All Articles For Vol 58 Issue 15 5/1/1982

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We begin this column with a word of sympathy for those of our Grand Rapids area churches who are responsible for typing up bulletins. It’s the time of the year when they must squeeze in all those announcements about school activities and programs, Mr. & Mrs. Society league meetings, Men’s Society and Ladies’ Aid special programs, Young People’s banquets and special activities, programs presented by the various choral groups in the area, etc. etc.!

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CHRISTIAN FAITH (AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE FAITH), Hendrikus Berkhof (translated from the Dutch edition by Sierd Woudstra); Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. 568 pp. (cloth) $20.95 [Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema] This large volume is not a book for a relaxing evening of light reading. Whoever reads it must put on his thinking-cap. Although it does not go by that title, it is a dogmatics. It can also be called a Reformed dogmatics, but only if the term “Reformed” is understood in the broadest possible sense. About this later. 

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The substance of these articles was first given as a speech for the Adult Fellowship, or A.F. as it is called here, of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. The subject was chosen by the A.F. themselves. Since most of the members of the A.F. are unmarried young people we concentrate especially on this subject as it relates to them. We decided to reproduce this speech in two installments in theStandard Bearer in the hope and prayer that it may be of some benefit also to the youth of our churches in the U.S.A.

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When today you go to visit some dignitary or prominent figure you drive up to the door of his residence or office, park your car, or have it parked for you, and then walk to meet him. But Jacob did not drive his wagon, or have it driven by one of his sons up to Joseph’s residence in Egypt. It was not all that simple. Nor was this according to Egypt’s taste and decorum. Here were sixty-seven souls. with all their earthly possessions packed and stacked on several wagons. But here also were several flocks of sheep of several men,...

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A word of explanation concerning the title of this article is first in order. All the articles in this section of the Standard Bearer are under the theme The Strength of Youth, referring to the spiritual strength of the young people in the church of Christ. However, we can also speak of physical strength, referring not only to the body of the young man as he flexes his muscles, but also to the beauty of the young woman, and to one’s keen mind and particular talents and abilities.

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(In the first part of this paragraph Kuyper has been discussing the question of reformation by gradual church renewal. He has compared the deterioration of the church with a sickness which strikes a body and he has compared the work of reformation to the work of a doctor who attempts to cure the diseases of the body. Particularly, he has emphasized the need for personal repentance and conversion which comes from a deep and profound conviction of sin as being absolutely essential to all church renewal.

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Recently there have been two items in the news which have to do with the subject of freedom of education. Because they have to do with this subject, they are also of interest to us who hold to the principle of parental education, that is, to the principle that it is both the right and the duty, or calling, of covenant parents to train up their children in the fear of the Lord. 

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Ques. 52. What comfort is if to thee that, “Christ shall come again to judge the quick and the dead”?  Ans. That in all my sorrows and persecutions, with uplifted head I wait for the very same Person, Who before offered Himself for my sake, to the tribunal of God, and has removed all curse from me, to come as judge from heaven: Who shall cast all His and my enemies into everlasting condemnation, and shall translate me with all His chosen ones to Himself into heavenly joys and glory.  Heidelberg Catechism. Lord’s Day 19.

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