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Rev. Spriensma is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. What is your attitude toward death? What should be the Christian’s attitude toward death? Is your attitude that of fear, or of hope? The way you answer will reflect how much your thinking is affected by the great Reformation. Fear or Hope! Concerning death the apostle Paul writes in I Thessalonians 4:13ff., “But I would not have you be ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” The nature of death and the future state is such that they...

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Rev. Spriensma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. Again March comes and it is time for the annual National Day of Prayer. God’s people sometimes wonder why they have another worship service in their busy schedules. And the Pastor knows that it means one more sermon to prepare. The question is-why? Why a Prayer Day service? Do we come together to pray because our President calls the citizens of our nation to go to some higher being however one may conceive it to exist, and ask for his benevolent help and blessing? Many evangelists are asking,...

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A question that has often been asked of me lately is, “Why?” It is a question that my wife and I had to answer first for ourselves, before we could answer it for others. Why leave one denomination after thirty-seven years to join another denomination? Why leave a large denomination (900+ churches) for a much smaller denomination (27 churches)? Why leave a congregation you enjoy in order to wait for a call from another congregation? Why leave the secure and comfortable for the unknown? Our answer: It is a matter of walking in faith and obedience to God. I was...

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Rev. Spriensma is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, currently serving in the Philippines. “O sing unto the LORD a new song; sing unto the LORD all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.”  Psalm 96:1-4 This is the great calling of Christ’s church, to declare, to make known amongst the peoples, the glory of our God and the glory of...

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Rev. Spriensma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. By the time that you read this, this visit will be a past event. What was its significance? Why should we as Reformed Protestants take notice? Pope Benedict XVI was chosen as Pope at the age 78. Now, after being in office for three years, he is making his first visit to the United States. He says that the theme for his visit will be three words, “Christ our hope.” This will be the seventh official visit of a pope to the States, one by Pope Paul VI...

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Rev. Spriensma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In the Presence of Mine Enemies is the title of a book relating the experiences of Christian missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham when kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf (bearer of the sword), a violent Muslim terrorist group operating in the southern Philippines. This horrendous ordeal, which began on May 27, 2001, finally ended after one year and eleven days with the death of Martin and a nurse and the gunshot wounding of his wife, Gracia. While this is shocking for many of us who live in the United States...

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Historical Context We have in the Belgic Confession a rather lengthy section on the sacraments. This is due to the controversy that raged at the time of the Reformation. So, in order for us to appreciate fully what the Belgic Confession sets forth as to the sacraments, we need to look at the historical context of this writing and the then-current thought regarding the sacraments. The gospel, with the sacraments that picture and seal the promise of the gospel, ought to unite believers! But when heresy creeps in, it is faithfulness to the gospel that differentiates and divides. The Roman...

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