All Articles For Vol 73 Issue 07 1/1/1997

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities The Men’s Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC recently thought it appropriate to give their congregation and catechism children a little update on how things are going with sending Bibles to Ghana. During the 1995/96 season they sent out 471 Bibles. Along with these Bibles they sent out also additional reading material such .as some of Hudsonville’s unused Sunday School papers, Beacon Lights, and the Standard Bearer. So far in this society year they have sent out an additional 156 Bibles. The majority of requests...

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Mr. Martin Swart was for many years a member of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He served as elder many times, which involved him in the work of family visitation. This article, discovered among his papers after his death, was first delivered as an essay to the First Church Men’s Society. The subject concerns the proper manner of family visitation. By way of introduction, this subject can only be treated in a general way. It is impossible to state in detail what would be the proper manner of procedure in every individual case. Much depends upon...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. “Because they present issues of such profound spiritual importance and because they so deeply affect individuals’ right to determine their own destiny, the abortion and right-to-die cases have given rise to a highly emotional and divisive debate. In deciding right-to-die cases, we are guided by the Supreme Court’s approach to the abortion cases…which provide powerful precedent…” “Those who believe stronly that death must come without physician assistance are free to follow that creed; be they doctors or patients. They are not free, however, to force ther...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. The subject of demon possession is super-charged with both controversy and emotion. It can easily get out of hand. Our purpose is to write soberly and carefully so that we can reflect upon this aspect of missions as well. Prior to coming to Singapore, I pretty much accepted the idea that demon possession was part of the phenomena which marked the apostolic age. I felt very comfortable placing it in the same category as miracles, speaking in tongues, and such like. My understanding was that during this particular age Jesus and...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Having briefly considered the various aspects of Bible truth concerning the doctrine of man, or anthropology, we would normally proceed now to the third area of study in Reformed doctrine, which is Christology, the doctrine concerning the Christ. But before moving on to that area of study, there is one other truth that I would treat under the doctrine of man. I refer to the doctrine of the antithesis. The antithesis, which I will define and explain presently, is not usually given separate treatment in the study of...

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God knows the heart of a pastor, How often ’tis laden with care; In sharing the burdens of others And seeking their needs in prayer. God knows the work of a pastor, The many tasks he must do; As he goes forth in His service The power of the Lord sees him through. God knows the joy of a pastor In teaching and preaching the Word: When souls are brought into the Kingdom To serve Christ as Savior and Lord. God knows the way of a pastor And, heeding the Master’s call He leaves one flock for another – God...

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. In the previous article we discussed who and what the congregation is. The congregation is the blood-bought, precious gathering of believers and their children. In this connection we presented some of the implications of this truth as regards the elders’ care of the congregation. Before moving to a discussion of more specific aspects of the elders’ calling, we digress to a consideration of the subject of this article, “Ministering to Our Ministers.” There are many passages of Scripture which speak to this subject. The apostle Paul praises the...

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Mrs. Benson is a member of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL. At the end of the 20th century God is pleased to withdraw Himself from men. This is nowhere more painfully witnessed than in the visible church on earth, that earthly body which, in order to live (in Christ), must ever remain faithful with respect to her end: that all things be done to the glory of God. In the 20th century the church, in following after the world, has shifted her underpinning principle from the glory of God, to a philosophy and theology that is man-centered. The church...

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In the July, 1996 issue of this magazine, the Rev. Cecil W. Tuininga, Reformed minister in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, defended the doctrine of a conditional covenant with the children of believers. This doctrine teaches that God on His part makes His covenant with all the children of believing parents alike. At, baptism, He promises every child that He will be the child’s God and that the child will be God’s child. Since the covenant provides salvation, God promises every child that He will save him. But the covenant is conditional. Made by God with every physical child of believing parents,...

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Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Psalm 90:16, 17 At the beginning of the new year our prayers ascend to Thee, O Thou great Jehovah, who dwellest in the high and lofty place, far beyond all that is creature. We are Thy servants, Lord. Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants. We think of Thy work in all Thy wide and vast...

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