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Rev. Carl Haak, pastor of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, completes his four-month service for the RWH program, as he speaks on some key doctrines of the Christian faith: true saving faith, creation, God's mysterious providence, and who Jesus Christ is.
You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 76th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!
September 3 - True Faith, II Timothy 1:12
September 10 - The Creation, Genesis 1:1
September 17 - The Secret Providence of God, Psalm 57:2
September 24 - Who is Jesus?, Matthew 1:21
Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!
Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
25 August, 2017
Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,
North American Trip
Our biennial holiday in North America (17 July—14 August) took us to the Northwest (where we tented and hiked in the mountains: Mt. Rainier, WA; Glacier, MT; and the Canadian Rockies) for three weeks and Grand Rapids (where we stayed with Mary's parents) for one week.
I preached eight sermons on four Sundays in six Protestant Reformed churches (Spokane, Edmonton, Lacombe, Lynden, Providence, and Hudsonville). After each of the four Sunday afternoon or evening services, I showed slides, mentioning the various factors the Lord used to bring the saints in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC) and the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF) into contact and membership with these bodies. Looming large were Reformed books, PR pamphlets, and the witness of current members, members who have since left, or even those who never became members themselves! Rev. Allen Brummel and I both spoke once at an evangelism conference in Lacombe (29 July).
We had a lovely time with family and friends, worshipping in various Protestant Reformed churches, and enjoying meals and hospitality with the saints. All are blessings in Jesus Christ through our sister-church relationship!
Our last call was at the RFPA building, where we picked up a banana box of books (containing especially Mark Hoeksema’s new commentary on II Peter), a briefcase of pamphlets and other literature to pack inside our other items of luggage to bring home. Rev. Martyn McGeown and Josh Harris from South Wales, who were over for the Young People's Convention, also brought back fine RFPA books.
A number of people have asked me if this was really a holiday. Yes, it was very relaxing and I cannot even say I was tired before we left for North America!
A lot of work awaited us on our return: scores of emails (though I had tried to keep up using borrowed computers on weekends while we were away), correspondence with new translators, four weeks’ post, fulfilling orders for books and audio-visual box sets, yard work (mowing lawns, trimming trees, a bonfire, etc.), website additions, etc. Now that we are mostly caught up, I can do the bimonthly letter!
Rev. Heath Bleyenberg was our main pulpit supply when we were away; the Bal-lymena Guardian carried an article about his coming with a photo (27 July). He and Deb were on our side of the Atlantic for three of the four Sundays of our absence.
Elder Brian Crossett led the services with DVD sermons on Sunday 1 in the CPRC. One Sunday 2, Rev. McGeown preached, with the Bleyenbergs in the LRF. On Sundays 3 and 4, Rev. Bleyenberg preached in Ballymena. His four recent sermons in the CPRC, plus his six sermons in Northern Ireland in 2011, are all in a handy YouTube playlist ( www.youtube. com/playlist?list=PL2Y5Eq5r6y2EqoPrvrvwIMUPlJkPXb_Gf ).
The Bleyenbergs stayed with Rev. McGeown in Limerick for a few days and then in the CPRC manse. They visited in the homes of some of our members or went with them on day trips. Their last night in Northern Ireland was marked by a farewell tea at church (Sunday, 13 August).
Near the start of the summer, we held a barbecue at the manse (23 June). Though several were out of the country at the time, 75 CPRC members and friends were pre-sent. It was a fine night.
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 26 June. The finances are going very well. Since then, we have received a substantial amount of repaid taxes in the form of Gift Aid, plus the yearly sum for our church building’s solar panels. Our best-selling box set (42) for the last year was “Behold, I Come Quickly,” the 2016 British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) speeches. Our best-selling books were (in order) Called to Watch for Christ’s Return (Rev. McGeown), Be Ye Holy (Profs. Engelsma and Hanko), and Christianizing the World (Prof. En-gelsma). The English Churchman published a lengthy, favourable review of the last title (21 & 28 July).
Earlier this week, Susan Hall and Janet Napier ran a Children’s Bible Club for the younger ones in the congregation (21-22 August).
Besides our older translators, such as Balint Vaserhelyi, who sent us 4 Hungarian pieces in the last two months, a few new helpers have joined us. Their recent translations are 6 Tagalog (by Jeremiah Baghuin Pascual in the Philippines); 3 (Church) Slavonic (ecumenical creeds by Paul in Russia); and 1 Bengali (the Heidelberg Catechism by Rev. Emmanuel Singh in Calcutta, India).
A number of people have asked us about the dates for next summer’s BRF Conference. The conference will be held 21-28 July, 2018, at Hebron Hall near Cardiff, South Wales (www.britishreformed.org). We hope to have booking forms out by the end of this year.
May the Lord strengthen and keep you all!
Rev. & Mary Stewart
Published under the auspices of Hope PRC in Walker, MI.
Greetings in our faithful covenant Lord's name. I believed that for His mercy you are doing well in summer time there. Here is raining season started and we had extraordinary rain this year, almost every day rain heavily and everywhere wet and mud and very dirty. Good thing is that the delegates not coming this time of the year; I believe they will run away for too dirty.
With rain falling, our economy also falling very badly, as the weather is gloomy, the hearts of the people in this country also gloomy with hopelessness. Because, the new government neglected the economy very badly, it almost stop now; you can read this news in
Myanmar, Reuters.com. But our hope is in the Lord who faithfully leads us with His covenantal, Fatherly hands. I have to preach that message every week to my people. Deacon and elder are very busy to manage for our people, the same time they themselves struggle for their families. Regime change always have some severe effects for all the people. We hope that for His mercy, we will be better in near future.
And religious extremists also quite active, so the new government is try everything it can to quench the crisis. We wish that for His providence care, our new government will know the best way to reconciliation all those differences is to make economy good, then
every body will forget all those extremists ideas. Now a days, we see on the road also very few foreigners, quite different atmosphere. Many so-called missionaries also leaving the country, because the new government increase visa fees, last time they pretended themselves businessmen and do mission work which is not very good, but now even those people very few, mostly they are from Korea, and American Evangelical - Baptist groups.
We continue regularly our Thursday Bible class, Rev. Laning sometimes participated through Facetime; he took one hour and another hour we continue discussion on Reformed Essentials.
But, I am still busy, editing my KJV Burmese translation, I finished the book of Hebrews, and going to start the book of James and I preached every week from out of that editing. Evening services Hidelberg Catechism, now I reach LD 36.
For Sunday Digest, now I started translating, the book of Joshua, reach chapter 10. I reached translating "Come, Ye Children," by Gertrude Hoeksema, "David and Jonathan." I am translating, "Unfolding Covenant History," by Homer C. Hoeksema. I am translating the topic "God's Creation of the Living Creatures."
Catechism classes, younger one, we started Heidelberg Catechism, by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma. This week we reach lesson 35. Older youth, I am still teaching "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, A Guide in Catechetical Instruction" by Rev. Herman Hoeksema, revised by Prof. Herman Hanko," Our re-discussion on the points that the youth have to know more still continue, so we kind of have free-hand discussions; the youth asked me from lessons that they like to know more about or things they did not find very clear the first time.
Thank you very much for supporting my ministry till today; without your help I cannot do all the things that I do for His people. Please, continues to pray for us, so that the name of the Lord will be glorified here in this land. In my congregational prayer as well as in
personal prayers always pray for you to overcome all the present crisis and move forward for His glory. The Lord's blessings to you all.
The July 2017 issue of "SS" is once again filled with interesting and profitable articles, and our PRC young people especially are encouraged to make it part of their reading content.
Below you will find a note from the "SS" Committee introducing the contents of this issue and images of the cover and table of contents. The entire issue is also attached here in pdf form.