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Are you a subscriber to The Standard Bearer? If not, subscribe today for $10.50 at the new subscriber rate!  What other readers are saying: "...we cherish [the] magazine." "I love reading the Standard Bearer. Many articles I read twice. I always look forward to seeing the next one come in the mail box." "The Standard Bearer is a must-read for any individual interested in the truth of the gospel, and is a staple of my reading diet."     Also take the time...

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Some Concluding Thoughts

This is the last post about Rev. Smit’s book, The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Rev. Smit closes the book with 5 concluding thoughts. Here is a summary of these thoughts. 1. God’s eternal decree of election is the ultimate source of the fruit of the Spirit. 2. The Holy Spirit produces and cultivates the fruit of the Spirit by the means of grace found in the church.  3. Those who produce the fruit of the Spirit enjoy “true...

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Temperance

Christians can learn temperance from the example of Olympic athletes. By observing the athletes Christians can learn not only what temperance is, but why it is important. Rev. Smit writes, “If temperance is vital for the success of a worldly athlete for the prize of an Olympic gold medal, should it not be regarded by us as more than vital for the prize for which we press forward by faith? That it ought to be highly valued by the believer is...

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Covenant, Antithesis and the Secession: A Response to Rev. Nathan Langerak

We thought this response to a recent Standard Bearer article written by Rev. Nathan Langerak, "The Juggernaut of Apostasy" (December 1, 2013 SB issue) would be of interest to our readers. Click on the link below to read the response written by Wes Bredenhof: http://yinkahdinay.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/covenant-antithesis-and-the-secession-a-response-to-rev-nathan-langerak/

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Coming soon to your mailbox...

Looking forward to receiving the February 1 issue of the Standard Bearer? Here's a taste of what's to come in the next issue of our Reformed magazine: All Around Us | Biblical Patriarchy Not Biblical   "The goal of biblical patriarchy is an earthly goal, an earthly kingdom of earthly power with earthly riches. It is uninterested in the spiritual kingdom of Jesus Christ with its cross and marked absence of earthly power and riches." Special Article | The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving  ...

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Meekness

Meekness Rev. Smit opens chapter 9 of The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ by explaining that Holy Spirit works meekness in the hearts of all the elect upon whom he bestows the gift of salvation.  All who are saved become meek.  It is a virtue that was exhibited, as Rev. Smit explains, by Moses, John the Baptist, Paul, and many other saints (pg. 128).  Saints are meek because they are renewed in the image of Jesus Christ, who was meek. ...

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NEW Book, NEW Author

                1834: Hendrik de Cock's Return to the True Church A gripping account of one man’s struggle against a spiritually desolate state church, this book witnesses to the sole authority of sacred scripture and the binding authority of the Reformed creeds. Learn how, by God’s grace, Hendrik de Cock led his congregation out of the perverse wilderness of the state Reformed Church of the Netherlands, returning to the biblical worship of God as set forth...

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is Success One of the questions at the end of chapter 8 of The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ which discusses the fruit of the Spirit called faithfulness asks, ‚Äúin what ways are we prone to become weary in well-doing?‚Ä̬† A common reason for discouragement is lack of success.¬† Why expend the effort if the desired result does not come to fruition? ¬† The repeated admonitions brought by elders seem only to be met with stubborn resistance.¬† The...

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

Are you good? Is man basically good? Are you good? ‚ÄėYes,‚Äô is the answer of many who know nothing about Scripture, and therefore who know nothing about the true definition of goodness. In Chapter 7 of The Fruit of the Spirit Rev. Smit provides an excellent explanation of what the Bible says about goodness. Definitions are important, and once again Rev. Smit provides a helpful definition of goodness on page 105: We believe that the goodness of the child of God...

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Synods and General Assemblies: Christian Reformed Church (part 2)

Homosexuality to be Studied Again The Decision The 2013 Synod of the CRC approved the creation of a committee to study the issue of homosexuality and report to Synod 2016. The grounds for the creation of this study committee are two: The reports from 1973 and 2002 have served the denomination very well by laying out the biblical principles and foundations clearly, where read and applied. Nevertheless, they could not take into consideration later political, legal, and social developments. Such developments...

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Retaliate with Gentleness In chapter 6 of The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Rev. Smit explains the lovely Christian characteristic of gentleness. Towards the end of the chapter Rev. Smit speaks of the connection between gentleness and the characteristics of love and peace, which precede gentleness in Gal. 5:22-23. Christian love is characterized by gentleness. And the fruit of gentleness is peace. If we desire to experience the joys of love and peace in our relationships with God and our...

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Synods and General Assemblies: Christian Reformed Church (part 1)

Women-in-Office Issue Continues to Cause Division in the CRC The 2013 Synod of the CRC received an overture from two congregations requesting permission to form a new classis. The congregations desired to form a classis made up of congregations that share the conviction that the ordination and installation of women into church office are unbiblical. In response to this overture the synod made three decisions. These decisions demonstrate that the CRC continues to be troubled by deep divisions over women’s ordination....

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Longsuffering

The Queen of Virtues Longsuffering begins, Rev. Smit writes in chapter five of The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, ‚Äúthe second main group‚ÄĚ of the fruit of the Spirit. The first group of three virtues is inward looking, while this second group of three ‚Äúseems to highlight virtues that are evident in our outward dealings and communication, especially with those of our church families and covenant homes.‚ÄĚ Just as the importance of love is highlighted by its position at...

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What do Handel's Messiah and the Heidelberg Catechism have in common?

  What do Handel's Messiah and the Heidelberg Catechism have in common? The proclamation of the gospel of Christ, of course! And we here in West Michigan were blessed to be able to hear and proclaim the gospel in many different ways this past weekend in connection with both the catechism and the Messiah. We were able to participate in the Our Only Comfort conference, celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, that beautiful, confessional, Reformed creed we hold so dear....

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