All Articles For Vol 92 Issue 16 5/15/2016

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Mission Activities On Saturday, April 9, a youth conference was held in the church building at Maranatha PRC, Valenzuela City organized by the PRC of Bulacan. The topic was “Biblical Courtship and Marriage,” which was divided into three speeches. Rev. Leovino Trinidad gave opening remarks and led devotions. The first speech by Rev. Daniel Kleyn was entitled “Defining Biblical Courtship,” followed by Rev. Vernon Ibe speaking on the topic “Proper Behavior When Dating,” and then Rev. John Flores on the topic “Using Dating as Preparation for Marriage.” All three speeches were followed by interesting question and answer periods, with Rev....

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2016, p. 212. In the last two articles in this series, we looked at the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which found a right to homosexual marriage. We also looked at the need for churches and schools to position themselves so that they are able to use the protections available under the First Amendment to the Constitution. In this installment, we will look at churches and schools and the specific measures they can take to assert their rights under the law. I would preface these comments by noting that these specific...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2016, p. 281. We have noted so far that the second coming of Christ and missions are very closely connected. The content of the preaching must include the second coming of Christ according to the Reformed, amillennial confession according to Scripture. Faithful missions serves that second coming of Christ, both in its gathering of the church and in its hardening of those whom God has not ordained unto eternal life. Then we noticed that faithful missions will find its confidence, not in its own work, but in the certain and victorious return of...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2016, p. 181. In our last article we opened the subject of family worship. By family worship we mean worship at set times together as a family, with all of its members—young and old—present. Family worship is disappearing in many Christian homes. Neglecting regular worship together as a covenant family will have serious consequences. Family worship is central to real covenant life in our homes. It promotes true spiritual life and unity among the members of the covenant family. We may not allow the busyness of life (as important as the activity may...

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Lord’s Day 31 Q. 83. What are the keys of the kingdom of heaven? A. The preaching of the holy gospel, and Christian discipline, or excommunication out of the Christian church; by these two, the kingdom of heaven is opened to believers, and shut against unbelievers. Q. 84. How is the kingdom of heaven opened and shut by the preaching of the holy gospel? A. Thus: when according to the command of Christ it is declared and publicly testified to all and every believer, that, whenever they receive the promise of the gospel by a true faith, all their sins...

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“Devout Christian NHS Worker Launches Appeal After Being Suspended for Inviting A Muslim Colleague to Church” (Daily Mail, April 5, 2015). “NHS Worker Who Gave Muslim Colleague Christian Book Loses Appeal Against Suspension” (Independent, April 8, 2016).1 The case of Victoria Wasteney, a Christian NHS (National Health Service) worker in London, England, made the headlines recently. If you are like me, you are tempted to have an emotional reaction to such headlines. Online articles often have comments submitted by readers. The comments in this case were predictable. Many complained that if the situation had been reversed (if a Muslim had...

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On June 13, the Lord willing, twenty-three delegates and advisors to the 2016 Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches will descend upon the town of Hull, Iowa. They will come from Sioux Falls, SD, Edgerton, MN, Loveland CO, Spokane, WA, Randolph, WI, Lynwood, IL, northwest Iowa, and western Michigan. They will be joined by foreign delegates and visitors from Northern Ireland, Singapore, the Philippines, and Germany. They and the folks in the NW Iowa area will gather for the pre-synodical service in the Hull Protestant Reformed Church in Hull, Rev. Steve Key (president of the last synod) leading the service....

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* This is a reprint of a meditation by the late Herman Hoeksema from the September 1, 1928 issue of the Standard Bearer and translated by Henry DeJong, a member of First PRC of Holland. The entire meditation is printed. The ellipses are part of the original article. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 Wondrous knowledge! We know, we are sure in our mind, that all things work together for our good, for us, who love God, whom He...

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