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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was suggested that the questions submitted in writing after the speech at First Church in April, and the answers given to them, be included in this final article on entertainment. The dozen or so questions fall into four distinct categories. A.What about vacations where we cannot worship in our Protestant Reformed Churches?” Can we observe the Sabbath while on vacation? What are your thoughts concerning vacationing over Sunday away from our Protestant Reformed Churches? What type of discipline should be taken in the Protestant Reformed Churches...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The Old Testament contains the word hypocrite thirteen times. It derives from a word which has the root meaning of moral filth; soiled with sin; impious; hypocrite. The New Testament has twenty-five occurrences of this word, over half of them in the discourses of Jesus. The root meaning is to speak or act under a false part; to act under an assumed character; a stage player; dissembler; pretender. A hypocrite is a man who lives the lie, for he is not what he seems to others to...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Hope is the certain, expectant longing that the child of God has for the return of Jesus Christ and the renewal of all things in Him. Hope is that aspect of faith that is firmly grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (I Peter 1:3), and therefore cannot be put to shame. Hope is the power of the Christian life that enables the child of God to walk as a pilgrim and stranger in the midst of this present evil world with his eye...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The word “example” does not occur in the Old Testament, which is not surprising when we consider that the Old Testament contains many persons and events that are examples for them that should come later. In the Mew Testament there are five Greek words translated “example,” or “ensample.” These five words have their own nuances, but also show a high degree of similarity and agreement. One refers to a mark that a strike or a blow makes, that is to be observed as a dissuasive warning or...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As the holy gospel is the true treasure of the church, so preaching of that gospel is the primary task of the church and her ministers. Recently a local church expressed the hope that their next minister would not be a scholarly preacher but rather a friendly, sociable pastor. This ignorance of what a preacher is according to the Word of God does not bode well for that congregation’s future. The Hebrew word for preaching means to be fresh, then cheerful, then to tell good tidings. According...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purpose of God in saving a church is that there may be fruit. Although the Bible speaks of the fruit of plants and the fruit of the womb or of the loins, most often it uses the word fruit metaphorically, as that which originates and comes forth from something as the effect or result. Especially is it the case that Scripture uses the figure of a tree or a vine to teach concerning a spiritual fruitfulness in the lives of the saints. Not only is the...

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Rev. Kuiper is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. For many of us, our first exposure to the word remnant was in connection with the sewing our mothers and sisters did at home. The pieces of fabric that were left over after the project was finished were called remnants. Today also we see in the papers that fabric stores have remnant sales. The several Hebrew and Greek words translated remnant in our Bibles have the same meaning: a little piece, a small amount left over, the remainder, the residue. This word is used in the Bible in respect...

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Rev. Kuiper is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. In the Greek New Testament there are several words that express the idea of love, fondness, affection, or friend; the most common of these words is philos. Philos is found in many compound forms, giving us lovers of God, lovers of contention, lovers of pleasure, lovers of wisdom, lovers of children, lovers of honor, and lovers of preeminence. We will deal primarily with philos, which can have a broad range of meanings, such as friend, associate, or companion, indicating various degrees of closeness. The Hebrew Old Testament has basically...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are several words in the Hebrew Old Testament, the Greek Old Testament (the Septuagint), and the Greek New Testament that are variously translated must, must needs, necessary, necessity, need, and ought or ought not. We want to take a careful look at the most common of these words (dei in the Greek), noticing first of all that it is derived from a verb that means to bind or to be in bonds. The idea is that two things are bound together in such a way that...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Faith is a many-splendored thing. The Word of God uses the word faith so often, it has so many meanings and implications, and it is such a power in the Christian’s life, that to write a page about faith runs the danger of not doing it justice at all! What a wonderful gift of God to us unworthy, sinful creatures! Indeed, faith is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8). And Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). Further, as the Canons (III/IV, 14)...

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