All Articles For Vol 89 Issue 20 9/1/2013

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Minister Activities Since our last “News,” Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call he received from the Randolph, WI PRC to serve as their next pastor; and Rev. C. Haak declined the call he re­ceived from the Doon, IA PRC to serve as their next pastor. Candidate Erik Guichelaar has been extended two calls since our last “News.” Our vacant churches in Randolph, WI and Doon, IA have both called him to be their next pas­tor. Due to Candidate Guichelaar considering two calls from churches in Classis West, and his anticipated examination at the next meeting of Classis, that meeting has...

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Mr. Linke is an elder in the Confessing Protestant Reformed Congregation of Giessen, Germany. The article appeared first in Bekenende Kirche. Translated by Mr. Peter VanDerSchaaf. Introduction The seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John is commonly called the high-priestly prayer. The reason for this is that Jesus Christ comes before God for those who are His, as the head and mediator of the church. He comes before God as their high priest in prayer, in order, first, to bring to Him their concerns, and second, to worship Him in their name. A prayer is more than a presentation of...

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Previous article in this series: August 2013, p. 448. “But whose blood?” That was the question of Ophoff with which we ended our previous article. He asked the question from the perspective of the saints of old. Not, surely, from our perspective. In the clear light of the antitype, the saints of God in the new dispensa­tion not only know the answer to that question but glory in it. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). “…being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2013, p. 348. A person whose spiritual heart is dead is said to be unregenerate. In this article we con­sider the fact that an unregenerate person will never call out to God for salvation. The proper order, therefore, is this: First God gives a person a new heart, and only then does he begin to seek God. Although that is the proper order, many professing Christians teach the opposite. They say that first an unregenerate person must seek God, and only then will God grant unto him a new heart. An unregenerate person,...

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Previous article in this series: June 2013, p. 396. Introduction This part of my treatment of postmillennialism consists of a critical examination of the biblical proof put forward by the postmillennialists for their doctrine of the last things. I have already considered their Old Testament proof: the passages that prophesy future glories for Israel, especially Isaiah 65. I have also considered two of the main New Testament passages upon which post­ millennialism rests its case: Matthew 24 and Romans 11:25, 26. In the preceding installment in this series, I began a consideration of another important passage in the New Testament...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2013, p. 368. Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 Introduction We began this series on Reformed worship by look­ing at various biblical principles of public, corporate worship. At this point in the series we are seeing those principles applied to a Reformed worship service, particularly as that is expressed in a typical Protestant Reformed liturgy. Last time we drove straight to the heart of the cov­enantal assembly by examining the ministry of the Word...

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When God delivers over to sexual sin, He inflicts a terrible judgment. God sometimes judges individuals by giving them over to sexual sin. Other times His judg­ment falls on churches. Today God is giving over churches—some of our ecclesiastical relatives—to ter­rible sexual sins. The readers of the Standard Bearer ought to know about these horrible developments and respond to them in a biblical way, including the loving warning of family or friends in these churches to flee like Lot from the judgments that are falling, lest they and their children also fall under them. The June 2013 issue of the...

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That the man of God may be perfect, throughly fur­nished unto all good works. II Timothy 3:17 The apostle Paul instructs Timothy to con­tinue in the things that he had learned from his mother and grandmother. These godly women had, from Timothy’s childhood, taught him the Scriptures, which are able to make one wise unto salva­tion. They are able to make one wise unto salvation because they have been given by inspiration of God and thus are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correc­tion, and for instruction in righteousness. According to the passage we consider for this medi­tation, God’s purpose...

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