Rev. James Slopsema declined the call extended to him by our church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Soon after they received this news, Randolph formed a new trio consisting of Rev. John Heys, Rev. Rodney Miersma, and Candidate Kenneth Koole. After a recent congregational meeting, Candidate Koole received the call from Randolph.
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Classis East met in regular session on October 5th at the Faith Prot. Ref. Church in Jenison, Michigan. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. Van Overloop led in opening devotions and Rev. Woudenberg, in the absence of Rev. Veldman, presided.
Pentecostalism is proud. It is arrogant in its attitude towards the Church of the past. Until about 1900, there was no such thing as the Pent. baptism with the Spirit within the Church. Athanasius and Augustine did not have it; Luther and Calvin did not have it; the Reformed saints of the Netherlands who died by the scores of thousands under the Roman Catholic and Spanish persecution never had it. Says Pent. : “Up till now the Church has been a very poor and lifeless Church; the full gospel, the full salvation, and the full Christian life start with us.”
Author’s note: The following article is the essence of a speech that I delivered to Hope School’s P.T.A. meeting on October; 7, 1977. I include this article under this rubric because I believe it is pertinent to parents who desire to educate the seed of the covenant “In His Fear.”
“We believe that this true faith being wrought in man by the hearing of the Word of God, and the operation of the Holy Ghost, doth regenerate and make him a new man, causing him to live a new life, and freeing him from the bondage of sm. Therefore it is so far from being true, that this justifying faith makes men remiss in a pious and holy life, that on the contrary without it they would never do anything out of love to God, but only out of self-love or fear of damnation.
Are you wise? Do you believe yourself to be wise? If you are wise, does that mean you are smart or intelligent? Is to be smart the same as to be wise? Do you know someone who is wise? I am sure that you know someone who thinks or acts as if he or she is wise. It seems as if there is one of them in every crowd. We call them “smart alecks” or “wiseacres.” It is not a compliment to be called that. Although everyone of us would like it if we were said to be wise, no...
Dear Timothy, We shall have to continue, in this letter, our discussion concerning the godly example which ministers in the Church of Christ must be. You will recall that last time we discussed some matters of Christian liberty as they are connected with our calling to be a godly example. In this letter I want to range a bit farther afield in our discussion.
No thanks. The duty that Abraham charged his eldest servant to perform is not one that one could be glad to be called to perform. If all goes well, there might be a word of thanks; but woe to that man who sets out to get a wife for someone else and then the marriage turns sour. Besides, Isaac had shown no interest in having a wife, and one could get his wrath and displeasure for having gone and gotten one for him.
1.Isaiah 6:9-13 Its Declaration that his labors would be negative, and, as to the people, in the form of a command ordaining their judgment: “and He said, Go and say thou to this people, Hear ye continually, but perceive not” (v. 9). “This people” refers to Isaiah’s people of unclean lips.