All Articles For Vol 38 Issue 08 1/15/1962

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All of the Grand Rapids area bulletins have been carrying notices of the coming Men’s Chorus New Year’s Eve program. Many of them include the proviso, “D.V.”—Deo Volento, or, God willing. But God was not willing. It was His will to take unto Himself the accompanist of the Chorus. Jim Jonker was suddenly translated to a higher service—the peculiar service which was ordained to be his from before the foundations of the world could it be to join the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun (I Chron. 25:1) to accompany the antiphonal singing of the Heavenly choirs in their, “Blessing...

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Dear Editor: May I submit the following on the subject of hymns and Psalms! As has already been noted, we do use hymns in our homes, our Christian schools, at hymn-sings, special meetings, and on the radio broadcasts. The place for hymns (and, of late, certain Christmas carols) is not in the worship services of our churches, but in these consecrated circles. The songs so utilized, we believe, are carefully selected according to Christian judgment and evaluation, in the light of our doctrine. That is as it should be. Still, how comprehensive is the volume of the hymns we use?...

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THE GREATEST BIBLE OF THEM ALL Since the King James Version of the Bible appeared in 1611 there have been all kinds of new translations that were intended to be an improvement of the ancient and beloved King James Version. Most recently there appeared the New English Bible, a fresh translation of the New Testament by British scholars who have already worked on the project thirteen years, and who will need at least another year to complete the Old Testament. A first-year sale of over one million copies is anticipated in the United States alone. But this translation is only...

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The Historical Argument The matter of hymns and the various questions relating to the feasibility of introducing them in the worship services of our churches, as is currently being considered, is nothing new, Although the question of revising Article 69 of the Church Order has not been proposed before in our ecclesiastical assemblies, the subject of hymns has been freely discussed and the desire to have them openly expressed. As soon as seven and eight years after the origin of our churches (this was during the time that the Christian Reformed Church adopted the hymnal for use in said church)...

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This Word of God We may notice that in the present article our Confession simply speaks of “this Word of God,” without further defining and describing what Word of God is meant. The Confession refers, of course, to the Bible, with its thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and its twenty-seven books of the New. For the time being, this article simply assumes this, in order in the next article to specify which are the canonical books. And, of course, it is also evident that the Confession is referring to the written Word of God. The latter part of the article refers...

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Art. 28 of our Confession of Faith reads: “We believe, since this holy congregation is an assembly of those who are saved, and that out of it there is no salvation, that no person of whatsoever state or condition he may be, ought to withdraw himself, to live in a separate state from it; but that all men are in duty bound to join and unite themselves with it; maintaining the unity of the Church; submitting themselves to the doctrine and discipline thereof; bowing their necks under the yoke of jesus Christ; and as mutual members of the same body,...

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The time for sending and receiving Christmas and New Year’s greetings is now behind us. And again there was much evidence of the fact that although this is called a Christian nation there was very little Christian greeting in all this Christmas card business. The Christ in Christmas was not there. To be sure there were cards with pictures of shepherds and wise men, of stars and of mangers. There were even texts on the left side of the card or underneath the greeting. But the greeting in quite an unchristian way wished you a merry Christmas. There was little...

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We now come to our consideration of the qualifications of those who are to be chosen in the church of the living God to serve as deacons. It should be kept in mind that this office too belongs to the matters of the house of God; how one ought to conduct the affairs of the church of the living God; that which must be in accordance with the pillar and ground of the truth, the mystery of godliness that is great. Writes Paul in the verses 8-13 as follows: “Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to...

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And he (the Lord) said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy . . .  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth.  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children,...

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The crucified Christ is surely a stumbling block and foolishness to us as we are by nature. But when God calls, this becomes different. For then the same crucified Christ becomes unto us a power of God unto salvation. And also in this same chapter the apostle points to the eternal election of God as the root of this calling. For he writes: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;...

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