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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of October 14, 2018

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On this forty-first Lord's Day of 2018, October 14, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On September 23 the congregation of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Langerak (Crete PRC, IL). Today it was announced that he DECLINED this call.

  • On October 7 Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) has received the call (Oct.7)  through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore.

  • From Grandvile PRC's bulletin today comes this update on her new pastor: Rev. N. Decker's installation: Lord willing, on Sunday, October 28, Rev. Koole will lead our morning worship service for Rev. Decker's installation. Rev. Decker will lead us in worship preaching his inaugural sermon Sunday evening."

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

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  • This being Reformation remembrance month, these churches and organizations have Reformation lectures approaching. If you are in the area of one of them, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend:
    • Lynden PRC Fall Lecture: The Lynden PRC Evangelism Committee is excited to announce that they will be hosting a lecture on Friday, October 26 at 7:00.  Professor Dykstra will be speaking on “The Believer’s Assurance in the Canons of Dordt.”  All are welcome to attend. Invite your friends and family!

    • Fall Reformation lecture: Rev. Andrew Lanning will be speaking on the topic "The Reformation's Defense of Scripture's Authority."  Join us at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 26 at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church.  If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to live stream via the link at southwestprc.org or on our Sermon Audio webpage.

    • From our Hope congregation in Redlands, CA: On Friday, October 26th at 7 p.m.(PST) Prof. B. Gritters will be speaking on "Evangelicals and Catholics Together? Reconciling the Unreconcilable."  Please invite friends, family and acquaintances for an online live viewing on our website hopeprc.org.  Even better if you can attend in person!
    • The Reformed Witness Committee’s fall lecture has been scheduled for Friday, October 26, at 7:30 PM in Hull PRC. Prof. Doug Kuiper will speak on the topic “The Controversy Regarding Sovereign Grace: The Synod of Dordt and its Relevance for Today.”

    • On October 26 and 27 Prof. D. Engelsma will be participating in a conference hosted by Reforming America Ministries.  This year’s conference will develop the theme “The Doctrine of Justification defined and defended against heresies taught by John Piper, the Federal Vision and the New Perspective on Paul.”  The Event will be held in a suburb of Nashville, TN.  The event will also be livestreamed on Reforming America Ministries’ Facebook page.  Professor Engelsma will be speaking on Oct. 26 at 6:00 and again on Oct. 27 at 3:30PM (central time).  This is an exciting opportunity for our churches to promote the truth of the gospel!

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its eighth week of classses in this first semester. The first practice preaching session was held this past Monday, Oct.7, with Sem. Josiah Tan delivering his sermon. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • 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.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following details have been announced:

    This November marks the beginning of the synod of Dordt, 400 years ago. Although the lengthy meeting gets much attention, there were many events in the years and months prior to the synod that led to such an event. In light of seminary’s conference in April and to gain an appreciation of the preceding history visit the conference web site. https://dordt400.org/category/historical-forward/?order=asc  

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.

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Latest issue of Salt Shakers magazine - cf. note below

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • After some time in the U.S. speaking and preaching, Rev. A. Stewart has returned to Ballymena, N.Ireland and his labors in Covenant PRC.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (August 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue received last week (September 2018) may be found here.

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • Rev. Joseph Holstege (Zion PRC) continues to serve the CERC with preaching and teaching this month.

    • She also has this special note about he rmission work in India: "The Kolkata Fellowship will be gathering this week, from 16 to 18 Oct for their annual Church Camp. The theme of the Camp is “I Will Build My Church”, Matt 16:18. The total number of campers as of today is 40. Three brothers from our Church, the Lord wiling, will also be attending the Camp! Do pray for the Lord’s blessings and safe-keeping as Pastor Andy Lanning speaks at the Camp."
    • Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) has received the call (Oct.7)  through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • 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 too.

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What will you read this month in connection with the celebration of the great Reformation? We have plenty of pamphlets and articles available! (*see below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets 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. That also includes many items related to the Reformation of the 16th century. Visit these pages for more information.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? 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.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service on the program. The title of today's message is "Chosen to Be a Special People" (2) based on Deuteronomy 7:6-9.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • Young Calvinists is holding another Talking Points! Rev. C. Griess will be speaking on the topic of music and how it impacts and influences our lives. Trinity PRC Young People will be hosting this event on October 23 @ 7:00PM. This event is designed for Young People and Young Adults. Plan on attending and bring a friend!

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11, from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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Rev. L. Trinidad, pastor of Maranatha PRC in the Philippines (*cf. note below)

MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • *From Byron Center PRC's bulletin last week we learn about her pastor's upcoming trip to India and work there: "Rev. Lanning will depart this Thursday for Kolkata, India in order to deliver seven sermons and speeches for the annual church camp on the mission field in Kolkata. He will be staying with Rev. Emmanuel Singh, missionary to Kolkata of our sister church in Singapore. Rev. Lanning will return late on October 20, Lord willing. Let us remember our Bengali-speaking brothers and sisters in Christ as the Lord gathers his church in Kolkata."

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. K Koole is ministering the Word in Limerick, Ireland today.
    • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC today. Rev. Kleyn will preach for Maranatha PRC. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Smit will preach both times here at PCC.

      • After the first worship service today, Rev. Holstege will teach Lesson 5, “The Communicable Attributes of God,” in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class. Merienda will follow at 11:00.

      • The Wednesday night class will meet this week, at 7:30, DV. Rev. Joe Holstege, the youngest brother of our pastor, who will be visiting in the Philippines this week with his wife and son, will speak on the topic of “evangelism.” All are invited to join!

    • *Maranatha PRC:
      • Today, our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Belgic Confession Class Articles 14 and following.

      • Rev. L. Trinidad will teach the Children’s Catechism.
      • The Classis will meet on October 31, 2018 at 9:00 in the morning and the venue is at MPRC, Valenzuela City.

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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New Salt Shakers Magazine - September 2018 (#51)

SS 51 Sept 2018"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the September 2018 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#51),their youth magazine.

The SEPTEMBER 2018 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.

Inside the September issue:
Editorial: A Reflection on Christian Liberty (II) Chua Lee Yang
Scripture's Covenant Youth (XIII): Jeremiah Prof. Herman Hanko
Are Unbelievers in God's Image? (IX) - Rev. Angus Stewart  
Quit You Like Men (I) Woon Tian Loong
Marriage is Not For Me (I) Marcus and Tze Yan Wee
Let No Men Despise Thy Youth! - Deuel Teo
The Need For and Urgency of Reading (II) Rev. Arie Den Hartog
Rejoicing and Weeping Together (III): In The Home Lim Yang Zhi
The Music of the World - Lim Ruo Xi
Covenant People - Lee Kong Wee
Of Treasures Hid in Sand - Cassia Lee
Artificial Intelligence - Cornelius Boon
Book Review: Boyhood and Beyond - Jean Lim
 
Answer to last issue's riddle: Covenant children! 
Did you get it? Test your wit and Bible knowledge on the new one!
 Pro Rege,
Chua Lee Yang
On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
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Reformation Lecture on Dordt 400th This Friday, October 12, 2018 at Bethel PRC, Roselle, IL

Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL is planning a special Reformation Day lecture again this year.

The event is scheduled for THIS COMING Friday October 12 at 7:30 PM  in her sanctuary, with Prof. Ronald Cammenga of the PRC Seminary speaking on the topic, “Getting The Gospel Right: Celebrating 400 years of the Canons of Dordt”.

Below is the flyer she has prepared to promote the event. The public is cordially invited.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for October 2018

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for October 2018 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

WBruinsma 2017Rev. Bill Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (Pittsburgh, PA), begins his four-month service for the RWH program with messages from some OT passages and a special Reformation Day message (cf. schedule of messages below).

October 7 - Chosen to Be a Special People (1) - Deuteronomy 7:6-9

October 14 - Chosen to Be a Special People (2) - Deuteronomy 7:6-9

October 21 - Abraham Offers Up Isaac - Hebrews 11:17-19

October 28 - The Scripture: God's Word (Reformation Day message)

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 77th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Check out our new website, launched in May of this year!

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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.

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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of October 7, 2018*(Updated)

Psalms 61 2On this fortieth Lord's Day of 2018, October 7, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • We congratulate Rev. M. DeVries and his wife Dawn as he celebrates 40 years in the ministry this month (ordained in Southwest PRC in October of 1978). We find this special note in Kalamazoo PRC's bulletin (his current charge) today: "This evening after the service we will celebrate Rev. De Vries' 40 years in the ministry. We will be having a short program followed by a light supper. 'And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding', Jeremiah 3:15. We welcome Prof. R. Cammenga to our pulpit this evening. He has been asked to lead our service in connection with our celebration this evening."

  • On September 23 Rev. N. Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI) announced his acceptance of the call to Grandville PRC. Tonight he preaches his farewell in Trinity PRC.

  • On September 23 the congregation of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Langerak (Crete PRC, IL). Rev. Langerak intends to answer this call on October 14.

  • Grandville’s Council has formed a new trio from which to call a minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC, CO), and Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, MI).  The congregation will vote this evening. *UPDATE: Rev. W. Langerak has received this call.

  • Did you know our Canadian churches will celebrate their national day of Thanksgiving tomorrow, Oct.8?  First PRC of Edmonton, AB, Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, and Wingham PRC in Ontario will hold worship services tomorrow morning to mark the event and give praise to God for His manifold blessings.
  • Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL is planning a special Reformation Day lecture again this year. This year the event is scheduled for this Friday October 12 at 7:30 PM  in her sanctuary, with Prof. Ronald Cammenga of the PRC Seminary speaking on the topic, “Getting The Gospel Right: Celebrating 400 years of the Canons of Dordt”.

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  • This past Friday evening, October 5, Peace PRC held her new church building dedication at her Dyer location  (cf. picture to left) Rev. R. Barnhill gave the dedication message and the church choir and the congregation's children participated in singing for the program.

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its seventh week of classses in this first semester. The first practice preaching session will be held Monday, Oct.7, with J. Tan delivering his sermon. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • 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.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following details have been announced:

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • From her bulletin of Sept.23: Rev. & Mary Stewart [are in] N. America., returning Tuesday, 9 October. Rev. Stewart will lecture for Eastside Christian School (26 September) and the RFPA (27 September) and in Pittsburgh (3 October), and will preach in Wingham PRC (30 September) and Southeast PRC and Zion PRC (7 October)."

    • And in that connection, here is the note about her pulpit supply: "Rev. Koole ... will be preaching for the CPRC on the next 2 Lord’s Days, and taking catechism classes on 1 & 8 October."

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (August 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue received last week (September 2018) may be found here.

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • CERC has a note in today's bulletin about her current pulpit/catechism supply: "This Lord’s Day we are thankful for the Lord in bringing Rev. Joseph Holstege, Lisa, and Jacob into our midst to bring the precious Word of God. Rev Holstege will be here for four Sundays in October where he will be assisting us in pulpit supply, catechism class and pre-confession class."

    • Grandville’s Council has formed a new trio from which to call a minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC, CO), and Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, MI).  The congregation will vote TODAY*UPDATE: Rev. W. Langerak has received this call.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • 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 too.

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What will you read this month in connection with the celebration of the great Reformation? We have plenty of pamphlets and articles available! (*see below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets 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. That also includes many items related to the Reformation of the 16th century. Visit these pages for more information.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? 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.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) begins his four-month service on the program. The title of today's message is "Chosen to Be a Special People" (1) based on Deuteronomy 7:6-9.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • Young Calvinists is holding another Talking Points! Rev. C. Griess will be speaking on the topic of music and how it impacts and influences our lives. Trinity PRC Young People will be hosting this event on October 23 @ 7:00PM. This event is designed for Young People and Young Adults. Plan on attending and bring a friend!

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11, from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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A picture of a delegation from Covenant ERCS to Kolkata in 2015 (*cf. note below)

MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • *From Byron Center PRC's bulletin this week we learn about her pastor's upcoming trip to India and work there: "Rev. Lanning will depart this Thursday for Kolkata, India in order to deliver seven sermons and speeches for the annual church camp on the mission field in Kolkata. He will be staying with Rev. Emmanuel Singh, missionary to Kolkata of our sister church in Singapore. Rev. Lanning will return late on October 20, Lord willing. Let us remember our Bengali-speaking brothers and sisters in Christ as the Lord gathers his church in Kolkata."

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC today. Rev. Kleyn will preach for the PRC in Bulacan.

      • Around 10:15 today, Rev. Holstege will teach Lesson 4, “The Incommunicable Attributes of God,” in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class. We will have merienda afterward at 11:00.

      • The Wednesday class will meet this week, at 7:30, DV. We will study the identification and interpretation of “types” in Scripture. You are all invited to join!

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Today, our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Eschatology.

      • The Translation Committee has just finished their work of translating the Heidelberg Catechism in Tagalog and we thank the Lord for the wisdom, knowledge, and strength.
      • Our Missionaries and PRCP are planning to conduct a Conference in commemoration with the Synod of Dordt, dated November 1618 to May 1619.

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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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of September 30, 2018

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On this thirty-ninth Lord's Day of 2018, September 30, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Special event TONIGHT hosted by Faith PRC: "Please join us tonight for a slideshow given by our brothers from the BERG located in Giessen, Germany. The men are in the U.S. to meet with the Contact Committee to discuss the current condition of the Reformed faith in Germany and also doctrinal matters. The two elders from Germany are Dr. Jurgen Klautke and Mr. Jochen Klautke. The presentation will take place immediately following the evening service. After the presentation, there will be a time of fellowship, refreshments and baked goods in the fellowship hall. All are invited to attend."

  • On September 23 Rev. N. Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI) announced his acceptance of the call to Grandville PRC.

  • On September 23 the congregation of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Langerak (Crete PRC, IL).

  • Grandville’s Council has formed a new trio from which to call a minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC, CO), and Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, MI).  The congregation will vote, D.V., on Sunday evening, October 7.

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  • The new church building dedication for Peace PRC will be held at her Dyer location this Friday evening, October 5, at 7 p.m. (cf. picture to right) Rev. Barnhill will give the dedication message. The church choir, as well the children in K-8, will be singing praises to God. There will be refreshments and fellowship afterwards. All are welcome to join us in thanksgiving to God.

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its sixth week of classses in this first semester. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • 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.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following details have been announced:

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.

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*Worship place of Launceston Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Australia (cf. below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • From her bulletin of Sept.23: Rev. & Mary Stewart [are in] N. America., returning Tuesday, 9 October. Rev. Stewart will lecture for Eastside Christian School (26 September) and the RFPA (27 September) and in Pittsburgh (3 October), and will preach in Wingham PRC (30 September) and Southeast PRC and Zion PRC (7 October)."

    • And in that connection, here is bulletin note about her pulpit supply: "Rev. Koole arrives this Friday. He will be preaching for the CPRC on the next 2 Lord’s Days, and taking catechism classes on 1 & 8 October."

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (August 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue received last week (September 2018) may be found here.

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • Rev. A. Spriensma and his wife are currently ministering to the saints in the CERC. Today is their final Sunday there. From today's bulletin is this note: "We again are thankful to God for their willingness to assist in the pulpit supplies for these three Lord’s day. Rev Spriensma will also be making a special presentation on missionary and evangelism work in the United States this Lord’s day at 11.30am. Do take this opportunity to hear first-hand the domestic mission work of our sister church."

    • CERC also has a note in today's bulletin about her next supply: "This week we also welcome Rev. Joseph Holstege, his wife Lisa and their son, Jacob into our midst. They will be arriving... on 5th October 2018..... They will be here till 29th October 2018. Rev Holstege will assist us with pulpit supplies for the next four Lord’s day and also conducts Catechism and Pre-confession Classes. For this we are thankful to our God for His provision for Covenant."

    • Grandville’s Council has formed a new trio from which to call a minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC, CO), and Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, MI).  The congregation will vote, D.V., on Sunday evening, October 7.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • *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 too.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? 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 need of some pamphlets 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.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) completes his series on the OT prophecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "A Greater Than Jonah Is Here" based on Matthew 12:41.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YOUTH:

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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Meeting place of the Community Bible Study being sponsored by Byron Center PRC (*cf. note below for this week's meeting)

MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.
    • Currently he and his wife are in Singapore serving our sister church, Covenant ERC, returning this week.

    • *From Byron Center PRC's (calling church) bulletin this week comes this note about a work our missionary is involved in: "The Dorr Bible Study meets again this Thursday, October 4, at 7:30 PM. Invite neighbors and friends as we continue our study through the gospel of John. We look next at Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus in John 3."

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC today, and Rev. Kleyn will preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto.

      • After the first service, Rev. Holstege will teach Essentials Lesson 3 on the “Essence and Names of God.” There will be merienda after class at 11:00.

      • The Wed. class will meet this week, DV, at 7:30. We will consider the “historical aspect” of the rules of Biblical interpretation. All are welcome to join!

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Today, our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Eschatology.

      • The Translation Committee has just finished their work of translating the Heidelberg Catechism in Tagalog and we thank the Lord for the wisdom, knowledge, and strength.
      • Our Missionaries and PRCP are planning to conduct a Conference in commemoration with the Synod of Dordt, dated November 1618 to May 1619.

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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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of September 23, 2018 *(Updated)

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On this thirty-eighth Lord's Day of 2018, September 23, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On August 26 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Decker (pastor of Trinity PRC). Today he announced his ACCEPTANCE of this call.

  • The Council of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) has formed a trio from which to call a new minister Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph, WI), Rev. N. Langerak (Crete, IL), and Rev. M. VanderWal (Wingham, ON).  The congregation will vote TODAY following the afternoon service. *UPDATE: Rev. N. Langerak has received this call.

  • Grandville’s Council has formed a new trio from which to call a minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. S. Key, and Rev. W. Langerak.  The congregation will vote, D.V., on Suynday evening, October 7.

  • From Georgetown PRC comes this special note (for tonight): "'Foster of Grace' the documentary on the India mission created by Brad Kamminga will be shown at Georgetown PRC on Sunday, Sep. 23 at 8pm. [TONIGHT]  This documentary will give you a better understanding of the background of the mission work and the Grace Foster Home as well as life in India and the struggles and challenges of abandoned children and women in India. This is a public showing for all, so please invite your friends and family from other churches."

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) has begun worshiping for the time being at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its fifth week of classses in this first semester. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • 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.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following details have been announced:

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • From her bulletin today: Rev. & Mary Stewart leave tomorrow for N. America., returning Tuesday, 9 October. Rev. Stewart will lecture for Eastside Christian School (26 September) and the RFPA (27 September) and in Pittsburgh (3 October), and will preach in Wingham PRC (30 September) and Southeast PRC and Zion PRC (7 October)."

    • And in that connection, here is bulletin note about her pulpit supply: "Rev. Koole arrives this Friday. He will be preaching for the CPRC on the next 2 Lord’s Days, and taking catechism classes on 1 & 8 October."
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (August 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue received last week (September 2018) may be found here.

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • Rev. A. Spriensma and his wife are currently ministering to the saints in the CERC.

    • Grandville’s Council has formed a new trio from which to call a minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. S. Key, and Rev. W. Langerak.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • 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 too.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *The RFPA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Angus Stewart will speak on “The RFPA, the CPRC, and the Spread of the Truth” at Grace PR Church in Grand Rapids, MI. This speech will address the role of RFPA literature from the perspective of a PR sister church running a bookstore and doing missionary work in another country, showing how these Reformed materials edify the CPRC’s members and assist in reaching its contacts. Men, women, and young people are all cordially invited to attend the meeting!

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? 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 need of some pamphlets 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.

  • If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music as well as in Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) continues his series on the OT prophecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "God's Rebuke of a Pouting Prophet" based on Jonah 4:6-11.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YOUTH:

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (JULY 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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Meeting place of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship

MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. For the next three weeks he and his wife are in Singapore serving our sister church, Covenant ERC.

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. From CPRC's bulletin this week we learn of a special lecture Rev. McGeown is to give this week:

    S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will speak on “The Development of God’s Covenant (3)” in Margam Community Centre this Thursday at 7:15 PM.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today.

      • After the first service, Rev. Holstege will finish Essentials Lesson 2 on the doctrine of Holy Scripture. There will be merienda after class.

      • We express Christian sympathy to Rev. and Mrs. Smit and their family in the death of Rev. Smit’s father last week. The Smit family traveled to the state of Washington, in the far northwest of the U.S., last Friday to attend the funeral. May our God comfort them in their loss and keep them safe in their travels. “Mahalaga sa paningin ng PANGINOON ang kamatayan ng kanyang mga banal” (Awit 116:15).

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both Services. He will continue the Belgic Confession Articles 33 - ff.
      • Rev. L. Trinidad will teach the children the Catechism.
      • Our Missionaries and PRCP are planning to conduct a Conference in commemoration with the Synod of Dordt, dated November 1618 to May 1619.

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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Covenant Reformed News - September 2018

 

Covenant Reformed News


September 2018 • Volume XVII, Issue 5



God’s Wisdom (4)

The wisdom of God was personally manifested in our Lord Jesus. According to His human nature, Christ grew in wisdom as He developed as a boy: “the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). As a teenager, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (52).
He is the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah 11:2: “the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” He was wiser than Solomon (Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31), for in Him “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). Yea, He is the very “wisdom of God” (I Cor. 1:24)!
The wisdom of God in Christ is declared in the gospel. The last verse in the most systematic presentation of the good news of salvation closes with this fitting doxology: “To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen” (Rom. 16:27). This is entirely appropriate, since Romans sets forth man’s terrible sin and God’s justifying righteousness (ch. 1-5); the marvel of sanctification and assurance (ch. 6-8); double predestination, and the salvation of believing Jews and Gentiles (ch. 9-11); and rich ethical teaching on godly living, including in church and state (ch. 12-16).
I Corinthians 1:17-31 explains that the gospel proclaims salvation through the crucified Messiah, which is foolishness and weakness to the world, but the wisdom and power of God. Jehovah has chosen the foolishness of preaching to save His people and to confound those who think themselves to be wise. The Triune God hides these things from “the wise and prudent,” but reveals them to “babes” (Matt. 11:25; Luke 10:21).
Saul of Tarsus is a prime biblical example of God’s wisdom in conversion. Remember what he used to be: he “was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious” (I Tim. 1:13), yet the Most High transformed him into the apostle Paul (1, 11-12)! No wonder he exclaimed, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (17)! In Jehovah’s wisdom, He made Paul a model to display His longsuffering: “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting” (16).
Consider the wonder of God’s wisdom in preserving all whom He saves—billions of us, in all ages and all around the world; each with his or her own particular sins and weaknesses; and all under attack from the world, the flesh and the devil! Thus the penultimate book of the Bible concludes with this paean of praise: “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).
What about God’s wisdom in sacred Scripture? No other book can compare to it! We have the inspired, inerrant and infallible Bible, which has been preserved faithfully to all generations. It is complete, all-sufficient and supremely authoritative. These “holy scriptures,” Paul states, “are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (II Tim. 3:15).
Whether they like it or not, all the world will be utterly convinced of God’s wisdom at the final judgment. The last day will be the great theodicy, when Jehovah’s wisdom will be displayed publicly to all men and angels, elect or reprobate, holy or wicked. In all His works and ways, the Triune God will be seen as just and wise and good—undeniably! On that glorious day, “at the name of Jesus every knee [shall] bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And ... every tongue [shall] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11). Be wise and bow now in repentance and faith in Christ crucified and risen! Rev. Stewart
 

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Does the Bible Merely Contain Men’s Opinions?

Question: “In I Corinthians 7:6, where Paul speaks of the due benevolence that spouses owe each other sexually, he explicitly says that it is not a direct commandment from the Lord, but rather something he states ‘by permission’: ‘But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.’ What do we make of this?”
There has been, over the years, a great deal of discussion over such a text as this. The problem includes verse 12 of this same chapter, as well as II Corinthians 8:8. These texts have been used by the enemies of divine inspiration to attempt to prove that the Bible frequently contains merely men’s personal opinions.
However, we believe in the Bible’s verbal inspiration. Every word in Scripture is directly inspired by God and is not to be considered merely as an opinion or word which the writer inserted in addition to what the Holy Spirit breathed forth.
The battle with the critics is not to be construed as an argument or debate in which each party attempts to come up with superior proof that is totally convincing. We believe without any question at all that Scripture is verbally inspired by God by means of the Holy Spirit: every word is His word. The basis for our firm belief is the testimony of Scripture itself; it is not merely our private conviction. While I dare say that the proof for the infallible inspiration of the Bible is to be found in every page of Holy Writ, the two main texts are II Timothy 3:16 and II Peter 1:20-21.
This means that we are to explain the text to which the questioner refers (as well as similar texts) as part of the infallibly inspired Word. Let me be clear on this point. When I say that this text is part of the infallibly inspired Scripture, I do not mean that God infallibly inspired Paul to tell those to whom he wrote that God inspired Paul to say that these words were Paul’s words and not God’s words, that is, that these words were formally inspired but not materially, i.e., inspired in what they say. I mean that they were inspired materially as well as formally. What Paul writes is also the truth of God.
Prof. Engelsma states, “Single life is good inasmuch as marriage is not an absolute requirement for Christians. This is the apostle’s point in verse 6: ‘But I speak this by permission, and not by commandment.’ He has just exhorted men and women in the church to marry and to live together sexually (vv. 2-5). Someone might suppose that this was a command to all without exception. Not so, says Paul in verse 6. To marry is permitted, not commanded. Therefore, single life is an option for the Christian. Singleness is an earthly way of life in which the believer may serve the Lord as much as is marriage” (Better to Marry, pp. 43-44; available from the CPRC Bookstore for £8.80, inc. P&P).
With this question, I am prompted to mention an element of inspiration that requires further explanation. Often the appeal is made, as I said, to this and similar passages to prove that there is a “human side” to inspiration in which the “secondary authors” were permitted to express their own opinions. They claim that the opinions of men that are not inspired by God are to be found throughout Scripture. God is said to be the primary Author and men the “secondary authors.”
Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), made this distinction between “secondary authors” and a primary Author. But let it be underscored: Bavinck did not mean that the so-called “secondary authors” were permitted to express their own opinions. He believed firmly in the infallible inspiration of the whole of Scripture. He believed that God was the Author of the Bible but that He used men to write the Scripture, men with their own personalities, abilities, places in history and knowledge of God’s creation. Their personalities give the Bible a human flavour, for the identity of the penmen God used to write different parts is impressed on their writings. But God breathed forth every word by His Spirit (II Tim. 3:16). That was Bavinck’s position.
While I do not disagree with what Bavinck said, I prefer not to use the distinction he used. God is the Author of Scripture, the sole Author. There were no “secondary authors.” God used men but they did not function as mere secretaries who were taking down dictation. Gordon Clark, in his book God’s Hammer, calls attention to the fact that Jehovah is in sovereign control of all things as He works out His eternal plan (Eph. 1:11). God eternally ordained that He would prepare a book, inspired by Himself, in which He would tell His beloved church of all His mighty works, especially salvation by grace alone through the cross of Christ.
God ordained all the men He would use over some 1,500 years: Moses, David, Isaiah, Paul, etc. He eternally determined their gifts and abilities so that they were perfectly qualified to write the parts of Scripture He assigned to them. In God’s mighty providence, all that He determined was carried out: the times of the births of the Bible’s penmen; the circumstances of their upbringing; and their roles in their homes, their societies and their nations (e.g., Paul was born a Roman according to God’s decree).
Thus God is the Author. The writing of Scripture was a miracle so that all the qualities and experiences of those whom He used to write the Bible lie on the surface of their writings, but they were “moved the Holy Ghost” (II Pet. 1:21). The word “moved” in this verse is the same word as is used to describe how a ship at sea is borne along by the wind, as it goes from its point of departure to its point of arrival.
Fallen man finds God’s Word distasteful for it proclaims that he is a hell-worthy sinner. Scripture declares the glorious “good news” that God saves His elect through the wonder of the cross of Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead.
It tells of what God requires of His regenerate children. These demands are contrary to the sinful nature that we carry with us to the grave. We are comforted by our victory in Christ, the forgiveness of our sins in His blood and the hope of glory when we join the church of all ages in heaven.
To mess around with the Word in order to justify one’s own desires and longings is to slap God in the face, deny the infallible Scriptures and continue to revel in sin. This is what much of the church does today with its approval of homosexuality, women in church office, transgenderism, feminism, abortion and other abominable practices.
Thank God for the gospel found in the pages of His infallible Word that is our strength and guide through all of life. Prof. Hanko

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South Wales Lecture

Thursday, 27 September
 7:15 PM


Speaker:
Rev. Martyn McGeown


Subject:
The Development of God’s Covenant (3): Abraham
 
The last two speeches traced the revelation of God’s one everlasting covenant of grace from Adam through Noah. This lecture will follow that history through the line of Shem to Abraham. What continuity is there in the Abrahamic covenant with the covenants with Adam and with Noah? What development is there? With whom is the Abrahamic covenant established, what is its sign and what does the covenant with Abraham reveal about our Lord Jesus Christ?

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

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www.cprf.co.uk/swales.htm
 

CPRC Reformation Day Lecture

Two Men From Trier:
Karl Marx (and Communism) and Caspar Olevianus (and the Heidelberg Catechism)


2018 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx from Trier, NW Germany. Trier is also the city of Caspar Olevianus, one of the principal authors of the Heidelberg Catechism. This speech will compare and contrast these two men from Trier: their lives, their main works, their ideas and the results of their ideas. Key issues in the clash of worldviews between Marx’s communism and Olevianus’ Reformed faith include origins, alienation, work, private property, class struggle, the good life, marriage, history and the end times!

Speaker: Rev. Angus Stewart

Date: Friday, 26 October, at 7:30 PM

at Covenant Protestant
Reformed Church

(83 Clarence Street, Ballymena, BT43 5DR)

All are welcome! 

www.cprc.co.uk


Unable to join us in Ballymena? The lecture will be streamed live at http://www.cprf.co.uk/live.html
 
The Belgic Confession 
Volume 1


by David J. Engelsma
(368 pp., hardback)


Founded on holy Scripture, the Belgic Confession defines sound, health-giving doctrine for Reformed churches and believers. This truth is rich, lovely and powerful. The Confession also authoritatively exposes contemporary heresies. As they read this commentary, all believers who love the biblical and Reformed faith will be guided in the beautiful truth of the “old paths.” Volume 1 covers Articles 1-21 of the Belgic Confession.
Only £19.80 (inc. P&P)

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by post or telephone
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The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God

11 British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference addresses
at Hebron Hall, Wales
(21-28 July, 2018)
on CD or DVD in an attractive box set

 
6 Main Conference Addresses
1. The Divine Origin of the Family (Rev. A. Lanning)
2. The Authoritative Content of the Gospel (Prof. D. Engelsma)
3. The God-Fearing Man and His Virtuous Wife (Rev. A. Lanning)
4. The Reformed Family: Parents and Children (Prof. D. Engelsma)
5. It Is Good to Be Single
(Rev. A. Lanning)
6. Unbiblical Divorce and Adulterous Remarriage: A Scandal (Prof. D. Engelsma)

5 Other addresses
7. Hating Our Family: Necessary for Christian Discipleship
(Rev. M. McGeown)
8. The God of the Living
 (Rev. A. Lanning)
9. The Family and Education
(Mr. Pete Adams)
10. The Eunuchs Who Keep God’s Sabbaths (Rev. A. Stewart)
11. Spousal Abuse in the Christian Community (Prof. D. Engelsma) 

£12/box set
(inc. P&P)

LIsten free on-line
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