All Articles For Vol 85 Issue 07 1/1/2009

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Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man, by Edward T. Welch. P&R Publishing, 1997. ISBN 978-0-87552-600-3. 240 pages. Softcover. $14.99. Available at Reformed Book Outlet, or online at christianbook.com and the publisher at prpbooks.com. Reviewed by Barb Dykstra. Whom do you fear? Whom do you strive to please? God’s word instructs us to fear him alone. Proverbs 19:23 teaches us: “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied.” To...

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Dr. Torlach is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia and a student in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. *Address at the RFPA annual meeting, held September 25, 2008. First of all, I’d like to thank the RFPA for asking me to speak tonight. It is an honor and a privilege to do so. It is good to be able to give you a little more information about the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia, or the EPC, as I’ll be referring to it tonight. It seemed to me a little strange to be asked to speak about the EPC...

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Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Take a look at the Bible you have. Is it nearby? If asked to look up a passage, how easily could you find it? If someone asked you about a book of the Bible, say, Philippians, would you be able to explain what that book is about? If someone asked you to find a passage of the Bible that teaches about a certain subject, for example “disease,” could you? What is your level of interest in the Bible? If someone would ask you if you read your Bible,...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Carey Leaves England for India William Carey is known as the “Father of Modern Missions.” There are especially two reasons for this. First, he was one of the first pastors to heed the call to leave the comforts of a church home and to labor in a foreign land. He became a catalyst for foreign missions. Second, in his own work in foreign missions he developed a method of labor that others could emulate. Considering that this was pioneer work, work that was without a role model, it is...

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* Not Anabaptist but Reformed was a pamphlet written by Danhof and Hoeksema in 1923 as a “Provisional Response to Rev. Jan Karel Van Baalen Concerning the Denial of Common Grace.” Translated here from the Dutch by seminarian Daniel Holstege. Previous article in this series: August 2008, p. 450. The chapter in which Rev. Van Baalen thinks he can prove that our view is against Holy Scripture is concluded with the profoundly grave statement, “Once again, acknowledge that you have erred.” The author is therefore quite convinced that his line of argument is conclusive and his proof is binding. After...

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities We begin this first “News” of the new year by finishing some business going back to our churches’ and our missions’ Reformation Day lectures sponsored in October. The Pittsburgh Mission arranged for Rev. Kenneth Koole, pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC, to speak at their October 31st Reformation lecture. Rev. Koole spoke on “The Reformation and the Christian Family.” Rev. Richard Smit, the pastor of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, spoke at a lecture sponsored by Immanuel on October 31. Rev. Smit spoke on...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2008, p. 85. Lord’s Day 1 Q. 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death? A. That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from...

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Rome and “Authority” Rev. Richard Smit’s article (“The Supreme Authority of the Holy Scriptures”) in the October 15th issue is another of so many truth-filled articles in the Standard Bearer. The whole issue on Roman Catholicism is outstanding. Thank you for it. I appreciated Rev. Smit’s drawing our attention to Rome’s claim that, because the church approved the books of the Bible, “therefore the authority of Scripture rests upon the witness of the church.” This is an argument I have heard many times from Roman Catholics. What they never consider is the fact that much of the New Testament epistles...

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As A.D. 2009 dawns, it is imperative for believers everywhere to keep firmly in mind what the A.D. means. Anno Domini. The year of the Lord, the year of the risen and exalted Lord Jesus Christ. The world about us is currently in great turmoil—a swirling mass of trouble, conflict, and distress. Battered economies strip men of jobs, savings, and homes, with no end to the financial difficulties in sight. Bitter religious conflicts continue to break out into violent attacks. Terrorists strike, inflicting death and destruction. Unending civil wars and tribal conflicts lead to genocide and atrocities, heartrending atrocities of...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.” I Thessalonians 2:12Paul has just reminded the Thessalonian saints of his labors among them during his second missionary journey. Evidently the unbelieving Jews of Thessalonica sought to undermine the cause of the gospel by attacking Paul’s behavior. They claimed that Paul’s moral character left a great deal to be desired. They charged that Paul was interested only in temporal gain and personal advancement. Paul counters these charges by reminding the Thessalonians...

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