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When the dark storm clouds roll in, the lightning flickers, and the thunder rumbles, it is a sound like no other. Thunder evokes awe and fear. Rightly so, for every thunder clap resounds with raw, untamed power, reminding man how small and powerless he is and how mighty God is. Unlike our everyday speech, the Bible never says it thunders, but that God thunders. “The God of glory thundereth” (Ps. 29:3). “The Lord also thundered in the heavens” (Ps. 18:13). Thunder is no natural phenomenon occurring by itself; thunder is God’s creature that does His bidding. God has decreed the...

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When you hear the word gate, you likely think of chain links or white pickets opening to a little patch of green. When Jesus spoke of gates, it would have been heavy wooden doors ajar beside thick stone walls that entered the minds of His hearers. There were wide gates with broad roads and heavy traffic into the city every morning. There were also narrow gates with paths more difficult to navigate, a fitting illustration of the self-denying way that leads to life for the few who find it (Matt. 7:13, 14). A gate at its most basic idea is...

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What comes to mind when you think about sand? After a long, cold winter perhaps you feel a certain eagerness for some time at the lakeshore or seaside with the warm sun overhead and soft sand underfoot. Children may be excited to go to the beach again, or even the sandbox in the backyard, to build something out of sand. Sandis so ordinary that we do not think about it much. It is dirt we walk on. It can be a nuisance. We shake it out of our shoes, broom it out of our homes, and vacuum it out of...

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Rev. Joseph Holstege, pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan   You cannot see honor. You cannot point to it, measure it, weigh it. It will not fill your stomach when you are hungry. It will not refresh you when you are hot. It will not warm you when you are cold. It is nothing. And yet, it is everything. There is a lust for honor that burns insatiably in the human heart. To have the royal apparel around your shoulders, to ride in the king’s chariot pulled by the king’s horse, to wear the crown, to be proclaimed...

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It may be one of the most misused words in the English language. An athlete has an amazing comeback, though everyone said his sporting days were over. A singer comes out with a new hit single, long after she was written off as old news. A CEO climbs back to the top after suffering a setback. And the news headlines flash—so-and-so has ‘redeemed’ himself! So goes the legacy of a foundational concept in the Christian faith when it is subjected to the eroding winds of pop-culture.  The basic flaw in the popular usage of this term is the misidentification of...

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On the third day God clothed His new world with living green (Gen 1:11). Standing tall among these plants are the “trees of the Lord,” full of sap and fruitful (Ps. 104:16). God gave the trees “several offices” (Belgic Confession, Art. 12). He created them to yield lifenourishing fruit, “good for food” (Gen. 2:9), to supply the needs of man and beast. “Behold, I have given you,” God told Adam, “every tree…to you it shall be for meat.” God made the trees to serve as shelter for His creatures. In the trees the birds build their nests (Ps. 104:17). Under...

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Few things cheer us like the sunrise stretching its  colorful wings across the morning sky, or the warmth  of the sun at its midday zenith. In the colder months the  sun rises late and sets early. Gray clouds cover its face.  We miss it! The sun is a creature of peculiar glory and  importance (I Cor. 15:41). God made it so. God created light on the first day. On the fourth day  God made the sun to be “the greater light to rule the day”  (Gen. 1:14). God issued the sun its abiding command to  shine upon the earth and...

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Meekness. It’s a quality that the world disdainfully considers weakness. Sadly, a similar disdain for it can crop up in the church too, if meekness is looked at with a carnal eye rather than the eye of faith. The meek, the flesh says, are pushovers, doormats, wobbly-kneed, double-minded compromisers. The meek, Christ says, are blessed, for they shall inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5). And the Bible says more: the meek “shall eat and be satisfied” (Ps. 22:26). “The meek” God will “guide in judgment” and “teach his way” (Ps. 25:9). Jehovah arises “to save all the meek of the earth”...

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Rev. Joseph Holstege, pastor of Zion Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan There is a euphoric comfort that comes from staring at the pale face of the “lesser light” that was set “to rule the night” (Gen. 1:16). Among the diamonds set by the Creator in the dark expanse, none is so “fair as the moon” (Song 6:10). As anyone knows who has ever laid back in a soft patch of green on a summer night, though there is one glory of the sun and another of the stars, there is still “another glory of the moon” (I Cor. 15:41)....

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Rev. Justin Smidstra, pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). Unbelieving man suppresses this knowledge. But he can never shake off the fear of death. More than anything, man wants to live, and to keep living forever. Fallen man dreams of immortality. Not true immortality, but endless life after the imaginations of his own heart. In every age he chases after this dream. He looks to all sorts of things to lengthen his days and deliver him from death: idol gods, a mythical...

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