All Articles For Vol 65 Issue 06 12/15/1988

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Ministerial Calls Rev. Kenneth Koole declined the call he received to serve as our churches’ missionary to the island of Jamaica. Rev. Jason Kortering also declined the calls he had received from our congregations of the Faith P.R.C. in Jenison, Michigan, and the South Holland P.R.C. in South Holland, Illinois. The Hope P.R.C. in Isabel, South Dakota has formed a new trio from which they will shortly call a pastor. This trio consists of the Revs. Cammenga, Koole, and T. Miersma. And Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma has accepted...

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Rev. Van Baren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. In the continuing unrest in the Christian Reformed Church, some harsh words have been spoken. One man, Rev. Steve Schlissel of Messiah Christian Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York, has been particularly outspoken. His background is Jewish and he himself is a convert from Judaism. He and his small congregation were received into the Christian Reformed Church a few years ago. This man indicates his strong love for the Reformed faith and shows a desire to maintain that faith as historically confessed. He strongly opposes the inroads...

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Rev. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. (The following is a condensed form of the Fall lecture given by Rev. Kortering in Grandville, Michigan on October 27, 1988. Intentions are that it be published also in pamphlet form in the future.) What the skeleton is to the human body, so proper government is to the church of Jesus Christ on earth. The bones form a framework of strength which enables the organs to remain in place and muscles to function. Without a skeleton, the body collapses into globs of tissue and pulsating organs. Nothing functions....

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Houston, Texas. 4. The Definition of Chalcedon. (continued) The union of the two natures of Christ is defined by the Creed of Chalcedon with the four words, “inconfusedly,” “unchangeably,” “indivisibly,” and “inseparably.” We have already examined the first of these words and turn now to the second. b. Unchangeably. The second of these four words establishes the truth that the two natures of Christ are joined without change. This particular term is actually very closely connected with the previous term and is included by way of rejecting some of the...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. (This article is a continuation of Prof. Hanko’s contribution to the Special Issue, which dealt with the Reformed Faith concerning civil government.) We ought now to take a closer look at Article 36 and attempt to understand what it is saying and why it is still important. In order to understand why this article was included in the Belgic Confession to begin with, one has to know a bit about the situation which existed in the Lowlands at the time the Belgic Confession was written...

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•On behalf of the Staff of The Standard Bearer, we express to our readers our desire that you enjoy the peace of the first coming of the Prince of Peace and that, in the new year, you live in the church’s hope of peace at Jesus’ return. •Welcome to the newest member of the Protestant Reformed family—the Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Illinois! This daughter of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois was born at a worship service of the South  Holland congregation on November 11, 1988. Intending eventually to locate in Lynwood, Illinois, the Peace congregation is meeting...

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Rev. Dykstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa. (We welcome Rev. Dykstra to the pages of theStandard Bearer—not for the first time as a writer in them, but for the first time as a department editor. He will share this rubric with Rev. Gritters, providing a third of the articles scheduled for the current volume year.) Have you ever come face to face with the murderous hatred of a bitter enemy? That is a horrible experience, and a terrifying one when the enemy is powerful. Such an enemy is filled with a hatred that often controls...

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Rev. Kamps is pastor of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Late this past summer two of our ministers, Rev. David Engelsma and Rev. Marvin Kamps, labored in the ministry of the Word in this village on the Irish Sea. Larne is located some twenty miles northeast of the troubled city of Belfast. The land of Ulster, another name for Northern Ireland; is torn by dissension between the Protestant and the Roman Catholic citizenry. The overwhelming majority are Protestant in name. They wish to remain governed by England. The Roman Catholic minority are determined to bring Northern Ireland...

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How precious is peace! To be spared strife and to enjoy harmony is a great good. How a nation longs for peace when it finds itself in the agonies of war; or a married couple, in the throes of severe discord; or a congregation, wracked with dissension. And how unutterably sweet is peace when armistice is declared, when husband and wife are reconciled, when members of the congregation can again exchange the right hand of fellowship, or when, for the individual, a long night of spiritual struggle with the doubts of a hostile or absent God is over and the...

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The late Herman Hoeksema was this magazine’s first Editor-in-chief. This article is reprinted from the December 15, 1929 issue. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  Luke 2:10 Fear not! Tidings of great joy, indeed, I bring! Was it Gabriel, the angel that standeth before God, who so suddenly burst forth in the darkness of the night from heaven’s star-studded canopy, and appeared upon the peaceful scene of the shepherds keeping watch over their flock? We know not. But the shepherds, we know,...

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