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The Church in the New Year: Called to Work

What 1994 will mean for the true church in North America is not our concern. We may not speculate. This belongs to the secret things of the counsel of God that are exclusively for Him. It is comfort to the Reformed church, as it is to the believer personally, that the new year will be the unfolding of the eternal plan of the sovereign God in the exalted Lord Jesus Christ. Our concern is the revealed will of God for the church. His will is that the church work. The reason for the continuation of history in this new year...

Letters

Material on the “Five Points of Calvinism” I am a recent subscriber to the Standard Bearer and have been blessed by one or more of the articles in every issue I have received. Your October 15, 1993 issue was the greatest blessing to date. Please continue with as many doctrinal articles as you deem wise. I am edified and share them with others. Would you be able to send me a list of the finest 15-25 published (and in print) books and booklets dealing with the five-points of Calvinism? I would deeply appreciate having such a list and reading most,...

News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities After Rev. Bruinsma declined their call, the Loveland, CO PRC formed a new trio of the Revs. R. Dykstra, B. Gritters, and C. Haak. From those three they extended a call to Rev. B. Gritters to serve as their next undershepherd. In late November, Prof. Decker, of our PR Seminary, entered the hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, and submitted to an emergency appendectomy. After suffering some postoperative problems, he was able to return home again on December 4. By God’s grace he is making good...

The Story of Two Fredericks (3)

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction Frederick III, better known as The Pious, has gone down in history as the father of the Heidelberg Catechism. This alone is sufficient to secure for him a cherished place in the memory of God’s people. But from a certain point of view this was not the spiritually high point of Frederick’s life. After all, although he ordered the Catechism to be written, he did not compose it himself. Probably the clearest touch of his finger on the Catechism is Question & Answer 80,...

Care of Scattered Groups of Believers

Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. “Places where as yet no consistory can be constituted shall be placed under the care of a neighboring consistory. ” Church Order, Article 39. History of This Article This article dates back to the early history of the Reformed churches in the Netherlands. Already the Synod of Emden, 1571, concerned itself with the gathering of scattered groups of Reformed believers. The Synod urged classes and consistories to labor in nearby cities and villages where congregations had not yet been established. Special attention was to be paid to dispersed...

When Men Think More of Themselves Than They Ought

Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  Romans 12:3 As we have noted in the past, the cause for the breakdown in relationships between the Protestant Reformed Churches in America and the Liberated Church in the Netherlands was not the adoption of the Declaration of Principles, as has been frequently claimed....

Be Still and Know that I Am God

Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God!” The mighty Word of God Himself! This is the Word He declares throughout all the earth. This is the Word that from beginning to end is found in the Bible. This is also the Word that He speaks as He executes His sovereign counsel and purpose in time and history. This is the Word that the...

Death’s Triumph

Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. During my ministry I had approximately two hundred funerals. Many times I stood at the open grave with the bereaved family. There were also a number of times that 1 stood at a deathbed, watching as a soul prepared to leave this earthly house and slip away into eternity. I have also had the opportunity of walking down the valley, as it were, with persons who had but a short time to live, until the moment when they drew away into eternity. I was left behind, at times not...

Chapter 1: God Is the Creator

The later Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary.

Sleep

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sleep is a wonderful blessing from God; it is one of the good things that He gives us as He lifts up His countenance upon us. He gives His beloved sleep after they have risen early and labored late (Ps. 127:2). Indeed, the workman needs sleep after the rigors of the day, so that he is refreshed in body and mind for the new day. We can both lie down and sleep when we know that God watches over us, when we have confessed our sins, when...

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