Vol 83 Issue 19

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities The consistory of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada recently informed their congregation of their decision to discontinue, for the present time, the investigation of a church building addition. This decision was taken because, as reported in July, the Genesis PR School Society received approval from the Immanuel congregation to purchase part of their church property for the construction of a school building in the near future. Immanuel’s consistory decided that the cost of the construction of a school building and an addition to...

Worship in Fear (8): The Preaching

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Previous article in this series: April 15, 2007, p. 327. Of all the elements of worship, none is more important to the believer than the preaching. True preaching is not simply something the child of God is interested in only if it is convenient for him to come to church, or only if he likes what is said. But it is indispensable. It is the chief (most important) means of grace. It works faith. It comforts the soul. It instructs in the way of righteousness. It makes God’s...

Cup

Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A cup is rather mundane. At least four times per year we hear, “the cup of blessing which we bless . . . .” But we often forget about the cup itself because of the element inside. Cups are like that, mere common household utensils like forks and plates, in themselves insignificant, yet very important as means to collect, distribute, and receive something for personal consumption. Scripture mentions a number of cups. The first is in a dream, the royal cup that a butler held in his...

The Deacons’ Relationship to the Consistory (1): The Confessional and Scriptural Indication of Such a Relationship

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Collecting the alms . . . distributing them to the poor according to their needs… visiting and comforting the distressed . . . keeping in touch with other civil or social organizations who also care for the poor . . . showing mercy to Christians who, although not poor, still have physical infirmities or needs…teaching the people of God regarding stewardship— all of this is the work that pertains specifically to the office of deacon. For the last three years the articles that have appeared in this rubric...

Royal Children: Children of the Word (2)

Mrs. Miersma is the wife of Rev. Thomas Miersma, missionary in Spokane, Washington. Previous article in this series: April 1, 2007, p. 300. Last time we began to look at developing in ourselves and our children the ability to read the written word and listen to the spoken word with understanding. We saw how important this ability is, for we are children of the Word: reading and listening to the Word of God with understanding is the means by which God works our growth in the knowledge of Him and our salvation. From the Word of God in II Timothy 3:15,...

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (2)

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Previous article in this series: June 2007, p. 392. Its Rich Symbolism he elements of the Lord’s Supper are very familiar to us. We understand that the bread and the wine symbolize Christ’s broken body and shed blood. He told us the same in the institution of the Lord’s Supper recorded inMatthew 26:26-27, the parallel accounts of Mark 14:22-24 and Luke 22:19-20, as well as I Corinthians 11:23-25. But how often have we considered the rich symbolism of the sacrament? We sometimes speak of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as “coming...

All Around Us

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. The CRC Synod and Women in Office Two days after the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) celebrated its 150th anniversary, its synod voted to strike the word “male” from the church order requirement for officebearers. Church Order revisions require the majority vote of two synod meetings, and this decision ratifies the proposed change to the Church Order, adopted in 2006. This decision comes as no surprise. For more than 30 years the CRC synod has wrestled back and forth over the issue of women in office. Already in 1973...

Sabbath Observance

Thank you so much for your special Sabbath issue of May 2007! It was very informative and declared even the position of Calvin, of which I was unaware. But why consider Calvin to be weak and faltering in his position on the fourth commandment? Does not it grace this Reformed teacher that he did not want to go beyond what Scripture has to say on this matter, for it is possible to bind heavier burdens than warranted (Matt. 23:4)? Apparently the scholar concluded that the fourth commandment is mainly ceremonial and felt compelled to bring his opinion in harmony with...

Supervising Preaching…Edifying Congregations (2)

In the June 1 issue of theStandard Bearer, the editorial held out the admittedly sensitive proposal that minister and elders work together for the improvement of the preaching. In the summer meetings, when consistory agendas may be shorter, the men may take time to discuss calmly the preaching and how the preacher can bring the gospel to the congregation in the most edifying manner. The goal of these meetings is not to make the preacher popular, but to make his preaching edifying. More edifying. The goal is a well-fed and healthy flock who love their pastor. They love him deeply...

Glory in This!

Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23, 24 God created man with a heart, and a mind, and with the wonderful ability to tell what...

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