All Articles For Vol 86 Issue 21 9/15/2010

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Young People’s Activities  Our denomination’s annual Young People’s Convention took place on August 16-20 at the Spring Hill Camp in Evart, MI, about 90 miles north of Grand Rapids. By our count, this was the 70th annual convention, and the 8th sponsored by the Hudsonville, MI PRC. This year’s convention developed the theme, “The Truth Shall Set You Free,” based on John 8:32. Rev. G. Eriks spoke on “Free from Sin’s Bondage”; Rev. R. VanOverloop spoke on “Set Free by Christ’s Death”; and Prof. B. Gritters spoke on “Set Free to Live Obediently.” Overall, the convention went very well, even with...

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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. Adversity  “Troubled” is such a fearsome word. Not when one is troubled from lack of courage of faith, but when one feels “oppressed.” Even in a material and physical sense this is true. When in a room where you sit at work fresh air is exhausted, or becomes overheated, so that it becomes difficult to breathe, the lack of air can give you such a feeling of oppression that the blood rushes to...

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Our Secure Salvation: Preservation and Apostasy, by Robert A. Peterson. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2009. Pp xi + 239. $14.99. Soft cover. ISBN 9781596380431. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. Do you question whether God will certainly preserve you in your faith to the end of your life? Are you afraid of falling away from His saving grace? Confessing Reformed believers know that, due to God’s irresistible grace, this is not possible. But where in the Bible are we assured of this? And what of the Arminian spin on various Scripture texts, making them appear to teach that my...

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2010, p. 208. So far, we have considered the truth that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, and gentleness. Now, we consider that the fruit of the Spirit includes the virtue of goodness. With the consideration of goodness, we once again can appreciate that the various aspects of the fruit of the Spirit are a blessed unity. For example, where there is the true love of Christ in us, there will also be present the virtue of goodness. One who truly loves his neighbor will also do good to...

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The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC)  We knew this was coming. Rev. Gise Van Baren reported on the proposed merger of the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) in the March 15, 2006 edition of the Standard Bearer. On June 18 the merger was ratified. For the Grand Rapids Press Paul R. Kopenkoskey reports: An estimated 400 delegates approved Friday at Calvin College a constitution that merges the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council into the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The new union represents 80 million Christians from 108 countries, in...

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The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2 This is a very important Psalm. The Holy Spirit had already said the same thing in II Samuel 22. Surely, when the Holy Spirit repeats a word of God we know that He wishes to emphasize a truth. These words were written and sung at a very important juncture in the life of David the servant of God. The time was near the close of his...

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