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The LORD – on whom we depend

November 13, 2018 - 5:59 pm in Church History, Daily Life, Special Feast Days, Uncategorized

What follows is broadly based on notes of a sermon Rev PKA deBoer preached on Psalm 124 in the Free Reformed Church, Mt Nasura, on Armistice Day (commemorating the end of World War 1, 100 years ago) last Sunday, 11/11/2018. In it he highlighted our ongoing…

Trust and Obey

October 23, 2018 - 5:45 pm in Daily Life

There’s a Christian song titled ‘Trust and Obey’. Whatever the merits or otherwise of the song, the two key words of the title are simple yet profound.…

Speaking the Truth – Always

September 29, 2018 - 3:19 pm in Daily Life

As you know, in courts of law witnesses can be required to swear an oath. That’s allowed, though it wouldn’t, and shouldn’t, be necessary—if only…

Dating – who?

September 18, 2018 - 5:10 pm in Daily Life

A recent discussion around the Consistory table revealed that the elders are concerned about the ease with which our young people (and some not so young) strike up a romantic relationship with a person outside the church.  The brothers wish the members of…

Our Future

August 27, 2018 - 5:51 pm in Daily Life

Life can be very difficult, but our suffering is not permanent. Soon the moment of our dying comes. Yet even that dying can still be so hard because of pain and the thought of being separated from everyone and everything so dear to us in this life. But then…

Preventing Article 11

July 17, 2018 - 4:30 pm in Canadian Reformed Churches, Daily Life

Rev P Holtvluwer[i] refers to Article 11 of the ‘Canadian’ Church Order. The ‘Australian’ Church order does not have this article. However, as we have seen, the ‘problem’ he highlights applies to the FRCA as well as to the CanRC. Preventing Article…

A Rugby Player’s Bold Witness

April 23, 2018 - 5:11 am in Daily Life

I know little about sport and even less about rugby, but a rugby player named Israel Folau has featured prominently in the Australian secular press throughout the past week or two for saying something ‘politically incorrect’. It appears that someone on…

The Good Fight!

April 16, 2018 - 12:20 pm in Daily Life

Whoever follows the news a little, knows that the war in Syria is developing into a tangle of warring factions. Syrians, Russians, Iranians, Turks, Kurds, Americans, ISIS followers are all involved in this war. It’s one of those far-from-home shows; not…

#Metoo?

March 19, 2018 - 9:26 am in Daily Life

Sexual abuse of any kind is abhorrent. God hates it and Christians ought to hate it just as much. It is a sin in so many ways and at so many levels—and it thrives on secrecy. Abusers prey on the vulnerable, on those who are weak, on those they know can be…

May I Have This Dance?

February 21, 2018 - 9:45 am in Daily Life

In no time, the tables and chairs are cleared away. The lights are suddenly turned down. Red, blue and green strobe lights appear and start flashing across the room just as the music starts. A romantic song is cranked louder than most can talk. One couple…