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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Signs of the Times We read, somewhat casually, the book of Revelation. The events mentioned there seem remote from our present time and our current experience. There is presented the opening of the seals (Rev. 6), the sounding of the trumpets (Rev. 8), and the pouring out of the vials (Rev. 16). The seals present the average destructive forces that affect the earth (1/4 of the earth is touched). The trumpets represent an increase over that average to 1/3. The vials portray the final destruction of all things on...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. The truth that God rewards us according to our works does not contradict the truth that salvation is entirely of God’s grace. We must not be afraid to confess that God does indeed reward us for the good works that we perform. We simply must go on and state, as we do in Lord’s Day 24 of the Heidelberg Catechism, that “This reward is not of merit, but of grace.” God does reward us, but this reward is entirely of His sovereign and particular grace. Although this subject...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. There are a number of ways by which people have tried to divide the church of Jesus Christ into two groups of people who are in two different covenants with God. When God established His covenant, He said to His covenant people, “Ye shall be My people.” Therefore, it stands to reason that if the people of God are divided into two or more groups, each of these groups must be in a different covenant. The truth, however, is that there is one everlasting covenant of grace made...

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The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Volume 7: Our Own Time, by Hughes Oliphant Old. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. Pp. Xx + 714. Paper. ISBN 978-0-8028-1771-6. [Reviewed by Angus Stewart.] Seven Monumental Volumes “A work of supererogation”—that is how one minister describes reading all seven volumes of Hughes Oliphant Old’s The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church(1998-2010). I couldn’t disagree more! Having read every page of all seven volumes and having eagerly waited for them to come off the press, I can say that I have...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. When Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, asked Rebekah’s parents for permission to take her to Isaac the very day after he had come there seeking a God-fearing wife for Isaac, Rebekah’s parents called her and asked her whether she would be willing to go that day. They had, we read, told Eliezer that they wanted her to stay with them at least ten more days. For after her departure they would never see her again. In effect it would be as though she had died, for, as pointed out last time,...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. It is striking that both the Hebrew and the Greek words from which our KJV derives the words zeal, zealous, and zealot are words which have the basic meaning of heat. The Hebrew root means to boil with heat, to be hot. Metaphorically the word indicates excitement of mind, ardor, fervor of spirit, zeal in embracing, pursuing, or defending anything. The Greek word means to become very red, to be excited so that the face is red. Thus, this word also means to be zealous towards a...

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Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ. Much debate we might have over the name by which this passage is remembered. Most commonly, the event recorded in that latter part of Matthew 2 is named “The Slaughter of the Innocents.” This event is placed for remembrance on the liturgical calendar of several denominations—Anglican, Episcopalian, and Roman Catholic—on December 28. The purpose of this remembrance is to stimulate prayers for “innocents” slaughtered everywhere and prayers against all tyranny. The question we must answer is whether this name is appropriate. Were these infants who were slaughtered by the cruel...

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities It was interesting to note that soon after the first of this year a couple of our congregations used their church bulletin, or church newsletter, to encourage their members to lead a more sanctified life. Both our Hudsonville, MI PRC and our Loveland, CO PRC encouraged their members to begin a regular systematic reading of God’s Word by providing them with a daily Bible reading schedule. Hudsonville’s schedule, if followed completely, would make it possible to read through the entirety of God’s Word in just...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Women in Office: the CRC and its Y2K Problem Almost five years ago the synod (1995) of the Christian Reformed Church gave the classes of that denomination the option to declare the word “male” inoperative in their Church Order. It represented a kind of “end run” around the requirements of the Church Order. This opened the way for women to serve in the ministry (or as elders and deacons). This could be done, however, only in those classes which decided to mutilate the Church Order as the synod allowed....

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