All Articles For Vol 76 Issue 04 11/15/1999

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregational Activities In mid-September, the consistory of the Hudsonville, MI PRC decided to present a survey to their congregation to help them understand the feelings of their members concerning the possibility of organizing another daughter congregation in the future. Hudsonville currently has about 150 families, with a total membership of about 580. Sixteen years ago, when Byron Center PRC was organized, Hudsonville was about 150 families; and she was around 160 families when Georgetown PRC started. In addition to this, Hudsonville often has to set up chairs...

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The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Church (Volume 1: The Biblical Period; Volume 2: The Patristic Age), by Hughes Oliphant Old. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998. Pp. x-383 v. 1. $35.00. Pp. viii-481, v. 2. $42.00. (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. Robert D. Decker.] These are the first two volumes of a comprehensive multi-volume study of the history of the reading and preaching of the sacred Scriptures. Old proposes to give us the history of the reading and preaching of Scripture from Moses to the end of the twentieth century. If...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Having considered the fact of the ascension and what actually took place in that event — insofar as we are able to understand it by what Scripture reveals — we now focus our attention on the benefits of that ascension for us. Christ’s ascension was profitable in three ways, each of which is set forth by our Heidelberg Catechism in Question and Answer 49. Our Advocate The first benefit of Christ’s ascension is that Jesus is now “our advocate in the presence of his father in heaven.” The...

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Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ. The Ancient Unbelief A rumor had come to Jerusalem. The word was out that two foes of Judah, apostate Israel and heathen Syria, had become allies in order to conquer Judah. Their ambition was directed toward the throne in Jerusalem, to overthrow Ahaz, and to set up their own king in his place, the son of Tabeal. These nations had armies which were foreboding enough by themselves, but joined together they could surely overwhelm Judah and Jerusalem. The king, Ahaz, and the people of Judah were together overcome...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is very striking that the word promise is found much more often in the New Testament than in the Old. We find two reasons for this. The New Testament gives us the fulfillment of the promise with the coming of Jesus Christ. And, most often when a promise of God is spoken in the old dispensation, the word promise is not used, but we simply read “And the Lord God said…” (Gen. 3:15), or “And I will…” (Gen. 17:7). There “are given unto us exceeding great...

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Rev. Moore is foreign missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. I was asked to write some Standard Bearer articles on the work that we are doing in Ghana, West Africa. I am now fulfilling a part of this request. As I take up the writing of this article, it is rather difficult to know where to start and what to include. The reason for this is that so much has transpired since we took the call to be missionary in Ghana, and also because the Lord has so richly blessed us in this labor to the present time. That means...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Slippery Slope of Apostasy In the past years there appeared to be a slowing of the drive towards ecumenicity and union of denominations. More recently that has changed. Lutherans and Roman Catholics appear to have struck a kind of agreement which would rescind the Reformation. And Lutherans and Episcopalians seem very close to establishing ties almost equivalent to union. Christianity Today, October 4, 1999, reports on the meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA) held last August in Denver, Colorado. The report states: Meeting in Denver...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. The Reformed religion has the biblical understanding of the place of good works in God’s scheme of salvation for His chosen people. There is in Reformed religion a proper emphasis on the need for good works because of this understanding. God has redeemed us in order that we might be zealous of good works. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The text of the address at the convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary held at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, MI on September 7, 1999. Introduction In the year of our Lord 1999 the seminary begins a critical two semesters of studies. This is not simply because the new year will span the end of the second millennium of the new dispensation and the beginning of the third; but the passing of this second millennium reminds us forcibly that time is running...

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It is remarkable that a denomi- nation of churches has remained faithful to the Word of God, as expressed in the ecumenical and Reformed confessions, for 75 years. It is still more remarkable that this denomination has been faithful over the past 75 years, when the great “falling away” of the end-time has developed more powerfully and widely than ever before. Not a congregation here and there, not some of the officebearers, but all of the congregations and all of the officebearers in the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) believe that all the articles and expressions of doctrine in the Heidelberg...

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