All Articles For Vol 92 Issue 20 9/1/2016

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Minister Activities Pittsburgh PRC formed a trio consisting of Revs. W. Bruinsma, C. Griess, and R. Kleyn from which to call a first pastor. On July 10 the congregation voted to extend a call to Rev. Bruinsma to be their minister. Our God and Father, the King of His church, led Rev. Bruinsma to accept this call. We rejoice with the congregation in Pittsburgh upon hearing this good news! May God bless our newest sister as we go forward! On Sunday, July 17, the congregation of First PRC in Holland, MI extended a call to Rev. Cory Griess, pastor at...

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Our children probably have heard and can sing from memory the words of the hymn: “I will make you fishers of men…” The song is based on the call of Jesus to His disciples to leave their occupation as fishermen on the Sea of Galilee and take up their new labor as fishers of men in the world. Such is still the call of Jesus today. He calls certain of His disciples to labor as fishers of men in the gospel ministry. He calls them initially to this work. And He calls them throughout their ministry to move from one...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2015, p. 114. The decade of the 1930s ushered in the era known as the Great Depression. The Depression actually started already in 1929, when in October of that year the stock market crashed, causing millions of investors to lose all their money. Business and construction began to slow down, resulting in a large-scale firing of laborers. By 1932 twelve million, about 25% of the work force, were without work. The farmers had already been battling severe drought and falling food prices through the 1920s. This continued through the 1930s. Neither were God’s...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2016, p. 352. Introduction The previous article in this series pointed out two errors of the premillennial understanding of Revelation which, although serious, are not the fundamental error of the explanation of Revelation 20 by that doctrine of the last things. One serious error is the supposition that Revelation 20 teaches events that follow the events recorded in Revelation 19 in time and history. According to this mistaken notion, the binding of Satan and the millennium occur after the destruction of Antichrist and his infernal army as recorded in Revelation 19. This understanding...

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Previous article in this series: June 2016, p. 404. Last time we considered how Scripture and our Reformed confessions speak of the church as God’s kingdom. But what does it mean when Scripture speaks of Christ as the King of all the earth? Are those outside the church in Christ’s kingdom, too? We turn now to consider two things: first, what it means that Christ is King of all the earth; and secondly, how He rules over those who reject Him as their King. The King of All the Earth That Christ is the King of all the earth means...

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What is the EU? A new word entered the English vocabulary recently—Brexit, which means the “British exit” from the European Union (EU). To understand the implications of this move, let me briefly provide an overly simplified history of the EU, as well as an outline of its political and economic structures. The “European project” began as a way to avoid the horrors of a Third World War. Hitler’s Germany must never be permitted to reoccur. The goal of the “European project” was to prevent nationalism from becoming too powerful. Remember, that the Nazis were the Nationalist Socialist Party. In 1957,...

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Tensions are mounting in our society. The chant goes up, “Black lives matter!” The reply is heard, “So white lives don’t?” Angry mobs take to the streets chanting “Where is justice?” And along with the fiery words come fiery bottles, hurled at storefronts and police cars. There is fire and smoke in the streets of large cities. And flying bullets. Racial tensions have been building for the past few years. And now the shooting of the police officers in Dallas, TX, killing five. A retaliation, declared the shooter, for the black persons shot down by this nation’s police over the...

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Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. II Timothy 2:19 There are times in the history of the church and in the personal lives of God’s people when all seems hopeless. Times of persecution. Times of upheaval. Times of weakness. Times when it appears that the devil has the upper hand. Times when we wonder if our feet are about to slip. Our encouragement in the midst of those times must be that the foundation of God...

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