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Reformed Book Outlet - September 2016 Newsletter & Specials


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September – 2016

25% off month!

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    September is one of Reformed Book Outlet’s 25% off sale months.

Almost all of our books, and all Bibles and Bible covers are 25% off all month.

The sale does not include NET books, such as cookbooks, and Psalters.

Nor does it include any music CDs or cards.


Fitting Praises Cds:  We still have volumes 3, 4, 6, 8, and 15 left for $3.00 each.   These will remain on sale for $3.00 each, only through the month of September.  These Cds make great gifts, especially for shut-ins. 

        Once again school is starting, and soon our Bible societies will begin meeting.  You are able to find many helpful books for these needs at RBO.

        We stock a large variety of King James Bibles; regular print, large print, extra-giant print, compact size, study Bibles, Bibles with notes for youth, and parallel Bibles.

We keep on hand a good supply of Bible study aides such as Strong’s and Young’s Concordances, and Naves Topical Bible, etc.  We have several Bible dictionaries, and Bible atlases.

        Our commentary section includes many volumes on one book of the Bible, in addition to a one-volume commentary on the whole Bible, and a six volume commentary on the whole Bible.  In addition to actual commentaries, we have many books written concerning certain themes and people of scripture.  We can also try to special order any particular book you might need that you can’t find in the store, and if possible – at 25% off.

          We carry the entire inventory of RPFA books and study guides - priced at 25% off this month.    If your child’s class is using Suffer Little Children or Show Me Thy Ways by Gertrude Hoeksema, you can purchase the book for yourself at RBO for additional help at home; and for your child’s piano lessons – Marilyn DeVries’ Praise His Majesty is also 25% off.

        Be sure to stop in at RBO for all your needs as you begin the school year, and the society season.

        We will also have a 30% off table during the month of September, with many fiction books, (Lori Wick and Wanda Brunstetter titles among others) and some overstock of Christian living titles.

Let us help build your religious library


Reformed Witness Hour Messages for September 2016

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for September 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 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.

September 4, 2016 – Rev. Carl Haak - The Secret Providence of God, Job 19:21

September 11, 2016 – Rev. Carl Haak - Who is Jesus? Matthew 1:21

September 18, 2016 – Rev. Carl Haak - The Sin of Lukewarmness, Song of Solomon 5:1-8

September 25, 2016 – Rev. Carl Haak - Grace for Today, Matthew 6:34

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Reformed News Asia - August 2016 (Issue 32)

Issue 32 - August 2016
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!
By Prof (then Rev) Ronald Cammenga

"The matter of which Bible translation is to be accepted by and used among the people of God is a matter of highest priority. For centuries the King James Version was the undisputed version of choice among English-speaking Christians."

In this article, the history of the NIV is first evaluated in depth. Next, the author criticizes the NIV for its poor translation which has resulted in the weakening of various doctrines. This includes the deity of Christ, predestination, justification and divorce and marriage. A clear, precise and faithful translation is needed for the proper understanding of God's revelation. Lastly, the author explains why the KJV should be retained as the preferred translation.

Read to find out more about these Bible translations and why we continue to use the KJV.

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;
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 ByThe 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!
CERC Olympics 2016
Ready to set a new world record? CERC Olympics is here! Come join us for a time of (not so) friendly sports and games and Christian fellowship. Here are the details:

Date: 12 Sep 2016 (Mon)
Time: 930am to 1230pm
Venue: Bishan Active Park
9:30-10:00          Singing and Exhortation
10:00-10:15        Split into teams
10:15-11:15        Slot 1 Games
11:30-12:30        Slot 2 Games
12:30 onwards   Lunch (packet food) and free and easy

Slot 1 games: Football, Captain's Ball, Kinball
Slot 2 games: Volleyball, Frisbee, Kinball

Sign up in the church dining area soon!

CKCKS youths playing kinball at an outing this year
Save these dates!

18 Sep  29th CERC Church Anniversary

22 Oct Gospel Meeting (in Chinese)
29 Oct Examination of Emmanuel Singh

4-5 Nov Reformation Day Conference 2016
12 Nov Youth Reformation Day Conference 2016

14-17 Dec CK/CKS Youth Camp

Past Events...
Installation of Office Bearers
On 7th Aug, CERC installed 3 men into the offices of elder and deacon. We thank God for the willing service of these men and pray the Lord's blessings upon them as they undertake the work of the church.
Laying on of hands on Bros Paul Liu (L) and Cornelius Boon as they were installed into the office of Deacon
Bro Lee Kong Wee was reinstalled into the office of Elder for another term
Session (Consistory) of CERC
National Day Hike
9th August, Singapore's National Day, is a public holiday. This year, our church gathered at MacRitchie Nature Reserve on that day for a time of hiking and fellowship.
Before the hike: Trying to keep out of the sun as Cornelius Boon gave an exhortation
Starting our hike around the reservoir
Lunch together after the hike
CKCKS August Outing
This August, our monthly youth group outing was at a relatively unknown Tampines Eco Green, tucked away in the east of Singapore. Situated in the middle of housing estates, this park was a serene refuge for us busy Singaporeans. With various natural habitats such as open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and a secondary rainforest, this outing turned out to be a pleasantly refreshing experience.
1st Group Shot!
Strolling along the scenic path
Getting ready for Captain's Ball
End-of-hike shot - still looking fresh!
New Salt Shakers Website!
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  • 


Rev.C. Griess Declines Mission Call from Doon PRC; 1st PRC, Holland Calls Rev. B.Huizinga

RevCGriessOn Sunday, August 28, 2016 it was announced in Doon PRC (calling church) and Calvary PRC (pastor's current charge) that Rev. C. Griess was led by the Lord to decline the call to serve as third missionary to the Philippines.

May the Lord bless Rev. Griess as he continues his labors in Calvary (Hull, IA), and may He give direction to the Council of Doon PRC with regard to the need in the Philippines.

HuizingaBrianAlso, on Sunday morning, August 28, the congregation of First PRC, Holland, MI, extended a call to Rev. B. Huizinga, currently pastor of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA. May the Lord guide His servant into the sure knowledge of His will and work for him in His vineyard.




Keeping the Sword Drawn - Public Lecture at Grace Community Church (Hudsonville, MI), Sept.30, 2016

The following public announcement is sponsored by the Southwest PRC’s Evangelism Committee:

The true church is under vicious assault in these last days. Satan, having great wrath because he knows his time is short, is determined to destroy the divine truth that the church loves, believes, confesses and lives. False teachers with their damnable heresies are on every side. Pressures to sell the truth for the sake of unholy alliances mount. Iniquity of the vilest sort is sanctioned and celebrated in society. What shall the church do as she awaits the triumphant return of her head Christ Jesus? 

We are planning a lecture by Rev. Brian Huizinga titled Keeping the Sword Drawn: Our Calling as the Church of the Militant Christ to be held at Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, MI on Friday September 30 at 7:30PM.  This lecture will address these issues,  demonstrating the church’s urgent calling to take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and keep it drawn.  We will also live stream this event.

Below is the flyer for the event SW PRC EC has provided (also attached as a pdf):

Keeping Sword Drawn SWPRC 2016 Page 1

You may also find notice of this event on this special Facebook page.


Covenant Reformed News - August 2016

Covenant Reformed News

August 2016  •  Volume XVI, Issue 4

God’s Longsuffering in the Psalms and Prophets

In the last issue of the News, we considered God’s longsuffering (or His being slow to anger) in the Old Testament historical books: Exodus 34:6-7, Numbers 14:17-18 and Nehemiah 9:17.

We turn now to three references in the Psalms: “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth” (86:15); “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy” (103:8); “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy” (145:8).

These three texts have at least four things in common. First, they were all inspired by the Holy Spirit and penned by David, according to their headings, as the fruit of his meditation upon God’s law, especially Exodus 34:6-7 and Numbers 14:17-18. Second, only God’s “positive” attributes are mentioned in all three verses: His compassion, grace, mercy and truth are spoken of in connection with His longsuffering. Third, all three are references to Jehovah’s longsuffering to His beloved people (including us). Fourth, all three references to God’s longsuffering in the Psalms are found in songs of praise. There is a lesson here for us too!

Moving to the twelve minor prophets, we come first to Joel 2:13: “And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”

Again, we notice, first, that only God’s “positive” perfections are here mentioned: His grace, mercy and kindness are spoken of in connection with His longsuffering or being slow to anger. Second, like the three passages from the Old Testament historical books (Ex. 34:6-7; Num. 14:17-18; Neh. 9:17) and the three verses from the Psalms quoted in the second paragraph, Joel 2:13 is addressed to God’s people, Israel. Third, this text is a call to repentance in which the prophet appeals to part of God’s earlier self-revelation to strengthen his exhortation. For us too, God’s longsuffering, both in Himself and to us, is an encouragement to confess our sins from our hearts.

The next minor prophet to refer to God’s longsuffering is Jonah: “And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil” (4:2).

A pattern is emerging! First, along with God’s longsuffering or being slow to anger, we read here of His grace, mercy and kindness. Again, they are all “positive” divine attributes. Second, the prophet is referring to God’s people, this time (elect) Gentiles. Third, Jonah knew God’s self-revelation at Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:6-7) and Kadesh-barnea (Num. 14:17-18), and so understood that, since Jehovah had sent him to preach to Nineveh, God had His people there to whom He would show Himself longsuffering, gracious, merciful and kind.

This is the reason why Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh in the first place. He did not want to see the wicked Assyrians—Israel’s enemies—saved. Especially was this the case because Jonah knew, given the wickedness of the N. Kingdom, that God, in turning to the Gentiles, would turn away from the Jewish people whom the prophet loved.

Our third and final passage in the minor prophets is from the vision of Nahum: “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (1:3).

Like the two verses from the Pentateuch (Ex. 34:6-7; Num. 14:17-18), Nahum first mentions God’s “positive” perfection in saving His people (“The Lord is slow to anger”) and then His “negative” attributes (“The Lord is ... great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked”) in His mighty punishment of the impenitent wicked, as the One who “hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm.”

Though Nahum 1 mostly concerns the judgment of the Most High upon Assyria, verse 3a (“The Lord is slow to anger”) is not the only bright note for His elect people in the chapter. We read that “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him” (7). We hear the gospel in Nahum 1: “Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off” (15).

Moving from the above three passages in the twelve minor prophets, we come finally to the only reference to God’s longsuffering in the four major prophets, Jeremiah 15:15: “O Lord, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.”

Here only one divine attribute is mentioned: God’s longsuffering. In this text, it is not towards Israel as a nation, for the elect’s sake. Instead of being exercised towards a corporate body, God is longsuffering to an individual believer: Jeremiah himself. The prophet’s prayer is this: “Do not, O Lord, in Thy longsuffering over me, allow my persecutors to destroy me.” God is not longsuffering towards the wicked who afflict Jeremiah for he asks the Lord, “revenge me of my persecutors.” Rev. Stewart


The Theodicy and “Like a Dove”

1) The first of the two questions in this issue of the News was prompted by my three recent articles on the theodicy, God’s public justification of all His actions, especially His just wrath against the wicked in sending them to hell and His great grace in taking His elect to heaven, though they are sinners. A reader asks, “Will you please show us in Scripture where it says that all our iniquities will be publicly revealed?”

The simple and short answer is Romans 14:10-12 and II Corinthians 5:10. According to these texts, “every one” will “appear,” “stand” and “bow” before Christ’s “judgment seat,” including believers (“we”). Each human being will “give account of himself [or herself] to God,” concerning all “the things done in his [or her] body,” “whether it be good or bad.” Thus the believer’s sins are included.

God’s people from the early days of the Reformation believed this to be true and Reformed people have taught it through the ages till the present. The Belgic Confession(1561), only a few more than forty years after Luther began the Reformation, states that at the coming of Christ “the books (that is to say, the consciences) shall be opened, and the dead judged according to what they shall have done in this world, whether it be good or evil. Nay, all men shall give an account of every idle word they have spoken, which the world only counts amusement and jest; and then the secrets and hypocrisy of men shall be disclosed and laid open before all” (37).

First, it must be shown that God alone is the author of salvation and that the vast difference between those in heaven and those in hell is due to nothing but His electing grace. God accomplishes this by showing that eternity in hell for the wicked displays His fury against man’s sin. And God will publicly show His wrath against sin so that His infinite holiness is shown to all. Those who deny hell lose God’s holiness that demands punishment of sin.

Second, the Arminian will not be able to brag in heaven that he is there because he accepted Christ. If he could do that, the Arminian would take away from God His glory. The Arminian will show (if he could) his notebook full of all his good works and point out to everyone willing to look that he earned salvation and helped God along in the work of saving him. Then God does not receive all the glory that is due His name for He must share it with man (Eph. 2:8-9).

Finally, a light can be seen only in the darkness. Turn on the world’s most powerful light in the dazzling brightness of noon and one sees no light. Turn on a small torch in pitch darkness and the light is visible to all. The dazzling light of God’s grace, mercy and love can be, and will be, seen against the background of our dreadful sinfulness and the darkness of evil into which we plunged ourselves. It will be the brilliant light of God’s grace against the dark background of our terrible sin. That light will be seen by us and the entire world, because our sins will also be revealed and the great power of grace will be shown to have saved us from the pit of hell. God’s grace will be magnified. That is also the idea of the antithesis. It is more important that God be glorified than that our sins be hid in the judgment day.

2) A reader asks about a possible revision of Belgic Confession 9: “For when our Lord was baptized in Jordan, the voice of the Father was heard, saying, This is My beloved Son; the Son was seen in the water; and the Holy Ghost appeared in the shape of a dove.” The reader proposes to make this more in harmony with Scripture, with the last part reading, “The Holy Spirit appeared in a bodily shape like a dove.”

Before I answer this question, I want to go on record as being strongly opposed to any changes in the confessions of the Reformed churches, unless they are clearly shown to be contrary to Scripture and concern an important change in doctrine.

If changes in the confessions are allowed, even minor and insignificant changes, there are many within Reformed churches who would pounce on the opportunity and, with smooth words, propose major changes in doctrines with which they do not agree.

This change, suggested by the questioner, seems to me to be a minor change.

The reader’s argument is as follows. “Like a dove” is not the same as the expression “as a dove” or, its equivalent, “in the shape of a dove.” “Nowhere in Scripture has the Godhead revealed Himself in the form of an animal—this actually is a pagan thought,” the reader adds. Luke writes, “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him” (3:22).    The questioner is asking, therefore, if it would not be better to use the language found in Luke.

I have not been able to ascertain the difference between “as” and “like.” Both words introduce a comparison. “As” introduces a simile or a comparison between two things, usually one thing from the creation and another thing that belongs to the spiritual world. “Like” often introduces a metaphor. Similes and metaphors are very much alike: a metaphor is an extended simile, such as in Christ’s parables. Matthew, in speaking of this event, uses a Greek word that literally means “as if.”

I do not entirely agree with the statement: “The voice of the Father was heard ... The Son was seen in the water and the Holy Spirit appeared in a bodily shape like a dove.” In this remarkable incident in the life of our Lord, the Triune God (not the First Person of the Trinity) was speaking of His Son, the eternal God in our flesh, and publicly gave Him the Spirit to qualify and ordain Him for His work of accomplishing salvation for us. The voice of the Triune God, saying almost the same words, was heard twice more in our Lord’s ministry. Also, Christ was baptized with water that He might “fulfil all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15). It indicated that He took our sins upon Himself so that He might earn for us everlasting righteousness. That the Spirit came upon Christ in a visible form was to demonstrate publicly that the Lord Jesus Christ was indeed the Servant of Jehovah anointed to do His Father’s will, as Isaiah had prophesied. The dove was a symbol of peace of which Isaiah spoke (Isa. 54:13; 55:12).

It is interesting that in his marvellous book, Noah’s Ark, Rien Portvliet notes that the dove that left the ark and did not return was not seen again until the baptism of Christ.

Taking all these things together, a change our creeds is not necessary. Whatever words the narrative of the three gospels use, they mean the same thing.  Prof. Hanko

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