All Articles For Vol 90 Issue 07 1/1/2014

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Minister Activities We at the “News” extend our congratulations to Rev. Nathan and Jessica Decker, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, who were blessed with the birth of their daugh­ter, Emma Kay, born on November 13. At a special congregational meet­ing held on December 8, Doon, IA PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. Bruinsma to serve as their next pas­tor. Mission Activities For your prayers: While the Philippine churches in Manila and further north were unaffected by the recent typhoon, the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuern, Leyte has suffered loss. Their wor­ship building has been destroyed,...

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21 Question 54. What believest thou concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ? Answer. That the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting life, agreeing in true faith; and that I am and for ever shall remain, a living member thereof. Question 55. What do you understand by “the communion of saints”? Answer. First, that all and every one who believes, being members of Christ, are, in common, partakers...

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Recent headlines have carried news of allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tar­geted certain conservative groups and held up or denied their applications for tax-exempt status. What are the implications if the tax-collecting agency of our nation would target our churches or schools? How do recent changes in the law make it more likely that our churches and schools will face increased scrutiny in the future? In order to understand these questions, it is important to understand how the current tax laws work in relation to non-profit entities. The general assumption is that any entity is subject to taxation....

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Previous article in this series: September 15, 2013, p. 487. The position that we defend in this article is that men only, and not women, may be elders in Christ’s church. To be more clear, we do not hold that any man may be an elder. The qualifications set forth in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1 restrict the office to certain gifted and spiritually qualified men. But they also prohibit women from holding the office. Having given three reasons in our last article why we must vigilantly defend this position, let us now see that this position is not...

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This is the text of the speech Rev. Huizinga gave at the annual meeting of the RFPA on September 19, 2013. Previous article in this series: December 15, 2013, p. 129. What Can We Do? The Ten “P’s” Now what can we do to encourage and promote the reading of sound, spiritually-edifying literature, particularly among the next generation? 1. Support the Preaching Deliberately we begin here. Were I not a preacher but a cobbler, I would still begin with preaching, as every Re­formed man should. Pray for the seminary, support the seminary, pray for the minister, see to it that...

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When the devil is unable to intimidate the church into accepting homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism (LGBT), he uses deception. In this deception we hear the ancient hiss of the serpent, “Yea, hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1). “Yea, hath God said?” has been Satan’s tactic from the beginning. “Hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” “Hath God said that He is the Creator of all things?” “Hath God said that there was a worldwide flood?” “Hath God said that women shall not be office­bearers in the church?” “Hath God said that marriage is between...

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2013, p. 80. “Though the Stake Were Staring Us in the Face” A papal legate arrived in the city [of Prague], in the spring of 1412. He brought the sacred pallium—a vestment sent by the pope as a token of authority—to Archbishop Albik, the successor of Zbynek. He was also, to publish the bull of the pope against Ladislas. He suspected that Hus might oppose the measure. Yet it was highly important for the success of the sale of indulgences, the practical plan to raise funds for the crusade, that the great preacher...

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Although I would be heck­led off the podium at most Christian universities and even Reformed colleges if I began a speech with such a line, I still confess with all the conviction my heart can muster: “Heaven is still my hope. Heaven is still my home.” As the year of our Lord 2014 begins, my prayer for you, readers of the Standard Bearer, is that you still hope for heaven, too. We look to the future and em­brace what our hearts are set on: heaven. As the world becomes increasingly wicked, we await with joyful anticipation our life in the...

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There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. Proverbs 19:21 As another year dawns upon us, many devices will be found within our hearts. Solomon, of course, is not talking about devices of the medical kind, but of the scheming kind. People devise many schemes. Some of them seem almost certain to materialize, while others will almost certainly not do so. Who can tell what will become of our plans? Although the plans of men are uncertain, this coming year holds no uncertainty whatsoever from God’s per­spective. That is because the New...

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