All Articles For Vol 63 Issue 19 8/1/1987

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THE CHURCH STRUGGLE IN SOUTH AFRICA, by John W. de Gruchy; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1986; 290 pp., $10.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.) This book was originally published in 1979 and is now being republished because of its enthusiastic reception. It deals at some length with the history of the church in South Africa and the history of race relations in the firm belief that the struggle with apartheid in that troubled country cannot be understood apart from its historical context. 

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Thomas C. Miersma is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. On May 12, 1987, the evening of a beautiful Alberta spring day, the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada was organized. The new congregation was formed by eight families and one individual, a total of thirty-two souls. The service was held at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church where the new congregation will also meet regularly and was conducted by Rev. Thomas Miersma, Pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Edmonton and by Rev. Dale Kuiper, Pastor of the Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Isabel,...

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Gise J. Van Baren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). There are those times when one could almost wish that the text meant, as some would insist, that such prayer could heal the sick or raise the dead. Just yesterday, we had the funeral service for a little seven-year-old boy. His brother and a friend remain hospitalized in critical condition—all this, after an automobile “accident”. If only one could pray over those and restore to life and full health! Do not others claim this...

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Charles J. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa. Saving faith is personal. Personal hit is because saving faith is a spiritual grace worked in me personally as well as in every elect person. By this gracious gift God joins me to Jesus Christ, and applies to me the merits of Christ, so that by it I receive and make my own these riches of salvation. In other words, faith is personal because the subject of faith is a person, the individual child of God chosen in Christ. But faith is also personal because the object of faith is a Person. This Person is Jesus Christ. Saving...

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Russell J. Dykstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa. Do I have faith? How can I know whether or not I have faith? At one time or another in his life, every child of God faces these questions. These are important questions, matters of eternal life or death. Regardless, therefore, of how each of us answers the first question above, with an emphatic “Yes!” or a hesitant, “I think so,” or even an “I’m not sure,” it is good for us to examine just what faith is. In another article, Rev. Kortering describes faith as the bond...

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Jason L. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. What a privilege it is to exalt the Name of God, the God Who has given us faith. The Word of God leads us in making this confession, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God,” Eph. 2:8. What a marvelous gift it is. What is Faith In this article we are discussing faith as a step in the order of salvation, the way in which Christ applies to us the benefits of salvation He merited for us...

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This is the third and final special issue in the current volume-year. In it we continue our planned treatment of the various steps in the order of salvation. We welcomes to this issue, two guest writers who are contributing to our magazine for the first time: Pastor Charles Terpstra, of Pella, Iowa, and Pastor Russell Dykstra, of Doon, Iowa. You will not find a regular News of our Churches department in this issue. Our News Editor is taking a vacation for one issue. You will find a report, with pictures, of the institution of the new Protestant Reformed congregation of...

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