All Articles For Vol 84 Issue 11 3/1/2008

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Mission Activities  From a recent bulletin of our Doon, IA PRC, the calling church for a missionary to the Philippines, we find a reminder for Doon, and for us as well, to remember the saints in the Philippines. Doon’s Council has been actively seeking ways to help the Berean PRC in the Philippines while they await the man of God’s choosing. They have asked numerous pastors in our denomination to go to the Philippines on a temporary basis, for a month or so, in order that...

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Rev. Haak is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan and radio pastor for the Reformed Witness Hour, on which this message was aired. The Word of God in I Peter 1:13 exhorts us: “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The Scriptures here use a figure of speech in which the Christian mind is compared to the dress of an easterner, to his long robe, which was very relaxing and comfortable in moments of ease,...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Stem Cells without Embryos  Scientists have discovered over ten years ago that embryonic stem cells can develop into any organ of the body, and can thus be useful in treating diseases. To refresh your memory, stem cells are those that are taken from newly fertilized eggs, eggs that are in their earliest stages of development, containing no more than 64- cells. Many of these embryos are “extras,” having been produced in laboratories for in-vitro fertilization. The sperm are from the father or donor and are joined, in a petri...

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Rev. Miersma is western home missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: January 15, 2008, p. 174. As election is the saving purpose of God, reprobation may be called the sovereign righteous and judicial purpose of God. God wills to save His elect from eternity. He has ordained others to be vessels of His wrath from eternity, to serve the magnifying of His grace in election and to reveal His righteous judgment in the way of their sin and hardening (Rom. 9:15-24). As election is known by its fruit in the elect, one may also say...

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The second semester of the school-year is well underway. Prof. R. Cammenga taught an interim course, between the semesters, on “Contemporary Roman Catholic Theology.” Senior seminarian Heath Bleyenberg has rejoined us, having successfully completed his six-month internship in the Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI under the supervision of Hudsonville’s council, particularly the Rev. G. Eriks. In addition to his regular courses, Mr. Bleyenberg is preparing for his synodical examinations before the synod in June. Third-year seminarian Cory Griess will do his internship in the Hull Protestant Reformed congregation in Hull, IA, beginning in July 2008 under the tutelage...

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Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. How easy it is to forget we live in the wilderness! With solid homes, comfortable clothes, fine food, and every convenience readily available—beds queen size and king, cell phones and Internet, refrigerators and microwaves, RVs and SUVs, doctors and hospitals—the wilderness seems quite far away. But in the wilderness we live, and there we shall die. God did not create the world as such. The blame lies with Lucifer, who, beginning with Eden, transforms all he touches—from lush lands to golden cities—into wilderness (Is. 14:17). Spiritually, it...

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Mr. Kalsbeek is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” I Chronicles 12:31 Richard Dawkins might consider it an honor to be mentioned in the title of a prestigious religious periodical like the Standard Bearer… and then again, maybe he wouldn’t. Whatever the case may be, the “honor” is his because of his blatant...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2008, p. 220. Unity in the Truth All the zealous efforts for unity in the church have one common thread that must not be overlooked. The one common element is this: unity is only in and on the basis of the truth. Unity built on smiles and pleasant talk is pseudo unity. Unity built on compromise with the truth, thus on a blurring of the truth of Scripture or on outright heresy, is a unity forged with Satan’s blessing. Ultimately that is the unity of the antichristian church—all the churches around the world...

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Rev. Marcus is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1 Have you ever admired God’s wonderful handiwork in creation? Have you ever stood in amazement at how God has worked in some way? Maybe you have seen the stars in all their brightness when you were out in the country or on a camping trip. Perhaps you have been amazed at how God knit together in the womb a perfectly formed baby. You...

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