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Our Confidence in Troubling Times

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Let's be in prayer for the PRC and for Classis East as the delegates meet these days at Grace PRC (Jan.13,14), with a heavy work load and serious matters to debate and decide.

As we stand together for the cause of God's covenant and kingdom, may we be consoled by the words of these Psalter numbers, which are prayers as well as praise.

Psalter 60 (Psalm 25)

1. To Thee I lift my soul,
In Thee my trust repose;
My God, O put me not to shame
Before triumphant foes.

2. None shall be put to shame
That humbly wait for Thee,
But those that willfully transgress,
On them the shame shall be. 

3. Show me Thy paths, O Lord,
Teach me Thy perfect way,
O guide me in Thy truth divine,
And lead me day by day. 

4. For Thou art God that dost
To me salvation send,
And patiently through all the day
Upon Thee I attend. 

5. Recall Thy mercies, Lord,
Their tenderness untold,
And all Thy lovingkindnesses,
For they have been of old.

Psalter 160 (Psalm 62)

1. O God, give ear unto my cry,
And to my voice attend;
Though far from home and from Thy house,
To Thee my prayers ascend.

2. When troubles overwhelm my heart,
Then Thou wilt hear my cry,
For safety lead me to the Rock
That higher is than I. 

3. A refuge Thou hast been for me
When storms of trouble lower;
When foes assail, then Thou hast been
My strong defense and tower.

4. Within Thy holy temple, Lord,
I ever will abide;
Beneath the covert of Thy wings
In confidence I hide.

These words from the final Reformed Witness Hour message of 2020 by Rev. W. Bruinsma may also give us confidence in these difficult times:

But there is an even more amazing wonder in this preservation of the church.  That is actually the one expressed by Malachi in the verse we consider.  It is of God’s mercy that we are not consumed.  Malachi calls our attention to the truth that it is a wonder of all wonders that we have not been consumed by God Himself!  Countless times throughout the ages the church has turned away from God and began to follow after the gods of this world.  Think of the time when Israel stood before God at Mt. Sinai and worshiped the golden calf in His sight.  God was filled with wrath.  He told Moses to step aside and He would destroy the entire nation.  It was a wonder that God did not consume the sons of Jacob in His wrath!  And how about during the many years that the judges ruled in Israel?  How often Israel did that which was right in her own eyes.  How often did God send her enemies to come and devour her and her land.  Yet, even when Israel most deserved destruction, God preserved her.  How often Israel turned from the truth and worshiped other gods while in the land of Canaan.  God could very well have consumed her, destroyed her by the hands of the Assyrian and Chaldean Empires.  Instead, the church was taken captive and then later brought back to the land of Canaan.

        Now, having returned to the promised land, Israel again sinned greatly against Jehovah.  Throughout this book the prophet Malachi rebukes her sharply for her sin.  Yet, God continued to preserve His church throughout the 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testaments.  Though times were dark, God preserved His church unto the very birth of Jesus Christ.  Even then, when the Jews turned their backs on the Savior Himself and crucified Him, the Lord preserved His faithful few out of this nation.  God has never destroyed or even forsaken His church! 

        But did not God in His anger consume many in the church?  Maybe God did not destroy the entire nation of Israel, but many in Israel were destroyed by the hand of God, for example, in the wilderness.  How many fell by the wayside in the wilderness and never did see the land of Canaan, and that because of their sins?  How many hundreds of thousands of Israel and Judah were killed when taken captive by Assyria and Babylon?  Did not God consume these sons of Jacob in His wrath against sin?  Ah, this is where we must keep in mind the distinction between true Israel and those of Israel in name only.  Surely, God in His wrath consumed many in the nation of Israel, but these were not His elect people.  They were not true Israel.  God never destroys His faithful people.  Never are they consumed, even when they sin against Him.

        In this we as believers rejoice at the end of another year.  In this past year, you and I have not been consumed in God’s wrath.  Even though we have deserved it.  God has been faithful and has not destroyed us in anger for the sins we have committed against Him.  That is an amazing act of God’s mercy in itself. God gathers His church everywhere in this world.  That church universal has again been kept safe.  The gates of hell have not prevailed against the church.

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for January 10, 2021

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, January 10, 2021, the second Lord's Day of this new year 2021.

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  • Today we once again gather as God's covenant people in worship of our Triune God and Father. May we render to Him the worship of which He alone is worthy. If you are visiting this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and evening). For congregations and locations, visit this page. But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. Psalm 5:7,8,12

  • Rev. A.Spriensma is to be installed as Cornerstone PRC's (Dyer, IN) new pastor this evening. Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC, Holland, MI), on classical appointment there today, will lead the installation service. May the Lord grant Rev. Spriensma a faithful and fruitful ministry in that place.

  • The Council of Hudsonville PRC has formed a new trio from which to call thier next pastor: Revs. E.Guichelaar, J.Marcus, and J.Smidstra. A congregational meeting is set for Jan.24 after the evening service.

  • Rev. Dan Holstege (PRC foreign missionary) will give a presentation on the work in the Philippines this evening at 7:45 at Hull PRC (NW Iowa). All in that area are invited.

  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. J.Smidstra in Cornerstone PRC; Prof. D.Kuiper and Rev. W.Langerak in Hudsonville PRC; Prof. B.Huizinga and Rev. G.Eriks in Kalamazoo PRC; Sem. J.Tan and Rev. D.Noorman in Providence PRC. We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation to help one another in this need.
    Let us also remember to pray for the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot have pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions). At present because  of the new COVID-19 lockdown orders in Ontario, the Wingham Consistory has suspended services until the congregation can gather again. Let's remember them in prayer with regard to this too.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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  • Classis East will meet this Wednesday, Jan.13, at Grace PRC. Let us remember to pray for the delegates as they treat the serious matters before them. From the stated clerk comes this special note: 

    There are many questions about visitors attending the sessions of Classis East. Classis East will decide when it meets whether it will treat matters appearing on its agenda in open or closed session. Classis East will also determine whether and how many visitors will be able to sit in on its sessions. The number of visitors will be limited according tothe restrictions set by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.Once Classis makes a decision on these matters, this decision will be released to the clerks of the churches of Classis East and the webmaster for prca.org so that it can be disseminated publicly.

  • Missionary-pastor D. Holstege (the Philippines), along with his family, are residing in West Michigan for their six-month missionary furlough in the U.S. (until June 30, 2021). Today in the morning they are in Doon PRC (the calling church), where he will also lead the service. Tonight he will preach in Hull PRC and afterward give a presentation on the work in the Philippines.

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Special PRC Seminary Notices:

  • Seminary is now in its special interim period between semesters (see next note below). The second semester is set to begin on Tuesday, Jan.19. Continue to remember the seminary's faculty, students, and staff in your prayers.
  • Prof. R. Cammenga is teaching the special Interim course this year (January 4-13). It is once again be on the Life and Theology of John Calvin. Regretfully, the seminary will not be allowing auditors for the course this year. But, if you want to listen to the lectures from the last time they were taught, you may go here.
  • Sem. Josiah Tan (senior) completed his internship on Jan.1 at First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. He will return for his final semester on Jan.19.
  • Notice of Licensure: The faculty has licensed student Marcus Wee to speak a word of edification in our churches.  Brother Wee is a member of our sister church, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.  We rejoice at this milestone in the brother’s preparation for the ministry of the gospel.  Any scheduling of him to lead worship services will be through the seminary faculty.  This also provides us with an opportunity to impress upon our churches and sister churches the great need that we have for students for the ministry.  Let us pray the Lord of the harvest to raise up laborers in His vineyard, Matthew 9:37-38.  For the faculty, Prof. Ron Cammenga, Rector.
  • The Fall issue of the PRTS Journal is being completed and prepared for printing. The hope is for later this month.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSIONS NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore: 
    • We rejoice in this good news from this week's "Pastoral Voice" (in her bulletin): In the pass week, we received the approval from the authority that we can proceed with Phase 3 of the reopening of the Church for our worship services. We are indeed thankful to the Lord for His grace and mercy. This means that with some adjustments, the whole church can now come together to worship the Lord on Sunday for both services. What a joy indeed and praise the Lord for His Goodness. Let us all rejoice from our hearts and sing like the Psalmist in Psalm 122:1 - 'I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.' ...With the approval for Phase 3 reopening of the Church and some adjustment needed, the Session decided to start the worship for the whole congregation on 24 January.
    • The December 2020 issue of "Reformed News Asia" was just published (#63). Read that issue here.
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers magazine (for young people) is also out - read the December 2020 at this link.
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word to the saints in Ballymena as they are allowed at present to worship.
    • Be sure to read the latest issue of the "Covenant Reformed News" - December 2020!
    • While Ireland is under lockdown at present, Rev. M.McGeown once again is ministering the Word virtually.
    • Rev.McGeown has penned a December 2020 newsletter for his fellow saints. You may find that here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin today: Rev. D.Kleyn led the services today, as they are allowed to meet in person (up to 50%). Rev. Ibe is scheduled to preach today in Provident PRC in both of their services by Classical appointment.
    • From Maranatha PRC bulletin today: Rev. R.Smit is leading the online services today. The government extended again Metro Manila and nearby provinces under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V.Ibe is bringing the gospel there today, as they meet in person.

    • PRCP Seminary News: The seminary is taking the PRC Seminary's (USA) Interim course on John Calvin from Jan.5-14. The students watch the videos of the recorded lectures and Revs. Kleyn and Smit lead the students in discussion of the subjects. The students are also asking Prof. R. Cammenga questions each day, which he answers at the beginning of the next lecture.

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  • Rev. W. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) is delivering the messages on the program at present (Oct.2020 - Jan 2021). Today he brings a message based on 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 titled "All Things Are Yours."
  • Listen to the broadcast on the station near you, on your favorite podcast (Google Music, Spotify, and iTunes), or visit the links provided here to listen to this program. Have you listened lately?
  • 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 Commitee 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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REFORMED RESOURCES FOR EDIFICATION, EDUCATION, and EVANGELISM:

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Looking for some 'meaty' reading in this new year? Check out this title at the RFPA website, as well as others!

  • 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.

  • Be sure to check out the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI and online! As a reminder, their hours of business are currently Tuesday 10-1, Wednesday 1-5, and Saturday 10-1, or send your order to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation:

The Race (Hebrews 12)

A cloud of witnesses surrounds:
Those who have run;
Those who by faith have won
The victors' crowns.

Now you must run His course.
Lift up your feeble hands,
Your strengthless knees. Before you stands
The Savior, your faith's Source.

Author and Finisher He is;
Look unto Him your spent strength to renew.
He gives the eagles' wings to you.
You shall not weary grow - the race is His.

Already He the victory has won.
His life He has laid down
To gain for you a crown.
Rise up with joy and run!

Throw off the weight that would delay.
Lay at the foot of Calvary's tree
The sin that would a hindrance be.
Go on your way!

The laurel wreath awaits him that endures
And Jesus Christ your victory assures.
His chastening hand supplies
Your healing exercise.

You shall not faint but thrive,
So for the finish strive.
You are His chosen one,
So run!

-- Suzanne Looyenga

Taken from the booklet "Good News for the Afflicted"

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Reformed News Asia - December 2020 (Issue 63)

 
Issue 63
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.
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Questions in the Bible - Job, Psalm
By Prof Hermon Hanko

This project was inspired by 'Pastoral Voice' written by Rev. Andy Lanning for CERC in Oct 13-Jan 14 which covered 6 questions in Genesis.

There are many questions within the Bible, 2,540 to be exact.

The Christian Literature Ministry has shortlisted and compiled a list of them based on certain criteria:

i) Can be linked to Christ
ii) Significant in history of church
iii) Spiritual lesson for us
iv) A question we may also ask

After 6 years of effort, 12 books of the bible have been completed. In addition to the 6 meditations from Rev. Lanning, the writers are: Prof. Herman Hanko, Rev. Richard Smit and Rev. Cory Griess. We are grateful for their labour of love.

May you benefit spiritually from the meditations, and pray with us that gradually we may compile more meditations from questions in other books of the Bible.


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.
 
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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.

His Friends and Servants
Tell His Wonders, volume 2


by Nathan J. Langerak

 

From the RFPA website:

By the wonder of salvation in Jesus Christ God establishes a covenant with us his people and makes us his friends and servants. And in his mercy he also makes a promise to us: I will be your God, and I will never forsake you.

God is always faithful to keep the promises he makes to us, even as he kept his promises to the patriarchs Abraham and Jacob. We may suffer terrible troubles in this world like Job or Joseph, but God rules all things for our sakes, and so his plan for us is always good.

As his friends and servants we seek heaven and flee the temptations of the world. The God who delivered his servant Daniel from the lion’s den also delivers us from the devil and keeps us safe until he brings us to heavenly glory.

This second book in the Tell His Wonders Bible story book series includes stories about Job and the patriarchs, Joseph and his brothers, several judges, King David, Daniel and his friends, and more.

Nathan J. Langerak is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. In addition to the two books in the Tell His Wonders series, he has written Walking in the Way of Love, a two-volume commentary on the book of 1 Corinthians. He and his wife and their six children live in Crete, Illinois.

Michael Welply has illustrated more than eighty books, including The Random House Book of Bible Stories and Biblical Times, published by Simon and Schuster. He has two adult children and three grandchildren. He and his wife live in Levet, France.

For ages: 7-10

 
Audio Recordings
Series of Sermons from Prof Dykstra on the three Gentile Mothers of Christ:

Tamar, A Gentile Mother of Christ
Rahab, The Second Gentile Mother of Christ
Ruth: The Third Gentile Mother of Christ
 
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Prof. and Carol Dykstra 

Over the last few months, we were extremely blessed and thankful to have Prof Dykstra who was able to bring to us God's word via live streaming. In the last month, Prof. Dykstra was allowed to be relieved from his seminary duties and to come to Singapore to help us with pulpit supply. Prof. and Carol Dykstra arrived in Singapore on 15 Dec and has since provided pastoral help while serving their two-week Stay-Home Notice. They have recently did a swab test and tested negative for COVID-19. Thank God for His preservation and grace in granting to them a safe journey to Singapore and good health.

We are thankful to God for showing to us His will and that we could continue to receive the preaching of God's Word despite the circumstances that we are currently in. We are also thankful for the labour of love and the sacrifice of the Dykstras.

 
 
 
CK Camp 2020

This year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the annual CK Camp was conducted in a different manner. The camp participants were split into three groups where they gathered in three different homes while having their various activities. Prof. Dykstra gave the talks for the camp and discussions and outings were conducted as well. We hope that the youths had a good time of fellowship and we pray that they may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Thank God for this opportunity. 

 
 
 
One of the activities - Stand Up Paddle, exploring some of the mangroves in Singapore
 
Christmas Gospel Meeting

Similar to most of the activities conducted this year, the Christmas Gospel Meeting was brought online and conducted over Zoom. Many homes were opened to receive friends and guests, where they gathered to listen to the Gospel message by Prof. Dykstra on Mark 2:17. This was followed by singing of carols and a meal at each respective houses. It was a good time of fellowship and it was a good opportunity for many to get to know other members better. Thank God for this occasion. 

 
 
 
 
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Salt Shakers
 

Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC). Included in each issue are writings pertaining to bothReformed doctrine and practical theology. Contributors to Salt Shakers include our pastor, youth and members of CERC, and pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Salt Shakers also features articles from the Standard Bearer and other Reformed publications. Click here to access.

 
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Lord’s Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm • 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 • www.cerc.org.sg 
 
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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for January 3, 2021

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, January 3, 2021, the first Lord's Day of this new year 2021.

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  • Today we gather as God's covenant people in worship once again. May we render to our great and glorious God the worship that He alone is worthy of. If you are visiting this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and evening). For congregations and locations, visit this page. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:1,2).

  • Rev. A.Spriensma plans to be installed as Cornerstone PRC's (Dyer, IN) new pastor next week Sunday, Jan.10. Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC, Holland, MI) will lead the installation service, D.V.

  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. C.Spronk and Rev. R.Barnhill in Cornerstone PRC; Prof. D.Kuiper and Rev. J.Holstege in Hudsonville PRC; Prof. B.Huizinga and Rev. N.Decker in Kalamazoo PRC; Rev. M.DeVries and J.Marcus in Providence PRC. We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation to help one another in this need.
    Let us also remember to pray for the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot have pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions). In fact, in her bulletin again today, the Wingham Consistory informs the congregation that with the new COVID-19 lockdown orders in Ontario, they are suspending services until the congregation can gather again. Let's remember them in prayer with regard to this too.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that:
    • a special memoral page was made on Old Year's day for all our members who passed away during 2020? Find that here.
    • Rev. Dan Holstege (PRC foreign missionary) will give a presentation on the work in the Philippines next Sunday evening, January 10, at 7:45 at Hull PRC (NW Iowa)? All in that area are invited. Word is he is also planning these elsewhere around the denomination - stay alert to the notices!
    • the PRCP Seminary in the Philippines will be taking the same Interim course as the PRC Seminary students here in the U.S.? Prof. R. Cammenga's special course on "The Life and Theology of John Calvin" (Jan.4-13) is being recorded once again so that the PRCP students there can view the videos and participate in discussions with Revs. D.Kleyn and R.Smit - each day a day later than here! If you wish to hear these lectures from the last time they were taught, you may go here.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol finished their two-week-quarantine in Singapore last week and have moved into a condo for the duration of their stay. We pray for him as he serves our sister church there, Covenant ERC.
  • Missionary-pastor D. Holstege (the Philippines), along with his family, are residing in West Michigan for their six-month missionary furlough in the U.S. (until June 30, 2021). Today they are in Randolph, where he will also lead one service. From there they will be traveling to Doon, IA, the calling church for the mission labors in the Philippines.
  • Rev. J. Marcus continues to stay busy with preaching and teaching assignments as he awaits a call to one of our churches.
  • Classis East will next meet on Wednesday, Jan.13, at Grace PRC.

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Special PRC Seminary Notices:

  • Seminary's two-week Christmas/New year break (Dec.19-Jan.3) has ended and the special Interim course will be taught for the next week and a half (see note below). The second semester is set to begin on Tuesday, Jan.19. Continue to remember the seminary's faculty, students, and staff in your prayers.
  • Prof. R. Cammenga will be teaching the special Interim course starting this week (January 4-13). It will once again be on the Life and Theology of John Calvin. Regretfully, the seminary will not be allowing auditors for the course this year. But, if you want to listen to the lectures from the last time they were taught, you may go here.
  • Sem. Josiah Tan (senior) completed his internship this past week at First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. He will return for his final semester on Jan.19.
  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol are currently in Singapore for an extended stay to serve our sister church there (mid-December into May 2021). The other professors will pick up his classes to assist him while he is gone.
  • Notice of Licensure: The faculty has licensed student Marcus Wee to speak a word of edification in our churches.  Brother Wee is a member of our sister church, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.  We rejoice at this milestone in the brother’s preparation for the ministry of the gospel.  Any scheduling of him to lead worship services will be through the seminary faculty.  This also provides us with an opportunity to impress upon our churches and sister churches the great need that we have for students for the ministry.  Let us pray the Lord of the harvest to raise up laborers in His vineyard, Matthew 9:37-38.  For the faculty, Prof. Ron Cammenga, Rector.
  • The Fall issue of the PRTS Journal is being completed and prepared for printing. The hope is for later this month.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSIONS NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore: 
    • From this week's "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin: As we all are aware, with the relaxing of more restrictions in Phase 3, the number of worshippers has been increased to 250. Session has submitted a new Safe Management Measure (SMM) to MCCY involving the worshipping of all the members in both services and conducting of the Lord’s Supper. A survey is also being conducted to seek your opinion concerning the best timing for worshipping in the second service. Please do the survey latest by 10 Jan 2021. The authority from MCCY will be coming down to our church to let us walk through with them how the SMM will be implemented to include all the 180 worshippers. Do commit this in your closet prayer that we may obtain the desired approval.
    • The December 2020 issue of "Reformed News Asia" was just published (#63). Read that issue here.
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers magazine (for young people) is also out - read the December 2020 at this link.
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word to the saints in Ballymena as they are allowed at present to worship.
    • Rev. Stewart has produced a new newsletter on life and labors in CPRC. You may find that November issue here.
    • Be sure to read the latest issue of the "Covenant Reformed News" - December 2020!
    • From the Limerick Reformed Fellowship bulletin today (Rev. M. McGeown):

      In 2020 we worshipped for a total of 23 Sundays at home. The first COVID 19 lockdown was from 29 March to June 28 (we returned to the hall on 5 July for fourteen Sundays). The second COVID 19 lockdown was from 11 October to 29 November (we returned to the hall on 6 December for three Sundays). The third COVID 19 lockdown began on 26 December and will continue until at least the end of January 2021. We are disappointed that the Irish government has made no allowances for even the smallest of gatherings for public worship. (We are thankful that our brethren in the CPRC Ballymena are allowed to gather). We ask the Lord to move the hearts of the civil government to allow us to gather again, for our one desire is to dwell in His house (Ps. 27:4).

    • Rev.McGeown has penned a December 2020 newsletter for his fellow saints. You may find that here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin today: Rev. R.Smit led the services today, as they are allowed to meet in person (up to 50%). Rev. Ibe and Elder Alann Penaverde are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF),Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija today. Rev. Ibe will lead them in the preaching of the Word of God, D.V.
    • From Maranatha PRC bulletin today: The government put Metro Manila and nearby provinces under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) up to December 31, 2020. At the moment, we are postponing our corporate gathering on January 3, 2021 and we are moving the date on January 17, 2021 due to the recent news that the Covid-19 patients are increasing in our area. Let us continue to pray that our heavenly Father will bring us back to our normal corporate worship. D.V. In the meantime, Rev. L. Trinidad ministers the word online to the congregation.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. J. Flores is bringing the gospel there today, as they meet in person.

    • PRCP Seminary News: The seminary will be taking the PRC Seminary's Interim course on John Calvin from Jan.5-14.

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  • Rev. W. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) is delivering the messages on the program at present (Oct.2020 - Jan 2021). Today he brings a special new-year message, "Confidence in Christ's Coming," based on Hebrews 10:35-37.
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This Week's Thought for Contemplation:

The scriptural truth concerning the will of God is an important doctrine and fundamental truth to us who confess the sovereignty of God. The text speaks of the living, active, sovereignly efficacious will of the living God. That truth has several implications.

In the first place, what God wills shall certainly come to pass. God sovereignly executes His will, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isa. 46:10). No man is able to frustrate the purpose of Almighty God. No man is able to change God’s eternal will. His will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Do you believe and confess that? The confession James sets before us—“If the Lord wills, I shall live and do this or that”—is possible only on the basis of this fundamental truth.

In the second place, God’s will is all-comprehensive. There is not one detail of history that takes place without the will of God. Many years ago I sat in a church where a well-known “Reformed” theologian was the visiting preacher. This man stood in the pulpit—before the face of God—expounding Psalm 2: “I will declare the decree...thou art my son; this day have I begotten thee.” This man had the audacity to stand before God and say, “Some people think God’s decree includes everything, that He even cares for sparrows, for birds. That is nonsense. God decreed one thing, that is Christ.” From there he went on to deny God’s sovereign decree of predestination. Now, Reformed theologian or not, Reformed church or not, the god this man proclaimed was an idol, the god of his own imagination. The God of the Scriptures is sovereign. In revealing the all-comprehensive nature of His will and His tender care over us, Jesus says in Matthew 6:25–26, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

There is not one minute of detail in history that takes place outside of the will of God. God wills the sicknesses that come to us in this life, including COVID-19, as well as the deeds and final destination of all men and angels and devils. All things come to pass under His direction and according to His sovereign determination. Unless we believe and confess this fundamental truth, we can never say, “If the Lord wills, I shall live and do this or that.”

In the third place, Christ stands at the very center of the whole counsel of God. Everything is for His sake. God’s purpose is to glorify Himself through Christ. And the living will of God becomes very personal at exactly this point, because Christ never stands alone, but always as the Head of His people. All God’s counsel is realized through the salvation of a people in Christ. The infinitely wise, supremely blessed will of Almighty God is your final blessedness in Christ!

When you sit back and contemplate this fundamental truth of the will of God, what a marvelous truth it is!

All that God determines to do is for the sake of His people in Christ. No wonder Scripture records so many speeches and songs extolling the greatness of God’s will! No wonder that the heavens resound with the songs of the angels and saints singing praises to God for all His wondrous works! No wonder that Scripture repeatedly reminds us that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose; that if God be for us, nothing can be against us; and that all things are ours, even as we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. What a blessed truth this is!

Taken from Rev. S.Key's meditation found in the latest Standard Bearer (Jan.1, 2021) "If the Lord Wills," based on James 4:13-15

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In Memoriam: Remembering PRC Members Who Died in the Lord in 2020

Revelation 21 4On this last day of 2020, there are many things on which to reflect as God's pilgrim people in this world: the pandemic with all the changes and trials it brought to our lives looms large, of course. And no doubt, all of us can recall the personal events in our lives, from the joyful (births, anniversaries, etc.) to the sorrowful (losses and crosses).

Especially, on this December 31, 2020, do we wish to remember those PRC members who died and were received into glory by their Savior Jesus Christ. And we know that many of our members also lost other family members who were believers and members of other churches and who have entered into their everlasting reward. With all the lockdowns and restrictions that came because of COVID-19, it was a difficult time to lose a loved one. Often their final days were spent in isolation and loneliness; family and friends could not reach out as they normally could; even pastors and elders were severely limited in what they could do to minister to their members and families. And then the visitations and funerals could not be conducted as usual. Sorrow was added to sorrow.

And yet the presence and work of our sovereign, faithful Father was not hindered or halted. In His abounding mercy He remained with us and with our loved ones. In His irresistible power He broke through all restrictions with the light of the gospel and comforted us and those about to die. And by His gracious hand He delivered our loved ones out of this vale of tears and into His presence of endless joy! All praise be to our great and good God! May we humble ourselves before Him as we remember His work in the lives and deaths of these precious saints of His.

In Memoriam: PRC members who died in the Lord in 2020 (by month)

January

  • Adriana Ophoff, age 88, SE PRC, Grand Rapids, MI

February

  • Albert Buiter, age 81, Crete PRC, IL
  • John K. Feenstra, age 84, Hope PRC, Redlands, CA
  • Jordan Gritters, age 18, Hull PRC, IA
  • Betty J. Kamminga, age 92, Hudsonville PRC, MI
  • Fran Leep, age 82, First PRC, Holland, MI

March

  • Lily Bleyenberg, unborn child, Grace PRC, MI
  • Elizabeth A. De Jong, age 99, Peace PRC, IN
  • Julie DeJong, age 51, Peace PRC, IN
  • Gordon Wassink, age 87, Georgetown PRC, MI

April

  • Charles Doezema, age 86, First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI
  • John Dykstra, age 90, Hope PRC, Walker, MI
  • Clara Lou Hanko, unborn child, Lynden PRC, WA
  • Herman Schipper, age 98, Faith PRC, MI

May

  • Donald Aardema, age 88, Doon PRC, IA
  • Vernon Klamer, age 84, Hope PRC, Walker, MI
  • Donna Lubbers, age 89, Hudsonville PRC, MI
  • Louise Ophoff, age 90, Byron Center PRC, MI
  • Hermina Veldman, age 94, Faith PRC, MI

June

  • Verna Buys, age 94, Edgerton PRC, MN
  • Edward Holleman, age 83, Crete PRC, IL
  • Wilmina Lanting (widow of Rev. George Lanting), age 99, Crete PRC, IL
  • Bea Talsma, age 91, Byron Center PRC, MI
  • Jeanette Voss, age 95, Faith PRC, MI

July

  • Doris Baas, age 97, Faith PRC, MI

August

  • Alice Kaptein, age 65, Faith PRC, MI
  • Henry Niewenhuis, age 79, First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI

September

  • Wilmyna Jansma, age 93, Hull PRC, IA

October

  • Frank DeBoer, age 90, Lynden PRC, WA
  • Dave DeVries, age 57, First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Robert Schrier, age 86, SW PRC, MI
  • Joan Stalsonburg, age 95, SW PRC, MI
  • Gordon Van Overloop, age 93, Hudsonville PRC, MI
  • Lois Wigger, age 93, First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI

November

  • John Buiter, age 88, Hope PRC, Walker, MI
  • Lucille Kooienga, age 86, Hope PRC, Walker, MI
  • Ardith Oomkes, age 82, Grandville PRC, MI
  • Alan Van Bemmel, age 59, Calvary PRC, IA
  • Alice Van Ginkel, age 90, Doon PRC, IA
  • Rev. Bernard Woudenberg, age 89, Georgetown PRC, MI
  • Frances Woudenberg (wife of Rev.B.), age 87, Georgetown PRC, MI

December

  • Donna Boven, age 71, Hudsonville PRC, MI
  • Cornelius Doezema, age 93, Grandville PRC, MI
  • Bernard Driesen, age 83, Calvary PRC, IA
  • Rev. Jason Kortering, age 84, Grandville PRC, MI
  • Chris VandenTop, age 52, Grace PRC, MI

 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15)

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God (Job 19:25,26).

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world (John 11:25-27).

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:19-21).

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 6:18-20).

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes (Revelation 7:14-17).

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them (Revelation 14:13).

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:1-4).

 [I have counted 46 members who departed the church militant for the church triumphant. hope I have not forgotten anyone; if you see someone that was missed, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..]

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for January 2021

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for January 2021 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

This month Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh (PA) PRC concludes his four-month service for the RWH program. For January he delivers a special New Year's message and then returns to his series on 1 Corinthians. Be sure to tune in (or listen online anytime!) for these important messages. The schedule for this month is laid out below and also attached in pdf form.

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January 3, 2021 - Confidence in Christ's Coming, Hebrews 10:35-37

January 10, 2021 - All Things Are Yours, I Corinthians 3:21-23

January 17, 2021 - Stewards of Christ, I Corinthians 4:1,2

January 24 2021 - The Church's Authority to Discipline, I Corinthians 5:3-5

January 31, 2021 - Suffering Wrong from a Brother, 1 Corinthians 6:7,8

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