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The Fundamental Work of the Deacons (8): Caring for the Poor Outside the Household of Faith

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: January 1, 2005, p. 155. The first priority of deacons in the church of Jesus Christ must be the care of the poor in their own congregation. At their installation, the deacons were…

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Caring for the Believing Poor Outside the Congregation

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: December 15, p. 135. Within their own congregation, deacons must manifest Christ’s mercy by doing their utmost to care for the poor. This means they must collect alms, determine the need of those…

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The Fundamental Work of the Deacons (5) Visiting and Comforting the Distressed

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. (Preceding article in this series: July 2004, p. 421.) The fundamental work of the deacons is spiritual in nature. One might not immediately come to this conclusion when he sees the deacons passing the collection plates, counting the…

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Keeping in Touch with the Directors of Institutions of Mercy

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2005, p. 476. Article 26 of our Church Order requires deacons to work closely with other diaconates in the care of the poor, to correspond with civil poor-relief organizations so that…

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The Fundamental Work of Deacons (10) A Mutual Understanding with Civil Poor-Relief Organizations

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: May 15, 2005, p. 373. The church of Jesus Christ is not the only entity that busies itself caring for the needy—the poor, aged, widows, sick, disabled, and disaster victims. The civil government…

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