All Articles For Vol 88 Issue 01 10/1/2011

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Young Adult Activities The congregation of the Loveland, CO PRC extended a hearty welcome to those attending the Young Adult Retreat sponsored by their young adults on August 22-25. Rev. S. Key, pastor of Loveland, was this year’s featured speaker. He spoke on “Seeking First God’s Kingdom,” from Matthew 6. No doubt those attending the retreat enjoyed a beneficial discussion on submission to authority. Those attending this year also enjoyed the wonderful accommodations at the Glenwood Suites Hotel and some great Colorado activities, including whitewater rafting, hiking in the magnificent Rocky Mountains, and a relaxing trip to one of the world’s...

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September 7, 2011 Classis West met in regular session on Wednesday, September 7, in the facilities of the Peace PRC of Lansing, IL. Rev. Dennis Lee chaired this meeting. The highlight of the day was the examination of Mr. Brian Huizinga, pastor-elect of the Hope PRC of Redlands, CA. At an official worship service the evening before Classis convened, Mr. Huizinga preached a sermon on Isaiah 55:6-7 under the theme “Seek Ye the Lord.” On Wednesday Classis examined Mr. Huizinga in the six loci of dogmatics, knowledge of Scripture, knowledge of the confessions, controversy, and practica. Classis approved Mr. Huizinga’s exam and...

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God blesses our covenant homes with sons and daughters. Particularly blessed are our homes when the Lord gives us some sons and some daughters. Contrary to past Asian tradition, which we learned during the early years of being a missionary in Singapore, sons are not a greater blessing than daughters. The prayer of the psalmist for the future well-being and blessing of the Israel of God in the world was: “That our sons be as plants grown up in their youth: and that our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace” (Ps. 144:12). Psalter number...

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O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker....

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*The articles appearing under this theme are the substance of a lecture given in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Northern Ireland on January 12, 2011. Previous article in this series: September 15, 2011, p. 488. In our last article we noted that the Scriptures refer to and warn against various sins against the Holy Spirit. Noting the pertinent passages in Scripture, we drew out of them the doctrine of the Holy Spirit that Christian and Reformed believers confess: that the Holy Spirit is truly and eternally God; that the Holy Spirit is a distinct person of the triune Godhead;...

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A significant anniversary is upon us. On October 3, 2011, the Declaration of Principles of the Protestant Reformed Churches (Declaration) will be sixty years old. As is typical at anniversaries, we will reminisce about the life of this important friend of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC). It is fitting as well that this reminiscence be done in the Standard Bearer (SB). The SB and the Declaration have always been close friends. When its friend was attacked, the SB faithfully defended her. When its friend triumphed, the SB rejoiced with her. And now on her sixtieth anniversary it is fitting that...

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“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ and shall deceive many. …but the end is not yet…. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets…insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:5, 23, 24 What are we going to say about this fellow? It was not enough that he misled thousands back in 1994. It was not enough that he by his foolish calculations and unfulfilled prediction of Christ’s return 17 years...

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With this issue, by the grace of God, the Standard Bearer begins a new volume, eighty-eight years after it was launched. As they do every summer, the SB writers set the course for the new year by adopting a schedule of writers and rubrics. It is my privilege to pull out the telescope and give you a peek at the course they have determined to follow, D.V. I can tell you immediately, that the direction and goals of the SB are the same as they have been for its entire existence. The flag of the ship flies on the front...

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