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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 In preceding articles we have seen the first three characteristics of the citizens of the kingdom of God. They are poor in spirit, mourners, and meek, indicating that they are in themselves nothing. All these are essential characteristics of the child of God. Each citizen must see and confess his own nothingness. When this is properly recognized, then one can enjoy the fullness of God’s blessings upon him. Whereas the...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Job 19:25 I know that my redeemer liveth.” What a confession! What a comfort! On this day when we observe the resurrection of our blessed Savior we echo the triumphant cry of victory that the saints who have gone before us have uttered. As pilgrims and strangers whose citizenship is in the kingdom of God we and all of God’s children must face the relentless onslaught of Satan...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Loveland Protestant Reformed Church in Loveland, Colorado. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  John 1:16 What a beautiful confession of faith! Here is a personal confession of those who have experienced and tasted the marvelous grace of Christ. This is the confession of those who have sought Christ and have found Him, of those who have been implanted into Him by a living bond of faith. This is the confession of those who have received Him, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 The words of Christ here in the text are very familiar to us. We know them well. However, they just do not seem to be correct. The earth appears to be possessed by the bold and proud. In recent years the world has progressed very rapidly in all areas of learning. It would appear that the only way anything gets accomplished is for man to take things into his own hands. Certainly no room for...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Loveland Protestant Reformed Church in Loveland, Colorado. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11 Isaiah was called to be a prophet of the Lord. In fulfilling his calling he prophesies judgment against the enemies of God in the first thirty-nine chapters of this book that bears his name. His pronouncements of judgments, however, are not limited to God’s enemies. He is also called to prophesy against Israel because of...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Loveland Protestant Reformed Church in Loveland, CO. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.  Psalm 103:17 Once more we stand at the beginning of a new year. We are reminded of how quickly time passes by. It would seem that the older we get, the more quickly it goes. The psalmist thus pictures the life of man as a flower growing in the middle of an open field. It is exposed to the rough wind that blows regardless of...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psalm 63:3 In just a few days our readers who live in the United States will observe the national holiday called Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a deeply spiritual exercise which only the believer in Jesus Christ can possibly perform. As seen from our text, this involves two things: first, God’s lovingkindness is manifest unto His people; then, in response of faith, they praise God. Only the redeemed Christian has this privilege, for only the redeemed...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 These words of Christ are very familiar to us. They form the first beatitude in the first part of the Sermon on the Mount. In this part of the sermon Christ gives the characteristics of the child of God as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, characteristics which are found in every Christian. The first three beatitudes show us that the citizen knows his sins and his misery. The fourth reveals...

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Rev. Miersma is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psalm 17:15 When David wrote this Psalm he was surrounded by enemies, as can be seen from verse Ps. 17:9: “From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.” But as a child of God, he loves God and is sure that the Lord is the God of his salvation. He is confident that he represents the cause of God and of His righteousness in the...

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