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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for February 25, 2024

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Psalm 127 1Today, February 25, is the eighth Lord's Day of this new 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.

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 listen online.

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. ~ Psalm 127:1-3

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Rev. C. Spronk is considering the call from Pittsburgh PRC. He plans to answer by next Sunday, March 3.

  • This morning Hope PRC-Redlands, CA issued a call Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC). May the Lord make plain His will for him in this regard.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. J. Maatman in Georgetown PRC; Rev. R. Smit (2nd week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. J. Holstege in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. W. Bruinsma (2nd week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. M. DeVries (2nd week) in Lynden PRC; Rev. N. Decker 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:

  • Zion PRC (Jenison, MI): Men from the congregation led the worship at the Kent County Jail (Grand Rapids, MI) this afternoon.
  • Unity PRC (Byron Center, MI): "There is another opportunity to come visit the Community Bible Study that is taking place next week Tuesday, March 5 at 7 pm. The topic will be 'Finding Peace in a Restless World'. We meet from 7-8pm in the Byron Rec Center at 2120 76th St. in Byron Center. We would love to see you there. All are invited. Bring a friend, co-worker, or neighbor."

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • PRC Delegation to the PRC-Philippines: Rev. D. Holstege, and Harvey, and Cindy Kikkert are in the Philippines as the annual delegation from the PRCA to the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (PRCP). Rev. Holstege and Harv will conduct church visitation with the consistories of the two churches, Berean and Provident, and bring official greetings to the PRCP at their February 25 Classis meeting. Rev. Holstege will preach for the Berean congregation on the first Sunday (Feb. 25) and for Provident on the second (Mar. 3), D.V. He will also lead the mid-week Bible study at Provident on Feb. 28. May the Lord use this visit to nurture and strengthen the bond between our two denominations for the coming of His kingdom and His glory. (Wingham PRC bulletin last week)

  • PRC Psalter Revision Singspiration: You are invited to attend a presentation/singspiration at 7:30 on March 3 at Zion PRC, or at 7:30 on March 10 at Trinity 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.

  • Classis East reconvened on Feb.8, at Hope PRC in Walker, MI, to treat the report and advice of its special committee on various protests against decisions of Classis last September. The decisions of this continued and concluded meeting are posted on this webpage. The agenda and minutes are available to registered users on the bulletin page under Classis East. And there is a public report on this page of the website of the Jan.10 meeting.

  • Classis West will meet in Randolph (WI) PRC on Wednesday, March 6.
  • Guidepost Solutions has reported to the Ad Hoc Committee that there was an excellent response rate to the survey and hotline. There were almost 1,300 survey participants, of which 26% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Through the hotline, Guidepost has received reports from 29 individuals, of which 72% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Anyone who still desires to report on sexual abuse may use the hotline (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will be open throughout the duration of the investigation. Guidepost is presently busy with the interviewing process and prioritization of the cases.
  • 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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Rev. J. Laning (PRC home missionary) led the PRC Seminary chapel this past Wednesday.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters its sixth full week of the second semester this week. Pray for the faculty, students, and staff as we busy ourselves in the tasks assigned us by our faithful and gracious Master. "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." (2 Tim.2:1,2)
  • Our professors and licensed students are busy preaching each week in various places in west Michigan and beyond. Today Prof. D. Kuiper is in Wingham PRC for Rev. D. Holstege who is in the Philippines.
  • The first round of practice preaching will be held tomorrow morning, Feb.26, at Southwest PRC. Sems. A. Van Dyke and B. Feenstra will deliver sermons. Next week Sem. A. Haveman will deliver his.
  • Aaron Van Dyke will lead in devotions this week and due to practice preaching this week there will be no chapel on Wednesday.
  • The Seminary faculty informs the churches that seminarian Aaron Van Dyke will intern in our Wingham, Ontario congregation, under the supervision of Wingham’s Consistory and the mentoring of Rev. Daniel Holstege.  The internship begins July 1 and extends through December 31.  Continue to pray for the seminary and for Mr. Van Dyke and his family during his internship.
  • Have you read the latest blog post on the Fall 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal? Check it out and then visit the journal page linked here to browse the digital editions or pick up a print copy at the seminary. This latest issue features three articles related to the Reformed controversy with the Remonstrants (Arminians) and a reprint of a special Reformation feature from an early issue of the PRTJ. 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.). Soon work will begin on the spring 2024 issue.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.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:

  • Hope PRC-Walker, MI and Myanmar - As Rev. Titus continues to report to Hope's Council of increased civil unrest and persecution against Christians in that land, let us pray for our brothers and sisters there.

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today both pastors preached. In today's "pastoral voice," Pastor Wee comments on their Chinese New Year Gospel Meeting yesterday and the importance of knowing and using the Chinese language: "We thank God for the CNY Gospel Meeting that was held yesterday, and ask God’s blessing upon His Word, proclaimed in Chinese through weak means, that it will not return to Him void but will accomplish His sovereign purpose. It has been heartening to see many of us take an interest in the Chinese language, in our attendance at the gospel meeting (although much of it may have sounded foreign to us!), and also through our own study of the language, especially in the reading of the Chinese Bible. ...May God use the past Chinese gospel meeting to stir up in us a renewed interest in the language, that we seek to grow in our conversational and biblical Chinese, in our service of God and His kingdom."
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is coming out - #71, the first of 2024! The previous one was #70, "Time Is Running Out," and concerns the Christian's use of time; 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. 
    • 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 January issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is available! Read the articles by Rev. Stewart on Nehemiah's prayer and a CPRC elder on why the churches' use of God's sword is so important in our day.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: "Rev. D. Holstege will lead us in our worship services today. We welcome Rev. Holstege, Elder Harvey Kikkert, and his wife Cindy to our congregation today." And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today. through our Facebook page."
    • "Last Thursday evening, Rev. Daniel Holstege and Elder Harvey Kikkert [Wingham PRC] with his wife [Cindy] arrived safely in Manila. They will stay here until next Sunday and ‘will be back in Canada on Monday morning, the Lord willing. Rev. Holstege will be preaching for us today and in Provident PRC on March 03, 2024. God be praised for the wonderful time we may spend together in the enjoyment of the fellowship and catholicity of the church in the Lord Jesus Christ."
    • "The visit of our pastor and elder Penaverde with the saints and pastors in Bacolod and SNO went very well again, by the grace of God. Rev. Ibe conducted a lecture on the Church Order of Dordt 1618-19 Arts. 3 &4 and Reformed Dogmatics on Soteriology with the OBs held at Bata Christian Community Church in Bacolod City. The same lecture was given with the pastors in SNO and an explanation of some of the requirements for membership application to the PRCP. Next month, Rev. Ibe will travel with Elder Mitch Suarez of Provident PRC, the Lord willing. We urge everyone to include in your prayers the continuing work of God through us in Bacolod and SNO. Pray that God will strengthen and equip them in and with the truth of God’s sovereign particular grace and that the saints to whom they preach the same will receive such blessings in return according to God’s purpose and for His glory." 
    • Classis meeting of the PRCP congregations met today at 1:30 PM at our worship hall (Berean PRC).
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her worship services today. And, "The saints in Bearers of Light Community Church (BLCC) in Guiguinto, Bulacan will join us in our worship services today here in Provident PRC, the Lord willing. We pray for God’s blessing and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God." And this special note: "A warm welcome to Rev. Daniel Holstege, together with Elder Harvey Kikkert and his wife Sis. Cindy who arrived safely from the Wingamm, Canada last February 22. Our congregation praises the LORD and is grateful for having Rev. Holstege back in the Philippines and that he responded to our request for pulpit supply from PRCA through the contact committee."

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 (February 2024) the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Prof. D. Kuiper, as he continues a new series on the Ten Comamndments. Today's message is titled "The Fourth Commandment: Keeping a Day of Rest on God's Holy Day" based on Luke 13:14-16.
  • 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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Why does the PRC sing the Psalms in worship? Read this resource to discover the rich biblical and historical reasons.

  • 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

The second lesson that this [the 1st commandment] teaches is that Jehovah is the only God. This is the real idea of the prohibition of the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Israel was used to having other gods; she had learned how to worship the idol gods of Egypt. By delivering her out of Egypt, Jehovah taught Israel that He was the only true God. So we are to worship Him as the only true God. When He says that we must not have any other gods before Him, Jehovah is not permitting us to have other gods so long as they are second or third or fourth in rank behind Jehovah. The word “before” regards not the rank of our gods, but it refers to the sight of Jehovah; He may not see in us a regard for any other god beside Him. But He will see, if we have other gods. No other god truly exists. Only Jehovah truly exists as God. Every other supposed god is but the invention of the mind of men. And let us heed His command to put them aside, by the power of His grace and knowing His love.

The third lesson that this teaches is that Jehovah is all-knowing, or all-seeing. In this way, too, He is the greatest God. This is a comfort to many of God’s people when they are led through times of trial: He knows what we suffer, and in love He cares for us. It is also a reminder that He sees our sins; even when we ignore, excuse, or deny sin, He knows it.

The fourth lesson, the lesson that Jesus especially drives home, is that God is good, only good, and always good. Matthew 19:16 tells us that a rich young ruler came to Jesus and addressed him as the good teacher. He knew Jesus was a teacher; we do too. This man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ answer was twofold. A part of Jesus’ answer was that only God was good: “Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God.”

God is the only good, and the true good. There is no bad in God; no moral imperfection, not even a flaw in His design or being or conduct. He is all good, and only good. His Godhead, and all the attributes or perfections of His Godhead, are good. He is true love, true mercy, true grace, true justice, true compassion, true wisdom, true knowledge, true power, true sovereignty. In Him is no bad. Therefore all His works are good and only good. All display His greatness as God; all point to Him as the only true God.

~ Taken from the recent radio sermon of Prof. D. Kuiper on the first commandment, part of a series on the ten commandments 

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