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On March 12, 1988, 4:35 A.M., I became the proud father of a brand spanking new, 83 pound, 5 ft. 1 in., teenage daughter. I thought of telling her that she was still only twelve, but I didn't think that I could get away with that for the next seven years. I looked in the yellow pages under Teen Incubation Services to no avail. All means of avoiding teenagism out, I realized I would have to face this head on. I was forced to begin to think seriously about teens and their particular needs and concerns. Also, as a church, we have enough children to provide the cast for a remake of The Exodus. At one time I counted about a hundred children in our church. Many of our parents have become or are fast becoming the parents of teens, and we are having to address their needs, their concerns, their desires from a biblical perspective.

The most important knowledge that any human being can possess is clearly understanding the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how one can become a Christian. Part of this understanding is accurately grasping what is entailed in being a Christian. A very common evangelical belief is that professing Christ is equal to being a Christian. For some, the walking down the aisle during an evangelistic plea and professing Christ in front of a church congregation is an absolute guarantee that they are a Christian. Though a person may be truly saved during such a service, the mere act of professing Christ in this manner is no guarantee of salvation. The Bible does not equate profession of Christianity with genuine salvation. There are several biblical instances which clearly demonstrate that it is possible to make a Christian profession and yet still be spiritually lost and doomed to an everlasting destruction in Hell.

The third and last thing I propose to consider is this: the means that must be used by those who desire to grow in grace. The words of St. James must never be forgotten: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights." (James i. 17 .) This is no doubt as true of growth in grace as it is of everything else. It is the "gift of God." But still it must always be kept in mind that God is pleased to work by means. God has ordained means as well as ends. He that would grow in grace must use the means of growth.

Sunday, August 16, 1987, was not only the Lord's Day, the weekly celebration of the triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. It was also a field day for Satan and his soldiers. For this day revealed to us a most remarkable demonstration of the allegiance of fallen man to his idols. On this day millions of Americans, with little else in common except their native land, united in the worship of man and the creation rather than the Creator.

A covenant, (berith in Hebrew, diatheke in Greek) is "a bond in blood sovereignly administered," - O. Palmer Robertson. As a bond, it commits and binds the parties of the covenant to each other. As a bond in blood, it is a bond of life and death. There is an ultimacy and finality in the covenantal commitment of God and men to each other. And all of God's covenants are sovereignly administered God sovereignly and graciously imposes his covenant promises, demands and relations on people he has sovereignly chosen as participants. There is no bargaining. It is not a relation of equals. In biblical covenants God remains sovereign and man remains servant. This is why unfaithfulness to the covenant on the part of man is an heinous sin deserving of judgment and death. No era in the history of redemption from Adam to Christ, (to the end of the world), stands outside the realm of God's covenantal dealings with his people in Christ.

The day after Christmas most Americans received their 1040 Tax Package in the mail. The IRS must intentionally delay these mailings until after Christmas so we can enjoy giving to one another without being reminded of how much we must give to Uncle Sam.

We have been told by Congress that the new Tax Reform Act of 1986 (TRA 86) is revenue neutral {the federal government will get the same amount of money). We also have been informed that our tax returns will now be more simplified. The verdict on both of these assertions will be out until our first trial run (1987 Returns).

For when Adam was 130 years old he begat Seth.
Seth being 105 years old, begat Enos.
Enos being 90 years, begat Cainan.
Cainan being 70 years, begat Mahalaleel.
Mahalaleel being 65 years, begat Jared.
Jared at the age of 162 years, begat Enoch.
Enoch being 65 years, begat Methuselah.
Methuselah at the age of 187 years, begat Larnech.
Lamech being 182 years, begat Noah.
Noah at the coming of the flood was 600 years old, according to the seventh chapter of Genesis.
The whole sum of the years is 1656.

Periodically, as I have time, I want to share with you some of the information I receive from numerous conservative and Christian news sources, because it is vitally important that Christians have a news-source other than that of the major news media, which are slanted by a humanistic perspective. Christians must be people who understand their times, as well as the Bible, if they are to know what to tell their churches, families and communities what God expects of them, and so be blessed by Him. As you read the news, always keep these two biblical realities in mind: (1). The Lord God Omnipotent reigns! and (2). God causes all things to work together for good for those who love him!!

The Wrath of Grapes: Drinking and the Church Divided, by Andre S. Bustanoby. Baker Book House, 1987. 135pp, 3 appendices, $4.95. Reviewed by the Rev. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Reedy River Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina.

Turning Point: A Christian Worldview Declaration, by Herbert Schlossberg and Marvin Olasky. Crossway Books, 1987, 158 page paperback, with glossary and index. Reviewed by the Rev. Donald D. Crowe, PCA minister teaching at Chalcedon Christian School, Atlanta, Georgia.

Education, Christianity and the State, by J. Gresham Machen, edited by John W. Robbins, The Trinity Foundation, 1987. 180 page paperback. Reviewed by the Rev. W. Gary Crampton, Th.D., Greenville, South Carolina.

Letters on Practical Subjects to a Daughter, by William B. Sprague. Reprinted by Sprinkle Publications, Harrisonburg, VA. Reviewed by Byron Snapp, Headmaster of Covenant Christian School, Cedar Bluff, VA.

What is Calvinism? Or the Confession of Faith in Harmony with the Bible and Common Sense. In a series of dialogues between a Presbyterian minister and a young convert. Dialogue XIV, Sinless Perfection II.