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A Teen Review of the RYS Convention

The first annual Reformed Youth Services National Convention can be hailed as a success. We, the excited teens, arrived on Monday, July 30 between 1–5 p.m. at beautiful Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Surrounded by grand mountains and spectacular old buildings we found a haven to learn about “Taking Every Thought Captive,” our theme […]

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Teen Scene: It’s a Wonderful Life

And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12 One evening, when I was in high school, I went over to a friend’s house. It was around Christmas time and his family was watching a black and white movie. I couldn’t […]

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Teen Scene: Let’s Get Ready To Rumble

Fight the good fight of the faith. I Timothy 6:12 “Let’s get ready to rumble” is a common phrase used today when sports teams are going to square off in some contest. A rumble was also once a reference to a fight between two gangs. Even though in our culture this phrase isn’t as popular […]

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RYS Convention “Faith to Move Mountains”

RYS Convention draws more than 500 attendees by Ed DeGraaf, Director of Reformed Youth Services From July 15-19, Reformed Youth Services held its 2002 youth convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was the first time RYS-member churches had traveled out west for their annual national conference. More than 500 young people and sponsors from 36 […]

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Teen Scene: PROTECTED

Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless. Proverbs 13:6a Did you ever go outside in the winter without a coat? Maybe you had to run to your car to get something or throw a snowball at a friend who was talking outside of school. I remember a student in college who never wore his coat. […]

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Kingdom Seekers Girls’ Clubs of North America

On Friday evenings in Wellandport, Ontario a group of about 35 girls and 10 counselors (along with 5 Junior Counselors) gather at the church for Bible Study, crafts and fellowship. The opening devotions with the entire club consist of repeating the Guideposts of Kingdom Seekers; our motto from Matthew 6:33; our theme verses from Psalm […]

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Teen Scene: Feet of the Gospel

ARE YOU READY? Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the LORD. Proverbs 22:17–19a It seems like we […]

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A Spiritual Checkup for the URCNA…

This is the last in a series of articles looking at the spiritual health of the URCNA. I wrote as an admitted outsider, that is, not one born, bred, and buttered in our churches, and I believe that allowed a more objective perspective on our well-being or lack thereof. Additionally, I wrote as one who […]

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Teen Scene: Shielded by Faith

“He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:7–8 Ephesians 6:16 states, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish […]

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Reformed Youth Activities

RYS National Youth Convention 2003 By Ed DeGraaf Director of Reformed Youth Services Reformed Youth Services held its third annual national youth convention July 28–August 1 at Lake Williamson Christian Center in Carlinville, Illinois. Approximately 415 young people, adult sponsors, staff and speakers attended the weeklong event. A total of 35 member churches participated. About […]

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