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Speech delivered by Rev. H. Veldman, Nov. 15, 1957 in Doon, at our annual meeting of our Protestant Reformed Action Society.
The other day my young daughter, having returned home from a day’s session at school, sat down with the family to partake of the evening meal. As is quite often the case, she receives much of our attention and interest with her conversation about the happenings of the day. On this occasion she floored us with the enigmatical question: Why can the Russians see to ride horses at night better than we can? When we could not produce the answer, she replied: Because they have the satellite. Naturally we gave her the satisfaction she desired by all having a good...
E. Bodies To Which Appeals Are To Be Directed Article 31 states clearly that appeals are to be made from the minor assemblies to the major assemblies. That means that decisions of Consistories may be appealed to Classis, and the latter in turn may be appealed to Synod. On this point there is agreement among all who adhere to Reformed polity. As such it creates no occasion for dispute but unless we say more than this we do not do justice to the underlying principle that is involved here.
As we pass from the old, into the new year we are once more forcefully reminded that the end of the ages is upon us. Particularly now it is significant for us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen: Therefore the church of Jesus Christ is encouraged to live by faith in blessed anticipation, and even in eager longing for the day of the Lord. She is urged to be alert and waiting, to watch unto prayer. As our Lord expressed it on one occasion, “Take ye heed, watch and pray ....
The Fourth Lateran Council, 1215
In the realm of the worldly entertainment of the day and age in which we live the movie has a strong competitor. The outdoor drive-in theatre threatened strongly to bring financial ruin to many movie houses. But what served even more to draw away from the movie house—and for that matter also from the outdoor drive-in theatre was the television set.
The subject which Paul deals with in this seventh Chapter of I Corinthians is as delicate as it is practical. We shall needs have to bear in mind the dictum of Paul in Titus 1:15, 16, where we read, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure: but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God: but in works they deny him, being abominable; and unto every good work reprobate!”
Jerusalem is going to be a besieged city. All the nations will be gathered against her. But it will all be in vain. For they will be overthrown of the Lord. This is the prediction of verses 1-3. The working of the Lord in behalf of the holy city, announced in figurative terms in verses 2, 3, is more minutely described in verse 4. The Lord will take action against the horse and the rider, the cavalry. It here represents the entire military force of the enemy. The Lord will smite every horse with terror and with blindness, every horse...
Forgotten That He Was Purged The Men’s Society of Oak Lawn sent me the following question: “The Oak Lawn Men’s Society would appreciate it very much if you would please explain II Peter 1:9 in The Standard Bearer“ In the text above referred to we read: “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” II Tim. 4:7, 8