All Articles For Vol 65 Issue 04 11/15/1988

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Many professing Christians today would not count love for the church as one of the distinctive marks of true godliness. Many such professing Christians are not even members of the church. Others who have their names on the membership roles of some church seldom if ever have much to do with the church. They have little concern with what the church is doing. They attend the worship services of the church only irregularly, if at all. Yet they imagine themselves to be devout and serious Christians. Still others,...

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregational Highlights On Sunday, September 18, the congregation of our Southwest Church in Grandville, Michigan met for the first time in their new sanctuary. The congregation was informed of one change that was to take place. After Rev. Kamps had pronounced the closing benediction, the congregation was asked to remain standing for a moment of meditation or silent prayer until Rev. Kamps and the consistory had left the sanctuary. The Adult Bible Society of our church in Doon, Iowa has chosen for its after-recess program this year...

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Suzanne Looyenga is the wife of Dr. David Looyenga, mother of six children, and a poet. With her family, she is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. The poem is based on Luke 10:2. The blaze of noontime sun has passed And golden fields, sun-blest, lie waiting— Waiting for the harvesting— Their bronze and amber undulating As the quickening autumn breezes blow. Soon comes the snow. Already do the shadows tell The hasty circuit of the sun And the time is ever creeping forward To the day man’s work is done: When winter blasts with...

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September 14, 1988  Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 14, 1988 at the Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church. This marked the first time in years that a meeting of classis was held in Byron Center. The delegates enjoyed touring the beautiful new sanctuary and meeting rooms which the congregation of Byron Center just recently dedicated. The business of classis was routine. There were reports from the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee and from the synodical delegates ad examina of their visit to Classis West concerning the organization of a new congregation in Lynwood,...

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Rev. Lubbers is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. It is a very important and fruitful endeavor to make a little study in depth of the various “manifestations” of Jesus to His disciples during the period be between His resurrection and His ascension to glory. Most of us know that there were ten such manifestations of the risen Lord. These are called inActs 1:3 “many proofs.” In each of these appearances as the living Lord He “showed himself alive” to them. He is indeed the one who says in Revelation 1:17, 18, “Fear not; I am the first and the...

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mechanics need a license in many states. Doctors and lawyers need a license to practice. Beauticians and barbers are licensed. So are teachers in most of the states. Would it not make sense to require the same to be a parent? Is it not more important that the state verify and affirm that one will be a good parent than to declare that one is capable of cutting hair properly? Some think so. Is the very thought of licensing parents a bit frightening? Is it absurd? Would any...

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Rev. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We concluded in the previous article that God chastised His people through the heathen whom Israel had failed to exterminate as commanded by God. As soon as they were thus disciplined, Israel repented and returned unto Jehovah. We should observe that this took place repeatedly, and that it is for this reason that we speak of the cycle of the judges. Prior to the appearance of each of the judges there was a time of prosperity in which Israel had peace and all went well. This changed as...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Some who have come to the defense of current views on homosexuality have made use of a distinction which we must consider in this article. The distinction is between the actual act of homosexuality and the tendency towards homosexual behavior. The former is the actual engaging in homosexual behavior; the latter is an inborn tendency towards homosexual behavior which does not necessarily result in performing homosexual acts. The distinction is very common. John R.W. Stott calls attention to this distinction in an article in the November 22,...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Preachers without fixed charge, or others who have left some sect, shall not be admitted to the ministry of the church until they have been declared eligible, after careful examination, by the classis with the approval of synod.”  Church Order, Article 9. Background to Article 9 The original Article 9 is quite different from its present form in our Church Order. The original article read:

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