The July 3rd bulletin of our Hope Church (Walker, Michigan) reported on the return of our Home Missionary as follows, “Rev. and Mrs. Harbach returned from the investigative trip which they made to the area of Canada just north of Lynden, Washington. He expects to make a report of this trip to the next council meeting and to a Mission Committee meeting on July 12. We thank God for their safe trip and pray He might have used these efforts to further the cause of His kingdom.”
His long-awaited son, Isaac, had been born; and inGenesis 22:5 Abraham called him a lad, which means that he had arrived at that age which includes what we now call teenagers. Ishmael had been sent away many years before this. The pain in Abraham’s soul, that the sending away of Ishmael had caused, was not so intense any more. And peace reigned again in the home of Abraham and Sarah with their son Isaac.
When traveling in your car at night, it is a good idea to turn on the headlights or you will end up in the ditch. When walking down a deserted trail in the dead of night, it is a good idea to have a flashlight or you will become hopelessly lost. And when following the path that leads to salvation, it is a good idea to take along your Bible or you will lose the way. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
In the Lord’s Prayer, that perfect and model prayer, we are also taught to pray: Thy Kingdom come. How important is this second petition of our Lord’s perfect prayer when we consider our Lord’s coming and the signs of that coming! We understand, of course, that this coming of our Lord Jesus Christ does not depend upon our praying of this petition. This coming will not come to a halt as soon as we stop praying for it. This kingdom will come and is coming. To pray, however, for the coming of the kingdom surely means, in the first place,...
The Bible has many writers, but one Divine Author. The message of the Bible is directly from God: salvation from sin through the blood of Jesus unto the glory of God. The Bible contains no errors; it is truth. The Bible has withstood throughout the years every conceivable attack from unbelievers. The Bible claims for itself Divine Authorship and its pages prove that it is the Word of God. These statements express the faith of the believersconcerning the Bible. Our appeal to Scripture is a matter of faith.
Dear Timothy, I want to interrupt our discussion of I Timothy 4 in this letter. Another matter has come up which I consider to be quite urgent, and which has some practical implications, too, for your work in the ministry. I refer to the debate which is going on concerning the book of Harold Lindsell, editor of Christianity Today, and entitled: “The Battle For The Bible.”
(Connection: In the previous section we saw that the Remonstrant party continued its underhanded maneuverings to gain “toleration” for itself. However, in several cities the Contra-Remonstrants had the support of the civil authorities in continuing to insist that the differences in the churches had to be resolved by synodical decision. Among these were Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Enkhuizen, Edam, and Purmerend.)
Every now and then, both here and abroad, adherents of the doctrine of a general, well-meant offer of salvation will appeal for support of their views to the Marrowmen, as though they should be respected and considered authoritative for a Reformed view of the preaching of the gospel. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however; and to lean on the Men of the Marrow is to lean on a broken reed. They were some of the earliest proponents in Scottish church history of views which were actually a departure from the Reformed faith, and they were officially condemned as...
In the June 1 issue we published in toto the provisionally adopted new confession of the Reformed Church in America called “Our Song of Hope.” We suggested at that time that any Reformed person with some knowledge of our Three Forms of Unity would detect at once that the language of this proposed new confession differs sharply from that of the old creeds, and that there is an altogether different tone in “Our Song of Hope.” Personally, we feel that this difference is so obvious and that the tone and the language of this document is so completely foreign to a R