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Mrs. Kleyn is the wife of Missionary Daniel Kleyn, stationed in the Philippines. What believest thou concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ? That the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting life, agreeing in true faith; and that I am, and forever shall remain, a living member thereof. Lord’s Day 21, Q&A 54 The above Lord’s Day on the holy, catholic church of Christ has always been a favorite of mine. I...

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In a recent blog post,1 the Rev. Wes Bredenhof, a Canadian Reformed minister, contends that the Protestant Reformed objection to the covenant doctrine of the Canadian Reformed Churches is, in fact, a denial of personal responsibility. By their criticism of the Canadian Reformed—and “liberated”—doctrine of the covenant, the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) are guilty of denying human responsibility, particularly with regard to salvation in the covenant of grace. The PRC are strong on divine sovereignty, if not obsessed with it, but derelict on human responsibility. The title of Bredenhof ’s piece is “Personal Responsibility.” His charge is that the PRC...

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Dr. Decker submits this article at the request of the editors. The public press and other religious magazines have covered this topic. We believed it would be helpful to have a professional in the medical field submit his judgment on the matter for our magazine. You may have seen the pictures from the 1950s of families lined up waiting to receive the polio vaccine. Maybe you even remember waiting in that line. If so, you probably also remember the relief that came with knowing the dreaded disease of polio could be prevented. Finally something could be done about a disease...

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It was a good Sunday. All Sundays are good. This particular Sunday was especially memorable. The children of the congregation had been asking their parents when this day would come. The adults anxiously awaited it too. The particular Sunday was July 5, 2015. It was the first worship service in Providence PRC’s own church building! Earlier this spring, no one imagined that God’s plan would mean we would be worshiping in our own church building so soon. Ever since our organization in the summer of 2008, worship services were held in the music room of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville,...

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I think the right method of preaching is this. At our first beginning to preach at any place, after a general declara­tion of the love of God to sinners and his willingness that they should be saved, to preach the law in the stron­gest, the closest, and the most searching manner possible; only intermixng the gospel here and there, and shewing it, as it were, afar off…. I mean by preaching the gospel, preaching the love of God to sinners, preaching the life, death, resurrection, and intercession of Christ, with all the blessings which in consequence thereof are freely given...

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Seminary Staff As always a new school-year brings changes. It hap­pens that this year, there are more changes than usual at the seminary. One change is that our long-time regis­trar, Mr. Don Doezema, has retired. Mr. Doezema has fulfilled the duties of registrar faithfully for some thirty years and we are grateful for his dedicated service. Mr. Charles Terpstra, the seminary’s librarian, has now as­sumed also the registrar’s du­ties. We want to encourage all young men who have aspirations for the ministry to contact Mr. Terpstra. If you are a senior in high school and intend to take a pre-sem­inary...

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Singing the Psalms as we have them in our Psalter is of immeasurable value to the child of God. This is not surprising if we bear in mind what was brought out in the first article of this three-part series of articles on psalm-singing. In our first article we demonstrated that God has called His church to sing the Psalms. He gave us the Psalms as part of the inspired Scriptures and then, in those same Scriptures, commanded us to sing them. The Lord calls His church only to those things that are of spiritual value and ben­efit to her....

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2012, p. 81.   “I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.” Psalm 57:9 “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33 In our previous article, we considered that the Psalms were given to us in the Scriptures especially so that we would sing them. We also noticed that the Lord’s command to us in His Word is that we sing the Psalms. Our Psalter, the 100th anniversary of...

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“O come let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” Psalm 95:1-2 The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of our Psalter, which was first published in the year 1912. The Psalter has been the song­book in the Protestant Reformed churches for their entire history—88 of the 100 years of the Psalter’s existence. And it has served them well. It has also been a blessing to the other denominations that have used it during these...

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