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Vol 86 Issue 05

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Remember the Warnings

Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they...

News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities This past October many of our churches celebrated the Reformation begun by Martin Luther, October 31, 1517, and the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth with their annual Reformation Day Lecture. Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, gave two lectures. The first, entitled “Calvin on Justification: Considering the Judgment Day with Singular Delight,” on October 15 in Porthcawl, South Wales, and the second under the same title, on October 30 at the...

Rome and Politics (9): Rome’s Goal of World Dominion

Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2009, p. 468. Players Malachi Martin in his entertaining, though somewhat long-winded, The Keys of This Blood (1990) claims, “we are all involved in an all-out, no-holds-barred, three-way global competition.”¹ The three contenders to establish the first ever one-world system of government are the communist Soviet Union, led by Mikhail Gorbachev; the democratic capitalists of the West, led by the US president; and the Roman Catholic Church, led by John Paul II. The “new world government,” with its “legislative, executive...

The Fruit of the Spirit (7): Longsuffering

Previous article in thes series: November 15, 2008, p. 82. Longsuffering is first in the second main group of what is called, in Galatians 5:22, “the fruit of the Spirit.” While the first group of three virtues (love, joy, and peace) seems to emphasize inner virtues, the second group of three virtues (longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness) seems to highlight virtues that are evident in our outward dealings and communication, especially with those of our church families and covenant homes. Longsuffering begins the second set of aspects concerning the fruit of the Spirit because it is basic to gentleness and goodness....

RFPA Annual Secretary Report

Mr. VanUffelen is a member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan. Asaph contemplates the goodness of God to Israel by retracing the history of the early church and God’s ever-present hand of protection and grace in Psalm 78. In verses 4-7 he rightly begins with the command: We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works which he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them...

The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth (2): God Created by His Word: A Truth Understood Only by Faith

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2009, p. 10. An unbeliever who has never read the Scriptures or heard them preached can look out at the creation and see that there must be a God. The eternal power and divinity of the Creator are understood by the things that God made (Rom. 1:20). But it takes faith to understand that God created all things simply by uttering the word of His power. A person must have faith to understand this. There is no other way. This...

Heaven (2)

Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2009, p. 16. By parable, the two celestial tutors teach us both the terrestrial immanence and spiritual transcendence of the third heaven. They also make clear that heaven is not simply a state of being, but a most glorious place, and the quality of life enjoyed there is the highest—a supreme blessedness enjoyed already on earth by the Spirit of Christ sent from heaven, and a future glory, when Jesus returns, that eye has not seen, ear heard, or has...

John Calvin as Church Reformer (2)

Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: November 1, 2009, p. 56. In the first article, we maintained that John Calvin was God’s instrument to build upon the foundation of Martin Luther, thus furthering the reformation of the church. The basic details of Calvin’s life indicate the work God called Calvin to do. In this second article, we take note of the man as God created and molded him to be the powerful reformer that he was. God’s Prepared Instrument—Training Focusing briefly on John Calvin as church...

The Making of a Minister (2)

Previous article in this series: September 15, 2009, p. 484. When I left this subject in September, I had written that Christ’s church needs ministers. Our churches have the pressure of vacancies, and we feel that pressure here at the seminary. Who will present himself to be prepared for the ministry? The ministry is hard work—the toil of a slave, with the hardships of a soldier in battle, and the threats of wild beasts. No exaggerations, even if they are figures of speech—Scripture’s own figures. Then, when the ministry often also is accompanied by sorrows, who would dare train? Sometimes...

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