Vol 35 Issue 11

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News From Our Churches

The Radio Committee rendered a program Feb. 12 which was a “Progress Report of 1959.” The Committee president, Mr. George Yonker Sr. led in opening prayer, and then introduced the master of ceremonies, Mr. Charles Kregel, who introduced the various participants in the order of the program. Rev. R. Veldman, chairman of the Mission Committee told of the cooperation between his committee and that of the Radio; and. of the new station in the Virgin Islands, the latest venture of the Mission Committee.

Literary Cavalcade & The Green Pastures

“Reverend, my daughter came home from school the other day with a magazine she asked me to read, especially one article in it. She has to use this paper in her class in English literature in the Grand Rapids Christian High School where she attends. She herself was deeply shocked with its contents. And I confess I never read anything more sacrilegious than that article to which she referred. If I can get the magazine long enough for you to read, I wish you would.” 

The Conclusion of the Report

B. If the majority of the consistory becomes worthy of discipline, no consistory remains to call a neighboring consistory and with that neighboring consistory to exercise discipline upon those that have made themselves worthy of it.  One can then expect no action from such a consistory and also the congregation cannot take ecclesiastical action because she lacks ecclesiastical power.  Also a neighboring church cannot by herself interfere in the internal affairs of another local church. This is explicitly forbidden in Article 84, D.K.O. 

The Canons of Dordrecht, Part Two: Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine, Of the Perseverance of the Saints

Article 7. For in the first place, in these. falls he preserves in them the incorruptible seed of regeneration from perishing, or being totally lost; and again, by his Word and Spirit, certainly and effectually renews them to repentance, to a sincere and godly sorrow for their sins, that they may seek and obtain remission in the blood of the Mediator, may again experience the favor of a reconciled God, through faith adore his mercies, and henceforward more diligently work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. 

Exposition of Matthew 24 and 25 (XIII) b.

We shall notice the following in this Parable of the talents as to its several elements: First of all we should carefully notice the setting of the Parable. We refer particularly to the setting wherein Jesus shows us therelationship of the servants (bond-men) to their lord (master!). It is all in the control of the “lord” in the Parable. It is all his plan and his good-pleasure. He will go on a journey abroad. This will necessitate his absence for a short while, or longer. The exact time of his absence is known only to him.

The Inner Man In Scripture As In Ephesians 3:16

The passage which is referred to in the title of this article reads as follows: “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth are named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and...

Provoking One Another

Among other things Webster says that to provoke is to “incite to, anger; to incense.” He says much more than that about provoking; but because of this part of the meaning of the word, it always tends to leave a bad taste in our mouths: Therefore the above title, “Provoking One Another” also may provoke some of our readers before they continue and give the matter more thought. 

Twin Brothers In Conflict

“And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field: and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.” Gen. 25:27, 28

The Book of Revelation, Part Two, Chapter 6, An Interlude

And now note how comforting for such conditions is the revelation of the powerful Lord in this passage. It assures us once more that the Lord is possessor and that He is the only Lord of all, and that in reality all things are subjected unto Him. When it should seem different, nevertheless it is true that He only rules over all. He has His feet upon the earth and upon the sea, and all things are in subjection. Nothing happens against His will.

His Own Received Him Not

“But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.