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Preaching of the Gospel

The gospel is the good news of our salvation in Jesus Christ. It is foundational that our entire salvation is from and of the triune God. God the Father eternally elects us, God the Son redeems us by his death on the cross, and God the Holy Spirit unites us to Christ and all his […]

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Sir, We Would See Jesus

Sometimes you think you won’t make it through the week. I mean that in a spiritual sense. The week seems so long. You battle the enemy, you travel up the hill. The enemy never relents. The incline of the hill never slackens but instead you keep going up, up, up. You wonder where Sunday is. […]

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Standin’ in the Need of Prayer

Dear Editor, I appreciated the reminder in “Standin’ in the Need of Prayer” of the June 2006 Beacon Lights to pray for each other, with each other, and to bear one another’s burdens. Philippians 2:3b–4 says, “In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every […]

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Standin’ in the Need of Prayer

“Hey buddy, thanks for sharing your story with me…it means a lot. Do you mind if I pray for you right now?”; “Girl, it is good to see you again. Tell me, what is the Lord doing in your life?”; “Pastor, thanks for being an incredible inspiration and a blessing to this church…if there’s anything […]

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Foolishness

The preaching of the cross of Christ Is foolishness to those Whom God ordained to perish, But unto those He chose It is the pow’r of God the Lord! He turns to foolishness The wisdom of this world; But godliness He’ll bless. Because the “foolishness” of God Is wiser far than men; And had He […]

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What Churches Need More Than Anything (3)

What is most indispensable for a church institute is that its membership has a thorough and accurate knowledge of the truth. In previous articles we have seen that this is exactly what most churches are lacking today, while it is at the same time what we as Protestant Reformed churches have been so richly blessed […]

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Perspectives on Preaching

Jonathan is a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. This article was written as a scholarship essay. It is the case that, in virtually anything, reality can be viewed from multiple perspectives. A banker or businessman traveling Eurorail from Amsterdam, Holland to Berlin, Germany might have viewed the magnificent tulips […]

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The Call to Minister an Effective Word

When a young Reformed man meditates upon the future labors to which the Lord may be calling him, certainly the ministry of the gospel will have primary consideration. A believing young man understands the importance of the ministerial office and its crucial role in the salvation of lost sinners. Not only has he been taught, […]

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A Prayer for Pastors

Bill is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was written for the 2002 Protestant Reformed scholarship. An intriguing question has been raised by the 2002 Protestant Reformed Scholarship Committee: “Why isn’t the position of minister desired by more young people?” This question supposes two things: 1) That the […]

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Preaching (2)

Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. The most important thing that the Bible says about preaching is that it is the way in which God’s people hear the voice of Christ Himself. Jesus tells us that we do hear His voice and must hear it in John 10:27. That […]

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Preaching (1)

Rev. Hanko is missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. What is preaching? Is it just another form of teaching, the only difference being that the Bible is taught? If it is just another form of teaching, why does Scripture emphasize […]

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The Marks of the True Church

Rev. Hanko is missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. That the true church of Christ can be found in the world is evident from Christ’s promise: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against […]

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Fleeing Sin (4)

We ended last time with a view to looking at how separating from sin and impenitent sinners takes place only in the true church where sharp antithetical preaching is found and where discipline is administered. This we will do in the final article beginning with a look at our creeds. All three of our creeds […]

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Nurturing of Christian Attitudes

1998 Scholarship Essay  All Christians desire to be godly. Every believer longs to see Christian attitudes within himself and to manifest these attitudes clearly and consistently before God and man. Therefore, a Christian’s chief hope regarding his attitude is that it may be like Christ’s. He greatly desires to imitate and reflect his glorious Redeemer’s […]

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The House

Once upon a time there lived a little boy and a little girl in a great big house. The house was so large that the boy and girl could wander from room to room all morning long, and still have places to explore after dinner. The rooms were furnished with the finest of furniture, and […]

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The Truth Despised

Question I have been a Christian since 1978.1 am 33 years old. In that time I have attended many churches, most of them Baptist, Evangelical free churches and the like, until I met (a pastor) who is 26 years old and preaching this “reformed theology.” WOW!! I have never heard this before! A light went […]

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The Marks of the True Church (2)

Knowing what the marks of the true Church are, the believer is “in duty bound” to join himself to this “holy congregation.” This is the language of our Confession Of Faith as found in Article 28 where we read: We believe, since this holy congregation is an assembly of those who are saved, and that […]

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The Marks of the True Church (1)

The true Church of Christ has three marks which distinguish and separate it from all false churches and religions which claim to be true. We do well to remind ourselves of these three marks as they are found in the Bible and summarized in our creeds. It is even proper that we take care to […]

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The Blessing of the Preaching of the Heidelberg Catechism

According to the church order of our Protestant Reformed Churches we are required in our church worship services to preach the Heidelberg Catechism each Sunday. In article 68 of the Church Order we read, “The ministers shall on Sunday explain briefly the sum of Christian doctrine comprehended in the Heidelberg Catechism so that as much […]

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From the perspective of the inner workings of our body, the external environment is seething with enemies looking for an opportunity to attack and destroy life. The cells in our bodies are so delicate and exceedingly complex and are therefore very vulnerable to any disturbance. A slight change in temperature, or chemical balance will wreck […]

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