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A fine morning it was, that of April 7, when we left Grand Rapids to begin our lecture tour through all our churches in the West, not only in Iowa and Minnesota, but also in Montana and California. The air was crisp and invigorating, the sky was clear and holding the promise of a beautiful day. And before we had been on the way long, the sun appeared above the horizon to flood the earth with its golden.glory. Our hearts were filled with the joyous hope of a pleasant trip. When I say “we” I am not using the more...

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Before I continue my narrative, I want to tell you something. On the eve of my departure from Manhattan, after my last lecture, a group of young folks, with smiling faces, and bubbling over with young life, took me to task for what I had written last year in our paper about the weather in Manhattan and the Montana climate, and they dared me to write anything derogatory on that delicate subject this time. It is my experience that in many States people talk about their weather and climate as if they made it themselves. Well, the above mentioned young...

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At the time when our synod was held and when, therefore, as many of the editors of the Standard Bearer were in Grand Rapids as could ever be expected, the president of the staff, the Rev. G. M. Ophoff, called a meeting of the editorial staff for the purpose of discussing the desirability of changing the setup of our paper and introducing possible improvements. The meeting was held on May 26, in the consistory room of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids. Present were the editors, the Revs. G. M. Ophoff, G. Vos and the undersigned; the associate...

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As we wrote in our last article, we left Manhattan on Thursday, April 24. The distance from Manhattan to Bellflower by auto is about 1200 miles. And as we left about seven thirty in the morning, and planned to be in Bellflower by Friday evening, we had no time to spare. Once more our way led through the beautiful Gallatin Canyon to West Yellowstone, thence westward for a short stretch over the Continental Divide, and after that our main direction was south, so that it became warmer as we made progress. At West Yellowstone, which we reached a little after...

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In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph. 1:13, 14 Ye also. . . . This in distinction from “we. . . . who first trusted in Christ.” The glorious mystery of the will of God, according to the good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, and which He made known unto us,...

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In his latest radio address President Roosevelt informed the American public that he had “issued orders to the navy that all necessary steps be taken to insure the safety of communications in the approaches between Iceland and the United States, as well as on other seas between the United States and all other strategic outposts.” Mr. Roosevelt, moreover, in the same speech, was quite insistent on the delivery of American-made war materials to Great Britain and their passage through the American defense zones at all costs. And he warned that all axis warships will be fired upon at sight if...

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At the last synod of the Christian Reformed Churches a rather miserable case was considered in connection with their mission work among the Indians, more particularly with the work at Rehoboth. On the surface it appeared to be the question whether “white patients” should be admitted to the hospital there, but it was repeatedly stated that there was a “deeper problem at the bottom of the whole matter.” It is not our purpose to review the whole case as it was considered by the Christian Reformed Synod. There is chiefly one point of interest to which we would like to...

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The “America First Committee,” in a brief pamphlet recently distributed by them, reminds the President of the United States, and the American people, of some “solemn and sacred pledges” Mr. Roosevelt made during his 1940 election campaign. He said: “We are arming ourselves not for any purpose of conflict or intervention in foreign disputes. I repeat again that I stand on the platform of our party; we will not participate in foreign wars and will not send our Army, Naval or Air Forces to fight in foreign lands outside of the Americas except in case of attack. “It is for...

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In this world, especially the modern world, with its flood of literature in the form of magazines and newspapers, and its incessant radio broadcasts, it is very easy indeed to become acquainted with the world’s viewpoint with respect to anything at all. Predominantly that viewpoint, the viewpoint of Man, is being presented of any topic that is being discussed. And it is not easy for the Church and for the individual believer to escape the danger of adopting this viewpoint and to maintain his own, or rather Scripture’s viewpoint with respect to the same realities and events that are evaluated...

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Of this exclamation of the lamenting prophet we were reminded when we read the answer by Prof. L. Berkhof in The Banner of Oct. 31, 1941, to a question by a member of the Christian Reformed Churches concerning the censurableness of a Church member’s belonging to the C.I.O. The standpoint of the reply is that membership of the C.I.O. and, of course, of any worldly union is a relative matter: one may belong to such organizations, but it is better, because it is less dangerous, not to belong to them! And when we compared this weak and colorless reply to...

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