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Fellowship with God

The truth concerning man’s relation with God is one which deserves our attention and our understanding. Nothing can be more important than one’s standing before God. It is very literally a mat­ter of life and death. There is a relationship of fellowship between God and His people. That relationship has…

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“Down With…All Gambling” The above title heads an article appearing in The Christian News, Oct. 20, 198q. It was written with a view to combating the growing desire to gamble. Several states, evidently, in November voted whether or not to sanction bingo and other forms of gambling. Of course, Michigan did…

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Rev. VanBaren is minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches . “Change of Earth’s Orbit” One reads often of theories concerning events which occurred on the earth thousands (some say millions) of years ago. Occasionally an article appears which causes one to sit up and take note. One such article…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Winning One for the Lord? Sunday, February 4, 2007 was “Super Bowl Sunday.” It is considered by many to be the greatest, most important sporting event of the year in the United States. Millions watch. Some, doubtlessly, stayed home…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Bishop Spong—and Church Revival On October 31 we commemorated the Reformation of the church which began some 480 years ago. Today we witness continued and increasing attacks against the truths maintained in that Reformation. We have been reading of…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Newsweek—and Prophecy Last time I pointed out a feature article in U.S. News and World Report: “Is the Bible True?” Newsweek, November 1, 1999, weighed in with another article related to the Bible and the millennium. It examined especially…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Thanksgiving to Whom? Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. According to custom and in harmony with the requirements of our Church Order, we assembled together as congregations to express thanks to God for all of His benefits bestowed on…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Burger King” Religion—”Have It Your Way!” It is a sad fact that one finds a multiplicity of churches and denominations in the land. There are many confessions extant in these bodies—often expressing what we are convinced is contrary to…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Theories of Atonement Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” has attracted great attention (and earned much money.) It has also generated considerable debate. Some consider it anti-Semitic. Others condemn its unseemly violence—for which it is given an…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Abortion, Euthanasia, and Now: Assisted Suicide It was, of course, inevitable. When the value of life has, under certain circumstances, dropped to zero, the value of life declines overall. The anti-life movement (euphemistically known as pro-choice) is growing. “Pro-choice”…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Women in Office: the CRC and its Y2K Problem Almost five years ago the synod (1995) of the Christian Reformed Church gave the classes of that denomination the option to declare the word “male” inoperative in their Church Order.…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “False Prophets; Real Profits” The above title is one taken from an article of P. Andrew Sandlin appearing in 2000 WorldNetDaily.com. I’ll quote from that later. The reference is to the “prophecies” of many Christians who insisted that the…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Science vs. Science” In World Magazine of February 26, 2000 an article appears presenting the “scientific” evidence of intelligent design in creation. The arguments appear to come from those who are not necessarily all Christian and probably do not…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Whom Say Men That I, the Son of Man, Am?” One could hardly avoid the extensive coverage of the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Holy Land. Television presented its live reports. Newspapers provided almost minute-by-minute accounts…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Religion and Politics Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, often writes on the subject of politics and religion. In the Grand Rapids Press, April 19, 2000, he addresses the question under the heading, “Falwell should keep…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Marriage — Is It Necessary? The concept of marriage has been rapidly changing. Though vows spoken often include the “until death do us part,” some 50% of marriages are dissolved through divorce long before death comes. It is said…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Theologians debate God’s foreknowledge” It was the headline in Loveland, Colorado’s Reporter-Herald of December 6, 2003. (Thanks to one of our “contributors” from Loveland for the article.) The article, though dated, is really very current. Its report concerning the…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. What Is “Marriage?” A petition drive was held recently in the state of Michigan that, if sufficient signatures were obtained, will require the issue of “gay marriages” to be placed on the November ballot. If the desired amendment passes,…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Day of rest faces test,” said the headline in theHolland Sentinel of July 25, 1994. Neither the headline nor the accompanying article presents any surprises. Clearly there is a wide divergence of views concerning Sunday as a day of…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Science Finds God” (cf. Romans 1:19-21) One’s attention is immediately caught by the cover of one of the national news magazines, Newsweek. The cover story, July 20, 1998, is titled, “Science Finds God.” One is amazed by the…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. “Bold Enough to God Against Scripture” The Christian News, June 20, 1988, presents reports from several magazines and newspapers about a new book, Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality, by Bishop John Shelby Spong of the Episcopal Church.…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Strange Bed-fellows! Rev. Robert Schuller has a way of getting his name regularly in the press. Recently there has been reported an altercation which took place on a plane. But his association with people of every religion seems…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. An Obituary for the C.R.C.? One reviews the decisions taken at the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church this past summer with concern and alarm. The course of that denomination, as reported by conservative CRC observers, appears to…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Mary, Mother of God” One of our younger readers called my attention to the cover story of Newsweek, August 25, 1997, which presented “The Meaning of Mary—A Struggle Over Her Role Grows Within the Church.” The article discusses…

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