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New Issue of "Salt Shakers" Magazine - November 2016

SS 40 Nov 2016 Page 1"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has just released the November 2016 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#40),their youth magazine.

Once again, this issue of "SS" is filled with interesting and profitable articles, and our PRC young people especially are invited and encouraged to make it part of their reading content.

Below you will find a note from the "SS" Committee introducing the contents of this issue and images of the cover and table of contents. The entire issue is also attached here in pdf form.

Beloved Readers,

The Salt Shakers is pleased to bring you Issue 40 of Salt Shakers!

In this issue, we wrap up our consideration of this year's theme: A Pilgrim's Path. Look out for the theme article A Pilgrim's Path: A Stranger in the World by Boaz Leong! Also in the same vein there is Preparing for Persecution by Cheryl Lim. In this issue, we also begin a series on practical eschatology, based on notes from a seminary class given by Prof. David Engelsma. Josiah continues his series on dating with his latest article on Intimacy in a Courting Relationship. We are thankful to all our writers for their excellent contributions to this Reformed magazine.

Once again, we are thankful for the Lord' grace in sustaining the continued publishing of Salt Shakers.

Pro Rege,
Chua Lee Yang
On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee

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Myanmar Mission Update - November 8, 2016

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Myanmar Mission Newsletter - November 8, 2016

For many years the Hope PRC Council, along with recent help from Hope’s Reformed Witness Committee (RWC), has been laboring with our brethren from the PRC of Yangon, Myanmar. Many of you are aware of this work to some degree, but others may not be as familiar with these labors.

We would like to first introduce to you the historical background of our work with the PRC of Yangon. Following this introductory article will be regular reports from Rev. Titus Sanceuluai (referred heretofore as Rev. Titus) and from Hope PRC’s RWC. As you will come to understand in this and subsequent installments, the PRC of Yangon is part of the true church of Christ and is growing daily in its understanding of Reformed doctrines and what church membership means.

The work in Myanmar began originally as an offshoot of the PRC’s work in Singapore with the Asian Reformed Theological School. This work began first with Rev. J. Kortering, and was continued by the extensive work of Rev. A. den Hartog who made a total of seven different visits to Myanmar. Most of these trips involved teaching men from various churches at seminars. Rev. den Hartog states that the most lasting legacy of his work in Myanmar is the continued existence of the PRC of Yangon, of which Rev. Titus is still the faithful pastor.

When the Contact Committee of the PRC decided that the work in Myanmar did not fit within the scope of its constitution, the 2007 synod adopted Hope PRC’s recommendation that they continue the work with the PRC in Myanmar. Hope provided both financial support and spiritual guidance along with technological tools for improved communications. This improved communication proved to be indispensable and helped the spiritual development of the Yangon congregation grow by leaps and bounds. Rev. Titus no longer had to wait for delegation visits to have real time correspondence with Hope PRC’s Council.

Myanmar mapDelegates from Hope PRC have made a total of five visits to Myanmar over the course of six years. The main objective of each visit went from initially learning the details of the work in Yangon to spiritual guidance and establishing that the PRC of Yangon is a properly instituted church with officebearers lawfully called and installed. The most recent delegation provided instruction in church government, which ranged from managing a church budget to establishing and maintaining proper church membership. This led to the Yangon congregation reaffirming its membership by formal public confessions of faith.

Hope PRC’s Council hopes to continue the work in Myanmar with at least one visit per year. As you will learn in subsequent reports from Rev. Titus, a large part of this continued labor will involve assisting in organizing new congregations with the eventual goal of forming a functioning Reformed denomination of churches in Myanmar. Due to the daunting amount of work, the many opportunities available, and the many other responsibilities that consistory work brings, The Hope RWC has offered to assist Hope’s Council in their work in Myanmar. This help will consist of updating the denomination on progress in addition to several other initiatives that involve working directly with Rev. Titus and the PRC of Yangon. There will be regular updates in the future that include the progress of the work in Myanmar and reports from Rev. Titus and delegate visits.

Also please look us up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HopeProtestantReformedChurch/ and on Hope PRC’s website at http://hopeprchurch.org/outreach/myanmar-mission/.

 

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Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) Sponsoring Special Lecture - November 11, 2016

Hope PRC RWC 2016 Lecture DJE

The entire Reformed community, indeed all Protestants, in Western Michigan are cordially invited to attend a special lecture on the evening of November 11, 2016.

The subject of the lecture will be a biblical topic of the greatest importance and urgency for all confessing Christians and their children: “The Necessity of Membership in a True Church of Jesus Christ.” Not that such membership is preferable, but that it is necessary. Not membership in some church or other, perhaps a church that is active in the community, or a church with a friendly minister, but membership in a true church.

The importance and urgency of the topic are, according to Article 28 of the Reformed creed, the Belgic Confession, that “out of it [a true church] there is no salvation.”

What makes this topic especially urgent in our day is the widespread ignorance of this truth and practice, and even powerful attack on this truth and practice, within Protestantism, evangelicalism, and even Reformed Christianity. Confessing Christians make their decision regarding church membership regardless that the church they choose obviously lacks the marks of the true church. Confessing Christians contentedly remain members of churches that plainly fall away from Jesus Christ, or show themselves apostate. And then there are such unbiblical movements as the “home church movement,” which openly despise the instituted church of Jesus Christ.

All Reformed Christians confess in Article 28 of their creed, the Belgic Confession of Faith, that “all men are in duty bound to join and unite themselves with [a true church].”

The speaker will be the Rev. Prof. David J. Engelsma, minister of the gospel and retired professor of theology in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America.

The lecture will be held at Hope Protestant Reformed Church, 1580 Ferndale Ave SW, Grand Rapids MI, 49534.

The lecture begins at 7:30PM.

After the speech, the audience will have opportunity to ask questions of the speaker, which he will answer publicly.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for November 2016

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for November 2016 on the RWH radio program.

WBruinsma 2Rev. Wilbur (Bill) Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service for the RWH program with a special series on the virtuous woman, and a special Thanksgiving Day message.

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, celebrating in 2016 its 75th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign particular grace!

To find a station in your area, visit the RWH website.  Or visit the RWH Sermonaudio channel.

Below is the schedule of messages, which you will also find below in flyer form and attached in pdf form.

November 6, 2016 - Looking Well to Her Household, Proverbs 31: 27,28

November 13, 2016 - Living with an Unbelieving Spouse, 1 Corinthians 7: 13-16

November 20, 2016 - In What Does Life Consist?, Luke 12: 13-21

November 27, 2016 - Aged Women: Holy Teachers, Titus 2: 3-5

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Reformed News Asia: Issue 34 - October 2016

Issue 34 - October 2016
Pamphlets
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
FEATURED Pamphlet!
God's Way
By Rev Angus Stewart

Through 4 articles, this pamphlet considers Psalm 77 where the author Asaph struggled to understand the ways of God. He wondered if God had forsaken him and "in anger shut up His tender mercies".

Troubled and distressed, Asaph "sought the Lord", eventually concluding that God's way is in the sanctuary and in the sea. Truly, His ways are not our ways.

This pamphlet remind us of Jehovah's preservation of His saints. No matter what earthly circumstances may indicate, He is always gracious towards His elect. Though weary and cast off, a child of God will never lose his faith.


Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.

 
Featured Book
For local orders (S'pore), please contact Ms Daisy Lim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For international orders, click here.
Be Ye Holy: The Reformed Doctrine of Sanctification 
by Profs David Engelsma and Herman Hanko

Extracted from the Foreword:

"The goal is that we might know the truth of sanctification—which biblical doctrine, like all other aspects of God’s truth, makes us free (John 8:32)—and obey the gospel call to holiness in heart and life, by God’s grace. Some 2,000 years ago, on the day before His crucifixion    for us, our Saviour prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Christ’s prayer on that momentous night    and His continuous intercession for His church embraces not only the billions of God’s elect over the millennia and the innumerable    occasions whereby He uses His truth in various ways; it also includes this humble book and all the saints who shall read it."

Click here to read the book online!

 
Upcoming Events!
 
Reformation Day Conference 2016
Come join us in commemorating the 16th century reformation this November!

Details in the poster below:

 
Youth Reformation Day Conference 2016
Date: 12 Nov 2016
Time: 3 - 630pm
Venue: CERC (see map above)
Speaker: Rev Andy Lanning

Dinner will be provided! Do invite your friends and family for this event.

 
Vacation Bible School 2016
Details for VBS 2016 are out!

Dates: 6-8 Dec 2016 (no stayover)
Location: CERC (6-7 Dec) and Singapore Science Centre (8 Dec)
Participants: Children from K2 to Pri 6

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register!

 
CKCKS Camp 2016
Our annual youth camp is here again!

Theme: Ask for the Old Paths (Jer 6:16)
Dates: 14-17 Dec 2016
Location: Aloha Changi, FP Chalet 7
Speaker: Rev Andy Lanning

Visit http://ckckscamp.weebly.com/ for more details and to register!
 
Past Events...
 
Infant Baptism
On 2 Oct, CERC was privileged to witness yet another Infant Baptism, this time of the son of Mr and Mrs Aaron Lim: Herman Lim.

"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." Gen 17:7

 
Examination of Emmanuel Singh
On 29 Oct 2016, church members and visitors gathered in CERC for a significant event - the examination of Bro Emmanuel Singh. This examination took place in accordance with Article 9 of our church order, as a necessary step towards calling Emmanuel as a missionary of CERC.

"Preachers without fixed charge, or others who have left some sect, shall not be
admitted to the ministry of the church until they have been declared eligible, after
careful examination by the classis, with the approval of synod." Article 9, Church Order.

Revs Daniel Kleyn and Wilbur Bruinsma, delegates from the Protestant Reformed Churches of America (PRCA), were present to assist in the examination.

Emmanuel delivering his specimen sermon on Acts 13:48
Examination on the 6 loci of dogmatics and other topics
Presentation of diploma
We are thankful to the Lord for providing His church with a labourer for the gathering of His sheep in India.

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." (Jer 3:15)

 
Confession of Faith of Emmanuel and Sonali Singh
The day after the examination (30 Oct), Emmanuel and his wife, Sonali, made Confession of Faith and joined CERC as members. We greatly rejoice with our brother and sister in their membership and warmly receive them into our fellowship.
 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

Lord’s Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm • 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 • Pastor: Rev Andy Lanning  • www.cerc.org.sg 
 

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Rev. N. Decker Declines First Holland PRC's Call

Jer3 15 pastorsOn Sunday October 30, 2016 it was announced in First PRC of Holland, MI that Rev. Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI) had declined the call extended to him by the congregation on October 9.

We continue to remember in prayer Rev.C. Griess (from Byron Center PRC for home missions) and Rev. B. Huizinga (from SW PRC, Wyoming, MI) as they consider their calls.

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