All Articles For Vol 20 Issue 13 4/1/1944

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The underlying basis of Christian stewardship is the fact that all things belong to God in the absolute sense of the word. God is the sole possessor of the whole universe and all that it contains. That this is true follows from the fact that He is the Creator of all things. He conceived all His creatures in His eternal counsel and He brought them forth by the word of His power. All things, therefore, have their source in His will and are made to exist by His almighty power. And not only do all things have their origin in...

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*A talk given at the Chr. School Aux. meeting, Jan. 6, 1944. It is quite significant that a meeting of this nature can be planned and successfully carried out, especially in the times in which we are now living. It means that the present world-wide conflagration which has made such inroads into our thoughts and lives, has not destroyed your interest in your home problems, particularly in the education of your covenant youth. It also means that as a Protestant Reformed group you love and cherish your distinctive principles to the extent that you desire to apply them to every...

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Rev. Herman Hoeksema—The Amazing Cross. 183 pp. Eerdmans Publ. Co. $2.00. So much that is being published these days on Lenten themes is superficial and misleading. Too often the stress is laid on the external aspects of our Lord’s passion, as if the things that matter most about the Christ on the cross are His “manliness”, “heroism,” “patience under tremendous strain,” etc. In not a few Lenten books the cross of our Savior is presented as something to be described rather than expounded. There is a lot of sentimentalism printed about Calvary that is thoroughly unbiblical. Here is a book...

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Samson was strong! It was he who slew a lion single handed; it was he who carried the gates of Gaza to the crest of its hill; it was he who pulled a beam from out of the house by the very locks of his head and be rent new ropes as if they had been scorched jute. It was also Samson who pulled the pillars from under the Dagon theatre, killing thousands of Philistines with one stroke. Samson was strong. Yet he was very weak. He fell an easy prey to the wiles of his ungodly wife, Delilah. Samson...

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As was pointed out, the first two chapters of the book of the Judges are introduction. Before the author begins his narrative, he explains why the Lord did not expel all the heathen nations from the promised land. The Lord left these nations in punishment of Israel’s sin. His people had entered into a forbidden fellowship with the Canaanites and had tolerated their pagan worship. Still another reason is given. The Lord left these nations to prove Israel and to teach the people war. The author also gives a bird’s-eye view of the history that he is about to relate,...

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Q. 31. Why is he called Christ, that is anointed? A. Because he is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of his body has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by his word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of)...

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I also received the following communication: “Dear Sir: “The question ‘What is conscience?’ came up in one of our meetings. It was assigned as after-recess material. We had a spirited discussion on the question but could not reach much agreement on it, and the general feeling was that there was much more in the question than we realized. Just before the meeting adjourned a motion was made to ask the editor of the Standard Bearer some time at his convenience in the not too distant future to answer the questions: ‘What is conscience? Did Adam have a conscience in the...

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I received the following question: “What is the basis that godly parents may not doubt about the salvation of their children when they die in infancy? W. W.” The question is, of course, connected with I, 17 of the Canons of Dordrecht, which reads as follows: “Since we are to judge of the will of God from his Word, which testifies that the children of believers are holy, not by nature, but in virtue of the covenant of grace, in which they, together with the parents, are comprehended, godly parents have no reason to doubt of the election and salvation...

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