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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand, a sister-church to the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand. Christ is coming! This is a truth which every child of God knows, yet so often ignores as he is caught up on the whirlwind of today’s fast life. It has been so long ago that He was taken from us in a cloud to heaven that we do not daily live in living hope of His return. However, the Lord will not let us forget. He has given us many signs that show that He will come...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of New Zealand. Living in New Zealand one soon learns that the people of that land live close to the sea, both literally and figuratively. Most of the population lives along the coast, making access to the sea a matter of minutes. For those who live in the middle of the country, which are few, a drive of an hour or less will bring them to the coast. As one drives along the coast one sees a favorite activity of both New Zealanders and foreigners, that is, fishing. Some are fishing...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Having considered the scriptural principles and responsibilities of church membership, we devoted the last article to the inescapable truth of corporate responsibility. Though many in this age of ecclesiastical departure and apostasy would like to ignore that truth, it is exactly the truth of corporate responsibility and corporate guilt that lies at the basis of the call, “Come out from among them and be ye separate.” We must not continue in conflict with the holiness of God. I pointed out that, for some of you, that may mean...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Norristown, Pennsylvania. The name of the Covenant Reformed Fellowship is not new to the readers of The Standard Bearer. Synod of 1988 decided to send a delegation to Larne to help the saints there. Rev. Kamps and Prof. Engelsma went and the report of their visit is found in the December 15, 1988 issue. It gives a brief history of the fellowship, and details of the visits and work of the delegates. Synod also decided to instruct the Committee for Contact “to secure the labors of one of our ministers to...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Our Belgic Confession, on the basis of Scripture, calls everyone to join himself or herself to the true church. But when I say that only a true church is a proper body to join, that statement does not in itself clarify the matter of church membership. It is not as easy as saying this one church is true and all others are false. What an enormous entity is the church-world today! What a bewildering array of denominations and congregations! And in the face of that baffling diversity and...

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Rev. Mahtani is a pastor in the Evangelical Reformed Churches in Singapore. (This article is a report on a special program organized by the Theological Training Committee of the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Singapore.) “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37, 38 Only about thirty people were gathered on the hot Saturday afternoon of 25th January 1992. The opening word of welcome included a word of encouragement taken from the words of the prophet Zechariah, chapter 4, verse...

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Rev. Houck is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lynwood, Illinois. There is not another book in all the world which is so mistreated and abused as the Bible. Many believers and even many ministers do not handle the Word of God properly. The words of Holy Scripture and their meaning are stretched, twisted, and distorted. The apostle Peter refers in II Peter 3:16 to those who so torture Scripture. He speaks of Scripture “which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest,… unto their own destruction.” We have all witnessed such Scripture twisting. Think, for instance, of the great violence which...

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Ronald J. Van Overloop is a missionary-pastor of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Northwest Chicago. The calling to give witness of the Savior and of the salvation He earned is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian. Proper motivation is so important in the performance of any work or play, and that is equally true for witnessing and evangelism. Proper motivation for witnessing consists of the following: the glorification of God, gratitude for so great salvation of such a worthless sinner, conviction of and zeal for the truth, confidence and trust in the efficacious work of the Holy Spirit and...

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