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Covenant PRC, N.Ireland Newsletter - August 2016

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Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,


BRF Conference

The fourteenth biennial British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Conference was definitely the biggest (and many would say the best). A total of 125 people stayed at the conference centre at least one night, with the vast majority of them there for the whole week (16-23 July). On top of that there were a record 47 day-visitors. Some came for a lecture or two or more, with one family camping only a few hundred yards away for five days of the conference.

This was also our most international conference, with saints from Northern Ireland (44), USA (41), Singapore (12), England (6), Wales (6), Australia (4), Republic of Ireland (4), Canada (4), Hungary (3), and the Philippines (1). Does this make it the most catholic meeting led by Protestant Reformed ministers?

The subject was a great one: “‘Behold, I Come Quickly’: The Reformed, Biblical Truth of the End.” Prof. David Engelsma's three main speeches treated the Lord's second coming and the precursory signs, the Antichristian kingdom and the beast from the sea (Rev. 13), and the two witnesses in Revelation 11. Rev. Andy Lanning covered the rapture and Antichrist, Christ's coming as a thief and the great apostasy, and living in the light of the final judgment and life eternal. Our two main speakers also delivered the Sunday sermons: “The Hope of Creation for Christ's Coming” (Rom. 8:19-22) and “Methuselah” (Gen. 5:25-27), respectively.

Rev. McGeown provided the opening address: “Disorderliness and the Second Coming of Christ” (II Thess. 3). Pete Adams, East Side's retired Christian school principal and an elder at First PRC in Grand Rapids, delivered a Sunday afternoon speech on “The Renaissance and the Reformation,” highlighting their eschatological implications. I delivered the special lecture on “Dispensationalism, J. N. Darby and Powers-court.”

BRF Conference Chairman, Brian Harris, introduced the meetings; various brethren led the morning and evening devotions; and BRF Treasurer Ivan Reid delivered the concluding remarks and gifts to our two chief speakers and their wives.

There were also the two day-trips. First, we had a guided tour of the Queen's official residence in Northern Ireland at Hillsborough, plus the gardens, fort, lake, and village. The second day-trip marked the first BRF conference trip to the Republic of Ireland, which took in the Battle of the Boyne (1690) site at which William III, Britain's only Dutch king, was victorious, and the largest Norman castle in Ireland at Trim, dating back to the 1170s. Those on one of the coaches for the latter trip learned about the 99-foot granite obelisk erected in Rostrevor to Major-General Ross, the Northern Ireland man who burned down the White House two centuries ago.

The conference centre itself was beautiful: a Victorian castle above an 80-acre lake in about 1,300 acres of forest. The gorgeous view out the main lecture room also included the Mourne Mountains in the distance. To crown it all, the weather was glorious: sunny and warm (at least, for us!). Especially in the first part of the week, people were buying and applying sun lotion! The Lord gave us the best weather of our summer.

But I have only provided you with the “bare bones” of the conference. The fellowship, the friendships, the discussions at meal times, the singing of Psalms in the evening—all and more were important parts of the week.

At the Biennial General Meeting, Prof. Engelsma and Rev. Lanning were unanimously voted back to be our two main speakers at the 2018 conference. The chosen subject is the family. The venue is to be Hebron Hall in South Wales. Brian and Sian Harris, who live in that area of the United Kingdom, will arrange the two day-trips. You are warmly invited to join us in the principality of Wales on 21-28 July, 2018!

Before and After the Conference

The evening before the conference, we hosted a barbecue at the manse, as a sort of welcome to the international visitors to the conference and a get-together including the saints in the CPRC and friends of the congregation. With people from as far west as Virginia Beach and Spokane and as far east as Manila and Brisbane, there were 99 people present.

 Be Ye Holy book 2016Several visitors from the Grand Rapids area brought with them copies of the two new RFPA titles (God's Goodness Always Particular by Herman Hoeksema and A Spiritual House Preserved edited by Cal Kalsbeek) plus the excellent new BRF book, Be Ye Holy by Profs. Hanko and Engelsma. This work consists of the speeches of the previous BRF conference in Scotland on sanctification. We sell it for £5 and, though we have had it in stock for only about a month, it has already become our best-selling title in 2016.

Most of the people at the conference stayed in the Ballymena area for at least a couple of days afterwards, either with members of the CPRC or in other accommodation. The saints here did not have enough spare beds and air mattresses for everyone!

The church building was well filled for the two Lord's Day services led by Rev. Lanning (24 July). This was the first time the minister from our sister congregation, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, has preached for us. It was good for our people to fellowship
with him and his family and other saints from Singapore, as well as with our sister churches in North America. After the evening service, we had tea upstairs.

The videos of all the speeches and the question and answer sessions can be watched on the CPRC YouTube channel (www.youtube. com/cprcni). They have already received a good number of hits. At the time of writing, the audios of the lectures should be online very shortly. Both the videos and the audios will soon be available via the BRF website (www. britishreformed.org).

Attractive box sets of the conference are being produced in both CD and DVD. Including postage, the cost is £12 for those in the British Isles and £15 for everyone else. E-mail me if you are interested in buying the box sets (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Others

The youngest member of the CPRC is now Sophie Lyn Crossett, the daughter of David and Kristin. Four members of Kristin's family and Trinity PRC were present for the happy occasion of the baptism (10 July).

Mrs. Callender, our oldest member, recently had open heart surgery to replace a leaky valve. The operation has been successful and she is recovering well by God’s grace.

The last couple of months have seen 23 new translations added to our website (www.cprf. co.uk/languages.htm), including 9 Spanish, 8 Indonesian, 5 Hungarian, and 1 Portuguese. The last is a translation by a Brazilian of Prof. Engelsma's fine book Christ's Spiritual Kingdom, published by Hope PRC in Redlands, CA. This is an important work to get online to set forth the truth regarding the end times against the postmillennial reconstructionist ideas which swirl around in parts of Brazil.

The Bible's teaching on leprosy is the subject in our current Tuesday morning classes. Recently we concluded a 10-sermon series on “Complete in Christ” (Col. 2)—a beautiful and comforting subject!

Though we have been very encouraged by all of the visitors and the activities, it is im-portant always to remember that the service of the Lord is not about numbers and admits of no triumphalism. He is the God of the still, small voice who dwells with him who is of a humble and contrite spirit. May our covenant God be with you all!

In Christ,
Rev. and Mary Stewart

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New Issue of "Salt Shakers" Magazine - July 2016

"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), recently released the JULY 2016 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#38),their youth magazine.

Once again, the "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 38 of Salt Shakers! Join us as we consider the theme for the rest of this year, "A Pilgrim's Path". We begin this journey with the article Certainty in an Uncertain World, written by Matthias Wee. May the Lord give all his children His sure assurance in such times as we live in.

In other news, Aaron Lim will be taking over from Paul Liu as the Editor of Salt Shakers from next issue onwards. We are thankful for Paul and his faithful labours, and he will continue to be involved in the magazine in an advisory capacity.

Once again, we are thankful for the Lord' grace in sustaining the continued publishing of this Reformed youth magazine.

In Christ,

Chua Lee Yang, On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee

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RWH 75th Celebration and Mission Awareness Morning, August 13, 2016 (New Pics Added!)

On Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI the 75th anniversary celebration of the Reformed Witness Hour and a Mission Awareness morning were held.

All three of our RWH radio speakers were present and gave presentations - Rev.R. Kleyn the keynote address, Rev.W. Bruinsma on the Pittsburgh mission and Eastern home missions, and Rev.C. Haak on GT PRC's work in India. Plus Rev.D. Holstege gave one on the Philippines.

It was a wonderful morning celebrating God's faithfulness and grace toward our radio program and mission work. Below are some pictures taken at the event.

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Rev.Rodney Kleyn giving key-note address - "Your Labor is Not in Vain in the Lord."

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Rev. Daniel Holstege presenting on the work in the Philippines.

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Rev. Carl Haak explaining Georgetown PRC's work in Vellore, India.

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Rev. Haak taking questions from the audience.

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The four presenters for the RWH 75th anniversary program: (l-r) - Revs. D. Holstege, R. Kleyn, W. Bruinsma, C. Haak.

And our RWH displays giving the history and work of this Reformed ministry:

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for August 2016

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

haak smallRev. Carl Haak, pastor of Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) continues his four-month service for the RWH program.

You are encouraged to take in 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!

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

August 7, 2016 – The True Christian Life, 2 Timothy 4:7-8

August 14, 2016 – True Faith, John 3:36

August 21, 2016 – The Creation, Genesis 1:1

August 28, 2016 – Christian Education is Covenant Education, Isaiah 39:19

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Reformed News Asia - July 2016 (Issue 31)

Issue 31 - July 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!
UPON WHAT DOES YOUR FAITH STAND?
By Rev Angus Stewart

In this 3-part series, we consider Faith!

In 1 Corinthians 2:5, the Holy Scripture warns that "your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men". "Wisdom of men" may include human philosophy, rational proofs or human testimonies.

Rather, true faith stands in "the power of God", resting upon God and His Word alone. The inward working of the Holy Spirit convicts us of the infallibility and authority of Scripture.

This truth about faith also establishes the importance of preaching. It is not debates, philosophies or arguments that create faith. It is the Holy Spirit which works faith in us through the preaching of the gospel - the gospel which testifies powerfully that in Christ, God has reconciled the world unto Himself (II Cor. 5:19) and that believers have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Is your faith standing firm in the power of God?

Read this to find out more!


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, you may purchase directly from the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA; rfpa.org)
Christianizing the World by Prof David Engelsma
From the RFPA website:

This book is a critique of Abraham Kuyper’s cultural theory of a common grace of God and of the grandiose mission of this grace, and of those who confess the theory and evidently intend to promote it so that it accomplishes the end Kuyper claimed. The book exposes Kuyper’s biblical basis for his theory and its practical mission.

The first and main part of the book is a much-expanded version of the public lecture given in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014 under the auspices of the evangelism society of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The second part of the book consists of questions raised by the audience at the conclusion of the lecture and of the answers by the speaker at the lecture. 

 
Audio Recordings

While Rev Lanning was on furlough, Prof Dykstra preached a series of sermons on the OT book of Ezra in CERC, under the theme "That My House May Be Built". Access the recordings here

  1. Cyrus, Jehovah’s  Servant
  2. A Remnant  Returned
  3. A Return To The  Worship Of Jehovah
  4. The Foundation Is  Laid
  5. Rejecting False Church Unity
  6. A Lesson In  Priorities
  7. Only By Jehovah's Spirit
  8. The Work Prospered  By The Lord
  9. Ezra’s Heart For The Lord’s House
  10. A Safe Journey To Jerusalem
  11. Facing The Question: Shall We Sin Again?
  12. Putting Away Strange Wives
Click here to access all our audio recordings.
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Fellowship Outing on National Day Holiday (9 Aug)
Join us for a time of warm Christian fellowship along MacRitche's treetop walk this National Day holiday (9 Aug, Tues). Meet at the MacRitchie Visitor Centre at 930am in comfortable hiking attire, with plenty of water. Lunch will be provided.
 
Save these dates!

12 Sep  Sports Day
18 Sep  29th CERC Church Anniversary
Sep  Gospel Meeting (date TBC)

 
Past Events...
 
Lannings on Furlough (USA and UK)
In the past 7 weeks, the Lannings spent their furlough in various parts of USA and UK. Read Mrs Lanning's blog to find out more!
Spending precious time with close friends (Kapteins) in the US.
Rev Lanning preaching in CERC's sister church, Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
 
Prof and Mrs Dykstra in Singapore
While the Lannings were on furlough, we were privileged to have Prof and Mrs Dykstra's in our midst. We were uplifted through Prof's speeches and sermons and thoroughly enjoyed their fellowship with us. Here are some snippets of their time with us:
Our gift of appreciation to the Dykstras at Church Camp 2016
Durian puff! - Mmmm...
The REAL Durian - YUM!
"We told you it's an acquired taste"
On a hike at MacRitchie Nature Reserve
Speaking at our Youth Retreat
Cycling along East Coast Road
Keeping you in our prayers as you return to your callings in USA. 
Ps 121: 7,8 "The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
 
British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference 2016
This year, the British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) organised its 15th biannual family conference from 16-23 July in Castlewellan Castle. According to some, this conference had one of the largest group of participants with (possibly) the widest representation of countries.

The theme of the conference was "Behold, I Come Quickly: The Reformed, Biblical Truth Of The End", with speakers Prof Engelsma and Rev Lanning. Click here to access the conference videos.

A strong showing from the Singapore contingent - 13 pax (beefed up, of course, by the Lannings)!
Going for a hike near the castle
Rev Lanning speaking at the conference
Conquering the tallest peak in Northern Ireland - Slieve Donard - which stands at a height of 850m.
Day trip to Hillsborough Castle, the official residence in Northern Ireland of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family when they visit the region.
 
Notes
NEW CLM WEBSITE!!

Visit our new CLM website to read the latest articles and access archives of the Daily Meditations. Click the picture to access.

 
Salt Shakers
Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in CERC. Included in each issue are writings pertaining to both Reformed doctrine and practical theology. Articles are contributed by the Session, youth and members of CERC, as well as pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in the USA and Northern Ireland. Salt Shakers also features articles from other Reformed publications, notably the Standard Bearer and Beacon Lights. Click here to access!
 
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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