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This is the abbreviated text of the pre-synodical sermon that Rev. Slopsema, as President of Synod 2011, preached on June 11, 2012 in the Crete (IL) Protestant Reformed Church.   Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58 Thanks be to God! In the previous verse the apostle Paul gives thanks to God for the victory we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. This victory is the victory over death by the resurrection of the...

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Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 The previous verse instructs us to run with patience the race that is set before us. In that verse the Christian life is compared to a race that is to be run. This race is not a 100-yard dash, but an endurance race requiring great effort. Those who finish the race receive a crown. By this comparison, the Scriptures emphasize...

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And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Matthew 28:9-10 In the 40 days after His resurrection Jesus appeared ten times to His disciples. The purpose of these appearances was especially threefold. First, they were to prove to the disciples that He had truly risen. Secondly, they were to instruct the disciples concerning the nature of His resurrection....

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Article 11—We look for the resurrection of the dead, Article 12—and the life of the world to come. Amen.  The final two articles of the Nicene Creed speak of the final glory of the church. Two spiritual realities are mentioned here. Article 11 speaks of the final resurrection. Article 12 speaks of the life of the world to come. These two are inseparably connected. For the resurrection of the dead is a resurrection to the life of the world to come. And they both mean our final salvation. 

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 Moses is addressing the people of Israel in the plains of Moab. Soon Israel will enter into the land of promise. Moses reminds Israel of the covenant which God established with them at Mount...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4 Last month the saints in Canada observed a national day of Thanksgiving. This month we do the same in the States. This national day of Thanksgiving is a day in which the leaders of our nations call us to give thanks to God for all the bounties He has given to us. We understand that our thanksgiving is not to be limited to mere material things. As saints of God we are also to give thanks...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Psalm 105:1 This psalm was written during the Babylonian captivity. The purpose of this psalm was to give the church in captivity hope for the future by reminding her of God’s faithfulness in the past. To that end the psalmist recounted God’s promises to give Abraham and his seed the land of Canaan. He reminded the captives how the Lord was faithful to that promise in bringing Israel out of...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:8, 9 The year of our Lord 2000! The beginning of the third millennium! Are you surprised that the world is still here? Doesn’t the Bible talk...

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