All Articles For Vol 92 Issue 15 5/1/2016

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Minister Activities Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor at First PRC of Holland, MI, had been considering the call to become the second missionary to the Philip pines. His response came on Sunday March 20. In his acceptance of this call Rev. Holstege revealed his strong conviction that God had been preparing him, along with his wife and family, for this work for a long time, and that now God commanded him to go to this field of labor. The acceptance letter read in Doon, IA that day quoted Matthew 10:37-38: “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not...

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Mr. Doezema is a member of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, by Richard J. Smit. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing, 2012. 155 pages (paper). [Reviewed by Don Doezema.] A friend of mine told me recently that she was reading, and profiting from, Rev. Smit’s little book entitled The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. She went on to tell me that she planned therefore to share it with an acquaintance of hers, who, because of circumstances in her life, would surely find it as beneficial as she had....

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We do well to acknowledge that the mission work of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA) is the work of the Spirit of our exalted Christ. The Word of God leaves no room for us to doubt or question this. The Spirit of Christ opens doors for mission labors (Acts 16:6). That same Spirit also closes doors (Acts 16:7). The Spirit is involved in calling and sending men to be missionaries, which includes convicting a man of the call (Acts 8:29, Acts 13:2). The Spirit also equips a man for his labors, giving him the ability and the boldness...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2016, p. 184. Introduction Regardless that dispensational premillennialism insists that its expectation of a millennium of earthly power, riches, peace, and glory for Israel does not rest exclusively, or even mainly, on Revelation 20, Revelation 20 is fundamental to this eschatology. If the premillennial understanding of Revelation 20 is in error, the whole of this doctrine of the last things is shown to be false. In the immediately preceding articles in this series, I have given the premillennial explanation of Revelation 20:1-10, with some criticism of this explanation. In this article and the...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2016, p. 233. Introduction In April of 1521 someone did what no one had done, at least publicly, for centuries. He appealed to Scripture as the final authority to which alone he would submit. Before some of the most important, influential, and powerful men in the world, the man said: Since you majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience...

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Are you content? Content right now, at this very moment, in your current situation as you read this article? Are you content with your government and its leaders, with your church and its members and officers, with your life and its circumstances? Are you content with your health and appearance, abilities and personality, possessions and home, station and calling, marriage and spouse, family and friends? And content even with any lack of these things? We should be. Our gracious, kind, and beneficent Lord Jesus says that, having food and raiment, let us therewith be content (I Tim. 6:8). Surely we...

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Previous article in this series: April 1, 2016, p. 298. Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find...

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In the article in the February 15 issue of the Standard Bearer (p. 226), quite a bit of ink and paper was expended in writing about Donald Trump’s specious religious claims. I have been waiting for a sequel exposé of Senator Rafael Edward (“Ted”) Cruz, but so far in vain. The readers and subscribers of the SB, I believe, are astute enough to recognize that Mr. Trump’s Presbyterian claims are not credible. It is no feat to recognize error when it is so wrong. However, Mr. Cruz’s Christian claims are not so easily discerned. He and his father have connections...

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Previous article in this series: April 1, 2016, p. 292. 5. Church and world: dual citizenships Controversy about the Christian life becomes very sharp when we speak of living in both church and world. To be Reformed is to have a unique view of the Christian life, and that view includes a clear vision of how to relate to both church and world. The importance of clear thinking here is especially true in these days when, in Reformed circles, the vision of the Christian’s place in these spheres is “shifting.” We spoke of church already in connection with the third...

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Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill in Zion. Psalm 2:1-6 The text speaks of terrible things for the children...

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