Through chapter VIII the Confession has dealt with salvation in its outward and objective aspects. In the next chapters the Confession is concerned with salvation in its application and experience.
Classis East met in regular session on January 13, 1982 at the First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. With the exception of Kalamazoo, each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. S. Houck, home missionary in Lansing, Michigan was also present. Rev. R. Flikkema chaired this session. The session was lengthy – adjournment came at 11:45 p.m.
IN THE SANCTUARY, Expository Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer, by Herman Hoeksema; Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1982; 116 pages, $3.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko). Many of our readers will know that this book is a reprint of a book which first appeared in the Forties, but has long been out of print. It was published soon after Rev. Hoeksema delivered a series of radio sermons on this subject. The book is a published form of those radio messages.
Chapter 4 CONCERNING THE REFORMATION OF THE CHURCHES (With the last paragraph Kuyper has finished his discussion of how the church here on earth goes through a process of deterioration. He now turns his attention to the reformation of the churches.)
Do you think about the day of the Lord? Do you look forward to His coming? Are you aware of the signs of Christ’s coming, which signs are being increasingly fulfilled roundabout us? Are you sober and watchful—mindful that the coming of our Lord will be as a thief in the night? It is the evident instruction of the Lord that we indeed ought to be able to answer yes to all the abovequestions. For this instruction, we are reminded of several texts of God’s Word.
The content of this article is taken from notes of a lecture given by the undersigned at the Spring Meeting of the Eastern Men’s and Ladies’ League held in April, 1981. The title of the lecture was “The Moral Majority Movement: Should We Support It?” I include this subject in this department, for the youth of our churches also need strength with regard to the various movements in our country which seem so appealing and worthy of support. Thus, one must try the spirits to see whether this is the spirit of God or the spirit of the Antichrist.
Being sure that they were true men, and confident of the fact that they had removed from the mind of the Egyptian ruler the idea that they were spies, the eleven brothers of Joseph began their homeward journey. This second visit to Egypt had been so much more pleasant than they anticipated. There was no rough speech at this time. Their brother Simeon had been released from prison and restored to them. And they had even had a sumptuous meal at the home of this ruler, at which they drank and were merry with him.
We must now take some time to examine the Epistle to the Galatians in order to demonstrate that the concern of the inspired apostle was to uphold the liberty of Christ for the Gentiles over against the Judaizers who wanted to put them under the yoke of the Mosaic law.
Dear Timothy, You know that recently I have been writing you about the responsibility of the people of God in the pew. I was somewhat surprised by the reaction which this discussion stirred up. Some of those who reacted were not very happy with what I had to say; a number insisted that I was missing the point and talking to the wrong people. I should be talking, they said, to the minister because the preaching is not always what it ought to be. If there is a problem in the pew this problem is really one of poor preaching.
Inflation Strikes Our Magazine! Of late almost every religious periodical I have read has been complaining about the whopping increase in mailing costs which was imposed by the Postal Service. And I figured that it was only a matter of time before our Board would also have to face the reality of such an inflationary increase. Well, it has happened.