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Myanmar Report of Rev. Titus - September 2017

 Titus pastor familyMYANMAR COMMITTEE REPORT (Hope PRC)

August 16, 2017

Dear brethren,

Greetings in our gracious covenant Lord's name. Your summer days are gone, but still you are, for His mercy, well with His covenant blessings. Here, raining and hot all the time, but we believe that the Lord is merciful to us His remnant too little flock here.

For His mercy, H1N1 flu virus subsided very much, we give thanks to Him, and to you as well for your prayers.

But new crisis come up here, that is the Muslim extremists attacked Rakhine state and many policemen are killed with civilians, many non-Muslim people fled from that area to inland Burmese country, and many Muslim people fled to Bangladesh neighboring country. In the world those Muslim people called themselves "Rohinga", but we called them "Bengali". Now, the Muslim-extremists-Bengali people joined with Pakistan Isis groups and wanted their Caliphate-area in Rakhine state; so now they formed a terrorist group called "Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army"(ARSA) and fighting local Rakhine tribes. As you know in our last seminar, many from Rakhine state came and studied with us precious Reformed truth; we are quite concern about them and pray for them.

It is very interesting to see [that] our government is dealing with that group of terrorist people because in the world, many news agencies crying loud as genocide, but that is not we know very well as local people. More interesting thing is, many political opportunists try very hard to use it for their advantage, and call for army rule again. Because they know the people like this present government very much, they have no hope to hold power again, so the only thing they can be in power again is army come back and rule as before then with army they can have power back again. So they like to have religious clashes in the whole country, and they try to have one, for example, on 10-9-2017, [an] unknown group appear at night in one of our cities called "Taun Dwin Kyi" and beating local Muslim people and trying to burn a Mosque there. But the real local people do not want to participate with them and call police; then many policemen came up and stop them, and local people said that they never saw those people before. So every city is in alert not to happen that kind of force clashes, and government also announces that if that kind of thing come up, be calm and report to police instead of doing by oneself anything.

For us as churches, we earnestly pray to the Lord that that kind of religious crisis will not happen in our main land, day and night. Because if that kind of thing happens, then army will come back to power and marshal-law will be practiced and all will be back to army-dictatorship. I wonder at the evil heart that unbeliever can have, they do not care [for] the people but they want just the power. I hope and pray that the church of our Lord Jesus Christ will not be troubled by that kind of power-loving people.

 

During the H1N1 crisis, we stopped for three weeks Thursday classes, but for His mercy we can start again our Thursday Bible class. Rev. J. Laning participated through Facetime; he took one hour for Reformed eschatology and another hour we continue discussion on Reformed Essentials. I pray that from this class one day we can have our own Bible school to train local pastor in our own language.

 

I am still busy, editing my KJV Burmese translation. I am now editing the book of First Peter and I preached every week from out of that editing. Evening services [are on] the Heidelberg Catechism, [and] now I reach LD 44.

 

For "Sunday Digest", now I started translating, the book of Joshua, reach chapter 18. I reached translating Come, Ye Children by Gertrude Hoeksema, "David Hears News of the Battle." Many readers [give me] feedback that those stories not only children love to read but adult also love to read them very much and ask me after I did that whole book to produce as a book, especially the remarks that made by Gertrude under the sub-heading "Remember." I am [also] translating, Unfolding Covenant History, by Homer C. Hoeksema, I am translating the topic "God's Creation of Man: Created in God's Image." This book is loved by educated adult and college students very much, but normal Christians and ladies, they said some time, some of modern science's theories they do not understand. But I believe the standard of our PR knowledge must be in Burmese, so that, unbelievers and so-called evangelists scholars will know we are serious students of the Bible.

 

Catechism classes, younger one, Heidelberg Catechism, by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, this week we reach lesson 42. Older youth, I am teaching them our Belgic Catechism itself now, reach Article (3).

 

Thank you very much for supporting my ministry; without your help I cannot do all the things that I do for His people. Please continue 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. The Lord's blessings to you all.

Your brother,

Rev. Titus

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Reformation 500 Lecture, October 13, 2017 - Bethel PRC, Roselle, IL

The congregation of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL (NW Chicago) invite all in their area to a special Reformation 500th anniversary lecture, to be held in their church Friday evening, October 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, will deliver the message: "Martin Luther, Father of the Reformation."

Below is a poster with the details, which is also attached in pdf form. YOU are cordially invited to attend!

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Reformation Day Lecture - Crete PRC - Oct. 31, 2017

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The Evangelism Committee of Crete PRC informs the members and friends of the PRC and those in its area of a special Reformation Day lecture coming up the end of this month.

Below are the details. Make plans to attend and invite others to join you!

Martin Luther was an extraordinary monk.  He commented that “if anyone could have earned heaven by the life of a monk, it was I.”  But his life as a monk was one of spiritual torment, he was always fearful of the wrath of God.  It was only when studying Scripture that he realized that man is saved by faith alone.  Join us on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30 at Crete PRC as Rev. N. Langerak develops the theme:  "Martin Luther:  A Christian’s Quest for Assurance".  The lecture will also be livestreamed on our website at www.prccrete.org.

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Reformed News Asia - September 2017 (Issue 43)

Issue 43 - September 2017
Pamphlets
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
NEW Pamphlet!
THREE CUPS
By Rev Carl Haak (Reformed Witness Hour)

"Of all the truths of the sufferings of Jesus Christ there are none so dear as the truth that He suffered voluntarily. He was not dragged to the cross against His will. He did not endure His suffering as a passive victim, reluctantly, with cold resignation. But He went to the cross and endured His suffering willingly, zealously, and voluntarily...
  
Scripture presents this truth to us in a figure of speech, in the figure of a cup which He willingly drank. All the sufferings necessary to make full payment for our sins were poured into a cup which the Father presented to His Son, the Son of God, who knew what was in that cup and who loved us, drank the cup, and then dashed the empty cup on the ground before the cross."

Read to find out more of our Lord's willing suffering for His people.

Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.
 
Featured Book
For local orders (S'pore), please contact Ms Daisy Lim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For international orders, click here.
Knowing God in the Last Days
by Mark Hoeksema

From the RFPA website:

"Knowing God in the Last Days is an explanation of the general epistle of Peter to the early New Testament church. The primary theme of the letter is the knowledge of God, a concept that occurs many times and in various contexts throughout the book. This short epistle contains a wealth of instruction for the church today.

The secondary theme of 2 Peter is the application of the knowledge of God to the last days in which we live. Especially in his third chapter, Peter reveals to the church the knowledge of God as it relates to the end times.

Based on exegesis of the Greek text, this commentary gives clarity of explanation to God’s people regarding necessary and important aspects of today’s Christian life. May all who read be edified."
 
Audio Recordings
Click to listen to the latest sermons in the series on Galations:

Why Then The Law?

Heirs in Christ
 
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Mooncake Gospel Meeting

Invite your friends and loved ones to the upcoming mooncake gospel meeting on 7th Oct! Details in the poster below.
 
Reformation Day Conference 2017

Come commemorate the 500th year of the Reformation with us this RDC! Details in the poster below.
 
CKCKS Camp 2017

Our annual CKCKS Camp is back! Save the dates!

Theme: Examine Yourselves (2 Cor 13:5)
Dates: 19-22 Dec 2017
Location: Aloha Loyang Sea View Bungalow 1
Registration: 12 Nov to 3 Dec

For more information, visit http://ckckscamp.weebly.com/
 
Past Events...
 
CERC 30th Anniversary
On 23rd Sep, CERC celebrated her 30th anniversary. There was an exhortation based on our church theme, "Be Ye Holy", various song presentations as well as greetings from friends in sister churches, followed by cake-cutting and fellowship over dinner. We are thankful to the Lord for His preserving Hand over us all these years. May He keep CERC as a faithful church, shining for Him in this region of the world.

Ps 90:1-2

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
The youths' presentation on "By the Gentle Waters". Click to listen!
 
CK/CKS Outing
In our recent CKCKS outing, the youths had a time of sports and games at Bishan Park, during which some of us were doubled over in laughter. We were joined by two visitors from Washington, Sarah Kleyn and Lisa Heystek.
For the first game, we had to try and a insert a small tube through the mouth of a bottle while it dangled from a string tied to our waists. 
The second game was an animal relay in which participants had to transport a ball to and fro while moving like a duck, kangaroo or crab.
 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

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

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for October 2017

WBruinsma 2First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for October 2017 on the RWH radio program.

Rev. Bill Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (Pennsylvania) begins his four-month service for the RWH program, as he starts a new series on Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians (cf. schedule of messages below).

October 1 - Thanks for the Church, I Thess.1:1-4

October 8 - Followers of the Lord, I Thess.1:6-8

October 15 - Entrusted with the Gospel, I Thess.2:3-4

October 22 - Receiving the Word of God, I Thess. 2:13

October 29 - God's Saints: The Crown of Rejoicing, I Thess.2:19-20

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!

Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

PO Box 1230, Grand Rapids MI, 49501 | www.reformedwitnesshour.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship Newsletter - September 2017

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Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland

http://www.limerickreformed.com/
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

The new “church season” has started in Limerick. On September 12, something momentous occurred, the first ever catechism class for a second-generation member of the LRF! Sebastian Kuhs, the first child that I baptized (March 23, 2012), is now old enough for catechism, for he is now six years old. So that he is not in a class by himself, we are also including Jason Watterson, the second child that I baptized (December 23, 2012), who is joining him, although he is not quite as old as his fellow catechumen (he will be five years old in November, DV). Since both children are homeschooled, which also began this year, I teach catechism on Tuesday morning at the Kuhs’ house. This is a very exciting time, to see the covenant youth ready for formal catechetical instruction.
Two first-time catechumens:

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Jason Watterson (left), Sebastian Kuhs (right) with Rev. M. McGeown

In addition, Chester and Dale Mansona are in a pre-confession class on Saturday mornings. We are currently studying the Belgic Confession. (Because they come from a Baptist background in the Philippines, they were never baptized as children, so we hope to have baptism at some point, DV). On top of that, due to the wonders of modern technology, I am catechizing my nieces via the internet: Anna is studying Old Testament History for Juniors, while Lily and Hope are studying Old Testament History for Beginners. We are currently on Lesson 3.

We enjoyed many exciting activities in the period between June and September. First, on June 18, I baptized Jonas Watterson and preached on “Foolishness Bound in the Hearts of Our Children” (Prov. 22:15). Second, we finished family visitation, using the text of Proverbs 23:23, “Buying and Not Selling the Truth.” Third, near the end of July, Alana Schipper (Southwest PRC) and Rev. Heath and Deb Bleyenberg (Providence PRC) were in Limerick. It was good to spend a few days visiting some of the sights of Ireland with them before I headed to the USA for my annual vacation. Rev. Bleyenberg preached for the LRF on July 30. Fourth, from August 1-17, I was in the USA, during which time I attended the Young People’s Convention (my prowess at turkey-hunting was placed on public display by the Turtle Cammandos! If you do not understand the reference, ask Holland’s YPC banquet committee), spent some time with (some of) Larisa DeJong’s family, preached four times in three different congregations, and caught up with many friends in the faith. As usual, I thank you for your fellowship, your hospitality, and your interest in, and prayers for, the work of the LRF!

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Rev. McGeown with Rev. Heath and Deb Bleyenberg and Alana Schipper at Blarney Castle, Cork

I have started a new series from the book of Acts, “The Coming of the Holy Spirit of Christ.” So far, I have preached on Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-3; and Acts 2:4-13. This week, we begin to study Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost. We also had a “Back to Basics” lecture on “The Christian Church” last Saturday (September 23). Our Muslim friend Saeed still attends these lectures, which are designed to be introductory to the Reformed faith. (Speaking of lectures, the last lecture I gave in Wales on July 6 attracted only 4 people. Since the topic was “Christian Humility,” I suppose that was humbling. It was, however, nice to spend the day with the Harris family whose son Joshua was also at the Young People’s Convention, his third, I believe).

In our Bible study, we are edging ever closer to the end of Romans. (We are currently near the end of chapter 15). By the next newsletter, DV, we will have chosen a new book to study. We have also nearly fin-ished Daniel with the Mansona family. (At our next meeting, we plan to study chapter 12).

I am planning another visit to the USA soon (October 24 to November 8). The seminary has asked me to speak at the upcoming conference on the Reformation. My speech, “The Reformation’s Recovery of Right Worship,” is scheduled for Saturday October 28 in Faith PRC. A week later, DV, I will give the speech at a mini-conference (Rev. Key, Prof. Cammenga, and I will speak) in Loveland PRC in Colorado. Since I have never been to Colorado before, and since three of Larisa’s brothers live in Colorado and are members of Loveland PRC, Larisa and I are greatly looking for-ward to visiting Loveland (November 1-7).

Do honor the conferences in Michigan (October 27-28) and/or Colorado (November 3-4) with your presence.

In Christian love,
Rev. Martyn McGeown

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