All Articles For Vol 84 Issue 15 5/1/2008

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities The Evangelism Committees of several of our congregations, including Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI and Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, have made available to their members copies of the new book “Evangelism in the Established Church: The calling of committees and individuals concerning the work of evangelism,” by Rev. J. Kortering. From the introduction of this book, originally published as a short series of articles in the Standard Bearer, we read that its purpose is to motivate each member of the local church to be...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: March 15, 2008, p. 273. One who prepares for the office of deacon, we noted last time, desires that office. That desire leads him to pray. Prayer manifests his submission to and contentment with God’s will, for the man does not yet know whether God wills him to serve in office, nor when God might will him to serve. His desire also leads him actively to prepare for office. By active preparation I mean that the man consciously, before God and by God’s...

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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: March 15, 2008, p. 279. “When ministers of the divine Word, elders, or deacons have committed any public, gross sin which is a disgrace to the church or worthy of punishment by the authorities, the elders and deacons shall immediately, by preceding sentence of the consistory thereof and of the nearest Church, be suspended or expelled from their office, but the ministers shall only be suspended. Whether these shall be entirely deposed from office shall be subject to the judgment of...

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Rev. Miersma is Western Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: March 1, 2008, p. 255. We have considered the underlying foundation of election and reprobation in the work of missions, as it is also an element of the content of the gospel and mission preaching. With that in mind I would turn to another element of laboring in the consciousness of God’s sovereignty in missions. Mission work and evangelism is the work of the exalted Lord Jesus Christ by His word and Spirit. To begin with, it may be well to call to mind...

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In Institutes II.3.3, Calvin once again returns to this same subject. Here also it must be pointed out that he does not speak of these gifts as one of his most important doctrines. Just the opposite is true. This chapter deals with the fact that natural man can never produce anything other than what is damnable before God. But after Calvin has developed this very sharply and powerfully, he foresees a potential objection. And he goes into that objection. Some of the heathen have indeed been adorned with excellent gifts. And therefore the opinion is untenable that man’s nature is...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. God is active. He is always at work. The Scriptures point this out by speaking of God’s hands, and of the things He does with them. By His hands He created the heavens and the earth. Now with those same hands He upholds and governs all things. With His hands He sends judgments on the wicked, and blessings on the righteous. Through the works of His hands He causes generations of His people to come forth. By means of His hands He saves them. His hands direct all...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Middle East is much in the mind of all of us. The war in Iraq has now passed the five-year point and is still going strong. The Gaza Strip continues as a flash point of incendiary potential that keeps world leaders awake at night. Terrorism seeps out of this part of the world to threaten anyone anywhere with catastrophe of global proportions. One almost despairs to find anything hopeful, even a glimpse of positive change. In focusing on this part of the world in this article, we do...

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Previous article in this series: April 15, 2008, p. 316. The devilish strategy the Moabite King Balak used against Israel is revived with a vengeance, such a vengeance that a person is tempted to say, “Balak himself is alive again.” Thus: Balak Redivivus: “Balak, given a new life.” Unable to curse Israel through the mercenary prophet Balaam, King Balak exported waves of attractive women and caused Israel to fall into fornication, and thus under the severe judgment of God. The renewed sexual assault against the church today is terrifyingly strong. The enemy knows that the sinful natures of God’s people are...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.  I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.  Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. Psalm 66:16-20 There is no heading to this Psalm that indicates...

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