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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. We should consider in a little more detail how we know if a person is actually demon possessed? This is necessary to consider in connection with the method of deliverance. There are so many far-out and wild-eyed books about demon possession and deliverance that I can understand why a Reformed man would simply throw up his hands and deny its existence. That is an easy way out of the mess. The Charismatic and Pentecostal movement has not helped in this regard either. We all know how they go about seeing demons...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. It is a commonly held position in the church world that one either accepts or rejects Gods efforts to save. It is said, too, that the only way to do the work of evangelism and missions is by seeking to persuade the objects of that work to accept Christ as their personal Savior. It is said that everyone must be told that it is his responsibility to open his heart and to let the waiting Savior into his heart and life. Whether anyone is saved or not...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. These words flowed repeatedly from the lips of missionary Paul. In both letters to the Thessalonians (I Thess. 5:25, II Thess. 3:1), as well as Hebrews 13:18 and others, he reminded the church of his need for their prayers. We do likewise. We reflect often upon the meaningful words of Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 45, A. 116: “God will give his grace and Holy Spirit to those only, who with sincere desires continually ask them of him, and are thankful for them.” Little wonder that prayer is indispensable for all spiritual...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. It was my privilege and joy, along with Pastor Richard Smit from our church in Doon, Iowa, to make another visit to the Philippines. We made this visit as representatives from the Foreign Mission Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches and in harmony with the decisions of the 1998 synod. It was another exciting and eventful visit, about which we can write only a very little in a short Standard Bearer article. The FMC planned that our delegation should spend most of the time in two places: the...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. We have tackled the “toughies.” Those who have difficulties with the doctrines of “Calvinism” ordinarily have their problems with the doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, irresistible grace, and especially the doctrine of limited atonement. With those we have dealt in previous issues. Some, but fewer, have a problem with the fifth and last of the doctrines of “Calvinism,” namely, the perseverance of the saints. Many who deny the previous four points of Calvinism profess to maintain the fifth. They say that they hold to the...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. God did great things for the spread of the gospel through the seventeenth century Reformation. From Pentecost onward, the Holy Spirit has moved the church to bring the gospel to the lost. The same Spirit used the Reformation to liberate the saints so that they could properly and enthusiastically bring the gospel to all nations. This applies in two ways. The Reformation gave back the message to the church. Not that it was entirely gone. Rather, it was obfuscated by an apostate church. God’s work in the heart and life of...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. One of the concerns of any true church is that for missions and evangelism. It is biblically inaccurate to say that evangelism and missions is the chief purpose or the exclusive purpose of the church. It is equally inaccurate to say that evangelism is not one of the chief concerns of the church. The true church will have a genuine, Scripturally-directed concern to proclaim the gospel to the fullest of its ability. It is essential that clear, biblical principles are hitched to the wagon of fervent,...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. “There is a danger, of course, that we begin to think that our efforts, our program, our machinery, and our funds accomplish the work [of missions]. This is absolutely not the case. The work is the Lord’s, and He alone can and will gather His church. But as surely as we are called to be busy in this work, it is our responsibility to expend our very best efforts in this area of the churches’ calling, in harmony with the means which the Lord has given us. Only then can we...

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Rev. Brummel is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota, and the secretary of the Foreign Mission Committee. “There are so many people who don’t have access to the gospel. I would like to find ways to bring the gospel and the Word of God to them. There are many new ideas that can be developed and refined to spread the good news of the gospel. There are countless ways to develop our mission program and utilize the talent we have available to us worldwide. We must figure out the best ways to use our limited resources of...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Why do some respond favorably to evangelistic efforts and others do not? And why do some reject every effort to win them to Christ? Why do some believe the preaching of the gospel and repent? And why do others remain in their sins and under the just condemnation of God? Often the answers to these questions center in the person of the missionary or witness, or on the method used. Reflecting Scripture, the Calvinistic Canons of .Dordrecht answer these questions differently. “That some receive the gift...

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