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Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes. Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant…. Song of Solomon 1:15, 16 Do you hear the warm and tender affection of Christ for His beloved wife? He does not look with longing eyes or speak with intimate affection like that to anyone else, for He has vowed to be a faithful Husband to this one woman forever. O what high esteem Christ has for His beloved! What gentleness toward His precious bride! Though she is sinful and unworthy of Him, He sees her clothed in...

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The Asbury University revival What happened at Asbury University this past February? Asbury is a university that was founded in 1890 in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky by men of the Wesleyan and Methodist movement with its “tradition of revivals and a theology that teaches people to wait for a divine wind to blow.”1 On February 8, a regular morning chapel service at the Hughes Auditorium on campus unexpectedly did not end. After the choir sang a final chorus, according to one Asbury professor, “… something began to happen that defies easy description. Students did not leave. They were...

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I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning…. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I John 2:13 A Christian novelist whose books I enjoy reading once in a while made the striking comment that a child is born into this world with a hole in his chest in the shape of a father. That hole needs to be filled, but only a father can fill it. In other words, a child has a profound need for a loving relationship with a father. If that need is not...

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“Young, Restless, and Reformed” today Back in September of 2006, the year I started seminary, Collin Hansen wrote a feature article for Christianity Today entitled “Young, Restless, and Reformed.” That phrase became the watchword for a movement of young people who were taking a greater interest in Reformed theology, many of whom were from the Baptist persuasion. In 2009, even Time magazine noticed and spoke of “The New Calvinism” as one of the most influential movements in the United States at the time. The heroes of the movement include John Piper, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, Tim Keller, D....

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Toward the end of last year, the Lord called me to the Wingham Protestant Reformed Church in Ontario— from a mission field in the metropolis of Manila in the Philippines, to a furlough in the United States, to a pastorate in a small town in rural Canada. The Lord leads, and we follow. But when He led me from a mission field in densely populated islands in the western Pacific to a little congregation in Wingham (the only Protestant Reformed church in the huge province of Ontario), He did not revoke the missionary calling as such, for He calls every...

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Rev. Daniel Holstege, former PRC missionary and now pastor of the Wingham Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario Does the title of this article seem strange?1 This will be my last article on the covenant and missions. Since the Lord has called me from the Philippine mission field back into an established church in North America, this will also be my last article for this rubric. So to conclude both this series and my writing on missions in the Standard Bearer for the foreseeable future, I would like to face the matter of our motivation to evangelize. Evangelization is chiefly...

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Rev. Daniel Holstege, former PRC missionary and now pastor of the Wingham Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario Previous article in this series: March 1, 2022, p. 255. As promised in a previous article, we now turn to the ideas of covenant, missions, and the antithesis as they relate to all believers. We have already considered the topic as it relates to ministers of the gospel. We saw that if we have a culture for missions in our covenant community, we do not only focus inwardly on the needs of our own churches, but we just as zealously focus on...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2021, p. 114. In my last article, I began to examine the truth of the covenant as it relates to our mission mandate and our antithetical calling in the world. Our antithetical calling must not become a separatist mentality. We may not hunker down inside our covenant community, consolidate our resources, enjoy our riches, and wait it out until the Lord comes. In addition, we must not be too quick to elevate our own needs as churches above the needs of the elect who are still lost in the world. We must have...

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For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25 Not only they, but we ourselves groan within ourselves! O how the creation groans and travails in pain! For God subjected it to vanity because of the fall of man into sin. Hence, from the fall until now, the whole cosmos groans in agony, shaking and quaking, erupting and burning, withering and dying. Yet in all...

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A covenantal culture for missions? Since the dawn of the new dispensation, God has been drawing His elect church into the covenant of grace in two ways, from two sources, and through two tasks. First, through the Spirit-powered gospel preaching and witness of the church in the world, declaring to the nations the salvation of the Lord and saying among the heathen that the Lord reigns, God graciously seeks and saves His lost sheep out of the hell-bound hopelessness of their false religions into the blessed eternal life of His covenant (Ps. 96, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8). Then, through the...

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