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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. My parents have invested a lot of time and effort in me. Also much prayer. They sought to fulfill the vows they took before God and before His church when I was presented for baptism. Those vows consisted of their promise to instruct me in the doctrine which is contained in God’s holy Word and which was and is taught in the church of which they were members (Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church). These vows they willingly took upon themselves, even though it demanded so much of them, and...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. The force of the second commandment is that the one true God is to be worshiped only as He desires. The nature of God, on the one hand, and the nature of God’s fallen-into-sin creatures, on the other hand, are such that God alone can determine how He is to be worshiped. First, let us briefly consider the concept of worship. Worship is the serving of God by His people whenever and wherever God meets with them. Worship can be public or private. Private worship is the serving...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.  Psalm 127:4, 5 Often when we see a newborn child we are amazed. We can stare at them for hours as they lie sleeping. We consider with amazement how they existed inside the mother for nine months. Often it is remarked with awe as we watch their little nostrils flair slightly with each breath, that they lived for nine months without...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan and member of the Committee for Contact with Other Churches. In the middle of January 1997, during the summer holidays of the southern hemisphere, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia hosted a conference with representatives of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. They hosted this conference in the church building of their congregation in Launceston, Tasmania. Launceston is approximately as far south of the equator as Grand Rapids, Michigan is north of it. Tasmania was a great place to be if one wanted to escape some of the...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. In the home the husband is head, according to God’s command. This means that the husband’s responsibility to love has precedence. The husband is the source of the love of the marriage, of the home, and of the family. Love is a force which the husband in the home is primarily responsible for originating, and is primarily responsible for perpetuating. To love is the law of a married man’s life. His duty to love comprehends all of his responsibilities. How are you doing? Is this how you view...

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Classis West met in regular session on Wednesday, September 1, 1993, in Lynden, WA. On the day preceding classis an Officebearers’ Conference was held, on the different aspects of the subject of “Reformed Missions and Evangelism.” Several members of the congregation of Lynden joined those delegated to classis at the conference, which was enjoyed by all who attended. This was the first time in 40 years that Lynden was privileged to host a meeting of classis. Several members of the congregation spoke of the fact that the conference and the meeting of classis gave them a real taste of the...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. *This is the substance of a speech delivered to the Parent Teachers Association at Heritage Christian School. It is difficult to live a godly life. It is difficult for all of God’s people, but it seems especially difficult for young people (and for their parents). It has been said that it is harder to be a godly young person today than it was in the past. From one perspective this is not true. The people of God in every age live in a spiritual battle. This battle began...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. It is a commonly held position in the church world that one either accepts or rejects Gods efforts to save. It is said, too, that the only way to do the work of evangelism and missions is by seeking to persuade the objects of that work to accept Christ as their personal Savior. It is said that everyone must be told that it is his responsibility to open his heart and to let the waiting Savior into his heart and life. Whether anyone is saved or not...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. Children and young people must expect it. Parents and consistories must insist on it. Instruction and discipline by parents and by the church must follow the administration of the sacrament of baptism to the infant children of professing believers. Instruction and discipline are a necessary part of the concept of infant baptism. The infant children of believers also must be baptized because God graciously promises to gather in generations (Gen. 17:7; Acts 2:39). But a charge has been brought against paedobaptism. It is the charge that baptizing infants...

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