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I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 Paul had learned to be content. As Paul pens this letter to the church at Philippi, he is in prison in Rome, awaiting possible execution for the sake of the gospel. After several failed attempts and with much effort, the church at Philippi had finally managed to send a gift to him. This gives Paul great joy (v. 10). Paul’s joy is not so much in that their gift filled a need in his life, but it is rather in the love that the Philippians had for him...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18 We are all sinners. Daily we sin against God in thought, word, and deed. And God is not pleased with our sins. Our sins anger God. On account of our sins we all deserve to be condemned by God to the deepest hell. The truth is that many have already been condemned for their sins....

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace… Let all things be done decently and in order. I Corinthians 14:33, 40 The church of Corinth had been especially blessed with the special gifts of the Spirit. These gifts included speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecies, and revelations. However, there was a problem in Corinth with all these gifts. Those endowed with these gifts tended to compete with each other at the public worship so that there was confusion and chaos. In this fourteenth chapter...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as a little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:1-4 From the parallel accounts in Mark and Luke...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep; and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead....

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. Matthew 22:29 The Sadducees were a religious sect in Israel that believed that there is no life after death and therefore no resurrection of the dead. They sought to discredit Jesus with a question about the resurrection. They posed a situation in which a woman was widowed seven times by seven brothers. Their question was, “Whose wife will she be in the resurrection?” With this question they sought to...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.  Matthew 27:32 The gospel narratives record the events of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion in great detail. Some of these details we might pass over as being unimportant. No doubt many who were eyewitnesses of our Savior’s agony did just that. But the very fact that the holy writers were inspired to record these details in the gospel narratives indicates that these details are of great...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Chruch in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:3-5 What a tragic end to a very pathetic figure of history! Judas Iscariot was...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29 Deuteronomy 29 is part of the final instructions that Moses gave to Israel before their entering into the land of Canaan. This chapter begins with Moses reminding Israel of the loving care God had shown to them during their forty years of wilderness wanderings. God had provided them bread and water. God...

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