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Rev. Miersma is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, currently serving in Ghana, West Africa. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Acts 8:3, 4 They preached Christ everywhere! In these first four verses we are told why this took place. A fierce persecution against the Jews had arisen, with the result that the Jews were scattered. This was a fulfillment of what Jesus had said before He ascended, “Ye shall be...

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Rev. Miersma is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, currently serving in Ghana, West Africa. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:6 We have here a most remarkable Psalm. As the first psalm in this memorable book of songs it sets forth the theme and tone for the entire book. It does this by showing us the attitude of God toward both the ungodly and the righteous. The first five verses describe the two. On the one hand, the righteous man does not walk in the counsel...

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Rev. Miersma is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, currently serving in Ghana, West Africa. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. John 10:16 Other sheep I have which are not of this fold.” Notice that the text twice uses the word “fold.” The Revised Version translates the text using that word only once. It reads, “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring,… and there shall be...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand. (Correction: This is probably as good a place as any to call the attention of our readers to a correction received from “down under” relative to an article in the October 15 issue of this magazine. Professor Hoeksema, in his article entitled “Some Impressions from ‘Down Under,'” noted that, when we in the U.S. change to “slow time,” and they in Tasmania change to ‘fast time,” there will be a “12-hour difference” between us and them. In a telephone call to the seminary recently, Professor Hoeksema admitted to...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.  II Chronicles 20:12 Another new year. The year of our Lord 1997 is now history, and a new year, 1998, has been ushered in. We know what took place in the past year. However, tomorrow, the new year, the remaining years of our life are a mystery to us. Since the future is a...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand. Greetings from your sister church in New Zealand! As seen in the title of this article, our little church has reached the milestone of its tenth anniversary. In the May 1, 1985 issue of the Standard Bearer there appeared an article announcing the organization of the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand and giving the history that led up to that event. Ten years have now gone by. Looking back over those years we can confess with Samuel, “Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.” Knowing that our God is a...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand. In each edition of the daily newspaper one finds a section dealing with notices of recent deaths along with the funeral arrangements. More and more common in the funeral arrangements is the notice of cremation. Cremation is the reduction of a dead body to ashes by means of fire. More and more people are seeing this as an alternative to the more traditional burial in the cemetery. For most of us cremation is a subject with which we are not at all acquainted. Undoubtedly this is due to...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:1-4 Pentecost! What a...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. I Kings 17:1 As we stand in the first month of a new year we tend to look ahead and try to anticipate somewhat what lies in store for us in the future. We know what we have just experienced in the previous year. We saw the world...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 10:32 Today there are, as in the past there have been, those who oppose the use of creeds in the church of Jesus Christ. Their familiar cry is, “No creed but Christ.” It is their claim that creeds are but the work of men, while the Scriptures are God’s infallible Word. Therefore, according to them, one should turn from creeds to the use of the Bible alone, for...

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