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Enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of FIVE COPIES of Contending for the Faith, an engaging, readable, and instructive account of the development of biblical truth over against some of the major heresies in history.   "If we live in ignorance of the church of past years, knowing nothing of its struggles, battles, temptations, and heresies it faced, we will be at a terrible disadvantage in our own time when heresy rises in our own church or denomination....

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Christ's Church Through the Ages Volume 1: The Ancient Church - COMING SOON

Christ's Church Through the Ages Volume 1: The Ancient Church - COMING SOON

"It is my firm belief that the students in our schools ought to learn church history, and that the subject ought to have high priority for all those who love Christ’s church. If we are to live responsibly as God’s children in the world, we ought to be acquainted with the history of those who have gone before us from the world to their eternal rest. So this book is prepared for use as a textbook and for the general edification...

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Happy Birthday, Hendrik de Cock!

Happy Birthday, Hendrik de Cock!

On this day, 220 years ago, Reformed preacher and reformer Hendrik de Cock was born. _______________ In 1834: Hendrik de Cock's Return to the True Church, the author recounts the reformation of the church in 1834, when Hendrik de Cock witnessed against the false doctrines and unspiritual character of the state Reformed church of the Netherlands. After having been unceremoniously suspended and deposed from office, he led his congregation to return to the biblical worship of God in Christ Jesus as set forth in...

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What a wonder God’s salvation is!

What a wonder God’s salvation is!

This article was written by Rev. Ronald Hanko and will be published in the April 15, 2021 issue of The Standard Bearer.  Click to read a pdf as printed in the April 15, 2021 issue. _______________ What a wonder God’s salvation is! He used every means to save Jonah—the storm, the rebuke of the heathen sailors, and the specially prepared fish. He then used a disobedient prophet to bring the gospel to the Ninevites, first making him a demonstration of His great salvation in the way of Jonah’s disobedience...

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Correction for The Standard Bearer, April 1 2021

Correction for The Standard Bearer, April 1 2021

Attention all readers of The Standard Bearer, there was an omission in the article by Rev. Cory Griess that appeared in the April 1 issue. This unintentional error was a formatting error that led to an omission. In this case, the omission is a blank line ____________. It appears at the top of p.304, 2nd column, beginning with the sentence "The preaching must also call...."Here is the way it should read: "The preaching must also call God’s people to gratitude-driven resolve to walk...

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Herman Bavinck on God's Covenant of Grace

Herman Bavinck on God's Covenant of Grace

"In the covenant of grace, that is, in the gospel, which is the proclamation of the covenant of grace, there are actually no demands and no conditions. For God supplies what he demands. Christ has accomplished everything, and though he did not accomplish rebirth, faith, and repentance in our place, he did acquire them for us, and the Holy Spirit therefore applies them. Still, in its administration by Christ, the covenant of grace does assume this demanding conditional form. The purpose is to acknowledge humans in their capacity as rational and moral beings; still, though they are fallen, to treat them as having been created in God’s image; and also on this supremely important level, where it concerns their eternal weal and eternal woe, to hold them responsible and inexcusable; and, finally, to cause them to enter consciously and freely into this covenant and to break their covenant with sin. The covenant of grace, accordingly, is indeed unilateral: it proceeds from God; he has designed and defined it. He maintains and implements it. It is a work of the triune God and is totally completed among the three Persons themselves. But it is destined to become bilateral, to be consciously and voluntarily accepted and kept by humans in the power of God. This is the will of God, which so clearly and beautifully manifests itself in the covenant in order that the work of grace may be clearly reflected in the human consciousness and arouse the human will to exert itself energetically and forcefully. The covenant of grace does not deaden human beings or treat them as inanimate objects. On the contrary, it totally includes them with all their faculties and powers, in soul and body, for time and eternity. It embraces them totally, does not destroy their power, but deprives them of their impotence. It does not kill their will but frees them from sin; it does not numb their consciousness but delivers it from darkness. It re-creates the whole person and, having renewed it by grace, prompts it, freely and independently, with soul mind, and body, to love God and to dedicate itself to him. The covenant of grace declares that God’s honor and acclaim is not won at the expense but for the benefit of human persons and celebrates its triumphs in the re-creation of the whole person, in his or her enlightened consciousness and restored freedom.” ~ Herman Bavinck.

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A Meditation on the Cross of Christ

A Meditation on the Cross of Christ

This is an extract from chapter 4 of the book The Amazing Cross, by Herman Hoeksema, pages 47-49, published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association._____________   The will of the people had spoken. It was not at all proper that a question such as whether Jesus be the Christ, the Son of God, should be submitted to a vote of the people. A shameful act it was on the part of Pilate to present the nomination of Jesus and Barabbas and to leave the...

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Two edifying books on Christ's cross for only $15!

Two edifying books on Christ's cross for only $15!
Two edifying books on Christ's cross for only $15! Read More

Fulfil ye my joy

Fulfil ye my joy

God’s people today must immerse themselves in the gospel of the cross of Christ (2:5)! In and by the power of the cross, soak their mind, heart, and soul in Christ crucified. Let the love of God that flows from Him fill them. Encourage one another with Him. Think, speak, and act according to Him. And do so always with the intent of lifting up one another in the Lord, so that God is glorified!

By and in the grace of God, fulfill ye the joy of the gospel of Christ within us, brethren and sisters in the Lord. Let that be said of you and me: we are men and women whose hearts and minds are filled with Christ, united in the truth and endeavoring to keep that unity for the causes of God’s kingdom by way of serving each other in humility for Jesus’ sake.

This is how we should fulfill our calling at home— husband loving his wife as Christ loves the church; wife submitting to the husband as the church submits to Christ; children honoring their parents and submitting to their authority. This is how parents must see themselves in relation to their calling in raising up their children in the fear of the Lord!

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A Disciple of Herman Bavinck on God's Covenant and Baptism

A Disciple of Herman Bavinck on God's Covenant and Baptism

In The Reformed Baptism Form: A Commentary, Wielenga combines his Reformed orthodoxy with a heartwarming literary style. Wielenga shows how the inclusion of the children of believers in God's covenant (and, therefore, the proper administration of the sacrament of baptism to them) naturally follows from a proper understanding of God's covenant with His elect church. Wielenga's book is deep enough to satisfy the learned theologian. Moreover, the volume is excellently and devotionally written to instruct and comfort, not only parents and their children, but all believers.

This volume is a great addition to any Reformed and Presbyterian family and library.

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Integrity

Integrity

Are you a person of integrity? Perhaps we think of integrity only in certain limited spheres: a business man must stand behind his product, a researcher must have intellectual honesty, a reporter must present the facts of a case or an event. But the Bible makes clear that every child of God is to demonstrate integrity in every sphere of life. This word is found sixteen times in the Old Testament; although the New Testament does not contain the word, it expands on the idea in several places.

The Hebrew word has the basic meaning of completeness, wholeness, and simplicity. Then the word takes on the moral values of perfection, innocence, and uprightness, but always from the point of view of consistency. The person of integrity displays a moral consistency that begins within the heart and proceeds outward without any change. Integrity implies homogeneity of such a high order that wherever you look at a person, or however a person reveals himself, you see the same thing. 

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PREORDER you hard copy of "The Church Order Commentary," by Idzerd van Dellen and Martin Monsma

PREORDER you hard copy of  "The Church Order Commentary," by Idzerd van Dellen and Martin Monsma

Are you interested in owning a hard copy of the Church Order Commentary, by Van Dellen and Monsma? This commentary is time-tested and a very timely source of instruction on the need for biblical consistency in Reformed and Presbyterian church government today. Please click the link below and write to us if you would like to preorder a hard copy of The Church Order Commentary.   YES, I WOULD LIKE TO PREORDER THIS BOOK!   Please let us know the number of copies you...

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Finding Comfort in the God of Judgement and Mercy

Finding Comfort in the God of Judgement and Mercy

Micah: Proclaiming the Incomparable God, by Martyn McGeown. Micah sees Jehovah coming forth out of his place with mountain-melting judgment to visit the sins of his people Israel and Judah (1:3–4). Then in the distance he sees another mountain, the mountain of Jehovah’s house rising majestically above the mountains of the earth and the nations flowing to it, where they learn Jehovah’s ways and walk in his paths (4:1–5). While Micah prophesies of a glorious future, Judah lives in deep corruption:...

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NEW BOOKS on Church History, Suffering, and Eschatology COMING SOON

NEW BOOKS on Church History, Suffering, and Eschatology COMING SOON

COMING SOON! Christ's Church Through the Ages Volume 1: The Ancient Church (AD 30-590), by Herman Hanko. In this first volume of Christ and His Church through the Ages, author and historian Herman Hanko tells the fascinating story of the ancient church during the first six centuries of the New Testament dispensation. He relates how Christ faithfully guided the church from the ministry of the apostles through the fall of the Roman Empire. Highlights of this history include the outpouring of the...

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