All Articles For Vol 91 Issue 18 7/1/2015

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Congregational Activities On Sunday, June 7, the congregation at Loveland, CO PRC was unable to use their sanctuary due to the installation of new carpet and pews taking place during that time. Arrangements were made to use the facilities of the Campion Seventh Day Adventist church on the far south side of the city. Volunteers removed the old pews, carpet, and trim along with moving some furniture on the evening of June 1 in anticipation of the new installations. Makes one eager to visit Loveland to see the new look! Minister News On May 10, the calling church for the...

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May 13, 2015 Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Hudsonville PRC. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. N. Decker was the chairman for this session. Rev. R. Smit attended Classis East for the first time. A notice of an appeal to Synod 2015 was given by a brother whose protest against a decision of Classis East in January, 2015 regarding the scheduling of Prayer Day services was not sustained. The other business was routine. There were no requests for classical appointments since all the churches in Classis East...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2014, p. 249. We last saw that the Reformed worldview is one that has us living in willing subjection to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He who has purchased us with His precious blood also owns us body and soul. There is not an aspect of our lives that falls outside the scope of His Lordship. But it is His work of grace in our hearts that brings us into willing subjection to Him. The Lord of glory who owns us also lives in us! He rules over us—not by force, but by...

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De Reformatie Ceases Publication The last issue of De Reformatie appeared on December 30, 2014 after ninety-plus years of publication (1920-2014).1 Some of the readers of the Standard Bearer know what De Reformatie was. But I suspect that many of the younger readers do not know. De Reformatie (The Reformation) was the Dutch church paper edited for many years by Dr. Klaas Schilder, a Reformed pastor and theologian who, after being ousted from the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (GKN) in 1944, helped form a new denomination that still exists today, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (“Liberated”). On the...

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I am writing this out of a concern about the editorial written by Prof. Dykstra in the June 2015 issue of the Standard Bearer. I was dismayed by the comments he made about the work that synod was going to take up in the area of Domestic Missions. In his comments he promotes the idea of a second missionary to Pittsburgh. Is it proper that the author use the Standard Bearer to trumpet his own opinion? I Corinthians 6:12 states, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient.” It does not seem that these comments are...

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The editorial of June 1 highlighted items on the agenda of the 2015 Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Synod met in Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan, completing its work in four full days. Decisions of this ecclesiastical gathering have been published online (prca.org) and in bulletins, so there is no need to report these details here. Instead we call attention to a few decisions, primarily for the purpose of explanation. A highlight of synod is always the sermon and examination of seminary students who have completed the four years of study. Synod examined Mr. Ryan Barnhill and unanimously approved...

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This is the abbreviated text of the Pre-Synodical Sermon that Rev. Koole preached on June 8, 2015. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8 A beautiful gospel word is this. A brief and comprehensive summary of what constitutes faith and faithfulness in every age, but especially in days of mounting evil and apostasy. The parallels between the days in which Noah was called to represent God’s cause and truth and our own age are simply too striking to miss. As surely as Noah lived in days just prior to the end of his world bringing...

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