Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Psalm 2:1-6 This portion of God’s Word speaks of terrible things...
How old are you? The youth to which this department is directed will answer, “Why, I am a young man or a young woman.” There may even be a few younger readers who recognize that they are yet children. And many older readers will reflect on the question and once again realize that the years are slipping away and that they are no longer children or young people, but fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, maybe even great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers.
In general the topic to which I will draw your attention is The Minister and the Church Order. By ministers are meant those who are lawfully called by the church to preach the gospel in the church of Christ. The Church Order to which I refer is the Church Order of Dordrecht with its eighty-six articles, including also the various decisions of our Synod concerning some of these articles. These articles can be found in the back of our Psalter.
Jesus Christ was the greatest preacher that ever walked upon the face of the earth. He taught by both word and deed. We have recorded for us in Holy Writ the most beautiful sermon which was ever preached, preached by our Lord Himself, the Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon Christ reveals to us the truth concerning the kingdom of God, which is a heavenly kingdom of righteousness, whose ruler is God through Christ, and whose subjects are God’s children. The last time that the undersigned wrote in this department we discussed the proper use of our time.
On October 7 and 8, 1975 at the Richmond Lake Youth Camp, located on the shores of Richmond Lake, a few miles northwest of Aberdeen, South Dakota, an unofficial conference was held between interested ministers and elders of the Reformed Church in the United States (Eureka Classis) and of the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. The conference was well attended, in that there were twenty-two men present (11 from each denomination) for the duration of the two-day meeting.
It is that time of year again when we celebrate what is called Christmas. One does not forget this day because the world will not let us forget. We are shown and encouraged to buy Christmas gifts already in the middle of summer. Christmas, for all practical purposes, has become a secular holiday devoid of any spiritual significance. This brings us to the question as to what really is the origin, meaning, and purpose of the observance of Christmas.
We are now only a few days from Thanksgiving Day, a national heritage. As he has done in the past, the President of the United States has declared that all the citizens of America should pause on the twenty-second of November to offer thanksgiving to God. In response to this tradition most American churches will reflect upon thanksgiving in some special way. Many will even hold special services on this day.
The subject of this article as seen in the title certainly is not new to the believing child of God. Prayer occupies a very large part of our lives. This is true of all the saints of all ages, from the beginning of time to the present, till Christ’s return upon the clouds of heaven. That the saints of the Old Dispensation were a praying people is evident immediately upon looking in God’s Holy Word.
Tomorrow . . . Tomorrow what? Why, tomorrow we will do this or that and we will go here and there.
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.