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Be Ye Holy
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Authors: David J. Engelsma & Herman Hanko
The truth of God’s definitive and progressive work of making us holy is explained, illustrated, defended and applied in great depth and length in the ten chapters of this book. In this little volume, the orthodox teaching of sanctification is set forth over against various heresies, especially antinomianism or antinomism. Here Scripture (and its exegesis), the Reformed confessions (both the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards) and church history are all brought to bear on the glorious subject of the believer’s conformity to Christ in sanctification.

The Biblical Ground for Baptism of Infants
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Authors: Herman Hoeksema
This pamphlet explains the Scriptural basis for infant baptism. It was written in the early 1930s to answer an article penned by Dr. M.R. De Haan, a premillennialist pastor promoting believer’s baptism. Dr. De Haan maintained that it is biblical for the church to only baptize those who make a confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Rev. Hoeksema wished to demonstrate that there is a biblical requirement for the church to baptize believers’ children in infancy. Although the occasion for this work is long past, the questions answered within remain relevant today. This small booklet gives a thorough and powerful explanation of the teaching of Scripture on infant baptism.

The Church Today and the Reformation Church: A Comparison
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Authors:David J. Engelsma
These are dark days for Protestantism. One who loves the Zion that God restored at the Reformation weeps over her faithlessness, her shame, her poverty, her misery at the beginning of the 20th century. He is reminded of the prophet's lament, "How is the gold become dim!"(Lamentations 4: 1), and of the apostle's exclamation, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ . . . " (Galatians 1:6). But they are not hopeless days! For "the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves . . . a Church chosen to everlasting life . . . " (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 54). In this confidence, we resolutely and joyfully carry on the work of the Reformation, "earnestly contend(ing) for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints".

The Covenant of God and the Children of Believers
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Authors:Prof. David J. Engelsma
This pamphlets sets forth, briefly but comprehensively, the central biblical truth of God’s covenant with His Church. The author boldly contends that the explanation of the covenant given here should be recognized widely as the Reformed doctrine of the covenant. The emphasis is on the place of children in the covenant. With this, the question about the conversion of the covenant children is addressed. In a period of renewed theological interest in the covenant and in view of the confusion and controversy among Reformed and Presbyterian churches over the covenant, as well as the Baptist attack on the covenant, this pamphlet is timely.

A Defense of Calvinism as the Gospel
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Authors: David J. Engelsma
This pamphlet is a basic explanation of Calvinism for the non-Reformed; a call to nominal Calvinists to be, or become, what they profess to be; a simple statement for the coming generation of Protestant Reformed young people and young adults of what we believe, as Calvinists, and why; to explain that Calvinism is not abstract theology, but Gospel; and to win men to Calvinism, by God’s grace.

Evangelism and the Reformed Faith
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Authors: David J. Engelsma
The Church’s most precious possession is the Gospel (Matt. 28:18-20; II Cor. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-15; Rev. 14:6). To her is committed the glorious task not only to preach and witness of it to all nations, but also to content earnestly for it. Empowered by the Spirit of Christ within her, a Reformed Church is faithful to her calling.

Expounding upon this theme, the pamphlet at he same time answers three vital questions:
1. Why Evangelism should not corrupt the Gospel.
2. Why the Reformed are zealous in missions.
3. Why the Reformed doctrine of sovereign predestination gives good confidence and courage to a Reformed church in her mission calling, and makes her work always fruitful.

The Gift of Assurance
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Authors:Prof. David J. Engelsma
The truth that the author of this pamphlet presents is of the greatest interest to the life of the church and the child of God in the world. It is the precious truth of the assurance of one’s salvation, that is, the absolute assurance and confidence that one is elect, a child of God, and the heir of all the blessings of salvation that are ours in the cross of Jesus Christ and by the application of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. It is in the confidence of this truth that the Apostle trumpets in Romans 8 that the believer, in the face of a host of differing trials and tribulations, is more than a conqueror. About this same confidence the Apostle says in 1 Corinthians 15 that the absence of it makes us of all men most miserable.

"God So Loved The World..."
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Authors:Prof. Homer C. Hoeksema
John 3:16 is probably the most frequently misinterpreted and misused verse in all of Holy Scripture. So often it is explained as meaning that God loves all men and that he gave his Son for all men. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The sad part of this misinterpretation and misuse is that it deprives the child of God, who is in himself an utterly lost sinner, of the very comfort and solid assurance that this Word of God is intended to convey. This pamphlet serves to contradict the misinterpretation referred to, and serve positively to explain the text correctly and to convey to the reader something of the tremendous wonder of God’s sovereign love.

God's Sovereignty In Salvation
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Authors:Prof. Homer C. Hoeksema
Calling the saints to glory in the God of their salvation, which is a gift to them by pure, free, sovereign grace alone. “Bless ye God in the congregations!” (Psalms 68:26a). It is our prayer that the Lord God will be pleased to use this pamphlet as a testimony of His sovereign grace, for the advancement of the cause of His Truth, and to the glory of His great name.
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Good News For The Afflicted
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Authors:Prof. David J. Engelsma
The meditations in this pamphlet appeared on the bulletins of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan during the war years of 1941-1946. They were prepared by the Pastor of the church, the late Rev. Herman Hoeksema, (1886-1965). They are being published in this booklet as a testimony of the marvelous grace of God in Jesus Christ which alone is able to sustain God’s children in the sufferings and trials of this present life.

Keeping the Sword Drawn
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Authors: Brian Huizinga
This pamphlet explains from Scripture, as part of Scripture’s complete revelation, the calling of God’s people to believe and confess that the Christ of the church is a militant Christ. Therefore, if Christ, the head of the church, is a militant Christ, who stands in the way of his enemies with his sword drawn, it stands to reason that we Reformed believers confess that the church of Christ on earth is to be identified as the church militant. It is our solemn duty then, in love for the church, in faithfulness to Christ, and in zealous devotion to our great God, to be militant and keep the sword drawn.

Modern Bible Versions
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Authors:David J. Engelsma
This pamphlet is an examination and criticism of the proliferation of new translations, revisions and paraphrases of the Bible; and a resounding conviction that “the King James Version is the Word of God and that it can be relied upon” to nourish and build up the church in her most hold faith.

The Necessity of Membership in a True Church
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Authors: David J. Engelsma
This booklet consists of two parts. The first is the expanded text of a public lecture on the subject of church membership delivered under the auspices of the Reformed Witness Committee of Hope Protestant Reformed Church. The second part is the speaker’s answers to questions, some provocative, raised by the audience at the conclusion of the speech. In both parts, this booklet argues the Reformed conviction and contention that “outside the [true] church is no salvation.”

The Prohibition of the Remarriage of the "Innocent Party"
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Authors: David J. Engelsma
This pamphlet is an edited version of a sermon first preached in 2013 at a worship service of the Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, CA which addressed the question whether the “innocent party” in a divorce is permitted to marry another man, or another woman. The word of God proclaims marriage to be a lifelong bond between one man and one woman until death, and death only, dissolves the bond. This text not only substantiates the biblical stand of the Protestant Reformed Churches but also calls the Protestant churches in disagreement to re-examine their stand, repent of it, and begin confessing and practicing the truth of marriage.

The Reformation: A Return to the Primacy of Preaching
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Authors:Rev. Charles J. Terpstra
The Reformers came to this conclusion on the basis of the Scriptures themselves. The Reformation was a return to the centrality of preaching because it was a restoration of the Scriptures. As the Bible came once again into the people's hands in their native language, and as they poured over it, they came under the powerful conviction that the Bible was the sole authority for the faith and life of the church.".

Remembering the Lord's Day
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Authors:David J. Engelsma
This pamphlet gives the Biblical and creedal answer to the question whether Jehovah God, in the Fourth Commandment of His law, still today sets apart one day of the week as a special day; and exhorts the saints to hold living with respect to this day.

Spousal Abuse in the Reformed Community
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Authors: David J. Engelsma
This booklet is based on a presentation given by the author regarding spousal abuse, primarily in the Reformed community. It sheds light on the fact that Reformed Christians, both the laity and officebearers, must become aware of the evil of abuse; must judge it to be the gross, destructive sin that it is; and must deal with it in the right way. The author does not claim to have the last word on the evil, but is compelled to open up the subject and to open up the minds of people in the Reformed community regarding the subject.

Try the Spirits: A Reformed Look at Pentacostalism
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Authors:Prof. David J. Engelsma
The Reformed man and woman know the instructions of the Spirit of Christ in Holy Scripture: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4:1). The standard of the examination of the spirits, including the spirit of Pentecostalism, is Holy Scripture, the inspired Word of God. In the light of Scripture the question must be this: does this spirit, this religious movement, confess Jesus Christ (I John 4:2-3); does it abide “in the doctrine of Christ” (II John 9)? For the Holy Spirit confesses Jesus Christ and brings the doctrine of Christ..

The Unlikely Mothers of Christ
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Authors: Rev. Andres Lanning
This pamphlet is a collection of sermons that were preached as an advent series at the occasion of the celebration of our Lord’s birth. Because the eternal Son of God was born in our flesh, He has a human ancestry, a human genealogy. This pamphlet looks at some of the ancestors of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in Matthew 1, specifically five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. As we study these mothers, they themselves recede into the background, and the Son that they bore comes into focus. The Lord Jesus Christ, whom they were privileged to bring forth, receives all the glory and the honor as we study His birth from these unlikely mothers.

Until Death Us Do Part
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Authors:David J. Engelsma
One doctrine of marriage, and one only, guards the true church of Jesus Christ against every corruption of marriage and preserves the holy institution among the covenant people of God. Marriage is the intimate bond of love between one man and one woman for life. Only death dissolves the bond. To be more precise, only God dissolves the bond, and He dissolves it only by death. This is what all married persons swore to in the vow of the traditional, Christian marriage form: “Until death us do part.”

The Work of the Holy Spirit
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Authors:David J. Engelsma & Herman Hanko
“Rivers of Living Water” [John 7:38] is a figurative description of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Jesus Christ… with regard to His gracious operations in the people of God- His powers, gifts and blessings of salvation. These operations, powers, gifts and blessings are alive as the very life of the risen Jesus Christ. They give life, sustain life and increase life- the life of Christ in His church. The living water is eternal life itself, which the spirit gives to Christ’s people. The water sparkles with peace, joy, holiness, assurance and zeal… Wherever He may be, whether in the Godhead, in Jesus Christ, in the church or in the believer, the Spirit is never stagnant, never still, never lifeless. David J. Englesma (The Work of the Holy Spirit, pp. 152, 155)
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