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New Horizons

August, 2007: The 74th General Assembly

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The Seventy-fourth General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Consisting of commissioners (ministers and ruling elders) from the sixteen presbyteries of the OPC, the Assembly represents in one body all the particular churches of the OPC. It must meet at least once a year to deal with matters that concern the entire church. Each Assembly brings the previous year in the church to a conclusion and sets the direction and tone for the upcoming year.

The Seventy-fourth General Assembly of the OPC convened on Wednesday, June 13, on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. At the forefront of the Assembly was consideration of the revision of the Directory for the Public Worship of God. Another weighty matter was a study report on the propriety of receiving illegal aliens into church membership. But the major theme of the Assembly, woven from the reports of the program committees, the devotionals, and the sermons, was one of unity with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and with the brethren. The following is a report of the highlights of the Assembly. Read more

My New Heart: Spiritual Lessons

I want to thank the many readers of this magazine who have prayed for me during the last two years. The Lord has answered those prayers by giving me a new lease on life. But before we get to that story, let me tell you a little about myself.

I was born and raised in Virginia. I first made public profession of faith in Christ when I was a teenager in our local Baptist church. I am grateful to God for the godly people there who taught me by word and by example. I am grateful also for my parents, who are both believers in Christ (my father is deceased). Read more

The Church and Politics

I was shocked when news came that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had died. He professed and proclaimed Jesus Christ as Savior; he is surely enjoying the bliss of heaven. We should be thankful for the many positive ways that God used him during his life.

At the same time, he was a sinner like the rest of us, and we can learn from his mistakes. Cal Thomas once worked for Mr. Falwell in the Moral Majority. Mr. Thomas observes: Read more

Helps for Worship #21: Prayer after the Offering

"... in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Phil. 4:6).

"What? You pray again after the offering? Why are there so many prayers during your worship service?" Read more

 
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