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Outreach in Smithville?

Outreach in Smithville? How about a third minister for Smithville?  Late last fall, I believe it was, a Consistory Press Release printed in the Family Post related that one of our members had dropped a letter on Consistory’s table suggesting that our congregation invest in community outreach.  Perhaps, that letter hinted, we should call a […]

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Come As You Are

Are you struggling? Is your life a mess? Addicted? Unbelieving? Broken? Angry? Stuck in sexual sin? In lies? In alcohol? Have you hit rock bottom? Jesus bids you to come. No strings attached. And he will give you rest. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and […]

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Angry?

By Clarence  Bouwman   Angry? “No, not me.  I’m not an angry sort of person.”  Actually, I suspect very few of us are.  So allow me to share a story. Bob had been gone for some days, and couldn’t wait to see his wife again.  On the ride home from the airport, he could already […]

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Choice At the Moldy Buffet

By Jeremy Dehaan Saying that we live in an age of relativism is almost a cliché these days. Everyone’s heard that by now. As Christians we know that relativism is false and we’ve probably even got a handful of good arguments against it: if there’s no such thing as absolute truth, is that absolutely true? […]

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Tragedy – MH17 (How do I respond?)

by Clarence Bouwman The stories we hear, the pictures we see, the testimonies we listen to are all so gut-wrenching: a civilian aircraft, traveling a recognized route, shot down with all aboard dead.  It seems everybody knows a friend who had an acquaintance on board and so we are all touched.   What are we to […]

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6 Ways to be Missional

  From the Verge Network. 1. EAT WITH OTHER PEOPLE We all eat three meals a day. That’s 21 opportunities for church and mission each week without adding anything new to your schedule. And meals are a powerful expression of welcome and community. 2. WORK IN PUBLIC PLACES Hold meetings, prepare talks, and read in […]

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May I Judge?

  By Rev. C. Bouwman   I hear repeatedly that we’re not supposed to judge another.  Particularly Young People express themselves this way, and that’s not surprising.  After all, not judging the other fits hand in glove with the postmodern dogma of Tolerance that’s so rampant around us.  Different strokes for different folks, so let […]

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How is Your Door Mat Looking?

By Ryan Smith Last week, my wife let me in on her personal devotions for the day.  She had been meditating on Romans 12:13 which says  “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” It is was convicting for both of us.  Do we “seek” to show hospitality? We give our tithe […]

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Does God Punish the Christian’s Sin?

By Clarence Bouwman. Originally written: 20 November 2009 We incline to answer this question as No.  For if the answer is Yes, would that not mean that I’d have to interpret the bad things happening to me as God’s punishment?  And does that not mean that I’m not forgiven of my sin?  Ouch…. Jesus Christ […]

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Act Like Men – Conference Review

By Rev Clarence Bouwman   I’d heard it before: I had to be a strong link in the generational chain.  If I wasn’t, the spiritual wellbeing of the children that come after me would be greatly affected, into unknown numbers of generations….  The need was reinforced to me at that Act Like Men conference I […]

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Open Up

By Karlo Janssen How open are you with your pastors? (By “Pastors” I don’t just mean your minister. Paul spoke of the elders of Ephesus as appointed shepherds of God’s flock (Acts 20:28). Peter addressed elders as shepherds (1Peter 5:1-4). Ministers are pastors. Elders are pastors too. Thus: in Abbotsford we have sixteen pastors, not […]

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The Role of Office Bearers

By Karlo Janssen Equipping the Saints – the Role of Office Bearers Watch the video Download the transcript In a lecture hosted at an Office Bearers Conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia in April, 2013, Dr RC (Karlo) Janssen provides insights in the Reformed (Calvinist) tradition on how elders and deacons equip the saints. In his […]

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Facing Temptation

A meditation by Charles Spurgeon “If you are the Son of God…” (Matthew 4:3). Satan came to tempt Jesus and question his sonship. There is no sin in being tempted, for the perfect Jesus was “one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15). Temptation does not necessitate sinning; […]

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Religion versus Spirituality

Religion versus Spirituality: merely semantics or a giant cultural rift? By Pastor Jim Witteveen I was sitting in the sauna at the local aquatic centre the other day when I struck up a conversation with the man sitting opposite me. When you’re a missionary, it’s easy to turn conversations toward matters of faith, and that’s […]

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Tithing

 By Bill Dehaas. Tithing. Do you give of your first fruits or of your last fruits? Wikipedia: tithe (pron.:/’taiõ/; from Old English: teogopa “tenth”) There is much debate in the church today about whether the “tithe” is even a principle for today. It is only mentioned seventeen times in the Old Testament. For my article I […]

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God’s Grace for the Depressed and Suicidal

By Wes Bredenhof Fluoxetine.  Paxil.  Celexa.  Wellbutrin.  Zoloft.  If those words are familiar to you, this article may be for you.  Even if those words aren’t familiar right now, someday they may be.  They’re all names of popular anti-depressants.  Depression is a widespread problem in our society today.  In the United States, over 19 million […]

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How Faith Is A Gift Of God

How Faith Is A Gift Of God By Karlo Janssen  The concept of faith is difficult to understand. Yet, Christians claim to ‘believe’ and ‘have faith’. So it is important for all Christians to know what faith is and how it comes about. Faith, according to scripture, is a gift of God. With Canons of […]

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The Older Women

The Role of the Older Christian Women By Clarence Bouwman Our church has a sizable number of older women.  Why?  What task would the Lord give these sisters in His church?  Like the older men, the older women of the congregation are a God-given resource for building up the congregation.  This is what Paul draws […]

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Adultery Today

See the stats Get Wisdom! Adultery and Young, Modern, Tech-Savvy Christians by: Rev. Ryan deJonge, Pastor at Langley Canadian Reformed Church  The book of Proverbs is a book about two ways to live, the paths of wisdom and folly. The way of wisdom is the way of the righteous, the way of blessing, and the […]

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Use of the Heidelberg Catechism

Use of the Heidelberg Catechism The Heidelberg Catechism was first published in a German territory called the Palatinate on January 19, 1563- 450 years ago today. It was written in order to instruct people in the basic truths of salvation in Jesus Christ. Since then, the Heidelberg Catechism has been used in many churches, and is […]

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The Heidelberg Catechism

What is a catechism? If the word catechism sounds unfamiliar to you, don’t be too surprised.  It’s not used as commonly today as it was in the past.  However, it’s not a complicated word.  The word catechism is really just another term for teaching. The Heidelberg Catechism is a teaching tool used instructing people in the […]

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Resolved…

Jonathan Edwards resolved to live for the glory of God, by the grace of God. We can all learn from his devotion to Christ and would do well to follow the example he set (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil 3:17; 4:9; 1 Pet. 5:3). With the new year upon us and the pressure to create new resolutions, we encourage […]

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The Older Men

The Role of Christian Older Men By Clarence Bouwman   Faithful children of God may look forward to sharing Jesus’ glory in the presence of the Father.  “To live is Christ; to die is gain.”  Why, then, does the Lord God not take people Home to Himself as soon as they, say, become empty nesters […]

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Repentance

By Clarence Bouwman Repentance It’s embarrassing but true: all around us we see people seriously messing up, ourselves included.   It happened to people in the Bible  too.  If Noah could get drunk and lie naked, if Abraham could lie about his wife being his sister, if Moses could kill the Egyptian, if David could commit […]

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A Crowd Can Make You Crazy

By: Ed Welch Crowds are scary. Many of the stupid, foolish and sinful things we do involve a crowd, even if the crowd is just one or two other people. Examples: Anytime I was in a car going way too fast, there were ‘other people’ in the car too. The old college streaking phenomena—don’t ask. […]

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