All Articles For Vol 85 Issue 13 4/1/2009

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, declined the call extended to him from the Byron Center, MI PRC to become their next pastor. On Sunday, March 1, the congregation of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA extended a call to Rev. Carl Haak, pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, to serve as their first pastor. Evangelism Activities In a recent news letter to their congregation, the Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC reported that all of Hudsonville’s...

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March 4, 2009 Classis West convened March 4, 2009, in the sanctuary of the First PRC of Edgerton, MN. Rev. M. VanderWal presided over this meeting. The day prior, the delegates attended an officebearers’ conference on the theme Catechizing Our Youth. In his keynote address, Rev. S. Key pointed out that the Christian church, both in her early years and in the time of the Reformation and since, has placed great emphasis on the need to provide catechetical instruction. Rev. N. Langerak emphasized that this instruction must be both antithetical and relevant to the errors and problems the church faces in...

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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. It is at this time of year that the church remembers in a special way the awful sufferings and bitter death of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross. I consider with you a subject of the Scriptures that is both vast and deep, broad and expansive; a truth of the Scriptures that reaches from one end of the Bible even to the other end; a truth that is absolutely vital for your soul....

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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. Mutual Quarreling Every gift of God brings its temptation. For it can either be used for God’s glory, or misused in the service of sin. This applies, surely not least, to the wondrous gift oflanguage, that high privilege whereby, among all creatures, man distinguishes himself. For though in our times reports are abroad of a language of animals, and a man of learning has devoted three years of his life to the study of the supposed...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: March 1, 2009, p. 252. The millennial view of the dispensationalists manifests their view of God’s covenant. God’s covenant promises, they say, will not be fulfilled unless an earthly millennium for the Jews takes place. This shows that the errors dispensationalists make with regard to eschatology are related to their wrong view of God’s covenant. One of these errors is their carnal view of God’s covenant promise concerning the promised land. Dispensationalists assume it as a matter of common sense that this land...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Previous article in this series: January 1, 2009, p. 151. Lord’s Day 2 Q 3. Whence knowest thou thy misery?  A. Out of the law of God. Q 4. What doth the law of God require of us?  A. Christ teaches us that briefly, Matthew 22:37-40 , “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first and the great commandment; and the second is like unto it, Thou...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. On our pilgrim journey through this life we face many hardships. Ours is not a prosperous, peaceful, and trouble-free life. From the cradle to the grave, we encounter countless and great struggles. Persecution is one of the main hardships we face. Because we are not of the world, we are hated for the sake of Jesus Christ. Christ Himself experienced this, and concerning it He said, “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). And again, “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (John...

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As stated in an earlier editorial (March 1, 2009) we intend to use the Letters to the Editors column to bring to a conclusion our response to a respondent’s reaction to AIM’s recent video introducing the PRC to the viewing public. The respondent voiced problems with two matters highlighted by the video, the first having to do with the value and need for creeds and confessions in the church’s great battle to maintain the testimony of the Truth, the other having to do with the need and importance of membership in the church institute. In the February 15 issue of...

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Marriage is for life. Marriage is a special, truly astounding union of one man and one woman for as long as they both shall live. God instituted marriage in the beginning. That work of God is recorded in Genesis 2, another essential reason for insisting that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are literal history. In Genesis 2 God reveals that He formed Adam as head of the race and king of the creation. Next, God wisely revealed to Adam that Adam needed a help that was fitting for him—something that he did not find in all the animals that God had created....

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.  Matthew 27:32 The gospel narratives record the events of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion in great detail. Some of these details we might pass over as being unimportant. No doubt many who were eyewitnesses of our Savior’s agony did just that. But the very fact that the holy writers were inspired to record these details in the gospel narratives indicates that these details are of great...

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