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11, Jalan Mesin #04-00

Standard Industrial Building

Singapore 368813

Worship Services: 9:30 A.M. & 2:00 P.M. 

AndrewLanning

Pastor: Rev.Andrew Lanning

148 Bishan Street 11 #06-113 

Singapore  570148

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Reformed News Asia - March 2016 (Issue 27)

Issue 27 - March 2016
Pamphlets
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
FEATURED Pamphlet!
REPROBATION AND GOD'S GOOD PLEASURE
By Prof Herman Hanko

Question: "If God is always saddened by sin and His just wrath always expressed against it, can we still say that His eternal condemnation of reprobate sinners is part of His good pleasure?"

Is it possible for God to damn the reprobate according to His good pleasure and yet be saddened by their unbelief?

"..defenders of the well-meant gospel offer teach God’s love for all men and His desire to save them, because Christ wept over the sin of the nation of Israel. The weeping of Jesus is, therefore, the disappointment the Lord experiences that the nation rejected and spurned His love and turned away in disgust from His gracious expressions of His desire to save them. The sorrow is evidence of the frustrations of His desire: He wanted to save them, but failed." Can Christ fail? NO!

"One may claim that this is hard to understand. I agree. At that point where God’s will touches the will of man in such a way that God’s will is accomplished and man remains accountable before God, we confront a great and wonderful work of God that is beyond our understanding."

God is sovereign—not only in electing some to everlasting blessedness in Christ, but also rejecting others according to His own sovereign determination.

Read this pamphlet to learn more of God's sovereign work of reprobation.


Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.

 
Audio Recordings

At the youth camp last Dec, Rev Lanning gave 4 speeches on Christ's letters to the churches (Rev 2-3). After 3 more workshops, we have completed the series on the 7 churches.

Click to listen to all the speeches!

Click here to access all our audio recordings.
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Annual Bible Camp 2016
Keen to join CERC's annual Bible Camp? Here are the details!

Venue : Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Melaka
Date : 13 June (Mon) to 16 June (Thu)
Speaker : Prof. Russell Dykstra
Theme : The Christian and the Church

Registration will be open from 6 March till 10 April.

Contact Bro Ishu Mahtani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details.

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort
 
Past Events...
 
Fellowship Dinner with Pastor
The Follow-Up Committee organises fellowship dinners at Rev Lanning's home for newcomers, regular visitors and members to get to know one another better and enjoy the fellowship of saints. Here's the latest one with newcomers Meryl (back row, third from right), Selina (back row, first from right) and Zi Xuan (seated on chair, second from right).
 
Covenant Keepers's Kinball Outing
On 12 March, CK youths were treated to a new sport -- KINBALL! The game involves hitting an over-sized ball around, attempting to NOT let your opponents catch it before it hits the ground. Truly a fun-filled day!
Snippets of our outing
Intense competition!
Group selfie (or we-fie!)
 
Notes
British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference
Interested to join the 2016 BRF Family Conference? This year's conference is held at Castlewellan Conference Centre in Northern Ireland from 16 July (Sat) to 23 July (Sat). The speakers, Prof David Engelsma and Rev Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Behold, I Come Quickly: The Reformed, Biblical Truth of the End." More information athttp://brfconference.weebly.com.
 
NEW CLM WEBSITE!!

Visit our new CLM website to read the latest articles and access archives of the Daily Meditations. Click the picture to access.

 
Salt Shakers
Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in CERC. Included in each issue are writings pertaining to both Reformed doctrine and practical theology. Articles are contributed by the Session, youth and members of CERC, as well as pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in the USA and Northern Ireland. Salt Shakers also features articles from other Reformed publications, notably the Standard Bearer and Beacon Lights. Click here to access!
 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

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

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Reformed News Asia - February 2016 (#26)

Issue 26 - February 2016
Pamphlets
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
FEATURED Pamphlet!
REPROBATION AND GOD'S GOOD PLEASURE
By Prof Herman Hanko

Question: "If God is always saddened by sin and His just wrath always expressed against it, can we still say that His eternal condemnation of reprobate sinners is part of His good pleasure?"

Is it possible for God to damn the reprobate according to His good pleasure and yet be saddened by their unbelief?

"..defenders of the well-meant gospel offer teach God’s love for all men and His desire to save them, because Christ wept over the sin of the nation of Israel. The weeping of Jesus is, therefore, the disappointment the Lord experiences that the nation rejected and spurned His love and turned away in disgust from His gracious expressions of His desire to save them. The sorrow is evidence of the frustrations of His desire: He wanted to save them, but failed." Can Christ fail? NO!

"One may claim that this is hard to understand. I agree. At that point where God’s will touches the will of man in such a way that God’s will is accomplished and man remains accountable before God, we confront a great and wonderful work of God that is beyond our understanding."

God is sovereign—not only in electing some to everlasting blessedness in Christ, but also rejecting others according to His own sovereign determination.

Read this pamphlet to learn more of God's sovereign work of reprobation.


Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.

 
Audio Recordings

At the youth camp last Dec, Rev Lanning gave 4 speeches on Christ's letters to the churches (Rev). This series continues in our monthly workshops.

Click to listen to the speech on the 5th letter (to the church of Sardis).

Click here to access all our audio recordings.
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Presentation on Kolkata India Trip
Lord willing, Session will be making a presentation on the recent Kolkata India trip on 6 March at 11.30am.

Come attend and learn more of the ongoing mission work with Emmanuel in India!

 
 
Annual Bible Camp 2016
Keen to join CERC's annual Bible Camp? Here are the details!

Venue : Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Melaka
Date : 13 June (Mon) to 16 June (Thu)
Speaker : Prof. Russell Dykstra
Theme : The Christian and the Church

Registration will be open from 6 March till 10 April.

Contact Bro Ishu Mahtani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details.

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort
 
Past Events...
 
Chinese New Year Visitations
As per previous years, various members of CERC graciously opened their homes for CNY visitation. It was a good time of fellowship and feasting!
The group at Joshua and Beverly's home.
 
Visitors from PRCA
Over the past 2 months, we were blessed with the visit and fellowship of a number of friends from the PRCA.
Covenant Keepers' cycling trip to Coney Island with Rev Holstege. Spot him!
Farewell dinner for Jon Lee (who just finished serving his National Service) and Rev Holstege (who dropped by for a visit after helping Rev Kleyn in the Philippines)
Esteemed guests at Lee Yang and Joanna's wedding: (Back row, from L-R) Rev Koole, Mrs Koole, Kelly Kaptein, Mrs Kregal, Eld Kregal and Mr Jim Van Overloop
Ps 87:2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

At the farewell dinner for the church visitors, their wives and Mr Jim Van Overloop, we attended to a brief meditation on the above text by Rev Lanning. These visitors, for a brief period, left their dwellings of Jacob to walk amongst us within the gates of Zion here in CERC. How sweet is the fellowship that like-minded believers enjoy!

 
Notes
British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference
Interested to join the 2016 BRF Family Conference? This year's conference is held at Castlewellan Conference Centre in Northern Ireland from 16 July (Sat) to 23 July (Sat). The speakers, Prof David Engelsma and Rev Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Behold, I Come Quickly: The Reformed, Biblical Truth of the End." More information athttp://brfconference.weebly.com.
 
NEW CLM WEBSITE!!

Visit our new CLM website to read the latest articles and access archives of the Daily Meditations. Click the picture to access.

 
Salt Shakers
Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in CERC. Included in each issue are writings pertaining to both Reformed doctrine and practical theology. Articles are contributed by the Session, youth and members of CERC, as well as pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in the USA and Northern Ireland. Salt Shakers also features articles from other Reformed publications, notably the Standard Bearer and Beacon Lights. Click here to access!
 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

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

 
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Reformed News Asia - January 2016 (#25)

From our sister church in Singapore - Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church - comes the latest issue of "REFORMED NEWS ASIA."

Issue 25 - January 2016
Pamphlets
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
NEW Pamphlet!
(Part 3 of a 3-part series on articles on the Heidelberg Catechism)

The Heidelberg Catechism - A Covenantal Confession
By Prof Russell Dykstra

"One of the distinct and distinguishing doctrines of Reformed theology is the truth of God's everlasting covenant of grace." The intent of this article is to show that the Heidelberg Catechism is a covenantal confession. The Catechism views the truth of God's Word through the lens of the covenant.

In this article, the contributions made by the authors of the catechism are also discussed. I hope you know who they are - Zacharias Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus. Both of them were covenant theologians.

The covenant theology behind the Heidelberg Catechism is unconditional. It is an unconditional friendship established by God with His chosen people in Christ. This is addressed in Q&A 74 regarding infant baptism.

Why do Reformed believers love the Heidelberg Catechism? Because it breathes the doctrine of the covenant. God's unconditional, eternal covenant of grace with believers and their seed.


Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.

 
Audio Recordings

As we continue with our sermon series on Jeremiah, we had opportunity to listen to God's word to Israel regarding the Hallowing of the Sabbath Day.

Click to listen to the sermon!

Click here to access all our audio recordings.
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Chinese New Year Visitation
Join us for a time of fellowship during CNY visitation on 13 Feb 2016! Homes open to visitation:

1) Joshua and Beverly (1:30 - 3:30pm)
2) Elder Wong and Family (11:30am - 2:30pm)
3) Elder Wee and Family (11:30am - 2:30pm)

Sign up at the pillar in the MPH!

 
Past Events...
 
Open Sunday 2016
As per previous years, CERC began the first Sunday of the year with an "Open Sunday" to mark the start of another year of Catechism Instruction and Sunday school. Highlights included an exhortation by Elder Wong, presentations by various teachers and song items by the children.
Song presentation by students in the Primary school classes.
 
Baptism and Confession of Faith
In the past 2 months, we witnessed the Baptism of a youth and the Confession of Faith of a regular visitor. When asked these questions, what is our answer?

1. Do you acknowledge the doctrine contained in the Old and New Testaments and in the Articles of the Christian faith and taught here in this Christian church to be the true and complete doctrine of salvation?

2. Have you resolved by the grace of God to adhere to this doctrine; to reject all heresies repugnant thereto; and to lead a new, godly life?

3. Will you submit to church government, and in case you should become delinquent (which may God graciously forbid), to church discipline?
 

Baptism of Kuang
Confession of Faith of Huggy
 
Notes
British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference
Interested to join the 2016 BRF Family Conference? This year's conference is held at Castlewellan Conference Centre in Northern Ireland from 16 July (Sat) to 23 July (Sat). The speakers, Prof David Engelsma and Rev Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Behold, I Come Quickly: The Reformed, Biblical Truth of the End." More information athttp://brfconference.weebly.com.
 
NEW CLM WEBSITE!!

Visit our new CLM website to read the latest articles and access archives of the Daily Meditations. Click the picture to access.

 
Salt Shakers
Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in CERC. Included in each issue are writings pertaining to both Reformed doctrine and practical theology. Articles are contributed by the Session, youth and members of CERC, as well as pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in the USA and Northern Ireland. Salt Shakers also features articles from other Reformed publications, notably the Standard Bearer and Beacon Lights. Click here to access!
 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

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

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Covenant ERCS Delegation to India - January 2016

INDIA VISIT: 

Daniel HolstegeRev. D. Holstege (First PRC, Holland, MI) went from the Philippines to Singapore this past week to fill the pulpit at Covenant ERCS for one Lord’s Day.

Pastor A. Lanning, Elder Leong, Ishu Mahtani, Claudia Leong, and Emily Lanning are visiting in Kolkata, India from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4. The delegation of Elder Leong and Pastor Lanning will meet with Emmanuel and the other men in Kolkata regarding the work in Kolkata, as well as worship with the Fellowship on Jan.31.

India 2015 1
Rev.A. Lanning, Elder Leong, Emmanuel, and Ishu Mahtani outside Carey College in Kolkata, India in March of 2015

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New Issue of "Salt Shakers" Magazine - January 2016

ss 36 cover image"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has just released issue #36 of "Salt Shakers" (January 2016),their youth magazine.

Once again the "SS" is packed with interesting and edifying articles, and our PRC young people especially are invited and encouraged to read it.

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.

 Dear Beloved Readers,

As we enter a new year of our Lord, we give thanks to Him for faithfulness in the past and new mercies for the year ahead. As a committee we have been much enriched in the preparation of this new issue and pray that wherever you may be reading Salt Shakers, you will be thoroughly edified as well by the many excellent articles contributed by our writers. 
As children of our heavenly Father, as we face the roads ahead in 2016, let us harken to the promise given to Moses and to us: "And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." What amazing comfort!
And let us likewise respond: "And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence." (Exodus 33:14-15). 
Pro Rege
Chua Lee Yang
On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
 
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Reformed News Asia: Issue 24 - December 2015

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Issue 24 - December 2015
Pamphlets
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
NEW Pamphlet!
(Part 2 of a 3-part series on articles on the Heidelberg Catechism)

Gratitude!
The Catechism's View of the Christian Life

by Rev Carl Haak
 
This article emphasises how the Heidelberg Catechism has shaped the spiritual lives of Reformed believers. It reminds us of our only comfort in life and in death - that we belong to our Savior Jesus Christ!

My sin, my deliverance, my gratitude forms the "triple knowledge". Gratitude to God is the only motive for Christian living! "The Catechism is making the point that thankfulness to God must drive the whole of our conduct." Hence, the need for good works!  

This gratitude is also long-suffering. It endures hardships, trials and temptation. It fights against Antichrist and holds to the truth contained in the Catechism. May we continue to live grateful lives, loving God and be thankful for the Heidelberg Catechism.


Click here to view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.

 
Audio Recordings

At this year's CKCKS youth camp, Rev Lanning gave 4 speeches on Christ's letters to the 7 churches (Rev 2).

Click to listen to the 4 camp speeches!

Click here to access all our audio recordings.
 
Past Events...
 
CKCKS Camp 2015
This year's CKCKS Youth Camp was held from 16-19 Dec, with Rev Lanning as the speaker. The camp theme was "Hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches", with 4 main speeches on Christ's letters to the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos and Thyatira.
Rev Lanning giving one of the speeches
One of the discussion groups after a speech
Wet Games!! With some horsing around...
The Camp Committee
Group photo!!
 
Infant Baptisms
Prov 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

What inheritance will grandparents leave for their grandchildren?

When asked "Whether you promise and intend to see these children, when come to the years of discretion (whereof you are either parent or witness), instructed and brought up in the aforesaid doctrine, or help or cause them to be instructed therein, to the utmost of your power?", these parents answered with a resounding yes!

Paul and Anthea Liu with their daughter, Naomi Liu.
Mr and Mrs Lee Kong Wee and their son Noah Lee.
 
Notes
Southwest PRC Evangelism

What must be the biblical and confessional response of Christians to the teaching of theistic evolutionists? This and other questions were addressed in a lecture by Prof Ronald Cammenga titled “Theistic Evolution: Should the Church Make Peace or War?” at Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, MI on Friday October 9 at 7.30pm.

Click here to access the video recording.

 
NEW CLM WEBSITE!!

Visit our new CLM website to read the latest articles and access archives of the Daily Meditations. Click the picture to access.

 
Salt Shakers
Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in CERC. Included in each issue are writings pertaining to both Reformed doctrine and practical theology. Articles are contributed by the Session, youth and members of CERC, as well as pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in the USA and Northern Ireland. Salt Shakers also features articles from other Reformed publications, notably the Standard Bearer and Beacon Lights. Click here to access!
 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

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

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