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Hand

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are anthropomorphisms in Scripture, figures of speech in which human characteristics are ascribed to God in order that we may better understand Him and His works. God’s repentance is such a figure: God is not a…

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Oath

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As partaker of Christ’s anointing, and in the office of believer, the child of God speaks on three different levels. In general conversation he is called to speak the truth in love, avoiding all lying as the…

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Travail

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The word travail is often found in context with the words labor, sorrow, anguish, pain, and vexation. Travail, of course, refers to birth pangs, to the experience that a mother undergoes in the hours immediately prior to…

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Liberty

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To appreciate the concept liberty or freedom as an aspect of salvation, we must understand its counterpart of slavery or imprisonment as an aspect of the curse. These ideas are contrasted in Isaiah 61:1, where the prophet…

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With

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From time to time it is necessary for pastors to remind their catechumens, both young and old, that they must memorize the prepositions in their answers carefully. These little words indicate the relationship that nouns, pronouns, and…

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Nations

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The concept nations is very important throughout the Scriptures. The first times the word appears is in Genesis 10, where we have the generation of Noah and the mention of Nimrod, and in Genesis 11 where we have the incident…

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All

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Reformed believer is intensely interested in the use of the word “all” in Holy Scripture. He finds the chief, doctrinal use of this word in connection with God Himself, with God’s works outside of Himself, and…

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Order

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The several words that are translated order in Scripture have the meaning of placing in a certain arrangement, to assign a place, to appoint, or to ordain. The reason that great emphasis is placed on order in…

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Keys

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Of the eight occurrences of the word key or keys in the Scriptures, only one has a purely literal meaning (Judges 3:25). The other Old Testament occurrence has both a literal and a symbolic idea, of which…

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Fasting

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We read of fasts for the most part in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word means to cover the mouth, to keep the mouth shut, to fast. The Mosaic law prescribed only one fast, what Leviticus 16:29-31 calls “afflicting…

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Patience

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A striking passage on the subject of patience is James 5:1-11. After the apostle has warned the rich against fraudulently keeping back the wages of the laborers while they themselves lived in pleasure and wantonness, he writes, “Be…

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Stewardship

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Our New Testament words steward andstewardship come from a Greek word, the parts of which mean “house” and “manager.” A stewards is one who labors in the house of another, manages that house as to its business and affairs, with…

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Contentment

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The Christian virtue of contentment is expressed in Scripture with a word that is, to say the least, surprising. Contentment is translated from a compound Greek word meaning “self” and “sufficient.” Literally it means “to be sufficient…

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Angels

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Angels are mentioned in thirty-six of the sixty-six books of the Bible. The Hebrew and Greek words both mean messenger; they are means by whom God reveals Himself and His salvation to us. Indeed, angels are the…

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Salt

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Salt. Sodium Chloride. A combination of two elements which separately are explosive and poisonous, but as a compound are taken harmlessly into the body every day. Salt is found in many parts of the world in massive…

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Order

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Word of God places great emphasis and value upon good order. We will undoubtedly be surprised at the frequency with which this word appears and the implications that it has. There are several root words, both…

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Leaven

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Leaven is yeast, a substance made of one-celled, microscopic plants which multiply rapidly in the presence of heat and moisture. When yeast reacts with flour it produces a gas (CO2) which causes the dough to rise; when…

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