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The Lion of Judah is Jesus. But it might surprise us that the lion is also a metaphor for the devil and the ungodly. It is a metaphor with which people living in the Middle East during Bible times were very familiar, for they lived among those wild beasts. With his bare hands, Samson killed a lion that roared at him in the way, giving rise to the riddle, “Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness” ( Judg. 14). The young shepherd David slew a thieving lion who had snatched a lamb...

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With thankful and humble hearts, the Protestant Reformed Churches and her friends may reflect on God’s goodness to her through the meeting of her annual synod. Under the able leadership of veteran president Rev. J. Slopsema (pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI), and witnessed by many visitors, Synod 2007 finished her work in five full days. The family of Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) served as gracious hosts. Synods make decisions. And because all decisions are “by majority vote” according to the Church Order (Art. 31), Synod is a deliberative assembly. That is, all decisions are made after deliberation— careful discussion...

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HET LAATSTE WOORD (The Last Word), Prof. Dr. J.L. Koole; J.H. Kok, Uitgeversmij, Kampen, The Netherlands; 19 pages; price, f 2, 75  This is No. 5 in a series of booklets issued by the Theological School of Kampen under the general heading Kamper Cahiers (Kampen Exercise books). I have not received the first three of these, which have been rather severely criticized, as not Reformed. 

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Is it proper to speak of the deacons’ work as having aprophetic aspect? Are Gerard Berghoef and Lester De Koster right to devote a page of their book to the subject of “The Deacon As Teacher”?¹ After all, Scripture requires that bishops be “apt to teach” (I Tim. 3:2), but makes no such requirement regarding deacons. Scripture further indicates that in the New Testament the exalted Christ functions as prophet through the office of pastor in the church. So the inspired apostle indicates that God gave the New Testament...

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“And Joshua the son of Nun, and? Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, Tent their clothes:  And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.  If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. 

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Recently I received a letter from a brother in New Jersey responding to an article which I wrote for theStandard Bearer on the subject of the use of unleavened bread in the Lord’s Supper. His letter is as follows: While reading the guest article “Should we use Unleavened Bread in the Lord’s Supper,” by Rev. Mark Hoeksema, (Standard Bearer, August, 1975) I was set to thinking about the symbolism involved. It would have been interesting to know on what basis those Lutheran Churches mentioned were taking their stand of using unfermented wine in their observance of the sacrament. My experience in...

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THE PATTERN OF TREATMENT SUGGESTED IN THE TEXT  The writer continues here in the stylish phrases and sentences “and what shall I yet say? For the time would fail me to declare in detail concerning Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephtha!” It is presupposed that the readers are familiar with their Old Testament Scriptures; yea, that a mere mention of these heroes of faith during the time of the Judges, when every one did what was right in his own eyes, would bring to mind the mighty and gallant deeds of faith and warfare of these deliverers of Israel.

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Long before The Standard Bearer came into existence, long before the New Testament dispensation began, God Himself spoke of “a standardbearer.”  It was in the day of shadows, that is, in the day before Christ, Who cast His shadow upon the whole Old. Testament dispensation, was seen on earth by man, that God, through the prophet Isaiah, spoke those words which for fifty years have served as the name of the magazine that publishes these lines today. 

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