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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.” Proverbs 17:6 The warning signs are all around us. “The New Single Mom: Why the Traditional Family is Fading Fast” (Newsweek headline, May 28, 2001). “Married With Children Now in the Minority in Michigan” (Headlines of Kalamazoo Gazette, May 23, 2001). The cry is heard everywhere that the traditional definition of the family must needs be changed. The family of modern society no longer fits into the old-fashioned view of what the...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Martin Luther loved children! His Table Talks are filled with remarks on children. “Children are the most delightful pledges in a loving marriage. They are the best wool on the sheep.” Or again, “How great a joy posterity affords a man! It certainly is the most delightful joy of parents.” That Luther could make such statements is amazing, since the first thirty-eight years of his own life were lived under the conviction that as a monk he had to remain celibate. It was not until Luther was forty-two...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. In our last article on the subject of working mothers (December 15, 2004) we included a letter written by a sister in our Edmonton Protestant Reformed Church. We included that letter because, first of all, it expressed in a very positive way the desire of a godly mother to be a “keeper of the home.” The glorious task of caring for a family is all but forgotten in our society! It is refreshing to hear that mothers in the church see their labor in the church not as...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The largest share of the body of this article is made up of a personal letter I received from a Protestant Reformed sister in our church in Edmonton, Canada. I am grateful that she has allowed me to print this letter because I believe it reveals what must be in the heart of every godly mother of Zion. Not only must there be peace and contentment in a mother’s labors in the home, but she must see this task as challenging, exciting, and rewarding. All these are revealed...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Unbelief just cannot understand! It posits its own wisdom, tries to come up with its own assessments, and then in books and treatises presents its own propositions. But one can wade through the myriads of books on the subject and still be left scratching his head. Unbelief just has no clue! We refer, of course, to the proper relationship that must exist between a husband and his wife. More particularly, we refer to how a husband must view his wife within the bond of marriage. There are those...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Meditationis the text (abbreviated for publication) of the pre-synodical sermon preached by Rev. Bruinsma on June 12, 2006. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Revelation 2:29 Introduction We have in this passage a command of Christ to the church of all ages. It is a command that comes to the church as she becomes manifest in the church institute. It is true that this command was given to a particular congregation or church in Asia...

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Rev. Bruinsma is eastern home missionary of the Protesant Reformed Churches, based in Pittsburgh, PA. “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Ephesians 6:4 God’s church receives a most reassuring promise from God: I will be a God unto you and to your children after you in your generations (Gen. 17:7). Since the beginning of this world, believing parents have clung to that promise of God as they have brought forth the next generation of the church. Despite their weaknesses as parents, God has been faithful...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Joyful children, sons and daughters, Shall about thy table meet, Olive plants in strength and beauty, Full of hope and promise sweet. —Psalter number 360:3: a versification of Psalm 128:3  We have considered the place of both the father and mother in relation to their children in the home. Father must be with his family as much as possible outside of his secular labors and his labors in the church. He has a calling in the home to lead and instruct his family. Likewise, it is vital for the...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A proper view of the doctrine of the church will have a direct bearing on the work of missions. What the Bible teaches us about the church and its work will determine who is called to do mission work, as well as the way such work is carried out. We began our consideration of this proposition in the last article when we established that it is the calling of the church to carry out mission work. Christ commissioned the church institute to do this work...

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