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Vol 16 Issue 18

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Our First Synod: Prayer Service

On the evening of May 22, 1940, a prayer service was held in the “Roosevelt Park” Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, with a view to the first Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches, that was to begin its sessions on the following day. On that evening the undersigned, pastor of the “calling church,” led the services, and in the ministry of the Word spoke as follows: To you and to me this is a glad occasion. For the first time our churches are to meet in synodical gathering. This means that we have made history. To us it signifies...

True Liberty

Liberty or freedom has been variously defined as follows: 1. Freedom from restraint; 2. exemption from the power and the control of another; 3. the power of acting as one thinks fit; 4. a state of exemption from positive law. Some of the above-cited definitions are not of a kind that should be endorsed. For, when analyzed, they turn out to be the gateway to a positively unchristian thought-structure. The saint of old who sang, “O how love I thy law; It is my meditation all the day. . . . I understand more than the ancient, because I keep...

The Gospel the Power of God unto Salvation*

*The preaching of this sermon formed a part of the graduation exercises of Candidate John Heys. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every man that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Rom. 1:16-17 The apostle writes to his brethren at Rome that, as much as is in him, he is ready to preach the gospel to them also. For he...

6/15/1940