All Articles For Vol 87 Issue 12 3/15/2011

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Young People’s Activities  When reading your church bulletins each week, we at the “News” are always on the lookout for variations on a theme. The theme in this instance is the fund-raisers by the young people’s societies of our churches for the annual Young People’s Convention in the summer. One such instance we saw just this week. It was a different look on the time-tested “pancake breakfast.” The Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA hosted a French-toast breakfast on Saturday, February 19, for their congregation, proceeds going toward their convention expenses. The Young People’s Society of...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2011, p. 231. (Ecclesiastes 2 – Part 1) The second chapter of Ecclesiastes embraces one central thought, which is well represented by the preacher’s initial comment in connection with wine, that by wisdom the preacher sought to see or discern, “what was good for the sons of men, which they should do under heaven all the days of their life” (Eccl. 2:3). This issue, which may be stated as a question, is the concern that the preacher would bring before us. It is this that he would prove in his heart. He would discern...

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The young people who attended the 2010 young people’s convention may recognize the content of this article, because it is based on the speech I gave there. After receiving some encouragement to put the speech into writing, I decided I would write on the subject of sin’s bondage. The difficult part of writing this article is that I cannot use the visual aid that I used at the convention. So please picture in your minds as you read the article a little goldfish, named Sidney, swimming around in a bowl of water. Christians are captives set free from sin. This...

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2011, p. 207. The familiar words of the title of this article are taken from Ephesians 6:4. This verse describes in a rather comprehensive way the calling of parents. Each word that the inspired apostle uses has its significant nuance of meaning. To ‘bring up’ means to nurture. The word translated as ‘nurture’ refers to all the education and training that is necessary to bring a child from infancy to mature adulthood and responsible independent Christian living. The word ‘admonition’ speaks of discipline and chastening. This word in the original language comes from the...

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Especially over the last half century, one theory after another that denies the literal creation-record of Genesis has been introduced and gained popularity, also within evangelical, Reformed, and Presbyterian denominations. The period theory, the gap theory, the mythical theory, the allegorical theory, the poetical theory, the saga theory, and other views and variations that explain Genesis 1 as a doxology or as a teaching model, and in recent years the so-called Framework Hypothesis have all been put forth. All of these views have one thing in common—they deny the literal meaning of the creation record in Scripture. And, whether it is deliberate...

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Editor’s note:  This article is offered to the readers to help clear up some of the confusion on the doctrine of the covenant. It comes to the SB as a result of a private conversation of the undersigned with Prof. Engelsma. I expressed disappointment concerning the lack of clarity in some of the summaries that have been written on Herman Bavinck’s covenant theology. Prof. Engelsma informed me that he had written a summary of Bavinck’s doctrine of the covenant, and he offered it to the SB. We readily accepted it. It is as straightforward and clear as Bavinck himself on this vital doctrine....

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2010, p. 115. In the last several articles we have raised the idea of whether some families of established churches of a denomination ought to consider moving to a mission field. We studied the biblical and historical precedent that reveals that families of the church did this in the past. It was, in fact, a powerful means Christ used to build His church in the world. The suggestion of families or individuals moving to and becoming a part of the life of a mission does not mean that every family ought to make...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2011, p 244. The doctrine of God’s everlasting covenant of grace is central to the Reformed faith, which is to say, it is the heart of Reformed doctrine. It is an essential doctrine of salvation. All the doctrines of salvation by grace come together, are harmonized, in the doctrine of the covenant. It connects God’s decrees, the atoning work of Christ, the sovereign grace that saves, justification, sanctification, and preservation unto everlasting life. The covenant also brings a warmth and personal experience to the doctrines of sovereign grace. That is not merely my...

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Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.  And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Psalm 90:16, 17 It is now almost the time of year for the planting of crops and gardens. We begin another season of work after things have been lying dormant through the winter months. It is customary that we ask the grace of God upon us in our labors. We do not pray with and for...

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