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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 That is the gospel, the precious gospel, spoken by the angel of the Lord to Joseph and recorded in Matthew. In our consideration of the name Jesus, we have seen that His divinely appointed name reveals Him to us as Jehovah-salvation, our Savior. He is a complete Savior. Not only did He accomplish salvation for a people, but He also works that salvation in those whom He saves, not leaving it...

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September 4, 1996  at Randolph, Wisconsin On September 4, Classis West met in Randolph, WI with Rev. M. Joostens of Lynden, WA serving as president of Classis for this session. The main item on the agenda was the examination of Pastor-elect Richard Smit, who had received and accepted the call to serve as pastor in the Doon Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, IA. A special worship service was called by Randolph’s consistory for the evening of March 3, at which time Mr. Smit led the congregation in worship and proclaimed the gospel from Genesis 6:8, “Noah’s Finding Jehovah’s Grace.” In...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Sin entered this world exactly as it is recorded for us in the book of Genesis, chapter 3.1 We believe the historical account of God’s Scriptures. According to God’s own account, as revealed by His Spirit to Moses and thus recorded in Genesis 3, a sorrowful transgression took place in that beautiful garden which was the first paradise. In the midst of that God-glorifying creation, in that tabernacle which God had created as the place where He delighted to meet in covenant fellowship with the man whom He...

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September 7, 1994 Classis West met in Hull, IA, on Wednesday, September 7. For most of the delegates this was the first opportunity to see the beautiful new church building of our Hull congregation. Classis met all day Wednesday, finishing its business around 7:00 in the evening. Rev. Michael DeVries served ably as the chairman of this meeting of Classis. Classis noted the absence of Rev. Steven Houck, who was recuperating from recent heart surgery, and extended its greetings to him and prayers on his behalf. Classis also extended its farewell and thanks to Pastor Ronald VanOverloop, who has already...

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March 1, 1995 in Loveland, CO The March meeting of Classis West was held in Loveland,CO on Wednesday, March 1. The customary Officebearers’ Conference was held the day before. The theme of the Conference was “The Truth of God’s Gracious Covenant.” The keynote address was given by Rev. Russ Dykstra, who spoke on “God’s Gracious Covenant: A Glorious Truth, A Blessed Experience. Sectionals were led by Rev. Mitchell Dick, “Setting the Record Straight on Pre-Supposed Regeneration”; Rev. Thomas Miersma, “A Critique of the Conditional Covenant”; and Rev. Arie denHartog, “Covenant Breakers.” Healthy discussion followed each paper, showing unity of thought...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Randolph Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Because of the legal relationship between Adam and the whole human race, Adam’s fall brought us all under condemnation. As we learn in Romans 5:12-18, God established such a legal relationship for His own good pleasure. He did so in wisdom. It was His purpose from eternity to save to Himself a people in Christ (Eph. 1). Decreeing even the fall to serve that purpose, the sovereign God would redeem from that fallen human race in Adam a people who would stand in a similar legal relationship to...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Psalm 96:9 The subject that we treat today is a subject of great significance. It is immediately evident not only from the passage that was just read, and particularly verse 9 of Psalm 96, but from all Scripture, that to worship God is the highest of all religious obligations and experiences. You and I are called to worship Jehovah. We are, in the words of Psalm 29:2, to “Give unto the Lord the...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. When we consider the truth concerning man’s sin and the total depravity of the human nature, we must also, recognize that there is progression, an ongoing development in sin’s manifestation among men. The corruption of the human race continues to become manifest in ever-increasing measure. We make a statement here that clearly touches on our view of the last times. We cannot develop that doctrine of the last things now. In the rubric, “Taking Heed to Doctrine,” we want to continue in an orderly progression through the whole...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. You will notice that the title of this article contains a question mark. Having considered what the Bible teaches concerning man’s devastating depravity, as well as the development of sin, we are left with a question. We have shown from Scripture that sin develops according to the sovereign purpose of God, and even as the manifestation of His just judgment against the sinful race (Rom. 1:18-32). But isn’t it also true that there is a certain restraint of sin? Before we answer this question, we would like to...

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The September meeting of Classis West was held in South Holland, IL on Wednesday, September 20. Classis was scheduled two weeks later than is customary, in order that the delegates could attend the Conference on Reformed Church Government held in Grand Rapids on September 21 and 22. Rev. Mitchell Dick opened the session of Classis with a devotional based on I Corinthians 3:7. Rev. Russ Dykstra presided at this session of Classis. The agenda of Classis was brief. There were regular reports from the Classical Committee, the Stated Clerk, and the Reading Sermon Committee. Mandates were given to the Stated Clerk...

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