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Signs in the World

As a boy I recall that from time to time my pastors, H. Hoeksema and C. Hanko, would preach on the last things. They would preach about the signs of Christ’s coming and about the Antichrist and the persecution during the great tribulation. And I was frightened by it all. Rev. Hoeksema used to say […]

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Professor Robert Decker

Peter and Dorothy (Jansen) Decker, Jr. became the parents of Prof. Robert Decker on August 10, 1940. Prof. Decker was born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was baptized by Rev. Herman Hoeksema in First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Prof. Decker attended Baldwin Christian School (1945-1951) […]

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The Christian’s Attitude Toward Government (2)

The following is the text of a lecture given in the First Protestant Reformed Church, Holland, MI, November 6, 1998.  Last month we ended with the following paragraph: “This then is the threefold calling of the Christian with regard to the civil government. We must be subject to the superior authorities, not resist, but obey […]

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The Christian’s Attitude Toward Government (1)

The following is the text of a lecture given in the First Protestant Reformed Church, Holland, MI, November 6, 1998.  The question before us tonight is occasioned by the scandalous behavior of our nation’s president. For the second time in a little over twenty years the House of Representatives is considering whether to impeach our […]

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Contentment in Suffering

Thank you for the privilege of speaking to you.  It has been a number of years since I have spoken at a Young People’s Convention.   And I am grateful for the opportunity to address you tonight. Christians, you and I too, know a SECRET: it’s the secret of being content not just when things are […]

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Contentment in Suffering

Thank you for the privilege of speaking to you. It has been a number of years since I have spoken at a Young Peoples’ Convention. And I am grateful for the opportunity to address you tonight. Christians, you and I too, know a SECRET: it’s the secret of being content not just when things are […]

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Youth and Missions

Editor’s Note:  The title on the cover ought to bring a lot of questions into your mind. What has the title “The Proper Use of the Present Life” to do with me? What do we mean by “proper use”? And, how does this relate to the rest of the title? A few months ago, I […]

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Signs in the World

As a boy I recall that from time to time my pastors: H. Hoeksema and C. Hanko would preach on the last things. They would preach about the signs of Christ’s coming and about the Antichrist and the persecution during the great tribulation. And I was frightened by it all. Rev. Hoeksema used to say […]

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Common Grace

Point I A. The First Point of Common Grace, as adopted by the C.R. Synod of 1924: “Relative to the first point which concerns the favorable attitude of God towards humanity in general and not only towards the elect, Synod declares it to be established according to Scripture and the confession, that apart from the […]

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Coming Before His Presence

Perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated by the devil is that the Christian life is only grief and sadness. The devil wants us in believe that there is no joy, no real glad­ness for Christians — especially for young Christians. To be a Christian means, the great Deceiver would have us think, to walk around with […]

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Positively Negative

If there is one thing that characterizes the age in which we live it is this: it is an age of compromise. That this is true is easily seen in every area of life today. On the international level there is a multiplicity of organizations (U.N., NATO, OAS, etc.) all aimed at establishing peace on […]

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Editorial

The January 1941 issue of Beacon Lights had this word to say to the parents. “We need your support in this new undertaking. Not your financial support; in fact, we prefer that young people find ways and means to take care of their own financial obligations as much as possible and that they thereby develop […]

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He Shall Return

The days are upon us when we again celebrate the wonder of wonders, the birth of our Lord. The story is simple and transparently clear—even the young children understand and know it. We, too, are so very familiar with the narrative; we have heard it so often. The angel, Gabriel, was sent from God to […]

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Some Thoughts on the Reformation

It is some four hundred and fifty years ago (447 to be exact) that Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg thus beginning what is known in history as the Protestant Reformation. Perhaps a brief review of the events which led to this memorable and earth shaking act is […]

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Ecumenicity

One of the most “talked-about” issues today is that concerning the World Council of Churches (hereafter-WCC) and ecumenicity. The Church papers and periodicals, also those of the Reformed community, are full of articles discussing the pros and cons of membership in the WCC. In not a few such articles it is argued that it is […]

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What Shall We Drink?

The Book of Exodus, chapter 15, verses 22 through 26, records for us the history of Israel at Marah.  This was Israel’s first stop on their journey out of Egypt into the land of Canaan.  It was here at Marah that Israel asked the question: “What shall we drink?”  At first glance the question seems […]

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Seminary

The undersigned, when first asked to write an article of this nature, hesitated. He has only been in the Seminary for a little over one semester and, therefore, has hardly had time to form well defined judgments concerning the school and his work done there. Nevertheless, he consented to write because of two reasons. The […]

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The Inevitable Encounter

Edward L. R. Elson, (Preaching For Today Series) – Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. This little volume of 68 pages is a collection of nine sermons delivered by Dr. Elson in the National Presbyterian Church of Washington D.C. Elson claims to represent the Historic Presbyterian tradition saying that it is his purpose to preach the […]

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