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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for July 3, 2022

Ps59 16Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this twenty-sixth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, July 3.

Because our Lord is risen from the dead on the third day - as He promised - and because He is returning in glory for our everlasting worship - as He also promised - today, on this first day of the week, we gather in worship as members of our living Savior's church. With gratitude and gladness we bring our praise to our triune God for fully accomplishing our salvation in His Son and by His Spirit. We cordially invite you to join us in worship on this day and on any Sunday.

Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. ...For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. ...But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy. ~ Psalm 59: 1,3, 8-10, 16-17 

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

  • Last Sunday Rev. N. Decker received the call to Hudsonville PRC.

  • From Randolph PRC's bulletin today: "The last Sunday Rev. Guichelaar will be preaching in Randolph will be Sunday, July 17. We will have Lord's Supper in the morning, and an applicatory/farewell service in the afternoon. The Guichelaars plan to move that week. Rev. Guichelaar's installation at Grace PRC is currently scheduled for Sunday, July 31st, in the morning, with his inaugural sermon scheduled for that evening."
  • Hosanna PRC's (Edmonton) Consistory  has formed a new trio: Revs. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC), J. Holstege (Zion), and R. Smit (missionary to the Philippines). The congregation will vote on July 10 after the p.m. service.
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Elders lead a.m. service; Rev. Brummel 2 p.m. in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. M. DeBoer (1st week) in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. A. Spriensma in Grace PRC;  Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. G. Eriks (3 p.m.) in Hudsonville PRC May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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Group photo taken at the PRCP conference this past Saturday (see news item below).

Synod 2022: Synod met last month at Zion PRC (Jenison, MI). The annual Acts of Synod and the Yearbook for 2022 are being prepared. For daily reports and photos of this year's synod, visit this webpage.

Contact Committee: Philippines Conference: Revs. Jim Laning and Bill Langerak traveled to the Philippines this past week to participate in a conference yesterday (July 2) sponsored by our sister church, the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (cf. photos above and below). They, together with Rev. Daniel Kleyn, gave three speeches and participated in Q&A sessions. The conference theme was "Contending for the Faith: Doctrinal Development Since the Schism." Today, Rev. J. Laning preached in Berean PRC, while Rev. W. Langerak preached in Provident PRC. "Please pray that the Lord will bless this work of our churches together with our sister churches in the Philippines for the cause of the truth and the good of His church universal."

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Photo of the Q&A period at the PRCP conference held yesterday at Berean PRC

Missions News:

  • Mexico delegation (First PRC-GR's bulletin last week): "Professor Griess, Dan and Madeline Monsma, and several others [Rev. J. Mahtani, Kyle Bruinooge, Matt Korner, Sharon Kleyn] are leaving tomorrow morning for Tabasco, Mexico, visiting churches and believers there. This visit includes two conferences [on Christian education] and preaching in different churches. They plan to return on July 4. We pray God's blessing and safety on the delegation."
  • Philippines mission:
    • Rev. R. Smit and his family are currently in the U.S. for their furlough. They will be returning on July 28, D.V. May the Lord bless and be near them during their time in North America.
    • Sem. Arend Haveman is currently in the Philippines for two and a half weeks (June 23-July 11) as part of a brief missions "internship." He will be assisting Rev. D. Kleyn in various aspects of the work there and speaking a word of edification in the churches.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary is now in its summer break. Continue to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as they stay busy with other labors and activities - from fall class preparation to weekly preaching assignments, from synod work to mission trips to Mexico, and from library/archives work to building maintenance projects.
  • Prof. C. Griess is currently part of a delegation to Tabasco, Mexico sponsored by First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI, which will return tomorrow, D.V. (see note above). This past week they held two conferences on Christian education and today he is preaching in a Presbyterian church. In this coming week Prof. B. Huizinga and his family will travel to Northern Ireland to participate in the BRF family conference, where he will also speak and preach in Covenant PRC next Sunday.
  • Prof. Kuiper is eager to teach the history of the PRCA from 1924-1949. The first class is this Wednesday, July 6. The class on July 6 will cover the background, and on July 13 the formation, of the PRCA. The classes will also treat the history of the PRCA in the later 1920s (July 20) and in the 1930s and 1940s (August 10, 17, 24). The class on July 6 will meet at the seminary building; all other classes will be held at Southwest PRC. The classes will be recorded, but not livestreamed. All friends of the PRCA are welcome to attend.
  • Sem. M. Koerner will begin his internship this week in Hope PRC-Grand Rapids (now that Rev. Guichalaar has accepted the call to Randolph PRC), when he returns tomorrow from the delegation that went to Mexico this past week with a group from First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI. Sem. A. Haveman has plenty of preaching assignments this summer (after being licensed at the semester), in addition to mission trips to the Philippines (June 23-July 11) and to Mexico (August).
  • The spring 2022 issue of the PRT Journal is at the printers, but the digital editions are on the seminary's website. This issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall 2021 conference on preaching, plus numerous book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • The seminary is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., including the library and bookstore. PRC members and friends are welcome to visit and make use of these resources.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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Lunch at the PRC-Philippines conference yesterday (see more photos above and more news below)

SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is faithfully serving the CERC each week as her pastor.  Her bulletin this week included these thoughts on coming to the Lord's table: Here is the wonder of our salvation, our Lord Jesus Christ, by His Spirit’s work in us, by His irresistible and sovereign grace, that we repent in dust and ashes of our sin and look to Christ alone. It is because God 3 turns us, that is the only reason why we turn to him “turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.” – Jer 31:18b. God and God alone works in us, His elect people to look up to the Lord Jesus Christ, that we not perish. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” – Phil 2:13 How about repentance? Where did that godly sorrow of our sin come from? It is completely, absolutely, entirely, totally a gift of God worked in us, beginning to end. “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” – Acts 5:31 Let not the devil deceive you that God does not work in us this powerful work, this sincere sorrow of heart for all of sins and turn unto the Christ.
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena. 
    • The June 2022 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" was recently published. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles by Revs. A. Stewart and R. Hanko.
    • This is the week that the 2022 British Reformed Fellowship family conference (July 9-16) will begin! Attendees are coming from all over the world, including several PRC members from the U.S. It will be held at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland. The speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Prof. Brian Huizinga, will lecture on "Union With Christ." For information see the website (http://brfconference.weebly.com). May the Lord richly bless the conference and provide saftey for all the travelers.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: "Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC) led her services today. "Rev. Ibe and deacon San Juan are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF). Our pastor will lead them in their worship service at 9AM and in their study of God’s Word on the book of Ephesians 4:12ff at 10:45AM, D.V." Also, "We thank the Lord for His blessings upon the conference held yesterday at our church. May God used the speeches given to the upbuilding of the faith of the saints in the PRCP for His glory and for Jesus’ sake."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. W. Langerak (Trinity PRC) led her worship services today (cf. the next note). 
    • Rev. D. Kleyn and Sem. Arend Haveman are scheduled to visit the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan and Sem. Arend will speak a word of edification at their worship service today, D.V."

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  • This month Rev. R. Kleyn (First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) continues speaking for the RWH. The focus will be a series on the life of Joseph. Today's message is based on Nehemiah 12:27-47 and titled "The Dedication of the Walls."
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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REFORMED RESOURCES FOR EDIFICATION, EDUCATION, and EVANGELISM

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is temporarily closed while it moves into a new building that is being renovated. See the following note for details.
    Special notices re the RBO! Reformed Book Outlet is in process of moving! We have found a new building for our store in downtown Hudsonville on Harvey St. after needing to move out of our current location in Keegstra’s Dollar Store. We need to do some renovations to the building before we can move in, so watch the bulletin or our social media pages for updates on when we will open in our new location. In the mean time, our website will still be open for ordering, for shipping or for local pickup (more details on this to come)!. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re able to help us move or with any questions!

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • The PR Sunday School Association also publishes complete OT and NT Bible Story Lessons for young children and older children. Visit this page to learn more.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"Show honor to whom honor is due. Honor them because the powers that be are ordained of God. God has given each of these powers his respective place at every level of government, whether it be those who make the laws, those who judge the laws, or those who enforce the laws. Too often the authorities are held in low esteem and are the butt of endless jokes. But the magistrates are the ministers of God to the church for good (Rom. 13:4).


"Be patriotic, not just outwardly, and not only after a crisis, by displaying a flag, but because you love God. Realize that the country in which He has placed you and the government that is over you are God’s gifts. Be loyal to that country and its leaders, be zealous for them, and teach your children to be patriotic, also in our Christian schools, whether it be by pledging allegiance to the flag or by their study in a civics class.


"Be good citizens for God’s sake. If given opportunity, vote. God has given us the ability to have a voice in our government. It is the duty of every citizen to encourage the magistrate to rule well and to admonish him if he should fail. In a democracy we can do that by voting or, as individual believers, by writing letters to the authorities. We must avoid the Anabaptistic approach of non-involvement in the political process. We may not hide ourselves behind the wall of total political inactivity or take the position of fatalism, “What will be, will be. These things are in God’s hands and He will take care of it. One vote will not make any difference anyhow. Politics is just a dirty business.” In a democracy it has pleased God to appoint the ordained authority through the popular vote. Should the Christian citizen allow the ungodly to determine the course and actions of their government? We have no illusions that America is a Christian nation. But it pleases God to appoint leaders over us. We vote, then, not blindly according to party affiliation, nor for a candidate who stands on a platform that is patently anti-Christian. But we vote carefully, with an informed conscience, selecting those who most nearly represent the God-ordained purpose of government. There are a host of issues that
will reveal and illustrate the convictions of the candidates. Write letters to applaud just actions or admonish wrong actions. Witness to the government by speaking to and corresponding with elected representatives."

~ Rev. A. Spriensma in "For God and Country: The Reformed Perspective on Patriotism"

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages - July 2022

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July 2022

July 3

The Dedication of the Wall

Nehemiah 12: 27-47
Rev. C. Haak

July 10

The Separated Life

Nehemiah 13: 1-3
Rev. C. Haak

July 17

Why is the House of God Forsaken?

Nehemiah 13: 4-14
Rev. C. Haak

July 24

Why is the Sabbath Day Profaned?

Nehemiah 13: 15-22
Rev. C. Haak

July 31

Shall We Transgress in Forming Mixed Marriages?

Nehemiah 13: 23-39
Rev. C. Haak

 

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For July, we will pick back up with Rev. Haak’s Nehemiah series. Rev. Haak is currently the pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, MI.

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for June 26, 2022 *(Updated)

Ps 58 11Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this twenty-fifth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, June 26.

Because our Lord is risen from the dead on the third day - as He promised - and because He is returning in glory for our everlasting worship - as He also promised - today, on this first day of the week, we gather in worship as members of our living Savior's church. With gratitude and gladness we bring our praise to our triune God for fully accomplishing our salvation in His Son and by His Spirit. We cordially invite you to join us in worship on this day and on any Sunday.

Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. ~ Psalm 58,1-2, 6, 10-11

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

  • Last Sunday Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph PRC) accepted the call to Grace PRC. We rejoice with this Council and congregation as God has provided a new undershepherd to care for them and minister the Word according to their needs. May the Lord be with the Guichelaars as they prepare to bid farewell to Randolph PRC and transition to Grace.

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Holstege (Zion PRC) declined the call from Doon PRC.

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland) declined the calls he received from Hosanna PRC (Edmonton) and from Zion PRC to serve as home missionary.

  • Hudsonville PRC's Council has made a new trio: Revs. N. Decker (Grandville PRC), Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC), and Rev. D. Noorman (SW-PRC). The congregational meeting is planned for this evening. *UPDATE: Rev. N. Decker has received this call.

  • From Hosanna PRC's (Edmonton) bulletin today: "A new trio has been formed of Revs. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC), J. Holstege (Zion), and R. Smit (Philippines). We will have a congregational meeting to vote on the trio on July 10th , after the PM service."
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. H. Bleyenberg (2nd week) in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. T. Miersma in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Rev. R. Smit and Rev. W. Langerak in Grace PRC;  Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. G. Eriks in Hudsonville PRCRev. M. DeVries is in Lacombe PRC for two Sundays while Rev. Bleyenberg is in Doon. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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Synod 2022: Synod met earlier this month at Zion PRC (Jenison, MI). For daily reports and photos of this year's synod, visit this webpage or the church news pages.

Contact Committee: Philippines Conference: Revs. Jim Laning and Bill Langerak will be traveling to the Philippines to participate in a conference on July 2 sponsored by our sister church, The Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines. They, together with Rev. Daniel Kleyn, will give three speeches to be followed by a question and answer period. The conference theme is Contending for the Faith: Doctrinal Development Since the Schism. Please pray that the Lord will bless this work of our churches together with our sister churches in the Philippines for the cause of the truth and the good of His church universal. The Contact Committee of the PRC.

Missions News:

  • From First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI bulletin today: "Professor Griess, Dan and Madeline Monsma, and several others [Rev. J. Mahtani, Kyle Bruinooge, Matt Korner, Sharon Kleyn] are leaving tomorrow morning for Tabasco, Mexico, visiting churches and believers there. This visit includes two conferences [on Christian education] and preaching in different churches. They plan to return on July 4. We pray God's blessing and safety on the delegation."
  • Home missions: Last Sunday  Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland) declined the call from Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) to serve as PRC home missionary.
  • Philippines mission:
    • Rev. R. Smit and his family are currently in the U.S. for their furlough. They will be returning on July 28, D.V. May the Lord bless and be near them during their time in North America.
    • This past week Sem. Arend Haveman arrived in the Philippines for two and a half weeks (June 23-July 11) as part of a brief missions "internship." He will be assisting Rev. D. Kleyn in various aspects of the work there and speaking a word of edification in the churches.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary has now completed its second semester and entered its summer break. Continue to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as we enter the summer months with other labors and activities planned - from fall class preparation to weekly preaching assignments, from synod work to mission trips to Mexico, and from library inventory to building maintenance projects.
  • The Theological School Commitee (TSC), with help from Byron Center PRC,  held a special retirement dinner for Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol this past Monday at Georgetown PRC. A wonderful meal was enjoyed and special remarks were made by Rev. W. Langerak and Prof. B. Gritters. We again take the opportunity to thank the Lord for the 26 years that Prof. Dykstra served in our denominational seminary.
  • Prof. Kuiper is eager to teach the history of the PRCA from 1924-1949. The class on July 6 will cover the background, and on July 13 the formation, of the PRCA. The classes will also treat the history of the PRCA in the later 1920s (July 20) and in the 1930s and 1940s (August 10, 17, 24). The class on July 6 will meet at the seminary building; all other classes will be held at Southwest PRC. The classes will be recorded, but not livestreamed. All friends of the PRCA are welcome to attend.
  • Sem. M. Koerner will begin his internship in July at Hope PRC-Grand Rapids (now that Rev. Guichalaar has accepted the call to Randolph PRC), after a mission trip to Mexico this week with a group from First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI Sem. A. Haveman has plenty of preaching assignments this summer (after being licensed at the semester), in addition to mission trips to the Philippines (June 23-July 11) and to Mexico.
  • The spring 2022 issue of the PRT Journal is at the printers, but the digital editions are on the seminary's website. This issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall 2021 conference on preaching, plus numerous book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • The seminary is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., including the library and bookstore. PRC members and friends are welcome to visit and make use of these resources.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is faithfully serving the CERC each week as her pastor.  Her bulletin this week included these thoughts on suffering (after describing various afflicitons in the congregation): "But how is God glorified in the suffering of His people? When the child of God knows full well that all these afflictions and sufferings come from God, when he is no stoic but with tears streaming down his face in agony and pain, the child of God by the sovereign grace of God yet still confesses from the heart and with his mouth, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him”, there God is glorified. Though he slays me, yet will we worship God, sing praises to the only Good and the overflowing fountain of all God. The infinitely wise and righteous One. My Covenant God."
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena. 
    • The June 2022 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" was recently published. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles by Revs. A. Stewart and R. Hanko.
    • The 2022 British Reformed Fellowship family conference (July 9-16) at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland will soon be here! The speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Prof. Brian Huizinga will lecture on "Union With Christ." For information see the website (http://brfconference.weebly.com).
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The last Philippines mission newsletter was published in April. Read that at the link provided here.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: "Rev. Ibe led her services today. "Rev. Ibe arrived safely from the U.S. on Thursday.... God be praised for traveling mercies graciously provided for our pastor...."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Sem. A. Haveman led her worship services today (cf. the next note). 
    • "Sem. Arend Haveman, a 3rd-year seminary student in the PRCA seminary, will be arriving here on Saturday [June 25], the Lord willing, for a visit of three Sundays. The Council has approved for him to speak a word of edification for us in both services next Sunday [today, June 26] (cf. Article 20 of the Church Order). The Council also approved that Arend will speak a word of edification in the BLCC in Guiguinto on July 3, DV. We look forward to his visit and time among us." 

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  • This month Rev. R. Kleyn (First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) continues speaking for the RWH. The focus will be a series on the life of Joseph. Today's message is based on Genesis 50:14-26 (the concluding one) and titled "Joseph's Confession Concerning Providence."
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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REFORMED RESOURCES FOR EDIFICATION, EDUCATION, and EVANGELISM

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is temporarily closed while it moves into a new building that is being renovated. See the following note for details.
    Special notices re the RBO! Reformed Book Outlet is in process of moving! We have found a new building for our store in downtown Hudsonville on Harvey St. after needing to move out of our current location in Keegstra’s Dollar Store. We need to do some renovations to the building before we can move in, so watch the bulletin or our social media pages for updates on when we will open in our new location. In the mean time, our website will still be open for ordering, for shipping or for local pickup (more details on this to come)!. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re able to help us move or with any questions!

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • The PR Sunday School Association also publishes complete OT and NT Bible Story Lessons for young children and older children. Visit this page to learn more.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"In our day, over against all forms of Arminianism, it especially needs to be stressed that God is immutable in His love and mercy. It is certainly not the case that God loves someone in time but then, when he dies, He hates him and casts him into hell forever!

"Those whom God loves, He loves eternally and unchangeably. As Psalm 136 declares an emphatic 26 times, “his mercy endureth for ever.” Repeatedly we are called to give Jehovah thanks, for He “smote Egypt in their firstborn … [and] overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea … [and] slew famous kings … Sihon king of the Amorites … [and] Og the king of Bashan” (10, 15, 18, 19, 20). Why? “for his mercy endureth for ever”! There is no mercy for Pharaoh, Sihon, Og and their idolatrous people, whom He destroyed. Jehovah has everlasting mercy for His elect people in Jesus Christ and shows this by slaying their impenitent enemies.

"Romans 8:38-39 is extremely forceful in teaching that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” After listing nine of the leading candidates for effecting such a terrible separation, including “death,” it adds, as a sort of universal catchall, “nor any other creature.” God’s love is everlasting and invincibly adhesive, for we are united to Him forever! Again, we see that our comfort lies in the truth that our covenant Lord is “the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

"Whom does the Most High love? He unchangeably loves Himself (as the highest good), His beloved Son incarnate and all His elect in Christ Jesus. He loves us unchangeably and He loves us “unto the end” (John 13:1)!"

~ Rev. A. Stewart in the latest Covenant Reformed News (June 2022)

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Covenant Reformed News - June 2022

Covenant Reformed News


June 2022  •  Volume XIX, Issue 2


The Unchangeable God (2)

Besides specific Bible texts—Psalm 102:27, James 1:17 and Malachi 3:6 were cited in the last issue of the News—there is especially one divine name which teaches God’s immutability. Do you know which it is? Jehovah!

The noun Jehovah is from the Hebrew verb that means “to be.” It is the divine name that the angel of the Lord explained to Moses at the burning bush on Mount Sinai: “I Am That I Am” (Ex. 3:14). You and I could never say this about ourselves without the grossest idolatry; the angel Gabriel could not say this; no creature could ever truly say this. Only Almighty God can and does! He is ever and always Himself. Eternally, He is exactly what He was and is and shall be: the self-existent, absolute and unchangeable “I Am That I Am.”

Now let us relate this divine name to the three texts mentioned earlier. “For I am the Lord [i.e., Jehovah, the immutable I Am That I Am, therefore], I change not” (Mal. 3:6). Concerning Himself, as Jehovah, He says, “I Am That I Am,” and the church responds with worship, “thou art the same” (Ps. 102:27)! As Jehovah, the One who always and forever is exactly what He is, James 1:17 rightly calls Him, “the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

Besides particular verses of Scripture (especially the three that are mentioned twice above) and the divine name Jehovah, there is one image or figure used of God that especially involves His immutability: He is the rock. As David says, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Ps. 18:2)—to cite just one instance from God’s Word. Our covenant Lord is firm, constant, strong, dependable, faithful, unmovable and unchangeable, like a rock!

Our God is not a chameleon that changes with its surroundings. He is not a weathercock that moves with the wind. “He is the [immutable] Rock,” and all His “work” and “ways” are “perfect,” “just” and “right” (Deut. 32:4).

Let me give you one very simple argument that demonstrates why the Most High must be, and is, unchangeable. If something changes, it must change either for the better or for the worse. But God cannot change for the better for He already is absolutely perfect. Nor can He ever change for the worse because then He would be less than perfect.

In short, the truth of God’s immutability is an absolutely necessary truth, included in the very idea that Jehovah is infinitely glorious. Thus that which is not unchangeable is not God. So when the true God revealed Himself to Moses, He said, “my name [is] Jehovah” for “I Am That I Am” (Ex. 6:3; 3:14)!

In what is God unchangeable? He is unchangeable in Himself. This includes, first, His being unchangeable in His Persons. Jehovah is Triune, existing in three divine Persons, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in power and glory, dwelling in the bliss of covenant fellowship forever.

God did not become Triune at creation or with the incarnation of the Son or at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the New Testament church of Christ. God exists in three Persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—eternally and immutability, as He says, “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Mal. 3:6).

Second, God is unchangeable in his attributes or virtues. He does not change with regard to time, for He is eternal, or space, for He is omnipresent. He does not increase or decrease in knowledge for He is omniscient. He does not become stronger or weaker for He is omnipotent. He does not grow or diminish in anything for He is infinite. The Westminster Shorter Catechism sums up the truth: “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth” (A. 4). We repeat with awe the inspired words, “thou art the same” (Ps. 102:27)!

In our day, over against all forms of Arminianism, it especially needs to be stressed that God is immutable in His love and mercy. It is certainly not the case that God loves someone in time but then, when he dies, He hates him and casts him into hell forever!

Those whom God loves, He loves eternally and unchangeably. As Psalm 136 declares an emphatic 26 times, “his mercy endureth for ever.” Repeatedly we are called to give Jehovah thanks, for He “smote Egypt in their firstborn … [and] overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea … [and] slew famous kings … Sihon king of the Amorites … [and] Og the king of Bashan” (10, 15, 18, 19, 20). Why? “for his mercy endureth for ever”! There is no mercy for Pharaoh, Sihon, Og and their idolatrous people, whom He destroyed. Jehovah has everlasting mercy for His elect people in Jesus Christ and shows this by slaying their impenitent enemies.

Romans 8:38-39 is extremely forceful in teaching that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” After listing nine of the leading candidates for effecting such a terrible separation, including “death,” it adds, as a sort of universal catchall, “nor any other creature.” God’s love is everlasting and invincibly adhesive, for we are united to Him forever! Again, we see that our comfort lies in the truth that our covenant Lord is “the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

Whom does the Most High love? He unchangeably loves Himself (as the highest good), His beloved Son incarnate and all His elect in Christ Jesus. He loves us unchangeably and He loves us “unto the end” (John 13:1)!

Just as Jehovah is unchangeable in His Persons and attributes, including His love and mercy, so He is also unchangeable in His blessedness. Never does God increase in His joy or happiness or pleasure for He is infinitely and immutably blessed in Himself. Never does the Most High become richer or more abundant in life for He is the fullness of perfection forever! Rev. Stewart

  

 

“Life on Life” and “Feel Good” Ministries

One reader of the News has sent the following request: “I’d like to ask if something can be written on the comparison and/or contrast between friendship with the world which is enmity with God and friendship with unbelievers as a bridge-building exercise for sharing the gospel (Life on Life and Word of Witness).”

The main concern here is what is called “friendship evangelism” but, first, a bit about Life on Life and Word of Witness. The former, Life on Life Ministries, is connected with Perimeter Church in Georgia in the United States. I am not sure to what the inquirer was referring by Word of Witness, since I could find no references to it. I assume it is another organization similar to Life on Life.

Life on Life and such organizations are typical of much of what goes under the name of Christianity today. The focus is on self and self-fulfilment, on feeling useful and good, on personal satisfaction and happiness. Almost nothing is said about sin and grace, and salvation through faith alone in Jesus. Life on Life’s website recommends one of its founder’s books thus: “Are you frustrated that your life lacks lasting satisfaction? We live in a time when people are searching for meaning, purpose and satisfaction, and are frustrated, disappointed and disillusioned by the counterfeits that hold out the promise but fail to deliver. This lack of satisfaction crosses all ages, ethnicities and beliefs. It is not uncommon to speak with individuals who claim to have strong, spiritual lives but yet do not know how one lives a life of satisfaction. In ‘The Answer,’ Randy Pope invites us to discover a greater purpose and more fulfilled life.” Though Christ is mentioned on the website, I could not find a single reference to sin and salvation. Life on Life is just another “feel good” ministry and gospel, which is no gospel at all.

These organizations can hardly be called Christian. They are all about personal fulfilment and self-satisfaction, and do not even make a pretence of preaching the gospel of grace. They can be criticized on many points: their lack of regard for what the Bible says about ministry and the calling of those who bring the gospel, their skewed view of satisfaction and personal happiness, their misunderstanding of our spiritual need and their emphasis on feelings, but the main problem with these “ministries” is that they have no gospel, and pay only lip-service to Christ and His saving work.

The mention of an organization such as Life on Life Ministries gives me the opportunity to write about something that has long troubled me and is a problem not only in these “feel good” ministries but also in evangelical churches. I am referring to the notion that everyone in the church, every Christian, has to have a ministry of some kind in order to feel fulfilled. A person’s ministry may be anything from passing out tracts and knocking on doors to going off to a foreign mission to evangelize (and often coming back disappointed, discouraged and questioning one’s faith). The result is that ministries multiply in the church, with ministers of music, ministers of the singles, children’s ministers, youth ministers, etc., and the members of the church are left thinking that, if they do not have some “ministry,” they are second-class members of the church.

Forgotten is the important biblical truth that the church has but one ministry, the preaching of the gospel. Paul says of himself, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:18). To Timothy, he says, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (II Tim. 4:2).

Forgotten too is the scriptural injunction that those who preach the gospel must be sent as Paul himself was sent (Acts 13:1-3): “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom. 10:15). Such sending is by God through the church and involves the laying on of hands or ordination by the church.

Also forgotten, to the detriment of marriage, home and church, is the truth that we are called to serve God first in the place He has given us, as husbands and wives, parents and children, those who are busy with our daily work, whatever that may be. Paul, who may well have been dealing with something like we see today, says, “Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God” (I Cor. 7:24). If I am married and have children, my first and greatest responsibility is to my wife and family, and I may not neglect those responsibilities for some “ministry.”

Not only that, but I must understand that it is in the place and calling God has given me that I am the best witness for Christ. Especially in a society where marriage means nothing, where family life is a disaster and where honest daily labour is a lost art, my faithfulness in those areas is a better witness than knocking on doors will ever be.

I must understand also that the Reformation view of work teaches that all the work of a believer, the work of a mother in the home, the work of a father for the support of his family, all work, no matter how unimportant and menial it may seem, is blessed by God and used by Christ for God’s glory, for the edification and salvation of others, and for our own peace and contentment. A mother need not think that washing dishes and laundering clothes is beneath her, and that she needs a “ministry” of some kind to find satisfaction and fulfilment, but she must know that Christ makes her work His own, blesses it and uses it for good beyond any expectation. That is why the Word in I Corinthians 7:24 adds, “with God,” and why Paul exhorts us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (15:58). The work of the Lord is not only preaching and witnessing, but mowing lawns, taking out the rubbish, pounding nails, doing accounts, when it is done for Christ, with prayer and in faith.

I have strayed somewhat from friendship evangelism, but I trust our readers will excuse me and wait for more on that subject in the next issue. Rev. Ron Hanko

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for June 19, 2022

Psalm 57 11Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this twenty-fourth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, June 19.

Because our Lord is risen from the dead on the third day - as He promised - and because He is returning in glory for our everlasting worship - as He also promised - today, on this first day of the week, we gather in worship as members of our living Savior's church. With gratitude and gladness we bring our praise to our triune God for fully accomplishing our salvation in His Son and by His Spirit. We cordially invite you to join us in worship on this day and on any Sunday.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth. ~ Psalm 57:7-11

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

  • Today Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland) declined the calls he received from Hosanna PRC (Edmonton) and from Zion PRC to serve as home missionary.

  • Today Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph PRC) accepted the call to Grace PRC.

  • Hudsonville PRC's Council has made a new trio: Revs. N. Decker (Grandville PRC), Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC), and Rev. D. Noorman (SW-PRC). The congregational meeting is planned for Sunday evening, June 26.

  • Rev. J. Holstege (Zion PRC) is considering the call from Doon PRC (received June 5).
  • Rev. C. Haak's hip surgery this past week at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor went well and he returned home Thursday night. We thank the Lord for the successful surgery and pray for healing mercies for him as he recovers.

  • From Byron Center PRC's bulletin today: "In celebration of Professor Dykstra's retirement from the Seminary the congregation along with his family is invited to cake and coffee after the morning service.  ...We praise God for the years Prof. Dykstra has faithfully served in teaching at the Seminary. II Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. H. Bleyenberg (1st week) in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. T. Miersma in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. R. Kleyn in Grace PRC;  Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. D. Lee in Hudsonville PRCMay we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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Synod 2022: Synod met this past week at Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) and completed its work Friday afternoon. For daily reports and photos of this year's synod, visit this webpage or the church news pages.

Contact Committee: Philippines Conference: Revs. Jim Laning and Bill Langerak will be traveling to the Philippines to participate in a conference on July 2 sponsored by our sister church, The Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines. They, together with Rev. Daniel Kleyn, will give three speeches to be followed by a question and answer period. The conference theme is Contending for the Faith: Doctrinal Development Since the Schism. Please pray that the Lord will bless this work of our churches together with our sister churches in the Philippines for the cause of the truth and the good of His church universal. The Contact Committee of the PRC.

Missions News:

  • Home missions: Today Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland) declined the call from Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) to serve as PRC home missionary.
  • Philippines mission:
    • Rev. R. Smit and his family are currently in the U.S. for their furlough. They will be returning on July 28, D.V. May the Lord bless and be near them during their time in North America.
    • This week Sem. Arend Haveman will leave for the Philippines for two and a half weeks (June 23-July 11) as part of a brief missions "internship." He will be assisting Rev. D. Kleyn in various aspects of the work there and speaking a word of edification in the churches.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary has now completed its second semester and entered its summer break. Continue to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as we enter the summer months with other labors and activities planned - from fall class preparation to weekly preaching assignments, from synod work to mission trips to Mexico, and from library inventory to building maintenance projects.
  • The 2022 Seminary commencement was held this past Thursday in Zion PRC. Marcus Wee (Covenant ERC-Singapore) and Isaac Peters (EPC-Australia) received their diplomas. Marcus and his family plan to return to Singapore the end of July, while Isaac will return to the EPC in Australia this Tuesday, June 21. We extend our hearty congratulations to these men and pray for them as they return to their respective churches.
  • Sem. M. Koerner will begin his internship in July, after a mission trip to Mexico the end of June. Sem. A. Haveman has plenty of preaching assignments this summer, in addition to mission trips to the Philippines (June 23-July 11) and to Mexico.
  • The faculty served as advisors at the PRC Synod last week, which included the examination of senior seminarian Marcus Wee in the main areas of his seminary training. The brother successfully sustained his exam and was recommended as a candidate for the ministry to the CERC of Singapore (his home church). 
  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Arend Haveman to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Haveman must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary, Miss Sharon Kleyn, or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga. 
  • The History of the Protestant Reformed Churches: 1924-1949. The 100th anniversary of our denomination approaches. How well do you know the early history of our churches? Prof. Kuiper will teach an evening class, open to any and all members of the PRC, who are interested in learning about the first 25 years of our existence. The class will be held at the seminary on July 6, 13, and 20, and August 10, 17, and 24 (all Wednesdays) at 7:30pm. Preregistration is NOT necessary, but is helpful for us to know how best to accommodate you. Please call the seminary, (616) 531-1490, or email Sharon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to preregister.
  • The spring 2022 issue of the PRT Journal is at the printers, but the digital editions are on the seminary's website. This issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall 2021 conference on preaching, plus numerous book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • The seminary is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., including the library and bookstore. PRC members and friends are welcome to visit and make use of these resources.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is faithfully serving the CERC each week as her pastor.  Their bulletin this week included these thoughts on the examination of her spiritual son, Marcus Wee, here in the U.S: "“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” – Jeremiah 3:15. In the past week, another historical moment was made for CERC’s history books. Our gracious God sustained Seminarian Wee, our church family’s own son in his synodical examination. PRCA Synod of 2022 took a decision to heartily approve of Seminarian Wee’s examination and officially declared our brother worthy to be eligible for a call for the ministry of the word and sacraments. .... From having no minister [for three years] to now having the very real possibility for us to have a second minister. In our sin and weakness, we sometimes wonder, why is God so gracious and merciful to us CERC? 'Give thanks and praise to God above, For everlasting is His love; Praise Him, ye saints, your Saviour praise, Forever good in all His ways.' (Psalter 319, Psalm 118)"
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena. 
    • The May 2022 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" was recently published. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles by Revs. A. Stewart and R. Hanko.
    • Sign up for the 2022 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 9, to Saturday, July 16. The speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Prof. Brian Huizinga will lecture on "Union With Christ." For information see the website (http://brfconference.weebly.com).
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • A new Philippines mission newsletter has just been published in April. Read the latest news from the Far East at the link provided.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: "Rev. Ibe is scheduled to travel to the U.S. on June 13, 2022, and to return the following week [June 22, 2022], D.V. The Classis approved to send Rev. Ibe to represent PRCP as visiting delegate to Synod of PRCA which is scheduled to convene on June 14, 2022, God willing. We pray for God’s provision of traveling mercies for Rev. Ibe and God’s blessings upon the labors of the delegates of the Synod of PRCA." In his absence, "Elders Umali and Penaverde will lead us in our worship services today."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev.D. Kleyn led her worship services today. Also, "Rev. D. Kleyn and Sis. Sharon will be traveling to Southern Negros Occidental tomorrow in order to visit the pastors there and for Rev. D. Kleyn to provide instruction to the pastors, the Lord willing."
    • "Sem. Arend Haveman, a 3rd-year seminary student in the PRCA seminary, will be arriving here on Saturday, the Lord willing, for a visit of three Sundays. The Council has approved for him to speak a word of edification for us in both services next Sunday (cf. Article 20 of the Church Order). The Council also approved that Arend will speak a word of edification in the BLCC in Guiguinto on July 3, DV. We look forward to his visit and time among us." 

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  • This month Rev. R. Kleyn (First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) continues speaking for the RWH. The focus will be a series on the life of Joseph. Today's message is based on Genesis 48 & 49:22-26 and titled "The Blessing on Joseph."
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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The Savior's Farewell:
Comfort from the Upper Room

The Upper Room Discourse of John 14–16 records the words of great comfort Jesus gave his disciples. He must indeed go away from them. But by doing so Jesus would bridge the gap between creature and Creator; between earth and heaven; and between sinners and the holy, just God. Jesus is the way to the Father, and it was only through the way of the cross and his resurrection and ascension that his people could be reconciled to the Father and receive the Comforter and life.

With clear and pastoral applications to the church today, Martyn McGeown leads us into the upper room to hear Jesus’ instruction alongside the disciples. It is in the upper room that we receive Jesus’ exhortations and encouragement, heed his warnings, and appropriate his comfort through faith.

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is temporarily closed while it moves into a new building that is being renovated. See the following note for details.
    Special notices re the RBO! Reformed Book Outlet is in process of moving! We have found a new building for our store in downtown Hudsonville on Harvey St. after needing to move out of our current location in Keegstra’s Dollar Store. We need to do some renovations to the building before we can move in, so watch the bulletin or our social media pages for updates on when we will open in our new location. In the mean time, our website will still be open for ordering, for shipping or for local pickup (more details on this to come)!. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re able to help us move or with any questions!

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • The PR Sunday School Association also publishes complete OT and NT Bible Story Lessons for young children and older children. Visit this page to learn more.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"For God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble.” I Peter 5:5.

"In the wild mountain regions mighty giants of granite proudly rise heavenward, peak upon peak, contesting as it were with one another for superiority, striving to attain the most exalted position, whence they may display their proud forms in the thin and clear atmosphere to the far distant world around. Down in the valley grows the lowly lily, well-nigh hidden in oblivion, humbly retreating with its pure beauty from the world’s admiring gazes in the still recesses of the ravine. Yet, the most arrogant mountain peaks, though rising high into the deep blue canopy of the heavens to meet as it were the golden flood of the sun, receive none of its benevolent warmth. And though with their rocky heads they pierce the soft cloud-blanket, they fail to profit from its gentle showers. In the brightest sunlight they stand frigid and bare, clothed in eternal ice and snow. Down the icy slopes glides the golden sunbeam, descending and searching till it creeps into the fragrant bosom of the humble lily below, to brighten its beauty in the recess of the valley. And the gentle rain, passing the hard arrogancy of the rock giants, descends till it can lavish all its blessing upon the lowly flower, clothing it with a beauty such as Solomon never possessed.

"A silent nature-picture this is, of the deep spiritual reality expressed in the text above. For men rise and exalt themselves, like those rocky peaks, in arrogant conceit, till they claim to be as God and disclaim any God above them. And other men hide in the deep valley of humble contrition and repentance, in their self-abasement before God not daring to raise their eyes to heaven. But none of the benevolent influence of God’s grace, none of the blissful communion of His friendship is experienced by the former; and all the sweetness of His loving-kindness is lavished upon the latter. For God resisteth the proud and He giveth grace to the humble.”

~ Herman Hoeksema, Standard Bearer, Vol. 71, No. 11.

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PRC Synod 2022 - Day 4 - Friday, June 17

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After a full day yesterday, the PRC Synod of 2022 resumes its work this morning at 8 a.m. in Zion PRC. With the examination of Bro. M. Wee completed, synod will dig into its committee work right away.

May the Lord again give wisdom and grace to the delegates as they take up the Lord's work in and through the churches.

Below are a few more pictures from the seminary graduation last evening. Thanks to John Van Baren for all the great photos this week!

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Prof. R. Dykstra's final PRTS commencement speech

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2022 PRTS Graduate Isaac Peters, with Prof. R. Cammenga (rector, left) and Rev. G. Eriks (TSC President, right)

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2022 PRTS Graduate Marcus Wee

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Summary of 2022 PRCA Synod - Day 4 (June 17, 2022)

I begin with a correction from yesterday’s report. In the section regarding the Foreign Mission Committee, I referred to one of the missionaries as Rev. Rodney Kleyn. It should have been Rev. Daniel Kleyn.

Today’s session began with opening devotions led by Rev. Lanning, who read Psalm 91 and opened in prayer.

Synod approved sending letters of encouragement to the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore and the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines in light of the fact that the schism and troubles in the PRCA have also spread to them.

In addition to approving the work of the BOT, Synod reappointed Mr. Tom Holstege to a three-year term as Assistant Treasurer, appointed Mr. Doug Mingerink, Sr. to a two-year term as Stated Clerk of Synod, and reappointed Mr. Dirk Westra to a three-year term as Assistant Stated Clerk. Both Mr. Mingerink and Mr. Westra were thanked for their faithful labors this past year.

Synod treated the report of the treasurer, and expressed gratitude to our treasurer, Mr. Don Offringa, and our bookkeeper, Mrs. Pamela Bos, for their work.

Synod treated the report of the Emeritus Committee, approving 15 emeritation requests. Synod also concurred with the decision of Georgetown PRC, and concurrence of Classis East to grant the emeritation request of Rev. C. Haak effective September 1, 2022. This was followed by a decision to thank Rev. C. Haak for his 43 years of faithful service in the ministry of the Word and Sacraments in the Protestant Reformed denomination.

Synod approved the subsidy requests of six churches.

Using an estimate of 2,160 families, synod adopted a budget that set an assessment of $625 per family for 2023.

After recommitting the advice several times throughout the week to the committee of pre-advice for reformulation, Synod came to a decision on Faith PRC’s overture regarding Article 67 of the Church Order. The overture was to remove “the requirement that the churches hold worship services on ‘Old and New Year’s Day.” Synod’s decision was to “approve the overture of Faith PRC insofar as it speaks of the observance of Old Year’s Day, and thus change Article 67 of The Church Order of the PRCA by removing the words “and Old”, so that the article will then read ‘The churches shall observe, in addition to the Sunday, also Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, the Day of Prayer, the National Thanksgiving Day, and New Year’s Day’.” The decision included four grounds: “1) The churches’ commemoration of the passing of the old year to the new year can appropriately be held in one service on the first day of the new year. 2) Of all our special services, Old Year’s Day is of most recent origin, having not appeared in The Church Order prior to 1914. 3) Many special services in a short period of time can diminish the value of the Lord’s Day worship services. When the Reformation churches considered the worship on special days, a major concern was the sanctity of the Lord’s Day, which ought to be our concern. 4) Three special church services within eight days can be taxing on both ministers and congregations.”

One of the last orders of business was voting for those who will serve on the denominational standing committees.

Synod appointed Southwest PRC as the host of Synod 2023 to convene Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 8:00 A.M.

Zion PRC was thanked as the host church. The facility served Synod well. The caterers were thanked. The delegates of synod ate well throughout the week. We also are thankful for the many members of Zion PRC who were at work to facilitate this years meeting of Synod.

The Vice-Chairman expressed thanks to our capable chairman, Rev. Key. And Rev. Key concluded the meeting expressing thanks to the delegates of synod for being given strength to do the work of Synod throughout the week and the spirit of unity and brotherly love with which it was done.

Psalm 91:1, 2, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

In Christ’s service,
Rev. N. Decker Second Clerk of Synod 2022

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Two Van Baren delegates: John (Hudsonville PRC) and Phil (Crete PRC). John was also the synodical photographer - thanks for all the great photos! Look for more in the upcoming July Standard Bearer!

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The 1st (Rev. J. Engelsma) and 2nd (Rev. N. Decker) clerks - thanks for your special service to the churches!

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