All Articles For Vol 40 Issue 20 9/1/1964

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Rev. J, Kortering, of Hull declined the call to Lynden, Washington.  Rev. G. VanBaren, of Randolph; declined the call which came to him from First Church in Grand Rapids.  Rev. H.C. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, declined the call to be Missionary for our churches. First Church’s new trio includes the Revs. J.A. Heys, B. Woudenberg and J. Kortering. The new Missionary trio consists of the Revs. D. Engelsma, H. Hanko and M. Schipper.

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It belongs, of course; to the essence of a sacrament that it be instituted by God through Jesus Christ. The sacraments are signs, but all signs are not necessarily sacraments. All things are signs. Bread and water and wine are always signs. God created the entire universe as one gigantic picture. The Lord created the earthly with a view to the heavenly. The heavenly renewal of all things in Christ Jesus does not simply replace the earthy as created with Adam at its head.

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After the earthquake, the storm, the fire, or war men walk about the cities counting the damage and loss.  They examine the buildings and find that the cost runs into millions and millions of dollars.  A stroll through the fields will reveal that the count of hail damage is great or little.  And the cost in lives will soon be published for all to know. 

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Missions is receiving more emphasis than ever before. In cities where there are already many established churches representatives from various church groups canvass the neighborhood distributing literature and urging people to attend church. Mission stations are established, summer schools are initiated, and by every possible contrivance people are urged to go to church.

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It was in January of 1963 that a bishop in the Anglican Church of England by the name of John A.T. Robinson published a book under the title “Honest to God,” It was a small book, and expectations were that it would receive but a small circulation, mostly among the clergy and serious students of theology. There was something about this book, however, which immediately struck the attention of the public, and its sales soon soared into the tens of thousands.

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In Explanation  Undersigned is substituting in the editorial department, temporarily due to the fact that our esteemed and beloved editor, Rev. H. Hoeksema, suffered a stroke on Monday, August 10 and, at this writing, has been hospitalized for a little more than a week. For our readers’ information, let me say that the stroke was light, or moderate, producing a partial paralysis of the left side. However, at present (this is written August 19) Rev. Hoeksema is making an excellent recovery and hopes to leave the hospital, D.V., by the end of the week.

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