All Articles For Vol 94 Issue 08 1/15/2018

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Trivia question How many members of the Rev. Richard Smit family moved to Antipolo in December? And do you know the name of the subdivision in which our missionaries reside? Answers later in this article. Minister activities Upon receiving a decline from Rev. B. Huizinga, First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI formed a new trio of Rev. J. Mahtani, Candidate D. Noorman and Rev. C. Griess. On December 14 the congregation called Rev. Griess to be their next pastor. Southwest PRC announced her new trio consisting of Revs. A. Brummel, J. Mahtani, and Candidate D. Noorman. On December 17 the...

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The Presbyterian Philosopher: The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark, by Douglas J. Douma. Wipf & Stock Publishers: Eugene, OR, 2017. Pp. 292. [Reviewed by Philip Rainey, member of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI.] A book review about a Presbyterian (and not only so, but a philosopher!) might seem misplaced in a Reformed magazine such as the Standard Bearer. Such a view would be understandable, but it would also be incorrect. For there is much in this book that is instructive for Reformed Christians in general and the readership of this magazine in particular. Not a few of the...

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Perhaps some of you are beginning to make vacation plans for the summer. If you are, let me encourage you to come to the biennial British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Family Conference, which we are planning for July 2018 at Hebron Hall Christian Centre (www.hebronhall.org), just four miles from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The BRF conferences are held every two years, in various parts of the British Isles. With the last three having been held in Northern Ireland or in Scotland, we are excited to return to Wales, which is not only a beautiful part of the world, but...

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“Be a man! Man up! Don’t be such a girl!” Sound familiar? I have a feeling that most young men are familiar with these expressions. Maybe your hair is getting a bit long, and your dad scolds, “Get a haircut! People are going to mistake you for your sister! You need to look more like a man!” Or maybe you are afraid to talk to a girl at school, and your friend prods, “Man up and talk to her!” Whether coming from parents or from a group of buddies, at some point you have probably been told that you need...

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The house, for all the violence it had endured in the storm, had, thankfully, been built upon a firm foundation, and still stood upright in its place. Various pieces of its frame littered the yard, along with sticks and leaves and other detritus that the wind had tossed; but that was not the real calamity. It was the inside of the courtyard surrounded by rooms that formed the Judaean home that showed the ferocity of the storm. There had been a vine, beautiful and flourishing, inside the walls of the house, rooted in that courtyard. It had provided fruits in...

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Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I...

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The upcoming Irish abortion debate On December 13, 2017 Ireland took a step closer to liberalizing her abortion laws, with a vote of an Oireachtas Éireann Committee of 14-6 to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution. Oireachtas Éireann is the Irish legislature, the Irish version of Congress (USA) or parliament (UK), with its lower and upper houses, Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann. The Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution reads as follows: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its...

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His name shall be called Wonderful (Is. 9:6). In general, a wonder is anything that is extraordinary in our experience or that defies our ability to imagine, perform, or explain it. It refers to special vows (Num. 6:2), difficult cases to judge (Deut. 17:8), unusual diseases (Deut. 28:59), the unique love of David and Jonathan (II Sam. 1:26), and the greatness of Solomon’s temple (II Chron. 2:9). But, more particularly, wonders are glorious revelations of God so astonishing, impossible (humanly), incomprehensible, and unimaginable, that worship is demanded and unbelief is inexcusable. Wonders, also often called marvels, declare the awesome glory...

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You might attribute my sentiments to the cynicism of an aging man, but the country I find myself in today is not the country in which I grew up in the 1950s and 60s. It has not changed for the better. There is such evil in our land that, without faith in God and knowledge of what Scripture prophesies, I would despair for my grandchildren’s future. I know I must not be anxious, but I am still very concerned for them and what they will face in their lifetime. Like never before in the United States of America, and likely...

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If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Psalm 7:12, 13 These words picture the absolute certainty of God’s judgment upon the sinner. They also tell us how fierce and terrible that judgment is. God has a sword, a sword of justice, and with it He will punish man on account of his sin. The instruments wherewith God will inflict this judgment and which He has also prepared, according to the text, are...

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