All Articles For Vol 71 Issue 18 7/1/1995

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities In its ongoing effort to spread the Reformed truth throughout their community, the Evangelism Committee of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada made another tape available, free to church members or anyone else who would like one. This tape of a speech given by Rev. G. VanBaren, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, was’ entitled, “Does God Desire the Salvation of All Men?” Rev. VanBaren was also featured in an evangelism effort by the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Their Evangelism Committee advertised a sermon given...

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First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 10, 1995 at the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. R. Flikkema was the chair of this session. Also in attendance were the delegates ad examina from Classis West, Revs. Houck, Key, and Terpstra. The highlight of the meeting was the granting of permission by classis for the organization of the Grace Protestant Reformed Church to be located in the Standale/Tallmadge area. This is a daughter church of Hope PRC. Twenty-one families and eleven individuals had signed...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “So when artificial nourishment provides no detectable benefits but does cause various sorts of hardships, one can argue that withdrawing it signals covenantal concern, not abandonment. We conclude, then, that withdrawing artificial feeding should sometimes be permitted and even recommended.” Christian Faith, Health, & Medical Practice, Bouma et al. (Eerdmans, 1989)

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What a wonderful gift is memory! The ability to recall words, ideas, and experiences belongs to man’s creation in the image of God. More particularly, the ability to remember belongs to that aspect of the image of God called true knowledge. Memory allows the child of God to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, and to enjoy friendship with God on the basis of that knowledge. Truly we have been fearfulIy and wonderfully made. Those who study the mind and memory inform us that the...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. A little over a year ago we wrote an article that addressed the fear of single life (Vol. 70, No. 11, March 1, 1994). It was an article aimed at those young people who are afraid that marriage might pass them by. Out of panic, these young people might resort to some desperate and sinful means to solve their perceived problem. For that reason we encouraged our young people to rely on God in faith. If it is His will that we marry, He will guide the events...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction In previous articles we have noticed how a bitter struggle went on in Scotland after the Reformation to preserve the truth of Scripture and the biblical way of worshiping God. The Stuart kings were determined to impose prelacy’ on the realm; the Presbyterians were determined to resist it. With only a brief respite during the days of Oliver Cromwell, the struggle went on from the time of James I to Charles II. Our present story begins during the reign of Charles II. While we...

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Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Not as though the word of God hath taken non effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. Romans 9:6-7 To us in the Protestant Reformed Churches, what we read in the pamphlet of Dr. C. Veenhof, called Appel!(in English, “Appeal!”), was amazing and not a little disconcerting. Had it not been that the letter of Prof. Holwerda, and its publication by Rev. Ophoff, had become the...

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Was the Tempter Satan? Because of your commitment to excellence in exegesis, I’d like to ask that you consider addressing the matter of Satan in Genesis 3. It is commonly taught that it was Satan who deceived Eve, using the serpent. Yet there is no specific reference to Satan in the passage. Where did this teaching originate? I know Revelation refers to Satan as a serpent, but I cannot think of any other passage which gives us reason to believe Satan was the tempter in Genesis 3. What exegetical method or manner of hermeneutics has led to this teaching? Have we ruled...

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The synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) met from June 13 through June 20 in the impressive, new church building of the Hull, Iowa PRC. The officers of synod were Rev. Gise VanBaren, president; Rev. Dale Kuiper, vice-president; Rev. Russ Dykstra, first clerk; and Rev. Barry Gritters, second clerk. Members of the Hull congregation, of the Doon, Iowa congregation, and of the Edgerton, Minnesota congregation nearly filled the spacious church building for the pre-synodical worship service on Monday evening, June 12. Rev. Ron VanOverloop, president of the previous synod, preached on Ephesians 5:22, “Submitting to One Another.” Examination of Seminarians...

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