All Articles For Vol 86 Issue 09 2/1/2010

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Young People’s Activities The next opportunity you have to spend some time on the Internet, we invite you to look up www.prcconvention.com for a preview of this summer’s 70th annual young people’s convention. For some time now, members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, this year’s host congregation, have been busy laying the groundwork for that all-important week. A steering committee has been selected, and they are sending monthly newsletters out in an effort to keep their fellow church members informed as to the progress of the various plans for the 2010 convention. This year’s convention will be held at Springhill...

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Croeso i Gymreu. This is Welsh for “Welcome to Wales!” Wales—the land of the ancient Britons and the origin of King Henry VIII, Puritan John Owen, war Prime Minister David Lloyd-George, and “the Doctor” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)—is the venue for the 2010 British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Family Conference (7-14 August). Although perhaps little known by most Standard Bearer readers, and possessing a human population only a third that of its number of sheep, the natives quip that, if it were flat, Wales would be larger than England! “The Word of God for Our Generation” Profs. Engelsma and Hanko are the main...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2009, p. 138. Why Read? “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” Mortimer J. Adler “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain “. . . Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12:12b “. . . Give attendance to reading. . . .” I Timothy 4:13a Have...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2010, p. 177. In the previous article, we focused on a description of gentleness and on its only source for us in Jesus Christ. Now, we follow through with some application of that virtue to our daily life, particularly by means of the admonition of Colossians 3:12. The Lord commands us, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness….” We must clothe ourselves with this virtue of kindness, or, as it is also called in Scripture, gentleness. What is this spiritual fabric that must be worn...

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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. Every one among us knows that in the so-called Sermon on the Mount our Savior declared and testified: “Blessed are they that mourn.” But do we also remember that, ten centuries before this, the Preacher said: “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better” (Eccl. 7:3)? And do we bring to mind this yet stronger exhortation of the apostle James: “Be afflicted, and mourn,...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2010, p. 159. With official sanction, and on a wider scale, Reformed churches ought to permit women to serve as assistants to the deacons. Arguing that this should be done on a wider scale, I recognize that it is already done to a limited degree by a Helping Hands Committee or by some other means. This is good. Where it is already being done, let us be sure that it is being done with a clear understanding of the biblical basis for it, and that it is being done in a biblical manner....

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Pushing for Consistency on Marriage The Chicago Tribune reported that John Marcotte is promoting an initiative to ban divorce in his home state of California. Marcotte is pushing for the ban on divorce in response to the passage of Proposition 8 by California voters in 2008. Proposition 8, otherwise named the California Marriage Protection Act, banned homosexual marriage in California by adding to the state constitution the words “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in the state of California.” Marcotte voted against Proposition 8 and is described in the article as a “gay-rights supporter.”...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2009, p. 136. Postmillennialism in the Reformed Tradition (cont.) Contemporary advocates of postmillennialism in Reformed and Presbyterian churches, particularly the disciples of the Puritans and the Christian Reconstructionists, can appeal to a prominent, powerful strand of the Reformed tradition in support of their doctrine of the last things. Unlike premillennial dispensationalism, the other important challenge to Reformed amillennialism, postmillennialism must be taken seriously by the Reformed church in the twenty-first century. Edwards and the Puritans In the preceding installment in this series on the doctrine of the last things, I quoted Jonathan Edwards’...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2010, p. 172. In the new dispensation, the truth that God has entrusted to the church is constantly under attack. God has graciously given the Reformed church confessions for a solid wall of defense against Satan’s attempts to introduce heresy into the church. The Reformed church has learned from history how evil men, though claiming to be Reformed, have yet tried to bring in damnable heresies. The Formula of Subscription (FOS) was adopted as a means to preserve the truth of the confessions. Any church that intends to be Reformed must maintain the...

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And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God. II Chronicles 33:12-13 Manasseh was the 14th king of the kingdom of Judah. Manasseh became king when he was 12 years old and reigned for 55 years, longer than any other of Judah’s kings. Manasseh followed in the footsteps of both his father and his grandfather....

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