All Articles For Vol 88 Issue 16 5/15/2012

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Young People’s Activities The Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI hosted this year’s Easter Mass Meeting for the young people of our churches in west Michigan. This year’s meeting was held Sunday afternoon, April 15. Prof. Dykstra spoke on “Jesus’ Resurrection: Why Important—for Him, and for you?” The Young People’s Society of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC invited their congregation to a Talent-Dessert evening on April 13. A collection was taken for the young people of Kalamazoo and the expenses of this summer’s convention. The young people of the Hull, IA PRC, anticipating the needs of their...

Continue reading

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp. Shep­herd Press, 1995, paperback, 215 pages (also available as a Kindle ebook). [Reviewed by Dr. Julian Kennedy, CPRC, Ballymena.] This is a book I wish I had read over 20 years ago, before I had my first child. It is a thoroughly bibli­cal approach to child-rearing, and I highly recommend it. The call to raise your children means it must be a priority, requiring study, thought, prayer, and action. You have limited time and only one opportunity to raise your children in God’s ways. In this book Tripp guides us through the “why’s”...

Continue reading

The devil told Adam’s wife that she would not die if she ate of the forbidden fruit. Many people still today think that what the devil said was true. Viewed externally, it might appear that what the devil said was correct. Adam and his wife both partook, and yet their bodily life continued. Contrary to what might have been expected, they did not drop down dead on the spot. But what happened to Adam and his wife on the inside? Instead of communing with God, they ran away from Him. Instead of confessing their sin with sorrow, they made excuses...

Continue reading

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2012, p. 233. In our last article under this rubric, we looked at some of the laws relating to employment discrimi­nation, as well as some notable exceptions for reli­gious organizations. It was noted that the United States Supreme Court was preparing to hand down a decision pertaining to the ministerial exception. The ministerial exception, as you may recall, is the legal principle based upon the First Amendment to the United States Con­stitution, which keeps the government from interfering with the internal affairs of the church, especially in matters of doctrinal instruction. The Court...

Continue reading

Women are free to choose—and there is no wrong choice. The women’s liberation movement has defi­nitely made “progress.” Time once was when society thought it was immoral for a woman to “choose” not to become a mother by having an abortion. Time once was when society thought it was improper (immoral may be too strong a word) for a mother to leave her children in the home while she pursued a career in the work-a-day-world. Then the feminist movement came along proclaiming women had the right to choose. Now women have freedom to choose. They may choose to give birth...

Continue reading

Sermon preached on Pentecost Sunday 2011. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39 Introduction When the Lord stood and cried these words, He was observing with the rest of Israel...

Continue reading

Included in this Pentecost issue is a sermon by Prof. Engelsma on John 7:37-39. A year ago, a reader of the SB, having heard the sermon preached, recommended that this be printed in the SB. All agreed that it was worthy of printing, but the length of the sermon was a question. Articles of this length, common in the “old days,” we today ordinarily will split into two parts. But the sermon does not divide well. Since the sermon is not only edifying, but is also a fine model for ministers and seminarians, the editors decided to print the entire sermon in...

Continue reading

The denominational la­bors of the Protestant Reformed Churches are directed by the annual synod. The churches empower the twenty delegates to govern the work of the churches in common. Synod also tells the churches what the work will cost monetarily. Each family is assessed a certain amount, collected by the local congregation as part of the budget of each. The budgeted amount for all the labors of the churches in 2012 was over $1.8 million. After adjust­ments for existing balances, that was reduced to about $1.6 million. Each family is assessed $871 for 2012. From the reports in the synodical...

Continue reading

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 The previous verse instructs us to run with patience the race that is set before us. In that verse the Christian life is compared to a race that is to be run. This race is not a 100-yard dash, but an endurance race requiring great effort. Those who finish the race receive a crown. By this comparison, the Scriptures emphasize...

Continue reading