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And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make way against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nay by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto m e what I shall do.  Then said Samuel, Wherefore then does thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? 

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregational Activities The membership of the Adult Bible Study of our First PRC in Holland, MI invited their entire congregation to a week-long camp-out at Muskegon State Park For those who could not make the camp-out there was a special invitation extended to join the group of campers on the last night for a potluck supper. Each year the members of First in Holland kick off their society year by holding an Inspirational Meeting. Each society takes a turn hosting this event. This year’s meeting was sponsored...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Introduction The pastoral ministry of officebearers to the grieving is a vitally important work in the church of Jesus Christ. It is so, first of all, because in ministering to the grieving we are to represent and be the instruments of the God whose work it is to heal the broken in heart and bind up their wounds (literally “griefs,” Ps. 147:3). Specifically, as it is the ministry of Christ “to bind up the, broken hearted” and “to comfort all that mourn” (Is. 61:1-3; Luke 4:18, 19), so it is...

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Rev. Lubbers is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them (stock, stem), when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.  Isaiah 6:13 The Hope of Israel in Their Deportation There is hope in the latter end for the Israel of God. This latter end is really the glory, the time when the whole earth shall be full of the glory of God’s sovereign grace...

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Rev. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We begin our outline of the books of I and II Samuel by following the three main divisions—chapters 1-12 which deal with the history of Samuel; chapters 13-31 which cover the rule of Saul; and chapters 1-24 of II Samuel which give us the details of David’s reign as king. Brief Outline 1. The history of Samuel as he restores the theocracy in Israel (chapters 1-12). A man of Ephraim, Elkanah, had taken two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah was barren. Yearly, Elkanah went...

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities   Friends of Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, Indiana invited friends and supporters from our other churches in the Chicago area to join with them for an Open House-Dedication on July 28. There was an open house of their new church building from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. followed by a dedication service starting at 7:30. Last year the Sunday School children and young people of the Byron Center, MI PRC contributed money and items for our mission work in the Philippines. In response to that support,...

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Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Lady in the Pulpit The teaching of Holy Scripture on the place of women in the church is so clear that even a child can understand it. The Bible says, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. After the deacons have been nominated and elected to office, it is necessary and fitting that they be installed into office in a ceremony during the worship service. Our Church Order, on the basis of Scripture, requires such a ceremony. Article 22 says of elders and deacons: “that they may … be installed with public prayers and stipulations … agreeably to the form for this purpose.” According to Acts 6, the first deacons were installed in a church ceremony. The congregation, having chosen seven men to be deacons, placed...

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