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Rev. Houck is a home-missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. There are many troubles and tribulations which come upon the believer in this “valley of tears,” but none of them is so disturbing as death. Death is something which strikes fear in the strongest heart, for death is the end of this earthly life. In death the body dissolves and returns to the dust, and with this dissolution of the body all that belongs to our earthly life is destroyed. Moreover, there is no escaping the grip of death. With the exception of those who live at the time of...

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Rev. Houck is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lynwood, Illinois. There is not another book in all the world which is so mistreated and abused as the Bible. Many believers and even many ministers do not handle the Word of God properly. The words of Holy Scripture and their meaning are stretched, twisted, and distorted. The apostle Peter refers in II Peter 3:16 to those who so torture Scripture. He speaks of Scripture “which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest,… unto their own destruction.” We have all witnessed such Scripture twisting. Think, for instance, of the great violence which...

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Steven R. Houck is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Modesto, California. Prayer is a very important part of the Christian life. Every Christian is to be a praying Christian. The apostle Paul exhorts us, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17). It is the calling of every Christian to take care that he does not neglect to pray. But the Christian must also take care that he prays proper prayers. If our prayers are not proper prayers, we pray in vain. Our prayers are meaningless. In this regard, there is one very important aspect of proper prayer which...

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Steven R. Houck is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Modesto, California. Every true believer is eager to present the truth of the gospel to those who are around about him. He believes and loves God’s truth. In that truth He sees the glory and majesty of God. He sees the greatness of wonders and the beauty of God’s sovereign grace. Therefore, he wants to tell others of the wondrous truth of the gospel. He wants to see His God glorified through the declaration of God’s truth. With this desire, however, there comes a problem. We do not...

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Steven R. Houck, a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, is currently laboring in Ripon, California. The Proper Emphasis “Know ye that the Lord he is God . . .” (Ps. 100:3). Are not these words of the psalmist the expression of the faith of every true child of God? The Christian believes that his God is indeed GOD. He is the absolutely sovereign God of heaven and earth. It is He Who has created the world by His sovereign power. It is He Who even now upholds the world and all that is within it. It is He Who...

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Steven R. Houck, a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, is currently laboring in Ripon, California. The Sovereign Savior Since God is the sovereign King over all the world, we must also acknowledge that He is the sovereign Savior. How inconsistent we would be if we recognized God to be the great King, but refused to recognize Him as the Savior Who saves His people by sovereign grace alone. These two can not be separated. If God is not the sovereign Savior, then He can not be the sovereign King. The Psalms, however, make it very clear that God is...

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Steven R. Houck is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Modesto, California. All of God’s people are called to be witnesses of the glory of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We are to show forth the beauty of God’s holiness and the wonder of God’s works. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). We must be shining lights which reflect the glory of God to the world around us. It is as impossible to conceive of a believer...

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Steven R. Houck, a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, is currently laboring in Ripon, California. The Comfort of God’s Sovereignty From all that we have shown in our previous articles, it ought to be clear that the various themes of the sovereignty of God run throughout the Psalms like golden threads. They are everywhere. If you were to pull out these threads by cutting out the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, you would unravel the entirePsalter. For there is not one Psalm that does not refer to the sovereignty of God in one way or another. It is impossible to...

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THE INCEPTION OF THE NEW VERSION  Many times God uses the incidental, the unexpected, and even the seemingly evil things of life to perform mighty wonders for His church. Who would ever have expected that the words of a little Jewish maiden would lead to the conversion of Naaman the Leper? Who would ever have thought that the evil deeds committed by Joseph’s brothers would have resulted in the preservation of Israel in the time of famine? But so it was in the wondrous providence of God. 

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(THE TRANSLATORS OF THE KJV—continued)  In these six companies of translators were gathered together the most learned men of the age. Often times today it is charged that the King James Version is obsolete, for we have learned so much more and have men who are much greater scholars than those of the 17th century and who, therefore, can do a much better job of translating the Bible. Indeed, we have gathered much general knowledge in the past three hundred and fifty years. It is not true, however, that the King James Version translators were inferior scholars.

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