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Issue at Hand, May 2020

Issue at Hand, May 2020 Dewey Engelsma   Sa mga Minamahal na Kapatid sa Pilipinas, 8,111 milya ang layo natin sa isa’t isa. Malamang hindi tayo mabigyan ng pagkakataon na magkita dito sa mundo. Kung nagkikita tayo, siguro mahihirapan tayong magkaintindihan ang isa’t isa. Sadyang magkakaiba ang ating mga kultura, klima, kaugalian at iba pa […]

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Editor’s Note, January 2020

This year we welcome some new faces to the staff and bid farewell to others. We welcome Ashley Huizinga to our staff as the new Promotions Manager. Ashley is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Ashley graduated from Dordt University in May 2018. Although she may not find much opportunity […]

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Issue at Hand, January 2020

Was 2019 a good year? For you personally, I mean. Did you hit all of your goals? Were you able to shed the last 10 pounds or continue the workout regimen you committed yourself to at the beginning of the year? Did you get the pay increase, find the job of your dreams, or did […]

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Editor’s Note

This issue includes the articles submitted for this year’s scholarship essay competition by those individuals who aspire to the office of teacher or pastor. The two writing prompts that each author could choose from are as follows:  Dead orthodoxy is a real threat in our lives and the lives of our youth. Matthew 15:8 teaches […]

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Editor Response to Letter

Dear Mr. Hoekstra,   From a certain perspective, my answer could be very brief. Assurance of salvation belongs to salvation itself, which is by faith alone. Therefore, to say that we enjoy assurance of our salvation by working is to say we are saved by faith and works. When we speak of our justification, namely that […]

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The Elusive Virtue of Contentment

Erik Raymond. Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age. Crossway, 2017. 166 pp. $14.99, cloth    Contentment is a virtue that is much easier to discuss than to practice. Whether in the back of church or on social media, the definitions roll easily off our tongues. “It is being satisfied with everything that God […]

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Holding Fast this Foundation

Outright hostility to a creed does not appear out of nowhere. Such hostility can be seen in a letter that was published in a Reformed magazine earlier this year. Writing in response to an article that encouraged commemoration of the Canons of Dordt, the letter writer stated that “The 400th anniversary would be an excellent […]

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A Feast Unlike Any Other

You can’t imagine life without him. Seeing your dad scoop up your younger sister in his arms and smother her with kisses while she giggles with delight and pretends that she wants to get out of his clutches brings a smile to everyone’s face. Maybe it’s playing catch in the backyard or burrowing into his […]

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Issue at Hand

It was a poignant end to Bible study.  The adult Bible study of Byron Center PRC had just concluded its last class of the year by finishing with the last verse of Acts 14. The leader, Mr. Leroy DeVries, announced his relief that the class had made it through chapter 14, so the group could […]

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The Issue at Hand

Hebrews 2:11, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Young person, have you ever been very ashamed of yourself for something you did? Maybe you got caught, and that was shameful; or maybe it was something that […]

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