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2016 Standard Bearer Reformation Issue: Martin Luther

The annual special Reformation issue of the Standard Bearer published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association is now available (October 15, 2016), and it truly is a special issue – entirely devoted to “Martin Luther, Reformer Convicted by Scripture.”

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As you will see from the above cover and table of contents, the issue contains a variety of articles on Martin Luther and the beginning of the great Reformation of the sixteenth century – from Luther’s Ninety-five Theses to his struggle for assurance to his views on Scripture and on the church.

There is much edifying reading here, and you are encouraged to make this reading a priority this month as we remember God’s work in His church in the past.

The editor-in-chief, Prof. Barry Gritters, introduces this issue with this note:

After Darkness, Light.

Last year’s special issue of the Standard Bearer treated a number of key figures and movements that the Lord used to preserve His church and truth in the darkness of the Middle Ages.  This year, our special Reformation issue treats Martin Luther and the Reformation God began through him.   The light of biblical truth began to shine again through the writings and preaching of God’s servants such as Luther because Luther was “convicted by Scripture.”

“After darkness, light,” is the translation of the Latin phrase, Post tenebras lux.  It comes from the old Latin translation of Job 17:12 and became one of the mottos of the Reformation.   Calvin’s Geneva used it on their coins and the motto is engraved on the Reformation wall in Geneva.  Indeed, the light of the true gospel shone so brightly that it beamed, and still shines, world-wide.  But not so brightly anymore.  The conviction about Scripture wanes.

In 2016, we also pray that light may come after the darkness of our day.  May the Lord use these special Reformation issues to teach us to look back at God’s great works in history and learn from them—and be bold to write, preach, and witness to the truth of Scripture; but also to look forward in hope—to God’s greatest work, yet to come -- the appearing of the Lord Jesus to bring an end to this present darkness and bring the light of the eternal day. Then we will see the Eternal Word and the light of His face. 

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News from Our Sister Church in Singapore, CERC

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Pastor Emmanuel Singh at a November 2015 presentation in the CERC


Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore
, sister church of the PRC, has a busy couple of weeks beginning the week of October 23, 2016.

From their bulletin of October 23 we find these special events mentioned in the "pastoral voice" section:

...This week will be busy for our congregation as we host the church visitors and conduct Emmanuel’s [Singh, from Kolkata, India, where the CERC is supporting a mission work] examination this Saturday (29 October). Pray for our brother as he preaches his sermon and answers the questions.


...Church Visitation, which is required by Article 44 of our Church Order, will be conducted on Thursday, 27 October, at 8pm at church. During the Church Visitation, the brethren that we have invited from the PRCA will ask the Session a set of pre-determined questions regarding the church and the work of the officebearers. The purpose of the questions is to help CERC remain faithful in the calling that God has given us as a church, and to help the officebearers remain faithful in their work.

The Lord is good to His church, and through these many events we can see the Lord’s goodness to CERC. Let us continue to seek His face in all our life as a church.

Conducting the church visitation will be Rev. D. Kleyn, PRC missionary to the Philippines, and Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee). Rev. and Mrs. (Sharon) Kleyn plan to arrive in Singapore on Monday, Oct.24, leaving on Oct.31, while Rev. and Mrs. (Mary) Bruinsma plan to arrive on Wednesday, Oct.26, departing on Nov.8. Emmanuel Singh and his wife Sonali are scheduled to arrive in Singapore Oct.27, staying until Nov.7.

Rev. Kleyn and Rev. Bruinsma will also be preaching at the afternoon service in the CERC while there - Rev. Kleyn on Oct.30 and Rev. Bruinsma on Nov.6.

In addition, the CERC will hold its annual Reformation Day Conference on Nov.4-5, at which Rev. Bruinsma will be speaking.

Let us do as Rev. A. Laning exhorted his congregation to do - pray for these events and for all those involved, including for safe travels for the special visitors.

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Covenant of Grace PRC to Host Public Lecture October 28, 2016: "Reformation in the End Times"

From the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA comes notice of a special Reformation Day lecture to be held Friday evening, October 28, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the church.

Rev. Cory Griess, pastor of Calvary PRC in Hull, IA will speak on the timely topic: "Reformation in the End Times."

The community is cordial invited to join the members of the church for this important lecture and for fellowship afterwards.

A flyer advertising this event is posted here and also attached in pdf form.

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Covenant Reformed News - October 2016

Covenant Reformed News

October 2016  •  Volume XVI, Issue 6


God’s Longsuffering—Particular and in Himself

In the last three issues of the News, we have surveyed all the biblical references to God’s longsuffering. We have observed from both the Old Testament (the historical books, the Psalms and the prophets) and the New Testament (the gospels and the epistles) that Jehovah’s longsuffering is particular.

First, God’s longsuffering is seen to be particular because it is found amidst references to His grace, mercy and kindness. This is the case in all three passages in the Old Testament historical books. In Exodus 34:6, Jehovah refers to Himself as “The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering.” Later Moses declares, “The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression” (Num. 14:18). Likewise, the Levites confessed that the Most High is “a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger [i.e., longsuffering], and of great kindness” (Neh. 9:17).

Since they are based upon the two passages in the Pentateuch which refer to God’s longsuffering, we are not surprised that all three verses in the Psalms which speak of this divine virtue connect His longsuffering with His compassion, grace and mercy. “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth” (86:15). “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger [i.e., longsuffering], and plenteous in mercy” (103:8). “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger [i.e., longsuffering], and of great mercy” (145:8).

The prophets present the same beautiful and harmonious picture of God’s attributes of goodness, with both concluding with references to His kindness: “And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger [i.e., longsuffering], and of great kindness” (Joel 2:13); “I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger [i.e., longsuffering], and of great kindness” (Jonah 4:2).

Second, it is evident that God’s longsuffering is particular because Scripture speaks of its being exercised towards the elect alone. This very point is made in the first Old Testament reference to this divine perfection. The God who is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering” (Ex. 34:6) declares, “[I] will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (33:19).

In the first New Testament text on Jehovah’s longsuffering, Jesus stresses this: “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long [i.e., be longsuffering] with them?” (Luke 18:7). Similarly, Peter teaches that “God is longsuffering to us-ward” (II Pet. 3:9), those who are elect and “beloved” (1:10; 3:1). Whereas the Lord “endured ... the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction [i.e., the reprobate],” Paul declares that He has “much longsuffering” upon “the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory [i.e., the elect]” (Rom. 9:22-23).

Third, God’s longsuffering is particular because of the groups to which it is shown, such as the “eight souls [who] were saved by water” in the ark (I Pet. 3:20), spiritual Israel (Joel 2:13), penitent Gentiles (Jonah 4:2), believing Jews and Gentiles throughout the New Testament age (I Tim. 1:16), and godly individuals, such as Jeremiah (Jer. 15:15) and Paul (I Tim. 1:16).

Fourth, we know that God’s longsuffering is particular since it is always salvific or saving: “the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation” (II Pet. 3:15). It is revealed in the cross of Jesus Christ (I Tim. 1:15-16), who is the “only Redeemer of God’s elect” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, A. 21).

At this stage, a question arises regarding the nature of God: Is He longsuffering in Himself? The answer is an emphatic Yes!

The reason for this lies, first, in God’s self-sufficiency. He has need of nothing outside Himself for He is perfectly full and rich. Thus the Almighty is self-sufficient in all His attributes, including His longsuffering. Second, Jehovah is unchangeable. Therefore, He cannot become longsuffering through His creation.

So how is God longsuffering in His own Being? First, we need to remove the idea of time from all our thoughts about Jehovah, since He is eternal or timeless, for there is no time in Him. Second, the Almighty never grows tired or bored with Himself because of His own infinite glory, riches and fulness (whereas we, being finite and sinful, can and do become tired of ourselves!).

If you would like a definition, God’s longsuffering is His constant and never-wearying delight in Himself as the perfectly blessed One. We worship the longsuffering Jehovah (I Tim. 1:16) from the heart: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (17)!

God is also longsuffering regarding His Persons. The Triune God is one in His Being and three in His Persons, as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He enjoys infinitely blessed covenant fellowship in Himself, between the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. This divine Fellowship is absolutely perfect for it is always vibrant, beautiful, deep and satisfying. The fellowship of the three divine Persons never wanes or grows stale (unlike our fellowship with one another in this life, sadly).

Concerning our longsuffering Triune God (16), we again exclaim, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (17)!  Rev. Stewart

 

God’s Immanence in Hell


One of our readers asked the following question: “How can God, being immanent, still be in hell, which is a place of total separation from Himself?”

Perhaps the brother is thinking of Job 26:6: “Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.” He may especially be recalling Psalm 139:8: “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”

The last verse deserves to be quoted in its context: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (7-10).

First, notice where Jehovah is present: land and sea (even the most far-flung regions), and heaven and hell. Second, observe that God is present everywhere in all His Persons, including the Holy Spirit (7) and so He is present spiritually and invisibly. Third, let us embrace the comfort this brings to Jehovah’s people for our God is present with us everywhere in His covenantal goodness. This evoked the Psalmist David’s awe and amazement expressed in the form of a rhetorical question: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (7).

But let us return to the question, this time proceeding more theologically.

God’s immanence is the same as His omnipresence. Jehovah is everywhere present in the entire earthly and heavenly creation. God’s immanence is intrinsically related to His works of creation and providence.

God’s work of creation, according to Scripture, is that divine operation whereby He gave existence to all creatures in heaven and on earth in such a way that He remained separate in essence from them, while the creature was and remains dependent on Him for its existence.

To deny that God created all things is that dastardly heresy of evolutionism, which thrusts God out of His own creation. To deny that all creatures are dependent on God for their continued existence is Deism, a heresy born in England that has become the handmaiden of theistic evolutionism. Pantheism, on the other hand, teaches that all the creation is an outflowing of God’s divine Being. The timid violet and the mighty oak are God Himself, His very Being, according to this devilish doctrine.

Scripture teaches that God created all things by the word of His power (Heb. 11:3) and that He continues to speak the word that brought the creation into existence so that it always owes its existence to God’s word (1:3).

Once having brought man into existence, God continues to speak the word “man.” If He should stop speaking that word, man would cease to exist. This is true of every man, both wicked and righteous—as well as the man, Jesus Christ in His human nature. After all, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1-14).

Providence means that the God who gives existence to all things also upholds and directs all the activities of every creature in such a way that each is His instrument to reveal His greatness, power, majesty and sovereignty. Anything less than this would give power to the creature independent of God’s power.

The Scriptures are clear on the fact that the hosts of darkness are also under Jehovah’s sovereign control. Satan could bring evil on Job only with God’s permission (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-6). The demon who was a lying spirit in Ahab’s prophets was sent by God (II Chron. 18:18-22). Christ, as our exalted Lord, has supreme authority at God’s right hand also over the wicked (Ps. 2).

Since God is immanent in the wicked and sovereign over their lives, it is not difficult to understand that He is immanent in hell as well. We must, however, be careful as to how we understand this.

The Scriptures speak of God’s omnipresence as regards rational, moral creatures in two senses. God can be, and is, present with the wicked and the righteous in fundamentally different ways. He is present with the wicked to uphold them by His sovereign power—also in hell—but He is present with the righteous in His favour, love and merciful care of them. Or, to put it differently, God is present with the wicked in His fierce wrath against them, while He loves His people in Jesus Christ and takes them into His own covenant fellowship.

I am inclined to think that hell would not be such a terrible place if God were not there. But God is there and that makes it so awful.

Is not that true even in earthly relationships? If I am living five thousand miles away from my father, when I in some way incurred his wrath, it would, I think, be tolerable if he told me of his anger by a letter. But if he were in the same room with me and I could see the blazing fury that filled his eyes—if I could hear the cold, measured words that conveyed his utter wrath—if every bodily movement spoke of his determination to disown me as his son and to have nothing more to do with me, that would be unbearable. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31).

This brings us to a misconception in the brother’s question. The idea of hell as “a place of total separation from [God]” is, at best, incomplete. Hell is a place of total separation from all the pleasant things God sends in His providence but never from the omnipresent One Himself. God is in hell as the holy, avenging punisher of all impenitent sinners!

One more point: If God created and upholds the wicked, He does so for a purpose. That purpose is defined in Belgic Confession 16, which speaks of God’s goal in election as being to reveal His mercy, adding that He is also “just, in leaving others in the fall and perdition wherein they have involved themselves.” God’s purpose in reprobation is to reveal His attribute of justice.  Prof. Hanko
 

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South Wales Lecture

Thursday, 27 October, 2016
at 7:15 PM

The Round Chapel
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John Owen and the Death of Christ

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God's Goodness Always Particular

by Herman Hoeksema
(144 pp, softback)

What does the Bible teach regarding God’s attitude to the reprobate ungodly? What are the implications of the notion that Jehovah loves or favours the wicked? Do the Psalms support or give the lie to the theory of common grace? Read and gain new appreciation for the truth that God’s goodness is always particular.

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In a 1,001 subtle and not so subtle ways, the world tells us that happiness, satisfaction and meaning is not found in Christ alone, and our darkened hearts are foolish enough to believe it! Learn from Colossians 2 about our all-sufficient riches in the cross of our Lord Jesus.

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Philippine Mission News - October 16, 2016

philmap2On this October 16, 2016 Lord's Day a few news updates on the PRC mission work in the Philippines may be noted.

First, Rev. Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI) announced today his decline of the call from Doon PRC to serve as third missionary to the Philippines. May the Lord give him and his family as well as Doon PRC peace in this decision.

Second, Rev. Daniel Holstege, recently called and installed as second missionary to the Philippines, is back on the mission for a few weeks to become more acquainted with the work and to prepare to move there with his family in early 2017, D.V.

From this Sunday's bulletin of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find these notices:

Rev. Holstege will be leading our second service today, the Lord willing. We welcome him to our pulpit and fellowship. Rev. Holstege is preaching this morning in the Berean PRC for their first worship service.

Invitation To Kleyns This Afternoon: After our worship services today, everyone is invited to the Kleyn’s house (34 Sunrise Drive, Beverly Hills Subd., along Ortigas Extension, Antipolo City) for a late lunch and a time of fellowship. We hope this will be a good opportunity for visiting with each other, and also with Rev. Holstege before he departs on Tuesday.

As that note states, Rev. D. Holstege plans to return home on Tuesday, October 18. May the Lord grant him travelling mercies, and may He continue to prepare him and his wife and family for these busy labors.

Let us also remember Rev. D. Kleyn and his wife Sharon in their ongoing labors in that land.

Below are a few pictures the Kleyns posted on their blog after Rev. Holstege's visit.

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Rev.D. Holstege teaching at the 7M ministers' meeting in Manila.

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The men at the 7M meeting: From left to right:

Rev. Daniel Kleyn, Pastor Ronald Failano, Pastor Teddy Quirante, Rev. Daniel Holstege, Pastor Ace Flores, Brother Alex Dela Rosa, Brother Bien Montoya, Brother Mitch Suarez,Brother Jun Armas, Rev. Leovy Trinidad
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Covenant PRC, N.Ireland Newsletter - October 2016

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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Ballymena, NI

13 October, 2016

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,


New Season

The church year is in full swing here again. The children of the congregation are doing well in the three catechism classes on Monday nights, as we look at New Testament History (Beginners), Old Testament History (Juniors), and the Heidelberg Catechism.
Our Tuesday morning classes (which continued through much of the summer) have cov-ered the ceremonial laws in Leviticus 11-15 which treat uncleanness involving food, child-birth, leprosy, and bodily issues. It is good to dig into the Old Testament law and see references to these things in Israel’s history and prophets, as well as in the gospel accounts and epistles. It adds further depth to the Scriptures, and shows the glory of the cross and the spiritual liberty of Christ’s New Testament church.

The Wednesday night classes recently concluded our treatment of Belgic Confession 28 (www.cprf.co.uk/audio/belgicconfessionclass.htm). The 8 audios, entitled “Bound to Join a Faithful Church,” should soon be produced on CDs as volume 20 of our series of box sets on this great Reformed creed.

“The Life of Jacob” is the engaging subject of an on-going sermon series in Genesis (www.cprf.co.uk/audio/OTseries.htm). We have looked at the patriarch’s birth and its doctrinal significance, his finagling the birthright from Esau and hoodwinking of Isaac for the blessing, his amazing dream of the ladder at Bethel and his godly response to it, plus most recently the strange circumstances surrounding his marriage to Leah and Rachel, when he received some of his own medicine by being outwitted by greedy Laban.

Jacob Buchanan is now helping with the live streaming of our Sunday services, especially in the evenings. In the last few months, viewers have more than doubled and we have been get-ting some good feedback. Our UK times (11 AM & 6PM) are 5 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time (www.cprf.co.uk/live.html).

One of our local newspapers, the Ballymena Guardian, carried an article I sent them about our new season of classes and services (6 September). It is good to have opportunities to witness of the Reformed faith so that others may be brought to the rich treasures we enjoy in Jesus Christ.

Bookstore

 3 books CPRC 2016The CPRC Bookstore continues its work. We have had a good number of new titles in the last three months. Of these, our best-selling books are, in order, Be Ye Holy by Profs. Engelsma and Hanko (46), Christianizing the World by Prof. Engelsma, and God’s Goodness Always Particular by Herman Hoeksema.

Since mid-July and the British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Conference in Northern Ireland, we have sold 25 box sets of “‘Behold, I Come Quickly’: The Reformed Biblical Truth of the End” and 22 other box sets of CDs or DVDs. The hard copy audio-visual catalogue we produced and posted out with the Covenant Reformed News in June is helping get the preached Word out.

We receive a lot of appreciation from the Lord’s people. A brother in England wrote, “A big thank you for the solid Reformed materials you kindly sent me. Doctrinal, Reformed, biblical truth is the bedrock of my faith in Christ alone. The CPRC is a great blessing to me. Wishing you God’s peace and blessing.”

It is also striking how combinations of materials over a long time can bring contacts. A lady in Northern Ireland, who has been receiving the Covenant Reformed News for years through a friend who passes his copies on to her, recently saw a 2013 (!) British Christian magazine’s review of Prof. Engelsma’s Federal Vision: Heresy at the Root. So she phoned us, dropped by at the manse, and bought three books and a box set of DVDs.

Others express their gratitude to the Lord for His truth financially. In the last two months, we have received £2,700 from five saints in Scotland, Australia, and England.

Websites

Our main website continues to grow (www.cprc.co.uk). Recently, Mary added to our “Articles” page three of my old seminary term papers, which her father managed to extract from an old floppy disk (remember them?). After making a number of improvements, “God Above Time,” “Postmillennialism and the Remnant,” and “Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo and the Reformed Doctrine of the Atonement” are now online.

Our website also contains articles on Belgic Confession 1-7, Charismaticism, and Psalm-singing, which I wrote for the Salt Shakers mag-azine of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC) in Singapore. Earlier today, Mary uploaded a document prepared by David Hutchings, a friend in South Wales, containing 8 Protestant Reformed Theological Journal arti-cles by Prof. Hanko entitled “Another Look at Common Grace” (www.cprf.co.uk/articles/ anotherlookatcg.pdf).

Regarding translations, this past two months have seen another 23 added: 12 Hungarian, 5 Spanish, 2 Czech, 1 Indonesian, 1 Portuguese, 1 Thai, and 1 Tigrinya. All of this, plus putting weekly bulletins, the monthly Covenant Re-formed News, audios of services and lectures, etc., means that Mary puts in a lot of hours of work on our main website.
Our other on-line witnesses are also growing. We have about 700 subscribers to our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/cprcni) and over 2,200 likes on the CPRC Facebook page. Have you checked them out?

Others

MDDeVries NI 2016On 14 August, Rev. Michael DeVries preached for the CPRC, while Mary and I were in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF). This was the second of the three Sundays of Rev. McGeown’s trip to the US. It was good for the congregation to hear Pastor DeVries, some 9 years since his last visit. Mary and I spent some time with Rev. and Dawn on the north coast of Northern Ireland during the next two sunny days. They also joined us at our Tuesday morn-ing Bible class.

Later that week, Susan Hall and Janet Napier led a Children’s Bible Club at church (17-18 August). The attractive theme was “The Armour of God” (Eph. 6:10-17). Last Sunday, Philip Hall was reinstalled as deacon (9 October).

“Are Unbelievers in God’s Image?” was the subject at the lecture in South Wales (30 Sep-tember). Though a number of regulars told us that the date we had chosen would not work for them, we still had a decent number present, in-cluding some saints whom we had not seen for a while. Sales included 10 books and 4 box sets of CDs.

After the speech, we left off Timothy Spence, a CPRC member studying at Wales’ Cardiff University, at Hebron Hall (www.hebronhall.org). This is the Christian conference centre chosen as the venue for the 2018 BRF Conference on the family, with our main speakers being Prof. Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning! The gardens and the tennis courts look even better than they did in 2010 when we were last there. Maybe you should pencil in 21-28 July, 2018 for a week in Wales with the BRF?

May the Lord be with you all,

In Christ,

Rev. Angus and Mary Stewart

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Ministerial Calls Extended on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gospel to all nationsOn Sunday, October 9, 2016 three PRC congregations voted to extend calls. In alphabetical order they are as follows:

BYRON CENTER PRC - To Rev. C Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), for home missionary.

FIRST PRC-HOLLAND - To Rev. N. Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI), for pastor.

SW PRC - To Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA), for pastor.

Let us remember these men and these congregations in prayer as they seek to discover God's will for them.

We also continue to remember Rev. N. Decker in prayer as he considers the call to serve as third missionary in the Philippines.

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A Solid Tool for Spiritual Growth: The Standard Bearer - Are YOU a Subscriber?

SB Oct15 2014 AugustineWhat tools are you using to grow spiritually in your Christian faith and walk with the Lord?

The Reformed magazine, the Standard Bearer, now in its ninety-third year of publication, is a solid means of spiritual growth. With a variety of articles in each issue (24 pp.), ranging from meditations and Bible study helps to church history and Reformed doctrine features, there is something for every serious Christain to read and benefit from.

The Reformed Free Publishing Association, publishers of the magazine, have a special promotional goal they are advertising to increase readership (see the flyer below for details).

Are YOU a subscriber? If not, now is a good time to add a solid means of spiritual growth to your personal life or family life.

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Classical Officers

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