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George Ophoff was part of the first Editorial Staff of the SB, and a long-time writer for the magazine. “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6, 7 In everything let your requests be known. In everything, in every circumstance, in adversity and prosperity, in sickness and health, fruitful and unfruitful seasons, in every kind of distress, let your requests be known. Seemingly the apostle leaves his readers...

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* An excerpt from a sermon by John Calvin on Luke 2:1-14. This, no doubt, is the sermon that, according to the translator, Calvin preached on Christmas Day. The complete sermon is found in the recent publication, Sermons on the Deity of Christ (by John Calvin). The book consists of 20 sermons by John Calvin on the birth, passion, resurrection (one of which was preached by Calvin on Easter Sunday), ascension, and final advent of Jesus Christ, and on Pentecost. The book is published by Old Paths Publication, 223 Princetown Road, Audubon, NJ 08106. It sells for $25.00. The excerpt...

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O man who art thou that pleadest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus?  Romans 9:20 Dearly Beloved Brethren, We must not be amazed if the article of the everlasting predestination to God, be so assaulted and fought against by Satan’s maintainers, seeing it is the foundation of our salvation, and also serveth for the better magnifying of the free goodness of God towards us. On the other side those Dogs which bark against it thinking to have a good and favorable cause are therein more hardy: as in...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. John Gill and the Cause of God and Truth, by George M. Ella. Eggleston, Co. Durham, England: Go Publications, 1995. 365 pp. $16.95 (paper). This new, well-written biography of 18th century, Particular (Calvinistic) Baptist preacher and theologian John Gill is welcome for several reasons. Gill was a notable pastor, theologian, and Bible commentator. Some of his writings are still being published today. His dogmatics was republished in 1977 by Primitive Baptist Library as A Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity. Baker Book House published this dogmatics...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought, by John M. Frame. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 1995. 463pp. $24.99 (cloth)/$19.99 (paper). In commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Cornelius Van Til, Professor John Frame has written what must be the definitive single-volume analysis of his mentor’s thought. Frame is a sympathetic analyst. He acknowledges Van Til as “the major theological influence upon me” and lauds him as “the most important Christian thinker of the twentieth century.” Indebtedness and admiration do...

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Excerpted from the new book on single life, marriage, divorce, and remarriage by David J. Engelsma, Better to Marry. Copyright by the Reformed Free Publishing Association. Reprinted with permission. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.  Matthew 19:9 Scandal It is painfully evident to everyone that the dishonoring of marriage in evangelical Protestant churches today is scandalous. Divorces for every reason and remarriages abound. It is now lawful for a man to put away...

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When, indeed, the Holy Spirit saw that the human race was guided only with difficulty toward virtue, and that, because of our inclination toward pleasure, we were neglectful of an upright life, what did He do? The delight of melody He mingled with the doctrines so that by the pleasantness and softness of the sound heard we might receive without perceiving it the benefit of the words, just as wise physicians who, when giving the fastidious rather bitter drugs to drink, frequently smear the cup with honey. Therefore, He devised for us these harmonious melodies of the psalms, that they...

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* An excerpt from the sermon of this title preached in 1888 by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. This excerpt is taken from the printed copy of the sermon distributed by Chapel Library in Pensacola Florida. This is the suggestion of the present hour:. if the world will not come to Jesus, shall-Jesus tone down his teachings to the world? In other words, if the world will not rise to the church, shall not the church go down to the world? Instead of bidding men to be converted, and come out from among sinners, and be separate from them, let us join...

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Taken from In the Shadow of Death, by Abraham Kuyoer, reprinted in 1994 by Old Paths Publications. Published with permission. THE physician has in the lives of many an all but too large a place, to which sometimes cleave sad remembrances, yea, which sometimes gave rise to bitter conflict of faith. And this also Scripture intends, that you should consider, and therefore puts before us ever and again those tragic words from the narrative of the woman who had an issue of blood: “There was a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things...

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The Grace of God, The Bondage of the Will, ed. Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware, vol. 1: Biblical and Practical Perspectives on Calvinism; vol. 2: Historical and Theological Perspectives on Calvinism. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995. 521pp. $16.99 per volume; $29.99 the set (paper). In 1989 a number of prominent, nominally evangelical theologians and philosophers published a vigorous defense of Arminianism, The Grace of God, The Will of Man: A Case for Arminianism (ed. Clark H. Pinnock, Grand Rapids: Zondervan). In defending traditional Arminianism, the authors frankly acknowledged that the implication of the theology of free-will is the rejection...

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