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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” II Peter 1:19-21 This epistle emphasizes that knowledge...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” ii Psalm 55:22David wrote this psalm because he experienced a great difficulty. He calls it a burden. The weight of this difficult problem was extremely heavy. Every child of God knows the heaviness of trials and problems. In addition, the burden of sin can be very heavy. Every sheep of the Shepherd walks through the valley of the shadow of death. Every disciple of Jesus Christ is required...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” Ephesians 4:7, 8 In the first three chapters of this epistle God has used the apostle to instruct in many precious truths. These truths are among the doctrines of the apostles (cf. Acts 2:42). These truths serve as the foundation of the church (Eph. 2:20). Now the Spirit leads the apostle to apply...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:11-13 he many precious truths taught in the first three chapters of this epistle are being applied,...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” Isaiah 3:10, 11 The Protestant Reformed Churches have recently commemorated their 75th anniversary. In 1924 the synod of the Christian Reformed Church determined that the Bible taught that God has a favorable attitude toward every human in all the world. It was said that this general favor...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan. “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6Zechariah was sent by God to encourage Zerubbabel the rince, Joshua the high priest, and the people of God who had returned to Canaan out of the Babylonian captivity. After over fifteen years of inactivity they needed to be encouraged to return to the task of rebuilding the temple and the city....

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. The last command of the ascending Christ to His church was that it “go into all the world” and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Local congregations and denominations must, to the best of their ability, take the glorious gospel of grace everywhere, to every nation and people. God has elected His people out of every nation, tribe, and tongue to manifest the diversity and extent of His grace. This universality and diversity of the church serve as the occasion for those already saved to take...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. No one likes to be told that he is immature. Children want to be older, so they may be allowed to do the things they see their parents or older siblings doing. Young people want to be considered adults, or old enough to be allowed to do certain things. And no one likes to be told he is an immature Christian. At least twice in the New Testament, Christians were called immature. The apostle Paul charged the Corinthian Christians with being “babes in Christ” (I Cor. 31). Paul...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. What motivates a parent in the training of a child? Why do we want our children to behave? What motives should a godly parent have for rearing a child? And what should be the goal in godly child-rearing? Or is talk about motives and goals too abstract? Is it not true that motives and goals are the farthest thing from the parents’ mind at the moment they are disciplining a child who has just embarrassed them? You want your young child to behave in the grocery store—why? You...

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