Vol 86 Issue 14

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News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities   We pass along some exciting news from the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA. At a congregational meeting held on March 1, their congregation approved a proposal from their Council to purchase a plot of land on which to build a church building. This property is in the town of Hull proper, but on the other side of town from the Hull PRC, so the two congregations will not be right on top of one another. Calvary hopes to begin building sometime in 2011, the Lord willing. We thank God for His provision for Calvary. Their congregation is...

Report of Classis West

March 3-4, 2010 Classis West convened in regular session on March 3-4, 2010 in the Loveland PRC of Loveland, CO. Rev. Douglas Kuiper chaired this session. Classis welcomed back Rev. T. Miersma, recently installed pastor of Immanuel PRC, who had not been a delegate to Classis West for the past 15 years, while he served our churches as missionary. Absent was our newest minister, Rev. C. Griess, who was unable to attend because his wife’s pregnancy was near term. Loveland PRC requested Classis to declare Rev. R. Miersma emeritus for reasons of health, and to make his emeritation retroactive to...

The High Calling of Husbands to Love Their Wives (2)

Previous article in this series: April 1, 2010, p. 303. Important for the demonstration of love for one’s wife is the fact that the husband honors his wife as the weaker vessel. See I Peter 2:7. The husband must control his own sinful nature and the temptation to use his superior strength to crush her not only physically but in her spirit. The husband must not be guilty of demeaning behavior and harsh, insensitive, and cruel criticism of his wife. He must not use fear tactics to intimidate her. He must not treat his wife as though she is nothing more...

Conviction

Convictions are getting more and more difficult to maintain. Convictions are more and more difficult to practice. Convictions are more and more difficult to remember. Look first at conviction in the broadest possible sense. Conviction, broadly speaking, is a determined, tightly held judgment on a matter or subject. Conviction is rooted in the heart and declared with strong emotion. Conviction is opinion cherished and deeply valued. People of conviction are willing to devote themselves to their stand, even at great cost. In days past, you did not need to look far to find people of conviction. They had definite, sharp,...

One Nation, Under God

On March 11, 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals filed opinions in two separate cases that considered whether government-sponsored references to God violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. One was a challenge to the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on United States currency. The other was a challenge to the inclusion of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. In both cases, the court found that the references to God did not violate the Establishment Clause. These rulings are interesting in a couple of different respects. First, the Ninth Circuit, headquartered...

Devil

Of all our perennial, lifelong enemies, we seem most oblivious to the devil. Foolish, because he is the worst and most powerful. He is Beelzebub—lord of devils, prince of the world, ruler of dark powers, principalities, and spiritual wickedness in high places (John 12:31; Matt. 12:24; Eph. 6:12). He has power over death (Heb. 2:14). As to our own flesh that assaults us, all its sin is of the devil (LD 52; I John 3:8). Of all enemies, the devil is Satan, i.e., the Adversary, who sits in God’s temple as God, opposing and exalting himself over all that is called God (II...

Extremely Long “Days” & Death Before the Fall

Previous article in this series: March 15, 2010, p. 272. When witnessing to those who profess to be Christians, we come across a variety of views on the subject of creation. Some will admit that they believe in evolution, even though it blatantly contradicts the teaching of Scripture. Others will say that they reject the theory of evolution, yet they will still insist that the six days of creation may have lasted for an extremely long period of time. This latter group, though denying evolution, is still falling into a very serious error. Even if they confess the truth concerning...

How Many Interpretations of Genesis Should a Denomination Allow?

Members of the United Reformed Churches (URC) have held a variety of views on creation since the organization of the URC as a federation of churches in 1996. The main issue is the interpretation of Genesis, especially chapters 1 and 2. Some in the URC interpret these opening chapters of the Bible literally. Others interpret these chapters figuratively. The difference centers mainly on the days of Genesis 1. Those who interpret Genesis 1 literally view the days as ordinary 24-hour days. Those who interpret the chapter figuratively view the days as long periods of time. This raises the important question, should a variety...

Apostasy Revisited – Reflections on an Analysis of the Apostasy of the CRC in the Last Half-Century (1)

From a certain point of view the ‘reflections’ of this editorial are a bit tardy. They are reflections not just on the history of the apostasy that has overrun the CRC in the last 50-60 years (one cannot be tardy on that), but because they are reflections prompted by another man’sanalysis of that apostasy, namely, that of a Robert P. Swierenga. That analysis was given some ten years ago in a rather lengthy paper (in South Africa, no less), at the University of Stellenbosch Conference, for the International Society for the Study of Reformed Communities. Our justification for an editorial a...

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But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:8, 9 The apostle Paul declares that the grace of God that brings salvation in Jesus means three things: full and free redemption from all iniquity; a people purified unto God who are zealous of good works; and having the...

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