All Articles For Vol 88 Issue 05 12/1/2011

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2010, p. 254. It has been some time now since our last article on this subject. We asked the question in the last article whether or not it is proper for families or confessing individuals in existing churches to move to a place of an established mission field? Our answer to this question is: yes. We recognize, however, that there are objections to this position. There are legitimate questions that arise in this connection. It is for that reason we are trying to examine the issue a little more closely. Before extolling the...

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Minister Activities Rev. Ron Hanko, pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC, declined the call extended to him to serve as the next pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Prof. and Mrs. Herman Hanko left October 27 for a visit to Singapore and the saints of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. respect Plans called for Prof. Hanko to spend the time there preaching and speaking for our sister church. The Hankos planned to make a short visit to the Philippines on their way to Singapore. The Lord willing, they plan to return home on December 27. We pray God’s...

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November 2, 2011 Cornerstone PRC Classis East met in special session on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN. The purpose of this session was to examine Pastor-elect Jonathan Mahtani with a view to his ordination and installation as the pastor of the Cornerstone PRC. Each church was represented by two delegates. Revs. D. Kuiper, N. Langerak, and C. Spronk were present as the synodical deputies from Classis West. Classis unanimously approved the examination of Pastor-elect Mahtani. It was with thanksgiving to God that the churches received another minister of the gospel into the Protestant Reformed...

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Receiving David: The Gift of a Son who Taught Us How to Live and Love, by Faye Knol. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2010. 173 pages. $15.00. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-8028-6543-4. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability, by Stephanie O. Hubach. Philipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2006. 234 pages. $14.99. Paperback. ISBN 978-1-59638-051-6. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. I’ve read two books recently written by mothers of special needs children. Both mothers are Christians of Reformed and Presbyterian background. Both have insights in the area of special needs individuals in...

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Previous article in this series: November 1, 2011, p. 67. As we saw last time, the prophet Jonah’s testimony to backslidden Israel occurred probably during the first part of the long reign of Jeroboam II. During the latter part, God spoke through Hosea and Amos. Assyria was the world-power most to be reckoned with at that time, but its kings were then so preoccupied with internal problems that they abandoned temporarily their policy of expansion. Israel was able therefore to enjoy a period of peace and prosperity unparalleled in the 200-year history of the ten tribes. A peace and prosperity,...

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Some of our young adults at college are being told that they need to follow the guidance of a source of divine revelation other than the Scriptures. The students are assigned to read books that seek to persuade the reader to believe that God’s will is not sufficiently made known in the Scriptures, and that therefore he must look elsewhere, if he is going to know more specifically what God’s will is. We do, of course, hold to the Belgic Confession, which in the second article says that there are two means by which God makes Himself known to us:...

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This article, abbreviated somewhat for SB length, was written at the request of the Special Education Board. As part of the rich and glorious inheritance of the Reformed faith is the doctrine of God’s covenant of grace. The truth of God’s covenant of grace includes in it the promise of the Scriptures that God will be our God and the God of our children. We believe with all our hearts that our children “as well as the adult, are included in the covenant and church of God;…since redemption from sin by the blood of Christ, and the Holy Ghost, the...

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Previous article in this series: November 1, 2011, p. 62. * Second installment of 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. General Observation The Declaration of Principles of the Protestant Reformed Churches, adopted by the synod of 1951, is an eight-page document in the back of the Acts of Synod, 1951 and a twenty-page document (because of bigger print) in the back of the book, The Confessions and the Church Order of the Protestant Reformed Churches.1 It is a...

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On the truth of predestination The articles on Rob Bell bring out the importance of preaching double predestination. When the truth of election and reprobation are maintained, the church is kept from error. The church is to have a love of the truth. My first question has to do with a statement on page 463. “Is it offensive? It certainly is! It offends me daily!” What is the daily offense of which you speak? My second question has to do with a statement later in the articles (p. 486) where you are writing about the witness of the PRC and...

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2011, p. 76. “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, [then you may know] that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” Deut. 18:22 As stated in the last issue, because church membership is one of the great issues facing Christ’s church today we intend to devote one more article to the follies of Camping, responding in particular to his greatest injury to Christ’s church and...

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