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Family Visitation

I was asked to submit an article on the above mentioned subject. I am delighted both with this opportunity and subject. There are two main reasons for this delight. First, there is much mis­understanding regarding family visitation. Many of us are hard pressed to cite reasons for the practice and yet harder pressed to describe […]

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Thoughts on Family Visitation

I have been asked to express my personal feelings toward the important pastoral work of family visitation. Family visitation is a Reformed Institution of long standing according to Church Order (commentary of Monsma and Van Dellen). It dates back to the Convent of Wezel. 1568. Also it belongs to the area of our church polity […]

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Are You Starving?

“House visitation,” “consistorial call” or “family visitation.” It’s not important what we call it, although the latter is preferred, but we must be sure it has an important function in our lives. In our age the question, “Why?” is outstanding. Therefore I ask, “Why do we have family visitation?” It cannot be answered because it […]

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The Origin and Value of House Visitation

The history of family visitation during the first years of the Protestant Reformation, the struggle for establishing the true Biblical religion was fierce indeed. Among the bitter problems which the reformers had to incline, there was none more contrary to the truth and more grievous to their own hearts, than that they were trying to […]

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