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Monday, July 5, 2021

Everlasting Arms

Final chapel message from the 2020-2021 academic year from Deuteronomy 33:26-27, highlighting the “everlasting arms” of our God.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Meditation on Romans 1:4

The life, strength, and encouragement that busy Christians need has been given to us by the same Spirit whose power raised our Lord Jesus from the dead.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Caesar's Decree

Jesus becomes the Son of David by imperial decree.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Words of Eternal Life

Shortly after the miracle of feeding the 5000 Jesus’ disciples stood at a crossroads. Would they continue to follow the Lord or leave like others had done (John 6:66)? Peter fervently declares he will stay because Jesus Christ has the “words of eternal life.” What are these words? Why do we need them?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Living by Grace

If you see your own sins, you’ll never be surprised at the sins of others…

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Shock of the Resurrection

The gospel that Jesus rose from the dead is still as shocking as ever, and it’s a gospel that changes our lives.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

More Insight Than All My Teachers?

Psalm 119 has a rather unusual verse: “I have more insight than all my teachers.” Would that be a good motto for our Seminary?

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Lord will Provide

A Meditation on Mark 6: 45-52

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gospel Growth

What does springtime have to do with the gospel? Is botany connected to theology? Dr. J. Van Vliet explores these questions in a meditation on Col. 1:5-6.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Visual Worship

Our worship not only involves listening to God's Word, but also looking at His beauty.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Meeting the Most Powerful Man in the World

A chapel meditation on Genesis 47:7-10, Jacob blessing Pharaoh.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Good Soldier of Christ

A chapel meditation on 2 Timothy 2:3: Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Where I am, my servant also will be

When a group of Greeks ask to see Jesus, Jesus concludes that it's time for him to be glorified.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Godliness with Contentment

Are you truly content? Also with the material blessings God has given you? This meditation explores this topic in light of 1 Timothy 6:6.

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Spirit-Filled Church

A meditation on Acts 4:24-31.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Presence of God

A meditation on Exodus 33:1 - 14.

Friday, April 15, 2016

What is it that really matters?

1 Chronicles 28:9 describes David passing on the kingship of Israel to his son Solomon. At such an important moment, what is the advice that David wants his son to hear?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

One Lost Sheep Over Ninety-Nine

A meditation on Luke 15.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

From Father to Children: What an Inheritance! A Meditation on Revelation 21:7

Have you ever wondered what life will be like on the new creation? In this meditation on Rev 21:7, Dr. Van Vliet explores one aspect of eternal glory.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Faith and Hearing

Preaching: the Holy Spirit's means of repairing our sin-damaged hearing and hearts.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Captives of Christ

Christ, the victorious general, is celebrating his glorious triumph... but where are we?

Monday, December 21, 2015


Who was Quirinius? Besides Luke 2, he is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. How does he factor into the story?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Keep Your Head

A meditation based on a chapel given at CRTS on survival in the ministry.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Compelled by the Knowledge of His Glory

True Christian ministry is compelled by the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and true Christian ministers are therefore servants of the Word where that glory is revealed.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

Why does the Lord promise the Israelites a land “flowing with milk and honey?” The Lord uses language that his people will readily understand to be an amazing inheritance.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ecclesiastes: An apologetics of despair

Christians have hope in Christ, not despair. But whoever seriously reflects on life apart from Christ ultimately finds only despair, and this is something Scripture also teaches us, especially in Ecclesiastes.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Prayer Lessons from Psalm 59

This meditation draws lessons about prayer from Psalm 59.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Daily Trials, Genuine Joy, and Final Perfection

A meditation on James 1:2-4.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Paul and Epaphroditus: A Meditation on Philippians 2:25-30

Reflecting on the ministry of Epaphroditus helps us to appreciate the fact that the Lord uses a variety of servants for the spreading of the gospel.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jesus Excommunicated

Jesus died not just for our ignorance, but also our apostasy.

Friday, July 17, 2015

One Day's Trouble at a Time. A Meditation on Matthew 6:34

In this meditation, Dr. Van Vliet focuses on our inclination to worry about the future. Why do we not have to worry about tomorrow? And how do we resist our inclination to worry about what lies in store for us?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Have Anxiety? Consider the Chickadee. A Meditation on Matthew 6:25-26

A meditation on the well-known command of the Lord Jesus Christ: do not worry. Is it wrong before the Lord to worry, or is worry just a natural part of life in this world? How does Jesus teach us to overcome the anxieties in our lives?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ecclesiastes 3:11 "The Tapestry of Time"

A chapel delivered by Dr. Jason Van Vliet in which he deals with the busyness of our lives. The Preacher offers another, more beautiful, and more encouraging view of time than we often have as we work to complete our many tasks.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

He Knows Them All by Name

In this chapel message, Dr. J. Van Vliet explores the implications of Isaiah 40:26 where the Holy Spirit reveals that our God knows all the stars by name. How many stars are there? And consequently, how many names does God hold in mind? And most importantly, what does this teach us about the glory and power of the God whom we serve?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Look! A rainbow!

A meditation on Rev 4:3

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Remembrance Day

November 11 is a day on which to reflect and to remember. Remembrance Day is a day that pushes us beyond the Reformed communities to which we belong and reminds us that we shine as lights in a big universe. It is a day that jolts us out of our daily routines, and it reminds us that life is a lot bigger than our personal deadlines and plans. These are the opening thoughts of Dr. Smith's meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:2, 8.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Faith and Shame

Is there a connection between faith and shame? We might not think to put them together, but the Bible does. In this article Dr. Smith explores the relationship between faith and shame by way of a brief meditation on Psalm 25.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Psalm 51:7 "Hyssop and White Snow"

A chapel message delivered by Dr. Jason Van Vliet which gives insight into the full extent of our forgiveness, based on what is revealed in Psalm 51.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2 Timothy 1:11 "Preachers as Heralds"

A chapel delivered by Dr. Jason Van Vliet which explores why the Apostle Paul refers to himself as a herald in order to encourage a young preacher named Timothy.