All Articles For Vol 60 Issue 21 9/15/1984

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SHARIFA, by Cornelia Dalenberg; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1983; 233 pp., $11.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) This interesting book is part of “The Historical Series of the Reformed Churches in America.” The name, “Sharifa,” is the Arabic name of the author, a name which she received while serving as a missionary-nurse in the Middle East. In the book she tells of her experiences while laboring in Bahrain, Qatar, and Iraq over a period of more than forty years. She went to Bahrain as a young girl and labored in that field until her retirement.

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By the time this article appears in print the new catechism season will have begun. Books will have been handed out and initial assignments will have been given. As the new season gets under way, it’s worthwhile to consider this important aspect of the ministry of the church. It’s worthwhile that as ministers, elders, parents, children, and young people we remind ourselves of the necessity of sound, thorough catechetical instruction. 

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(How The Standard Bearer Has Instructed And Guided Us For Sixty Years) [In commemoration of our sixtieth anniversary we have gathered out of our sixty volumes brief quotations on various subjects and by various writers, left unnamed. These quotations demonstrate that our magazine has consistently spoken with one voice and emitted one sound. In this second installment you will find quotations from Volume 27 forward.]

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We concluded our preceding article with the remark that, to preserve, we must hold fast that which we have, and this means that we must hold fast to life and doctrine. How important this is, especially in our present day and age when so many cults and other departures from the truth make it increasingly difficult to maintain our calling in the midst of the world. May our churches and especially our homes continue to be true and faithful in this only way to persevere even unto the end, that no man may take our crown. How urgent it is that...

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“His foundation is in the holy mountains.” Psalm 87:1 How wonderful is the Zion of God! We sing of this Zion of the Lord in number 237 of our Psalter. Psalm 87 is a eulogy, a word of praise concerning this Zion of God. This Zion is the church of God, also called the “City of God” as in verse 3. Glorious things are said of this Zion of God, things that concern God and are therefore glorious. God is glorious and these glorious things are all related to Him: His grace and mercy, His goodness and perfection, His forgiveness...

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