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The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. God’s Creation of Man: (4) Created God’s Covenant Friend It is very evident from Genesis 1:26 that there is a close relation between man’s being created in the image of God and his dominion over the earthly creation. According to this Word of God, we are informed that “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. *reprinted from Beacon Lights, February, March, and April, 1983. The Importance of Music in the Church The importance of music in the church is indicated when the apostle of Christ writes, in Colossians 3:16, that by our singing we teach and admonish one another. Probably this is not a familiar thought to us; perhaps we are not conscious of this when we sing. We are well aware, of course, that we all should teach each other, and admonish each other, as the opportunity or need arises (although...

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Mrs. Lubbers is a wife and mother in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning…. “ Psalm 5:3 The variety of the human voice, its modulation, tone, and expressiveness nearly rivals the human face for creativity. Even though one who makes a telephone call should identify himself when making a call, it’s really quite unnecessary. The voice gives one away. Could anyone, though he were blindfolded, mistake Professor Hanko’s voice? What a marvelous God to create so much variety by the fairly uncomplicated process of stretching small bands of tissue (vocal...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Laying hold of the truth of Scripture, we consider the question: How did this world come into being? WithHebrews 11:3 we take our stand. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” We take our position without apology to any scientist. The Theory of Evolution rejected Our viewpoint is affected by our faith. But we would remind every man who considers this question:Your viewpoint also involves religious belief. Our...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.  Genesis 17:7 We have noted in the past that the Liberated churches appear to be committed to quite a different kind of logic than are we. It has always been our position—and, we believe, the position of the Christian church historically and biblically—that logical consistency in the interpretation of the Scriptures and of the...

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The Standard Bearer has symbol. We display it on the cover of this issue. This was the winning entry in the recent contest. The design is a shield, representing the shield of faith, on which there stands at the ready a sword, symbolizing the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Two letters of the Greek alphabet are worked into the device. The obvious letter “A” is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, “alpha.” The rounded letter is the last letter of the Greek alphabet, “omega.” Taken together, as in Revelation 1:8, they describe the eternal God as the...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. God is a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This truth is set before us, as has been shown, in all the works of God, in all His revelation to us, and in the very language or terminology of Scripture itself. This doctrine is not founded upon one or two texts of Scripture but belongs to the whole fabric of God’s self-revelation. Distinct Personal Properties and Relations According to this revelation of God we distinguish not only three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost within the...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. In the beginning of the history of mankind, our God revealed the truth in His grace; but He also in His infinite wisdom and almighty power displayed: His love and mercy. We do well to bear in mind the fact that, although man was created in the image of God and was a most wonderful creature (in fact the most wonderful creature here on this earth), he could not, at the beginning of his life on this earth, do some of the things he can do today. Adam could...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. A few words that have come to mean more to me while working in Singapore are these taken from the Form for the Lord’s Supper: “… all those who invoke deceased saints, angels, or other creatures, all those who worship images, all enchanters, diviners, charmers, and those who confide in such enchantments.” Such sinners are forbidden the use of the sacrament. Amazing, isn’t it, that in one breath our Reformed forefathers put apostate Rome in the same category as the heathen. They both pray to the wrong sources for life and...

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Mrs. Lubbers is a wife and mother in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. The desire of all nations shall come… Haggai 2:7 We of Dutch descent have often been accused of being ethnically-oriented Christians- to the exclusion of almost all other groups. “If you’re not Dutch, you’re not much” is more than just a pithy saying for many of us. We’re partial to names which end in “sma” or begin with “Vander.” We encourage our young people to date and marry a “wooden shoe.” We’re suspect of those who don’t salivate over green soup, or who do...

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