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Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

Love, Joy... If you were making a list of Christian virtues, where would you put joy? Where would you expect a Calvinist to put joy? Somewhere after orthodoxy, sobriety, and humility…right? Or maybe joy doesn’t belong on the list at all. Christianity and joy just do not seem to go together. But in the inspired order of the fruit of the Spirit Rev. Smit explains, “Significantly, joy...is near the beginning of the list…right beside love.”  Joy is a gift of the...

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Encouraging the Next Generation to Read

RFPA Annual Meeting September 19, 2013  |  Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church  |  7:30 p.m. Save the date for the RFPA Annual Meeting! This year's keynote address will be given by Rev. Brian Huizinga, pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Rev. Huizinga will present Encouraging the Next Generation to Read "Reading has a significant place in the covenant of grace as an instrument of God for the fulfilling of His promises," said Rev. Huizinga. "We must share the conviction...

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

“According to . . . Christ’s love toward you, so love one another (pg. 27).”  The quote standing at the head of this post is a command.  However, toward the beginning of this chapter Rev. Smit explains that Galatians 5:22 is not a command to love.  Galatians 5:22 simply speaks of love as the fruit (or part of the fruit) of the Spirit.  Rev. Smit explains why this is significant: What is the significance that Galatians 5:22 speaks of love as...

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Fruit of the Spirit: An Introduction

  Greetings!  My name is Rev. Clayton Spronk, and it is my privilege to write for this blog on behalf of the RFPA.  The plan is for me to write at least two posts a month.  The RFPA has left it up to me to select the subjects, meaning that you can expect coverage of a wide variety of topics.  Though not every post will be devoted to the promotion of RFPA publications, I do plan to put a plug in...

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Welcome, Rev. Spronk!

  We welcome guest blogger Rev. Clayton Spronk, pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, IL! Rev. Spronk will be blogging for us several times a month, taking us first through a brief study of Richard Smit's newly released book, The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Many have been asking for a discussion or study to follow-up each of the Book Club books, and we hope you feel free to join in by leaving your comments at the...

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Reformed Literature in eBook Format: FAQ

 Many of our titles are now available in eBook format! Our readers have sent us many requests for eBook versions of our distinctive Reformed literature, and we're thrilled to now be offering this new format for a dozen of our most popular titles (with more coming soon). We love this new medium and it seems that you do, too. Our eBook titles are "flying off the shelves" but we've had a few questions from readers about how to access their eBook...

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The Voice of Our Fathers

Available Summer 2013 in print and eBook formats! Perhaps you've noticed that the popular commentary on the Canons of Dordrecht, The Voice of Our Fathers, has been out of print for well over a year. We're pleased to announce the new revised edition will be available this summer in both print and eBook formats!   This book is an extensive commentary on the articles drawn up by the great Synod of Dordrecht (1618–19). The articles stated and defended the doctrines of...

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Battle for Sovereign Grace...

Next month marks the 60th anniversary of the schism of 1953 within the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), the culmination of the hard fought battle for sovereign grace in the covenant. Delve into this history with David J. Engelsma's new book, slated for release next month! The Battle for Sovereign Grace in the Covenant recounts much of the gripping history of the schism, including new, important details that have not been previously published. The book also provides the history of the controversial...

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"These are exciting times..."

"These are exciting times..."

  Looking forward to receiving the May 15 issue of the Standard Bearer? Here's a taste of what's to come in the next issue of our Reformed magazine: Meditation | Rivers of Living Water "The church of Spirit-filled believers is led to preach the gospel and bear witness to others of the grace of God in Jesus Christ… These are what the Spirit uses to bring others to faith and life with God." Editorial | "These Are Exciting Times" - The...

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NEW Benefits for Book Club Members!

 Notice to Book Club Members! **Changes to the Book Club Benefits.** (Book Club members please respond.) Since eBooks are now available to our Book Club members, we've made a few great changes to the Book Club benefits that will take effect in June, 2013. Here's what's new: 1. You choose to receive your books either in print or in eBook format and will from this point on receive that chosen format for your Book Club books. 2. You may choose to...

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Our first eBook! Coming soon....

 You've been asking...and we're so close to giving you what you've asked for! Our very first eBook will be this old tried-and-true, hard-to-find treasure: The Church Order Commentary by Monsma and Van Dellen. This revised third edition is the accepted standard for the interpretation and application of the Church Order of Dordrecht by Reformed and Presbyterian denominations. This authoritative, time-tested commentary instructs us today on the need for a book of order for biblical consistency in church government.  The Church Order...

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Jesus' Appearance to the Women

  (This meditation by Rev. James Slopsema first appeared in Vol 88 Issue 13 of the Standard Bearer.) And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Matthew 28:9-10 In the 40 days after His resurrection Jesus appeared ten times...

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross...

 Excerpt from Herman Hoeksema’s When I Survey, Book Two, Chapter 1 “Laying Down His Life” (page 65)  The suffering of the Lord is as many-sided as human sin and redemption; it is as deep as hell and as high as heaven; it is as rich as the love of God. And we may notice, too, that a comparatively very large part of the gospel narratives is devoted to the passion and death of the Savior. We must, therefore, confine our discussion...

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Coming to 2100 mailboxes near you...

Well, not necessarily near you. The next issue of the Standard Bearer is heading to mailboxes all over the world. Hopefully, to yours. If not, order your subscription today! This periodical is a must-have in every Reformed household. Ever wonder how the Standard Bearer is mailed? Here's a short little demonstration in pictures... 1. First, we stage the copies of the Standard Bearer on the work table for easy access. Then Tim and Paula work on exporting our current subscriber list...

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