All Articles For Vol 64 Issue 06 12/15/1987

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Ben Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. The consistory of our Holland, Michigan, Church has formed a new trio from which their congregation is to call one to come over and help them. This trio consists of the Revs. K. Hanko, G. Van Baren and B. Woudenberg. First Church in Grand Rapids has also formed a new trio from which their congregation is to select one to receive the call of missionary to Jamaica. This trio consists of the Revs. M. DeVries, B. Gritters and K. Koole. Sometimes we forget what we have as...

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Bible Student’s Commentary: MATTHEW, H.N. Ridderbos; Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan Publishing Co. (Regency Reference Library); 556 pp. (hard cover). [Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema] Whoever makes it a point to purchase the volumes of the Bible Student’s Commentary as they come from the press will gradually gather for himself a very useful set of commentaries. This series is an English translation of the Dutch Korte Verklaring series. It is published in attractive format (more attractive than the Dutch series with its multiple small volumes), written in popular style, and written by conservative Reformed scholars. As might be expected in light of the fact that...

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Barrett L. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. Believing that God has a place for each of His children, we are encouraged in our search for work after we finish school. God’s place for each of us is our “divine office and calling.” In trying to determine what to do after high school, the old Latin phrase “Ora et labora” (pray and work!) sends us on our way. We pray with Paul, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” and we work with all our might trying to find the answer of the...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 2. Denials of this doctrine (continued). Though the false teaching of the sects regarding the divinity of Christ is still a threat to the church, especially because of the deceitfulness of these false teachers, the greatest threat to church doctrine at, this point comes not from without but from within. That threat is the neglect of this doctrine by the church herself. Such neglect of Christ’s divinity is at least as malignant as the outright denials of this doctrine that characterize the sects, perhaps even more so since...

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Gise J. Van Baren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Thanksgiving to Whom? “Diverse religious groups get together for a special Thanksgiving service” read the headline in the religious section of the Grand Rapids’ Press. In the name of “unity”, Reformed, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Jewish gathered together for thanksgiving to “god”—a “god” common to all these diverse religions. The article stated: Unity in the name of a common God was the theme.  Jews sat next to Dutch Reform and Roman Catholic sisters were blessed by the traditional incense of a Greek Orthodox priest.  These four...

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Jason L. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. Our tri-star jet sliced through the night as we flew from Detroit to Montreal to London on October 28. Being excited and full of anticipation, rest didn’t come easily. Dinner was served at 9:30 p.m. and after that the cabin darkened. What does a person do in a confined seat, darkness outside, quietness inside? Meditate, listen to music, watch a video, talk, sleep? After we made a few fitful attempts at snoozing, the voice on the intercom dutifully announced that breakfast would he served prior to landing...

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Ronald L. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “The offices are of four kinds: of the ministers of the Word, of the professors of theology, of the elders, and of the deacons.” Church Order, Article 2. The Offices Introduced Article 2 is of an introductory nature. It begins the first main division of the Church Order, “Of The Offices.” The article indicates the number of the offices in the church and their names. Four offices are mentioned: minister, professor of theology, elder, and deacon. It is important to notice that the Church Order begins its treatment of church...

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Steven R. Houck is a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Modesto, California. Every true believer is eager to present the truth of the gospel to those who are around about him. He believes and loves God’s truth. In that truth He sees the glory and majesty of God. He sees the greatness of wonders and the beauty of God’s sovereign grace. Therefore, he wants to tell others of the wondrous truth of the gospel. He wants to see His God glorified through the declaration of God’s truth. With this desire, however, there comes a problem. We do not...

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For this issue we shall take a break from our discussion of evolutionism. For several months I have had on hand the May 1987 issue of The Free Presbyterian Magazine, which contains an enlightening article on the teaching of Dr. D. M. Lloyd-Jones on Pentecostalism and on his attitude toward the charismatic movement. This was sent to me by a reader-friend in England and was occasioned by Prof. Hanko’s review of the Lloyd-Jones book, Joy Unspeakable (Standard Bearer, May 15, 1987). The article is from the pen of Roy Middleton. Evidently in 1986 the Synod of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland adopted...

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Cornelius Hanko is an emeritus minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.  II Corinthians 9:15 God’s unspeakable gift! Words fail us when we attempt to express the value of the treasure that we carry within this earthy vessel, the boundless love that impelled God to bestow this matchless gift upon us, and all that it means to us to receive and possess such an abundant wealth which endures unto all eternity! This indescribable gift belongs to the things that eye cannot see, ear cannot hear, and could never enter into the fondest imagination...

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