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Volu 100 Issue 01

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Compassionate remembrance

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103:14   What fervent love and tender compassion glows in this poetic expression of Father’s attitude toward His children in the world! “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame, he remembereth that we are dust.” The Lord never forgets the weakness and frailty of our frame. And mindful of our frailty, He is always compassionate and deals with us in delicate tenderness, always careful never to overburden, always filled with tender mercy and sympathizing with...

Editor’s notes

As you can tell by the ‘retro’ cover of this issue, we are celebrating the Lord’s preservation of the Standard Bearer and the RFPA. With this issue we begin the 100th volume of the magazine! Beginning our celebration now already reminds me of what an old minister told me when asked how old he was. “I’m in my 80th year,” he said. Of course, he was 79 years old and had not yet reached his 80th birthday. But he was in his 80th year. Beginning with this issue the Standard Bearer lives in its 100th year. Next October 1 (2024),...

The Standard Bearer: Loving service of the church

The Standard Bearer exists for Christ’s church. Our writers labor for the magazine because they love the church too. You read our magazine most likely because you also love the church. Exactly 99 years ago (October 1, 1924), the men of the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) began production of the Standard Bearer, because they loved the church, which they saw in mortal danger. Love drove them to organize the association—in the service of, but ‘free’ from official oversight of, the church. The magazine would be written for no other reason than the well-being of their church. Love for the...

Habakkuk: The just shall live by faith (13) God’s judgment and salvation (3)

Previous article in this series: September 15, 2023, p. 493. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. Habakkuk...

The ordo salutis (4): Conversion: Turned so that we turn

Previous article in this series: June 2023, p. 398. I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. Jeremiah 31:18-19   A turning In the ordo salutis, the logical sequence in which the Holy Spirit applies the...

The Belgic Confession and missions (5)

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2023, p. 228. In our preceding articles we observed that the missionary character and flavor of the Belgic Confession is evident from its content. We now conclude our consideration of this creed, noticing again that the creed has valuable things to say concerning the church’s mission work. Article 27: The Catholic Christian Church Both the title of this article as well as its definition of the church point to and make provision for mission work. The church of Christ (the body of the elect) is “catholic or universal.” It is a church that...

Battling the devil (5) Offense in the war

Previous article in this series: August 2023, p. 446. Your very real and dangerous foe, the Devil, watches for your ruin. He is a ferocious predator, seeking to devour your soul. Ephesians 6:10ff. describe our spiritual warfare against this Devil and his hosts. This portion of Scripture, which really amounts to a warfare manual, supplies critical points that every Christian soldier should know. One of these points is how important preparation is: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…” (vv. 14a, 15). Another of these points concerns...

Perfectly fitted for a lowly station

In the USA, approximately 1.4 billion tons of manure are produced annually by the 9.8 billion heads of livestock and poultry.1 Dung beetles, tiny insects that recycle animal feces, remove about 30% of the agricultural dung. The 8,000 different species of dung beetles live in all continents (except Antarctica) and serve more than agricultural environments, being found in all sorts of habitats, from farm fields to prairie grasslands to deserts. Such a creature, with such a lowly task as eating and decomposing animal scat, likely escapes our notice. But this creature of God is highly worthy of our attention because...

Thys Feenstra history

This family history was submitted by Josh Feenstra and Marlin Feenstra, both members of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA. Their contribution to this series of PRC family histories is greatly appreciated. The Feenstra family, as it originated from, and still primarily finds its membership in Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California, traces its beginnings to Thys Feenstra. Thys was a founding member of the church in 1932, and was present for much of the PRCA’s early denominational history. Like many families in the PRCA, the Feenstra family traces its roots back to the Netherlands. Thys’ father, also named Thijs1...

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