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As pilgrims and strangers on this earth, we need food. The food we need is a special food, for it must nourish our souls. The food that the world has to offer is of absolutely no use to us. No matter what the citizens of this earth might present as good for us, it can never provide the nourishment and good health our souls need. In fact, it is poison. It will kill us. The food we need is spiritual. It is the food mentioned in I Peter 2:2, “the sincere milk of the word.” Without it we cannot and will...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2011, p. 188. In mission work, Reformed churches seek to establish churches that are Reformed. This involves (as we noted last time) striving to establish churches that are Reformed both in history and doctrine. These are foundational. Churches need to be established that are solidly grounded in the historic Reformed faith, as summarized and set forth in the Reformed creeds. But while history and doctrine are essential, they are, contrary to the opinion of many, not enough. Some, when being taught the Reformed faith, have the idea that they stand as it were...

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What Would Jesus Do?” “What Would Jesus Drive?” “What Would Jesus Drink?” Although becoming less popular today, such slogans have frequently been buzzwords in Christian circles. In the 1990s the big question was, “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD). In facing decisions, struggles, temptations, or any other circumstance in life, one could determine what to do simply by answering this question. You simply need to follow the example of Jesus’ life. In more recent years a new WWJD arose, “What Would Jesus Drive?” It originates from Christian environmentalist groups who oppose owning and driving SUV’s. Their aim is to produce guilt...

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Mission work is done by us in obedience to the command of Christ. He calls us to preach and teach His gospel of truth to all the nations of the world. This must be done tirelessly and unceasingly until the day of His return. The truth that Christ has given us to proclaim in our mission work is not something bland, for we have in our possession as a Reformed church the rich and precious heritage of the Reformed faith. Christ has entrusted that to us. We are privileged and blessed to have it. And thus we are able to...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Every believer faces the unpleasant experience of being discouraged. There are times for every child of God when he feels disheartened and blue, and has very little or even no joy in life. This is something God’s people have always experienced. We read for example of Jacob, who, thinking Joseph is dead, having Simeon in prison in Egypt, and now facing the prospect of Benjamin being taken away to Egypt, said, “All these things are against me” (Gen. 42:36). We are told concerning the nation of Israel, as...

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Rev. Kleyn is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, stationed in Manila, the Philippines. One way in which the word of God describes us as pilgrims is by referring to us as “sojourners.” We are those who are passing the time of our sojourning here on earth (I Pet. 1:17). We are simply traveling through this world toward our heavenly home. A sojourner is someone who is away from home. He is either visiting or living in a foreign land. He is among strangers. He feels very much out of place. The customs, the way of life,...

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Our Protestant Reformed Churches are doing something new in missions. For the first time in our history, we have two missionaries on the same foreign mission field—two men working side by side. This came about through Synod 2008’s decision to approve calling two missionaries for the Philippines. Since then two men have accepted separate calls and have been sent by the churches to take up the work. Those two men are now working together as foreign missionaries in the Philippines. Jesus Christ is sovereign in this. It is He who led our churches to decide to call two men to...

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Mission work is done in foreign lands with the goal of gathering the elect of God out of the nations of the earth. This is accomplished through faithful preaching of the gospel. The Spirit of Christ works mightily through this to bring the elect to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. But that in itself is not enough. In addition to the salvation of the elect, the goal of missions is also to gather God’s people together into congregations, for outside the instituted church there is no salvation (Belgic Confession of Faith, Art. 28). Churches must be organized. Congregations must...

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