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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota. Matthew 18 has sometimes been referred to as “The Forgotten Chapter” of Scripture. This is because we so often forget the admonition in verses 15 and 16 of that chapter. There we read: “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou has gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota. Is once enough? That is, is it enough to attend church once on Sunday? Scripture does not specifically state that we should attend twice. So why go twice? Is this required and necessary? No one should dispute the fact that poor church attendance is a sin. The Scriptures make this clear, for example, in Hebrews 10:25. There we are admonished “not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.” Obviously there were those, already in the early New Testament church, who were not regular...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. Rev. Audred Spriensma, his wife Alva, and their daughter Jessica have lived in the Philippines now for close to a year and a half. As a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, Rev. Spriensma does his work under the supervision of Doon Protestant Reformed Church, the calling church for the mission field in the Philippines. As part of Doon’s and the Foreign Mission Committee’s supervision of the missionary and the field, a delegation visits the field at least once a year. Such a delegation visited recently, from October 20...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. (Preceding article in this series can be found in the June issue, p. 398.) The Scriptures teach and we firmly believe that God’s attitudes of love and hatred toward men are particular and unchanging. God always and only loves the elect. God always and only hates the reprobate. Some object to this. The main objection comes from those who hold to the theory of common grace. Various passages are immediately mentioned and appealed to by those who defend this theory, such as Psalm 145:9 and Matthew 5:45. The argument presented is...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. On our pilgrim journey through this life we face many hardships. Ours is not a prosperous, peaceful, and trouble-free life. From the cradle to the grave, we encounter countless and great struggles. Persecution is one of the main hardships we face. Because we are not of the world, we are hated for the sake of Jesus Christ. Christ Himself experienced this, and concerning it He said, “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). And again, “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (John...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. The apostle Peter’s viewpoint in his first epistle is that we, the children of God’s grace, are pilgrims and strangers on this earth. This is so because of God’s decree of election. He has chosen us to be those whose home is not here on earth, but in heaven. We do not belong here below, nor do we long to stay here on earth. We live in hope. We are hopeful pilgrims who are eager for the blessedness of heaven. The hope that characterizes us as pilgrims must...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. As God’s people, we are pilgrims and strangers here on this earth. This world is not our permanent home. We are here for just a short time. Each of us is traveling through this world and life with a view to reaching our eternal destination in heaven. And once we arrive there we will say: “Now I’m no longer a stranger. Finally I’m home!” Consider Abraham. Abraham was called by God to leave his home in Ur of the Chaldees and to live in Canaan. In that new...

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September 4, 2003 The September meeting of Classis West was held in South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, IL on Wednesday, September 3. Rev. Douglas Kuiper chaired the meeting. An officebearers’ conference was held on Tuesday, the day before classis. In addition to the delegates to classis, many visitors also came to hear the speeches and to participate in the discussion. Also attending part of the conference were the 8th grade children of the Protestant Reformed Christian School and all the students and staff of Heritage Christian High School. The theme of the conference was “Remembering the Schism...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. An outstanding aspect of the work of John Calvin was the fact that he wrote voluminously. His writings include his exegetical commentaries on most of the books of the Bible, his Institutes of the Christian Religion, his sermons and homilies, various catechisms and confessions, numerous polemical documents against opponents and errors, a number of apologetic writings in defense of specific truths, his ecclesiastical and liturgical writings, some minor treatises, and many letters. Without a doubt, the most important writing of John Calvin was his theological work, the Institutes...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota. Our lives as children of God are to be directed and governed by one fundamental principle. One rule determines all that we think, all that we say, and all that we do. That rule is, “Do all to the glory of God!” That is our calling in this life. And that will be our calling into all eternity. That this is the principle that determines all our conduct is clearly shown in the Scriptures. “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any...

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