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Byron Center PRC's February Men's Conference: "The Godly Man"

GodlyMan-BCPRCConf-2014The 2014 PRC Men’s Conference, hosted by Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church, is planned for February 27-28.  The theme this year is "The Godly Man" and is based on I Timothy 6:11-12. 

The conference will be held at Hudsonville PRC. Each evening will feature a speech followed by sectionals that the attendee can choose. The sectionals planned are as follows: 

Sectional Topics:

  1. Servant Leadership in Marriage
  2. Dealing with Family Finances
  3. Raising Covenant Youth
  4. Communication and Devotions in Marriage

Of the four groups under the “Raising Covenant Youth”, one will focus on Discipline and another will focus on Dating.  If you prefer to be in the group discussing Discipline or Dating, please email your preference to Doug Kooienga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or indicate this on your registration form. 

Registration is now open and is required by February 14 if you wish to attend (cost is $10).  Please visit the conference webpage for more information and to access the registration form.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Below is the schedule of events for both Thursday and Friday nights:

6:45     Registration

7:00    Opening prayer, Announcements, Singing

7:20    Speech Thursday by Rev. Spriensma  “The Godly Man’s Contest”
                      Friday by Rev. Bruinsma  “Called To Fight”

8:00    Sing and Question & Answer

8:15    Refreshments

8:35    Discussion Groups Thursday
        Raising Covenant Youth
        Communication/Devotions in Marriage

        Discussion Groups Friday
            Servant-Leadership in Marriage
            Dealing with Family Finances

9:35    Refreshments

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Issue #2 of Reformed News Asia

RefdNewsAsia-BannerThe second issue of "Reformed News Asia" has been released by the Christian Literature Ministry of our sister church in Singapore, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church , and this issue too is filled with informative and edifying content (for information on Issue #1, click on this link)!

 

Of special significance is the fact that this issue contains the second set of devotions on the Belgic Confession by various PRCA ministers, covering Articles 7-9 on the doctrine of holy Scripture. Written by Prof.H.Hanko, Rev.A.Brummel, Rev.A.den Hartog, and Rev.J.Kortering these devotions on the BC take you through the month of February. You will find great spiritual profit in these devotions.

 

In addition to this noteworthy item, the newsletter also contains information about the CLM's pamphlet and book ministries and about activities going on in the CERC. Of special interest is notice of two new pamphlets the CLM has produced from material written by Mrs. Connie Meyer, one a treatment of TULIP (doctrines of grace) for children and another containing snapshots of Reformed church history. You will want to check these items out.

 

BC Meditations - Feb2014-coverTo receive your own digital copy of this newsletter and those to come, visit the Christian Literature Ministry page at the CERCS ' website and click on the subscribe button. There you will also find a downloadable digital copy of these devotions.

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Philippines Mission News

MaranathaPRC-ValenzuelaThe recent delegation from Doon PRC and the FMC have returned home. If you have not yet seen the posts on the Kleyn's blog about this visit, you ought to do so - complete with plenty of fine pictures!

 

The combined consistories of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church and the First Reformed Church of Bulacan will hold their next meeting this Friday, January 31, 2014, the Lord willing.  The meeting will be held in the Berean PRC’s building in Mayamot, Antipolo City.

 

In that connection, our missionaries also report that the government recently approved a name for the proposed federation of churches in the Philippines. Here is the announcement they made:

“The combined consistories of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church and the First Reformed Church report that the desired name for our new denomination has been approved by the SEC after our second attempt at registration with the SEC.   “Federation of Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines, Inc.”  is the name that has been approved by the SEC.  As a result, the final step of the registration process with the SEC can be completed by the end of January.  We give thanks to our heavenly Father for this good news, and seek His continued blessing upon our preparations for the organizational meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, according to His will.”

 

Let's remember to pray for our missionaries and their wives and families, for Rev.V.Ibe and his family, for Rev.J.Flores and his family, for the other pastors, and for the saints there. May the Son of God continue to gather, defend, and preserve to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, that church chosen to everlasting life (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 54).

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Reformed Witness Hour News

The Reformed Witness Hour, under the sponsorship of First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI, provides the following update on its radio and internet ministry.

First, Rev.R.Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, begins his four month stint of radio work for us beginning in February. He will begin his messages with a series on Job and the sovereignty of God in his suffering. The February flyer has been prepared and is posted here (You may also find it attached in pdf form.).

Feb2014 Flyer-RKleyn Page 1

Second, the RWH reports here the latest statistics on visitors and downloads to both its main website and its Sermonaudio website. Our stats sheet continues to show tens of thousands of visitors each month.

November December 2013 RWH Stats - Print Out Page 1

And, finally, we can report that we are about to begin broadcasting in New York City, NY for the first time in our history. Thanks to a friend of our program in Long Island, NY, the RWH will be heard on Hope Radio (six FM frequencies on Sunday, reaching nearly 3 million people!) beginning on Sunday, February 2, at 8:30 in the morning. Here's the description the station has published:

"The Reformed Witness Hour" airing Sun.@ 8:30AM/ *6* frequencies:
101.5FM (Hope Radio: Nassau & West Suffolk County)
94.9FM (Hope Radio: West/Central Suffolk County)
104.5FM (Hope Radio: Central Suffolk County)
96.5FM (Hope Radio: Central/East Suffolk County)
96.9 FM (Hope Radio: Central/East Suffolk County)
107.1FM (Hope Radio: Central/East Suffolk County)

If you have family or friends in that area, please let them know about this exciting new area of outreach! And remember to pray for this special gospel ministry, that God would use it to gather and build up His church by the work of His sovereign Spirit.

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"Covenant Reformed News" - January 2014 Issue

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The Covenant PRC of Ballymena, N.Ireland has just released their first issue of the "Covenant Reformed News" for 2014. This issue also contains two articles, one by Rev.Angus Stewart and one by Prof.Herman Hanko (ermitus professor of the PR Seminary).

Rev.Stewart's article explains the truth concerning the effectual rasom of Jesus Christ for His elect people under the title "Christ Our Ransom".

Prof.Hanko's article addresses a question from a reader about the relation between revivals and earthly magistrates under the title "Revivals and Magistrates (2)".

Both of these articles address timely and important subjects. You will want to make them part of your spiritual growth reading.

You may find each of these articles at the link provided. You will also find the pdf version of the "CR News" attached here.

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