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TONIGHT! Crete IL PRC Hosting Reformation Lecture Commemorating Dordt 400th - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Crete PRC in Crete, IL is hosting her annual Reformation Day lecture this evening, Oct.31.

This year, Prof. Douglas Kuiper, professor of Church History and NT Studies in the PRC Seminary, will be speaking on  “Controversy Regarding Sovereign Grace:  The Synod of Dordt and its Relevance for Today.”  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Crete PRC at 7:00 PM.  The event will be live-streamed on our website  www.prccrete.org.

Below is the flyer she has prepared to promote the event. The public is cordially invited.

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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of October 28, 2018 *(Updated)

Rom3 24 1On this forty-third Lord's Day of 2018, October 28, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • This morning Rev. N. Decker will be installed as Grandville PRC's fourth pastor (in her history). Rev. K Koole will lead the morning worship service for Rev. Decker's installation. Rev. Decker will lead the evening worship service preaching his inaugural sermon.

  • The Council of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) has formed a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. Joshua Engelsma (Doon, IA), Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI), and Martin VanderWal (Wingham, ON).  *The congregation voted to call Rev. J. Engelsma.

  • The Council of Trinity PRC has announced the following trio from which to call her next pastor:  Rev. Josh Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope, Redlands, CA), and Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast, GR). *The congregation voted to call Rev. B. Huizinga.

  • On October 7 Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) received the call through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore. He plans to answer by Nov.4.

  • We also congratulate Rev. W. Bruinsma and his wife Mary (currently pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) as he marks 40 years in the ministry this month. He was ordained in Faith PRC in October of 1978. We thank the Lord for His goodness to them and to us in giving him 40 years of faithful service to the churches and our mission work. May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen him for the work that remains. "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!' (Romans 10:15)

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former church building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

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  • This being Reformation remembrance month, these churches still have Reformation lectures approaching. If you are in the area of one of them, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend:
    • Crete PRC (Crete, IL): This year, Professor Kuiper will be speaking on “Controversy Regarding Sovereign Grace:  The Synod of Dordt and its Relevance for Today.”  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Crete PRC at 7:30PM.  The event will be live-streamed on our website  www.prccrete.org.
    • Covenant PRC (Spokane, WA): This year’s Reformation Lecture, by Rev. R. Kleyn, will be on the subject, “The Canons of Dort: Defending and Defining Grace.” We’ve chosen this topic in connection with the 400 year anniversary of the Great Synod of Dort at which the Canons were written and adopted. The lecture will be on Friday November 9 at 7 PM.

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its tenth week of classses in this first semester. Classes resume Tuesday (Oct.30) after a two-day reading recess (Oct.25,26). Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19-2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

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*The Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines, one of the congregations with whom the PRCA now has sister-church relation. Missionary-pastor D. Holstege is focusing his labors in this church.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • *The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • From the CERC bulletin today:

"This Lord’s Day is the last Lord’s day Rev Joseph Holstege, his wife Lisa and their son, Jacob will be with us. They will be flying off on Monday 6.30am back to the States. We again are thankful to God that we could receive the word of God through the faithful preaching from the pulpit."

"This week we also welcome Rev den Hartog and Shirley back in our midst. We are thankful that they are back to assist us again. Rev den Hartog, besides assisting us with the pulpit supplies, catechism and pre-confession class teaching for the next six weeks, he will also be the speaker for the Reformation Day Conference on 3rd November 2018."

    • Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) has received the call (Oct.7)  through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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What will you "take up and read" this month in connection with the celebration of the great Reformation of the 16th century? We have plenty of pamphlets and articles available! (*see below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church. That also includes many items related to the Reformation of the 16th century. Visit these pages for more information.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, *the Standard Bearer.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service on the program. The title of today's special Reformation message is "The Scripture: God's Word" based on 2 Pet.1:20-21.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11, from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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MISSION NEWS:

  • Dorr library 2Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. In that connection we find this note in Byron Center PRC's bulletin of today: "The Dorr Bible Study meets this Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 PM. We resume our discussion at John 3:14, with Jesus' speaking to Nicodemus. All are welcome to join us at the library and bring friends and neighbors."

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today at PCC. He will preach next Sunday too, Lord willing. After the first service, we will begin Lesson 6, “The Holy Trinity,” in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class.

      • This Saturday at 10 am, the children’s catechism class will meet, DV. The students should learn Lesson 8 in NT History for Juniors and do the written work.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Belgic Confession Class Articles 15 and the following.

      • Rev. L. Trinidad will teach the Children’s Catechism. The Consistory will meet this afternoon.
      • The Classis will meet this Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 9:00 in the morning and the venue is at MPRC, Valenzuela City.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

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Covenant Reformed News - October 2018

 
 

Covenant Reformed News


October 2018 • Volume XVII, Issue 6



The Christian’s Wisdom

Fearing the Lord is the repeated definition of wisdom in the Old Testament wisdom literature: “the fear of the Lord ... is wisdom” (Job 28:28; cf. Ps. 111:10; Prov. 1:7; 9:10). The great reality is Jehovah, the Creator, Lord, Saviour and Judge who is revealed in sacred Scripture. We must adapt all of our thinking and behaviour so that it is in accordance with Him. He must be the end and goal of our existence!
Let us consider how this applies to the Christian home. God sees and judges all that goes on. Therefore, we must fear Him and change our ways where necessary. The husband is the head of the house, who must rule in the love of Christ and according to God’s Word. Thus there must be no bullying or lording! The wife is to submit to her husband in the Lord, without manipulating him to get her own way. Covenant children must honour their parents and obey them in the Lord, without answering back. James 3:17 describes “the wisdom that is from above,” which must be exercised in our homes and elsewhere, as being “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
What is it to be wise on the Lord’s day? It is to adapt all things in the light of the reality of Christ’s resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week. It is our wisdom to keep God’s law out of gratitude (Deut. 4:6), including the fourth commandment. We must come to both the services of a faithful church, as those who are prepared spiritually to hear and obey God’s Word. We train our children to do this in wisdom too! We must be wise, building our Lord’s days upon the rock of Christ’s words and not upon the sand of worldly pleasures (cf. Matt. 7:24-27). For example, the believer does not book flights that schedule him to be in an airport or flying on the first day of the week.
Proverbs speaks of three major ways of identifying a fool. First, he caves in to peer pressure (e.g., 1:10-19; 2:12-15; 4:14-17). This involves getting in with a “bad crowd” and joining them in their sin. This is not adapting oneself to God and His Word (wisdom); this is adapting oneself to ungodly people and ways (folly).
Second, he is seduced by women (e.g., 2:16-19; 5:3-23; 6:23-35; 7:4-27; 9:13-18). Going the way of fornication and adultery leads to everlasting hell. Likewise, there are silly women who are deceived by lustful men who tell them what they want to hear, namely, that they are beautiful and wonderful, merely in order to get them into bed.
Third, he does not listen to (godly) parents. Frequently God addresses us in Proverbs as “My son” (or daughter) and commands us to “hear” Him (1:8) or something similar (e.g., 2:1; 3:1, 11, 21; 4:20; 5:1). Our earthly fathers and mothers speak to us after the same fashion. Not heeding those who love us dearly and those to whom God has (ordinarily) granted greater wisdom is the way of disaster.
Proverbs has a lot to say about rightly receiving godly rebukes (e.g., 9:7-9; 24:25; 27:5-6; 28:23). It is wisdom to hearken to the brotherly admonition of church office-bearers. How often do we become angry when rebuked or even huff like little children!
Our need for wisdom touches upon so many different areas of our lives. First, wisdom is necessary for the right use of our tongues. When we utter foolish, hurtful words behind the backs of others or on Facebook or in the church or in our families, our tongues are “set on fire of hell” and that fire can spread quickly (James 3:5-6). How difficult it is to “tame” our tongues (7-8)! “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God” (1:19-20).
Second, we need wisdom with regard to discipline. Proverbs 3:11-12 tells us how we must understand and receive discipline at God’s hand: “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” In the light of God’s wise and beneficial discipline of us, we discipline our children: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (22:15).
Third, wisdom enables us rightly to work and rise from sleep. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man” (Prov. 6:6-11).
Fourth, we need wisdom to avoid the foolishness of comparing ourselves with others: “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” (II Cor. 10:12).
The book of Proverbs especially calls young men (and women) to grow in wisdom. Why? Because ordinarily they have a greater lack of wisdom than they think. Because young people must make big decisions as regards friendships, education and work, courtship and marriage, church, etc. Because often they reckon that they can make these decisions alone, especially without the advice or even approval of faithful parents.
Let us all confess our foolish sins and receive forgiveness in Christ crucified. Let us pray for wisdom: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Let us cry out for it “as silver” or “hid treasures” with all our hearts (Prov. 2:3-4). Rev. Stewart
 

The Salt of the Earth

A reader asks about Matthew 5:13: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
The most common view is that the salt refers to Christians who bring about the day in which all believe in the Lord Jesus so that the kingdom of God is established here on earth. One way to do this is to Christianize all the institutions of life (the home, the church, the schools, the state, the work place and marriage). This is the postmillennial interpretation of the text. If God’s people do what they can to make this world Christian, they will bring about the kingdom of heaven here in this world.
It is, of course, a ridiculous idea that we can bring about the establishment of the kingdom of Christ. As one man said to my grandson who was applying for studies in a Christian college, “I am building the kingdom with my chain saw.” He probably meant that he was using his chain saw to rebuild houses destroyed by a hurricane.
Jesus smashes that interpretation with His statement that the kingdom of heaven comes not with observation, for the kingdom is within God’s people (Luke 17:20-21).
I have no interest in an earthly kingdom for in such a kingdom its citizens are still sinners, including me. I want and need and look forward to a kingdom where I will be forever beyond and free from sin to worship the Lord. This is a spiritual kingdom which will come only “within” me, worked by the Holy Spirit who applies to all the elect the blessings of the cross of Jesus Christ. A chain saw or any other earthly tool will not build the kingdom of heaven, no matter how well it is wielded.
Salt is necessary for animals and human beings to live and function properly. That is why huge tribes of barbarians at the beginning of the medieval period would travel long distances for salt. That is not the idea of Matthew 5:13, however, for it speaks of “the salt of the earth.”
Looking elsewhere for the meaning, we note that for many ages salt has been used to preserve many things, chiefly meat, especially before refrigeration. While salt is not intended to preserve meat for a long period of time, it worked well for a while.
Jesus calls His elect people “the salt of the earth” near the start of His Sermon on the Mount and immediately after the beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12), which define the nature of the true citizens of the kingdom of heaven. The citizens of Christ’s kingdom are not characterized by building houses with chain saws; they are defined as those who are poor, meek, spiritually hungry and thirsty, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers and persecuted. These are strange characteristics of citizens of an earthly kingdom but they perfectly fit these citizens because the kingdom of God is spiritual.
Jesus goes on to say that, because the citizens of the kingdom of heaven possess these characteristics, they are able to be the salt of the earth. Their presence on the earth is the only reason why the world continues to exist. If it were not for the presence in God’s creation of these elect citizens of the kingdom of heaven, the world would be destroyed. Salt preserves things and so the citizens of the kingdom of heaven are essential for the preservation of this present creation until all the elect are saved.
Remember, first, that God’s elect are not a mob from which some may be taken or some added without doing any damage to the whole. God’s people are the body of Christ (I Cor. 12), an organic whole in which each member is necessary for the whole and has his or her individual place, a place different from that of every other saint.
Second, each elect member is preserved and cannot be lost (John 10:28-30). The world has to last until the last elect is born and brought to faith in Christ.
Third, the world and every creature is formed by God for the salvation of His elect. That is why Holy Writ can say that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Reprobation is necessary for election and manifests the strict justice of God.
Remember when God told Abraham that He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Abraham knew that righteous Lot lived in Sodom and he wondered whether a just man would also be destroyed with the wicked. Fearful of calling into question the purposes of the mighty God, Abraham asked indirectly for Lot’s salvation, pleading for the sparing of the cities. God assured Abraham that He would not destroy Sodom even if there were only ten righteous people there (Gen. 18:17-33).
II Peter 3:9 is another such passage, though it is often twisted in support of the heresy of an ineffectual divine desire to save the reprobate. The church of Peter’s day was being persecuted. Because the Lord did not return immediately to save His church, His promised second coming seemed to have failed. Peter reminds the saints that God is not slow in fulfilling His promise but rather that all the elect must be saved before Christ can come again. If Jesus had returned when the saints wanted Him to come, we would never have been saved! But God is longsuffering toward us, and Christ will not come until all the elect are born and brought to saving faith. Are absolutely all men the objects of the divine longsuffering? No! God’s longsuffering saves (II Pet. 3:15)!
Finally, we ourselves also wonder why heaven does not burst open so that the holy wrath of God drives the wicked into hell. The world is full of people who ignore Him, deny Him and blaspheme His name with terrible curses. They openly deride the Scriptures and walk in the most horrible sins, often while working to make these sins enshrined in civil law. About 125,000 unborn babies are murdered every day in our world; homosexuality is openly practised before the very face of God. Our world not only does these things but it takes pleasure in those that do them (Rom. 1:32). Wickedness is made legal so that to call these things sin may be opening oneself to punishment by the state.
To sum it all up, God loves His elect and gave Christ for them only. He cannot destroy all the wicked until the last elect is saved. Somewhere in our corrupt world is the God-fearing couple from whom that last elect will be born.
When persecution comes and God’s people are hard-pressed by the hatred of the wicked, and we wonder why Christ does not come to rescue them, let us remember that He will come but that the whole church must be born and born again first. Prof. Hanko

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CPRC Reformation Day Lecture

Two Men From Trier:
Karl Marx (and Communism) and Caspar Olevianus (and the Heidelberg Catechism)


2018 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx from Trier, NW Germany. Trier is also the city of Caspar Olevianus, one of the principal authors of the Heidelberg Catechism. This speech will compare and contrast these two men from Trier: their lives, their main works, their ideas and the results of their ideas. Key issues in the clash of worldviews between Marx’s communism and Olevianus’ Reformed faith include origins, alienation, work, private property, class struggle, the good life, marriage, history and the end times!

Speaker: Rev. Angus Stewart

Date: Friday, 26 October, at 7:30 PM

at Covenant Protestant
Reformed Church

(83 Clarence Street, Ballymena, BT43 5DR)

All are welcome! 

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Unable to join us in Ballymena? The lecture will be streamed live at http://www.cprf.co.uk/live.html

South Wales Lecture

Thursday, 22 November
 7:15 PM


Speaker:
Rev. Angus Stewart


Subject:
Two Men From Trier:
Karl Marx (and Communism) and Caspar Olevianus (and the Heidelberg Catechism)


Venue:
Margam Community Centre

Bertha Road, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2AP 

www.cprf.co.uk/swales.htm
 
 
Grace & Assurance:
The Message of the Canons of Dordt

by Martyn McGeown
(384 pp., hardback)


In 1618-1619, the great Synod of Dordt met to counter the Arminian error that was threatening the peace and welfare of Christ’s churches in the Netherlands. The fruit of their deliberations was the Canons of Dordt, which set forth the scriptural truth of unconditional election (and reprobation), limited (or particular) atonement, total depravity, irresistible grace and the perseverance of the saints.

This accessible commentary on the Canons leads readers through the biblical and comforting message of the creed: being wholly saved by God’s efficacious grace, we have the steadfast assurance of our eternal election and blessed glorification.
Only £19.80 (inc. P&P)

Order from the 
CPRC Bookstore
by post or telephone
7 Lislunnan Road, Kells, N. Ireland BT42 3NR
(028) 25891851

Make cheques payable to “Covenant Protestant Reformed Church.”
Thank you!

Zechariah’s Burden Upon Israel

9 sermons from Zechariah 12-14
on CD or DVD in an attractive box set


Powerful prophecies of the Messiah, the gracious pouring out of the Spirit, the preservation and unity of the church, the climax of the holy 
war, the fulfilment of the feast of tabernacles, the entire sanctification of the whole world—without any hint of premillennialism! 

(1) God’s Preservation of Besieged Jerusalem (12:1-9)
(2) The Pierced One and the Spirit of Grace (12:10-14)
(3) A Fountain Opened (13:1)
(4) The Departure of the False Prophets (13:2-6)
(5) The Sword Awakening Against God’s Shepherd (13:7-9)
(6) Zechariah’s Day of the Lord (14:1-15)
(7) Jehovah’s Gracious Kingship Universally Affirmed (14:1-15)
(8) All Nations Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles (14:16-19)
(9) Holiness Unto the Lord! (14:20-21)

£8/box set
(inc. P&P)

Listen free on-line
or order from the
CPRC Bookstore
by post or telephone
7 Lislunnan Road, Kells, N. Ireland BT42 3NR
(028) 25891851

Make cheques payable to “Covenant Protestant Reformed Church.”
Thank you!
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Reformation Lecture on "Sola Scriptura" This Friday, Oct.26 at SW PRC, Wyoming, MI

SouthwestPRCSouthwest PRC (Wyoming, MI) will be hosting her Fall Reformation lecture THIS COMING FRIDAY, Oct.26:

Rev. Andrew Lanning (pastor of Byron Center PRC) will be speaking on the topic "The Reformation's Defense of Scripture's Authority."

Join us at 7:30pm on October 26 at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church.

If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to watch or listen to the live-stream via the link at southwestprc.org or on our SermonAudio webpage.

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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of October 21, 2018

Romans 1 17On this forty-second Lord's Day of 2018, October 21, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On October 14 Rev. N. Langerak (Crete PRC) declined the call from Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB).

  • On October 7 Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) received the call through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore. He plans to answer by Nov.4.

  • The Council of Trinity PRC has announced the following trio from which to call her next pastor:  Rev. Josh Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope, Redlands, CA), and Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast, GR).

  • From Grandvile PRC's bulletin comes this update on her new pastor-to-be: Rev. N. Decker's installation: Lord willing, on Sunday, October 28, Rev. Koole will lead our morning worship service for Rev. Decker's installation. Rev. Decker will lead us in worship preaching his inaugural sermon Sunday evening."

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

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  • This being Reformation remembrance month, these churches and organizations have Reformation lectures approaching. If you are in the area of one of them, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend:
    • Lynden (WA) PRC Fall Lecture: The Lynden PRC Evangelism Committee is excited to announce that they will be hosting a lecture on Friday, October 26 at 7:00.  Professor Dykstra will be speaking on “The Believer’s Assurance in the Canons of Dordt.”  All are welcome to attend. Invite your friends and family!

    • Fall Reformation lecture (Grand Rapids, MI): Rev. Andrew Lanning will be speaking on the topic "The Reformation's Defense of Scripture's Authority."  Join us at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 26 at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church.  If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to live stream via the link at southwestprc.org or on our Sermonaudio webpage.

    • From our Hope congregation in Redlands, CA: On Friday, October 26th at 7 p.m.(PST) Prof. B. Gritters will be speaking on "Evangelicals and Catholics Together? Reconciling the Unreconcilable."  Please invite friends, family and acquaintances for an online live viewing on our website hopeprc.org.  Even better if you can attend in person!
    • The Reformed Witness Committee’s fall lecture has been scheduled for Friday, October 26, at 7:30 PM in Hull (IA) PRC. Prof. Doug Kuiper will speak on the topic “The Controversy Regarding Sovereign Grace: The Synod of Dordt and its Relevance for Today.”

    • On October 26 and 27 Prof. D. Engelsma will be participating in a conference hosted by Reforming America Ministries.  This year’s conference will develop the theme “The Doctrine of Justification defined and defended against heresies taught by John Piper, the Federal Vision and the New Perspective on Paul.”  The Event will be held in a suburb of Nashville, TN.  The event will also be livestreamed on Reforming America Ministries’ Facebook page.  Professor Engelsma will be speaking on Oct. 26 at 6:00 and again on Oct. 27 at 3:30PM (central time).  This is an exciting opportunity for our churches to promote the truth of the gospel!

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its ninth week of classses in this first semester. This week a two-day reading recess is scheduled (Oct.25,26), in part so that our professors can travel to deliver Reformation Day lectures in the churches (cf. the Reformation lectures noted above). Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following details have been announced:

    This November marks the beginning of the synod of Dordt, 400 years ago. Although the lengthy meeting gets much attention, there were many events in the years and months prior to the synod that led to such an event. In light of seminary’s conference in April and to gain an appreciation of the preceding history visit the conference web site. https://dordt400.org/category/historical-forward/?order=asc  

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.

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*The PRC in Bulacan, the Philippines, one of the congregations with whom the PRCA now has sister-church relation; pastored by Rev. J. Flores

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • Rev. Joseph Holstege (Zion PRC) continues to serve the CERC with preaching and teaching this month.

    • Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) has received the call (Oct.7)  through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • *The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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What will you "take up and read" this month in connection with the celebration of the great Reformation of the 16th century? We have plenty of pamphlets and articles available! (*see below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church. That also includes many items related to the Reformation of the 16th century. Visit these pages for more information.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, *the Standard Bearer.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service on the program. The title of today's message is "Abraham Offers Up Isaac" based on Hebrews 11:17-19.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • Young Calvinists is holding another Talking Points! Rev. C. Griess will be speaking on the topic of music and how it impacts and influences our lives. Trinity PRC Young People will be hosting this event on October 23 @ 7:00PM. This event is designed for Young People and Young Adults. Plan on attending and bring a friend!

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11, from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • *From Byron Center PRC's bulletin last week we learn about her pastor's upcoming trip to India and work there: "Rev. Lanning will depart this Thursday for Kolkata, India in order to deliver seven sermons and speeches for the annual church camp on the mission field in Kolkata. He will be staying with Rev. Emmanuel Singh, missionary to Kolkata of our sister church in Singapore. Rev. Lanning will return late on October 20, Lord willing. Let us remember our Bengali-speaking brothers and sisters in Christ as the Lord gathers his church in Kolkata."

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. K Koole is ministering the Word in Limerick, Ireland today.
    • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Smit will preach both times today at PCC. Rev. Kleyn will preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan today. Next week, D.V., Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC.

      • After the first worship service today, Rev. Holstege will continue to teach Lesson 5, “The Communicable Attributes of God,” in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class. We will have merienda at 11:00.

      • The Wednesday night class will meet this week, at 7:30, DV. Rev. Holstege will continue to teach Hermeneutics. We will consider the proper way to interpret “symbols.” See you on Wednesday!

      • This week, Revs. Kleyn and Smit will travel to Negros Occidental for the monthly pastors’ classes in Sipalay. May the Lord bless their travels and teaching there.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and teach Eschatology after the Second Service.
      • The Classis will meet on October 31, 2018 at 9:00 in the morning and the venue is at MPRC, Valenzuela City.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of October 14, 2018

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On this forty-first Lord's Day of 2018, October 14, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On September 23 the congregation of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) voted to extend a call to Rev. N. Langerak (Crete PRC, IL). Today it was announced that he DECLINED this call.

  • On October 7 Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) has received the call (Oct.7)  through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore.

  • From Grandvile PRC's bulletin today comes this update on her new pastor: Rev. N. Decker's installation: Lord willing, on Sunday, October 28, Rev. Koole will lead our morning worship service for Rev. Decker's installation. Rev. Decker will lead us in worship preaching his inaugural sermon Sunday evening."

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

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  • This being Reformation remembrance month, these churches and organizations have Reformation lectures approaching. If you are in the area of one of them, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend:
    • Lynden PRC Fall Lecture: The Lynden PRC Evangelism Committee is excited to announce that they will be hosting a lecture on Friday, October 26 at 7:00.  Professor Dykstra will be speaking on “The Believer’s Assurance in the Canons of Dordt.”  All are welcome to attend. Invite your friends and family!

    • Fall Reformation lecture: Rev. Andrew Lanning will be speaking on the topic "The Reformation's Defense of Scripture's Authority."  Join us at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 26 at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church.  If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to live stream via the link at southwestprc.org or on our Sermon Audio webpage.

    • From our Hope congregation in Redlands, CA: On Friday, October 26th at 7 p.m.(PST) Prof. B. Gritters will be speaking on "Evangelicals and Catholics Together? Reconciling the Unreconcilable."  Please invite friends, family and acquaintances for an online live viewing on our website hopeprc.org.  Even better if you can attend in person!
    • The Reformed Witness Committee’s fall lecture has been scheduled for Friday, October 26, at 7:30 PM in Hull PRC. Prof. Doug Kuiper will speak on the topic “The Controversy Regarding Sovereign Grace: The Synod of Dordt and its Relevance for Today.”

    • On October 26 and 27 Prof. D. Engelsma will be participating in a conference hosted by Reforming America Ministries.  This year’s conference will develop the theme “The Doctrine of Justification defined and defended against heresies taught by John Piper, the Federal Vision and the New Perspective on Paul.”  The Event will be held in a suburb of Nashville, TN.  The event will also be livestreamed on Reforming America Ministries’ Facebook page.  Professor Engelsma will be speaking on Oct. 26 at 6:00 and again on Oct. 27 at 3:30PM (central time).  This is an exciting opportunity for our churches to promote the truth of the gospel!

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its eighth week of classses in this first semester. The first practice preaching session was held this past Monday, Oct.7, with Sem. Josiah Tan delivering his sermon. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following details have been announced:

    This November marks the beginning of the synod of Dordt, 400 years ago. Although the lengthy meeting gets much attention, there were many events in the years and months prior to the synod that led to such an event. In light of seminary’s conference in April and to gain an appreciation of the preceding history visit the conference web site. https://dordt400.org/category/historical-forward/?order=asc  

    Dordt 400: On behalf of the PRC Seminary, Trinity PRC is hosting a 3-day conference for the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt on April 25-27.   Mark your calendars and visit our website at dordt400.org

    The Dordt 400 Conference includes a Writing Contest with great prizes.  If you are looking for a way to use your writing skills, visit our website at dordt400.org and start working on your essay.

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Latest issue of Salt Shakers magazine - cf. note below

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • After some time in the U.S. speaking and preaching, Rev. A. Stewart has returned to Ballymena, N.Ireland and his labors in Covenant PRC.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (August 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue received last week (September 2018) may be found here.

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • Rev. Joseph Holstege (Zion PRC) continues to serve the CERC with preaching and teaching this month.

    • She also has this special note about he rmission work in India: "The Kolkata Fellowship will be gathering this week, from 16 to 18 Oct for their annual Church Camp. The theme of the Camp is “I Will Build My Church”, Matt 16:18. The total number of campers as of today is 40. Three brothers from our Church, the Lord wiling, will also be attending the Camp! Do pray for the Lord’s blessings and safe-keeping as Pastor Andy Lanning speaks at the Camp."
    • Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) has received the call (Oct.7)  through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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What will you read this month in connection with the celebration of the great Reformation? We have plenty of pamphlets and articles available! (*see below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church. That also includes many items related to the Reformation of the 16th century. Visit these pages for more information.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, *the Standard Bearer.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service on the program. The title of today's message is "Chosen to Be a Special People" (2) based on Deuteronomy 7:6-9.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

  • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • Young Calvinists is holding another Talking Points! Rev. C. Griess will be speaking on the topic of music and how it impacts and influences our lives. Trinity PRC Young People will be hosting this event on October 23 @ 7:00PM. This event is designed for Young People and Young Adults. Plan on attending and bring a friend!

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11, from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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Rev. L. Trinidad, pastor of Maranatha PRC in the Philippines (*cf. note below)

MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • *From Byron Center PRC's bulletin last week we learn about her pastor's upcoming trip to India and work there: "Rev. Lanning will depart this Thursday for Kolkata, India in order to deliver seven sermons and speeches for the annual church camp on the mission field in Kolkata. He will be staying with Rev. Emmanuel Singh, missionary to Kolkata of our sister church in Singapore. Rev. Lanning will return late on October 20, Lord willing. Let us remember our Bengali-speaking brothers and sisters in Christ as the Lord gathers his church in Kolkata."

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. K Koole is ministering the Word in Limerick, Ireland today.
    • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC today. Rev. Kleyn will preach for Maranatha PRC. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Smit will preach both times here at PCC.

      • After the first worship service today, Rev. Holstege will teach Lesson 5, “The Communicable Attributes of God,” in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class. Merienda will follow at 11:00.

      • The Wednesday night class will meet this week, at 7:30, DV. Rev. Joe Holstege, the youngest brother of our pastor, who will be visiting in the Philippines this week with his wife and son, will speak on the topic of “evangelism.” All are invited to join!

    • *Maranatha PRC:
      • Today, our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Belgic Confession Class Articles 14 and following.

      • Rev. L. Trinidad will teach the Children’s Catechism.
      • The Classis will meet on October 31, 2018 at 9:00 in the morning and the venue is at MPRC, Valenzuela City.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

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New Salt Shakers Magazine - September 2018 (#51)

SS 51 Sept 2018"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the September 2018 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#51),their youth magazine.

The SEPTEMBER 2018 issue of "SS" is once again filled with interesting and instructive 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.

Inside the September issue:
Editorial: A Reflection on Christian Liberty (II) Chua Lee Yang
Scripture's Covenant Youth (XIII): Jeremiah Prof. Herman Hanko
Are Unbelievers in God's Image? (IX) - Rev. Angus Stewart  
Quit You Like Men (I) Woon Tian Loong
Marriage is Not For Me (I) Marcus and Tze Yan Wee
Let No Men Despise Thy Youth! - Deuel Teo
The Need For and Urgency of Reading (II) Rev. Arie Den Hartog
Rejoicing and Weeping Together (III): In The Home Lim Yang Zhi
The Music of the World - Lim Ruo Xi
Covenant People - Lee Kong Wee
Of Treasures Hid in Sand - Cassia Lee
Artificial Intelligence - Cornelius Boon
Book Review: Boyhood and Beyond - Jean Lim
 
Answer to last issue's riddle: Covenant children! 
Did you get it? Test your wit and Bible knowledge on the new one!
 Pro Rege,
Chua Lee Yang
On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
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Reformation Lecture on Dordt 400th This Friday, October 12, 2018 at Bethel PRC, Roselle, IL

Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL is planning a special Reformation Day lecture again this year.

The event is scheduled for THIS COMING Friday October 12 at 7:30 PM  in her sanctuary, with Prof. Ronald Cammenga of the PRC Seminary speaking on the topic, “Getting The Gospel Right: Celebrating 400 years of the Canons of Dordt”.

Below is the flyer she has prepared to promote the event. The public is cordially invited.

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