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PRC Missions in the Philippines - December 2016 Newsletter

PRCA FOREIGN MISSIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES
DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

Rev. D. Holstege (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Rev. D. Kleyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
PO Box 1173 ACPO, Antipolo City, Rizal 1870, Philippines

Dear Members of the Protestant Reformed Churches,

First of all, the timing of this newsletter allows me to extend to you all our end-of-year and new-year
greetings, include a recent picture of the two of us, and express to all our prayer that the Lord will be
your Rock and sure Guide throughout the new year. None of us knows what the new year holds. There is
a lot of change and uncertainty in the world, and a good share of it comes because of whom God has
recently appointed as our world rulers. But in the midst of all this uncertainty, we have the sure
comfort that Jesus Christ, Who is Lord over all, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As we stand on
the threshold of a new year, we can be confident that He Who is with us, and on our side, is
unchanging in the midst of change (Hebrews 13:8).

DnS Kleyn 2016

FURLOUGH

Our furlough took place during June and July. Initially we visited the Midwest where we were able
to spend time with the members of our calling church and to attend the annual Synod. We then spent the
rest of our time in Michigan and Illinois. While we were in the USA, Rev. Smit was able to take over my
work here for four of the six weeks that we were absent. We appreciate very much his willingness to
do so, and the willingness of his consistory to release him for this work.

During the furlough, I had opportunity to preach every Sunday, except one. This was a good way to
get to see and renew contact with many of you. Both Sharon and I were encouraged by the many
questions asked and comments made concerning the mission work. We also enjoyed the furlough from
the viewpoint of having a significant amount of time to spend with our families, especially our parents.
And we were also able to spend some quality time with Rev. & Leah Holstege and their family – a good
opportunity to get to know each other, as well as to discuss their upcoming move to and work in the
Philippines.

Throughout our furlough, we noticed and heard repeatedly of excitement in our churches regarding
the Holstege family joining us soon in the Philippines, and also regarding the decision of Synod to approve
calling yet another missionary for the work here (especially with a view to establishing a seminary,
the Lord willing). These are significant times in our denomination’s mission work, and we are grateful for
your continued and growing interest and support.

PRC IN THE PHILIPPINES

The Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines consist of three congregations: The Berean PRC, The
PRC in Bulacan, and the Maranatha PRC. My work in these churches consists of the following: (1) One
Sunday each month in MPRC for preaching and to teach a Church Order class, (2) serving as an advisor
at monthly Consistory meetings in the MPRC, and in the PRCB, (3) serving as an advisor on the two
Standing Committees of the Classis, and at the Classis meetings, and (4) assisting in the work of
Church Visitation.

The Classis of the PRCP met on Monday, October 31, with Rev. Ibe (by rotation) chairing the meeting. The
Classis approved and adopted two important items: a Constitution for the denomination’s Mission Work,
and a Pre-Seminary Program for students of the PRCP. The Classis also made preparations for the
upcoming delegation visit of Prof. Dykstra and Rev. Eriks as representatives of the Contact Committee of
the PRCA. The PRCP is looking forward to this visit and to the progress that can be made, the Lord
willing, toward a sister church relationship between the PRCA and PRCP.

PROVIDENT CHRISTIAN CHURCH

My schedule in PCC in Marikina is to lead the worship services on three Sundays of each month. In one
service each week a sermon is preached on the Heidelberg Catechism. I also teach catechism to the
children each Saturday morning, and I lead a weekly Bible Study/Doctrine Class each Thursday evening.
In the Thursday class, we have covered, in detail, the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine and the Belgic
Confession of Faith. We have now begun a study of the Canons of Dordt.

A recent development in PCC is the appointment of a Steering Committee. I plan to hold regular meetings
with the four men on this committee in order to discuss and/or make decisions regarding such
matters as the preaching, Bible studies, church membership, benevolence work, church property,
church finances, etc. I believe this to be a significant step forward in the process of PCC becoming a
properly instituted Reformed church in the future, the Lord willing.

PASTORS’ TRAINING

The 7M (Metro Manila Monthly Martes Morning Ministers Meetings) classes are held twice a month.
The main purpose of these classes is to provide instruction to existing pastors. By means of these
classes we have been able to fill gaps that some of the PRCP pastors have had in their seminary training
as well as to help prepare some of them for their Classis examinations. In the past we have covered
Reformed Dogmatics (Introduction, plus all six Loci), Homiletics, Hermeneutics, Reformed Symbols,
Catechetics, Heidelberg Catechism preaching, and Church History. We are currently studying Poimenics
(pastoral care) and the Church Order. Usually between five to eight men attend these classes.

In addition to 7M, we hold a monthly pastors’ class in Southern Negros Occidental. Some of these pastors
have been longtime contacts of the PRCA, all the way back to the 1990’s. Currently we have about 12 to
15 who attend. In these classes, we have focused on especially two areas: Reformed Theology, and
Reformed Church Government. With a view to advancing this work, we hope in 2017 to make more
regular visits to these pastors and their churches.

This will be possible, the Lord willing, once Rev. Holstege has moved and settled into his life and work
here. At least four of the pastors have expressed, many times, the desire that we increase our work
among them. We hope and pray we can do so.

OTHER CONTACTS AND WORK

We continue to make monthly visits to a group in Bacolod City. These visits involve a Monday evening
Bible study in which we are studying the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine. Since Bacolod is part of Negros
Occidental, this fits in with our monthly pastors’ training classes in SNO.

We also have a number of contacts throughout the Philippines with whom we stay in touch. The
communication is mostly on account of their interest in purchasing Reformed literature. But from time to
time, some have requested that we speak or preach in their churches or groups. We hope to give more
consideration to these requests once Rev. Holstege is here, and with the approval of Doon and the FMC.

As just indicated, a significant part of the work here is our sale of Protestant Reformed literature. Book
sales have been gradually increasing over the course of the past year, but have significantly peaked in the
past month. Sharon takes care of the book sales and is now receiving at least one or two orders each day.
The main reason is because of the new titles the RFPA has recently published, but also because of
new contacts and visitors in some of the PRCP congregations. We once again express our thanks to
our churches for the generous giving toward the Philippine Book Fund. These collections enable us to
sell the RFPA books to our Filipino churches and contacts at very reasonable prices. We are also able
to provide free shipping, as well as to give away magazines (Standard Bearer, Beacon Lights,
Saltshakers, etc.) and pamphlets.

CERC IN SINGAPORE

During the last week of October, we had the opportunity to visit the Covenant Evangelical Church
in Singapore. This visit came about as a result of CERC’s request that Rev. Bruinsma and I assist them
in the oral examination of Bro. Emmanuel Singh from Kolkata, India. The visit also included conducting
church visitation and preaching once on Sunday.

We thoroughly enjoyed the time among the saints in the CERC, and especially the time we could spend
with the Lannings and Bruinsmas. The examination was the highlight. It was wonderful to hear of Bro.
Emmanuel’s knowledge of and love for the Reformed faith, and to see that God has provided a committed
and well-qualified man to serve as an ambassador of the Reformed faith in India. May God bless his
ministry, and CERC’s work with him.

Until next time, in Christian love,
Rev. Daniel Kleyn

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Reformed News Asia - November 2016 (Issue 35)

Issue 35 - November 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!
Hating Your Own Life
By Rev Angus Stewart

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26 

Jesus instructs us to hate ourselves and even our family. What does this mean? It means to hate our sins and sinfulness! God's children hate themselves as those who are sinful and sin! A believer hates his own life because he loves Jesus Christ who has saved him from destruction and has given him the knowledge of God.

Three biblical examples are cited in this pamphlet. Read 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
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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!

 
Audio Recordings
At our 2016 annual Reformation Day Conference, Rev Bruinsma (from Pittsburg PRC) was invited to deliver 3 speeches on the theme "The Church in the Last Days: Reforming or Deforming?"

Speech 1: Perilous Days are Coming
Speech 2: The Godly Shall Suffer Persecution
Speech 3: Continuing in the Things Learned

Click to listen to or view the speeches!

 
Upcoming Events!
 
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...
 
Reformation Day Conference 2016
On the 4th and 5th of November, CERC held its annual Reformation Day Conference to commemorate the 16th century church reformation. We were privileged to have Rev Bruinsma deliver 3 messages for us on the theme "The Church in the Last Days: Reforming or Deforming?" There were also multiple exhibits showcasing events related to the Reformation such as periods of intense persecution and the lives of various martyrs. All in all, it was a profitable time of learning and fellowshipping with visitors.
Rev Bruinsma delivering one of his messages
Answering questions that came in fast and furious
Emmanuel and Sonali at the book sale
Visitors browsing through Salt Shakers magazine and other pamphlets
 
After close to a year of instruction in the pre-confession class, the Lord has richly blessed CERC with new members who joined through Confession of Faith and Baptism. We rejoice in the growth of the church and the profession of faith of these brothers and sisters in Christ.

Acts 2:47b "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

 
Confessions of Faith
Confession of Faith of Grace, Rachel, Jemima and Stephen (L-R).
 
Baptisms
Baptism of Celina, Millie, Jia Chin and Zhi Leng (L-R).
 
CK/CKS Year End Outing
School's out! The youth committee planned an exciting outing to the indoor trampoline park where close to 20 youths let their hair down and jumped their hearts out.
Girls vs Boys........ Trampoline Dodgeball!
 
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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Reformed Book Outlet - December 2016 Newsletter & Specials

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December – 2016

25% off month!

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December 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 retail price all month.

The sale does not include NET books, such as cookbooks, and Psalters. Nor does it include any music CDs or cards.

Music:

Hope Heralds: We now have the Hope Heralds’ newest CD: Peace I Give in stock.

And we carry four other Hope Heralds CDs – Then Sings My Soul / By Mercy Made Holy /Alleluia – Fifty Years of Praise / Be Still My Soul

Christmas Music:

Zeeland Civic Chorus’ - Handel’s “Messiah”

Jubilee Women's Ensemble – Come Let Us Adore Him

Eric and Crista Phelps – Child of Wonder

With One Voice – Sing Noel

Faith Christian School, Randolph – Christ’s Birth in Scripture and Song

Matt Fisher – Glorious Christmas

Cards: We have a good supply of Christmas cards.

Bibles:

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. All our Bibles are 25% off retail for the month of December.

--Reese Chronological Study Bible - Classic KJV Chronological Bible Now Redesigned with In-Depth Study Notes.

--Thompson Chain Reference Bible - More than 100,000 topical references More than 8,000 chain topics. Concordance 16 pages of exclusive full-color maps.

--Matthew Henry Study Bible - Words of Christ in red. Presentation page. Book introductions, footnotes, and in-text quotations from Matthew Henry’s writings. Side-column references.

--Reformation Heritage Study Bible - Thoughts for personal and family devotions for every chapter. Thousands of study notes with integrated cross-references. Introductions to each section and every book of the Bible. Classic Bible text with explanations of difficult words. Overview of twenty centuries of church history. Ancient creeds, confessions, and catechisms with introductions.

--KJV Kid’s Study Bible – Hendrickson – Hard Cover or Leatherflex - This special edition will encourage readers aged 8-12 to begin the adventure of life-long Bible study. It contains the complete Old and New Testaments of the King James Version, plus a wealth of extra features that will deepen their understanding of the Word of God.

--KJV Expressions Bible – Hendrickson – NEW. Each page has 2 inch margins (lined) to give you space to take notes or journal.

--KJV Personal Size Giant Print Reference Bible - 11.25 pt. type, Red letter. Eleven different color combinations.

 

***Come in and see our 30% off section. We have 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

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for December 2016

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

WBruinsma 2Rev. Wilbur (Bill) Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service for the RWH program with some special end-of-year messages, and a special Christmas 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.

December 4, 2016 - The Benefits of Fearing Jehovah, Psalm 25:12,13

December 11, 2016 - Man’s Place in God’s Creation, Psalm 8:5,6

December 18, 2016 - Remembering the Creator in Youth, Eccles. 12:1

December 25, 2016 - The Ruler from Bethlehem, Micah 5:2

December 2016 flyer Page 1

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship - November 2016 Newsletter

LimerickmeetingplaceLimerick Reformed Fellowship
Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland
http://www.limerickreformed.com/
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Monday, November 28, 2016


Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

My last newsletter was July 25, so it is time for an update from Limerick.

As usual, I greatly enjoyed my summer vacation in the USA. It was good to fellowship with many of my friends in Christ, to attend and chaperone the Young People’s Convention, and to preach in various congregations. During my absence, Rev. Michael DeVries and his wife, Dawn (Kalamazoo PRC, MI), stayed in my home. Both the DeVrieses and the LRF gave many good reports about their visit.

After my return from the US, I administered the sacrament of baptism to our newest infant member, Felicity Kuhs (born June 11; baptized September 11). The sermon was “Washing Away Our Sins by Baptism” (Acts 22:16) and attendance was 22 with several visitors.

We have also been seeing more visitors of late. Three in particular attend quite regularly. One of them attended a few times between March and May 2015, and after the evening service of May 3, 2015, he, Manuel, Marco, and I had a lengthy, and at that time, unsatisfactory, conversation about predestination. He left with a copy of The Five Points of Calvinism (by Profs. Engelsma and Hanko, a BRF publication) and a few pamphlets. The next time I encountered him was in an email seeking to subscribe to the British Reformed Journal, whereupon I invited him to attend the LRF. (I did not recognise him from May 2015, but I found his name in one of my reports to the CPRC—one of the reasons we keep records of attendance on the Mission Field!). When he returned on September 4, he told me that he had been studying the literature we had given him and that God had opened his eyes to see the truth to which he had before been blind. Since then he has been attending regularly almost every service (Sept. 4 to Nov. 27). He is learning (or un-learning) a lot of things, about baptism, eschatology, the Christian life, and a host of other things. He is also keen to read more books, and has bought several titles (Christianizing the World, Prosperous Wicked and Plagued Saints, and Doctrine According to Godliness).

Such developments are always an encouragement, for we live in days of spiritual apathy.

I began a series on Christ’s healing miracles (“Miracles of the Great Physician”) on June 26. Yesterday, I preached on “The Raising of Lazarus” (sermon #18), so the series is almost finished. In the Heidelberg Catechism preaching, we have reached LD 20 on the Holy Spirit.

Our Bible studies and catechism classes continue. On Tuesdays, we are studying Romans and have reached chapter 9. On Thursdays/Saturdays, depending on the schedule of the Mansonas, we are studying Hebrews and have just started chapter 11. On Saturday morning, I teach Chester and Dale Mansona Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, and we recently started the section on Soteriology or the doctrine of salvation (Lessons 18-23). We recently had a test on Lessons 12-17 (Christology, the doctrine of Christ), which went well. I also teach my two eldest nieces (Anna [aged 9] and Lily [aged 6]) catechism via the Internet. We are studying New Testament for Beginners and have reached Lesson 11. Both girls are good catechumens, while Lily also provides moments of entertainment. Recently, we studied the healing of the nobleman’s son in John 4. Lily could not pronounce Capernaum so she said, “The man went back to Bethabonian and found his son as happy as Larry”!

We have also had two lectures in the last few months in our “Back to Basics” series—“Salvation” (September 24) and “The Christian’s Hope in Death” (October 22). I must remember the key to evangelistic speeches—short and simple! We would like to see better attendance at these lectures, but we do not lose heart when the attendance is poor. God’s word does not return to Him void, even when many choose not to listen to it (Isa. 55:11).

In my last newsletter, I mentioned that I have had some opportunities to witness by writing letters in the local newspaper, the Limerick Post. Between April and July, the Post published eight of my responses to Roman Catholics and atheists. Since then, the newspaper has published three more of my letters (October 22, November 12, and November 26) in response to atheists who attacked the veracity, consistency, and clarity of the Word of God. An atheist has also started a private email correspondence with me in response to what he read in the Post. The letters have been reprinted on the back of the bulletin and on the LRF blog.

Colder weather is coming and we have had some sickness in the LRF. Emily-Kate Kuhs was laid low with pneumonia for over six weeks in September and October, which is no easy trial for a mother of three young children. The group rallied round to help the Kuhs family as best we could. It is at such times when I envy the organised and well-equipped “Helping Hands Committees” of the PRC! Probably unconnected to that, I myself became ill in late October with the result that I completely lost my voice and had to cancel a speech in Wales on October 27 and could not preach on October 30. On that Sunday, the LRF had to watch the CPRCNI’s live broadcast on a laptop positioned at the front of the hall.

Christmas is also coming. Because last Sunday (November 20) Limerick had its annual ceremony of the official “turning on of the Christmas lights” in the city centre, the city was gridlocked with extra traffic. Traffic was so bad that Bill Davies, our oldest member (aged 81) was unable, after driving around the block six times, to find suitable, nearby, on-street parking, so he had to drive home again and missed the evening service. Such is the inconvenience at times of renting a hall in Limerick: parking is hard to find, and it will only get worse as the Christmas shopping frenzy continues. In addition, this year December 25 is on a Sunday, which means that the hall will be unavailable for rent. After I tried unsuccessfully to book a room elsewhere on that day, we have decided to worship in a member’s home on that occasion. Rev. Stewart and I will also be swapping pulpits that Sunday so that I can spend some time with my family in Northern Ireland.

Called to Watch 1024x1024I am excited to announce my first book, Called to Watch for Christ's Return, which is an exposition of the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25). Some time ago, the RFPA approached me to ask if I would consider writing a book for them using sermon series that I had already preached. After editing my sermons, I submitted a manuscript in March 2015 for their consideration. Finally, after many months of preparation (editing, proofing, typesetting, cover design, etc.), the book is ready for publication, and is available for pre-order at www.rfpa.org/. We hope to have copies in Limerick by Christmas, and Rev. Stewart plans to stock the book in the CPRC bookstore (DV).


Pray for us as we do you.
In Christian love,
Rev. Martyn McGeown

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