First Church in Grand Rapids has scheduled the installation of their new pastor, Rev. Meindert Joostens, for Sunday, April 16. Prof. Robert Decker will conduct the installation during the morning worship service. Rev. Joostens plans to preach his inaugural sermon that evening. Rev. and Mrs. Joostens recently received a precious gift in the form of a baby girl—born on a Sunday morning. The congregation of our Faith Church has been invited to extend their farewells to Rev. Joostens and his family at an open house on April 12. The congregation of First.
The Revolt Grows There are repeated attempts made to gain government support for private and parochial schools. And such support appears ever more appealing and desirable. The cost of education continually goes up. Taxes paid by all for the support of public education are rapidly increasing. Christian parents, caught in the bind between high taxes, growing tuition requirements, and inflation are tempted to gain some sort of relief—especially governmental relief. We pay—so why not gain assistance from that which is ours anyway?
Introduction: The topic we wish to discuss with you in these articles concerns the nature of the Holy Scriptures. Many questions are being asked and many assertions made concerning the nature of Scripture. All these questions ultimately reveal the presuppositions the persons asking the questions and making the assertions hold with respect to the Bible: is it or is it not the Word of God?
A shadow requires light, and is in fact the evidence that light is present. Deep in the bowels of the earth, hundreds of feet below the surface in a coal mine, there are no shadows until one strikes a match or switches on a light of one kind or another. There may be a host of objects whose shadows could be cast, but not until light is introduced will there be as much as one shadow.
That wicked nation, of course, was Judah, which we saw in the previous article had come under: I. The Threatened Great Judgment of God (v. 17). Now we come to: II. The Instrument of This Judgment (18-20). “And it shall be in that day Jehovah will whistle for the fly which (is) in the extremity of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee which (is) in the land of Assyria” (v. 18). Evil times are destined to come on evil men. “Yet He . . . will bring evil . . .
“We believe, that this true Church must be governed by that spiritual policy which our Lord taught us in his Word; namely, that there must be ministers or pastors to preach the Word of God, and to administer the sacraments; also elders and deacons, who, together with the pastors, form the council of the Church: that by these means the true religion may be preserved, and the true doctrine everywhere propagated, likewise transgressors punished and restrained by spiritual means: also that the poor and distressed may be relieved and comforted, according to their necessities.
RFPA Book Club. Membership cards are merely dribbling in. Our Business Manager informed me recently that we now have a total of 214. That’s good, but not good enough. If you have lost the letter and membership card sent to you, don’t let that bother you. Simply send in your membership by letter, assuring us that you agree to the terms of membership: 1) You are entitled to a 20% discount on any RFPA publication.