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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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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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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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Born to Die

  By Karlo Janssen Christmas is probably the most joyously celebrated of all Christian feast days. But should it be? Think about it: Why was the Son of God born as a human being? It was that He might take our place in the judgment of God. That judgment was death. Physical death. Eternal death. The […]

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A Word from the Headquarters

By Rev. Clarence Bouwman Life is so very busy.  You need to be at work at 6:30 AM, you need 13 minutes to get there, so you set the alarm at 6:09.  That gives you 4 minutes to shower and jump into your clothes, a minute to collect your gear and get into the car, […]

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Remember

By Karlo Janssen Remember Many a lapel is flowering red these days. November 11 is around the corner. Almost a hundred years ago Flanders fields were soaked with the blood of freedom fighters. Its blood-red poppies now remind us of the price paid for liberty. Do we understand that price? The price of the countless […]

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Choose this day

By Karlo Janssen Joshua 24:15 is a favourite text for Christian families. It is for ours. Those who enter our house via the front door are confronted with the last words of this text. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Words from the first part of this verse are […]

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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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Steak, not Spam

By Karlo Janssen Steak, not Spam Ever wondered why Reformed churches are so big on doctrine? Just look at the size of John Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion. Many tomes on doctrine followed: Francis Turretin, the Synopsis produced in Leiden, Charles Hodge, Herman Bavinck, Louis Berkhof. See if there is a copy of […]

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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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The Lord Speaks

Listening for the Voice of God: How Does God Speak To His People Today? By Pastor Jim Witteveen  Many Christians believe that God will speak to people directly, and many believe they have had the experience of God speaking to them, either audibly, in a voice that has somehow been physically heard, or in a […]

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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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President Obama – Four More Years

President Obama – Four More Years Tomorrow Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term as President of the United States of America.  We realize that whatever happens in the United States greatly affects us in Canada, and so we are keenly interested in developments south of the line. Given that President Obama […]

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Wisdom, Folly and Your Education

By Clarence Bouwman   Here in the North America, our summer is just over and it’s time for classes to begin. After a summer to relax, folks have gone back to university, college or high schools.  That represents new challenges and opportunities, and raises the question: are you ready for what higher education will throw […]

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The Strange, Beautiful Power of Prayer

By Wes Bredenhof I’ve been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.  Chapter 3 is entitled “The Day Alone” and it covers the personal life of a Christian.  In that chapter he has an insightful section on prayer.  I have found what he says here to be true.  As a pastor too, I have observed that when people […]

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A Testimony of God’s Providence

by Reformed Outfitters. Sometimes those who grow up with the gospel take for granted what a good thing they’ve got. Seeing it through fresh eyes makes it come alive. Sarah was kind enough to share her testimony of God’s work in her life in the past while: The Past 6 Months “I have always had […]

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Talking Rocks

A chapter from bestselling author N. D. Wilson’s, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl Film Series. “[God's] attention to detail, His attention to… things that don’t matter to us is really encouraging. ” “There are 8 million other people who could have been here instead of you. Are you going to be ungrateful?”   For more, see […]

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Brian Godawa: Secret Believers

Brian Godawa was the screenwriter for the movie To End All Wars.  He recently wrote the script for this short clip as well.  Powerful.

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A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatsoever our hand findeth to do.” One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the things we “find to do” day by day.

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Delivered from the Muck-rake

“Keep a very loose hold on the things of this world. Throw away the muckrake and receive, from Christ, the celestial crown”

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