All Articles For Vol 87 Issue 09 2/1/2011

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Evangelism Activities On Sunday, January 9, Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, began a commitment to speak on the Reformed Witness Hour for several months. During the time that Rev. Kleyn is on the radio, Covenant of Grace will be sponsoring additional broadcasts of the RWH in Spokane on the FM network of ACN at 5 p.m. on Sundays, 106.5, but also broadcast in the Tri-cities, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, and Yakima. This broadcast began already on January 2, and Rev. Kleyn received a phone call the following Monday from a listener....

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On Monday night, January 3, 2011, God answered the prayers of many parents in Loveland, CO. By faith the Loveland Protestant Reformed Christian School Society voted to start a high school beginning in 2011-2012. This would complete our school’s humble beginnings forty-nine years ago, when we started with seven students in grades 1-5. The possibility of our having a high school in Loveland was explored already in the early 1980s, when we added the 9th grade. In the 1990s, the Board conducted feasibility studies and surveyed the school society membership, in order to gain their input and gauge the level...

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Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims, by Daniel R. Hyde, 178 pages, paper. Published by Reformation Trust of Ligonier Ministries. Retail price is $12. Reviewed by Rev. J. Kortering. First of all, we say a word about the author. He serves as pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, CA. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Westminster West and his Master of Theology degree from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. His qualification to write this book is not limited to his formal theological studies. He became a Christian in high...

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Travail is unique in every respect. For one, as any woman who has experienced it can testify, travail is dreaded due to its pain and uncertainty, but also anticipated with hope due to its purpose, to give birth. Fear takes hold on a woman in travail (Ps. 48:6). “She has sorrow because her hour is come,” Jesus declared, “but as soon as she is delivered she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world” ( John 16:21). Travail is the main biblical term for childbirth. In Scripture a number of words in the original...

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Previous editorial in this series: November 15, 2010, p. 89. The above title is a phrase found in Ephesians 6:4. This passage is one of the many in Scripture that speak of our calling as parents. It follows after the special admonition to children to obey their parents in the Lord. How thankful we are that the Lord gives us so much instruction in these important areas of Christian living. The key words in the above quoted phrase are “in the Lord” or “of the Lord.” The idea is that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One who guides us entirely...

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Drastic changes are taking place all around us in society today. Although the mainstream “Christian” churches in Western civilization departed from doctrinal orthodoxy generations ago, most of society still, until more recently, followed the outward practices of Judeo-Christian principles. For instance, stores and businesses were closed on Sundays. Adultery and homosexuality were looked down upon by the majority of society. Society even incorporated these practices into its laws. Laws prohibited adultery and homosexuality and provided criminal sanctions for violations. State and municipal laws prohibited businesses from operating on Sunday. The killing of unborn children through “abortion” was prohibited by the...

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“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13 As young people, you face temptations every day, and every day you respond differently to those temptations. Sometimes we can be proud and think that we are not affected by a certain temptation nearly as much as other people are. We show this pride by focusing on the...

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Previous article in this series: Novembe 15, 2010, p. 83. That the office of elder is the office of rule in Christ’s church we demonstrated from Scripture and the Reformed confessions in our last article. The church needs this office, for she is made up of human beings, who need rule, and are sinners, who by nature oppose order and right. The question that now begs to be answered is this: exactly who rules in the church? Do the elders rule in the church on their own? Does a body of mere men rule the church? Or does another? The answer is...

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* This editorial is the (revised) 2010 graduation message of the Protestant Reformed Seminary, more a sermon than a speech. It appears only now in February because other editorials took precedence this fall and winter. May the message, heard by a goodly number last June, also be of use to the churches and the SB community at large. In this new year, please commit us at the seminary to God in prayer. Graduates, members of the Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches, Theological School Committee, members of the PRC, family and friends of the graduates, and those who have traveled...

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“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” II Peter 3:18 Peter has emphasized, in this his second epistle, the importance of correct knowledge for these new Christians. He has spoken repeatedly of the importance of rightly grasping the truth through a careful study of the Scriptures. Grace and peace is multiplied through knowledge (II Pet. 1:2). All things that pertain to life and godliness are given through the knowledge of God (II Pet. 1:3). Consider the place of the knowledge of God...

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