All Articles For Vol 88 Issue 09 2/1/2012

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Minister Activities Rev. Garret Eriks, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, declined the call he had received from the Edgerton, MN PRC. Seminarian Vernon Ibe’s internship among the members of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, came to an end at the close of 2011. Grace was very thankful to God for giving them the privilege of getting to know Vernon, his wife, Melody, and their son, MJ, and for the way He used them to minister to their congregation. We add our prayer to theirs when we ask our Lord to continue to bless his remaining preparation for the...

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The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Volume 7: Our Own Time, by Hughes Oliphant Old. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. Pp. Xx + 714. Paper. ISBN 978-0-8028-1771-6. [Reviewed by Angus Stewart.] Seven Monumental Volumes “A work of supererogation”—that is how one minister describes reading all seven volumes of Hughes Oliphant Old’s The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church(1998-2010). I couldn’t disagree more! Having read every page of all seven volumes and having eagerly waited for them to come off the press, I can say that I have...

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Theme and Speeches “Ye shall be witnesses unto me,” declared the risen Lord to His eleven disciples, just moments before He ascended into heaven. According to Christ’s command, prophecy, and promise, His gospel, church, and kingdom have spread from Jerusalem to Judaea to Samaria and “unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Today, the Christian church is “more global” than ever before, but the church’s official work in its missionary labors and the believer’s personal witness are as necessary as they have ever been. But what must we say as Christ’s witnesses? How must we witness? Where and...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2012, p. 188. This thing is from me (I Kings 12:24). So said the Lord through the prophet Shemaiah concerning the division of the kingdom. And then, through the prophet Hosea, these words: “They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not” (Hosea 8:4). A contradiction, it would appear: God did it…and God did not do it. The two prophets, however, though they speak concerning the same history, view it from different perspectives—God’s and man’s. Shemaiah makes clear that God ruled the defection of Jeroboam and the ten...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2011, p. 132. It cannot be overemphasized that our covenant children must be raised in a way that is antithetic to the philosophy of the world. This is as true for our daughters as it is for our sons. We need to warn our daughters continually about the ungodly philosophy, lifestyle, behavior, and even dress of the world. The truth and reality of the covenant is maintained in our home and our churches when our daughters are raised to be spiritually separate from the ungodly world in which we live, and radically different...

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“I write unto you, young men….” Where are you, boys? Are you turning into young men? Where are you, young men? Are you turning into men? What kind of question is that? Is not this a matter of nature? Do not boys just grow up into young men, and young men into men? No, they do not. Men appear taller, bigger, older than their younger counterparts. But watch and listen. Listening to their language and watching their actions will convince you that inside the skin of many grown men are only boys. They are more interested in games of every...

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 12 Question 31. Why is He called Christ, that is, anointed? Answer. Because He is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of His body has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by His Word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2012, p 172. Last issue we commented onWonder & Wisdom, a translation of the last ten chapters of Abraham Kuyper’s De Gemeene Gratie, published to alert the public to the coming publication of the translated three-volume work. Mention was also made at that time of Reformed Thought: Selected Writings of William Young(published by Reformed Heritage Books). Dr. Young (b. 1918) is a member of the Presbyterian Reformed Church, a denomination of the ‘old’ Princeton Presbyterian persuasion. This is to say that Young has bound himself to the Westminster Creeds and is a strong advocate of...

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I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 Paul had learned to be content. As Paul pens this letter to the church at Philippi, he is in prison in Rome, awaiting possible execution for the sake of the gospel. After several failed attempts and with much effort, the church at Philippi had finally managed to send a gift to him. This gives Paul great joy (v. 10). Paul’s joy is not so much in that their gift filled a need in his life, but it is rather in the love that the Philippians had for him...

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