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Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. It was with great joy and excitement last summer that we accepted an invitation from the Evangelical Reformed Churches in Singapore to come to Singapore to speak for their Reformation Day Rally in October. In the providence of the Lord we (my wife and I) were able to spend the last two weeks of October among the beloved saints there. Our trip was sponsored entirely by the churches there. It has been almost exactly three years since we returned to the U.S. after our years of missionary labors...

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Ready To Give an Answer: A Catechism of Reformed Distinctives, by Herman Hoeksema and Herman Hanko. Grandville Michigan: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1997. 238 pages. $24.95 (hardcover). [Reviewed by Rev. Arie denHartog.] We commend the Reformed Free Publishing Association for the publication of this book and thank Prof. Herman Hanko for his contribution to this work. The largest part of the book is a reprint of materials found in a long out-of-print book by Rev. Hoeksema, titled The Protestant Reformed Churches in America. This part of the book presents the doctrinal issues of the common grace controversy, which in the...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Some time ago we wrote an article for this department reflecting on what our Reformed confessions say regarding the return of the Lord. It was our intention at that time to write a second article on the above named subject as a follow-up. We believe that the perspective of the Reformed confessions (especially the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession) on the return of the Lord is hardly ever heard in the church world today. The Reformed confessions focus on the truth that Jesus will return for judgment....

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. For a long time I had been hoping for the opportunity to visit the church in Jamaica with which our churches have been laboring for a number of years. I counted it an exciting privilege therefore when Rev. Joostens and I were sent recently to the island for the purpose of conducting a seminar for the leaders of the churches there according to the decision of Synod 1990. Synod approved the holding of two such one-month seminars each year for four years. The seminar in which I participated...

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Satan, His Motives and Methods, by Lewis Sperry Chafer, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1990, 143 pp., $7.95, (paper). [Reviewed by Pastor Arie denHartog.] This book is a reprint. It was originally published in 1919. The author of the book, Lewis Sperry Chafer, was an American Presbyterian clergyman (1871-1952). He was the founder of what today is Dallas Theological Seminary. He was president of Dallas and professor of systematic theology there until his death. This is a well-written book on a subject that is certainly in need of study. Though it was written a number of years ago it is...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. One of the greatest questions of human existence is the question of man’s own origin. The answer that we give to this question has great moral and spiritual implications as far as our understanding of the nature of man and his calling in the world is concerned. We believe that the Bible clearly gives the answer to this great question. The Bible does not merely tell us in a vague way the fact that God created man. It tells us how God created man and also what sort...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. In our two previous articles we have considered something of the reality and nature of spiritual decline in the life of the child of God, and some of the common causes of such declension. Every sincere child of God will confess to periods of spiritual decline in his life. Though periods of spiritual decline are normal for the Christian they are something that he needs to be very concerned about. Spiritual decline takes place in varying degrees. Some backsliding is far more serious than others. But every...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. One of the main characteristic features of modern-day liberal Christianity is its aversion to doctrine. It not only rejects almost all the great fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith but it wants to go even further than this. It wants to do away with doctrine altogether. According to its teachers, doctrine is not important for Christianity. The historic creeds of the church are set aside as not being relevant for our age. These creeds are at best interesting historical documents. They may be considered interesting expressions of the...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Never must we lose sight of the great and glorious calling which the Lord Himself has given to us. Through the preaching of the gospel our Lord is pleased to gather unto Himself the church which He has chosen unto eternal life and redeemed with His own precious blood, the church which shall finally appear before His throne in glory to praise and glorify Him forever. The gathering of the church is the sovereign work of the Lord. He is not dependent on any man or church....

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. What a difference there is in the way the Lord deals with various of His children! Some seem to go through much of their life without any trouble. And when they come to the end of their life they are taken to glory in a moment, peacefully, without any struggle and with little suffering. Then there are others of God’s children who have one trouble after another. They experience sorrow upon sorrow. Some of God’s children must suffer long years of sickness and agony before they are finally...

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