All Articles For Vol 51 Issue 16 5/15/1975

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Recently, I (and I assume all the clergymen of our area) received a special mailing from G.R.A.C.E. (the ecumenical council of clergymen and rabbis in Grand Rapids) encouraging participation in a “hunger week” beginning last April 13. This was designed to make people aware of the hunger problem in the world as well as to raise monies to help relieve the problem. Enclosed: in this appeal was a suggested Bulletin insert for the Sunday of April 13, entitled, “The Shakertown Pledge.” I do not know how many churches actually printed that in their bulletins. Probably many did.

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The annual spring lecture, planned by the Lecture Committee, was held in First Church- on April 24. The “Musical Number” in the program consisted of several selections by the Covenant Christian High School Choir, under the direction of Mr. Roland Petersen. The topic of the lecture for the evening was “The Christian Marriage and the Problem of Divorce.” The speaker, Rev. David Engelsma, began by assuring his audience that every pastor is well aware of the fact that there exist in many marriages problems—for some of which the only merciful solution, it would seem, is divorce.

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The child of God has three enemies with which he must fight all through his earthly life: the devil, the world and his flesh. And that flesh is to be reckoned with, if we are to understand his struggle in the midst of this world. We must not be too quick to blame the devil for the sins which we commit. And we sin so often when there is no world to tempt us or to bring pressure to bear upon us. Paul writes in his epistle to the Romans that, “The carnal (fleshly) mind is enmity against God, for...

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Rectification In the April 15, 1975 issue of the Standard Bearer, I commented on an article which appeared in the Wayland Globe concerning an ecumenical mass which was attended by the sixth grade students of the Byron Center Christian School. The article in the Wayland Globe spoke in its title of the fact that the students of the sixth grade of Byron Center Christian School had attended this mass with the sixth grade of a Roman Catholic School in the area.

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Recently I received two questions about this subject, both from the West Coast, but from different localities. The one question asked in general whether it is possible to break God’s covenant. The other question was more specific. It arose out of the discussion of the question whether the elect can or do break God’s covenant. My questioner evidently was of the opinion that this is impossible. I draw this conclusion from the following two specific questions which he asks: “1. If the elect can break God’s covenant, how can the five points of Calvinism possibly be maintained? 2.

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