All Articles For Vol 86 Issue 06 12/15/2009

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Mr. Wiggers is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities The Loveland, CO PRC Young Adults Society and Evangelism Committee sponsored two lectures by Prof. David Engelsma on the subject of Eschatology. The first was Friday, October 30, entitled, “The Two Slain Witnesses,” and another on Saturday morning, October 31, entitled, “The Battle of Armageddon.” The Outreach Committee of the Mission Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored a Reformation Day Lecture on October 30. Their missionary pastor, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, spoke on the topic, “Calvin and the Sovereignty of God.” There was once again encouraging evidence...

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Mrs. Laning is a wife and mother in Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. My five-year old daughter presented me with her drawing: a stick figure topped with curly hair standing next to a long dotted line. I guessed the person was her, but the dotted line had me stumped. “Guess what that is,” she said smiling. “Rocks?” I fumbled. She shook her head. “A jump rope?” I tried. Her eyebrows furrowed. “They’re ants!” she declared. “They always do that. You know, follow each other.” My daughter was learning wisdom from the tiniest of teachers. Unknowingly, she was...

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Mr. Terpstra is a member of the Faith Protestant Reformed Church of Jenison, Michigan. Welcome to the world of books, especially good, Reformed books! And yes, probably some books that are not so Reformed, maybe even some that are quite Deformed, which good Reformed readers nevertheless should read and learn from. Having been appointed to this rubric, my sister Sue Looyenga and I hope to stir up some good reading habits on the part of our Standard Bearer audience, young and older. We plan to write regular reviews with a more positive emphasis, recommending solid Reformed and Christian books of...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor emeritus of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2009, p. 34. Postmillennialism in the Reformed Tradition The postmillennial theory of the end that appears in the Reformed tradition can, and should, be distinguished from the modernist postmillennialism described in the preceding article. The millennium proposed by Reformed theologians is supposed to come about by means of the preaching of the gospel and the teaching of the law of God, rather than by evolutionary development and human effort. The future “golden age” envisioned by Reformed men will...

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Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Have you ever wished you could take your words back? With your words you attacked a good friend and caused him deep hurt. Or with your words you turned a budding friendship back, a friendship that held much promise. Did you wonder where those words came from? Or do you often find yourself in most unpleasant conversations, wondering how you got there? In the circle of your friends do you find yourself trash-talking someone outside your circle? Do you sometimes find yourself listening to the same old talk...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previous article in this series: March 1, 2009, p. 255. Having now laid the groundwork for the place of the members of Christ’s church in missions, we move along to various legitimate ways members can become involved in missions. To be sure, the place of the laity in missions begins at home. We must live a godly life in our families, in our schools, in our places of employment, and in our recreation. This has a direct impact on the work of missions. But in...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2009, p. 44. Especially since the days of World War II, there have been many Jews who have moved to Palestine. This gathering of Jews out of different nations into the new nation of Israel is said by many to be a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. God in Scripture repeatedly made known that the Jews would one day be brought back to the promised land. Citing these promises, many argue that the present-day gathering of unbelieving Jews is a...

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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. Never did the grace of God shine so brightly on this earth as it did in the dark night when the virgin Mary brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. God gave His own Son in our human body, loaded on Him our sins, so that He might take them all away, for there was no other way to the Father. There is no...

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The focal point of all of history is the coming of Jesus Christ. The whole Old Testament pointed ahead to His birth. The law and the types foreshadowed it, the prophets foretold it, and the people of God prayed for the coming of the Lord’s Anointed, the Messiah. The long-awaited Messiah came “in the fullness of time” (Gal. 4:4), in the exact time and circumstances sovereignly determined by God. This was the Seed of the Woman that God promised to Adam and Eve so long before (Gen. 3:15). Born of Abraham’s race He was, of Judah’s tribe, of David’s line,...

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Rev. Marcus is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The book of generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Matthew 1:1 Jesus Christ is the promised King who saves His people from their sins. These words, and the genealogy that follows, point to the glorious truth of the gospel. The words with which Matthew begins his Gospel account remind us of Genesis 5:1: “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him.” Just as Genesis...

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