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“And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.” Jeremiah 32:39 This text is the expression of the wonder, the miraculous wonder, of the lovingkindness of our covenant God. In order to see this, we will have to tell you a bit about the historical background.

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“And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.” Jeremiah 7:31 What doth God require in the second command­ment? Answer. That we in no wise represent God by im­ages, nor worship Him in any other way than He has commanded in his word. Heidelberg Catechism, Question 96. Introduction When John Calvin was asked to give his opinion regarding what were the most important issues in the Reformation of the church...

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“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is the name whereby He shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.” —Jeremiah 23:5, 6 Not many days hence, and we will celebrate the glorious event of the birth of our Savior.

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Although we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Standard Bearer in connection with the 75th anniversary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the year 2000, God willing, the 75th birthday of the SB is actually October, 1999. The first issue of the magazine, originally a monthly, appeared in October, 1924. The editors were Rev. H. Danhof, Rev. H. Hoeksema, Rev. G. Ophoff, and a layman, G. Van Beek. In charge of subscriptions was G. Vos. The subscription price was $1.50. 

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. In our churches, catechism classes as well as the various Bible study groups and societies are well into another season. We as God’s people devote ourselves with renewed zeal to the study of the great truths of the Word of God. This is good and necessary. God calls us all to be Christian scholars. It is true that we are that in varying degrees. Not all of us have the same powers and gifts of intellect and understanding. The gift of God determines this. This does not make...

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We have seen repeatedly in our study of Malachi how the prophet’s day and our own are so much alike. The sins present among God’s people then are similar to those of today, especially the mere outward obser­vance of religion and the cold formal worship of the true God. We have also observed how Malachi deals with these sins, namely by always holding them up to the light (brightness) of God in order to show how heinous and treacherous it is when a people sin against the goodness and mercy of the Lord, depart from His ordinances, and render Him...

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Mr. Minderhoud is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Have you ever sat by the cozy warmth of a flickering campfire, staring at and contemplating the bright flames? Or have you ever witnessed the raging flames of a much larger fire, perhaps one that is burning uncontrollably, and felt its intense heat? In either case there is something about the mysterious nature of fire that intrigues us and makes us pause. We either contemplate its warmth and beauty or marvel at the speed and strength of its devouring...

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Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: January 15, 2009, p. 179. Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism (1964) is the Roman Catholic Church’s blueprint for restoring all professing Christians—especially the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants—to the papal fold. This will also serve Rome’s geopolitical goals: one world, one religion, one pope. Early Protestant Ecumenism and the Edinburgh Missionary Conference The ecumenical movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries involved Protestants with various backgrounds (Presbyterian, Congregationalist, Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Reformed, Lutheran, etc.) who were typically either Arminian or modernist (or...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. With this article we begin a study of the creation, examining what the Bible says is illustrated by the works God’s hands have made. In the second article of the Belgic Confession we confess that the creation is a beautiful book, a book that sets forth for us the glory of our God. We know our God by two means, the first of which is: … the creation, preservation, and government of the universe; which is before our eyes as a most elegant book, wherein all creatures, great...

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The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. If we remember that creation is a unique work of God, and therefore a history, and if we look upon the narrative in Genesis not as Moses’ conception, nor as derived from ancient myth, but as God’s own narrative with regard to His own work, then we shall recognize that the narrative is full of a merciful attempt on the part of the infinite God to get into our puny little minds a bit of the great work which He wrought; and we shall...

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