All Articles For Vol 91 Issue 09 2/1/2015

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Minister Activities On December 25, 2014 the calling church (Doon PRC) for the foreign mission field in the Republic of the Philippines extended a call to Rev. William Langerak, pastor of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, to be the next missionary to the Philippines. May God make His will and way clear to Rev. Langerak as he considers this call. Rev. Langerak planned to answer this call on January 25. Congregation Activities In accordance with Article 67 of our Church Order, the Protestant Reformed Churches of North America held worship services on Christmas Day, Old Year’s Day, and New...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2014, p. 138. In the last article under this rubric, we looked at the status of the law as it pertains to corporal punishment, or spanking, of children. The general rule is that parents are allowed to use corporal punishment as long as it is not excessive. “Excessive” is defined differently by the various courts and states, but as we saw in the last article, godly correction of children would generally not (and ought not) be excessive. The fact that this is still the status of the law is encouraging to Christian parents....

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Just a century ago, the well-known psychologist Dr. Sigmund Freud wrote that those over the age of 50 were “no longer educable.” 1 Still today, new is in, old is out. Mass media and billboards plaster a cult of youth virtually everywhere. Let the good times roll without the weak, dependent elderly around! Freud’s view was not new. Some societies even abandoned their old people by exposing them to the elements or outright murdering them. Against the law for now, perhaps our society does better. The mercies of the wicked are cruel. We Christians certainly do love the elderly in...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2014, p. 130. But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:15-16 Introduction In this series of articles on public corporate worship we have been engaging in a study...

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Lord’s Day 26 Question 69. How art thou admonished and assured by holy baptism that the one sacrifice of Christ upon the cross is of real advantage to thee? Answer. Thus: that Christ appointed this external washing with water, adding thereto this promise, that I am as certainly washed by His blood and Spirit from all the pollution of my soul, that is, from all my sins, as I am washed externally with water, by which the filthiness of the body is commonly washed away. Question 70. What is it to be washed with the blood and Spirit of Christ?...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2014, p. 106. If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, not known any thing: this hath more rest than the other. Ecclesiastes 6:3-5 It may be well, at this point,...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2015, p 173. Sine Timore Aut Favore is the old Latin expression for “without fear or favor.” An older elder always used these words when he prayed before the consistory entered into the sanctuary for worship: “Lord, fortify our pastor to preach without fear or favor.” That is, enable him to preach and apply truth without fearing the reactions of any who may hurt him, and without favoring any who may continue to give him gifts if he remains silent about their transgressions. The older I become, the more I realize the importance of...

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Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32 Jesus was in the temple on the Feast of Tabernacles teaching the people. He emphasized that He is the Light of the world—the world that is sunk in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief. Jesus is One who gives light to those in darkness. It is He who illuminates mankind with knowledge and faith and salvation. When challenged by the Pharisees, Jesus responded...

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