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Requests More on Premillennialism I am a new subscriber to The Standard Bearer and would like to know if at any time there was published in this periodical an article something like “The Illusory Hope of the Rapture” (SB, Jan. 1, 1990). If there is such an article I would be happy to remit the cost of a photocopy or the issue in which it was printed. Barney Sikma New York, NY Response We are sending you copies of several articles on premillennialism that have been published in The SB. There is no charge. We welcome you as a new subscriber. —Ed. In...

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Rev. Harbach is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. I.The Door of the Fold II.The Folded Sheep III.The True Shepherds Who Enter by the Door In this tenth chapter of John’s Gospel we have double revelation: first, the door revelation (John 1-10), and, second, the shepherd revelation (John 11-18). John 10:1-5contains an illustration of the door revelation; John 10:6-10contains the interpretation of the door revelation. The illustrative part puts before us the undershepherds and the porter (John 10:1-3a), then the Shepherd and the sheep (John 10:3b-5). There are interesting figures of speech in the passage. There are the fold, the...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Ministers, who by reason of age, sickness, or otherwise, are rendered incapable of performing the duties of their office, shall nevertheless retain the honor and title of a minister, and the church which they have served shall provide honorably for them in their need (likewise for the orphans and widows of ministers) out of the common fund of the churches, according to the general ecclesiastical ordinances in this matter.” Church Order, Article 13. This article of the Church Order deals with the subject of emeritation or retirement of ministers, even...

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Jason L. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We continue with our outline of the first main part of the book of Numbers, the preparation for Israel to depart from Mt. Sinai (Numbers 1:1-10:10). 5. The law of the Nazarite is given (Num. 6:1-27). Details of the vow are enumerated: man or woman should separate from strong drink, eat nothing of the vine, have no razor come upon his head, nor touch a dead body (Num. 6:1-8). In the event that the Nazarite is defiled, certain ways are prescribed to make atonement for such sin: e.g.,...

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Jason L. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We are dealing with the section of the book of Numbers that describes how God chastened His people during their wanderings in the wilderness for the forty years (Numbers 15:1-19:22). Instruction is given for the preparation of the water of purification. A red heifer, without blemish and never having worn a yoke, was to be killed (the blood sprinkled before the tabernacle) and the bodyconsumed in fire (the ashes mixed with water as a purification, Num. 19:1-10). Mention is made as to the use of this water; whoever...

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As the appointed ambassador of Christ, the minister functions in the worship service in a twofold capacity: at certain times in the worship service, the minister speaks to the congregation in the name of God with the authority given to him by virtue of his office. He does this when he reads the law, administers the sacraments, and preaches the gospel. At other times he speaks to God on behalf of the congregation. He does this when he leads the congregation in prayer and in the recitation of the Apostolic Confession (if the congregation does not recite the creed audibly)....

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Dear Editor:  May we at this time ask you for a little space in theStandard Bearer please?  It is now nearly one year and eight months since we met in our church building. It was on September 20, 1953 that we as the continuation of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa had to find a meeting place for our services.  For some weeks we met in Western Christian High School. It was at that time that we asked the Rev. M. Schipper who was then pastor of our church at South Holland, Illinois to labor with us and for us. 

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Would it not have been a dishonor of the name of their Lord and King if they had left the impression that they lacked the courage to confess Him? No, this they could never do. Over against the cry of the town, “Aesculapius is savior,” they boldly maintained: “There is no other name than that of Jesus. When the world proclaimed that Caesar was god, and as such was to be worshipped by all, they could not submit: but opposing the world also in this respect, they confessed that Christ was King, that the Lord God, and He alone, is...

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