?” This might be a question your parents ask you periodically or something the elders of your church bring up at family visitation. This inquiry often smites the young soul with feelings of guilt, for the conscience testifies within, “I know I should be more faithful in reading my Bible and in heartfelt prayer.” And it is true that you and I must improve in our devotions. We should make it more of a priority. We ought to stop making excuses— they are all bad. The practice of personal devotions is an obligation....

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Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. Jeremiah 45:3 Each one of us has experienced this before. Taking on a victim mentality, we crab and we pout about the hurt others have caused us. We become downcast and despondent because one after another circumstance, or so it seems, has piled up against us. Navel-gazing, we take on the doom and gloom mindset, crying silently within as Jacob of old, “All these things are against me” (Gen. 42:36b). Or as described by...

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep...

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These men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness. II Samuel 3:39b King David earnestly sought the unity of the church of Israel. The nation had been divided; the church…split. A full eighty percent of Israel still followed a king from the line of Saul. With a heart after God’s own heart, King David waited—while yearning for the joining of twelve tribes under the one true God and His anointed king. But there were great obstacles to this unification. General Abner’s devious politicking had delayed it...

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