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For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:15, 16 Blessed Spirit! It is through Him, the Parakleet, the Comforter, whom the Lord had promised to send from the Father, and whom He poured forth into His church on the day of the firstfruits, that we become heirs and partakers of all the blessings of salvation! He it is that imparts unto us the fullness of Christ...

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Herman Hoeksema was the first editor of the Standard Bearer. There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, namely, a messenger of Satan…. II Corinthians 12:7b What a wonderful gift! A sharp thorn in the flesh! Stranger still: a messenger of Satan who strikes with fists!1 And yet, that is what the apostle means. This is how it is before the consciousness of his faith at the moment; this thorn in the flesh, this messenger of Satan is God’s gift to him. For that reason, and only for that reason, is he reconciled unto it. He can be...

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For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103:14   What fervent love and tender compassion glows in this poetic expression of Father’s attitude toward His children in the world! “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame, he remembereth that we are dust.” The Lord never forgets the weakness and frailty of our frame. And mindful of our frailty, He is always compassionate and deals with us in delicate tenderness, always careful never to overburden, always filled with tender mercy and sympathizing with...

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If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,  and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins,  he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to  cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  I John 1:8-9  This is the message! John has a message, tidings. For he has heard, his eyes have seen, he has looked  upon, and his hands have handled that which was from  the beginning, the Word of life, the Life, the eternal Life  which was with the Father and is now revealed. Therefore he has tidings. He must speak....

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We call our institution at Cutlerville the “Christian Psychopathic Hospital.” And although it is difficult for me to account properly for the meaning of that adjective psychopathic in connection with hospital, the meaning is plain enough. It is a hospital for the Christian care and treatment of psychopathic patients, of those who suffer from mental derangement. Now it appears to me that is more than co-incidental that espe­cially people of Reformed persuasion should conceive of the need and possibility of such an institution, and should consider it their Christian calling to devote their time and energy as well as their...

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This editorial must be received by the reader, not as an attempt at expert economic advice, but as the reflections of a common man on the existing social and economic conditions and difficulties. The Standard Bearer usually does not pretend to offer advice in political and economic affairs as such, still less conceives it as belonging to its task to solve economic problems. In the first place, its chief purpose is to discuss questions that belong to the domain of theology, and to enlighten our people with regard to the Reformed truth in distinction from many deviations and aberrations from...

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Is there no way out of our present economic difficulties? Can a mere layman, who cannot boast of being an expert in the department of economy, see no possible solution? Let us, first, consider a few more undeniable facts. First of all, let us take note of the fact that the general level of living today is much higher than, say, about three decades ago. Time was, and this “time” is still a matter of memory for all that do not fall below the ages of two score and five, when with the general mass of people, the working people,...

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In view of the many rumors about the condition of Dr. Schilder after the German invasion of the old country, our Synod decided to seek official information through Washington. Our representative from Michigan, the honorable Bartel J. Jonkman, was found very willing to serve us in this matter. Already during the sessions of our Synod we received a cablegram from him, informing us that efforts were being made to get connections with The Netherlands, that, however, connections were broken, but that he would let us know about the whereabouts of Dr. Schilder as soon as connections could be established. Since...

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ; according as he hath chosen us in him….Eph. 1:3, 4 Blessed be He that blessed us! It cannot escape our attention that the same word is used twice: God blesses us, we bless Him! Yet, there is a profound difference in meaning between the two uses of the word. For, first of all, God’s blessing us and our blessing God are not mere reciprocal acts, so that the latter is a remuneration of the former, a...

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It is not our purpose to discuss in detail the various decisions taken by our first Synod. All the decisions will be published in the Acta, which all that are interested may purchase and study for themselves. Only to some of the more important matters we wish to call the attention of our readers. To these belongs, no doubt, the address which our Synod decided to send to the Synod of the Christian Reformed Churches. Here it is: Grand Rapids, Mich. May 27, 1940. The Synod of the Christian Reformed Churches, assembled at Grand Rapids, Mich., June ____ 1940. Esteemed...

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