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From the Council of Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) come these two reports from Rev. Titus from the end of 2016 (October and November).

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Monthly Report from Rev. Titus – October [2016]:

Dear, brethren

 

Greetings in our sovereign covenant Lord's name. I believed that for His mercy you are doing well in this cold winter there. Here still not changed, hot, I hope soon a little cold weather will arrive, that might be on December.

It was quite wonderful that, our covenant Lord controls all the affairs of our live spheres that in your country, the least except person was elected as your president. I tell you a funny story about that, in my country, almost all believed that Hilary will be elected, so many publication companies prepared so many books on Hilary, and as soon as the election result comes out they will sale those books, but the result is not as they thought, they do not know what to do with those books. For us who believed absolute sovereignty of our covenant Lord, we just smile at them.

Our country's peace talk with various rebels groups is still on paper because, at border area, especially Chinese border, all sorts of fighting going on again, to reach peace agreement is far away yet, only God can give us peace. And fighting with Islamist extremists also going on at Bangladesh border, Rakhine state.

But one thing, we benefit in new government is freedom of worship, which we treasure very much. Previous government we never felt that way. And one more benefit is loud-speakers sickening sounds, in previous governments, they backed Buddhism, so the monks used those loud-speakers, especially on Sunday, so loud that we even could not hear preaching. But in new government, a new law on sound decimal level, we can stay quitter as well as worship time. Last time, one of visitors from among you made a remark on too-loud Buddhist monks loud-speaker, "Its not a quite religion!" I fully agree on that, but now quite changed.

In His providence care we can still have Tuesday Bible class, and we still discussing "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine." We reached lesson 10.

I am still very busy, editing my KJV Burmese translation, I started editing the book of Philippians and I preached every week from out of that editing. And I reached translating chapter 15 of the book of Deuteronomy. Evening services Heidelberg Catechism, now I start seventh time of preaching on it.

And every week put out Sunday Digest, I am still translating "For They Truth's Sake" by Prof. Hanko, now I am still translating "The Image of God in Man," from the chapter of "The Covenant with Man." And I reached "Come, Ye Children," by Gertrude Hoeksema, "Two Spies Go to Jericho." Catechism classes, younger one, we started HeidelBerg Catechism, by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, this week we reach lesson 5. Older youth, I am teaching "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, A Guide in Catechetical Instruction by Rev. Herman Hoeksema, Revised by Prof. Herman Hanko," we reached Lesson (27).

About my health, I start suffering, nervous breakdown again, so, I have to slow down half of my works, that suffering was obvious only in night time, trembling, sweating, dizzy, fear. I one time suffered quite the same, about 8 years ago. Please pray for my health also.

Thank you very much for supporting my ministry till today, without your help I cannot do all the things that I do for His people. Please, continues to pray for us, so that the name of the Lord will be glorified here in this land. I and my family also pray always for all of you and your families and congregations. The Lord's blessings to you all.

 

Your brother

Rev. Titus

 

Monthly Report from Rev. Titus – November [2016]:

 

Dear, brethren

 

Greetings in our sovereign covenant Lord's name, blessed Christmas to your all and blessed New-year. I believed that for His mercy you are doing well in this cold winter there. Even here a little cold now, I give thanks to our faithful Father in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Crookedness of our political system

Sometime, people wonder why we Burmese Christian interested so much in politic? There are good reasons for that, that is the crookedness of the system. I have to begin from 1950s. Our country got her independence at 1948 from British colonization. From that day till 1958 we had a very good democratic government and our country was the most advance country in Asia. And from 1958, the first military coup happened and every thing changed, at 1962 second military coup happened and all those progress and funs were just a dead history. After that the military government took Burmese-way-socialism, then every things dead, nothing was in progress. For that reason, at 1988 national demonstration broke out, and another more severe military rule started, the system of the rule is like this:

1) At the bottom, there is 10 homes chief, (whether in small village or town, or city)

2) then, 100 homes chief, so under this chief there are 10 lesser chiefs, so what ever happen to each family these 10 lesser chiefs must report to that chief.

3) then, county chief.

4) then, administrator.

Besides that, you have,

1) police, police detective department

2) secret-police department

3) military, military police, military anti-riot police

4) military intelligence

5) Socialist party cadre informants

So, what every you do in the backyard of your house, they are watching and ready to report and what ever confession they want they will torture you to made one. Then, you are sentence to whatever they want. So, you are all the time watched.

Besides, the military government blinded the people with so-called national solidarity, by false propaganda of, "Buddhist-Burmese race," so, like us not Burmese tribe, not Buddhist people were treated as second-class-citizen and ever area of life we are look-down.

Besides, all schools are government controlled, no private school, no Christian-Parental-school, no home-school. So, we all have to go to those government controlled schools where Buddhism prayer is every day duty, then we Christian people do not want to do, then teachers angry, we are looked as out-casts, many young children afraid to those Buddhist teacher, participated those religious things.

And at school, Socialist party came and by-force teaches Socialism to all youth, and we all must follow their instructions of military drill, and all sorts of rubbish things. I and some friends are so angry and did not want to do that, we are punished spanking with bamboo stick.

And all factories and businesses are controlled, you have no choice only what this "Buddhist-Burmese race" so called "Burmese-way-Socialism" government willing to give you, and you must work. And there were so much forced-labors as well, when the government people came and shout with a-loud-speaker, when you were in your bed, middle of the night, tomorrow one person from each house must come out to work for this and that, you have to go with your own, and work otherwise you are in big-troubled.

Besides, the government claimed that all the land of the country is government-own, so even if you have you own paddy-field from generations, that do not count, all your lands are government's, so crops you cannot choose to grow whatever you like, but the government prescribes this crop and that crop to grow, no talk-back to them, you will be put in jail and die inside. And after you grow, from the harvest you have to pay the government that prescribed to all the farmers. So, city people no escape from the government, as well as country side people as well, the only people enjoy life then was, the military chiefs and their associates. They became very rich by manipulating the people under the name of socialism and jingoism of "Buddhist-Burmese race."

Under that kind of rule, politic comes into even your bed-room, you cannot say what happen to politic, I have no business with them, because even what you eat they control. I remember, when we were young, we have to queue very early in the morning, at the so-called "co-op" shop, to have rationed rice. Though the leaders are too much to live luxuriously, we the people are every thing rationed.

The result was as many as can run away from the country they run-away to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Europe, America. But like us, who love the Lord and know we have to stay where the Lord put us, every day in a struggle, to escape from spies, to have enough food to survive. On Sunday, when we worship, every time worry, whether or not military police come, are we informed by our own neighbors or 10 home chief. When we send our children to school, will they be treated by teachers badly? We pray with tears all the time.

So, when the system is changed, by our Covenant Lord's providence, we are so happy, and so keen to know what is going on. And what more changes the Lord bring to us? we like to know. Not because, we are so much on politic, but as you see the system squeezed us so much.

Even now, the so-called 2008 Constitution was very bad, yet we can breath a little fresh air already from 2015 election. Now, the civil government is elected by the people, but all army, police, fire department, and crucial posts in the government are controlled by army still, e.g in the parliament 25% seats are army people, without election they come and sit there, to show-off army power. So, the civil government that lead by Lady Aung San Su Kyi, has to make a lot of twist and turns to cross-over all sorts of blocking make by army people. Yet, we have quite freedom of worship now for His mercy and covenant faithfulness. During those years, your friendship, your encouragement, your fellowship with us and all kinds of support and prayers are so crucial for our stand for the truth, we treasure them very much, especially by me personally.

In His providence care we can still have Tuesday Bible class, and we still discussing "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine." We reached lesson 11. I go quite slow, so that we can discus the material in our country's setting.

I am still very busy, editing my KJV Burmese translation, I started editing the book of Colossians and I preached every week from out of that editing. And I reached translating chapter 19 of the book of Deuteronomy. Evening services Hidelberg Catechism, now I reach LD 7.

And every week put out Sunday Digest, I am still translating "For They Truth's Sake" by Prof. Hanko, now I am still translating " A Particular and Unconditional Promise," from the chapter of "The Covenant with Man." And I reached "Come, Ye Children," by Gertrude Hoeksema, "Israel Wins the Victory at Ai." Catechism classes, younger one, we started Heidelberg Catechism, by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, this week we reach lesson 9. Older youth, I am teaching "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, A Guide in Catechetical Instruction by Rev. Herman Hoeksema, Revised by Prof. Herman Hanko," we reached Lesson(30).

Since, I have translated "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine," and its explanation book, which I received from Rev. Kortering many years ago, the Lord willing, I will start translating a new book, "Unfolding Covenant History," by Homer C. Hoeksema.

About my health, the nervous breakdown, start recovering again, I sleep more, reduce a lot in reading, more talking with my wife and family. And eat some medicines which Doctor gives, for His mercy and your prayers fear at night milder now, there is still but not very severe as before.

Thank you very much for supporting my ministry till today, without your help I cannot do all the things that I do for His people. Please, continues to pray for us, so that the name of the Lord will be glorified here in this land. I and my family also pray always for all of you and your families and congregations. The Lord's blessings to you all.

 

Your brother

Rev. Titus

 

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PRC Congregational and Mission News - January 15, 2017 (Updated)

For this third Sunday in January 2017 the following PRC congregational, denominational, and mission news may be noted:

'CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC) declined the call from Southwest PRC last week.
  • The Council of First PRC Holland, MI has announced a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI), R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace, Spokane, WA), and A. Lanning (CERC, Singapore).
  • Update: The Council of SW PRC has formed a new trio from which the congregation will call a new pastor.  The ministers on the trio are Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC), Rev. R. Kleyn, and Rev. C Spronk (Faith PRC). 

MISSION NEWS:

  • Rev. and Leah Holstege and their four children arrived safely in the Philippines this past week. We remember them in prayer as they settle into a new home and land to take up the work of serving Christ and His Church in the Philippines.
  • The congregation of Doon PRC will call today from the Council's new trio for missionary to the Philippines: Revs. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC, Dyer, IN), C. Spronk (Faith PRC, Jenison, MI). Update: Rev. J. Mahtani received the call to serve as third missionary to the Philippines.
  • Prof. B. Gritters and his wife Lori are finishing their work in Vellore, India today on behalf of Georgetown PRC. They will begin their trip home tomorrow, returning to the States Tuesday. May the Lord grant traveling mercies and a safe return. The other part of the team, Deane and Donna Wassink, will be staying another week yet. For pictures and reports from this mission labor visit Georgetown PRC's Facebook page.

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India delegation (Gritters and Wassinks) with Pastor Paulraj and Kasthuri.

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Farewell presentation for Emily Moelker and Liz Van Drunen from the young people of Vellore PRC.

  • Rev. R. Van Overloop continues to consider the call from Byron Center PRC to serve as home missionary.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • Rev. R. VanOverloop and Mr. Sid Miedema are serving on the annual delegation to conduct church visitation with the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in N. Ireland. They and their wives left this past Thursday and arrived safely. They will also visit the mission work in Limerick, Ireland. They plan to return January 23. May the Lord bless their work.
  • Rev. A. Spriensma is in Franklin, PA this weekend and Lord's Day on behalf of the DMC.
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RFPA Update - Winter 2017 Newsletter

The Reformed Free Publishing Association has just published their latest newsletter, the "RFPA Update" (Issue 30, Winter 2017), in which they provide updates of their publishing endeavors, their recent annual meeting, and changes to the staff.

You are encouraged to visit their website to read all of it, or you may find it attached here in full as a pdf.

Below is the first page of the newsletter, both in image and text form. Here you may read about their upcoming publication in connection with the 500th anniversary of the great Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.

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This year the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) will commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation of 1517 by publishing The Gospel Truth of Justification, a book on the truth of the gospel that was the heart of the Reformation.

The book is a thorough explanation of the divine, saving act of justification and a vigorous defense of the doctrine, not only against the old heresies of Rome and of Arminianism, but also against the contemporary attacks on justification by the new perspective on Paul, Evangelicals and Catholics Together, and the federal vision.

Originally conceived by the author as a polemical work against the modern attacks on, and departures from, the truth of justification, the book became instead a thorough and systematic, largely positive treatment of the doctrine.

Instead of contending with the theologians, it instructs Reformed and Presbyterian believers, including perhaps some ministers, in the truth that is the heart of the gospel and that, therefore, bears on all the other truths of the gospel. The book explains justification as imputation; that justification is by faith; the essential importance of justification’s being by faith “only”; the meaning of justification’s being “by the faith of Jesus”; the assurance of faith, with particular reference to the error of Puritanism; the “when” of justification, including a careful, moderate, and biblical defense of eternal justification; the origin of justification in the counsel of the covenant; the merit of Christ’s active obedience; the still controversial relation of Paul and James; the necessary relation of justification and election; and more.

The book is permeated with biblical exposition, and the doctrine is founded upon scripture.

Although not mainly polemical, the book throughout defends justification by faith alone, especially against contemporary false doctrines and teachers. It names names. This alone makes the book worthwhile. For the present-day Reformed churches and theologians, facing an assault on the gospel truth of justification that threatens and undoes everything that the Reformation confessed and for which the reformers contended, either fall into a cowardly silence or subtly compromise the fundamental gospel truth. Thus, there is a great falling away (unto perdition)—not of the “liberal” Protestant churches, which became apostate long ago and are ready, if not eager, to fall into the embrace of Rome—but of the Reformed and Presbyterian churches that still have a reputation of “conservative” and orthodox.

Nevertheless, the book is more than a contemporary defense of justification against modern heresies and heretics, including the new perspective on Paul, the federal vision, N. T. Wright, and Norman Shepherd. It is also more than only a historical commemoration of the sixteenth-century Reformation’s stand on behalf of the truth of justification by faith alone. These two features alone would make the book timely.

In two respects the book can justly, if audaciously, claim to be a development of the doctrine that was the heart of the Reformation. First, contemporary heresies have occasioned development of the doctrine, for example, the ultimate grounding of justification in the counsel of the covenant. Second, the book is a systematic, thorough, concentrated treatment of justification. The reformers worked the truth of justification into their commentaries, theological treatises on various subjects, and polemical works. They did not, so far as I am aware, produce a work devoted strictly to justification in a systematic, concentrated, thorough treatment of the doctrine.

The RFPA contributes to the commemoration of the Reformation, therefore, not only by remembering the gospel truth of justification, but also by explaining the doctrine to a new, much later generation of Protestant believers, by defending it against contemporary foes, and by developing it further.

Luther—to whose memory the book is dedicated—would be glad.

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Classis East Meeting - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (Updated with Official Report)

GTPRC2012Classis East met for its first regular session of 2017 (meeting also in May and September) on Wednesday, January 11.

Below is the Stated Clerk's official report of this meeting (the last one Mr. Jon Huisken will submit - cf. below in his report).

 

Report of Classis East

January 11, 2017

Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church

 

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the Georgetown PRC. Each church was represented by two delegates. Present also were the synodical deputies from Classis West: Revs. S. Key, D. Kuiper, and N. Langerak. Rev. K. Koole was the chairman for this session.

 

The classis dealt first with the request from Faith PRC to organize a new congregation in the Jenison area which congregation will be known as Zion PRC.

With thanks to God, the classis approved this request and instructed Faith PRC to proceed with the organization of this congregation. The synodical deputies expressed concurrence with the decision of classis.

 

Classis considered an appeal from a brother who protested a decision of his consistory to admit non-Protestant Reformed believers to its communion table. At issue was whether the consistory followed the principles adopted by Classis East in 1945 to admit such people to the communion table. Classis East in 1945 decided that indeed non-Protestant Reformed believers could be admitted after the consistory was satisfied that those who requested admission reveal themselves as believers in their walk and conversation and are in good standing in their home churches. Further, it should be demonstrated that those asking permission do not have ready access to the table in their home churches. The brother contended that his consistory did not follow the principles adopted by Classis East in 1945; his consistory believed that they indeed had done so. Classis East decided not to sustain the appeal of this brother.

 

The report of the church visitors was received. The report indicated that the visitors found peace and unity in our churches.

 

Classis spent time, as is usual at the January meeting, in voting. The following delegates to Synod 2017 were elected: MINISTERS: Primi: W. Bruinsma, G. Eriks, C. Haak, C. Spronk, R. VanOverloop; Secundi: N. Decker, K. Koole, W. Langerak, R. Smit, A. Spriensma. ELDERS: Primi: Pete Adams, Gary Boverhof, Jim Lanting, Sid Miedema, John VanBaren; Secundi: Mike Bosveld, Dave Bouwkamp, Bruce Jabaay, Wes Koops, Joel Minderhoud.

 

In other voting, Revs. R. VanOverloop and R. Smit were elected to three-year terms as primus and secundus delegates ad examina respectively. Rev. H. Bleyenberg was appointed to another three-year term on the Classical Committee; Revs. J. Slopsema and C. Haak were elected as church visitors with Revs. G. Eriks and R. VanOverloop as alternates.

 

Classis also needed to replace its Stated Clerk and Assistant Stated Clerk. After 40-plus years serving as Stated Clerk, Jon Huisken notified classis in September, 2016 that he would not be seeking another term. Gary Boverhof was elected to serve as his successor. Rev. H. Bleyenberg was appointed as Assistant Stated Clerk.

Classis expressed its thanks to J. Huisken for his service to classis over these years and wished him Godspeed in the years ahead.

 

In other business, classis approved the 2018 subsidy requests for Wingham PRC ($41,000 – CDN) and Pittsburgh PRC ($99,000). Classical appointments were given to Holland PRC, Southwest PRC, and to the new congregation, Zion PRC.

 

In closed session, classis considered the request of a consistory for the erasure of a baptized member.

 

The expenses of classis amounted to $1698.65. Classis will meet next on May 10, 2017 at the Byron Center PRC.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk

PRC and Sister-Church News for Sunday, January 8, 2017

Jer3 15 pastorsFor this second Lord's Day of the new year we can report on the following news items from the PRC congregations and from our sister churches in Singapore and Northern Ireland:

Those currently considering calls:

  • Rev. G. Eriks plans to answer the call from SW PRC today. Update: It was announced this morning that Rev. Eriks declined this call.
  • Rev. R. Van Overloop continues to consider the call from Byron Center PRC to serve as home missionary.

From Byron Center PRC's bulletin re home mission work (per DMC):

Pastor Spriensma will be leaving Thursday for several days to Franklin, PA to do investigation work for the DMC and preach to the saints in Franklin.

In Philippine mission news there are these items:

  • Rev. D. Holstege and his family plan to leave for the Philippines to take up his labors there this Tuesday, Jan. 10, D.V.

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Farewell luncheon at PRC Seminary on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • From our Doon PRC we learn about a new trio for missionary to the Philippines: Revs. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC), C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregation plans to extend a call on Jan. 15.

From the PRC Contact Committee re visit to Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N. Ireland:

On behalf of the Contact Committee, Rev. R. Van Overloop and Sid Miedema and their wives will be conducting church visitation in N. Ireland and visiting the Limerick Reformed Fellowship arriving on Jan. 13, D.V.

From Covenant ERC in Singapore this special news is reported in her January 8, 2017 bulletin:

This morning we witness the installation of Rev. Emmanuel Singh as our missionary-pastor to Kolkata. There have been many steps for CERC and Rev. Singh to follow in arriving at this point, including much study, a public examination, a congregational meeting, extending a call, and answering the call. The installation this morning marks the official beginning of Rev. Singh’s ministry in CERC. From this point forward, he is now authorized by Christ Himself through CERC to do the work of a missionary in Kolkata. That makes installation a solemn event, but also a very joyful one. We thank God for leading us to this point, and let us continue praying for God’s grace to send forth the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ wherever God opens a door.

Remember in prayer also the delegation in Vellore, India on behalf of Georegtown PRC (Prof. B. and Lori Gritters and Deane and Donna Wassink). These two things were mentioned in GTPRC's bulletin this week:

  • Our India Delegation spent a busy week with the saints of the PRCV in India. On Wed. and Thurs. a seminar for pastors was held in Bangalore, a major city in India about 100 miles for Vellore. Prof. Gritters is kept busy with preaching and teaching in the Tamil church, village outreaches, and seminars for area pastors. The delegation has also visited many families and members of the congregation. We pray for the Lord’s blessing.
  • Our Sisters in the Lord. Emily Moelker and Elizabeth VanDrunen, will be finishing their three month stay at the GFH this week. God has richly blessed their time with the PRCV and GHF. We are appreciative of their dedication, love, teaching, and example which they have given while in India. A close bond of love has grown between them and the children of the GFH and the PRCV. May our Heavenly Father grant them safe travels in the next months and return them to us in safety.

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Prof. B. Gritters with Pastor Paulraj leading Bible study for young people on Romans 8 in Vellore PRC.

Below is part of a report sent in by the India mission delegation (for more info and pictures, visit GT PRC's Facebook page):

After some attempts at rest [Old Year's night], Pastor Paul Raj took Prof. and I to a village worship service in the evening in Tholloor where we have been many times. We had a New Year's service with about 35 people, mostly women and children. We worshipped on a rooftop in this Hindu village. Prof. Gritters brought the message. Prof. and I agreed, it appeared that a spiritual warfare was going on. Hindu chanting was blaring over the speakers so loud it was hard to hear him preach. In the middle of the message when our frustration was hitting a peak. God caused the power to all go off. The only words that were heard were the Gospel. We read our Bibles and notes with flashlights. Even when it returned, the power of the word of darkness was much weaker.

...Third [thing that stands out from first week], the light of the Gospel in the darkness of this world. The power of Satan and the darkness of natural man kind of slaps you in the face, here. Idols, shrines, abject poverty, cruelty, persecution, pilgrimages to honor an idol. It permeates the culture. In virtually every store and public building there are daily offerings made to the gods. Pictures and statues of grotesque gods sit in prominent places. Smashed coconuts and melons litter the entries of hotels and stores.   Even television is filled with movies and cartoons depicting the history of the Hindu gods. And yet, the Gospel and the lives of love that God’s people live shine in bright holy contrast. In reflection, our American society is just as lost to the idols of materialism and humanism. May our light shine as does that of the saints here. Yet, in this paganism there is a much greater interest in the Gospel being worked by the Holy Spirit [than] in our own country.

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PRC Mission News for January 2, 2017

In PRC mission news for January 2, 2017 the following may be noted:

  • On New Year's Day Rev. R. Van Overloop received the call from Byron Center PRC to serve as home missionary.

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  • Rev. D. Kleyn and his wife Sharon have posted pictures and reports on their blog of the recent Contact Committee delegation to the Philippines (Prof. R. Dykstra and Rev. G. Eriks). You are encouraged to visit the three posts on the labors and experiences of the men. Below are a few of the pics.

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Prof. R. Dykstra leading the Bible study and answering questions in Bacolod City.

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Group picture of the Berean PRC in Manila.

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Rev. G. Eriks with the Bulacan PRC

  • Follow the labors of the most recent delegation to Vellore, India on Georgetown PRC's Facebook page. There are daily reports and pictures of the work the Gritters and Wassinks are doing on behalf of the PRC in Vellore and GT PRC. Below is a sample picture and summary of their Saturday.

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Vellore PRC gathered on Old Year's evening/New Year's morning.

What a day and evening it was yesterday! We started the day at the Grace Foster Home. Soon after arriving several of the children as well as Liz and Emily took the bus into town to visit the market. This was a special time for all of them. We had lunch prepared for us at GFH by Kavitha and Karthik. They are learning to cook from Kasthuri and it was delicious! We were also given a tour of the dining area and cooking area of the boys dorm. We are always amazed by the freshness of the spices and food prepared. No processed food here. After lunch we were returned to our hotel for a time of rest before our busy evening. At 10:15PM we were picked up and brought to the church which was filled with worshippers. The services consisted of many prayers, singing, Deane gave greetings from our Georgetown PRC, expressions of thankfulness and remembrances of the events of the past year as well as 2 sermons given by Prof Gritters. He said in all his years of the ministry he had not preached a sermon at 1:30 in the morning!!! It was a full evening and early morning. We truly brought in the New Year giving glory to our faithful God being reminded to be ready for his coming. (Read Matthew 25) We have found out that the people here are like the energizer bunny.....they keep going and going. ? It was well past 2:30PM before we were ready to leave the church. We got some good sleep and today we're planning on another full day of activity. What a blessing to be here and see God's love displayed in so many different ways. We wish God's richest blessings to all of you in this New Year.

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Reformed News Asia - December 2016

Issue 36 - December 2016
Pamphlets
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
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Hating Your Own Life
By Rev Angus Stewart

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

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

Three biblical examples are cited in this pamphlet. Read to find out more!


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Featured Book
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Be Ye Holy: The Reformed Doctrine of Sanctification 
by Profs David Engelsma and Herman Hanko

Extracted from the Foreword:

"The goal is that we might know the truth of sanctification—which biblical doctrine, like all other aspects of God’s truth, makes us free (John 8:32)—and obey the gospel call to holiness in heart and life, by God’s grace. Some 2,000 years ago, on the day before His crucifixion    for us, our Saviour prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Christ’s prayer on that momentous night    and His continuous intercession for His church embraces not only the billions of God’s elect over the millennia and the innumerable    occasions whereby He uses His truth in various ways; it also includes this humble book and all the saints who shall read it."

Click here to read the book online!

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

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

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Vacation Bible School 2016
From Dec 6-8, CERC held its annual Vacation Bible School. This time, it was a day camp with 2 of the days' activities held in church, and the last one at the Singapore Science Centre. Much teaching and learning were accomplished over the 3 days, with lessons taught under the theme "Elisha's God is our God!" Of course, there was also plenty of time for fun, games and laughter. We are grateful to our Heavenly Father who makes it possible to instruct our children in His ways in such a manner.
Captain's ball on butt/knees
One of the classes
Finished art product - Personalised candles
Very wet version of "duck duck goose" - drip drip drop!
Group photo of the children that attended VBS 2016
 
CERC concluded the year with a few more Confessions of Faith and a Baptism. Thanking the Lord for the testimony of His grace in these individuals' lives.

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

 
Confessions of Faith
Confession of Faith of Mr & Mrs Chew, and Joy Wee (L-R).
 
Baptism
Baptism of Meryl.
 
CK/CKS Camp 2016
The much anticipated CK/CKS Camp passed by all too quickly from 14-17 Dec. Under the theme "Ask for the Old Paths",  speeches dealt with the old paths concerning doctrine, worship, church government, and our personal lives.

We were also privileged to have Grace Huizenga and Jillian DeBoer join us for the camp, having come all the way from the US. See if you can spot them!

Getting ready for a speech
Setting sail! Fun & games on Pulau Ubin - an offshore, rustic island
One of the groups in serious discussion
Another group's battle stance with colourful war paint on their faces
Group photo!
 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

Lord’s Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm • 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 • Pastor: Rev Andy Lanning  •www.cerc.org.sg 
 

 
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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for January 2017

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for January 2017 on the RWH radio program.

WBruinsma 2Rev. Wilbur (Bill) Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) concludes his four-month service for the RWH program with a special new-year message, and completes his series on the upright man.

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, which celebrated in 2016 its 75th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign particular grace!

To find a station in your area, visit the RWH website.  Or visit the RWH Sermonaudio channel.

January 1, 2017 - Alpha and Omega, Revelation 1:8

January 8, 2017 - Honoring the Wife, 1 Peter 3:7

January 15, 2017 - The Marital Bond, Song of Solomon 1:16, 17a

Janaury 22, 2017 - Give Me Your Heart, Proverbs 23:24-26

January 29, 2017 - Honoring the Hoary Head, Leviticus 19:32

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