All Articles For Vol 70 Issue 08 1/15/1994

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Young People’s Activities Let’s begin this issue of the “News” by coming up to date on some of the activities and fund-raisers which the young people of our various congregations are engaged in. In keeping with the holiday season just past, the Young People’s Society of the Byron Center, MI PRC sponsored a combination poinsettia and fruit basket sale toward the end of November. Members of Byron Center were encouraged to purchase these items from the young people, with the money raised going towards this summer’s young...

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Better to Marry, by David J. Engelsma. Grand Rapids: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1993. 105 pp., $9.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Rev. Audred Spriensma.] Prof. David Engelsma has written another small book (105 pages) on the subject of marriage. His first book, Marriage: the Mystery of Christ and the Church, was first published in 1975 and has been reprinted several times. It is a fine book on the nature and demands of marriage based upon the teaching of God’s Word fromEphesians 5. The Christian couple in their marriage relationship are to be a picture of the glorious relationship between Christ and...

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Excerpted from the new book on single life, marriage, divorce, and remarriage by David J. Engelsma, Better to Marry. Copyright by the Reformed Free Publishing Association. Reprinted with permission. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.  Matthew 19:9 Scandal It is painfully evident to everyone that the dishonoring of marriage in evangelical Protestant churches today is scandalous. Divorces for every reason and remarriages abound. It is now lawful for a man to put away...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. The article which follows is the first part of a paper presented by Rev. denHartog at the Classis West Officebearers’ Conference held last March in South Holland, IL. The Lord has greatly blessed our churches with many strong Christian marriages and homes. This is a wonder of His grace, especially in the age we live in. We see in the world around us more and more the destruction of marriage and the home. And in much of the modem-day church we find the same miserable and wretched situation...

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Mrs. Westra, a member of Hull PRC, prepared this reading for a program marking Rev. Moore’s 25th year in the ministry of the Word. Pastor – that faithful shepherd of God’s chosen flock. The flock which, by the shed blood of His own Son, He has purchased for His very own. That shepherd called by God according to His heart. Mere man, in flesh weak, but through the Holy Spirit To him much knowledge has been shown. A faithful shepherd called to lead in pastures green, God’s sheep. Feeding the flock with nothing else but The preaching of God’s Holy...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. We have tackled the “toughies.” Those who have difficulties with the doctrines of “Calvinism” ordinarily have their problems with the doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, irresistible grace, and especially the doctrine of limited atonement. With those we have dealt in previous issues. Some, but fewer, have a problem with the fifth and last of the doctrines of “Calvinism,” namely, the perseverance of the saints. Many who deny the previous four points of Calvinism profess to maintain the fifth. They say that they hold to the...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. Congress Passes Significant Religious Freedom Law On November 16, 1993, at a White House ceremony largely ignored by the secular press, President Clinton signed into law the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Although the bill was supported by a smorgasbord of religious organizations of every stripe, it took almost two years of political maneuvering and debate before both houses of Congress agreed upon the final language of the federal statute. Church/state scholars and religious leaders have hailed the new law as a significant measure insuring...

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The later Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics an Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Scripture begins the narrative of the coming into existence of our universe with the statement of Genesis 1:1, 2: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The question as to how this narrative of creation came into being can have but one answer. That answer is: by revelation. God Himself revealed that He...

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It is the honor and privilege of the church to be the upholder of the truth in the world. The church preserves and promotes the truth. The truth depends upon the church as a great building rests upon its supporting pillars and stands solidly on its foundation. Take away the church, and the truth disappears from the world. Upholder of the truth is what the church is. This belongs to her essence as she has been created by the Spirit of Christ. It is not merely a matter of a task that has been assigned her, so that she is...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  John 9:39 “I am come . . . that they which see might be made blind.” A striking statement it is that Jesus makes. We preach a Savior who is the light of the world. He makes the blind to see and the lame to walk. He heals the sick and visits the prisoner. He seeks and finds those that are...

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