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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. In vain one searches for the treatment of or even. a reference to the terminology “means of grace” in the writings of Anabaptist leaders. It is difficult to ascertain whether the absence of such reference is due to their, loathing of systematized theology, or whether they simply denied the existence of any means of grace. Both are probably true. But we are interested in pursuing the latter, namely, that the Anabaptists denied the existence and the necessity of means of grace. This denial finds its source in the...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Solomon exhibits in this passage, as always, a keen insight into human nature. He knows the pride that resides in our flesh. He knows that there is nothing that hurts our pride more than when we are shown our weakness and helplessness. And he knows that there is no, greater way our weakness is revealed than through adversity or calamity in life. This is something no man can avoid. Neither can he overcome it in his own strength. How often this results in frustration and rebellion against God,...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Where to Search for a Spouse Jack had been wandering the aisles of a large hardware store for about a half hour before being approached by a store assistant. When asked if he needed help, Jack explained that his teacher in school had instructed the class to purchase a book on ancient history. He had been looking for that book for some time now but could not seem to find it. The assistant stood there with his mouth open. “Um, sir,” the assistant finally replied, holding back a...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. … and the glory of children are their fathers.  Proverbs 17:6We have already considered in our last article the first part of this verse, which speaks of children’s children being the crown of old men. When the family unit is preserved from one generation to the next, then fathers and mothers are able to see their children’s children. Their grandchildren are about a father’s feet as jewels which bedeck his royal crown. Families with legitimate children and legitimate grandchildren are of great joy and satisfaction to a man...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2010, p. 254. It has been some time now since our last article on this subject. We asked the question in the last article whether or not it is proper for families or confessing individuals in existing churches to move to a place of an established mission field? Our answer to this question is: yes. We recognize, however, that there are objections to this position. There are legitimate questions that arise in this connection. It is for that reason we are trying to examine the issue a little more closely. Before extolling the...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Psalm 77:13 An earnest expression of praise to God! The psalmist is overwhelmed with the greatness of our God: who is so great a God as our God? What powerful display of God’s majesty and might could have moved him to speak such lofty words concerning our God? Read the Psalm. You will discover that these words were born out of some very painful and troublesome experiences. And that is the...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previous article in this series: February 15, 2009, p. 229. Missions and the organic life of the church What does a godly witness in our lives at home have to do with work on a mission field? A godly witness at home is just that, a work at home. The mission work is many miles away from my witness at home. What does one have to do with the other? The answer is found in the organic relationship between the established church and the mission...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home MIssionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previous article in this series: December 15, 2008, p. 135. The church is a witnessing church. It is not just theduty of the church to witness. It is not just hercalling. The true church always leaves a witness. She does so in her preaching, but she also does this in the lives of her members. True believers will always be a godly witness in their confession and in their walk. This forms the foundation of the involvement of laity in mission work. Because the church is...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Goal of our work When Southwest Protestant Reformed Church called and sent me to labor in Pittsburgh it was with a specific goal in mind. I was sent to preach the gospel for the purpose of establishing a Protestant Reformed Church here. Calling sinners to repentance and faith is intrinsic to this labor, of course, just as it is in the established church. It is important in my labors, therefore, to call people out of the darkness of unbelief and into the light of...

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