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Vol 99 Issue 11

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Encouragement for pilgrim laborers

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5, 6 Songs of hope for life in the valley! That is what Psalms 120-134 are all about. Well known by us as the “Songs of Degrees” or “Songs of Ascent,” they were songs especially to be sung by the Old Testament pilgrims as they journeyed from their homes to Mount Zion and Jerusalem for corporate worship. As these saints sang them along their travels, the Lord Himself ministered hope...

My heart desires thy peace: Understanding and supporting victims of sexual abuse

Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse was seldom talked about in the past. For many believers it was a terrible sin included in a list of other gross sins abhorred by God, but, generally speaking, it was not studied, understood, explained, or discussed. It was mostly a dark abstraction. A level of ignorance prevailed. Such quietness is not good because it can give perpetrators their edge, exacerbate the suffering of hurting victims, and create an environment in which it is less likely that parents will have healthy discussions with their children about how their growing bodies relate to other people. In the...

A “Gay Rights Strategy” in action

The strategy itself It seems that no matter where one turns, the LGBT influence is everywhere. Every day there are new articles and reports defending, promoting, or flaunting the LGBT lifestyle or various forms of LGBT activism. For Christians who affirm biblical perspectives of sexuality and gender, it can be overwhelming. We cannot escape it; neither can our children. A recent article from World offers an explanation of the prevalence of the LGBT influence today by reflecting upon “the astounding success of a gay rights strategy.” 1 The author, Thaddeus Williams, writes from a Christian perspective and calls for Christians...

Habakkuk: The just shall live by faith (8) Five woes against Babylon (1)

Previous article in this series: February 1, 2023, p. 202. Habakkuk 2:5-20 We have seen that Habakkuk 2:5-20 is God’s Word concerning the punishment of Babylon. God would use Babylon to punish Judah, but in perfect justice He would also punish Babylon for what they did to Judah and destroy them as they had destroyed His people. God would punish that cruel and hasty nation for their pride and boasting, just as He had once punished Assyria: “Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if...

The ordo salutis (2) Regeneration: “Begotten again unto a lively hope”

Previous article in this series: December 15, 2022, p. 132. Introduction: What regeneration is In the first article of this series we defined the ordo salutis as the logical order in which the Holy Spirit of Christ applies those benefits of salvation decreed by God in election and purchased by Christ on the cross. The order has eight steps: regeneration, calling, conversion, saving faith, justification, sanctification, preservation, and glorification. In this article I will explain the first step, regeneration. The following is a definition of regeneration: Regeneration is the work of God by the power of the Holy Spirit to...

News from the seminary

As is our custom during each new semester, we submit a report to the readers of the Standard Bearer on the goings-on at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary. We understand that the members of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the readership of the Standard Bearer are supporters of PRTS and are interested in being updated on the life of our theological school. At this point of the second semester of instruction, although much continues as it did in the first semester, there are some developments worth reporting. Staff and students of PRTS One development is that we have a new...

The Council of Constantinople (680): Background

The Fourth Ecumenical Council (451) produced the Creed of Chalcedon, which teaches how Christ’s two natures are united in the one person of the Son of God. The Fifth Ecumenical Council (553) upheld the teaching that Christ has two natures, over against the Monophysites, who insisted that He has one nature. Does one’s will belong to one’s nature or person? Specifically, does Christ have only one will, a divine will, because He is a divine person? Or does He have two wills, a divine and a human, because He has two natures? That is one of the main questions that...

The Protestant Reformed Churches: Their beginnings

In harmony with the gracious, eternal plan of God, the Protestant Reformed Churches in America approach the one century mark of existence as a denomination. This is amazing, and a reality that can only be ascribed to the grace of God. From every human point of view, these churches should not have continued to this point. Troubles and hardship have been a part of her experience all through her history. These churches were born in controversy over the doctrine of sovereign, particular grace, resulting in three ministers and their congregations being cast out of the Christian Reformed Church. The subsequent...

Ecclesiastes: A Reflective Exposition by Rev. Thomas Miersma

Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and SB book review editor The following book is reviewed by Rev. Ryan Barnhill, pastor of Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ecclesiastes: A Reflective Exposition by Rev. Thomas Miersma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2022. 246 pp., hard cover. $27.85. How much do you know about the book of Ecclesiastes? All of you reading this know it is a book in the Old Testament, associated with the king of Israel named Solomon. Most of you know the well-known...

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