All Articles For Vol 79 Issue 11 3/1/2003

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mission Activities   Our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines, Rev. A. Spriensma, writes that the work continues to progress in Manila. The saints there are eager to listen to lectures and sermons and ask questions. In February Rev. Spriensma and his wife, Alva, hope to go to Bacolod to repeat the pastors conference that they sponsored in Manila in December. Presently there are twenty or more signed up for it, and in March, the Lord willing, the Spriensmas will probably go again to visit in the Daet/Labo...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. A number of years ago I had the privilege to serve as pastor of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore. Since they were without a pastor, it fell within my duties as minister-on-loan to help them in this way. These were formative years for me, as it was my first real exposure to serving in a local congregation with a mission setting. The members were first-generation Christians, their zeal for the Lord persisted; they carried a desire to bring non-Christian family members, colleagues, and schoolmates into the fellowship of...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa. We consider now the second principle we must remember about true giving. The second principle that we must remember is that the God who gives us all things in life, even our offerings for His treasury, is our God for Christ’s sake alone. The earthly gifts that we have, God gives to us as a blessing in Jesus Christ. We deserve to have the Lord curse us through these earthly gifts because of our sin. In fact, with respect to our giving, we deserve to perish because of...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Having considered the amazing truth of justification as the divine wonder of grace in imputing the righteousness of Christ to our account (see Standard Bearer, February 1, 2003), we have yet to consider the manner in which we receive this astounding gift. Our Reformed confessions expound the Word of God in telling us that we are righteous before God “only by a true faith in Jesus Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q & A 60, 61, 65). The Belgic Confession explicitly and carefully spells out that truth when it says...

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Mr. Minderhoud is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. Nay much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary. I Corinthians 12:22 Scripture, on more than one occasion, uses the human body to illustrate characteristics of the Body of Christ. “If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole body were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him” (I Cor. 12:17-18)....

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Rev. Stewart is a Protestant Reformed minister, presently working in Northern Ireland. In connection with Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, we thought that it would be worthwhile to contribute to the Standard Bearer several articles on the patron saint of Ireland. Patrick is undoubtedly the world’s most famous patron saint. Few know the patron saint of Spain or Poland outside of those nations, but Patrick has attained international fame. Patrick is also the patron saint of fishermen—and almost every other occupation—along the River Loire in France. There are churches named after Patrick all over the world, including in Rome itself....

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Rev. Koole is pastor of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan.   Preparing the Groundwork for the Next Deadly Evil Or — Should Down-Syndrome Children Have the Right to Exist?   The slippery slope. We have all heard of it. Remove the legal restraint on something forbidden, and be prepared to be troubled by greater evils down the road. We have seen it happen time and again. In ecclesiastical affairs for instance. “Just women deacons. That is all we are seeking to justify on scriptural grounds. Not elders and ministers. Your fear is completely groundless and misplaced.” But once...

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Positive Explanation   Rev. VanderWal is especially to be commended for his fine exposition of Matthew 5:43-48, in the November 1, 2002 issue of the Standard Bearer. The history of the Protestant Reformed Churches has necessitated a refutation of the teaching of common grace. God be thanked for that refutation so faithfully maintained all these years! Nevertheless, because of the necessity to refute common grace, I believe that discussion among Protestant Reformed people about this passage has almost always been limited to what the Scripture here does not teach, namely, common grace. Hence, it has seemed to me for a long...

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*This is the text of the speech given at the convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Seminary on September 4, 2002. The first four installments appeared in the January 1, January 15, February 1, and February 15, 2003 issues of the Standard Bearer. The speech has been revised and expanded for publication by naming theologians, books, and articles and by giving full citations. The movement in conservative Reformed and Presbyterian churches that teaches justification by faith and faith’s works leads back to the Roman Catholic Church. The gospel-truth of justification by faith alone as the core of the body of...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Ephesians 3:16, 17Paul tells the saints at Ephesus that he prays on their behalf. What better thing can be done for you than that a fellow-saint pray for you! What a wonderful encouragement! Paul does not just tell the Ephesian Christians that he is praying for them. He also tells them what he is praying...

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