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In regards to our ministers, the, December 25, 1983 bulletin of Hull Protestant Reformed Church had a handwritten message at the bottom: “Baby girl, Leanne Joy, born Christmas morning to Rev. and Mrs. Cammenga.” And the December 25, 1983 bulletin of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland stated, “The new phone number of Rev. and Mrs. Heys is 001-64-4-672-200. They send greetings to the congregation. May we remember them in our prayers and by a call or letter.”
THE CHILD’S STORY BIBLE, by Catherine Vos, revised by Marianne Catherine Vos Radius; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1983; 382 pp., $14.95 (cloth) (Reviewed by Gertrude Hoeksema) This is the fifth edition of The Child’s Story Bible and also the Golden Anniversary Edition. Through the years, the author’s daughter, Marianne Vos Radius, has revised and rewritten portions of her mother’s book, while being careful to retain her mother’s style and gift of story-telling.
As we take up the task of outlining the letter of James, we notice the difficulty that confronts us. It appears at first reading that James is dealing with so many subjects that it lacks cohesion. To put it bluntly, it seems as if he is rambling. The words of Hendriksen in his Bible Survey are worth quoting.
It is not difficult to understand that the Second Commandment is distinct from the First. The First Commandment forbids the sin of having or worshipping any gods beside Jehovah, the sin of idolatry, while the Second Commandment forbids the use of images in the worship of Jehovah. The First Commandment, then, tells us Who we must worship, and the Second in turn tells us how we are to worship Him.
The past year has witnessed growing public alarm over the spread of a new major epidemic. The disease is known as AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. First identified as a disease in the U.S. about 2 1/2 years ago, AIDS has been given its greatest public exposure in 1983. Several in-depth articles were published in such popular magazines asTime, Newsweek, and Reader’s Digest. Also the daily newspapers, radio, and television broadcasts frequently reported on the AIDS epidemic and those who have been affected by this new disease.
Preservation and Perseverance—what a truly wonderful subject! It is wonderful from a threefold point of view. It is wonderful, first of all, because of that whereunto’ we are preserved and persevere. This is nothing less than a glory so great that “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him” (I Cor. 2:9).
Even though the Scriptures never credit Esther with using God’s name in public even once, never reveal one work of her that definitely shows love toward God, or present her as fighting for truth and righteousness, and instead relate her wicked strategy in a careful striving to succeed in an attempt to compete with unbelievers to be more carnally pleasing to a godless, immoral king, and so to attain to questionable honour and fame as queen of an unbelieving nation, there are those who fight vigorously to elevate her as a heroine of faith, a woman whose ways and deeds...
In our discussion of the elements of worship which make up our congregational worship of God, we were discussing the activities which actually precede the worship service. In the last article we talked about the Consistory meeting before the service and about the prayers which the individual members of the congregation make prior to the worship service itself and after their entrance into the sanctuary. There is one more element which we must briefly mention: the organ playing before the actual worship service.
By A.D. 150 the early new dispensational church was a well-established and growing church. Enduring the trials of persecution and the attacks of various Gnostic heresies, the church continued to grow in its understanding of the Word and to be led by the Spirit to discern God’s Word of Truth. By A.D. 180 a solid consensus was already forming in the church as to what constituted the New Testament Scriptures, though this process cannot be said to be fully finished until around A.D. 350.
This year marks the sesquicentennial, or one hundred fiftieth anniversary, of the Afscheiding, the Secession of 1834, a secession from the Hervormde Kerk (the so-called State Church) of the Netherlands. Specifically the date of that anniversary is October 14, 1834.