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Marriage is a permanent bond—for life. When God joins you in marriage to your husband or wife, He forms a bond that cannot be dissolved except by God Himself in death. Not even divorce dissolves a marriage so that you are free to be married again to another while your spouse lives. When God joins you to a wife or husband, He makes for you a lifelong bond. And He calls you to glorify Him by living with each other in the true love of God, which is faithful, sacrificial, and enduring—a love that seeks not your own but seeks...

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Many are the afflictions of the righteous…. Psalm 34:19a Our children may find it disheartening to know that as children of God they will be called upon—chosen really—to suffer many afflictions and persecutions in this life. The concept that it is necessary for them to endure these trials may be hard for them to comprehend. Thus they must be taught to understand that it is a privilege to suffer for the Lord’s sake, and a privilege for which they should give thanks. That the children of God will suffer persecution is scriptural. Being followers of Christ will put us at...

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“We lift up our child in prayer, Lord. Help us, for we  do not know what to do. Our child is walking in sin,  will not meet to talk with us about it, and is listening to  and giving in to spiritual enemies. We cry out for Thy  mercy. Thou alone hast power to change the heart….” Such is a prayer of Christian parents who have a wayward  child. Who else can set such a one free? “Bring  thy son hither…. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit,  and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father”  (Luke 9:41-42)....

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Introduction Satan is a ruthless enemy of the church of Jesus Christ. In Revelation 12 we learn that Satan is filled with great anger because of the victory over him that Christ achieved at the cross. In that anger he has turned against the bride of Christ to make war with “the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (vv. 12, 17). In this war with the church Satan uses every means possible to obliterate her name from the earth. His intent is to be rid of her and the...

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Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Previous article in this series: February 1, 2022, p. 205. Nurturing involves discipline. Discipline is necessary to cultivate in our children a sense of what is right and wrong. There are various forms of discipline, of course—from an angry, disapproving look to a good, sound spanking. The latter of these is frowned upon and even condemned by the unbelieving world as abuse. The world does not take into account what God requires for the careful nurturing of children. But, as is always the case, our unbelieving society exerts...

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Reprinted from Implications of Public Confession, by Abraham Kuyper, 7th ed., Byron Center PRC Evangelism Committee, 2020. Used by permission. I prayed…and made my confession. —Daniel 9:4 The seed of faith which it frequently pleases God to sow within the heart of a child does not grow and flourish of its own accord. Imagine, for a moment, that a child within whose heart this seed had been planted had been kidnapped soon after its birth by a tribe of savages, that it had been taken far from its father and mother, and far from the blessed influences of Christ’s church....

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But, Lord, in Thee is all my trust, Thou art my God I cried; My life, my times are in Thy hand, I in Thy strength confide. Psalter #80, stanza 9 We are all creatures of time. For the timeless God, in His infinite wisdom, created us so. He, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, has so designed things that all of our life here on earth—as we journey from here to heaven—is governed by time. Not only must we teach our children how to tell time on the face of the clock that hangs on the...

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“Make confession unto the Lord God of your fathers.” —Ezra 10:11 Public confession of your faith must take place between your baptism and your approach to the holy supper. That confession is a unique and important event because it represents the time when you rise in the assembly of believers and publicly assert that you desire to be one of them. It is also true that in that sense public confession is entirely necessary and perfectly appropriate. It is an event in your life, and is an important one. But that event should by no means suggest that it is...

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Previous articles in this series: June 2021, p. 403 The spiritual nurture of our children from the time of infancy is vital to the confidence, security, and strength they will exhibit in their future lives. Though the topic “Nurturing Preschool Children” may seem blasé and undeserving of our attention, this could not be further from the truth. The years from birth to the time our children enter school are the most formative years of their lives. Neither do we concern ourselves in these articles with the care given our little children from an earthly, material point of view, though this...

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Dalton is my friend, though he never talks to me. Perhaps I should qualify that statement. Once in a while he says, “Skid loader.” Usually he holds up his necktie and gives me a big smile. He might like ties as much as skid loaders. Even so, they make great conversation openers. Hard to miss, built like a linebacker with boundless enthusiasm to connect with others, he has landed a soft spot with everyone at church. Dalton is special, but that is not what makes him really special. Dalton is blessed to have been raised by his loving Christian parents...

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