All Articles For Vol 91 Issue 03 11/1/2014

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Minister Activities On September 21 the Lord of glory took Rev. Dale Kuiper to his eternal reward. Rev. Kuiper served faithfully for thirty-six years, pastoring six Protestant Reformed congregations, and in addition served for a short time as a home missionary. He was also the author of many timely articles in this publication. We give thanks to God for Rev. Kuiper’s diligent labors, sorrow with the Kuiper family, and commit them to the care of their heavenly Father. At the meeting of Classis West on September 24, Pastor-elect Joshua Engelsma sustained his examination. Mr. Engelsma was ordained as minister of...

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As a general rule, the pastors of our churches in Classis West look forward to a meeting of Classis. If the great distance between our churches can be called a chasm to fellowship, the meetings of Classis are the bridge. Some of our colleagues we have not seen in the six months since our last meeting! Two factors heightened our anticipation for the meeting of Classis West on September 24, 2014, at Peace PRC, in Lansing, IL. The first was the scheduling of an officebearers conference on Tuesday, September 23. This meant that we had an opportunity for intellectual/spiritual stimulation,...

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At first glance, one might think from the title that this article will fail to promote a healthy interest in missions. Who would be interested in biblical and Reformed missions if he is told that it is a humanly impossible work from many perspectives? Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to remember that the work of faithful missions, including its important result of positive fruit, is truly a wonder of grace alone. Faithful missions is the wonder-work of the sovereign Lord of the harvest, in which the faithful missionary is only a servant and a tool in His hand. Due regard to...

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Lord’s Day 25 Question 65. Since then we are made partakers of Christ and all His benefits by faith only, whence doth this faith proceed? Answer. From the Holy Ghost, who works faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms it by the use of the sacraments. Question 66. What are the sacraments? Answer. The sacraments are holy, visible signs and seals, appointed of God for this end, that by the use thereof, He may the more fully declare and seal to us the promise of the gospel, namely, that He grants us freely the remission...

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 In the August 25, 2014 issue of Time magazine we found an article with this heading: “An Evil That Must Be Stopped: ISIS is the most serious threat to American interests in a decade. Why we must counter it.” If you have been watching world events lately, you have surely heard of ISIS, or ISIL. But maybe you wonder, who or what is ISIS? The acronym ISIS means “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” and ISIL means “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” ISIS and ISIL are the same group. ISIS is a new radical Islamic terrorist group of...

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“Every idea of a Millennial Dominion with its throne established in Jerusalem, in connection with previously resurrected Jews and Gentiles, converted unto Him, is contrary to the entire economy of the Sacred Scriptures, and as such must be rejected…and thus be destroyed root and branch in the heart of the brethren.” Abraham Kuyper, “Chiliasm or the Doctrine of Premillennialism” “All prophecies, which speak of Israel, Jerusalem and Zion, and which even after the coming of Christ, still await their fulfillment, must…be understood…as pertaining to the spiritual glory of the true church of the Lord after His return. Any other interpretation of...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2014, p. 465. In the preceding verse, the text concluded, “…the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep” (Eccl. 5:12). Riches, for a man given to covetousness, bring with them fretful care and worry lest they be lost. In verses 13-17, the Preacher turns to this reality of loss by again describing what is seen under the sun in the life of men. What is seen is a sore or grievous evil, a spiritual sickness. “There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept...

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 Previous article in this series: October 1, 2014, p. 6. With this editorial we bring to a conclusion our analysis of Dr. John Bolt’s essay “Herman Hoeksema Was Right (On the Three Points that Really Matter).” Having offered in two previous editorials our analysis of Dr. Bolt’s first two propositions and his supporting arguments, we turn now to his third proposition: that Reformed Church polity was violated in hierarchical actions (by the broader assemblies of the CRC in their treatment of Hoeksema and his consistory in 1924). With Bolt’s third proposition we find ourselves in fundamental agreement. But before we present...

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If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14 When was the last time we washed someone else’s feet? Not, of course, literally, although we might have opportunity to do that; but, when was the last time we stooped below our dignity and served for the good of the church? Serving might involve something as mundane as opening a door for someone else, helping an elderly person with his walker, or picking up a piece of trash from the church grounds. Or it might involve greater sacrifices like spending hours...

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