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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Leaven is yeast, a substance made of one-celled, microscopic plants which multiply rapidly in the presence of heat and moisture. When yeast reacts with flour it produces a gas (CO2) which causes the dough to rise; when the dough is kneaded, the bubbles of gas are broken down so that the resulting bread is of uniform texture and lightness. Leaven, given time, works through the entire mass of dough so that no part is left untouched. “Leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (I Cor. 5:6). In Scripture, with...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Three things abound in this present world; yea, four things abound. The sins of the ungodly. The wrath of God. The grace of God. And the good works of the righteous. The Hebrew and the Greek word both express abundance in quantity or excellence in quality. It is used in the declarative, comparative, and superlative degrees. Sometimes the word is translated abundance, abundant, or abundantly. Just as before the flood “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The word tradition is used five times by Jesus and four times by the apostle Paul. In addition, there is one occurrence where it is translated “ordinances” (I Cor. 11:2). It is not to be found in the Old Testament, although the idea of tradition is implied in such phrases as “sayings of old which our fathers have told us” (Ps. 78:2, 3); “the rock whence you are hewn” (Isaiah 51:1); and “the ancient landmarks” (Prov. 22:28). The Greek word is composed of a root with the...

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Although our title is composed of three words, the New Testament Greek has one word for respect of persons. This one word is really a compound: one part has the meaning “to receive,” and the other part means “person.” Since the person is perceived most clearly in the face, this word is often translated as “face.” Hence, “to receive the face.” The word “face” stands for the appearance one presents by his wealth or poverty, by his rank or low condition. To be a respecter of persons is to pay attention to outward circumstances and external1 conditions, to regard appearance,...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The matter of distance, of being near or far off, is of great importance of the Scriptures. Ultimately this adverb tells us whether we are saved or whether we perish. How striking that this little word should be filled with such import! When making these measurements, the Scriptures use God as the starting point, the point of reference. Although near and nigh may have a temporal connotation (“for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed”), we want only to consider these words as they have...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Although the word “scandal” or “scandalize” does not appear in our Authorized Versions, the Greek wordskandalon could well be transliterated. It is sometimes translated “offence” and sometimes “stumbling block.” The Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) uses skandalon for the Hebrew word which means to trap, to hinder, to be the cause of ruin. In the New Testament, Jesus is the great offence and stumbling block; He is always a scandal to natural men. The Jews were offended by this carpenter, this son of Mary, who had wisdom...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Holy Scripture uses the words poverty and poor in two senses. First, these words refer to those who do not have a sufficient amount of natural, earthly things to exist; they lack food, clothing, and other necessary items so that they cannot fulfill their callings. If we ask the question, Why is this so? the ultimate reason is given in I Samuel 2:7, “The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.” As the Lord exercises His sovereignty in regard to the distribution...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. * This is the text of a lecture given in First Church, Grand Rapids, MI on April 22, 1999. In preparing this speech, at the request of the Evangelism Societies of the First and Southeast Churches, I thought it would be helpful to check out in a concordance the words usually associated with our subject of entertainment. What do the Scriptures say? What is the scriptural emphasis? I believe this is the proper and safe way to proceed. And I want to share my findings with you...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. * This is a continuation of the text of a lecture given in First Church, Grand Rapids, MI on April 22, 1999. The Antithesis It is time to ask the question, Does the antithesis enter in here? What does the truth of the antithesis say to you and to me about entertainment and its proper place in our lives? The antithesis is a truth that is dear to the Reformed believer. It is especially precious to the Protestant Reformed believer. It is dear to the Reformed believer...

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