Vol 77 Issue 01

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Is Once Enough?

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota. Is once enough? That is, is it enough to attend church once on Sunday? Scripture does not specifically state that we should attend twice. So why go twice? Is this required and necessary? No one should dispute the fact that poor church attendance is a sin. The Scriptures make this clear, for example, in Hebrews 10:25. There we are admonished “not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.” Obviously there were those, already in the early New Testament church, who were not regular...

News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities   Once again this summer the Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC sponsored a booth at the Hudsonville Community Fair. Fair-goers were able to stop by this booth and pick up free pamphlets and other materials from our churches.   Mission Activities   Rev. R. Miersma, pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, CN, and Rev. R. Smit, pastor of the Doon, IA PRC, returned safely from their trip to the Philippines on August 22. From all reports, the Lord is indeed blessing...

A New PR High School

On a December evening twenty years ago, a group of men met in South Holland PR church building with hopeful accord to discuss a high school and their covenant children. They desired a high school which would embrace the importance of teaching their children every subject of knowledge in the light of the truth of God’s Word as maintained by the Protestant Reformed Churches. The group read Psalm 89 and sang Psalter number 241. The desire to walk in the light of the Lord’s countenance was apparent. An association was formed under a constitution in May of 1981. Over the years membership...

Boldness

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the Old Testament the word “boldness” is found but a few times. The root meaning is a place of refuge; then to take refuge; then to be confident, sure, without care. In the New Testament the word comes from two smaller words having the meaning of “all” and “to flow, to run like water.” Together this compound word has the meaning to be outspoken, frank, even blunt; to be confident in utterance, and bold in spirit and demeanor. Sometimes the King James translates this word as...

Is Once Enough?

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota. Is once enough? That is, is it enough to attend church once on Sunday? Scripture does not specifically state that we should attend twice. So why go twice? Is this required and necessary? No one should dispute the fact that poor church attendance is a sin. The Scriptures make this clear, for example, in Hebrews 10:25. There we are admonished “not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.” Obviously there were those, already in the early New Testament church, who were not regular...

Blessed in Reflecting God

Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ. The next three beatitudes are, in their character, rather different from the first four. We must identify this difference primarily as development in blessedness. These three words of blessing show the power and efficacy of the reception of the first four. The blessed citizens of the kingdom are not simply filled with the things that they need. They are also so transformed, that they appear as citizens of that kingdom. They share in the glorious attributes of their king. We find the doctrine of sanctification reflected in these...

The Order of Salvation

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Walker, Michigan. The order of salvation is the order which the Holy Spirit follows when He applies to the hearts of His elect people the blessings Christ earned for them on the cross. Although it is true that we receive all the blessings of salvation in the moment in which God engrafts us into Christ and regenerates us, it is also true that Christ causes us to experience these blessings in a logical order as we mature spiritually. God is a God of order, and the Spirit of Christ blesses...

The Reunion of the Christian Reformed and Protestant Reformed Churches: Is It Demanded, Possible, Desired?

Herman Hoeksema was the first editor of the Standard Bearer. Essay read at a Conference of some Christian Reformed and Protestant Reformed Ministers (Translated from the Dutch by Rev. H. Veldman) The immediate occasion of this meeting of certain leaders of the Christian Reformed and Protestant Reformed Churches was, no doubt, the visit of Dr. K. Schilder among us. Now and then, also before the coming of the professor at Kampen, the sentiment was expressed that the difference between both churches was not sufficiently important or fundamental to justify their separate existence. Never, however, did this lead to any definite...

Superb Special Issue; Baptized in the Spirit; Indigenous Churches

Superb Special Issue The latest, special, 75th anniversary issue of the Standard Bearer was just superb. It redoubles my wish that I could have been in Michigan in June for the outpouring of “pleasant bread.” The whole issue was scintillating. I cannot do without the Protestant Reformed Churches mainly because I believe they are the only body left which holds tenaciously, enthusiastically, studiedly to supralapsarian fullness in sovereign grace theology. In this great feature they are truly the “remnant.” That is very sad for the world and very laudatory for the PRC. Or, more correctly, glorious and mysterious of God....

Editorially Speaking

With this issue begins volume 77 of the Standard Bearer. At their annual meeting this summer, the staff, made up of the current writers and the managing editor, reappointed the editor (Prof. Engelsma), the secretary (Prof. Dykstra), the general adjunct (Prof. Hanko), the managing editor (Mr. Don Doezema), and the special issues committee (Prof. Engelsma, Prof. Dykstra, and Mr. Don Doezema). The several rubrics and their writers will also be the same as in volume 76, except that Rev. Mitchell Dick will write regularly for the young people. We welcome Rev. Dick back to the staff of writers. The next...

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