All Articles For Vol 90 Issue 15 5/1/2014

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Evangelism Activities The Evangelism Committee of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL sponsored a Spring Lecture the evening of March 21 at their church. Rev. Nathan Langerak, pastor of the Crete, IL PRC, was the featured speaker. Rev. Langerak addressed the important subject of the truth of God’s providence and the power God has over all the events that occur in this life. Sadly, the prevailing view of salvation today centers on man’s power, and, consequently, the truth of God’s providential power is not widely understood. A new website was created to discuss this topic for the March 21 lecture...

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Mr. Rainey is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms, by Michael Lefebvre (Scotland, Christian Focus Publications Ltd. 2010), pp. 160. [Reviewed by Philip Rainey.] This is a small book, but with some very big and exciting ideas about the songs we sing in congregational worship. Michael Lefebvre is a convinced Psalm-singer and it is his purpose to demonstrate God’s purpose in giving us the psalms and how He means us to use them in our public worship. The book is, therefore, both a call to recover biblical worship, and...

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Prayer, Praise and Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms, Geoffrey W. Grogan. United Kingdom: Christian Focus Publications, repr. 2009. Hardback, 290 pp. ISBN: 9781857926422. [Reviewed by Rev. Angus Stewart.] Profound insights into the Book of Psalms have been provided in pithy statements by the two greatest Reformers. Luther averred that the Psalms are “a Bible in miniature” (157). Referring to their spiritual analysis of and power over us, Calvin called the Psalms “an anatomy of the soul.” Geoffrey Grogan, a British evangelical who died in 2011, also loved and was excited by the Psalms (9), declaring this book “an inexhaustible,...

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The second article of our beautiful Belgic Confession describes God’s creation as a most elegant book, full of characters that lead us to contemplate His power and divinity. When we study these characters through the spectacles of Scripture we learn blessed spiritual truths. What or who are these characters that lead us to contemplate the invisible things of God? Certainly they include the aspects of creation that one readily sees, such as mighty mountain ranges, fluffy white snowflakes, and migrating geese. But they also include things not so readily seen, including nitrogen gas molecules, DNA, and even your gall bladder....

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2014, p. 253. The fundamental qualification of the elder is that he be “blameless” (I Tim. 3:2, Titus 1:6). By giving further qualifications for the office, the inspired apostle indicates that the elder’s blamelessness must be manifest in his personal life, as well as in his relationship to his wife and children: “A bishop then must be…the husband of one wife,…having his children in subjection with all gravity” (I Tim. 3:2, 4). These statements assume that the elder will have a wife and children. Before examining their positive significance, let us ask whether...

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Lord’s Day 23 Question 59. But what doth it profit thee now that thou believest all this? Answer. That I am righteous in Christ, before God, and an heir of eternal life. Question 60. How art thou righteous before God? Answer. Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that, though my conscience accuse me that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil; notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, but only of mere grace, grants and imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and...

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In a recent post at Reformed Reader, Rev. Shane Lems, former United Reformed Churches church planter, and now Orthodox Presbyterian Church minister, reminds his readers of the importance of the proper definition of total depravity: “C. S. Lewis misunderstood this. He got it wrong. He wasn’t really a theologian—much less a Reformed theologian—so we can charitably disagree and use this occasion to remember the right definition of total depravity.”1 Reformed Reader is Rev. Lems’ blog dedicated to commenting on various books that he is reading. In this particular post Rev. Lems responds to popular Christian writer C. S. Lewis’ disavowal...

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It’s the way of wisdom for Christian parents to prepare themselves and their children for persecution, and now more than ever. I believe it becomes clearer each year, if not each month, that the church will soon become the object of terrible oppression. I’ll explain why, shortly. It is our Lord Jesus’ wisdom to prepare our children for persecution. His regular instruction included forewarning of persecution: the people of God should expect to be betrayed, afflicted, hated of all nations, and killed. Jesus called it “tribulation” in Matthew 24. The church has called it The Great Tribulation. Jesus’ apostles repeated...

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Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned...

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