All Articles For Vol 86 Issue 07 1/1/2010

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mission Activities The Consistory of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, sponsored an open forum question and answer meeting on November 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Quezon City Circle Park. All the men of the Berean congregation were invited to this meeting, as well as the male members from the First Reformed Church of Tondo, the First Reformed Church of Bulacan, the Christian Faith Ministry of Batasan Hills, and some other recent contacts. The Berean congregation prayed that, with the Lord’s blessing and the guidance...

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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. What do you want in the coming year? Take time to search your heart. The heart of man (yours and mine) is always focused on something. What is it? If you could be given one thing, what would you want it to be? Is it in terms of the earthly: money, things, advance in business? Is it in terms of pleasure: good times, friends, excitement? Is it in terms of personal satisfaction: weight-loss, beauty?...

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Written by the retreaters from Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. The seniors of the Protestant Reformed Churches first heard of a Seniors’ Retreat by way of a bulletin announcement on February 24, 2008. Response to that announcement revealed that there was in fact sufficient interest among the seniors of the denomination for such a retreat. Though the idea of a seniors’ retreat had been considered for several years, it was the Loveland PRC that took the initiative to lay the groundwork. A committee from Loveland put in hours and hours of planning and much hard work to make the idea of...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2009, p. 36. In our last article, we surveyed the history of the Christian church permitting women to assist the deacons through the time of the Middle Ages. We concluded that at times the early Christian church did let women perform duties that Scripture does not permit women to perform; that, nevertheless, one cannot appeal to the history of the early church to defend women holding church office; and that the church in her early history did set a positive example...

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Mr. VanEngen, a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa, is a practicing attorney. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1 We hear much discussion in the world today about the “global warming” that many scientists claim man is causing. The “green,” or environmental, movement is even becoming a substantial factor influencing elections and political candidates. Automakers are producing more and more “hybrid” or “flex-fuel” vehicles in an attempt to lower emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gases. In June of 2009, the United States House...

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Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The original and preeminent inhabitants of heaven are angels. Magnificent creatures, their power, freedom, and glory is unsurpassed. Essentially, angels are spirits—ethical, rational, and living souls created in the beginning with heaven, their home (Job 38:4-7). Though non-corporeal, they are described with earthly and heavenly features, reflecting their transcendence and work as intermediaries. With bird-like wings (even multiple pairs) and star-like brilliance, angels are the mighty steeds (cherubs) and holy, fiery ones (seraphs) of the heavens. Yet, angels can appear on earth in an instant, take human...

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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. Cheerfulness In our sin saturated life, laughter stands in such bad repute with us, that the very thought that the Lord our God can laugh is distasteful to us. If it were not written in Scripture, and if there you did not read in so many words: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh,” it would never have come to you so much as to suggest “laughter” on the part of God....

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Rev. Eriks is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. This is the text of the speech given on September 24, 2009 at the annual meeting of the RFPA. Do you read good, Reformed books? Do you read the Standard Bearer and the books published by the RFPA? In your home do you teach your children to read? Do you model this in your home? If you are doing this, my desire is that you be encouraged to continue reading good, Reformed material. If you are struggling to read, may you be inspired to read good, Reformed (RFPA)...

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Every year in Protestant Reformed Churches across North America (usually this time of year), when elders and deacons are installed, a particularly solemn event occurs. A document is read and signed by any man who has not served as an officebearer in that congregation. Most often this is done in a public worship service (and churches are encouraged to do it publicly—the event deserves this emphasis). The officebearers are signing a document by which they affirm that they fully agree with all the doctrines and articles of the Reformed confessions, and that they promise to teach and defend them faithfully....

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14 This word of God speaks of being zealous of good works. Are you zealous of good works? Everyone has zeal for something. Not all, however, have a zeal for good works. There is a people that Jesus Christ has redeemed from iniquity that are zealous of good works. Are you one of these people? This people is found in the church....

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