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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2007, p. 206. One of the most important elements of worship is the reading of the Scriptures. Because God is the object of worship, His Word must be central. The reading of that Word should therefore be given a prominent place, and the people of God must see to it that they participate in it as much as in any other part of worship. It ought to be obvious that the reading of Scripture belongs in worship. If the Bible is...

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Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. . .  Then said Saul, unto his armor bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armor bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. 

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And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home: And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods, And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh. 

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Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,  And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations . . .  And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 

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And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands and what can he have more but the kingdom?  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities Rev. M. VanderWal, pastor of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, declined the call extended to him from the Doon, Iowa PRC to serve as our denomination’s next missionary to the Philippines. Mission Activities As we reported in our last “News,” during the first worship service on Sunday morning, November 19, in the Berean mission in Manila, the sacrament of baptism was administered to five adults and five children, and the public confession of faith of fifteen members was heard, including the missionary’s daughter, Jessica Spriensma....

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And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.  And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them . . . .  Therefore it became a proverb, is Saul also among the prophets? 

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Although there is a sense, carefully circumscribed by Barth, in which Barth. maintains that the Bible neither claims nor possesses authority—it is “merely” the witness to Christ, who possesses all authority—he would vehemently deny the validity of the criticism we raised against his view of Scripture in the preceding article. That the Bible is the words of men, even to the extent of being their fallible words, does not mean, according to Barth, that the Bible cannot be the Word of God. In fact, this error-prone book is the Word of God.

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