All Articles For Vol 90 Issue 16 5/15/2014

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Young Adult Activities The Young Adult Society of the Loveland, CO PRC hosted their annual Young Adults’ Retreat on April 7-10 at Bear Trap Ranch, near Colorado Springs. This was the first retreat held at Bear Trap Ranch in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, where the elevation was just over 9,100 feet. There was fresh mountain snow when the young adults arrived, but the weather during the rest of the retreat was spectacular. The theme of this year’s retreat was, “God’s Sovereignty in the Life of Job.” Two of our pastors spoke on that subject. Rev. Steve Key spoke...

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1834: Hendrik De Cock’s Return to the True Church, by Marvin Kamps. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2014. Pp. xx + 490. $43.95 hard. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] This is a book about a spiritual hero. One day, God will honor him before all humans, especially before his contemptible enemies—ostensibly colleagues in a Reformed church—who persecuted him, and before the scarcely less contemptible “friends,” who nevertheless refused to join him in his separation from the false church, which would have meant sharing his reproach—the reproach of Christ. The hero was an otherwise very ordinary preacher in the Reformed Church in the...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2014, p. 275. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 Introduction Someone once said that for the Christian to pray is as natural as it is for a baby to cry. Since that is true, how natural then ought it be for the people of God to pray when they come together in the public corporate worship...

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We are at war. Not a war that leaves our blood pooled on the soil underfoot and holes in our flesh—though it may and it did for the captain of our salvation one dark day on a hill outside of Jerusalem—but it is a war in which souls are killed. It is a war with Satan and his hosts, with this present evil world and all of its rebellious attitudes, vain philosophies, carnal pleasures, and corrupt behaviors, and with our own desperately sinful flesh. It is a war with and against sin. “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2014, p. 272. Introduction The first disastrous, practical consequence of the postmillennial error, pointed out in the preceding article in this series, is the diminishing and then the loss of the one Christian hope: the bodily return of Jesus Christ to raise the bodies of elect believers into immortal, heavenly life and to reward the saints with the bliss and glory of the new world. Postmillennialism misdirects the hope of the saints to their future earthly reign in a carnal kingdom. Not only is an earthly reign in a carnal kingdom a pitifully...

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On February 4 “the science guy” Bill Nye, representing the evolutionist perspective, and Ken Ham, representing the creationist perspective, debated the question, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” The debate was live-streamed on the Internet and watched by a large audience. I didn’t find any reports about the size of the audience, but I assume it numbered in the thousands. If you did not see the debate yet, you can watch it for free for a limited time at debatelive.org, and I recommend that you do so. Ken Ham believes in the biblical account...

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Previous article in this series: September 15, 2012, p. 493. Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 The Word of God in Ecclesiastes 5 turns from considering the general vanity of men to their worship of God, for in that worship of God the folly of sin also manifests itself. Before describing that folly, the text turns to an exhortation, “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God” (Eccl. 5:1). God’s house, the temple, was the visible manifestation of God’s presence with His people, His covenant dwelling place. It is today the gathering of the body of Christ, the church, which is...

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Reformed churches consciously tracing their lineage to the Reformed churches in the Netherlands have a rich heritage of ecclesiastical assemblies. Our forefathers understood the importance of proper church government not only for the wellbeing, but for the very existence of the church. The sixteenth-century Reformed churches in the Netherlands were in their infancy—small and scattered, but committed to the Reformed faith. Through most of that century they were also fiercely persecuted by the Roman Catholic Spanish rulers. Worship services could only be held in secret, not infrequently in open fields. Many thousands died for the faith. It is significant that...

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For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there. I Samuel 1:27, 28 In 1963 the Rev. Gerrit Vos wrote a meditation for the Standard Bearer on this passage. Rev. Vos used the meditation as an opportunity to call parents to pray for sons who would serve the church in the ministry of the Word. The occasion for this plea was undoubtedly the fact that...

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