Vol 43 Issue 02

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News From Our Churches

Rev. R. C. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, has received the call (for the third time) to be Home Missionary of our churches. First Church of Grand Rapids is the calling church.  Ebenezer Prot. Ref. Church, of Forbes, N.D. has tendered a call to Rev. D. Engelsma, of Loveland, Colo.  * * * 

The Good Shepherd of Israel


COCU 2 A Merging, Emerging Church

The prospects are “bright.” Before very long the possibility exists that seven large Protestant denominations, maybe more, will merge into one large superdenomination containing 24 million members. That is what “COCU” is about (Consultation On Church Union). The “Consultation” which has been in progress for the past five years is a gathering of nine representatives from each of the seven participating denominations. These men annually discuss various aspects of the difference between the denominations. They have been coming to conclusions.

The form of Excommunication

To the liturgy of the Reformed Churches belongs the Form For Excommunicating impenitent persons from the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. This form may be found in the back of our Psalters, along with our other Confessions. It may be divided into four main parts. The first part contains an informative section, in which the congregation is made aware of the sin and impenitence of the offender and the necessity of excommunicating him. This is followed by a short paragraph in which the act of excommunication itself is described.

David and Goliath

And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together….  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying . . . . who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God ?

Faith and Mission Preaching

Ever since the fall in paradise, guilt-burdened sinners have asked in deep despair: “What must I do to be saved?  To that ever-recurring question there is always and can be but one answer: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” And those who heed that word receive the assurance: “Thou shalt be saved!”  This immediately calls to mind the well-known account of the conversion of the Philippian jailer as recorded inActs 16:25-34. 

The Providence of God

Government We concluded our last article with a quotation from Rev. H. Hoeksema’s Dogmatics. Writing on that phase of God’s providence which is known as Government, Rev. Hoeksema writes that God, when creating the world, did not have all kinds of possibilities in mind, but was moved and prompted by only one purpose. And that one purpose was, not to perfect all things in the first Adam, who was of the earth, earthy, but to bring them to final perfection in Christ, Who is the Lord from heaven.


Editor’s Notes New Place for Announcements:  Hereafter, all announcements, obituaries, anniversary notices, etc., will be found on the next to the last page of each issue, and not scattered throughout the magazine. The only exception to this will be an occasional announcement immediately below the masthead on the inside front cover. We believe this change will be advantageous for the reader, who can now make a habit of looking for announcements in a fixed place in each issue; and we also believe that this will improve the appearance of the magazine. 

Manasseh, Sinner-Saint

“Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.”  II Chronicles 33:13