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August, 2003: The Big Picture

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A Bird's Eye View of the 70th General Assembly

The sun broke through the cool, overcast Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Its rays lit up the high, vertical stained-glass west-facing window of B. J. Haan Auditorium. The words stood out, running the full length of the glass: "In Thy Light Shall We See Light." Commissioners to the 70th General Assembly were gathering when Dr. Joan Ringerwole, on a majestic pipe organ, began the prelude for the 8:00 p.m. worship service. The gilded lettering on the main organ casework proclaimed: "PRAISE YE THE LORD IN HIS SANCTUARY WITH THE SOUND OF TRUMPET, PSALTERY, HARP, STRINGED INSTRUMENTS AND ORGANS. PSALM 150."

The Assembly began with a worship service which included the Lord's Supper. Throughout the Assembly, many prayers and psalms and hymns were offered up to the Lord. In addition, each weekday morning commissioners broke from business for a devotional service in order to hear God's Word proclaimed and to offer prayer and praise to the Lord. The Assembly enjoyed a blessed Sabbath rest, with commissioners worshiping with and enjoying the fellowship and hospitality of several area churches. How sweet it was! Read more

A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible

The basic message of the Bible can be summed up in a passage from 2 Corinthians 5:19: "In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them."

The story of the Bible is how God achieves this. It has many important themes and subthemes, the most important of which we will now trace, first by looking at the "shadow" of this reconciling work in the Old Testament, and then at its glorious fulfillment and reality in Jesus. Read more

 
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