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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 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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