An excellent way to make sure that many of our people know about our publications is to display them. In early August, First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan put up a new display rack in the hall. Their bulletin reads, “The Evangelism Committee has placed a display of RFPA publications as well as many pamphlets in this rack in order that the congregation and those who visit us have easy access to these excellent publications.” The display of books was made possible because there was someone in the church who was willing to handle the purchasing of books.
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In attempting to summarize the single message of this epistle, we encounter difficulty. This letter is a good example of Paul as pastor, instructing the rather young church of Thessalonica how to deal with specific problems that arose in her midst.
During the life of Noah the spiritual wall between God’s people and the wicked world had broken down. There formed an unholy alliance between the daughters of men and the sons of God. Little difference could be found between the children of the covenant line and those of the wicked world. The sons of God were attracted to the wicked ways of the world. The culture, the entertainment, the industry, and the trends of the wicked world appealed to them, and they were drawn to the world as iron is drawn to a magnet.
Thanks must go to Kalamazoo and to their committee for arranging and conducting this mission’s conference. Such a day is vital and good for the church; and all who were present experienced that blessing. Such conferences should be held more often, not only to detail facts of the specific fields, but to talk about methods and about the work God has given to us to do. Also they serve as specific occasions to discuss the blessed gospel which is the inspiration and motivation to preaching in our established congregations as well as on the mission fields.
Calling attention in this rubric, “Taking Heed To The Doctrine,” to the problem of God’s Providence and Sin, we concluded our first article by calling attention to the fact that this truth is confessional. We quoted from Lord’s Days 9 and 10 of our Heidelberg Catechism and from our Confession of Faith, Article 13.
Each and every one of us has a divinely allotted number of heartbeats; and beyond that definite number we can never go. No one can receive one less or one more. In God’s eternal counsel it is all planned. And from the moment, before birth, when our heart beats for the first time; till that last beat, there is a constant countdown.
AN INTRODUCTION Just as I finished preparing this article, I received and read the article by Rev. Miersma on a companion text to that of mine. And although there may be some close similarities between the two articles, I believe there are enough differences between them to merit submitting this article for you to read. Besides, the repetition of God’s truth can never hurt one, but can only strengthen.
The Apostles’ Creed which very closely resembles-the Nicene Creed is commonly divided into 12 articles. This is done, for example, by the Heidelberg Catechism in Lord’s Day 7, where the Apostles’ Creed is called the “articles of our catholic undoubted Christian faith.” In like manner it is also possible to divide the Nicene Creed into 12 articles. This is done, for example, by Philip Schaff in his The Creeds of Christendom (cf. Vol. 1 pages 27, 28). For the sake of convenience and reference we too will so divide the Nicene Creed into 12 articles.
Christian Reformed delegates confront the Gereformeerde Kerk Rev. C. Boomsma, chairman of the C.R.C. Interchurch Relations Committee, addressed the Gereformeerde Kerk in the Netherlands concerning growing differences between the denominations. Some of the same questions which have been disturbing the church in the Netherlands have also been troubling the C.R.C.—but not to the degree and intensity as found in the Netherlands. Rev. Boomsma admitted some of this as he addressed that church:
At long last we have been given a clear indication of the theological direction of the newly established Mid-American Reformed Seminary, the new theological school established in northwest Iowa by Christian Reformed people as an alternative to Calvin Seminary for the training of ministers in the Christian Reformed Church. This indication is given in the opening Convocation Address by the administrative dean, Dr. Peter Y. De Jong, an address published in The Outlook. Especially in the concluding part of this address (The Outlook, December, 1982, pp.