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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. They were different. Jacob and Esau, the sons of Isaac, were physically but also spiritually so very different from each other. The physical difference is presented in Genesis 25:25, where we read, concerning Esau: “And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment.” Then in the next verse we read: “And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel.” There is nothing in that verse that suggests that Jacob was like Esau physically. Jacob was not red and hairy. But what...

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Rev. Haak is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Chapter 4 of Malachi’s prophecy flows naturally from the thoughts of the last part of chapter 3. Chapter 3:17, 18 spoke of that day when God would at last make up His church in which the remnant of Malachi’s day would be included. We were also told that that day would be the day of vindication of God’s righteous judgments, when the difference between the righteous and wicked would be clearly shown. Now the prophet declares the certainty of that day (Behold, the day cometh!) and unfolds the...

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Far Above Rubies: Today’s Virtuous Woman, edited by Herman Hanko; Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1992; 187 pp., $9.95, paper. [Reviewed by Rev. Dale H. Kuiper.] The1atest offering of the R.F.P.A. is a compilation of eleven sermons, speeches, pamphlets, and magazine articles by five ministers and three professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches. Editor Hanko has also included four articles of charming simplicity by Abraham Kuyper from his popular book, When Thou Sittest in Thine House. As the subtitle of the book indicates, the subject of all this writing is the woman – more particularly- today’s virtuous woman. ” Several words...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. In our previous article (Jan. 1, 2000) we saw that Rabanus, the archbishop of Mainz, repudiated Gottschalk’s view of the sovereignty of grace in salvation; that Gottschalk courageously accused Rabanus of holding views which were Semi-Pelagian; and that the synod of Mayence condemned Gottschalk. The controversy, however, did not die with Gottschalk’s imprisonment, for he had supporters who not only agreed with his views but protested the scandalous treatment he received. Later synods therefore were forced to deal further with the matter. Synod of Valence...

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Christ’s church needs ministers. With five or six vacancies in the churches, the PRC needs ministers. We feel that need here at the seminary. The students and professors have been busy supplying pulpits this summer, in August preaching almost sixty out of sixty possibilities. Not all of that is vacation supply. Another pastor is off his pulpit for health reasons. The churches feel the need for pastors. As classes at seminary begin again this fall, and God calls His people to “maintain” the schools, which includes the seminary (see Lord’s Day 38), the question is important: Who will come to...

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Rev. Haak is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan and radio pastor for the Reformed Witness Hour, on which this message was aired. It is at this time of year that the church remembers in a special way the awful sufferings and bitter death of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross. I consider with you a subject of the Scriptures that is both vast and deep, broad and expansive; a truth of the Scriptures that reaches from one end of the Bible even to the other end; a truth that is absolutely vital for your soul....

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previous article in this series: February 15, 2009, p. 229. Missions and the organic life of the church What does a godly witness in our lives at home have to do with work on a mission field? A godly witness at home is just that, a work at home. The mission work is many miles away from my witness at home. What does one have to do with the other? The answer is found in the organic relationship between the established church and the mission...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2009, p. 220. As stated in the last issue, the recently produced video about the PRC’s high regard for the confessions as statements concerning God’s truth, as well as our emphasis on the vital importance of church membership, prompted a response by a viewer. The respondent had a couple of questions, to our mind questions worth responding to because they represent what has become to an alarming measure the trend in the ‘Christianity’ of our day—men and women cutting themselves loose from the creeds (in the name of freedom and liberty of conscience)...

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