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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But now saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:1 &2 Isaiah was the prophet of God to Judah in her apostasy. We...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. II Corinthians 7:10 There was a great deal of trouble in the church of Corinth. There was division among the members, immorality the likes of which was not even found in the pagan community, abuse of the Lord’s Supper, as well as false doctrine touching the resurrection. The apostle Paul had dealt with these problems very firmly in his first epistle to the Corinthians, giving necessary and...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1, 2 Music is one of the many wonderful creations of God. Music is delightful. How our lives are enriched by music. Music is also powerful. It can lift our mood; it can inspire; it can excite; it can calm. It can do many things. When we put words to our music...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. II Timothy 1:5 These words of the apostle Paul were penned to his beloved Timothy. Paul is in prison in Rome awaiting death for the gospel’s sake. He sends this final letter to Timothy, instructing him in his work as minister of the church in Ephesus and summoning Timothy to come to him in Rome. Paul...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Psalm 146:3-5 The beginning of a new year is an occasion to look forward. From a purely human point of view, the future is very uncertain. We are at war in Afghanistan and...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psalm 42:5 Psalm 42 was written by the sons of Korah. They were a guild of singers from the tribe of Levi that sang at the Temple as the people of God gathered for worship. They wrote as one man. Throughout this Psalm, therefore, they wrote in the singular. And so we will speak of the psalmist...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6 Hosea was a prophet of God to the northern kingdom of the ten tribes. His ministry was quite lengthy. He began to prophesy during the reign of Jeroboam II, of the house of Jehu, and he continued his ministry until Israel was taken into...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12 This instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ has aptly been called the Golden Rule. It certainly is a rule for life. In all your dealings with others, do unto them as you would have them do unto you. This rule is certainly golden. It is one of those rules that serve as sure guides in every situation. We often...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. III John 11 The good and the evil! That which is good is that which is in harmony with the law of God. Goodness has an absolute standard. Ultimately, God is good. He is the source of all good and standard of all good. And He has revealed His goodness to us in His law. That which is good,...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land...

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