Rev. Kenneth Koole has declined the call he received from our congregation in Redlands, California. Their new trio includes Rev. Richard Moore, Rev. James Slopsema, and Rev. Gise Van Baren. Rev. Schipper, one of our “retired” ministers, plans to preach for the Redlands congregation during the months of April and May. Since there are more pulpits than ministers to fill them in our denomination, our retired ministers have been of great help in bringing the lively preaching of the holy gospel to many of our pulpits from week to week.
To our Sister Churches of the Protestant Reformed Churches Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Church: We come to you by way of the Standard Bearer with this letter for especially two reasons. In the first place, we desire to keep you informed with regard to the progress that we have made with our building project, and, in the second place, we wish to explain the fact that we are offering our sanctuary bonds for sale once again.
Dear Rev. Heys: I have read with interest your series of articles pertaining to the life and times of Jacob and his family during his stay with his Uncle Laban. One reason is that we as Men’s Society of Hope (G.R.) are studying and discussing that particular history. I appreciate your well-written and descriptive account of that involved history.
Satan is bent on destroying marriage, because in doing so he thinks he can work great destruction upon God’s church. The devil is trying to destroy God first of all. Knowing that he cannot, he now turns his fury upon the church of God. It is his purpose to destroy the church by working confusion and disorder in the church in order to turn her out of the way of faith and into the way disobedience.
In the previous article we discussed the first principle of missions, viz., that missions is emphatically and exclusively the work of God in Christ by the Holy Spirit of Christ. This is plainly taught in Scripture and by our Reformed Confessions. The Heidelberg Catechism perhaps sums it best when it says: “The Son of God gathers, defends, and preserves unto himself a church chosen to everlasting life . . .” (L.D. XXI, q. 54). That missions is the work of God is also obvious from the fact that it is God Who saves and not man.
In these columns we have more than once made reference to the fact that the terms Reformed andBaptist are mutually exclusive, and that therefore the name “Reformed Baptist” is really a contradiction in terms. The same is true of the term that is sometimes used, “Calvinist Baptist.” We are aware, of course, of the reasoning behind the use of these names.
Editor’s Error. As of this writing, I have not yet seen the April 15 issue of the Standard Bearer. But our Business Manager has seen it, and he phoned to tell me I pulled a boo-boo in my note about the RFPA Book Club. Really, now, I didn’t mean to give you a scare. The current Book Club discount is 20% not 10%. What I should have written is that if the Book Club membership reaches 400, the discount will increase to 30%!