All Articles For Vol 58 Issue 21 9/15/1982

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TREASURY OF QUOTATIONS ON RELIGIOUS SUBJECTS, F.B. Proctor; Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Mich.; 816 pp. (cloth), $14.95. [Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema] This large volume is a reprint of a work originally published in 1887 under the title Classified Gems Of Thought. There is a vast amount of material in a book like this. This material ranges from brief sermons and sermon notes and outlines to brief paragraphs and statements on many different subjects. The quotations found in it are from a wide variety of evangelical writers.

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56. Concerning Reformation Through A Break With The Existing Church.  It is more important, if that is possible, that reformation by means of a break with the church has the conviction of sin and guilt as its point of departure, than in reformation through spiritual revival and gradual church renewal.  He who risks a break with the existing church without this consciousness of sin and guilt denounces faith in God’s providential order. 

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Church prayer meetings are not commonly held in our Protestant Reformed Churches, in fact they are not very common as far as we know in any of the Reformed Churches. They have long been a tradition in Presbyterian Churches as well as a number of other churches. There are those who claim that they were regularly held in the church from the time of the apostles. We have had the opportunity to experience such meetings during our labors as missionaries in the Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore.

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Let us look at this truth from the point of view of Galatians 5:1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” The apostle Paul was the minister of God to the Gentiles. Through Paul and his helpers God was bringing to the Gentiles the glorious gospel, the gospel of liberty. Paul first proclaims unto them bondage. That is one emphasis of the message that he comes with. You are in bondage, he teaches them. There is a universal bondage that grips all mankind. The apostle deals...

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Children, whether they be little children which are held in one’s arms or older children who have already .come to years of discretion, occupy a very important place in life. Except for Adam and Eve, our first parents, everyone must first pass through the stages of childhood before becoming an adult. The children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Thus, all education today is centered about the child. To see this one only has to look at all the educational facilities and the money spent to maintain them and their numerous programs. If you children reading these words...

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It has been stated that there is nothing more certain in life than death. There is truth in this, and whether we be rich It has been stated that there is nothing more certain in life than death. There is truth in this, and whether we be rich or poor, bond or free, male or female, Jew or Gentile the day of our death is certain for us. The only exception is that those living when Christ returns will be changed and at once enter into heavenly glory or hellish agony. We may not like to think of our coming...

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Last spring, April 22 to be exact, the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan sponsored a Mission Emphasis Day. Speakers at the Conference were: Rev. Steven Houck, Rev. Lau Chin Kwee of the Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore, Rev. John A. Heys, Rev. Ronald Van Overloop, and the undersigned. The day proved extremely profitable for the goodly number able to attend. For this reason we decided to publish the speeches in this column for the benefit of a larger audience. The undersigned gave the introductory speech in the morning on the subject: The Protestant Reformed Churches and Their Mission Calling....

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From time to time we have reported in these columns concerning the rapid deterioration and apostasy in doctrine and practice which is taking place in the church of our forefathers, the Gereformeerde Kerken van Nederland (the GKN). And while these reports, in so far as they convey information concerning synodical decisions, certainly help us to gain an understanding of what is taking place across the sea, sometimes it is perhaps a bit difficult to gain an impression of their actual impact and of the real extent of the apostasy. After all, decisions usually deal with theory. But what about actions?...

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ABOUT BOUND VOLUMES. Our business Manager informs me that all copies of the bound volume of last year (Volume 57) have been distributed as of this date. This volume was very later, due to problems at the bindery. Moreover, our business office received the bound volumes a few at a time. Mr. Vander Wal is a bit concerned that some of our regular subscribers to bound volumes may have been overlooked, due to the confusion. If you have not yet received your copy, please write to our Business Office immediately. We also have a few surplus copies, available at $12.00...

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