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Mrs. Frouwe Helenius Venema: de Cock's Wife

Mrs. Frouwe Helenius Venema: de Cock's Wife

Mrs. De Cock was just one of many hundreds of thousands of faithful women throughout history who have served their godly husbands in the service of Christ Jesus their Lord. What a huge debt of gratitude we all owe to godly mothers in Israel, who seek not themselves and their own honor but the honor of our God and the salvation of their children and grandchildren and God’s blessing upon the church of Christ. Often Reformed women have been the spiritual strength of their homes and marriages.

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"The voice of fury and power"

"The voice of fury and power"
“The tornado was huge, monstrously huge ... it was an enormous, squat column, nearly as wide at its bottom as at the top ... it was a deep and fearsome black—the black of the third horse of the Apocalypse ... It was a roaring, as though creation had found a voice. The voice sounded from on high. It reverberated from the earth beneath. It echoed in all directions ... As creation is vast, so its voice is loud. The volume, unbearable at a distance, increased as the tornado came on. It was the voice of fury and power. The response of the young man was not so much fear, although he was afraid, as awe—awe as before Jehovah God of Israel come to judge the wicked world in the wrath of his holiness.” Read More

Through Many Dangers – A review

Through Many Dangers – A review

Kenneth Kolk, retired history professor and independent scholar, reviews Through Many Dangers, by P. M. Kuiper. Photo by Gene Braaksma. _________ Through Many Dangers is a historical novel in two parts. It is well written and keeps the attention of the reader, even one who already knows the story of Company I of the 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Following the First Battle of Bull Run it was clear to both the Union and the Confederacy that the Civil war...

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1834: Hendrik de Cock's Return to the True Church

1834: Hendrik de Cock's Return to the True Church

From 1834: Hendrik de Cock's Return to the True Church, by Marvin Kamps, pages 11-21._________ Formula of Subscription The national Synod of 1816, although leaving the impression that it honored the Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism, took a decision that removed the binding character of these creeds by substituting a new Formula of Subscription for the form adopted by the Synod of Dordt in 1618–19, which always had been honored until this time in the state church. Historically, the creeds had binding authority...

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"With the Heart ... With the Mouth," by H. C. Hoeksema

"With the Heart ... With the Mouth," by H. C. Hoeksema

With the Heart ... With the Mouth, by Homer C. Hoeksema, from The Standard Bearer, Vol 63 Issue 19 8/1/1987, pages 434-436. Emphases are Hoeksema's. _________ For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:11 There are three pairs of terms in this verse which complement one another in the text: “unto righteousnes...unto salvation”, “believeth...confession is made”; “with the heart…with the mouth.” And the emphasis falls upon the last pair mention: “with the heart…with...

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The Gospel and the Command, by George Ophoff

The Gospel and the Command, by George Ophoff

The Gospel and the Command, by George Ophoff, from The Standard Bearer, Vol 29 Issue 01 10/1/1952, pages 23-24. Emphases are Ophoff's. _________ In the Scripture grace and the command or ex­hortation are always connected, and the former, grace, presented as the cause, reason and fountain of obedi­ence to the command in faith and repentance and holy living. This point is well illustrated by the Scriptures at Phil. 2:5-12: “Let this mind be in you, which was al­so in Christ Jesus: Who being in...

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The Possessors of Righteousness

The Possessors of Righteousness
Faith is not another work; faith is not a condition that we must fulfill; faith is not partly our work and partly God’s work. Faith is the God-given power and the God-given activity whereby his elect people cling to the power of God unto salvation revealed in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read More

God Who Justifies the Ungodly (2)

God Who Justifies the Ungodly (2)
The ground or basis of our justification is the righteousness of Jesus Christ—his perfect obedience to the law for us, his sufferings and death in our place. The instrument or God-given means by which we appropriate justification is faith, which is God’s gift to us. The fruit of justification is good works because the justified believer is also sanctified, so that he is no longer ungodly: he is no longer wicked, profane, and devoid of any piety or reverential awe toward God. Instead, being justified by faith alone without works, he is sanctified and brings forth fruit, much good fruit, to the glory of the God who justified him, even to the glory of the God who graciously justifies the ungodly. Read More

The Responsibility to Pray

The Responsibility to Pray

From When You Pray, by Herman Hanko, chapter 2, pages 19-20. _________ In the work of saving his people so that they are conscious of their salvation, God works in them in such a way that they work. It is something like the grafting of a branch to another tree. The grafted apple branch lives out of the peach tree, draws its life from the roots of the peach tree, becomes a part of the peach tree, and brings forth its fruit...

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God Who Justifies the Ungodly (1)

God Who Justifies the Ungodly (1)
In justification, then, we have no plea except the perfect obedience, sufferings, death, and righteousness of Jesus Christ. In justification, when we stand before the holy, righteous God, we say, “I am ungodly, but Christ is just and righteous. I have sinned, but Christ has been perfectly obedient. I am guilty, but Christ is innocent and he has made perfect satisfaction for my sins.” In justification we say, “My conscience [accuses] me that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and [I] am still inclined to all evil” (Heidelberg Catechism, A 60). Read More

The Necessity of Conversion

The Necessity of Conversion

There is a close connection between forgiveness and sanctification, between washing and learning to do well, because there is no upright seeking and finding of forgiveness and justification, except justification reveals itself in a life of sanctification. The two are inseparable.

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Watch your mouth! (4)

Watch your mouth! (4)

We might pride ourselves on being a “straight-shooter,” someone who is blunt and always cuts to the chase, someone who always speaks his mind. But this is no virtue. Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool uttereth all his mind; but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” Only the fool is a person who always says what is on his mind, without consideration to time and place and circumstances.

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Watch your mouth (3): Truth

Watch your mouth (3): Truth

The devil made use of the lie in the beginning to deceive Adam and Eve, and he continues to use the lie as his weapon of choice against the church today (cf. II Cor. 11:3). He is constantly telling the lie that obedience to God is misery, and that sin is pleasurable and can be committed without consequence. He is constantly slinging mud at the church and at us individual believers. He says, “Look at all your awful sins! You can’t possibly be a child of God! You can’t possibly be forgiven!”

This is the horror of lying and using our tongues to hurt others. When we lie about ourselves, either to build ourselves up in pride or to cover up our sins, when we use our tongues to slander and hurt our neighbor, we might think it is not so serious. But in reality we are doing the work of the devil!

Young people, flee the lie! Do not speak it yourself, and do not be party to the lies and slander of others!

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"Profit for the soul, for both young and old"

"Profit for the soul, for both young and old"

These are some excerpts from a review by Rev. Dennis Lee of Moses: Typical Mediator of the Old Covenant. For the full review, click here. ________ Woven into the unique, lively and historical narrative of the life and ministry of Moses are concise biblical expositions and spiritual insights that will help the reader appreciate the spiritual challenges Moses faced, the sinfulness of God's people, and the greatness of God's wisdom, love, mercy and faithfulness to His covenant and His people in Jesus Christ.  Accordingly,...

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