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Vol 71 Issue 07

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregational Activities The Council of the Georgetown PRC (now of Hudsonville, MI) was able to report to their congregation that the Heritage Christian School Board granted their request to allow the use of Heritage’s facilities for their worship services. The first service held at Heritage Christian School, 4900 40th Ave. in Hudsonville, was November 27. This move was made necessary for two reasons: Bauer Elementary School is scheduled to undergo a major face-lift beginning this winter, which means that their gymnasium would no longer be available, and,...

Chapter 4: The Last Four Days of Creation-Week (cont.)

The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. God’s Creation of the Living Creature (Gen. 1:20-25) In this connection let us pay attention to the following facets of the creation of the animals which we have not yet considered. In the first place, we call attention to the creative act as such, whereby the fish and fowl were brought into being on the fifth day, and the animals on the sixth day. Concerning the fish and fowl we read, first of all, in Genesis 1:20: “And God said, Let the waters bring forth...

The Reformed Family: Resolved

Mrs. Lubbers is a wife and mother in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way…. Psalm 101:2 R—to read the Scriptures faithfully each day, for in them is found eternal life. The Bible is water to my parched soul and food for my hungry heart. The truly hungry man does not pick at his meal, but attacks it ravenously. So will I devour the Word of God. “Take up and read,” said Augustine. Come apart from the storms and stresses of life and rest a while. Read this inspired, most elegant Book....

Minutes and Archives

Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. It shall be the duty of the church in which the classis and likewise the (particular) synod or general synod meets to furnish the following meeting with the minutes of the preceding. Church Order, Article 45 Furnishing Previous Minutes] The main concern of this article is making available the minutes and decisions of the broader assemblies. In Article 34 the Church Order stipulated that “in all assemblies there shall be not only a president, but also a clerk to keep a faithful record of all important matters.” That...

Is There a Basis for Unity Between Roman Catholics and Evangelicals?

Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Recently a group of prominent evangelical leaders and conservative Roman Catholic scholars spent some eight months drafting a document which sets forth their views on unity and cooperation between Catholics and Evangelicals for the 21st century. The title of this document is “Evangelicals and Catholics Together.” It was signed by a long list of notable evangelicals, including, among others, Mr. Charles Colson of the Prison Fellowship, Dr. J.I. Packer of Regent College, OS Guinness from the Trinity Forum, Bill Bright, head of Campus Crusade, televangelist Pat Robertson, Richard...

Oregon Voters Adopt Nation’s First Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. Those of us who wrote Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act are . . . terminally ill people who believe it is our right—not the government’s—to decide when and how our lives should end. -Geoff Sugarman, Oregon Right to Die (1994) The Oregon Death with Dignity Act, a ballot initiative ostensibly enhancing the freedom of dying patients, is in fact a frightful license for physicians to prescribe death, free from outside scrutiny and immune from possible prosecution—all in the name of a humane and dignifies death. Relief...

The Beginning of Miracles

Rev. Haak is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove, Illinois. These verses describe the first miracle which Jesus did while He was on the earth (v. 11). It is characteristic of the gospel according to John that, although it does not include as many of the miracles of Christ as do the synoptics, yet the ones John does relate he describes with great care. As to the occasion for this miracle, we are not—given much background information. Who the married couple is, their relationship to Jesus and the disciples, how Jesus and His disciples came to be...

North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council/Christian Observer 

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council This Council (NAPARC) has six member denominations: the Christian Reformed Church, Presbyterian Church in America, Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Korean American Presbyterian Church, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America (Covenanters). In addition, several other Reformed and Presbyterian denominations send observers to its annual meeting. Our churches have had observers at several recent meetings of NAPARC, though not this year. Meeting in Philadelphia last November, NAPARC for the third year in a row debated whether or not to admit...

Letters

Grammatical-Historical-Spiritual Exegesis” In the October 1, 1994 issue of the <=”” i=””>, Prof. Engelsma called Mr. Harold Camping back to the grammatical-historical-spiritual method of Bible interpretation. Would you please explain more fully what this is, for those of us who would want to tread carefully on the “holy ground” of Jehovah’s Word? Is the grammatical-historical-covenantal (method) something different? Are there books or literature that you can recommend on this topic? I and others will be eagerly awaiting your response.  D. Scott Connerley  Bloomington, IN Thank you for your article, “Lessons from the Recent False Prophecy of the Date of the End of...

A Hope of the Saints

Not the hope of the saints. The hope of the saints is the resurrection of their body in the day of Christ. To this future good the Holy Scriptures insistently direct the expectation of believers: “for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible” (I Cor. 15:52). But a hope of the saints. It is, to be sure, a lesser good than the resurrection of the body, but it is a real good for all that. Admittedly, it is not the ultimate longing of the child of God, but it is a definite longing nevertheless. This is the hope of conscious life...

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