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Vol 39 Issue 15

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News From Our Churches

Rev. H. Veldman, pastor of our church in Redlands, California since 1959, has accepted the call from Hope Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. Rev. J. Kortering, of Hull, has declined the call which came to him from our church in Loveland, Colo. Rev. G. VanBaren, of Randolph, Wis., will be the speaker on the Reformed Witness Hour in May. His series of sermons come under the general theme, “God’s Creation.” The topics and dates are as follows: May 5, “The Framing of Creation;” May 12, “God’s Speech in Creation;” May 19, “The Reason for Creation;” May 26 “The Final Destiny...

Report of Classis East

At First Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan Rev. C. Hanko led in the opening devotions, and greeted the Rev. R.C. Harbach who attended Classis East for the first time as delegate. Following the order of rotation, it became Rev. R. Harbach’s turn to preside over this session, He acquitted himself well of his task. Much of the work of classis was routine. The transcript minutes of the January meeting were approved. The Stated Clerk gave his report re correspondence, and the Classical Committee reported of its activities. Classis West presented a request for classical supply, along with the churches of Southwest...

All Around Us

RELIGION ON CAMPU§ A brother sent me a clipping from a campus newspaper of one of this country’s larger universities. An article entitled “Agnosticism Defined” is presented in the paper, according to the editor, “to put religion in its proper perspective by presenting another side of faith on campus.” Admittedly, the article is written by a student, and this student is only one in thousands. But it shows clearly where “religion” goes in this country of “freedom of religion”; it shows the dangers of attending secular schools when this stuff is openly encouraged; it shows what happens when proud men...

Readmittance of the Excommunicated

“Whenever anyone who has been excommunicated desires to become reconciled to the church in the way of repentance, it shall be announced to the congregation, either before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper; or at some other opportune time, in order that (in as far: as no one can mention anything against him to the contrary) he may with profession of his conversion be publicly reinstated, according to the form for that purpose.”  —Article 78, D.K.O. When all other attempts to save the sinner have: failed the final step of excommunication is applied. This step also is designed and purposes...

The Belgic Confession, Article X (continued)

Importance of this Doctrine (continued) Also our Heidelberg Catechism lays stress upon the truth confessed in Article X. The doctrine of Christ’s divinity as such is confessed in Lord’s Day XIII, Question and Answer 33: “Why is Christ the only begotten Son of God, since we are also the children of God? Because Christ alone “is the eternal and natural Son of God; but we are children adopted of God, by grace, for his sake.” And the importance of this divinity of the mediator is very clearly and detailedly taught in our Heidelberg Catechism also. We find this, first of all,...

The Church and Sacraments, The Time of the Reformation, Views on the Sacraments (Lord’s Supper), The Romish View

The Roman Catholic Church sets forth its conception of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, very briefly, in its Profession of the Tridentine (of or pertaining to the Council of Trent) Faith, A.D. 1564, in paragraphs VI and VII, as follows: “I profess, likewise, that in the mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; and that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially, the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that there is...

My Father’s World (3)

Wherein does the Christian school differ from the Public School system? What basic principle is there that makes night-and-day difference between the instruction given in them? It is this: All the instruction in the Christian school is based upon the fundamental and undeniable truth that of God and through Cod and unto Cod are all things, as Paul writes in Romans 11:36; while in the Public School System the child is taught that things are not of God, they simply evolve from some pre-existent substance, whose origin man cannot explain; many things exist through man, and all things are and must...

Exposition of I Timothy 6:11-16 (d)

Timothy must keep the commandment blameless and spotless unto the glorious appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ in His final return and manifestation. He must flee all carnal striving after earthly riches and glory, and must do so by pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience and meekness. He has herein a great contest to finish, and must strive constantly to lay hold on, to get a firm spiritual grip on eternal life; he must know God in the face of Jesus Christ! To impress this upon the heart and mind of Timothy Paul gives him a commandment before the face...

The Conquest Completed

And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.  Joshua 21:43 With the victory at Gibeon, the strength of Canaan was broken. The five kings that came against Israel there represented the strongest force that the Canaanites could ever hope to muster, and they had been utterly destroyed in one day, extraordinary day that it was. It could not but leave the remainder of the inhabitants of Canaan with a hopeless sense of terror. It would be a long time before any would dare to...

The Doctrine of the Church, Chapter 1, The Idea of the Church (continued)

On the contrary, always, from the very beginning of history, and throughout the ages, He and His cause are manifested in the midst of and over against the world that lieth in darkness. For from the beginning of the world even unto the end the Son of God gathers His church. That church is His body, as we have already shown from Holy Writ. In that church He lives. That church He redeems and makes worthy of eternal life, He delivers and sanctifies even unto perfection. To that church He gives His Word, that she might proclaim it. He calls...

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