“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. “ Titus 2:13, 14
Youth leaders, parents, teachers, ministers rejoice when they witness spiritual growth in a young person. It makes all their effort worthwhile when they see some fruit in the life of a young person, especially when it comes spontaneously and not forced. Such moments are golden.
We have been reminded of the solemn calling and responsibilities of the office-bearer of the church of Christ as we have only a short time ago witnessed the installation of the elders and deacons. This is a good time, in the first place, further to reflect upon their position in the church as those who are lawfully called of God’s church and consequently of God Himself and, secondly, to consider our calling and responsibility with respect to them.
We confess that this Word of God was not sent, nor delivered by the will of man, but that holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, as the apostle saith. And that afterwards God, from a special care, which he has for us and our salvation, commanded his servants, the prophets and apostles, to commit his revealed word to writing; and he himself wrote with his own finger, the two tables of the law. Therefore we call such writings holy and divine Scriptures. Article III, Belgic Confession
Since the ecumenical ventures of the sixties, progress towards church union has seemingly slowed. The efforts which churches were making to merge into ever larger denominations seemed to be put on the back burner of ecclesiastical concerns. But if the impressions were being left that ecumenism was no longer of concern to the church, a recent article in Reader’s Digest served to correct that impression. Although ecumenical ventures may be taking on different forms, the pressures in that direction remain. We include some summary quotes from the article to demonstrate this.
THE GREAT INCENTIVE TO RUN THE RACE (Hebrews 12:2) It would seem that the great incentive to run the race with patience would be the fact that we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses; the testimony of all the Old Testament should inspire us to run. And, indeed, their witness, when heard by faith from the sacred record, does spur us on to greater effort and heights of faith!
Rev. Woudenberg declined the call from our Kalamazoo Church. Rev. Lubbers, who accepted the call from Pella, was to be installed in the ministry there on Friday, January 3. Rev. Heys, who has not been feeling at all well lately, submitted to surgery for the removal of his gall bladder, during the week of December 16. According to Southwest’s bulletin, the prognosis was for “complete recovery, D.V.”
In our preceding article we concluded our discussion of the doctrine of the resurrection of the body as set forth by the fathers during this early or first period of the church in the New Dispensation, during the years, 80-250 A.D. We have called attention to the return or second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is evident from certain passages of the New Testament that even at the time of the apostles there was a rather general expectation of an early second coming of the Lord. The expectation was kept alive and continued in the early church during...