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Thanksgiving Offering

Thanksgiving Offering

Lord, we would bring unto thee a gift of thanks. But how shall we? What shall we render to the Lord? How shall we appear before thee so that thou wilt not despise us and cast us off? What is the sacrifice of thanksgiving that is pleasing in thy sight and upon which thou wilt look down in love and good pleasure?A broken spirit. A broken spirit and a contrite heart.It alone can please thee, who hast no respect to what...

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Thank God this week for providing a complete Savior

In Lord’s Day 11 the Heidelberg Catechism teaches that Jesus is the only and complete Savior. Therefore, salvation is all the work of Jesus. Zacharias Ursinus explains this in his commentary on this Lord’s Day, He saves us fully, and perfectly, by commencing salvation in us in this life, and at length consummating it in the life to come. This he does, because his merit is most perfect, and that for two reasons, as has already been explained: First, because he...

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Amazing Eyes

Unfortunately you cannot access Margaret Helder’s article Optically Excellent online. In order to read the article you will have to find a copy of the September 15, 2015 Reformed Perspective. The article begins by explaining the complexity of the human eye. Even unbelieving scientists have to admit the implausibility of the human eye being the result of an evolutionary process governed by chance. The article demonstrates that the scientific case for evolution (in which “kinds” slowly evolve into other “kinds”) is...

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New Study Guides: Acts, James, Romans

New Study Guides: Acts, James, Romans

New Bible study guides on Acts, James, and Romans written by Mark H. Hoeksema.Now available for purchase at our website!  See our complete list of Bible study guides.

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Gottschalk: Servant of God - Now Available!

Gottschalk: Servant of God written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer For several years the RFPA has discussed publishing books for younger readers and Gottschalk: Servant of God represents our first effort. This book is intended for junior high and high school ages. Because the story is intriguing and the history of Gottschalk is not well-known, adults will also enjoy this book and find it profitable. Retail: $17.95Book Club: $11.67 160 pages original illustrations and maps drawn by the author makes a great Christmas...

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Election GOVERNS Sanctification and...the Covenant?

Christopher Gordon believes that the “sanctification debate” within Reformed circles may have become Arminian (for his article click here). He explains that this move towards an Arminian view of sanctification is a response to what some in Reformed circles believe is “an over emphasis on justification and a narrow definition of the gospel” that leads to “antinomianism.” Gordon writes, “Many explicitly fear that the word gospel is being defined too narrowly. So when people communicate that all they need is the...

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The Hopeless Optimism of (Some) Evangelicals

The Power of Our Weakness is the title of an article by Peter Wehner and Michael Gerson appearing in the most recent hard copy edition of Christianity Today (Nov. 2015). By “our weakness” the authors mean that Evangelical Christianity (EC) is in a culturally weak position in the United States. According to the authors, the cultural weakness of EC was evinced by the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. By “the power” of EC’s weakness the authors mean that EC...

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RFPA Update Fall 2015 Issue

 Click the pdf to read the full issue. [Best if opened in Internet Explorer or FireFox] Articles in this issue: Association Membership and Book Club Membership: Are They Important? Is There a Difference? New Sign and Landscaping New RFPA Publications Coming in October 2015 The Triple Knowledge Do you know... The Standard Bearer 2015 RFPA Annual Meeting Recap In Review: Faith Made Perfect Reader Feedback

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John Piper Denies Justification by Faith Alone

John Piper is a well-known (celebrity) pastor and widely thought of as a leader in Reformed circles.[1] Thus, any subtle errors that he teaches are all the more dangerous and in need of exposure. This is even more the case when his errors pervert justification by faith alone, one of the cardinal doctrines of scripture. Those who seek to learn from Piper must be aware that Piper subtly denies the doctrine of justification by faith alone in a way that aligns...

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Bible Study

It’s the season of Bible Study Societies. Thus it is a good time to think about how to study the Bible. I decided to dedicate today’s post to some helpful resources about how to study the Bible. Here are some Standard Bearer articles by Rev. Thomas Miersma (The last 4 links especially get into the “how to” of Bible study):             The Reformers’ Principles of Scriptural Interpretation: Introduction             Scripture Interprets Scripture: Historically             Scripture Interprets Scripture: Grammatically (1)             Scripture...

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Some Hebrew

Here is something different for this Monday morning’s post. The link will take you to a video of a generally good explanation of the history of translating Jehovah/Lord. I do not agree with the speaker’s conclusion since he advocates following a wrong-headed Jewish tradition. For more on this particular name of God read pages 98-101 of Rev. Herman Hoeksema’s Reformed Dogmatics.                           Divine_Name_SE from DailyDoseofHebrew on Vimeo.

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RFPA Annual Meeting 2015 Audio & Video

The RFPA 2015 Annual Meeting is now available online!  The audio of just the speech by Rev. Richard Smit on "The Role of Reformed Literature in Reformed Missions is available at the RFPA website and Sermonaudio.                                  

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In Review: The Triple Knowledge. Reviewed by Rev. Joshua Engelsma

The Triple Knowledge series: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism. Herman Hoeksema. 2nd edition. 10 vols. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2015. Cloth. $179.95. Rev. Joshua Engelsma is pastor of Doon Protestant Reformed Church. I must admit that when I first caught wind that the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) was putting out a second edition of Hoeksema’s Triple Knowledge I was a bit skeptical. I already possessed the hefty three-volume set; was it really necessary to replace them? But...

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Is God the Author of Sin?

In response to my last blog post (we welcome responses!), The Errors of Arminianism, a reader asked me (by email) to answer the Arminian charge that the Reformed faith is guilty of making God the author of sin. I intended to write my own answer to the question: is God the author of sin. But in doing some research I came across this brief and yet thorough treatment of the question by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema (posed to him by a...

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