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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 19, 2024

Acts 1 8Today, May 19, is the twentieth Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024 - Pentecost Sunday - the day we commemorate and give thanks for the ascended Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit to His church and every member. "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy."

Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Last Sunday Loveland PRC extended a call to Rev. Nate Decker (Grandville, PRC, MI).

  • Rev. M. DeBoer is considering the calls from Georgetown PRC (received May 5) and from Hope PRC-Redlands, CA (received April 28). He plans to answer these calls May 26.

  • Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC) is considering the call from Hudsonville PRC (received April 28). He plans to answer next Sunday, May 26.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Prof. D. Kuiper in Georgetown PRC; Elder led in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. J. Maatman in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. J. Engelsma (2nd week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. M. Koerner (1st week) led in Lynden PRC; Rev. D. Holstege in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

First PRC-Grand Rapids Mexico Trip: this week a group of four men – Bryan Pastoor, Rev. Holstege, Prof. Gritters, and seminary student Bruce Feenstra – will travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico to visit with the brothers and sisters of Amazing Grace Presbyterian Reformed Church, to give a conference on the topic “What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?” and to preach the gospel on Sunday. The plan is to leave on Thursday and to come home the following Monday. ...Please remember this matter in prayer, that God would give traveling mercies and that he would bless the Christian fellowship and the bringing of his word for his glory and the building up of His church."

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Byron Center PRC, host of Classis East meeting this week (see notice below)

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Domestic Missions update: Rev. Jim Laning (PRC home missionary) and his wife Margaret are currently in Texas, visiting contacts in the Dallas area for a second time. Please remember them in your prayers this week! “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations” Matthew 24:14.

  • Classis East met this past Wednesday, May 15, at Byron Center PRC. The public (limited) report may be found here. The minutes of the meeting have been posted on the church bulletin page (for registered users only). Most of the matters treated at Classis were done in closed session. May the King and Shepherd of the church bless the decisions made for the good of the church and the glory of His name.

  • Synod 2023 mandated the Psalter Revision Review Committee "to familiarize the denomination with the final product that is to be presented to Synod 2024…” To that end, we have produced a pamphlet and given apresentation that details the history of this project and the principles that guided the revision, as well asshowing the results with both data and sample songs. You are encouraged to listen to the presentationat https://www.youtube.com/@2024Psalter. If you do not have a hard copy of the pamphlet, you should begetting one soon. You can also find a link to a pdf of the pamphlet beneath the video. (cf. image above for booklet cover)
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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About 110 high-school students from Covenant CHS and Faith CS (Randolph) visited seminary as part of a PRC history tour Friday afternoon (see note below)

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary wrapped up its semester this past week with exams. After exams and papers are marked, finals grades will be prepared and faculty, students, and staff will turn to other duties for the summer, all in preparation for a new semester. Continue to pray for faculty, students, and staff as we enter these next months. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Tim.2:15
  • Mexico Trip: This week Thursday through next Monday (May 23-27) a group of four men (two from First PRC-Grand Rapids) including Prof. B. Gritters and seminary student Bruce Feenstra will travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico to visit with the brothers and sisters of Amazing Grace Presbyterian Reformed Church, to give a conference on the topic “What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?” and to preach the gospel on Sunday. We pray for safety in travels and for a profitable visit.
  • With joy the faculty of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary announces that it has licensed second-student Bruce Feenstra to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Feenstra must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Senior seminarian Arend Havemen has begiun preparing for his written and oral examination (including a sermon) before the PRC Synod meeting at Trinity PRC June 11-14.
  • Prof. B. Huizinga's first book has been published - Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition (RFPA, 2024) - the fruit of his studies for the ThM degree through Calvin Theological Seminary. We thank the Lord for this work and pray that it will have wide readership. To order your copy, visit the publisher's website linked here.
  • Last week was the final week of the seminary secretary for the last year, Val Kleyn, who will be moving to Loveland, CO the end of the month. The TSC has hired Bethany Engelsma as the new fulltime secretary, and after a week of training she is ready to take up the work this week.
  • On Friday May 17 high-school students from Covenant CHS in Grand Rapids and Faith CS in Randolph visited seminary as part of a PRC history tour. A pizza lunch together was enjoyed, then breakout groups heard presentations on the seminary's history and role, the library and archives, and seminary student's perspective.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out and has been mailed. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). This latest issue features three main articles, one dealing with the history of common grace at the1924 Synod in the Christian Reformed Church (which led to the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches), one involving another translation of H. Bouwman's work on the Reformed Church Order, and another chapter from Prof. D. Kuiper on the history of Classis West in the PRC. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • On May 6, Dr. N. Willborn, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN and faculty member of Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, gave two lectures at PRTS on Northern Presbyterianism, especially the old Princetonians - Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge, James Alexander, and B. B. Warfield. The lectures are now available on the seminary's YouTube channel.
  • Advance Notice - Fall Seminary Conference: In 1924 the CRC Synod developed the Three Points of Common Grace. What are they? What led to their development? Why are they wrong? Is the early opposition to them by leaders of the PRCA relevant for us today, or is it merely a matter of past history? The seminary faculty would like to announce a fall conference observing the centennial of the development of the Three Points. This conference will be held the evenings of Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, and the morning of Saturday, November 2, at Grace PRC. More details are coming.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essaysmust be submitted by May 17.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today's "pastoral note" by pastor Tan relates to the church's commemoration of Pentecost: Now our Lord Jesus Christ after his resurrection from the dead, after his Ascension into heaven, at His Session, that is according to his human nature, at the giving to him all power in heaven and earth, with the highest majesty and glory, for his perfect and finished work of Salvation at the cross, King Jesus also received the gift of the Holy Spirit from the Father. But this glorious Session of King Jesus, did not just affect Him, but also his bride the Church. For the Holy Spirit that King Jesus received of the Father, He gave it to His bride the church, as His personal Spirit. That outpouring of the Spirit of Christ unto all the NT Church. This priceless gift of the Holy Spirit to us is our Comforter, who teaches and guides us in to all truth (John 16:13), our Intercessor (Rom 8:26), Our giver of the Life of Christ (Rom 8:2), Our Witness who works in our hearts causing us to know and be assured that we are God’s children (Rom 8:16)."
    • A latest issue of Salt Shakers is available - #71, the first of 2024!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Umali and Espiritu led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today via Livestream at our Facebook account, the Lord willing. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month - May 2024 -  the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Rev. W. Bruinsma, continuing his series on women in the Bible. Today's message is the first of Rev. Bruinsma's and titled "Miriam's Lamentable Fall" based on Numbers 12.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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New release from the RFPA! Prof. B. Huizinga's new book Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition is now available. 

Rewards.

For many Christians, this word is a cause for fear and suspicion. It suggests doctrines of merit and a salvation based on works, as well as other ideas at odds with the teachings of the Christian faith.

But that need not be so.

In this accessible book, Brian Huizinga offers a rare historical and theological exposition of the biblical and Reformed teaching on the oft-neglected topic of the rewards of grace for the saints—in both the present life and in the life to come. Excluding any merit, and in full harmony with His sovereign and particular grace, the Lord indeed promises to reward the good works of believers.

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1. 
    Special note: RBO welcomes any Senior Ladies for morning coffee on Wednesday May 22 and 29. Please come to the backroom anytime afterRBO welcomes any Senior Ladies for morning coffee on Wednesday May 22 and 29. Please come to the backroom anytime after10:15 to enjoy coffee and fellowship with each other. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "Pentecost was the exalted Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit to His Church....in rich, full measure—he was poured out. He was given as the One Who brings to the Church the first fruits of the finished work of Jesus Christ, the benefits of His death and resurrection, i.e., Christ’s salvation. In the gift of the Spirit, the gospel promise of the Old Testament was fulfilled to the Church because the Son of God gave to God’s people full salvation, forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He baptized the Church with the Holy Spirit. Being mightier than John the Baptist, He flooded the Church with the reality, whereas John could only give the sign. That grand Sunday marked the passing of the old age and coming of the new; it is the boundary between the Old Dispensation and the New...Just as Christmas was the birthday of the Son of God in the flesh, Pentecost was the birthday of the Spirit, as the Spirit of Christ in the Church” ~ Prof. D. Engelsma"Try the Spirits" (found in Trinity PRC's bulletin today)

"We must understand that as long as Christ remains outside of us, and we are separated from him, all that he has suffered and done for the salvation of the human race remains useless and of no value for us. Therefore, to share with us what he has received from the Father, he had to become ours and to dwell within us. For this reason, he is called “our Head” [Eph. 4:15], and “the first-born among many brethren” [Rom. 8:29]. We also, in turn, are said to be “engrafted into him” [Rom. 11:17], and to “put on Christ” [Gal. 3:27]; for, as I have said, all that he possesses is nothing to us until we grow into one body with him. It is true that we obtain this by faith. Yet since we see that not all indiscriminately embrace that communion with Christ which is offered through the gospel, reason itself teaches us to climb higher and to examine into the secret energy of the Spirit, by which we come to enjoy Christ and all his benefits… the Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ effectually unites us to himself.” ~ John Calvin (found in Unity pRC's bulletin today)

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Classis East Report - May 15, 2024

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Classis East Report of Meeting held May 15, 2024 at Byron Center PRC

 

Classis East met at Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church. Thirty-eight delegates from the nineteen member churches attended the meeting. Rev. Smidstra (First Holland PRC) led in opening devotions and turned the chair over to Rev. Spriensma (Cornerstone PRC) to preside over the rest of the meeting.

Seven elders, delegated for the first time to classis, signed the formula of subscription. The delegates of each church answered the questions of Article 41 of the church order. Classis approved the transcription of the minutes of its January 10, 2024 meeting. Classis approved the work of its stated clerk (in preparing agendas and minutes) and of the Classical Committee (appointing Rev. Bruinsma as moderator of Pittsburgh PRC and in arranging some pulpit supply for churches in Classis West by ministers in Classis East). The chairman appointed six committees of pre-advice. In closed session Classis heard a report of a consistory regarding its work with a member under discipline and advised the consistory to increase censure on the member per Articles 76 and 77 of the Church Order. After treating these matters classis took a break from meeting as a body to allow the committees of pre-advice time to work.

Most of the material on the agenda required classis to meet in closed session. Classis ruled that one appeal regarding a sensitive matter was not legally at classis, meaning that the appeal was not treated any further. Classis ruled that another appeal regarding sensitive matters was legal and upheld the appellant over against the actions of a consistory. Classis appointed a special committee to be available to assist the appellant and the consistory in their continuing work together. Classis also treated reports from an already existing special committee to assist a consistory in its work. Classis approved the work of this committee, expressed thanks to the committee for its work, and declared that the committee “has sufficiently fulfilled the mandates given by Classis” so that the committee is now dissolved.

Classis treated some matters in open session. Classis appointed Rev. Guichelaar (Grace PRC) as the moderator of Hope PRC (Walker) and Rev. Spronk (Faith PRC) as the moderator of Zion PRC. Classis approved reimbursement of various expenses for the meeting in the amount of $4,248.07. Classis adopted a pulpit supply schedule for Georgetown, Hope, Hudsonville, Pittsburgh, and Zion churches. Rev. Spriensma reported that he thanked the committee of Byron Center for its work in providing meals and other refreshments for the delegates. Classis decided to convene its next meeting September 18, 2024 at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church at 8:00am. Around 9:30pm classis adjourned and Rev. Spriensma closed with prayer.

May Christ use the work of the church to maintain and spread the good news!

Rev. C. Spronk
Stated Clerk, Classis East

PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 12, 2024 *(Updated)

Psalm 136 1Today, May 12, is the nineteenth Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~ Psalm 136:1-4

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Last week Loveland PRC's Council announced a new trio, which has now become a duo after Rev. J. Mahtani's acceptance of Pittsburgh PRC's call last week: Rev. Nate Decker (Grandville, PRC, MI) and Rev. Justin Smidstra (1st PRC, Holland, MI). The congregation will call tonight. UPDATE: Rev. Decker has received this call.

  • Rev. M. DeBoer is considering the call from Hope PRC-Redlands, CA (received April 28).

  • Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC) is considering the call from Hudsonville PRC (received April 28).

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) accepted the call to Pittsburgh PRC. We rejoice with the saints in Pittsburgh in God's provision of another pastor to lead them in God's holy Word. And we pray for Hope PRC as they prepare to bid farewell to their pastor and his family. According to Pittsburgh PRC's bulletin today, it is anticipated that the Mahtanis will move in July.

  • Last Sunday Georgetown PRC voted to call Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton PRC-MN). 

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. J. Mahtani in Georgetown PRC; Rev. S. Regnerus (2nd week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. C. Spronk in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. J. Engelsma (1st week) in Loveland PRC; Elder led in Lynden PRC; Rev. G. Eriks in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

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Byron Center PRC, host of Classis East meeting this week (see notice below)

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis East will meet this Wednesday, May 15, at Byron Center PRC. The agenda, which only includes a list of the matters to be dealt with (the rest is private), has been posted on the church bulletin page (for registered users only). Most of the matters treated at Classis will be done in closed session. May the King and Shepherd of the church give the delegates wisdom and grace for their work. 

  • Synod 2023 mandated the Psalter Revision Review Committee "to familiarize the denomination with the final product that is to be presented to Synod 2024…” To that end, we have produced a pamphlet and given apresentation that details the history of this project and the principles that guided the revision, as well asshowing the results with both data and sample songs. You are encouraged to listen to the presentationat https://www.youtube.com/@2024Psalter. If you do not have a hard copy of the pamphlet, you should begetting one soon. You can also find a link to a pdf of the pamphlet beneath the video. (cf. image above for booklet cover)
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary has finished the fifteen weeks of regular classes and will have exams this week. Pray for faculty, students, and staff as we complete the final week of the semester. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Tim.2:15
  • With joy the faculty of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary announces that it has licensed second-student Bruce Feenstra to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Feenstra must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Prof. B. Huizinga's first book has been published - Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition (RFPA, 2024) - the fruit of his studies for the ThM degree through Calvin Theological Seminary. We thank the Lord for this work and pray that it will have wide readership. To order your copy, visit the publisher's website linked here.
  • This week is the final week of current secretary, Val Kleyn, who will be moving to Loveland, CO the end of the month. The TSC has hired Bethany Engelsma as the new fulltime secretary, and she has been training alongside Val for a few days already but will begin fulltime this week.
  • This past Monday, May 6, Dr. N. Willborn, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN and faculty member of Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, gave two lectures at PRTS on Northern Presbyterianism, especially the old Princetonians - Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge, James Alexander, and B. B. Warfield. The lectures are now available on the seminary's YouTube channel.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out and has been mailed. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). This latest issue features three main articles, one dealing with the history of common grace at the1924 Synod in the Christian Reformed Church (which led to the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches), one involving another translation of H. Bouwman's work on the Reformed Church Order, and another chapter from Prof. D. Kuiper on the history of Classis West in the PRC. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • Advance Notice - Fall Seminary Conference: In 1924 the CRC Synod developed the Three Points of Common Grace. What are they? What led to their development? Why are they wrong? Is the early opposition to them by leaders of the PRCA relevant for us today, or is it merely a matter of past history? The seminary faculty would like to announce a fall conference observing the centennial of the development of the Three Points. This conference will be held the evenings of Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, and the morning of Saturday, November 2, at Grace PRC. More details are coming.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essaysmust be submitted by May 17.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today's "pastoral note" by pastor Tan relates to our calling to honor our godly Christian mothers: "I think there is something very profitable to spend an extra special day to reflect and honour a mother of Zion. Taking one day especially to thank our mothers. For a mother of Zion is a model of holiness to her children. Her children seek her not as one that lies, but a speaker of truth. An example to us of Christian moderation, a patient instructor of all good things. She quietly submits to Dad and loves him no matter how sinful dad can be. To a child, the very definition of what love is comes from the love from his mother. Despite the tempers we throw and the nonsense we do, mother is not given to uncontrolled anger, but controlled by the Spirit, measured, patient yet firm. We know that there are many things that mom enjoys to do outside the home, but she gave that all up to be with us in the home. She was ever diligent caring for the affairs of the home. She makes everything run so seamlessly and smooth, that it is too easy to take for granted all that she does. What a mother of Zion teachers her children in word and deed, the Lord graciously blesses to our souls. “The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.” Prov 31:1.
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is now out - #71, the first of 2024!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: "Deacon Ruel dela Fuente will lead us in both worship services today through PRCA’s recorded video sermons, the Lord willing."

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month - May 2024 -  the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Rev. W. Bruinsma, continuing his series on women in the Bible. Today's message is the first of Rev. Bruinsma's and titled "Shiphrah and Puah Fear God" based on Exodus 1:1-21.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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New release from the RFPA! Prof. B. Huizinga's new book Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition is now available. 

Rewards.

For many Christians, this word is a cause for fear and suspicion. It suggests doctrines of merit and a salvation based on works, as well as other ideas at odds with the teachings of the Christian faith.

But that need not be so.

In this accessible book, Brian Huizinga offers a rare historical and theological exposition of the biblical and Reformed teaching on the oft-neglected topic of the rewards of grace for the saints—in both the present life and in the life to come. Excluding any merit, and in full harmony with his sovereign and particular grace, the Lord indeed promises to reward the good works of believers.

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "How blessed are the people that know this joyful sound, who can see God has loved them in his Son, who can feel that Christ died for them to be their everlasting peace, who are sweetly assured that the Holy Spirit has begun to show them that he will never leave them nor forsake them in life or in death. This is the joyful sound we need to know to be happy. We need but know what it is to be loved, chosen, redeemed, and sanctified from among men…then we shall bask in the smile, we shall enjoy the sunshine, of God’s countenance upon our souls….

Have you never observed, after the sun has been shining, perhaps for hours together, a diffusing mist has arisen from the earth, or a floating cloud has interposed in the sky, and shaded the grand luminary from your view? Yet, in reality, the sun still shone as before, though your sensation of its luster was suspended. Thus, in the darkest seasons of spiritual distress, God’s countenance, or favor, is still towards you for good, and shines not only with inextinguishable, but also with undiminishable intenseness” (Augustus Toplady).

~ Found in Trinity PRC's bulletin today

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 5, 2024

Psalm 135 3Today, May 5, is the eighteenth Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. ~ Psalm 135:1-5

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • This Thursday, May 9, the PRC congregations will gather in worship for Ascension Day, praising and thanking our Savior God for exalting His Son Jesus Christ to heaven, for His glory and for our saving good. Join us in glorifying the Lamb that was slain, is risen, and now worthy "to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing" (Rev.5:12).

  • Today Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) accepted the call to Pittsburgh PRC. We rejoice with the saints in Pittsburgh in God's provision of another pastor to lead them in God's holy Word. And we pray for Hope PRC as they prepare to bid farewell to their pastor and his family.

  • Today Georgetown PRC voted to call Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton PRC-MN). 

  • Last Sunday Rev. M. DeBoer received the call from Hope PRC-Redlands, CA.

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC) received the call from Hudsonville PRC.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. N. Decker in Georgetown PRC; Rev. S. Regnerus (1st week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. J. Smidstra in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. R. Smit (2nd week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. K. Koole (2nd week) in Lynden PRC; Rev. W. Langerak in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

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PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis East will meet Wednesday, May 15, at Byron Center PRC. The agenda, which only includes a list of the matters to be dealt with (the rest is private), has been posted on the church bulletin page (for registered users only).

  • Synod 2023 mandated the Psalter Revision Review Committee "to familiarize the denomination with the final product that is to be presented to Synod 2024…” To that end, we have produced a pamphlet and given apresentation that details the history of this project and the principles that guided the revision, as well asshowing the results with both data and sample songs. You are encouraged to listen to the presentationat https://www.youtube.com/@2024Psalter. If you do not have a hard copy of the pamphlet, you should begetting one soon. You can also find a link to a pdf of the pamphlet beneath the video. (cf. image above for booklet cover)
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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Another Friday lunch gathering, May 3, 2024

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters the fifteenth week of the semester tomorrow. The final regular week of classes is planned. The following week will be exams. Pray for faculty, students, and staff as we complete the final weeks of the semester. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Tim.2:15
  • This past Friday, May 3, Prof. C. Griess participated in the graduation ceremonies of Puritan Reformed Seminary in Grand Rapids in recognition of the completion of his ThM degree. We thank the Lord for enabling him to complete these studies and now begin to take up his full-time teaching in our seminary. Over the course of the next few years he will continue to take over the practical theology courses taught by Prof. B. Gritters.
  • Prof. B. Huizinga's first book has been published - Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition (RFPA, 2024) - the fruit of his studies for the ThM degree through Calvin Theological Seminary. We thank the Lord for this work and pray that it will have wide readership. To order your copy, visit the publisher's website linked here.
  • On Monday morning, May 6, Dr. N. Willborn, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN and faculty member of Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, will deliver two lectures at PRTS on Northern Presbyterianism, especially the old Princetonians - Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge, James Alexander, and B. B. Warfield.
  • Joe Ophoff leads in devotions this week, while Rev. K. Koole will lead the final chapel of the school year.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal arrived Monday from the prineter and was mailed out on Thursday and Friday of last week. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). This latest issue features three main articles, one dealing with the history of common grace at the1924 Synod in the Christian Reformed Church (which led to the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches), one involving another translation of H. Bouwman's work on the Reformed Church Order, and another chapter from Prof. D. Kuiper on the history of Classis West in the PRC. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • Advance Notice - Fall Seminary Conference: In 1924 the CRC Synod developed the Three Points of Common Grace. What are they? What led to their development? Why are they wrong? Is the early opposition to them by leaders of the PRCA relevant for us today, or is it merely a matter of past history? The seminary faculty would like to announce a fall conference observing the centennial of the development of the Three Points. This conference will be held the evenings of Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, and the morning of Saturday, November 2, at Grace PRC. More details are coming.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essaysmust be submitted by May 17.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today's "pastoral note" by pastor Tan relates to her celebration of the Lord's Supper today: "This morning, we come as one family and celebrate the Lord’s Supper with joy and gladness of heart. With the gift of faith, we do not cleave to the external bread and wine, but our hearts are lifted up on high in heaven to Christ Jesus our Advocate! May God feed and nourish our souls this morning.This morning, we come as one family and celebrate the Lord’s Supper with joy and gladness of heart. With the gift of faith, we do not cleave to the external bread and wine, but our hearts are lifted up on high in heaven to Christ Jesus our Advocate! May God feed and nourish our souls this morning. Then let us purpose to show true thankfulness to Christ in all our lives. Let Spirit-worked thankfulness manifest itself in an upright walk before God. Let gratitude be demonstrated by our laying aside sincerely and genuinely all enmity, hatred and envy against the neighbor. Let the spiritual beauty of God shine forth as we out of a firm resolve walk in true love and peace with dearest brothers and sisters in Christ."
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is now out - #71, the first of 2024!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Umali and Penaverde led her services today. And, "Rev. Ibe and family are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija. Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service at 9 AM and Bible study at 10:45 AM. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: An officebearer led both worship services today using PRC video sermons.
    • Other mission labors: "The Council’s visit on May 1-2 with the saints in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur went very well, by the grace of God. Rev. Ibe conducted a lecture on the Reformed Distinctives and on Ephesians 6:10ff regarding the importance and place of prayer in our day-to-day lives. We hope to return in God’s appointed time to further the causes of the gospel of Christ upon them, the Lord willing. For now, let us lift them in prayer for God’s sustaining grace as they continue in His Word."

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month - May 2024 -  the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Rev. W. Bruinsma, continuing his series on women in the Bible. Today's message is the first of Rev. Bruinsma's and titled "Rebekah Marries Isaac" based on Genesis 24:55-67.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Portraits May 2024 sale

This month, Portraits of Faithful Saints is 50% off! This collection of short biographies details the lives of fifty-two professing believers who lived and died for Christ.

Order Portraits by clicking the picture below or the "Monthly Sales" button on the RFPA website homepage. 

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "Into that heaven Christ ascended for us. 

"Our perfectly righteous High Priest entered into the presence of the Holy God. Having attained the divine verdict that the benefits of His death were imputed to those for whom He died, Christ longed to be taken to heaven to once again dwell in the presence of His Father. God drew Him home. The righteous God place d Him upon His right hand and crowned Him with all glory and honor. The saints, angels, the representatives of creation sang their welcome song when He entered into heaven itself. 

"And Jesus did not forget His own that were yet upon the earth. As our great High Priest He prayed the Father for the Comforter whom He might send unto His brethren in the world that they might also be where He is. 

"Our Father answered that prayer. He crowned the faithful Christ with all the power to direct all things to serve the purpose of the salvation of the entire church for whom Christ died. He gave Him the Holy Spirit to draw them unto Himself. 

"For us He entered into heaven itself. 

"What a precious truth this is for us now. 

"Notice, because this is true we have every reason to be joyful now. All diseases, all suffering, loneliness, wars, burdens of sin, pressures of the battle of faith are directed our way because our Lord Jesus Christ is entered into heaven itself. No one else sends these things to us but He. That too, not to make life miserable for us, rather to draw us above the things of this world that we become and remain heavenly minded. 

"Our joy is in God through Jesus Christ already now. 

"And we long for heaven when this joy shall become even greater. Then all these burdens shall be taken away not simply for our sakes, but that we may then rejoice perfectly in the God of our salvation. 

"You long for heaven in a good sense of the word? 

"Christ is already there. He is working now in such a way that we shall certainly arrive there in safety.

"Hope in the Lord! Wait patiently for Him!

~ Jason Kortering in "Christ Entered Into Heaven Itself," one of this month's featured resources

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Reformed Witness Hour - May 2024 Messages

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May 2024

 

In May we have four Christ-centered messages to share! We will continue with the Women of the Bible series by Rev. W. Bruinsma. Please help us share these messages!

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May 5

Rebekah Marries Isaac 

Genesis 24:55-67

 

May 12

Shiphrah and Puah Fear God

Exodus 1:1-21

May 19

Miriam's Lamentable Fall

Numbers 12

 May 26

The Faith of Rahab

Hebrews 11:31

 

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for April 28, 2024 *(Updated)

Psalm 134 1Today, April 28, is the seventeenth Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. ~ Psalm 134

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) is considering the call to Pittsburgh PRC (received April 7). He plans to answer by May 5.

  • This morning Hope PRC-Redlands, CA called from the Council's new trio of Revs. M. De Boer (Edgerton PRC), G. Eriks (Unity PRC) and A. Brummel (Calvary PRC). UPDATE: Rev. DeBoer has received this call.

  • Tonight Hudsonville PRC called from the Council's new trio of Rev. W. Langerak (Trinity PRC-Hudsonville, MI), Rev. J. Maatman (SE PRC-Wyoming, MI), and Rev. J. Smidstra (1st PRC-Holland, MI). UPDATE: Rev. Maatman has received this call.

  • Georgetown PRC's Council has formed a trio of Revs. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), M. De Boer (Edgerton, MN), and D. Noorman (SW PRC). A congregational meeting to vote for one of these men will be May 5 after the morning service.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. C. Haak in Georgetown PRC; Rev. W. Bruinsma (3rd week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. D. Noorman in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. R. Smit (1st week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. K. Koole (1st week) in Lynden PRC; Rev. J. Holstege in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

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Georgetown PRC fellowship addition (back view, right side) - see note below

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis East will meet Wednesday, May 15, at Byron Center PRC. The agenda, which only includes a list of the matters to be dealt with (the rest is private), has been posted on the church bulletin page (for registered users only).
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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Mr. Doug Start's presentation on coins of the biblical period was given this past Friday after lunch at the PRC Seminary (see note below)

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters the fourteenth week of the semester tomorrow. A regular week of classes is planned. Pray for faculty, students, and staff as we complete the final weeks of the semester. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Tim.2:15
  • Prof. B. Gritters, who gave a lecture in Randolph, WI PRC Friday night, is leading both services there today.
  • This past Friday, Mr. Doug Start (Georgetown PRC) once again gave his presentation on coins from the biblical period (Old and New Testaments) after lunch on Friday. This is a fascinating look at real coins (on descriptive slides as well as on display and passed around) produced during the major periods of world history as they intersect with Bible times.
  • Isaac Van Baren leads in devotions this week; there is no chapel scheduled on Wednesday.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is at the printer and should be ready for mailing this week. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essaysmust be submitted by May 17.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today's "pastoral note" by pastor Wee speaks to their help with the sister churches in the Philippines: "Today, Pastor Tan will be preaching twice, as I will be in the Philippines for pulpit supply. Next Lord’s Day, Lord willing, the both of us will swap roles. Specifically, we are/ will be providing pulpit supply for Provident PRC, located in the city of Marikina. She is one of the two churches that make up the denomination of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (PRCP), the other church being the Berean PRC, pastored by Rev. Vernon Ibe. Since the withdrawal of the PRCA missionaries from the Philippines last year, the PRCA has been sending ministers over to provide pulpit supply for Provident, which remains vacant. However, there are still many weeks when Provident does not receive any pulpit supply, and we are glad to be able to help our sister church in this manner. May God use such trips to foster a closer bond between us and the saints in Provident, as well as with our sister churches in the Philippines."
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is now out - #71, the first of 2024!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today, via livestream at our official Facebook account. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God." Also, "On April 22-23, 2024, Elder Espiritu, and Rev. Ibe visited the saints and pastors in Bacolod and Sipalay area. Rev. Ibe conducted a day of the conference on Reformed Dogmatics [Soteriology] and the Church Order of Dordt 1618-19, respectively. All went well by the grace of God. Let us remember the saints and churches in these fields of labor so that God may bless the Word in their hearts and comfort us with them for His glory and for Jesus’ sake alone." 
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. M. Wee of the CERC-Singapore led both worship services today.
    • Other mission labors: On May 1,2 the Berean Council will visit the saints in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur to discuss the Reformed distinctives and other pertinent sujects related to Reformed doctrines. We pray for God’s blessings upon this trip that God may guide us and prosper the labors of our pastor with them, all, the Lord willing."

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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  • This month (April 2024) the RWH is broadcasting two gospel messages by Prof. D. Kuiper on the Ten Commandments (completing this series) and two by Rev. W. Bruinsma that begins a series on women in the Bible. Today's message is the first of Rev. Bruinsma's and titled "The Faith of Sarah" based on Henrews 11:11,12.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "Since indifference of this sort [as in the days of Noah and Sodom] will exist at the time of the last day, believers ought not to indulge themselves after the example of the multitude…When Christ says that men were giving their whole attention to eating, drinking, marriage, and other worldly employments at the time when God destroyed the whole world by a deluge and Sodom by thunder, this means they were fully occupied with the conveniences and enjoyments of the present life as if there had been no reason to dread any change…Certain that the condition in which they then were would remain unchanged…with gross stupidity they opposed the judgment of God and rushed, with closed eyes, to unbridled iniquity, as if there had been no Judge in heaven. So Christ declares that the last age of the world will be in a state of stupid indifference, so that men will think of nothing but the present life and will extend their cares to a long period, pursuing their ordinary course of life, as if the world were always to remain in the same condition…

The source and cause of their ignorance was that unbelief had blinded their minds; as, on the other hand Noah beheld at a distance by the eyes of faith the vengeance of God…And it must be observed that the reprobate, at that time, were hardened in their wickedness, because the Lord did not show his grace to any but his servants by giving them a salutary warning to beware in proper time…Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life. Certainly he who, by living in intemperance, has his senses overloaded with food and wine, will never elevate his mind to meditation on the heavenly life.

But as there is no desire of the flesh that does not intoxicate a man, we ought to take care in all these respects not to satiate ourselves with the world if we wish to advance with speed to the kingdom of Christ. Watch denotes that uninterrupted attention which keeps our minds in full activity and makes us pass through the world like pilgrims…And pray, first, that God may be pleased to rescue us from so deep and intricate a labyrinth; and next, that he may present us safe and sound in presence of his Son; for we shall never be able to reach it but by miraculously escaping innumerable deaths. And as it was not enough to pass through the course of the present life by rising superior to all dangers, Christ places prayer as the most important, that we may be permitted to stand before his tribunal.”

~ John Calvin (as quoted on Trinity PRC's bulletin today)

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Covenant Reformed News - April 2024

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April 2024  •  Volume XIX, Issue 24


 

The Truth Is According to Godliness (3)

One way of underscoring the fact that “the truth ... is after godliness” (Titus 1:1) is to show that false teaching is according to ungodliness. According to the unbelieving theory of evolutionism, what is abortion or the murder of unborn babies? Simply the killing of the helpless by stronger, smarter adults—an instance of “the survival of the fittest”! If humans have evolved from lower life forms, then why are there not superior races and inferior races, as the Nazis evilly claimed? If we are merely animals, as per evolutionism, what is wrong with euthanasia, the deliberate ending of someone’s life in order to relieve him or her of suffering? After all, we do this with dogs and horses.

Denying that the living God made only two genders, male and female (Gen. 1:27; 5:2; Mark 10:6), some people suffer from the inner confusion, expensive surgeries, terrible pain and unavoidable conflicts of transgenderism.

Many hold that marriage is only a man-made institution of convenience, and not a lifelong union between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:3-12; I Cor. 7). This has led to divorce for practically any reason (Matt. 5:32), remarriage while one’s spouse is living (Luke 16:18), “homosexual marriage” (Rom. 1:26-27), etc.

The body is unimportant and only the mind counts, according to various forms of Greek philosophy and other ideologies. Therefore, fornication is harmless, as some carnally thought in the first century (I Cor. 6:9-20) and as many reckon in our own day.

According to the secular mind, civil government is not ordained by God (Rom. 13:1-7; I Pet. 2:13-17; Titus 3:1-2) but only a human construct. So, if you do not like the state, why not rebel against it?

Psalm 10 describes the wicked behaviour of a murderer: “He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net” (9). What is such a man’s view of God? He denies Jehovah’s omniscience and justice: “He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it ... Thou wilt not require it” (11, 13).

“My lord delayeth his coming,” thinks the “evil servant” (Matt. 24:48). So what does he do? He starts “to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken” (49). His loose eschatological ideas lead to his vicious behaviour and eternal destruction, for “The lord of that servant ... shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (50-51).

I recall a professing Christian who foolishly believed the weak arguments against the Bible made by an unbelieving university lecturer. What effect did it have on that young man? Soon he was partying and getting drunk like most of the other students.

The apostle to the Gentiles argues that, if there is no future bodily resurrection, there is little point in enduring persecution for Jesus Christ: “If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not?” (I Cor. 15:32). Why not be a hedonist: “let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die” (32)? Paul warns against fellowship with unbelievers and following their corrupt notions, for false teaching is according to ungodliness: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (33).

One can cite many examples demonstrating, on the other hand, that orthodox doctrine is according to godliness. Jesus’ resurrection on the first day of the week leads us to rest from our physical labours and enjoy the public worship of Almighty God in a faithful congregation on the Lord’s day. Since Scripture teaches that the church is the bride of Christ chosen before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4) and destined for the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9), we must seek her welfare.

Regarding the final assize, II Corinthians 5 states, “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (10). Belief of this truth issues in faithful witnessing: “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (11).

Just think of our Saviour: His lowliness, unsearchable wisdom, amazing teaching, perfect obedience and substitutionary sufferings. What a payment He made to the justice of God for our sins! What wonders He achieves, including our redemption, justification, sanctification and glorification! This evokes thankfulness, good works and prayer, as the Heidelberg Catechism explains. True doctrine is according to godliness!

It is a mark of the false gospel and false churches that they accuse the biblical gospel of the grace of God, preached by the true church, of leading to ungodliness. Roman Catholicism attacks the truth of justification (and assurance of salvation) by faith alone in Christ alone as engendering loose living and decadence. In ungodly Rome’s anti-Christian reasoning, man must work to earn his own righteousness before God and the certainty of salvation is not possible (apart from direct, divine revelation) or desirable.

Like Romanism, Arminianism slanders total depravity, unconditional election and reprobation, particular atonement, irresistible grace and the perseverance of the saints, as if they were an “opiate” to put people asleep or render men “carnally secure,” to quote the “Conclusion” of the Canons of Dordt. Arminianism claims that only the (false) doctrine of man’s free will can deliver him from spiritual sloth! Yet the apostle Paul exclaimed, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (I Cor. 15:10)! Rev. Stewart

 

David, Amasa and Joab

One of our readers writes, “It seems strange that David should make Amasa, recently head of the rebel army of Absalom, his commander in chief (II Sam. 19-20).”

David, Amasa, Joab and Absalom were all related. Amasa, Joab and Absalom, David’s son, were cousins; Amasa and Joab were sons of David’s sisters (II Sam. 17:25; I Chron. 2:16-17). Amasa and Joab, therefore, were both nephews of King David. Amasa had supported Absalom and was the commander of his forces in his rebellion against David (II Sam. 17:25). Joab was one of David’s commanders in the battle against Absalom and the one who saw to it that Absalom was killed (18:1-17). David, who had told Joab to spare Absalom, was angry with him for having Absalom killed. So he fired Joab, making Amasa commander in his place (19:13).

David’s appointment of Amasa does seem strange. Some believe that David was attempting to reunite the people by appointing Amasa, the commander of the rebel army, but, because this happened immediately after the battle in which Absalom was killed, it is more likely that Amasa was appointed to spite Joab (19:13). Joab, always jealous for his own prestige and position, soon murdered Amasa, using as his excuse Amasa’s sluggishness in mustering the army against another rebel, Sheba the son of Bichri (20:1-13).

Of Amasa we know little. David seems to have appointed him not only to spite Joab but also because he was his nephew (17:25). Though captain, first under Absalom and then under David, he does not seem to have been very competent as a military leader. Not only did he lose the battle as Absalom’s commander, but he was tardy in mustering the men of Judah against Sheba (20:4-5) and naively did not take heed to the murderous sword of crafty Joab (8-10). At that point, David had, in effect, reappointed Joab and Joab’s brother, Abishai, but Joab murdered Amasa anyway (6-10).

Joab, though fiercely loyal to David and unafraid of telling him when he was wrong (e.g., 19:1-8), seems to have been an evil man. He not only murdered Amasa but had previously murdered Abner, who had commanded the armies of the other tribes against David, before David became king of all Israel. Abner, Saul’s cousin (I Sam. 14:50), had been Saul’s general and, when Saul died, he had supported Saul’s son, Ishbosheth (II Sam. 2). Abner abandoned Ishbosheth after a dispute about one of Saul’s concubines and came over to David, but Joab, to avenge his brother, Asahel, who had been killed in a fair fight by Abner, and perhaps out distrust, murdered Abner (II Sam. 3).

David seemed unable to handle Joab but, before he died, he gave instructions to Solomon to deal with Joab (I Kings 2:5-6). Benaiah, under Solomon’s orders, dispatched Joab (28-34), after he supported Solomon’s rival and half-brother, Adonijah.

However, it is not Amasa or Joab but David who is the main character in this history. David, born around 1040 BC, would have been in his 60s at the time of Absalom’s rebellion and Amasa’s murder, with only a few years left before his death at 70 years of age.

The disorder of David’s latter reign included not only Absalom’s rebellion and death, and the rebellion under Sheba the son of Bichri, but near civil war between Judah and the rest of Israel (II Sam. 19:40-43). Just before David died, another son, Adonijah, tried to take the throne, and was supported by Joab and Abiathar the priest (I Kings 1). This was partly David’s own fault for not making it sufficiently clear that Solomon was his heir. It was obvious at this time that David was failing. He was nearly killed in a battle with the Philistines (II Sam. 21:15-17) and needed a concubine to keep him warm (I Kings 1:1-4). It may also have been during this time that David took a census of the people, angering God who then slew 70,000 men with a plague (II Sam. 24).

This disorder was not only the result of David’s age and weakness, but was God’s judgment on him and his house for his sin with Bathsheba, whose husband he had murdered (II Sam. 11). God had forgiven David (II Sam. 12:13; Ps. 32; 51), but David and his family suffered the consequences of his sin. God said to David through Nathan the prophet, “I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I ... gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house” (II Sam. 12:7-11).

David, the greatest of Israel’s kings, was a man after God’s heart (I Sam. 13:14) and a picture of Christ as the Captain of our salvation who delivers us from our enemies. The two are so closely identified in the Psalms that it is often difficult to say, “This is David” or “This is Christ.” Psalm 45 is an example of the intimate relationship between David and Christ as warrior kings. David the shepherd speaks of Christ the Good Shepherd in Psalm 23. In Psalms 41:9 and 55:12-14, David complains of Ahithophel’s betrayal (II Sam. 15-17), but one can hear Christ speaking through David of Judas and his betrayal.

Nevertheless, David was only a shadow of Christ and, though in some ways he pictured the might and victories of Christ as king, his failures pointed to the need for a better king than himself. The disorder in which his reign ended showed that no mere man could bring the deliverance Jesus brings by His great victory over sin, that is, everlasting righteousness and peace. Psalm 72 and Isaiah 11 speak of Christ as that greatest of all kings, who alone has the victory over our greatest enemies, and who establishes a kingdom that will endure when sun and moon have ceased to shine.

Unlike David, Jesus needed no Joab or Amasa to fight His battles. He needed no swords or spears, like the weapon with which Joab killed Amasa. He fought His battle alone, and fought it by surrendering Himself to His enemies and letting them do their worst, until they destroyed themselves in crucifying Him. He brought life out of death and eternal blessedness out of the misery of sin. That is the gospel of David’s failures as king, a message that David himself acknowledged, when he wrote, “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand” (Ps. 110:1). Rev. Ron Hanko

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for April 21, 2024 *(Updated)

Psa 133 1Today, April 21, is the sixteenth Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. ~ Psalm 133

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) is considering the call to Pittsburgh PRC (received April 7). He plans to answer by May 5.

  • Last Sunday Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton PRC) declined the call from Lynden (WA) PRC.

  • Hope PRC-Redlands, CA: "The Council presents the following trio to the congregation from which to call our next pastor: Revs. M. De Boer (Edgerton PRC), G. Eriks (Unity PRC) and A. Brummel (Calvary PRC). A congregational meeting will be held next Sunday, April 28, after the morning worship service."

  • Hudsonville PRC's Council announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. W. Langerak (Trinity PRC-Hudsonville, MI), Rev. J. Maatman (SE PRC-Wyoming, MI), and Rev. J. Smidstra (1st PRC-Holland, MI). The congregation will vote April 28 after the evening service.

  • UPDATE: Georgetown PRC's Council met Sunday night and formed a trio of Revs. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), M. De Boer (Edgerton, MN), and D. Noorman (SW PRC). A congregational meeting to vote for one of these men will be May 5 after the morning service.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Rev. A. Spriensma in Georgetown PRC; Rev. W. Bruinsma (2nd week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Prof. J. Slopsema in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. J. Laning in Loveland PRC; Rev. C. Haak (2nd week) in Lynden PRC; Rev. M. McGeown in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

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Georgetown PRC fellowship addition (back view, right side) - see note below

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Hope PRC re Myanmar (in today's bulletin): "The Myanmar committee [of Hope's Council] reported that it held a video conference with Rev. Titus. He reported that the church is still able to worship twice each Sunday even though unrest continues in the country. The threat of conscription law still exists with some reports indicating that the law will take effect at the end of April and others suggesting it will be delayed for six months. Rev. Kap Mang’s health continues to decline and he is unresponsive most of the time. Continue to pray that God gives peace of mind, safety, and guidance to these saints as they face many uncertainties on a daily basis."

  • Psalter Revision: "You are invited to attend a presentation/singspiration tonight at 7:45 PM at Hull PRC. Come join us to see the results of the revision and to sing Psalms, old and new. To see the complete revised Psalter, visit thepsalter.net (web version) and “Download Psalms 1-150” at the bottom of the page."

  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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Senior Arend Haveman leading devotions last week for his final time.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters the thirteenth week of the semester tomorrow. A regular week of classes is planned. Pray for faculty, students, and staff as we complete the final third of the semester. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Tim.2:15
  • The second round of Practice Preaching for this semester will be held the Mondays of April 15 and 22, with Sems. B. Feenstra, A. Van Dyke, and A. Haveman (his final one!) delivering new sermons.
  • Bruce Feenstra leads in devotions this week; due to practice preaching tomorrow there is no chapel scheduled on Wednesday.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is at the printer and should be ready for mailing in about two weeks. In the meantime, if you haven't read the Fall 2023 issue, visit the link here to do so. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essaysmust be submitted by May 17.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today both pastors preached. Today's "pastoral note" by pastor Tan treats biblical lessons for elders based on the OT kings. At the end, he has these words for the congregation: "CERC family, let us continue to grow in obeying and submitting to our elders, giving thanks to God for their labour of love. Please keep your elders in prayer, they are men just like you and me. Keep those who are nominated as elders in prayer. Keep the young men of our church in prayer, that God will raise up among them the next generation of godly and bold elders who would rule and rule well."
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is now out - #71, the first of 2024!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The March 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (2) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about the four rules for Gentiles in the early NT church. Look for the April issue here!
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today, via livestream at our official Facebook account. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God." Also, "On April 22-23, 2024, Elder Espiritu, and Rev. Ibe are scheduled to visit the saints and pastors in Bacolod and Sipalay area to conduct a day of the conference on Reformed Dogmatics [Soteriology] and the Church Order of Dordt 1618-19, respectively. We pray for God’s blessings upon this trip and the saints there."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Elder Jun Armas led both worship services today through PRCA’s recorded video sermons.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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  • This month (April 2024) the RWH is broadcasting two gospel messages by Prof. D. Kuiper on the Ten Commandments (completing this series) and two by Rev. W. Bruinsma that begins a series on women in the Bible. Today's message is the first of Rev. Bruinsma's and titled "The Woman Eve" based on Genesis 2:23,24.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "This kingdom [of God] consists of two parts; the first is when God by the agency of his Spirit corrects all the depraved lusts of the flesh, which in bands war against Him; and the second, when he brings all our thoughts into obedience to his authority….

"This prayer, therefore, ought to withdraw us from the corruptions of the world which separate us from God and prevent his kingdom from flourishing within us; secondly, it ought to inflame us with an ardent desire for the mortification of the flesh; and, lastly, it ought to train us to the endurance of the cross, since this is the way in which God would have his kingdom to be advanced.

"It ought not to grieve us that the outward man decays provided the inner man is renewed. For such is the nature of the kingdom of God, that while we submit to his righteousness he makes us partakers of his glory.”

~ John Calvin on the first petition of the Lord's Prayer, "Hallowed be Thy name."

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