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What are you doing to serve others? How are you serving your family? You receive so much from your parents. They supply the basic necessities of life, send you to Christian schools, and drive you to music lessons, sporting events, and other appointments. Your mothers and fathers serve you in so many ways. What are you doing to serve them? How do you serve your brothers and sisters, who maybe are not always very kind to you? What are you doing to serve the other members of the church individually and collectively, as young people’s societies? As I am writing...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18 We are all sinners. Daily we sin against God in thought, word, and deed. And God is not pleased with our sins. Our sins anger God. On account of our sins we all deserve to be condemned by God to the deepest hell. The truth is that many have already been condemned for their sins....

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Rev. Marcus is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. “And whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Rom. 8:30b). The final step in the order of salvation is glorification, the crowning work of God in the salvation of His people. Thus we read of our glorification in the Canons of Dordt, I, 7: “This elect number…God has decreed to give to Christ to be saved by Him, and effectually to call and draw them to His communion by His Word and Spirit; to bestow upon them true faith, justification, and sanctification; and having powerfully preserved them in the...

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Rev. Kuiper is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The various Hebrew and Greek nouns translated shame and ashamed agree that shame is a painful feeling or emotion caused by the consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. The verb means to bring shame or cause to feel shame. The word is often found in context with the terms confusion of face and being confounded. Shame is not only a feeling or an emotion, but it is also a state or sphere in which one may find himself. Also, these terms have a strong eschatological emphasis, relating to one’s...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Although Jesus does not use that exact word, there can be no doubt that in Matthew 24:24, He sets forth the truth about the Antichrist: “For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Jesus teaches that another sign of the end of the world will be the coming of Antichrist. That Jesus refers to that which the church has always called “Antichrist” is evident, first, from the...

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Is “Word-Faith” Cultic? That is what the critics of one of the cult-watching organizations recently said. When cult-watching organizations first appeared twenty or thirty years ago they concentrated mainly on exposing the non-Christian beliefs and alleged brainwashing techniques of such groups as the Unification Church, the Children of God, and the Way International. In addition they sought to expose the teachings of religious groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, whose teachings are incompatible with the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. While these longstanding emphases have continued...

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The churches’ observance of Christmas is due to Jesus’ being the only begotten Son of God. True celebration of the birth of Jesus consists of worshiping Him as the only begotten of the Father. The birth of the firstborn son of Mary in the stable in Bethlehem was the birth of the only begotten Son of God. This is the description of Jesus by the apostle John inJohn 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; and I John 4:9. In the Greek, it is one word: “monogenees.” The word means “only begotten.” It describes Jesus’ origin. His origin is the being of God. Out...

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Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. For the sake of space we cannot quote here the Articles of Reformed creeds that most fully articulate the doctrine of the Scripture. Those two creeds are the Belgic and the Westminster Confessions. The reader will have to peruse them on his own. The Belgic Confession devotes five full articles to the doctrine (Arts. III – VII). The Westminster’s opening chapter sets forth the doctrine, and it does so in no fewer than ten articles. In both confessions the early placement and the length of treatment of this...

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