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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 14, 2019 *(Updated)

2 Corinthians 5 21On this fifteenth Lord's Day of 2019, April 14, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC congregations will be holding Good Friday services this week Friday, April 19, and you are cordially invited to join us in worship of the Lamb slain for sinners. Most services are at 7 p.m. local time, but check the webpage of the congregation near you for specific times and details. "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." (Rev.5:12)

  • Rev. W. Langerak (SE PRC-GR) has accepted the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI). From Trinity's bulletin today we learn this concerning her new pastor: "Rev. Langerak will be installed as our next pastor on Sunday, May 12 in the morning worship service, Lord willing.  He will preach his inaugural sermon that evening."

  • Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI) is considering the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) [received on March 24]. We pray for him as he considers this call. *UPDATE: Rev. Guichelaar has declined this call. Our prayers continue for Immanuel PRC as she awaits her next pastor.

  • On March 24 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to call Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. May the Lord provide clear guidance to him as he weighs this call as well as the one to his current congregation. He plans to answer by April 21 (cf. note below under Covenant ERCS).

  • Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC) is in Lacombe, AB on classical appointment to Immanuel PRC yet today. In Immanuel's bulletin today one finds this special note concerning her upcoming Good Friday service: "Good Friday’s service will be held Friday, April 19th in the evening at 7:30 p.m. This allows us to have Rev. Laning to fill our pulpit for this worship service.  He will be preaching in Edmonton PRC in the morning on Good Friday."

  • Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) is celebrating her 25th anniversary this year (organized in March of 1994).  In that connection, her bulletin now includes a "trivia" item. Here is this week's, with the answer to last week's: "Who preached the sermon on the occasion of our congregation’s organization? What was the text? (Answer for last week’s questions: The first elders in Georgetown were: Bob DeYoung, Jay Kuiper, and Ron Schut. Deacons: Mark Dykstra and Bruce Miedema.)

  • Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) had this note in its bulletin today concerning one of her emeritus ministers: "Prof. and Ruth Engelsma are in N. Ireland for the next month.  Prof. is lecturing at a conference put on by our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt.  He will give four lectures beginning with two on Saturday, April 13.  He will also preach for the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church four Sundays, April 14 - May 5.  The sermons will be a series on Romans 7, a passage that was fundamental in the controversy between the Reformed churches and Arminianism. May God grant His blessing on the conference, which brings together interested persons from all of Great Britain and from various nations throughout Europe."

  • Grace PRC carried this significant congregational invitation in her bulletin today: "What do you know of the mission field (of our sister-church in Singapore) in Kolkata, India led by Pastor Emmanuel Singh? Pastor Singh is in town to attend the Dordt 400 Conference and will give a presentation at Byron Center the evening of April 28. Our Evangelism Committee is excited to have him give a 45-minute presentation to our Grace congregation immediately after the morning service of April 28.  Refreshments will be served after the presentation."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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A little April snow fell in West Michigan last week Thursday (as it is today again!).

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary has now completed eleven weeks of the second semester, with four weeks to go. Besides their daily labors, the professors are busy preparing for the Dordt400 Conference coming up in a week (April 25-27). Students are busy preparing for the second round of practice preaching scheduled for this week (April 15) and next (April 22).

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • Work has begun on the Spring 2019 issue of the PRTS Journal. Look for that in upcoming weeks!
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.

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  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) as better spring conditions have arrived. This past week part of the interior walls were framed, while more of the metal siding was installed outside. Plans and preparations continue for the library renovation part of the project this summer (starting as soon as the semester is completd!), including how to move the library to other parts of the building during the makeover (a local moving company's expertise is being enlisted).

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

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  • Only weeks away now! DORDT 400!  APRIL 25-27. TRINITY PRC, Hudsonville, MI.  The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod is approaching!  Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries!  Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). Trinity PRC in Hudsonville is our host.  The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s website for those unable to attend.  For more, see Dordt400.org.

 

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean PRC:
    • "Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today.
    • Our pastor [Rev. Ibe] is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community Church at 3P.M. today and he will lead them in their study of the Church Order Arts. 74-75.
    • Today, Elder Alann and Sis. Vicky Peñaverde are visiting with the saints in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Elder Alann is scheduled to lead them in their worship service today. May God’s grace and blessings rest upon the saints there as they hear God’s Voice speaking to them in the preaching of the Gospel of Christ!"
  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. R. Smit, our Missionary will lead us in both services.

    • The Contact Committee 2 of the PRCP and the Office Bearers of the at PCC will continue their meeting on April 15, 2019 at 10:00 in the morning the PCC, Provident Village, Marikina City, D.V.

  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently taking an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her bulletin today (April 14):
    • "...We welcome Pastor Arie and Mrs Sherry den Hartog back into our midst. We are very grateful and thankful to God for the love and care Pastor and Sherry have for our Church. Pastor will be bringing God’s word on each Lord’s day for the months of April, May and June 2019, DV. He will also be our Camp Speaker in June 2019. (April 7 bulletin)

    • The Lord willing, Rev Spronk will give his reply to the MOL call by next Sunday. The considerations for a PRCA minister taking a call to Singapore is very different than those for a call to one of their local churches. Nevertheless, we trust the Lord will lead and guide Rev Spronk in his consideration of this call too, through our prayers and correspondence with him. Pray the Lord will also keep us from becoming weary in waiting upon Him to provide an under-shepherd.

    • As mentioned last week, Session will be giving a presentation on establishing sister-church relationship with the PRCP [PRC, Philippines] next Sunday, April 21. We urge all members to attend, not only to be updated and informed of this significant development personally, but so that we may all pray about and speak with one another of this matter with greater understanding."

    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (February 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • *This past weekend and continuing into the weeks ahead with more special lectures and sermons (April 13 & 17 & May 1) Covenant PRC sponsored a Dordt400 mini-conference, featuring Prof. D. Engelsma as speaker. The theme is "The Original Five Points of Calvinism." See this news item for more details.

    • On April 5, Rev. Stewart was interviewed on "Iron Sharpens Iron" radio concerning "The Doctrines of Sovereign Grace in Northern Ireland." If you missed that live interview, you may listen to the podcast at this link.
    • S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will speak on “The Development of God’s Covenant (5): Jacob” in Margam Community Centre on Thursday, 25 April.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (March 2019) can be found here.
  • *The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.
    • Byron Center PRC has this note in her bulletin today about a special event in her church: "On Sunday, April 21, Rev. Mark and Susie Shand will be worshipping with us during the morning service, the Lord willing, and giving us a presentation shortly after the worship service. The Shands and their 4 children worshipped with us from July 1997 – July 2000 while Rev. Shand was attending our seminary. ...Rev. Shand will give us a presentation about what his family has been doing since leaving our fellowship and also giving us an outline of the present work of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Everyone is welcome to attend."

    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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*A new RFPA Newsletter has been produced and published. To read the Winter 2019 issue, visit this link on the RFPA Blog.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • *If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)!
    • Today Rev. R. Kleyn (pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC) brings the message "Love Bears All Things" based on 1 Cor.13:7 (which you may listen to at this link).

    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: Did you know that Reformed Witness Hour messages are downloaded each month by saints all over the world—saints living in countries like South Africa, Cambodia, Nigeria, and China? If you would like to stay informed about the reach of our distinctly Reformed radio and internet ministry and about ways you can support our witness, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL.

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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*A Young Calvinists' activity is coming up!

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.

    • *The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington! 

  • Postponed! Georgetown PRC's Young Men's Conference. Watch for a rescheduled date in the future.

  • *Young Calvinists invites you to "Taste of India" to be held at Georgetown PRC on May 3 @ 6:30PM. Georgetown will be presenting a documentary on the PRC of Vellore, India and Grace Foster Home. Pastor Paul Raj will be there for some Q&A afterwards. Also, there will be a spread of appetizers featuring Indian recipes! This event is for Young People and Young Adults. See you there!

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.
     
  • A matter for our young people to consider prayerfully - from the Federation of PR School Societies: “There is a significant need for more good Christian teachers for our beloved schools. This is true in light of increasing enrollment, recently established and emerging schools, and continual teacher retirements. We ask that this need be prayed for and supplication made that the young men and women of your congregation be led by God to enter into the vocation of a Christian school teacher. This…is intended to bring the serious need for teachers to your attention so this specific request can be brought to our heavenly Father and the need made known directly to your congregation.”

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and learn how to become one!

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (February 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church. This is the note in today's bulletin:
    •  "Rev. Spriensma preached last Sunday at the New Hope Fellowship in Dorr. This concludes the commitment of the DMC to assist with the pulpit supply needs of this small congregation. If future assistance becomes scheduled, the council will inform the congregation of that plan."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.
    • Rev. McGeown discussed his book, Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt, on “Iron Sharpens Iron Radio” on April 1. If you missed it and wish to listen to the podcast, visit this link.

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Holstege will preach in both services today. Next Sunday, he will preach and teach for the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto and Rev. Smit will preach for PCC, D.V.
    • The third meeting between our Council and Committee #2 of the PRCP will be tomorrow, April 15 here at PCC, Lord willing. [Concerning joining the sister-church federation]
    • All young men and men in our churches who aspire  to enter the Seminary for the year 2019-2020 must contact Bro. Sonny Umali (clerk of Committee #1) for all your questions regarding the entrance requirements and the items to include in an application. All aspirants must submit their applications to Bro. Sonny on or before but not later than April 26, 2019."

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From GT-PRC's bulletin (April 7) we find this special notice: "The Council and India Committee invite you to a Sunday morning lunch with Pastor Paul Raj! When? After the morning service on April 28. Where? Fellowship Hall. Why? Pastor Raj is visiting us in connection with our denomination’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Canons of Dordt. Pastor Raj will give a brief review of the PRCV congregation and the Grace Foster Home and answer questions. Circle the date and be sure to attend!" [This is a congregational gathering only.]

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 7, 2019

Isaiah 53 4On this fourteenth Lord's Day of 2019, April 7, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Rev. W. Langerak (SE PRC-GR) has accepted the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI).

  • Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI) is considering the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) [received on March 24]. We pray for him as he considers this call.

  • On March 24 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to call Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. May the Lord provide clear guidance to him as he weighs this call.

  • Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC) is in Lacombe, AB on classical appointment to Immanuel PRC today and next Sunday. In Immanuel's bulletin today one finds this special note concerning her upcoming Good Friday service: "Good Friday’s service will be held Friday, April 19th in the evening at 7:30 p.m. This allows us to have Rev. Laning to fill our pulpit for this worship service.  He will be preaching in Edmonton PRC in the morning on Good Friday."

  • Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) is celebrating her 25th anniversary this year (organized in March of 1994).  In that connection, her bulletin now includes a "trivia" item. Here is this week's, with the answer to last week's: "Who were the first Elders and Deacons to serve in Georgetown? (Answer for last week’s questions: Jenn Moelker (Haveman) was the one individual charter member. Alexa Engelsma was the first child baptized in Georgetown.)"

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary has now completed ten weeks of the second semester, with five weeks to go. This past week was Spring break for the faculty and students. Classes resume Tuesday of this week. Students are busy preparing for the second round of practice preaching scheduled for April 15 and 22.

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • Work has begun on the Spring 2019 issue of the PRTS Journal. Look for that in upcoming weeks!
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.

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  • *Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) as better spring conditions have arrived. This past week the exterior walls were washed by the masons. Decisions are being made on the shelving and layout of the archive room. Plus, planning and preparations have begun for the library renovation part of the project this summer, including how to move the library to other parts of the building during the makeover.

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

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  • Only weeks away now! DORDT 400!  APRIL 25-27. TRINITY PRC, Hudsonville, MI.  The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod is approaching!  Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries!  Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). Trinity PRC in Hudsonville is our host.  The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s website for those unable to attend.  For more, see Dordt400.org.

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*Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N. Ireland, site of the Dordt400 mini-conference this weekend (cf.note below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean PRC:
    • "Rev. Smit will lead us in our worship services today. Next Sunday, Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services, the Lord willing.
    • Our pastor [Rev. Ibe] and family are visiting with the saints in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija today! Our pastor is scheduled to preach for them for two consecutive Sundays (March 31 and April 7, 2019). Pastor Ibe will also be conducting series of Bible Study within the area with the saints there and others who are invited to join them. May God’s grace and blessings rest upon the saints there as they hear God’s Voice speaking to them in the preaching of the Gospel of Christ!
    • Ptr. Flores and Elder Eric Mescallādo are visiting with the saints in Albuera, Leyte today."
  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both services.

    • We temporarily cancel our Bible Study due severe heat because of the effect of “El Nino.
    • The Church Visitation Committee and the Consistory of PRC Bulacan will meet on April 9, 2019 at the PRCB, at San Jose Del Monte City, D.V. We ask your prayer that our Lord will give us wisdom and guidance.

    • The Contact Committee 2 of the PRCP and the Office Bearers of the PCC will continue their meeting on April 15, 2019 at the PCC, Provident Village, Marikina City, D.V."

  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently taking an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her bulletin today (March 10):
    • "This morning we welcome Pastor Arie and Mrs Sherry den Hartog back into our midst. We are very grateful and thankful to God for the love and care Pastor and Sherry have for our Church. Pastor will be bringing God’s word on each Lord’s day for the months of April, May and June 2019, DV. He will also be our Camp Speaker in June 2019.

    • Session would like to call for a prayer meeting this Sunday at 11.30am, in the Sanctuary, to pray specifically for Rev Spronk as he considers the call to be MOL and for the upcoming Good Friday (19 April) Gospel meeting. Pastor den Hartog will be the speaker, D.V.

    • Session would like to report that the Committee for Contacts with Other Churches of Protestant Reformed Churches of Philippines (PRCP) has written to us to officially establish a sisterly relationship with CERC in Feb 2019 after the visit and
      discussions with our delegation in Dec 2018. Session deliberated in our meeting on 14 Mar 2019 and decided to establish a sisterly relationship with PRCP as both churches manifest unity in doctrine, worship, church polity and life. We have also written to our two other sister Churches, the Protestant Reformed Churches of America (PRCA) and Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Northern Ireland (CPRCNI), to seek their concurrence. We thank God for this ecclesiastical development between PRCP and CERC. The Lord willingly, Session will make a presentation on PRCP on 21 April 2019."

    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • *The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (February 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • *This coming weekend and into next week (April 13 & 17 & May 1) Covenant PRC is sponsoring a Dordt400 mini-conference, featuring Prof. D. Engelsma as speaker. The theme is "The Original Five Points of Calvinism." See this news item for more details.

    • Last Friday, April 5, Rev. Stewart was interviewed on "Iron Sharpens Iron" radio concerning "The Doctrines of Sovereign Grace in Northern Ireland." If you missed that live interview, you may listen to the podcast at this link.
    • S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will speak on “The Development of God’s Covenant (5): Jacob” in Margam Community Centre on Thursday, 25 April.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (March 2019) can be found here.
  • *The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.
    • Byron Center PRC has this note in her bulletin today about a special event in her church: "On Sunday, April 21, Rev. Mark and Susie Shand will be worshipping with us during the morning service, the Lord willing, and giving us a presentation shortly after the worship service. The Shands and their 4 children worshipped with us from July 1997 – July 2000 while Rev. Shand was attending our seminary. ...Rev. Shand will give us a presentation about what his family has been doing since leaving our fellowship and also giving us an outline of the present work of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Everyone is welcome to attend."
    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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*Visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville (MI) for all your Bible, book and music needs.
This month they are featuring a music sale, with 20% off most CD's.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • *If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)!
    • Today Rev. R. Kleyn (pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC) brings the message "What Love Rejoices In" based on 1 Cor.13:6 (which you may listen to at this link).

    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: Did you know that Reformed Witness Hour messages are downloaded each month by saints all over the world—saints living in countries like South Africa, Cambodia, Nigeria, and China? If you would like to stay informed about the reach of our distinctly Reformed radio and internet ministry and about ways you can support our witness, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL.

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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*Registration for conventioneers has opened (see note below)

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.

    • *The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington! 

  • Postponed! Georgetown PRC's Young Men's Conference. Watch for a rescheduled date in the future.

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.
     
  • A matter for our young people to consider prayerfully - from the Federation of PR School Societies: “There is a significant need for more good Christian teachers for our beloved schools. This is true in light of increasing enrollment, recently established and emerging schools, and continual teacher retirements. We ask that this need be prayed for and supplication made that the young men and women of your congregation be led by God to enter into the vocation of a Christian school teacher. This…is intended to bring the serious need for teachers to your attention so this specific request can be brought to our heavenly Father and the need made known directly to your congregation.”

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and learn how to become one!

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (February 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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The PR Fellowship in Leyte, Albuera, where Rev. J. Flores and Elder Eric Mescallādo are visiting today.

PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church. This is the note in today's bulletin:
    •  "Our home missionary is leading both of the worship services today at Faith PRC, and also the noon worship service for the New Hope Reformed Fellowship Church of Dorr."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.
    • Rev. McGeown discussed his book, Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt, on “Iron Sharpens Iron Radio” this past week (April 1). If you missed it and wish to listen to the podcast, visit this link.

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Holstege will preach in both services today and next Sunday, Lord willing.
    • The Council of PCC will meet today at 1:30. The third meeting between our Council and Committee #2 of the PRCP will be on April 15 here at PCC, Lord willing. [with a view to joining the PRCP federation]
    • All young men and men in our churches who aspire  to enter the Seminary for the year 2019-2020 must contact Bro. Sonny Umali (clerk of Committee #1) for all your questions regarding the entrance requirements and the items to include in an application. All aspirants must submit their applications to Bro. Sonny on or before but not later than April 26, 2019."

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From GT-PRC's bulletin today (April 7) we find this special notice: "The Council and India Committee invite you to a Sunday morning lunch with Pastor Paul Raj! When? After the morning service on April 28. Where? Fellowship Hall. Why? Pastor Raj is visiting us in connection with our denomination’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Canons of Dordt. Pastor Raj will give a brief review of the PRCV congregation and the Grace Foster Home and answer questions. Circle the date and be sure to attend!" [This is a congregational gathering only.]

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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Reformed Witness Hour News - Messages for April 2019 and Special Newsletter Note

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for April 2019 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

RKleyn RWHRev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC PRC (Spokane, WA), continues his four months of service to the program with messages on the theme of love based on I Corinthians 13, as well as a special Easter message for Resurrection Sunday. (cf. schedule of messages below).

April 7 - What Love Rejoices In, 1 Corinthians 13:6

April 14 - Love Bears All Things, 1 Corinthians 13:7

April 21 - Risen According to the Scriptures, , 1 Corinthians 15:4

April 28 -Love Believes All Things, 1 Corinthians 13:7

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, now in its 78th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Visit our new website, for the latest podcast and for other news and information!

*We also have a new station in southern California on which we are broadcasting! Here are the details and website: Saturday’s 9:30p – PST on KPRZ 1210 AM & 106.1 FM.  San Diego’s # 1 Christian Teaching Talk station - www.kprz.com

Spread the word and listen in if you are in that area!

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Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

PO Box 1230, Grand Rapids MI, 49501 | reformedwitnesshour.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you wish to be added to the mailing list to receive the printed booklet of the messages each month, send an email to Judi Doezema at doezema at prca.org.

*Special RWH newsletter note: Did you know that Reformed Witness Hour messages are downloaded each month by saints all over the world—saints living in South Africa, Cambodia, Nigeria, and China? If you would like to stay informed about the reach of this distinctly Reformed radio and internet ministry and about ways you can support this witness, sign up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL for a bimonthly newsletter.

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Covenant Reformed News - March 2019

Covenant Reformed News


March 2019 • Volume XVII, Issue 11



Zechariah’s Day of the Lord (5)

The earthquake and mountain movement in Zechariah 14:4-5 point to something far greater, as the book of Revelation teaches: “the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places” (6:14). “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great ... And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found” (16:18, 20).

The explanation lies in the fact that Judah, indeed the whole of Canaan, is a picture of the world or cosmos in biblical typology. For Abraham was not promised merely a strip of land on the east of the Mediterranean Sea (Gen. 12-25); he was an “heir of the world” (Greek: kosmos), as Romans 4:13 teaches!

It is not only a mountain in Judah or even all the mountains of the world but the cosmos itself and even the very heavens that will be shaken! “The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel” (Joel 3:16). “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations” (Hag. 2:6-7). Haggai 2 is quoted and explained in Hebrews 12:26-27: Jehovah “hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”

It is not only in Zechariah 14:4-5 but also in verses 10-11 that we read of mountain movements. “All the land [of Judah] shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem” (10). From Geba, Judah’s northern border (II Kings 23:8), to Rimmon, its southern border (Josh. 15:32), all will be levelled to a plain.

Also something happens to Jerusalem. It will be elevated: “it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses” (Zech. 14:10). 

In other words, before the fulfilment of this prophecy, Judah is hilly and uneven, while Jerusalem is higher than most parts of Judah, though lower than some of the surrounding mountains. But Zechariah 14:10-11 pictures Judah as one large plain, with Jerusalem elevated above it.

The premillennialists wax lyrical about how wonderful it will be when Jerusalem in the Middle East is raised above a level Judah. Our response is: “Your Jerusalem is too low; it is too earthly!”

The biblical and Reformed position is, first, that even now we have a far more elevated city, the “Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4:26). Second, we look for the future coming of the new Jerusalem from heaven, as in the vision of the beloved apostle: “I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2).

Our hope is Christ’s coming to usher in the new heavens and the new earth with “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (22:1-2).

Let us return to the imagery of Zechariah 14:10-11. First, these verses state that Jerusalem will be “inhabited” by people dwelling there. Compare this with the far more excellent “holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband ... Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Rev. 21:2, 3).

Second, “Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited” (Zech. 14:11), for “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

Third, Zechariah 14:10 speaks of the gates of Jerusalem’s walls but the coming reality will be much more wonderful: “that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels” (Rev. 21:10-12).

Fourth, “there shall be no more utter destruction [or curse]” for Jerusalem (Zech. 14:11) in the new world, for “there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him” (Rev. 22:3)! Rev. Stewart

 

Two Questions on Creation

Question 1: “What kind of light did God create on the first day? On the fourth day, He made the sun, moon and stars. They are light-giving bodies.”

We must not forget that the whole work of creation is a miracle. As with all miracles, we cannot explain creation completely for we cannot comprehend God’s mighty works. Our confession is always, “How great and marvellous are Thy works, O Lord!”

Nevertheless, I can suggest one possible answer to your question. It arises from the fact that the creation of the stars, the sun and the moon was the creation of light-bearing bodies. That is, they have no light in themselves but were created to carry the light created on the first day. On the fourth day, God gathered the light He had created on to the heavenly bodies.

There are many things to learn from the creation of light and it is well that we mention a few. One is that before the creation of light, all that the Almighty had created was one mass “without form, and void” (Gen 1:2). It is impossible for us to imagine it. It was not just a huge hunk of clay or anything resembling it. It was lifeless, unformed, neither hot nor cold, without any kind of movement. But from it came the entire creation, not only the earth but the entire solar system.

For the creation to be formed, light had to be created. Light is the source of life. With it we have heat and cold, light and darkness, and movement. No creation would have been possible without light.

Yet, even though light is the fundamental creation of God that gave form to it all and even though it was created first, man still does not know with certainty what light is. Some say it is packets of energy. Others say that light is waves. Yet others say that light is both under different circumstances.

No one understands what light is, even though it is God’s first creation, yet evolutionists in their folly claim to understand how all things came into existence.

Further, light is closely associated with what was once called the “ether theory.” That theory claims that the whole of space is filled with some sort of invisible substance called ether through which light can travel.

This controversy brings to mind an interesting discussion that was held in my Reformed Dogmatics class in the days of my seminary training. My professor, Herman Hoeksema, was lecturing on creation and defended the ether theory. One student, braver than I, contradicted him by saying that the ether theory had been disproved. His only response was, “We shall see.” Lately, I have been reading that the ether theory is returning in scientific discussions.

However all that may be, astronomers reckon that there are billions of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Yea, there are billions of galaxies in outer space, each with innumerable stars. They all give light, some so much light that, if even one were as near to us as our sun, the earth would be burned to a crisp.

The Bible often speaks of holiness as light. God’s holiness is His light. All the light in the universe is only a revelation of the light of God’s holiness. All the light of trillions of heavenly bodies is only a flickering and sputtering flame in comparison with God’s infinite holiness. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers ... What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Ps. 8:3, 4).

Even before the creation of light-bearing bodies, the diffused light was divided into light and darkness, for “the evening and the morning were the first day” (Gen. 1:5). Darkness is the absence of light, and darkness in Scripture is used to describe sin and evil.

The dawn of a new day speaks of the defeat of darkness by the light. It will be perfectly and forever light, when Christ comes again to destroy evil and make all things new. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5); we shall be like Him!

Question 2: “If God’s creation took six days, how can we explain the seventh day?”

I am happy to answer this question because it gives me an opportunity to say some things that I have long wanted to say but lacked the occasion.

First of all, God rested on the seventh day and, regarding His creation, we read, “behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Did God mean by that only that the creation was free from all moral defects? No. Nor did God cease working when He finished His work of creation, for He continues to uphold and govern every creature by the word of His power. We call this providence.

God means by this that He entered into the enjoyment of His own work, for it was perfectly suited as a stage on which He would enact the great drama of the fall and sin, the salvation of His elect church in Christ, the revelation of His justice in punishing the wicked in hell, and the revelation of His grace in Jesus Christ in the everlasting new heavens and new earth. God rested in the sure confidence that His creation was perfect to serve His purpose.

In the old dispensation, the seventh day was at the end of the week because man had to work six days to enjoy God’s sabbath, that is, the enjoyment with God of His works. But because of sin, the day of rest, the seventh day, was completely out of reach for man, for he could not labour one second of an entire week so as to earn the sabbath.

But Christ arose on the first day of the week and thus began a new sabbath. Christ is God’s perfect work, for He kept God’s law and through His obedience earned rest for His people. When we enjoy a sabbath, we do so by faith in Christ which enables us to serve God faithfully the rest of the week. Christ has done for us what we could never do.

As Hebrews 4 is at great pains to inform us, we enter into God’s rest to rest in fellowship with Him only by faith in Jesus. That is, not by our own works do we enter rest. Such nonsense brings us into wicked legalism. But by faith in Christ, in union with Him, we enjoy God’s perfect work by entering into the rest that He graciously gives us through Christ’s atoning sacrifice and victorious resurrection.

We must lay aside all our works for they are nothing but “filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). Christ’s obedience, not ours, secures our rest. Christ’s work, not ours, gives us the true rest. By faith in Christ, we enter into God’s work and rest in His everlasting covenant of grace. Prof. Hanko


Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena, BT43 5DR • Lord’s Day services at 11 am & 6 pm
Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live broadcast: www.cprf.co.uk/live.html
Pastor: Angus Stewart, 7 Lislunnan Road, Kells, N. Ireland, BT42 3NR • (028) 25 891851  
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South Wales Lecture

Thursday, 25 April
 7:15 PM


Speaker:
Rev. Martyn McGeown


Subject:
The Development of God’s Covenant (5): Jacob

Having traced the development of God’s covenant with Adam, Abel, the saints before the flood (especially Enoch), Noah, Abraham and Isaac, we will now consider God’s covenant with Jacob. Jacob struggled for the covenant for his whole life, yet he had to learn, through much divine chastisement, that the covenant is not gained by man’s trickery or efforts, but through God’s grace alone and by faith in His promises! 

Venue: Margam Community Centre
Bertha Road, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2AP 

Book Table (including DVDs,
CDs & pamphlets) 
Coffee & tea provided afterward

www.cprc.co.uk
www.cprf.co.uk/swales.htm

www.limerickreformed.com


Gospel Living
(vol. II)


8 sermons on Romans 12:13-21 on CD or DVD in an attractive box set 

What is the Christian life which flows out of the gospel of sovereign grace (God’s unconditional election, Christ’s particular atonement, justification by faith alone and sanctification by the Spirit)? Romans 12:13-21 explains by dealing with hospitality, like-mindedness, humility and (extensively) revenge!

(1) Christian Hospitality
(Rom. 12:13)
(2) The Christian’s Reactions (Rom. 12:14-15)
(3) Being Like-Minded Towards One Another (Rom. 12:16)
(4) No Retaliation! (Rom. 12:17)
(5) Be at Peace With All Men! (Rom. 12:18)
(6) Vengeance! (Rom. 12:19)
(7) Heaping Coals of Fire on Your Enemy’s Head (Rom. 12:20)
(8) Overcoming or Being Overcome? (Rom. 12:21)

£8/box set (inc. P&P)


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Make cheques payable to “Covenant Protestant Reformed Church.”
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The Original
Five Points of Calvinism


400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dordt

Mini-Conference

Saturday, 13 April
1) The Onset of the Great War: Ecclesiastical and Doctrinal - 11 AM
(lunch served between
the two lectures)
2) The Confession of the Gospel (of Grace): The “Five Points of Calvinism” (as the Content of the Canons of Dordt) - 1 PM

Wednesday, 17 April
7:30 PM
 
The Defence of the Gospel: The Rejection of Errors

Wednesday, 1 May 
7:30 PM
 
The Other Decisions of the Dordt Synod and Their Importance for the Reformed Churches Today

Speaker
 Prof. David J. Engelsma 
emeritus Professor of Dogmatics at the Protestant Reformed Seminary, USA

Venue
Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence St., Ballymena,
N. Ireland BT43 5DR

Prof. Engelsma is also to preach, DV, at some of the CPRC worship services (11 AM & 6 PM) on Lord’s Days 14, 21 & 28 April and 5 May

www.cprf.co.uk/dordtconference.html or for more details contact us at (028) 25 891851
video live-stream available at www.cprf.co.uk/live.html 
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of March 31, 2019

Ezekiel 36 26On this thirteenth Lord's Day of 2019, March 31, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On March 24 Rev. W. Langerak (SE PRC-GR) announced his acceptance of the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI). We rejoice with Trinity in God's provision of another pastor and we pray for Southeast PRC as they soon bid farewell to their pastor of fifteen years.

  • On March 24 the congregation of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) voted to extend a call Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI).

  • On March 24 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to call Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore.

  • From Southwest PRC's bulletin of March 24 we find this special notice from her emeritus pastor: “We once again bid farewell to our fellow saints in SW as we leave for another extended period of service in the church in Singapore.  Next week on March 31 we will not be in SW since I have preaching invitations in Michigan churches for both services. We leave for Singapore on April 3, 2019. We will be in Singapore, D.V., at least until the end of June 2019, possibly a bit longer, serving in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church there. We ask for your prayers on our behalf and for the church in Singapore. Many activities have been planned.”  Sincerely, Pastor and Sherry den Hartog

  • From Georgetown PRC's (Hudsonville, MI) bulletin of March 17 we find this significant item: "This month is our Congregation’s 25th Anniversary. We confess together from our hearts: God is Good! God is Faithful! “God has done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:3 The Council is forming a 25th Anniversary Committee to help us celebrate His Covenant Faithfulness to Georgetown. Details will follow in the bulletin in the coming months. Do you have personal memories, pictures, special blessings God has given you as a member of Christ’s body in Georgetown? Please give them to the Pastor or to Elder Mike Moelker." In that connection, her bulletin now includes a "trivia" item. Here is this week's, with the answer to last week's: "25th Anniversary Trivia Question. Who was the first child baptized in the Georgetown congregation? Who was the ’one’ individual at organization? (Answer for last week’s trivia Question: Georgetown was organized with 34 families, 1 individual, and 145 souls.)"

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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*Front view of the PRC Seminary with the roof line of the new addition in back
(cf. more on that below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary has now completed ten weeks of the second semester. This week is Spring break for the faculty and students. The seminary will be open daily and staff is available for any needs you may have.

  • Students are busy preparing for the second round of practice preaching (April 15 and 22). The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.
  • Did you know that Prof. R. Cammenga prepares a "Monday Notes" each week with a summary of the week's activities and responsibilities (devotions, chapel, Friday lunch)? He always ends it with a profitable quote. Last week's note had this good one:

“What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God.  We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and work flow."  (Martin Luther)

  • If you have not yet done so, check out the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email!

  • *Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) as the weather has improved the last few weeks (cf. picture above). Decisions are being made on the layout of the archive room. Plus, planning and preparations have begun for the library renovation part of the project this summer. Wood-work for the library shelves (side panels) has begun, while new carpet, ceiling tiles, lighting, and paint are being lined up.

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

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  • Only weeks away now! DORDT 400!  APRIL 25-27. TRINITY PRC, Hudsonville, MI.  The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod is approaching!  Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries!  Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia).   Trinity PRC in Hudsonville is our host.  The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s website for those unable to attend.  For more, see Dordt400.org.

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*A new issue of Salt Shakers is out! (cf. below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean PRC:
    • "Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today.

  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both services.

    • We temporarily cancel our Bible Study due severe heat because of the effect of “El Nino.”

  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently taking an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • *Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her bulletin today (March 10):
    • "This week we bid farewell to Rev & Deb Bleyenberg. We thank Rev Bleyenberg for taking time away from his congregation to be in Singapore for the past four Sundays. We thank our covenant faithful God for maintaining our pulpit supply continually during these times while we wait for His appointed MOL.

    • Last Sunday Grandville PRC has voted to call Rev Clayton Spronk from the trio, comprised of Rev Joshua Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev Garry Eriks (Hudsonville) and Rev Clayton Spronk (Faith), to be MOL in Singapore. Let us pray that the Lord may guide Rev Spronk through His Word and His Spirit so that he may come to a clear understanding of His will and answers the call with a clear conviction of his heart. May we rest our confidence in our Sovereign and Eternal God who knows our needs and may we trust that His will is always good for His saints and His church."

    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • *The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (February 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. Stewart (via phone link) will discuss his upcoming speech on “The Canons as the Original ‘Five Points of Calvinism’” and the PRC conference later this month on “Dordt 400–Safe-Guarding the Reformed Tradition” on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio on Friday [April 5] from 4-6 PM EST (US) or 9-11 PM (GMT) (www.ironsharpensironradio.com).

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (February 2019) can be found here.
  • *The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.
    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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*Visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville (MI) for all your Bible, book and music needs.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • *If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts, one of our pre-seminary students. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)!
    • Today Rev. R. Kleyn (pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC) brings the message "Love Keeps No Record of Wrong" based on 1 Cor.13:5 (which you may listen to at this link).

    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: Did you know that Reformed Witness Hour messages are downloaded each month by saints all over the world—saints living in countries like South Africa, Cambodia, Nigeria, and China? If you would like to stay informed about the reach of our distinctly Reformed radio and internet ministry and about ways you can support our witness, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL.

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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*Registration for conventioneers has opened (see note below)

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI. 
    • *The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington! 

  • Young Men's Conference: Young men ages 14–25 (High School and College), please plan to attend the GPRC Young Men’s Conference, "Run, Fight, Lead!” on Saturday morning, April 27 from 8am-12pm, at Georgetown PRC. Breakfast Included! Register Today! For more details and to register please visit www.georgetownprc.org/runfightlead.

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.
     
  • A matter for our young people to consider prayerfully - from the Federation of PR School Societies: “There is a significant need for more good Christian teachers for our beloved schools. This is true in light of increasing enrollment, recently established and emerging schools, and continual teacher retirements. We ask that this need be prayed for and supplication made that the young men and women of your congregation be led by God to enter into the vocation of a Christian school teacher. This…is intended to bring the serious need for teachers to your attention so this specific request can be brought to our heavenly Father and the need made known directly to your congregation.”

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and learn how to become one!

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (February 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church.
    • From Byron Center PRC's bulletin this week we learn this news: "The Dorr Bible study meets this Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 PM. We plan to start our discussion at John 5:21. Please bring friends and join us at the public library in Dorr."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.
    • Rev. McGeown will discuss his book, Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt, on “Iron Sharpens Iron Radio”, a station based in Pennsylvania, tomorrow (Monday, April 1) from 4–6 PM EST, http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Holstege will preach in both services today. He will finish Lesson 10 in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class after the first service.
    • The Council of PCC will have their third meeting with Committee #2 of the PRCP on Monday, April 8 here at PCC, Lord willing." [with a view to joining the PRCP federation]

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

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Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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New Salt Shakers Magazine - February 2019

"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the February 2019 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#53),their youth magazine.

The FEBRUARY 2019 issue of "SS" is once again filled with interesting and instructive articles, and our PRC young people especially are encouraged to make it part of their reading content.

Below you will find a note from the "SS" Committee introducing the contents of this issue and images of the cover and table of contents. The entire issue is also attached here in pdf form.

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Inside the February Issue:

Editorial: A Threat to Unity - Aaron Lim

Scripture's Covenant Youth (XV): John the Baptist - prof. Herman Hanko

Wisdom (1): The Meaning of Wisdom - Prfo. Herman Hanko

Homosexuality (1): What Does the Bible Teach? - Rev. Angus Stewart

God Laughs - Daisy Lim

Quit You Like Men (IV) - Woon Tian Loong

Contemporary Covenant Theology - Prof. David Engelsma

Affluence - Paul Ong

The Zeal of the Second Generation (1) - Rev. Arie denHartog

Fellowship with God (II): The Believer's Good Works - Rev. Nathan Langerak

Reflection: the British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference 2018 - Cheryl Lim

Whiter Than Snow - Rachel Yeow

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