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New Salt Shakers Magazine - March 2018

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"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the March 2018 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#48),their youth magazine.

The March 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.

Beloved Readers,

 Salt Shakers is pleased to bring you Issue 48!
 We continue our consideration of the important calling of holiness in our lives. May God give us the grace to live out this calling unto Him.
 Do give our Bible riddle a try, it's a tough one! You may email us to check if you've got the answer, or wait till it is revealed in the next issue!
 Our heartfelt appreciation also goes to all our writers for their contributions to Salt Shakers!
In the March 2018 issue:
The Necessity of Reforming the Church by John Calvin Aaron Lim
Scripture's Covenant Youth (XI): David - Prof. Herman Hanko
Are Unbelievers in God's Image? (VI) - Rev. Angus Stewart
Holiness as Young Adults (I) - Wee Gim Theng
Life in the Seminary -Josiah Tan
A Letter to My Unforgiving Self (II) - Marcus Wee
Book Review: Little White House in IowaEmily Lanning
The Great Flood - Lisa Ong
The Pressure of Busyness on the Covenant Family - Rev. Joshua Engelsma
Reformed Polemics for the Reformed Believer (II) - Rev. Nathan Langerak
Rejoicing and Weeping Together (II)  - Lim Yang Zhi
Called to be Saints - Daisy Lim

Remember to pass the salt!

Pro Rege,
Chua Lee Yang, On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
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Lecture on Christian Persecution - This Friday, April 13, 2018 - Kalamazoo PRC

Spring Lecture:
The Kalmazoo PRC invites all in the area to attend our Spring Lecture on Friday, April 13 at 7:30PM at the Kalamazoo PRC, 4515 Green Acres Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

Rev. James Slopsema will speak on "Persecuted for Christ's Sake," answering questions such as these: Are the thunder clouds of persecution gathering for us? How can we prepare ourselves and our children for persecution?

Refreshments will be served.

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 8, 2018

1 John 5 11On this fourteenth Lord's Day of 2018, April 8, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD) is considering the call to Calvary PRC (Hull, IA), received on March 29. He plans to answer by April 22.

  • Georgetown PRC sent the churches this special announcement for their bulletins today concerning one of our emeritus ministers, Rev. Wayne Bekkering:

WBekkering obituary 4 2018Rev. Wayne E. Bekkering, age 75, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Resurrection Day, April 1. His funeral was this past Thursday. We express our sympathies to his wife, Phyllis, his nine children and their spouses, 39 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Rev. Bekkering served his Lord faithfully as a husband, father, and minister of the gospel of grace in the PRC for 33 years, serving in Randolph (WI), Houston (TX), Faith (MI), Pella (IA) and as a missionary in Ghana.   We remember his gentleness, kindness, love for God’s truth, and humble service in our churches. He now sees the exalted and glorious Son of God at God’s right hand, the One who loved Wayne and gave Himself for him. And “His Lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:23

  • Spring Lecture is this Friday, April 13, at 7:30 pm at Kalamazoo PRC.  Rev. James Slopsema will speak on "Persecuted for Christ's Sake," answering questions such as:  Are the thunder clouds of persecution gathering for us?  How can we prepare ourselves and our children for persecution?  Refreshments will be served. All in the area and beyond are welcome!

  • Young Men's Conference (High School / College), "Run, Fight, Lead!" is Saturday, April 28, from 8-12:30, at Georgetown PRC. Breakfast Included! Register Today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids has made a special announcement and request concerning an upcoming event: "Southeast Protestant Reformed Church (formerly Fourth PRC) will be celebrating 75 years of existence in March of 2019.  A book is being developed to commemorate this event.  If you have memorabilia, pictures, anecdotes, etc. relating to this history and are willing to share, please contact Tim Pipe Sr at 616-890-2545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

  • Candidate Jon Langerak is currently assisting in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship. "He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."

  • California Summer Retreat: Hope PRC in Redlands, CA is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration opened March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).

  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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  • From the PRC Seminary comes this April news:
    • The seminary's Spring break is over and the eleventh week of classes begins this week. Continue to pray for faculty and students that they might finish the year well.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23 for the sophomore and junior students.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry continue to serve the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC 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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B.J.. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA (*cf. first note below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • The six choirs (283 voices) of the Protestant Reformed High Schools (Covenant, Heritage [Dyer, IN], Hope [Redlands, CA], Faith [Randolph, WI], Loveland, and Trinity [Hull, IA]) will present a combined concert of edifying choral music on Thursday, April 12, in Dordt College’s auditorium at 7:00 pm CST. To watch via livestream, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/CovenantCHOIRS. Click on the live broadcast. We will start the live broadcast about ten minutes before the concert.

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The April 2018 newsletter (see attached pdf!) announces the annual 20% off music CDs sale - adult and children's, a good time to add to your music collection.

  • PRYP Convention logo 2018Registration for the 2018 PRYP Convention opened March 15. The Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun! For more information and to register, please visit prcconvention.com.
  • Busing to Convention from Michigan: due to housing limitations in Iowa, the Iowa convention steering committee has asked that the people coming from Michigan go directly to the camp on Monday. Busing is lined up to leave the Grand Rapids area Monday morning around midnight to get to the camp in time for registration. Cost to ride the bus is around $100. To register or for more information contact Chris Dykstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) resumes his series on the OT book of Ruth with the message "The Redeemer and His Work" based on Ruth 4:1-10.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • From Byron Center PRC we learn about this recent labor of our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma: "Rev. Spriensma was able to return home this past week from preaching and working with a group in St. Petersburg, FL for the past 3 weeks. He will be summarizing his work there through a report to the DMC. Today he is preaching at Peace PRC (Lansing, IL). Continue to remember Rev. Spriensma and his work in your prayers."

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.
  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. Also from her March 25 bulletin we find this note: "We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27, 2018. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle. Look up the Kleyn's blog for pictures and details (cf. next note).

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela 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. We will consider the Church Order, Articles 68ff after the first service. Next week, Rev. Kleyn will preach for PCC.

      • Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach for the PRC in Bulacan because Rev. John Flores will be visiting the mission field of the PRCP in Albuera, Leyte. Thanks to all of you at PCC who have given generously to the collections for this cause! Praise the Lord for His provision.

      • The Holsteges invite you all to their house in Antipolo for a time of fellowship tomorrow, April 9. You may come any time after 2 pm. Please join us if you are able!

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 1, 2018 *(Updated)

1 Corinthians 15 55On this thirteenth Lord's Day of 2018, April 1 - RESURRECTION DAY SUNDAY! - we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • This past Thursday, the congregation of Calvary PRC (Hull, IA) voted to extend a call to Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD).

  • From Georgetown PRC's email list we learned tonight this news about one of our emeritus ministers, Rev. Wayne Bekkering:
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"Our Risen Savior came this evening shortly after 8 pm to receive our brother and His servant, Pastor Wayne Bekkering, to the Kingdom prepared for him before the foundation of the world.

We express our sympathies to his wife Phyllis and the Bekkering family. May the Lord comfort them in the glad tidings of this day: “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.”

Rev. Wayne Bekkering served his Lord faithfully as a husband, father, and minister of the gospel of grace. We remember his gentleness, kindness, love for God’s truth, and humble service in our churches. He now sees the exalted and glorious Son of God at God’s right hand, the One who loved Wayne and gave Himself for him. And “His Lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:23

*UPDATE: Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church, 5101 Beechtree, Hudsonville, MI. The funeral will also be live-streamed through Hudsonville PRC's website.

  • Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids has made a special announcement and request concerning an upcoming event: "Southeast Protestant Reformed Church (formerly Fourth PRC) will be celebrating 75 years of existence in March of 2019.  A book is being developed to commemorate this event.  If you have memorabilia, pictures, anecdotes, etc. relating to this history and are willing to share, please contact Tim Pipe Sr at 616-890-2545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

  • From the Limerick Reformed Fellowship bulletin of March 25 we learn about the most recent work of Cand. J. Langerak: We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF).

  • California Summer Retreat: Hope Redlands is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration opened March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).

  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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Special visitors to seminary this past week - Heritage Christian School 4th-grade class
Prof. R. Dykstra gave them a Powerpoint presentation on the seminary's place and purpose in the churches.

  • From the PRC Seminary comes this March news:
    • The seminary has now completed ten weeks of the second semester. *This week is Spring break, but the seminary will be open daily and staff is available for help if needed.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • The PRC has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.

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The Reformed Book Outlet store in Hudsonville, MI (see note below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The April 2018 newsletter (see attached pdf!) announces the annual 20% off music CDs sale - adult and children's, a good time to add to your music collection.

  • Registration for the 2018 PRYP Convention opened March 15. The Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun! For more information and to register, please visit prcconvention.com.
  • Busing to Convention from Michigan: due to housing limitations in Iowa, the Iowa convention steering committee has asked that the people coming from Michigan go directly to the camp on Monday. Busing is lined up to leave the Grand Rapids area Monday morning around midnight to get to the camp in time for registration. Cost to ride the bus is around $100. To register or for more information contact Chris Dykstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) delivers a special Easter message. His message is "Not Faithless, But Believing," based on John 20:24-29.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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Photo of the PRCA delegation with the Classis delegates and missionaries -- February 2018 (How many are you able to identify?)

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.
  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. Also from her March 25 bulletin we find this note: "We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."
  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27, 2018. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle. Look up the Kleyn's blog for pictures and details (cf. next note).
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela 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: 
      • Today Revs. Kleyn and Holstege will each preach one time for PCC.

      • For Youth Fellowship, we will have a song service to rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord today at 1:30. Everyone is invited!

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for April 2018

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for April 2018 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

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revrkleynRev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA), continues his four-month service for the RWH program, giving a special message for Easter Sunday before returning to and concluding his series on the Old Testament book of Ruth. He will end the month with a special message on the preaching of the gospel (cf. schedule of messages below).

April 2018

April 1 - Not Faithless, But Believing, John 20:24-29

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April 8 - The Redeemer and His Work, Ruth 4:1-10

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April 15 - May God Bless Your Marriage! Ruth 4:11,12

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April 22 - A Blessed End to a Beautiful Book, Ruth 4:13-22

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April 29 - The Power and Necessity of the Preaching of the Gospel, Romans 1:16

Rev. Rodney Kleyn

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 77th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

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

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of March 25, 2018 *(Updated)

2 Corinthians 5 21On this twelfth Lord's Day of 2018, March 25, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • From Calvary PRC in Hull, IA:
    • A congregational meeting will be held after the Thursday evening service on March 29 (See note below) to call a new pastor from the trio presented by the Council. The trio consists of Rev. Allen Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD), Candidate Jonathan Langerak, and Rev. Jonathan Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC, Dyer, IN). *UPDATE: At her congregational meeting, Rev. A. Brummel received the call to serve as Calvary's next pastor.
    • Today the morning service will be led by an elder and the second service will be at 2:00 led by Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC).
    • Calvary's Good Friday worship service will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Rev. A. Brummel will be filling her pulpit that evening.
  • From the Limerick Reformed Fellowship bulletin of March 25: We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF).
  • California Summer Retreat: Hope Redlands is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration will open March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).
  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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  • From the PRC Seminary comes this March news:
    • The seminary has now completed nine weeks of the second semester. This week is on a regular schedule, with Spring break planned for the week of April 2.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23.
    • In the last few weeks several pre-sem students from various colleges visited the seminary and attended classes while they were on Spring break.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) delivers a special Good Friday message. His message is "Weep Not for Me, But for Yourselves," based on Luke 23:28.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.
  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. Also from her March 25 bulletin we find this note: "We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."
  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle. Look up the Kleyn's blog for pictures and details (cf. next note).
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela 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. Rev. Holstege will preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church, a new contact, in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Rev.Kleyn will preach in Maranatha PRC. Next week, Revs. Kleyn and Holstege will each preach one time for PCC, Lord willing.

      • All who are attending PCC are invited to the Holstege house in Antipolo on Friday, March 30, any time after 2 pm. Please join us for a time of food and fellowship with each other! Ask a member of the SC for directions or a ride.

      • For Youth Fellowship, we will have a song service to rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord next Sunday, April 1, at 1:30. Everyone is invited!

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead our first service and our second sermon today is a Preparatory sermon with a view to the administration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper next Sunday, the Lord willing. Our second sermon today is also preached in light of Article 67 of our Church Order: "The churches shall observe Sunday alone, and shall observe the truth of Christ’s birth, His passion and death, His resurrection, His ascension to heaven, and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, on the Sunday preceding the day, or on the Sundays, that these events are commonly observed.”

      • After the second service he will begin leading our study of the Belgic Confession of Faith today. This will benefit all of us as a review of our Reformed doctrines. It will also serve as preparation for those who desire to make public confession of their faith in our church.
      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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Covenant Reformed News - March 2018

 

Covenant Reformed News

March 2018  •  Volume XVI, Issue 23



Reformed Ecclesiology: Costly but Worth It!

A major reason for the widespread disinterest in ecclesiology and the low views that many hold regarding Christ’s church is that ecclesiology is often, from a very practical perspective, the most costly truth for evangelical Protestants.

Consider the various elements in the biblical, Reformed and confessional doctrine of the church: God’s election, gathering and preservation of the church; Christ’s sole headship over His church; the four attributes of the church (spiritual unity, true holiness, scriptural catholicity and biblical apostolicity); the three marks of a true church (faithful preaching, sacramental administration and discipline); the three offices of the church (pastor, elder and deacon), excluding lay preaching (Westminster Larger Catechism, Q. & A. 158) and women office-bearers (I Tim. 2:11-15); covenantal or household baptism (Acts 16:15, 31-33); the catechetical instruction of the children of believers; close communion supervised by the elders; the regulative principle of worship (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. & A. 96); etc.

In our day of the drift and departure of many churches, even a brief statement of these ecclesiological topics is enough to scare many. “But my church falls a long way short of this!” many are compelled to confess. “There is no way I can honestly call my congregation a ‘pillar and ground of the truth’ (I Tim. 3:15).” Thus the believer feels the heavy burden of the difficult calling to engage in church reformation. This involves earnest praying to the Lord of the church, humbly protesting erroneous congregational or denominational doctrines and/or practices, and, if necessary, suffering at the hands of a church that does not want to be admonished regarding its departures from God’s truth. “There is no point even trying to reform my church,” many immediately lament. “There is no way that they will listen! My congregation does not even have proper biblical and Reformed procedures for protesting!”

Others, who are not even in a church or who realize that they need to leave their false or departing churches, know that they ought to join a faithful congregation. This also brings up a number of hardships, hardships which many, sadly, are not willing to bear for the sake of Jesus Christ (cf. Luke 14:25-35). “This would mean the loss of friendships!” laments one. “But then I’d have a much longer drive to church,” complains another. “Then I’d have to move house!” exclaims a third. “I would need to leave my country!” yells another, throwing his hands into the air in despair. “What would all this mean for my spouse, my children, my job, my relatives, etc.?” 

“Sure, I would drive further for my dream job or move house for a better paying position. Admittedly, I would not see some friends and family so much, yet it would be worth it. But suffer these losses in order to become a member of a true church—never, that is way too much!” In short, many think that their earthly bread, worldly treasures and physical family count for more than spiritual bread, treasures in heaven and the family of God. The Lord Jesus teaches us true priorities: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

The cost of obeying Reformed ecclesiology is even borne out if one compares the relative unpopularity of the subject of Christ’s church (ecclesiology) with those, say, of salvation (soteriology) or the end times (eschatology). The latter attract greater attendance at lectures and more sales of books or box sets of CDs or DVDs than the former. Who wants to hear, watch or read about a difficult, if not “impossible,” calling regarding the church, especially when it may involve so many aspects of our lives? Ecclesiology is often, so to speak, where the rubber hits the road, where mere talk ends.

To help us all grasp the biblical perspective—that is, God’s perspective!—on all this, let us consider Psalm 87, a Zion psalm which is ultimately about the “Jerusalem which is above” (Gal. 4:26), which is manifested in faithful congregations.

In Psalm 87:1, we read, “His foundation is in the holy mountains.” The physical foundation that God laid for Zion bespeaks its firmness, its elevation and its fortification. The spiritual foundation of the church is her crucified and risen Saviour: “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (I Cor. 3:11). The unconditional election of the church and her true spiritual members in Christ is also spoken of in this way: “the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his” (II Tim. 2:19).

Psalm 87:2 asserts, “The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob” (cf. 78:67-68). Clearly, God loves the devout assemblies of His people more than the flat of one believer or the home of a Christian family. We should too, even to the point of moving house, if need be, so that we and our families enter “the gates of Zion” twice every Lord’s day with a good conscience, confident of the abiding presence of the living God with His worshipping and faithful church.
 
Thus we read in the Heidelberg Catechism, “What doth God require in the fourth commandment? First, that the ministry of the gospel and the schools be maintained; and that I, especially on the sabbath, that is, on the day of rest, diligently frequent the church of God, to hear His word, to use the sacraments, publicly to call upon the Lord, and contribute to the relief of the poor, as becomes a Christian. Secondly, that all the days of my life I cease from my evil works, and yield myself to the Lord, to work by His Holy Spirit in me; and thus begin in this life the eternal sabbath” (Q. & A. 103).

Psalm 137:5-6 is very forceful: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.” That is, what is the point in using all one’s skill with a musical instrument or being able to sing like a prima donna, without love for, and membership in, a true church? Each child of God must be able to say that this is “above my chief joy.”

“Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God” (87:3). It will not do for us, as Jehovah’s people, merely to utter nice things or pleasant sentiments about the church. “Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God”—by Jehovah, by Scripture, by other believers and by me too! I must not only express this in words but also in very deed, by doing all I can to join a faithful congregation and serve in her as a living member.

Psalm 87:4-6 speaks three times of the new birth or the grace of regeneration: “I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there.” 

Notice here that the new birth is spoken of in connection with the church: “this man was born there ... And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her … this man was born there.” Elsewhere we learn that the elect are regenerated according to the sovereign will of the Triune God (John 1:13; 3:8; James 1:18) and in connection with the preaching of His Word (I Pet. 1:23-25).
 
Psalm 87:4-6 also indicates that it speaks of the New Testament church. Verse 4 refers to “Rahab” (or Egypt), “Babylon,” “Philistia,” “Tyre” and “Ethiopia”—Gentiles!

Out of the gift of spiritual life, through the new birth of each and every member of God’s catholic or universal church, comes congregational worship: “As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there” (7). What a beautiful scene: the church praising Jehovah out of renewed hearts!

The believer, addressing God’s beloved church, proclaims, “all my springs are in thee” (7). This is the Christian confession concerning the God who regenerates us in connection with His church. The God who gives us new life through the new birth also strengthens us with the bread of life (Jesus Christ) and the water of life (the Holy Spirit), through the two official means of grace (the preaching of the Word and the two holy sacraments) which He has placed in His church. 

Admittedly, it is costly (to our sins and earthly-mindedness) to join, remain in and serve in a true church. Yes, it is costly but it is well worth it! It is cheap (being easy on the flesh and requiring no holy sacrifices) to remain outside the church or in a false or departing congregation. But is very costly for your witness (you have nowhere, or nowhere good, to bring anyone who is willing to hear the gospel) and for your own spiritual life, your spouse and your children (Ruth 1:20-21)! Remember that haunting Word of God: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hos. 4:6).   Rev. Stewart
 

“Ye Will Not Come to Me”

“Is not Jesus in John 5:40 (“And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”) expressing disappointment or frustration that some refused to ‘come’ to Him? Does not this text express a desire or wish of Christ that these individuals receive Him and so ‘have life’ and be saved (although ultimately these individuals perished)? Does not this verse imply that redemption and salvation were available to those who perished in their sins, if only they had come to Christ and received Him (i.e., a universal, hypothetical redemption available for all, upon condition of repentance and faith)?”

In the last sentence, the questioner describes a position known as Amyrauldianism. Shortly after the great Synod of Dordt (1618-1619), this error arose in France. It was taught in a somewhat different form in England and this view was represented at the Westminster Assembly by several delegates. It was advocated also in Scotland and is said to have been adopted by the Marrow Men. The view of the Marrow Men was condemned by the General Assembly of the Scottish Presbyterian Church. It was also rejected by the Westminster Assembly, although not by name. The Westminster Confession says that Christ died for “the elect only” (3:6; cf. 8:8).

The questioner asks whether John 5:40 does not express disappointment or frustration on Jesus’ part that they did not come to Him. Such a view, that of the well-meant offer, which holds that God earnestly desires to save the reprobate, immediately raises the question: Can the incarnate Son of God who is “very God of very God” be frustrated? He created the worlds and upholds them, giving life and being to every creature. He frustrated? He does whatever pleases Him (Ps. 115:3; 135:6)!

The answer to the reader’s question is, even on the surface, a resounding NO. Here Jesus states a simple fact concerning these hard-hearted Jews: “ye will not [i.e., do not wish or want to] come to me.” In the context, Christ explains that they cannot trust in Him because they seek honour from men not God (John 5:44), do not have “the love of God in” them (42) and do not even really believe the five books of Moses (46-47).

In brief, as our confessions teach, especially the Canons of Dordt, the preaching of the gospel comes with two things: 1) the promise that whoever believes in Christ will be saved; 2) the command that comes promiscuously to all men to repent of their sins and trust in the Saviour (II:5). For more, you could read my book, Corrupting the Word of God, which deals with the history of the well-meant offer, as well as theological and exegetical issues (available from the CPRC Bookstore for £16.50, inc. P&P).

You can ask, of course, “Doth not God then do injustice to man, by requiring from him in His law that which he cannot perform?” The answer is, “Not at all; for God made man capable of performing it; but man, by the instigation of the devil, and his own wilful disobedience, deprived himself and all his posterity of those divine gifts” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. & A. 9). God does not excuse man from serving Him because of his own foolishness in disobeying God when He had warned him, “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Gen. 2:17). Prof. Hanko

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South Wales Lecture

Thursday, 12 April, 2018
 7:15 PM


Speaker:
Rev. Angus Stewart


Subject:
Angels as Messengers of the Lord
 
What are angels? What do they do? What are the main erroneous views regarding angels? Holy Scripture has a lot to say about God’s heavenly servants (much more than you think) and it is important! Here is a biblical theology of angels which will help you understand more of God’s Word and the ways these glorious creatures serve our salvation.

Margam Community Centre
Bertha Road, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2AP 

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British Reformed Fellowship Family Conference

21-29 July 2018

Hebron Hall
Conference Centre

South Wales

Theme:
The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God

Speakers:
Prof. David Engelsma
Rev. Andy Lanning

Check the conference website
for more details and booking forms
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Be Ye Holy 
The Reformed Doctrine of Sanctification


by David J. Engelsma
& Herman Hanko
(vi + 150 pp., softback)

What is sanctification? How is it related to justification? What is the error of antinomianism? What is the role of the law in sanctification? This book covers all this and much more, and exhorts us all to holiness by the Spirit of Christ!

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Ezekiel’s Prophecies Against Tyre

4 sermons on Ezekiel 26-28 on CD or DVD in an attractive box set 

 In Ezekiel 26-28, the prophet speaks more of the great maritime trading city of Tyre than the rest of the Bible put together. Here we have unique geography, fascinating history, powerful imagery and striking prophecy. What do Tyre and its king have to do with the Garden of Eden, the prophet Daniel, a cherub, Adam and Satan? What does Ezekiel 26-28 teach us about man’s pride and covetousness, God’s justice and the end of the world?

(1) A Place for the Spreading of Nets! (Eze. 26)
(2) The Ship of Tyre (Eze. 27)
(3) “I Am a God” (Eze. 28:1-10)
(4) The King of Tyre in Eden (Eze. 28:11-19)

£5/box set (inc. P&P)

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of March 18, 2018

Is44 22On this eleventh Lord's Day of 2018, March 18, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • From Calvary PRC in Hull, IA:
    • A congregational meeting will be held after the Thursday evening service on March 29 to call a new pastor from the trio presented by the council. The trio consists of Rev. Allen Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD), Candidate Jonathan Langerak, and Rev. Jonathan Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC, Dyer, IN).
    • Rev. S. Regnerus (Lynden PRC) lead her worship services today. Next week Sunday morning the morning service will be led by an elder and the second service will be at 2:00 led by Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC).
    • Advance Notice: Our Good Friday worship service will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Rev. A. Brummel will be filling her pulpit that evening.
  • California Summer Retreat: Hope Redlands is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration will open March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).
  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

HudsonvillePRC picHudsonville PRC, host of the recent meetings of Classis East (cf. below)

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis East met on January 10 and February 28 in Hudsonville PRC. The stated clerk submits this report on the second session (both reports may also be found here):

    Classis East Special Meeting Report – February 28, 2018

    This special meeting of Classis East was required for two purposes. The first order of business was the examination of Pastor Elect David Noorman. In the afternoon Classis met to treat the appeal of a member against the member’s pastor and consistory.

    After preaching his specimen sermon and upon receiving the approval of his preaching from Classis East and the Synodical Deputies from Classis West, the Pastor-elect Dave Noorman was examined extensively on the six loci of Reformed Dogmatics, and his knowledge of the scriptures, confessions, controversy, and practica.  Pastor-elect Noorman gave an excellent demonstration of his knowledge and training in all these areas. Classis voted unanimously (and the Synodical Deputies concurred) to approve of his examination, recommending that SW PRC proceed to his ordination and installation. With much thanksgiving to God, we rejoice in His provision of this minister of the gospel to the PRCA. SW PRC sent a letter of thanks to Classis for pulpit supply during the time they were vacant. 

    Classis then, treated a lengthy appeal of a member against the member's pastor and consistory. That appeal was rejected. Also, the pastor and consistory were given instruction from Classis.

    Special thanks should be given to Hudsonville PRC for their hosting both the January and the Special meeting of February of Classis East. They went above and beyond to care for the delegates. The expenses of the meetings were $3,823.65.

    Classis will next meet on May 9, 2018, Lord willing at Faith PRC, Jenison Michigan.

    Gary Boverhof, Clerk

  • Classis West met on Wednesday, March 7, in Loveland, CO PRC. The report of the Stated Clerk has been posted here.

  • From the PRC Seminary comes this March news:
    • The seminary has now completed eight weeks of the second semester. Mid-term exams have been given. The first practice preaching sessions were held on Monday, Feb.26 and Monday, March 5, with the second round scheduled for April 16 and 23. Besides their daily work, both faculty and students stay busy with preaching, teaching catechism, and leading  Bible societies in the churches. Continue in prayer for the seminary and its precious work.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 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 (January 2018). Check that out on this page.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (Feb. 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (Feb. 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) continues a series on the OT book of Ruth. His message is "Boaz: A Willing Redeemer," based on Ruth 3:11-18.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.
  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle (see picture above).
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela 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 in the first service today, then teach the Church Order, Articles 65ff. Rev. Kleyn will preach in our second service. Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Smit will preach both times at PCC.

      • The Children’s Catechism class will meet today during the CO class. Rev. Kleyn will teach Lessons 21-22 in the OT History for Juniors.

      • Next Sunday, Rev. Holstege plans to preach for a congregation called “Bearers of Light Community Church” in Guiguinto, Bulacan. We had some contact with them recently and they asked us to teach them the Reformed faith. For now, we are just exploring the possibility of working with them.

      • This week, Revs. Kleyn and Smit will travel to Negros for the monthly pastors’ classes in Sipalay. Let us remember them in prayer for this important work.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead our both services and after the second service he will continue the Lesson #47 of the Book Revelation.

      • Next Sunday Rev. D. Kleyn will lead our both services and he will be teaching the lesson of the Belgic Confession.
      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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