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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Does a daily concern for the churches press upon your soul? In II Corinthians 11 the apostle Paul mentions many things that illustrated his faithfulness as an apostle. Outstanding among them is the mark mentioned in II Corinthians 11:28. In addition to those things that he mentioned in the preceding verses about his persecutions, perils, and painfulness (a long list to which he could have added much more), there was one mark of importance that proved his faithfulness as an apostle and a believer. That mark, which weighed heavily...

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March 5, 2008 On Tuesday, March 4, delegates to Classis West’s March meeting, officebearers, high school students, and other members from Hope PRC gathered for an officebearers’ conference, which addressed the theme, “Promoting Sabbath Observance in the 21st Century.” Delegates and visitors enjoyed the speeches presented by the speakers (Rev. M. VanderWal, Rev. J. Mahtani, Rev. S. Key, and Rev. D. Kuiper). According to the many comments that the undersigned heard, those who attended also enjoyed the discussions led by the speakers after their presentations. Classis convened at 8:30 A.M on Wednesday. Rev. J. Marcus provided the opening devotions, including...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Previous article in this series: January 15, 2008, p. 186. In the previous article about “Joy,” we learned that Christ calls us unto the production of His wonder-fruit by His Spirit through His Word, which includes, for example, the command, “Rejoice in the Lord, and again I say, Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4) Because in fulfillment of that call of Christ the sovereign Spirit works in and through us the gift of joy, we consciously learn and experience this joy according to our new nature. This joy is...

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In a special session on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, Classis West met in St. Johns, Indiana. The special meeting was hosted by the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, IL; but, since they do not have at this present time their own church building facilities, the special session was held in the church building of Cornerstone PRC. The purpose of the meeting was the examination of Candidate Nathan J. Langerak, the pastor-elect of the PRC of South Holland. A special worship service was called for Tuesday evening, December 4, which Pastor-elect N. Langerak led and in which he gave a...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2007, p. 57. Significantly, joy, one of the nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, is near the beginning of the list in Galatians 5:22, right beside love. Joy for the believer is not unimportant. The new life of Christ in us is one not of misery, but of spiritual joy. Even the wine of the Lord’s Supper signifies that the life that Christ works in us is not dismal and dark, but full of real, heavenly joy and...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The sessions of the Synod of Dordrecht on Friday, May 17, 1619 were filled with deliberations over issues that had been scheduled for treatment the previous day. On Thursday, May 16, Synod decided that it would treat on Friday many different issues, such as missions in the East Indies, infant baptism, marriage, the procedure for the receiving of ministers who came to the Reformed churches from Roman Catholicism, the theological schools, the persecuted brethren from other countries, the Formula of Subscription, which is still signed by our...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Previous article in this series: December 1, 2006, p. 111. Some time ago we considered an introduction to the truth of the fruit of the Spirit, which is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. At that time, we focused on the concept of the fruit of the Spirit itself. Now we will resume our meditative sketch of the fruit of the Spirit with an examination of each individual aspect as those aspects are mentioned in other parts of Scripture. According to Galatians 5:22, the first of the nine parts of the...

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March 7-8, 2007 On Wednesday, March 7, Classis West convened at the Doon PRC in Doon, Iowa. On the day previous, an officebearers’ conference was held. The conference dealt with the truth of the Holy Spirit under the theme “Pentecost and Pentecostalism.” Four speeches covered the history and work of Christ in the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost, an overview of Pentecostalism, a defense of the truth that the special gifts of the Holy Spirit (miracles, tongue speaking, and prophecy) were only temporary gifts during the apostolic age, and a treatment of the work of the Spirit of Christ...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. Proverbs 13:11 Lotteries here; lotteries there; lotteries seem to be everywhere. Enter a raffle ticket for a turkey at the grocery store. Buy a $1 “scratch and win” ticket and maybe you can win a thousand or a million dollars. Put your name on the little slip of paper, drop it in the box provided, and you might win a brand new car. Buy a burger and some fries, scratch the side...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. On March 9, 2007, the members of our Genesis Protestant Reformed School Society in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, decided to set September 4, 2007, as the goal for the opening day for a new elementary school. By this decision, we had committed ourselves to a very ambitious and daunting task. Nevertheless, we realized that we would be totally dependent upon the Lord’s will and help for the accomplishment of this goal. By faith the board and society pressed forward in the confidence that the Lord would provide...

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