All Articles For Vol 82 Issue 01 10/1/2005

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Denomination Activities   Rev. R. Cammenga was installed as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament on August 31 at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. This year’s Seminary Convocation Exercise was combined with Rev. Cammenga’s installation. Prof. D. Engelsma led the worship service, preaching a sermon based on Titus 1:9entitled “An Orthodox Professor.” Prof. R. Dykstra read the form and conducted the installation. Prof. R. Decker introduced the six seminary students: 1st year, Mr. Nathan Dykstra and Mr. Cory Griess; 2nd year Mr. Heath Bleyenberg; 3rd year Mr....

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Classis West met in regular session on Wednesday, September 7, in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, IL. An officebearers conference was held the day prior to Classis on the subject, “Our Denominational Seminary.” The conference introduced the Seminary to our western officebearers and highlighted the officebearers’ duty to impress upon able men, young and older, to consider preparing for and laboring in the office of the ministry of the Word. The meeting of Classis was chaired by the Rev. Ronald Hanko. Classis completed its work by noon on Wednesday. Pulpit supply was arranged for three vacant churches in...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co. The Blessing of Children Childlessness is a disappointment to the married woman, which grieves and in some measure even brings shame. Later on, this troubled feeling grows less, when more and more it becomes clear that such is the will of the Lord; and years go on; and no one considers it any longer unnatural to find her without child; and other occupations are sought and found; and God Himself has reconciled her...

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The construction of the new home for the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) is well under way! We broke ground in early July and the block walls are going up as this article is being written. The Lord willing, we will complete the project by the end of this year. This is an exciting time for the RFPA as we look forward to a home of our own for the first time in eighty years. The RFPA was formed in 1923 to finance a monthly periodical enabling Revs. Hoeksema and Danhof to present their views against common grace when the...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. In considering the gathering of the church, we saw how Scripture reveals that gathering as God’s work exclusively. It is the wonder work of divine, sovereign grace. It is the work of particular grace. That is evident in what the inspired apostle writes to the church at Thessalonica in II Thessalonians 2:13-14: “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. In several inspired epistles the apostle Paul is moved to address folks, even whole congregations, as “saints.” He does that, for example, in I Corinthians. There it is, I Corinthians 1:1-3: “Paul … unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called…saints.” Now this title “saints” we should ponder presently. Ponder for grace life. Maybe not for the church’s canonization of you, or dogs being named after you, or for folks seeking your help from heaven. But for Father furthering...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota, who will be installed as the new pastor of First PRC of Holland, Michigan on October 12, 2005. (Note: This article is based on a speech that was originally given for the Combined Ladies’ Meeting of the Doon, Edgerton, and Hull Protestant Reformed Churches.) The subject we have before us is a significant one for us to consider. It is so because of the fact that our churches are busily involved in the work of missions. Presently we have five mission fields, and five ministers serving as missionaries....

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. But there is no cause for rejoicing. The Grand Rapids Press, July 15, 2005, headlined its article on the subject: “Americans dodge divorce by skipping marriage.” The figures presented are shocking indeed. Geoff Mulvihill, with the Associated Press, wrote: The divorce rate in the United States is falling, and a new study offers an explanation: More people are shacking up instead of getting married.  In a report released today, the co-directors of the National Marriage Project, a nonpartisan institute at Rutgers University that promotes marriage, said couples who get married...

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Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Pervious article in this series: September 1, 2005, p. 466. The Occasion for the Epistle Assuming that the Galatian churches were comprised of the churches that were established by Paul on his first missionary journey, it is worth our while to refresh our minds on the history. The apostle visited the churches of Galatia on four different occasions. His first visit was at the time of their establishment during the first missionary journey. His second visit came on the return trip of his first...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. God in His mysterious, but perfect, wise, and good purpose took Pastor Cheah Fook Meng out of this life on August 29, 2005. After eleven days of grievous struggle with dengue hemorrhaging fever, Pastor Cheah died at the relatively youthful age of only 41 years. For those who were left behind, his death is the occasion of great sorrow. Pastor Cheah’s wife, Lee Choo, is now left a widow. She has been a wonderful example of the sustaining grace of God and a great encouragement to others. Pastor...

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