All Articles For Vol 88 Issue 03 11/1/2011

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Congregational Activities Pastor-elect Brian Huizinga, his wife, Michelle, and their children, Anna, Calvin, and Jacob, arrived in Redlands, CA late Thursday evening, September 8. His ordination and installation as the twelfth pastor of the Hope PRC took place during the morning worship service on Sunday, September 18, with Prof. R. Decker leading the service. Rev. W. Langerak, who was also present, read the form and participated in the “imposition of hands by the officiating minister and by other ministers present,” as noted in Article 4 of the Church Order. For the worship service Prof. Decker preached from God’s Word found...

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September 14, 2011 Hope Protestant Reformed Church Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at the Hope PRC, Walker, MI. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. G. Eriks was the chairman of this session. The delegates ad examina from Classis West were present, as were two visitors from a small denomination in Germany who were in the area to visit with our Contact Committee. This was a happy occasion for the classis. The delegates were able to witness the successful classical examination of Nathan Decker, Pastor-elect of the Trinity PRC. This young brother gave a good...

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This writer has long prepared lessons for the study of Bible history in the Sunday Schools of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Some of that material (written originally more for Sunday School teachersthan for Sunday School students) has recently been collected and printed in a three-volume set of books entitled Upon This Rock. The books cover New Testament Bible history. Given opportunity, now, to write a series of articles for “Search the Scriptures” in the SB, I’ve decided to focus again on the very beginning of that history. You may be sure, however, that what appears on these pages will not be just...

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* The text of the address given at the annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) on September 22, 2011 at Faith Protestant Reformed Church, Jenison, MI. Introduction In the last few days of September and the first three days of October, 1951, that is, sixty years ago to the month and almost to the day, the synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) took the most important decisions in their history to that date, indeed, to the present day. By votes consistently of nine to seven—the slimmest majority possible, one vote—the synod adopted a document called “The...

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Young people, do you view your parents, and specifically your fathers, as the source of your joy and happiness? It is tempting for a child, as he grows older, to despise his parents and to reject their good advice and admonitions. The wise child, according to the book of Proverbs, is a son or daughter who keeps the commandments of father and mother, receives reproof, thus making father and mother glad. The foolish child is one who despises instruction, will not hear rebuke, and turns away from the commandments of his parents. Are you living as a wise, or as...

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The seminary has once again opened its doors and begun another year of instruction. There is always an eagerness to begin classes again. The summer recess is just long enough for students and faculty. Now we have buckled down to the rigors of another academic year. One significant change from last year concerns the seminary building itself. The summer of 2009 saw the renovation of the entrance to the seminary. This summer’s work was more extensive. It involved construction of a new (larger) all-purpose room, new (larger) rest rooms, a new kitchen, and a new faculty lounge, which will double...

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Previous article in this series: October 1, 2011, p. 10. Sixty years ago a steadfast friend of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) came into being. It is the anniversary of our friend, the Declaration of Principles (Declaration), that we celebrated in the last article. Remembering that anniversary is remembering a significant event. Rev. Herman Hoeksema, and others with him, maintained that the document was “one of the most important documents that was ever adopted by our churches” (34.11:244). It was the settled and binding decision of the PRC on “one aspect of ‘common grace'” that represented the culmination of years...

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Previous article in this series: October 1, 2011, p. 5. And so October 21 has come and gone, and no return of the Lord Jesus. No rapture either. Nor for that matter, did God’s final judgment fall with history-ending severity. One did not have to be a Bible scholar to have predicted that. Even the unbelievers ‘prophesied’ October 22 would dawn bright and clear. However (and this is what Christ’s church must continue to declare), the judgments of God that bring about this world’s end did and will continue to rumble through creation and the nations. Harold Camping or no...

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Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. Job 2:9-10 What evils had come upon Job! In one day he lost all his earthly riches and his ten children. All that was left to him were his wife and a few servants. Soon after this he was afflicted with a loathsome disease...

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