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Volu 100 Issue 04

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Called to separate

Rev. Matthew DeBoer, pastor of Edgerton PRC in Edgerton, Minnesota   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. II Corinthians 6:17, 18 In II Corinthians 6:14-16, Paul commands Corinthian believers not to fellowship with unbelievers because of God’s covenant of grace. He says in verse 14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” The apostle gives the reason halfway through verse 16: “For...

Our forgotten (?) wayward children

Prof. Barrett Gritters, professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Hudsonville PRC   How many? How many covenant sons have turned away from the church and now wander in the misery of unbelief? How many daughters of Zion have rejected the faith of their father and mother and instead run in the cold and cruel world of darkness? They were taught the truth as it is in Jesus, shown the cross where is forgiveness and hope, and by word and example pointed in the way of righteousness. But at some point, known only to...

War in Israel

Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor of the Wingham PRC in Wingham, Ontario, Canada   Most of you know by now that the nation of Israel was attacked by Hamas in what was reportedly the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.1 Hamas is the radical Islamist group that has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007. The Gaza Strip refers to a narrow strip of land situated between Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. The Gaza Strip and West Bank, a territory sandwiched between Jerusalem and the Jordan River, are home to the Palestinian people, an Arabic people, most of whom bow to...

Habakkuk: The just shall live by faith (14) God’s judgment and salvation (4)

Rev. Ronald Hanko, minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches and member of Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, Washington   Previous article in this series: October 1, 2023, p. 8. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. The...

The ordo salutis (4a): Conversion: The old man

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2023, p. 11.   And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.  Joel 2:13 The terminology In the last article in this series on the ordo salutis (the logical sequence in which the Holy Spirit applies the benefits of salvation decreed by God in election and purchased by Christ on the cross), the terms “old man” and “new man” from Heidelberg Catechism, LD 33 were mentioned but...

Protestant Reformed missions Years of rebuilding: Missions revived, 1954-1962 (2)

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   Previous article in this series: September 1, 2023, p. 471.   It was the 1950s. The aftershocks caused by the split of 1953 were still rumbling throughout the denomination. The churches were in a turmoil. Struggling to survive, the remaining men on the Mission Committee knew it to be the calling of the churches to send forth men into the harvest. Missions is an integral part of the work of the church of Christ. Neglecting the work of spreading the gospel was not an option. The committee approached the...

Light pollution: A distracting light

Mr. Dan Kuiper, science teacher in Covenant Christian High School and member of Hope PRC in Walker, Michigan   Earth is part of the Milky Way galaxy, a spiral galaxy that contains an estimated 100 billion stars and stretches an incomprehensible 100,000 light years in diameter.1 On the darkest nights, we are able to view only a minuscule percentage of those stars with the naked eye and, yet, they act as an innumerable host that declares God’s glory. When we sit in stillness under the night sky and consider the work of God’s hands, we are reminded that He has...

Seeking the heavenly homeland

Mrs. Sarah Mowery, wife and mother in Loveland PRC in Loveland, Colorado   Do your children long for heaven? Do you? Before our family road-tripped from our home in Colorado to Florida last summer, we spoke of palm trees, the ocean, and the beautiful house awaiting us. Our daughters planned to collect seashells; our sons longed to fish for sharks. None of us have ever seen heaven. Do we anticipate that place in such a way that our children are more excited to go there than they are any earthly destination? In I Corinthians 1 and 2 the apostle Paul...

Report of Classis West

Meeting September 27, 2023 Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met on September 27, 2023, in Crete (IL) PRC. The Crete congregation did a fine job of hosting the delegates. The day before the meeting, an officebearers’ confer­ence was held on the timely subject of “Sexual Abuse in our Churches and the Proper Response.” Prof. Cory Griess spoke first on “The Consistory’s Response to Sexual Abuse,” and Prof. Russell Dykstra spoke next on “Repentance and Reconciliation of the Abuser.” The conference concluded with a round-table discussion among pastors, elders, and professors in which they talked about various questions and...

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