All Articles For Vol 53 Issue 10 2/15/1977

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Quite a few items of interest have accumulated concerning the places in which our various congregations hold their worship services. Previously reported was the news that our Hudsonville congregation was now worshiping in their new church building. Even the church building committees which have a new building under their care have their problems. There was no water in the new Hudsonville church one Sunday. It seems a pipe was frozen. Redlands is holding services in a temporary place of worship beginning this January.

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The AECL’S Constitution  The new Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, consisting principally of those who left the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod in the dispute about the inerrancy of the Bible (and other things), has presented to it a proposed constitution. This is of interest because it sets forth the position of this body on the question of the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. The constitution begins:

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When God destroyed the world with the flood He destroyed thousands upon thousands of sinners. But He did not destroy sin. He did not even destroy all the sinners. There were eight sinners saved in the ark. And while they were safely harbored there in the midst of the storm, they were still sinners. The enemies, the sinners outside of the Church were destroyed by the flood; but sin went into the ark in the hearts of Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives. The evidence of that we see in what happens after they came out of...

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When God destroyed the world with the flood He destroyed thousands upon thousands of sinners. But He did not destroy sin. He did not even destroy all the sinners. There were eight sinners saved in the ark. And while they were safely harbored there in the midst of the storm, they were still sinners. The enemies, the sinners outside of the Church were destroyed by the flood; but sin went into the ark in the hearts of Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives. The evidence of that we see in what happens after they came out of...

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The words of this title, taken from the book of the prophet Daniel (12:4), are generally agreed to refer to the time preceding the end of all things, and to characterize that time. There can be little doubt that Daniel speaks here of what we call one of the signs of the times. And when we are aware of the events in the world of our day, then we can see plainly that there is such an increase of knowledge.

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The subject of this article as seen in the title certainly is not new to the believing child of God. Prayer occupies a very large part of our lives. This is true of all the saints of all ages, from the beginning of time to the present, till Christ’s return upon the clouds of heaven. That the saints of the Old Dispensation were a praying people is evident immediately upon looking in God’s Holy Word.

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There are various other aspects of this subject which are touched on by the Study Report which we must still consider. Among these are: 1) The reference to the Lord’s Supper in the Form of Ordination of Missionaries. 2) The matter of using the prescribed Form for the Administration of Baptism (both of infants and adults, by the way) on the mission field. 3) The obvious conflict between the Church Order and the position of the Study Report in regard to baptism on the mission field.

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