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Vol 81 Issue 19

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Young People’s Activities   This past month about 320 young people from across our denomination traveled to Missouri for their annual PRYP Convention. This year’s convention, held June 27-July 1, and hosted by the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, considered the theme, “Royal Citizens in the Kingdom of God” (I Pet. 2:9). Revs. M. VanderWal, J. Mahtani, and A. Spriensma were the speakers. It was a very warm and busy week at a very beautiful camp with very few problems. We pray that you young people have...

“There Is No Place Like Home!”

Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Joyful children, sons and daughters, Shall about thy table meet, Olive plants in strength and beauty, Full of hope and promise sweet. —Psalter number 360:3: a versification of Psalm 128:3  We have considered the place of both the father and mother in relation to their children in the home. Father must be with his family as much as possible outside of his secular labors and his labors in the church. He has a calling in the home to lead and instruct his family. Likewise, it is vital for the...

The Power and Goverment of the Church (3): No Hierarchy of Bishops

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: July, 2005, p. 416. Churches err in church government not only when they allow the State to have authority in the spiritual matters of the church, but also when they pattern their church government after the governments of the nations of this world. The church is a heavenly kingdom; it is not like the kingdoms and nations of this world. Therefore, the principles of her government are markedly different from the principles that man invents and follows when building a structure according to...

The Butterfly’s Metamorphosis (1)

Mr. Van Overloop is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church, Jenison, Michigan. The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one of those natural events that fascinate people. Its appeal stems from the marvel of the dramatic change and also from the mysterious processes occurring within the enclosed capsule from which it emerges. The Lord in His infinite wisdom surely created the butterfly to undergo just such a mysterious change with the intent of causing man to marvel at the “natural” world, and to leave him without excuse. However, for...

I Will See You Tomorrow!

Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. As we part from our friends for the day, we often say, “I will see you tomorrow.” As we part from our wife, husband, or children, we often say, “I will see you later.” Most often we simply assume that as we have spoken, so our future and our tomorrow will be. We do not give much thought to the possibility that we may not see each other later or tomorrow. Our heavenly Father warns us against a sinful presumption regarding tomorrow and our future when...

All Around Us

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. New Reformed Denomination From a May 17 press release (Christian Observer, June 2005), we learn that a new Reformed denomination has been organized. An organizing committee of pastors and elders today announced formation of The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church (ERPC). The new denomination is being established in response to conservative Presbyterians’ increasing concern over the acceptance of the teaching of justification by faith plus works, and water baptism as an instrument of salvation, in denominations such as the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and the Presbyterian Church in America...

Personal Evangelism?; On Separation of Church and State; The TNIV

Personal Evangelism? This is written concerning the use of evangelism in the article by Rev. Kortering in the March 15, 2005 Standard Bearer entitled, “Evangelism in the Established Church (3)” and also the article by Rev. Mahtani in the April 15, 2005 issue entitled, “Equipping Our People for Personal Evangelism.” Although I disagree with their use of the word evangelism I am appreciative of the good instruction, effort, and time put into the articles. While not a writer by profession nor desirous to enter into public discussion, I contend that the concept that we all should evangelize or be equipped for...

Preaching and the Real Battle for Worship * (1) (The Vision of Revelation 4)

* This article is the text of the address given for the graduation exercises of the PRC seminary for Seminarians Dennis Lee and John Marcus on June 20, 2005 in Byron Center PRC. The speech was based on Revelation 4, and is given here much as it was actually delivered, thus retaining the spoken style. The graduation tonight brings the PRC to the conclusion (and a celebration of that conclusion!) of the training of Mr. Dennis Lee and Mr. John Marcus—two men who feel deeply that they are called to preach. The Protestant Reformed seminary (the churches, really) is interested...

The Desire Accomplished : Sweetness to the Soul

Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. Proverbs 13:19 When Jesus was crucified, there were two men crucified with Him. These men were malefactors, or evildoers, who had caused a great deal of injury to others. One of these men desired to depart from his evil way and be saved. He turned to Jesus, who hung on the cross next to him, asking to be remembered when Jesus entered into His kingdom. Jesus assured him that...

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