Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for February 18, 2024

Psa 126 3Today, February 18, is the seventh Lord's Day of this new year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you, or listen online.

The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. ~ Psalm 126:3-6

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Some of the West Michigan PRCs will be holding their annual Prayer Day service this Wednesday night, Feb.21, at 7 p.m. (Faith, Georgetown, Grace, Hudsonville, Trinity, Unity, and Zion). You are cordially invited to join them in expressing conscious dependence on the Lord for our daily bread and for His grace in Jesus Christ to make all things blessings to us.

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

  • The Council of Hope PRC-Redlands, CA formed a new trio from which to call her next pastor: Rev M. De Boer (Edgerton-MN PRC), Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC) and Rev. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC– Hull, Iowa). A congregational meeting is set for Feb.25 after the morning worship service.

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Engelsma (Crete PRC) declined calls from Georgetown PRC and Hudsonville PRC.
  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC-MI) declined the call from Loveland-CO PRC.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. M. McGeown in Georgetown PRC; Rev. R. Smit (1st week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. W. Langerak in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. W. Bruinsma (1st week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. M. DeVries in Lynden PRC; Rev. E. Guichelaar in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

  • First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI: Our Community Bible Study will meet this Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM, discussing Jesus, Innocently Condemned to Death.
  • Hudsonville PRC Evangelism Podcast: In Psalm 127 verses 4 and 5, David taught his son Solomon: “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.”  As fletching helps an arrow fly straight and true to its target, so we hope this podcast will help to guide our young children and point them to Christ. Join us in bringing the Word of God to our hearts and tune in to our podcast “Fletching: Guided by the Word”. Please subscribe and rate the podcast as it helps reach others in the community around us. It can be now found anywhere you listen to podcasts! Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Audible, etc. 

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • PRC Delegation to the PRC-Philippines: "Rev. D. Holstege, Harvey, and Cindy will be departing for the Philippines this Wednesday, the Lord willing, as the annual delegation from the PRCA to the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (PRCP). Our pastor and Harv will be conducting church visitation with the consistories of the two churches, Berean andProvident, and bringing official greetings to the PRCP at their February 25 Classis meeting. Rev. Holstege willpreach for the Berean congregation on the first Sunday (Feb. 25) and for Provident on the second (Mar. 3),DV. He will also lead the midweek Bible study at Provident on Feb. 28. May the Lord use this visit to nurtureand strengthen the bond between our two denominations for the coming of His kingdom and His glory." (Wingham PRC bulletin today)

  • PRC Psalter Revision: You are invited to attend a presentation/singspiration at 7:30 on March 3 at Zion PRC, or at 7:30 on March 10 at Trinity PRC. Come join us to see the results of the revision and to sing Psalms, old and new. To see the complete revised Psalter, visit thepsalter.net (web version) and “Download Psalms 1-150” at the bottom of the page.

  • Classis East reconvened on Feb.8, at Hope PRC in Walker, MI, to treat the report and advice of its special committee on various protests against decisions of Clasiss last September. The decisions of this continued and concluded meeting are posted on this webpage. The agenda and minutes are available to registered users on the bulletin page under Classis East. And there is a public report on this page of the website of the Jan.10 meeting.
  • Guidepost Solutions has reported to the Ad Hoc Committee that there was an excellent response rate to the survey and hotline. There were almost 1,300 survey participants, of which 26% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Through the hotline, Guidepost has received reports from 29 individuals, of which 72% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Anyone who still desires to report on sexual abuse may use the hotline (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will be open throughout the duration of the investigation. Guidepost is presently busy with the interviewing process and prioritization of the cases.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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Rev. J. Mahtani (pastor of Hope PRC) led the PRC Seminary chapel this past Wednesday.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters its fifth full week of the second semester this week. Pray for the faculty, students, and staff as we busy ourselves in the tasks assigned us by our faithful and gracious Master. "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." (2 Tim.2:1,2)
  • Joe Ophoff will lead in devotions this week and Rev. J. Laning (PRC home missionary) will lead chapel.
  • Have you read the latest blog post on the Fall 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal? Check it out and then visit the journal page linked here to browse the digital editions or pick up a print copy at the seminary. This latest issue features three articles related to the Reformed controversy with the Remonstrants (Arminians) and a reprint of a special Reformation feature from an early issue of the PRTJ. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Soon work will begin on the spring 2024 issue.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

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

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today both pastors preached, with infant baptism administered in the morning service. In today's "pastoral voice," Pastor Tan comments on the blessing of forgiveness in Christ: "We assemble together this Lord’s day to lift up our thankful voices to Jehovah. We gather as one this day to worship the God of our salvation with souls filled with joy. The thankfulness of our song? That God, for the sake of Christ satisfaction, will no more remember my sins, neither my corrupt nature. What a horrifying ugliness of sin is in me. What precious blood that was shed for me. My Lord, my saviour, dying for me. So that God’s justice is perfectly satisfied. (HC LD 21)"
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is coming out - #71, the first of 2024! The previous one was #70, "Time Is Running Out," and concerns the Christian's use of time; find a variety of articles on timely subjetcs in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The January issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is available! Read the articles by Rev. Stewart on Nehemiah's prayer and a CPRC elder on why the churches' use of God's sword is so important in our day.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Espiritu and Umali led her worship services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today. Some [perhaps most] of them will travel to Manila early this morning to join us. We greatly anticipate a warm fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Dinggalan and Gabaldon. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Rev. Ibe and elder Alann Penaverde "are scheduled to visit the saints in Bacolod and SNO on February 19 - 21, 2024, D.V. Rev. Ibe will lead the group in Bacolod in their study of the Church Order of Dordt 1618-19, Arts. 3 – 5 on Monday [August 19] at 9 AM at Bata Christian Community Church; our pastor will also lead the group [pastors and elders and deacons] in Sipalay, Southern Negros in their study of the Reformed Dogmatics on Soteriology on Tuesday at 9 AM at Canturay Reformed Church, to be followed with a discussion on membership to the PRCP."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her worship services today.
    • "This week, Rev. Daniel Holstege and Elder Harvey [Wingham PRC] with his wife [Cindy] will travel from Canada to the Philippines for pulpit supply at Provident PRC and as delegates to the PRCP’s Classis meeting on February 25, 2024. Rev. Holstege and Elder Harvey will also serve as church visitors to our churches. The PRCP Classis has requested our sister church, the PRCA [through the CC of PRCA] to help us in this area for we have only one minister now [to which they gladly said yes for which we are delighted and thankful to God for His continued care upon us through the loving service of our sister church]. They will be here for two consecutive Sundays and are scheduled to fly back to Canada on March 04, 2024, D.V."

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

Seminary Kuiper 2023

  • This month (February 2024) the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Prof. D. Kuiper, as he continues a new series on the Ten Comamndments. Today's message is titled "The Third Commandment: Using God's Holy Name Reverently" based on John 5:19-47.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 
 
This month, get your copies of We and Our Children: The Reformed Doctrine of Infant Baptism for only $9.99! Order by clicking the picture below or the "Monthly Sales" button on the RFPA website homepage!
 

 

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

Consider, then, the first commandment, as it reveals God to be the only Good.

This commandment teaches us basic truths about Jehovah, our God; it makes us examine what kind of God we have. The first point to notice is that He is the all-powerful and loving God. The introduction to the law reminds us that He showed His power and love by bringing Israel out of Egypt. Remember that the Egyptians had held the Israelites in bondage; they forced the Israelites to be their slaves, to make bricks and build cities. This was also a spiritual bondage, for the Egyptians would not permit the Israelites to worship Jehovah, the God of their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Jehovah brought Israel out of Egypt by raising up Moses, preparing him to lead Israel out of Egypt, sending him and Aaron to Pharaoh to require Pharaoh to let God’s people go, bringing the ten plagues on Egypt when Pharaoh did not let them go, and finally directing the affairs of history so that Pharaoh sent them away quickly and in his anger. But when Pharaoh came to his earthly senses and realized that he had dismissed his slaves from service to him, he chased after them to bring them back again. By then they were camped on the banks of the Red Sea. So God used a mighty wind to part the waters of the Red Sea, and the two million or so Israelites, with all their cattle, crossed through the Red Sea. When Pharaoh and his army pursued, God brought the waters over the Egyptian army and destroyed them. Israel was free–free from slavery to the Egyptians, but also free to serve Jehovah!

That, I say, demonstrated Jehovah’s great power. None other could part the waves of the Red Sea and create a dry path where the waters had just recently been. It also showed Jehovah’s love for Israel. They were His special people, as He had promised Abraham. He kept His promise; He delivered Israel, so she could have covenant fellowship with Jehovah, and know His love.

The first lesson we are taught about Jehovah, then, is that He is the all-powerful God and the loving God. He is that to us in Jesus Christ. For we too were in spiritual slavery to sin and Satan; and by the blood of Christ, God bought us back to be His people and delivered us from sin. He works in us the new life of Jesus Christ, so that we can know His love and reciprocate that love. All that He did for us in Christ shows His power and love.

~ Taken from the recent radio sermon of Prof. D. Kuiper

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for February 11, 2024

Psalm 125 2Today, February 11, is the sixth Lord's Day of this new year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you, or listen online.

They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel. ~ Psalm 125:1-5

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Today Rev. J. Engelsma (Crete PRC) declined the calls to Georgetown PRC and Hudsonville PRC.
  • Today Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC-MI) declined the call from Loveland-CO PRC.

  • Last Sunday Rev. C. Spronk received the call from Pittsburgh PRC. He plans to answer by March 3.

  • The Council of Hope PRC-Redlands, CA formed a new trio from which to call her next pastor: Rev M. De Boer (Edgerton PRC), Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC) and Rev. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC– Hull, Iowa). A congregational meeting is set for Feb.25 after the morning worship service.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. D. Kuiper and Rev. C. Haak in Georgetown PRC; Rev. H. Bleyenberg (2nd week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. D. Lee in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. A. Brummel (2nd week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. R. Barnhill (2nd week) in Lynden PRC; Rev. D. Noorman in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

  • Faith PRC (Jenison, MI): "The Reformed Doctrines Class will meet this Wednesday, February 14, at Faith Church at 7:30, God willing. This meeting will be special in nature. In light of current events in the PRC, involving the doctrines of grace, Prof. Engelsma will explain and defend the orthodox doctrine of the relation between our repenting and God’s forgiveness of our sins. All are welcome." 
  • Byron Center (MI) PRC: "The Community Bible Study meets this Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 PM at church to continue our study of the book of Philippians. Discussion will begin at chapter 1 verse 15. We hope you can bring a friend and join us!"
  • Hope PRC (Walker, MI): "Hope PRC's podcast, Hope PR Ministry, would like to remind you to tune in and listen to their content. We have recently concluded a follow-up series on the subject of marriage, divorce, and remarriage with Prof. D. Engelsma and we have just posted the final episode of our Back to Basics series. We will be posting a new series this Friday on "Biblical Obscurities" with Mike Velthouse on subjects such as Candace and Chorazin. You canfind this podcast on any of your favourite podcasting apps! Please tune in and support our efforts to spread the gospel."

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Hope PRC in Walker, MI, host of the continued meeting of Classis East last week (see more below)

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis East reconvened this past Thursday, Feb.8, at Hope PRC in Walker, MI, to treat the report and advice of its special committee on various protests against decisions of Clasiss last September. The decisions of this continued and concluded meeting are posted on this webpage. The agenda and minutes are available to registered users on the bulletin page under Classis East. And there is a public report on this page of the website of the Jan.10 meeting
  • Guidepost Solutions has reported to the Ad Hoc Committee that there was an excellent response rate to the survey and hotline. There were almost 1,300 survey participants, of which 26% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Through the hotline, Guidepost has received reports from 29 individuals, of which 72% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Anyone who still desires to report on sexual abuse may use the hotline (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will be open throughout the duration of the investigation. Guidepost is presently busy with the interviewing process and prioritization of the cases.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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The fifth graders from Adams Christian School visited the PRC Seminary this past Friday. Here Prof. R. Cammenga is showing them one of the first edition Dutch Bibles in the library.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters its fourth full week of the second semester this week. Pray for the faculty, students, and staff as we busy ourselves in the tasks assigned us by our faithful and gracious Master. "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." (2 Tim.2:1,2)
  • Isaac Van Baren will lead in devotions this week and Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) will lead chapel again this week.
  • The fifth grade classes of Mr. M. Feenstra and Mrs. R. Baas from Adams Christian School visited seminary this past Friday (see photo above). They were given an introduction to the labors of the seminary, as well as a tour of the building, before joining faculty and students for devotions and fellowship over snacks. 
  • The Fall 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal is currently available. The digital editions have been posted on the journal page (click on the link provided here), while print copies are avaliable at the seminary. This latest issue features three articles related to the Reformed controversy with the Remonstrants (Arminians) and a reprint of a special Reformation feature from an early issue of the PRTJ. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Soon work will begin on the spring 2024 issue.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today both pastors preached. In today's "pastoral voice," Pastor Wee comments on the upcoming celebarion of the Chinese New Year (the year of the dragon): “Did you know that the Bible speaks of dragons?” Perhaps this could be an opening line we use to share the gospel with our unbelieving relatives and acquaintances, this Chinese New Year (CNY), in the year of the dragon. And then, perhaps we could point them to Revelation 12 and the account of the great red dragon, attempting to devour the man child, born of the woman.Revelation 12:3-6: “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. [4] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. [5] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. [6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” And when giving the interpretation of the vision above (who doesn’t like a dragon story?) we have the opportunity to speak directly about the birth of Christ, His death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. In other words, the gospel! People of God, let’s view this CNY as an opportunity. Not only to eat bak kwa and pineapple tarts and koropok, but to evangelise! To speak of the gospel, the good news of salvation, from sin, death, and the great red dragon."
    • A last issue of Salt Shakers is #70, "Time Is Running Out," and concerns the Christian's use of time; find a variety of articles on timely subjetcs in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The January issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is available! Read the newest articles by Rev. Stewart on Nehemiah's prayer and a CPRC elder on why the churches' use of God's sword is so important in our day.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her worship services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services via livestream at our official Facebook page. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • A conference on “The Reformed Marriage: Marry in the LORD” is scheduled on February 18, 2024, at 1:30 P.M. at Berean PRC worship hall, God willing.
    • Pastor V. Ibe and elder Alann Penaverde are scheduled to visit the saints in Bacolod and SNO on February 19 - 21, 2024, D.V.
    • Classis meeting of the PRCP congregations will convene on February 25, 2024, at the Berean PRC worship hall at 1:30 P.M., God willing
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Elder Mitch Suarez led her worship services today.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

Seminary Kuiper 2023

  • This month (February 2024) the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Prof. D. Kuiper, as he continues a new series on the Ten Comamndments. Today's message is titled "The Second Commandment: Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth" based on John 4:21-24.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 
 
This month, get your copies of We and Our Children: The Reformed Doctrine of Infant Baptism for only $9.99! Order by clicking the picture below or the "Monthly Sales" button on the RFPA website homepage!
 

 

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 Who Is Jesus?

JESUS IS THE CRUCIFIED AND RISEN LORD

The Person who suffered and died was the Son of God, who suffered and died in the human nature. His real human body and soul were separated at death and His real human blood was shed when He died. Therefore, it is not true to say that Christians believe that God died, as if when Jesus died God was dead for three days and nobody was ruling the universe. Nor is it true to say that God was praying to Himself in the Garden. The Son of God in the flesh prayed to His Father in heaven.

The Son of God experienced in the real human nature the wrath of God against the sins of His people, those whom He represented before the Father. The death of Christ was unique. He died as a substitute to endure the punishment that His people deserved. And He did it willingly, because He loved His people.

Sin is so serious that only the death of the Son of God in our flesh could deliver us from it. Only Christ could voluntarily give up His life, and then have power to take it up again in the resurrection. Only Christ could live a perfect life of obedience and then give up that life to death, satisfying by His obedience the demands of God’s law. Only Christ, because He is God in the flesh, has the power to send His almighty Spirit into our hearts, and to bring us to faith in this Gospel, to uphold us by His grace, and to preserve us even unto the end. This is the Gospel, or the good news of salvation, which God commands you to believe. 

~ Taken from the pamphlet "Who Is Jesus" by Rev. M. McGeown

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Report of Classis East's Continued and Concluded Session - February 8, 2024

Classis East Report

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Meeting on February 8, 2024
at Hope Protestant Reformed Church (Walker, MI)

On January 10, 2024 Classis East appointed a committee of pre-advice (“committee one”) to prepare recommendations regarding seven protests against decisions of the September/October meeting of Classis East. Classis met Thursday, February 8, to consider the fourteen page report submitted by the committee. All of the decisions of Classis East will be available when the minutes of the meeting are completed. A brief summary breaking down the decisionsi nto three categories will suffice for the purposes of this report.

Preliminary Decisions

1. Four protestants objected to the decision of the previous meeting of Classis East to declare that Grandville PRC’s Consistory erred when it judged “that Rev. Ken Koole was guilty of the public sin of teaching false doctrine without proving this from Scripture or the Confessions.” Classis did not sustain the four protests and upheld its decision.

2. All seven protests contended that in September “Classis failed to address the doctrinal impasse in the appeal legally before it.” Classis sustained the protests on this point.

3. Classis rescinded several decisions made in September that made judgments on the case without addressing the “doctrinal impasse.”

The Three Statements

Classis spent the bulk of its time discussing Rev. Koole’s use of three quotations from the Reformed theologian, Herman Witsius (1636-1708).

1. Quotation 1: “Scripture teaches that something must be done that we may be saved. ”Classis judged this statement “by itself can suggest error” and that “Rev. Koole’s explanation and use” of the statement “although lacking certain clarifications, does not contradict Scripture, the Confessions, or the decisions of Synod 2018.”

2. Quotation 2: “We must accurately distinguish between a right to life and the possession of life. The former must be assigned to the obedience of Christ, that all the values of our holiness may be entirely excluded. But certainly, our works, or rather these, which the Spirit of Christ worketh in us, and by us, contribute something to the latter.” Classis judged that this statement “by itself as commonly understood is erroneous” and that “Rev. Koole’s explanation and use” of the statement “although difficult to reconcile with the common understanding, does not promote the erroneous sense of the words, and does not contradict Scripture, the Confessions, and the decisions of Synod 2018.”

3. Quotation 3: “Hence, I conclude, that sanctification and its effects, are by no means to be slighted, when we treat of assuring the soul as to its justification.” Classis judged that this statement “and Rev. Koole’s explanation and use of the statement, are not in conflict with Scripture, the Confessions, or the decisions of Synod 2018.”

Concluding Decisions

1. Classis sustained the appeal of one appellant to declare “that Grandville’s decision to charge Rev. Koole with the public sin of teaching false doctrine was made in error.”

2. Classis sustained the appeal of one appellant to “advise Grandville to publicly retract its decision to charge Rev. Koole with the public sin of teaching false doctrine.”

3. Classis did not sustain the appeal of one appellant that Rev. Koole’s apology in The Standard Bearer should be retracted on the ground that the apology Rev. Koole gave “harmonizes overall with the evaluation of the three statements of Witsius and Rev. Koole’s explanation of them” in the decisions of classis.

Grandville Consistory and two protestants who served as delegates to Classis East were not allowed to vote on the recommendations pertaining to this case.

Classis granted the request of a consistory to advise the consistory to increase censure on one of its members, who refuses to turn from sin, by announcing the name of the member to the congregation in accordance with Article 77 of the Church Order.

Classis approved the reimbursement of expenses for the meeting totaling $4,716.19.

Thank you to the congregation, kitchen committee, and custodians at Hope PRC for hosting two lengthy sessions of Classis East!

On May 15, 2024 at 8:00 am classis plans to meet at Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church.

A little after 10:30pm classis adjourned and the chairman, Rev. Smidstra, closed with prayer.

In Christ’s service,
Rev. C. Spronk, Stated Clerk

PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for February 4, 2024 *(Updated)

Psalm 124 8Today, February 4, is the fifth Lord's Day of this new year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you, or listen online.

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. ~ Psalm 124:1-6

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) declined the call from Hope PRC-Redlands, CA.

  • Rev. J. Engelsma (Crete PRC) is considering the call from Georgetown PRC (received Jan.21). He plans to answer next Sunday, Feb.11.

  • Rev. J. Engelsma is also considering the call from Hudsonville PRC (received Jan.21). He plans to answer next Sunday, Feb.11.

  • Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC-MI) is considering the call from Loveland-CO PRC (received Jan.21). He plans to answer by next Sunday, Feb.11.

  • The Consistory of Pittsburgh PRC has a trio consisting of Revs. M. DeBoer (Edgerton-MN PRC), G. Eriks (Unity PRC), and C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregation will call this evening. UPDATE: Rev. Spronk has received this call.

  • New Officebearer Resources: As many new officebearers are installed in this time of the year, we make you aware of a special resource page for elders and deacons (and pastors) on the PRC website. Here you will find sermons, elder and deacon seminar speeches, and recommended books and seminary syllabi on subjects related to your work.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. J. Slopsema in Georgetown PRC; Rev. H. Bleyenberg (1st week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. M. DeVries in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. A. Brummel (1st week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. R. Barnhill (1st week) in Lynden PRC; Rev. J. Maatman in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

  •  Unity PRC (Byron Center, MI): "There is another opportunity to attend our Community Bible Study this week Tuesday, February 6 at 7pm at the Byron Rec Center at 2020 76th St. in Byron Center. The topic will be Wealth and Prosperity and will be led by Kyle TenBroeke. Invite a friend, co-worker, or neighbor and join us next week. It lasts one hour, from 7-8pm. Hope you can make it."

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Hope PRC in Walker, MI, host of the Clasiss East meeting this week

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • According to her bulletin today, Loveland PRC's Council is recommending and seeking Classis West's approval (March 6 meeting) of the disbanding of the Covenant of Grace Fellowship (former PRC congregation) due to the decline of members. And she adds, "Please remember the remaining saints at CoG who have endured the assault of the devil upon their congregation and will face difficult decisions for their future. 'Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.' Isaiah 41:10"

  • Classis East met on Wednesday, Jan.10 at Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Classis gave one of its committees extra time to bring advice on various protests. Classis will reconvene this Thursday, Feb.8, D.V.  The agenda and minutes are available to registered users on the bulletin page under Classis East. And there is a public report on this page of the website.

  • Guidepost Solutions has reported to the Ad Hoc Committee that there was an excellent response rate to the survey and hotline. There were almost 1,300 survey participants, of which 26% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Through the hotline, Guidepost has received reports from 29 individuals, of which 72% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Anyone who still desires to report on sexual abuse may use the hotline (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will be open throughout the duration of the investigation. Guidepost is presently busy with the interviewing process and prioritization of the cases.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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Aaron Van Dyke (junior seminarian) leading devotions last month

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters its third full week of the second semester this week. In this term we have welcomed back Senior Arend Haveman from his fall internship in Pittsburgh PRC for his final semester of studies. We also welcome back Prof. R. Cammenga, who is able to return for his final semester of teaching following major heart surgery in November of last year, for whcih we are very thankful. This term is his last as a PRTS professor, as Prof. B. Huizinga prepares to take over all of his courses next school year. Prof. C. Griess, having completed the requirements of his ThM degree, continues to add courses to his teaching schedule as he gradually takes over for Prof. B. Gritters.
  • The seminary faculty invite interested persons to audit four classes this semester: Prof Cammenga’s class of NT History (covering the history from the passion week through the apostle Paul’s missionary journeys), Prof. Kuiper’s class of Modern Church history (covering the history of the Protestant churches from the 1648 to the present), and Prof. Huizinga’s classes of Dogmatics (covering the study of the doctrine of man) and OT History (covering the era of the judges through the exile and return from captivity). If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet or check the schedule posted on the PRC Seminary website.
  • Bruce Feenstra will lead in devotions this week and Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) will lead chapel this week and next.
  • The Fall 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal is currently available. The digital editions have been posted on the journal page (click on the link provided here), while print copies are avaliable at the seminary. This latest issue features three articles related to the Reformed controversy with the Remonstrants (Arminians) and a reprint of a special Reformation feature from an early issue of the PRTJ. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today both pastors preached. In today's "pastoral voice," Pastor Wee comments on the role of the congregation as they increase their session by one elder and one deacon this year, requiring more nominations: "For the rest of us, we have an important calling in this process. As mentioned last time, we pray, for our office-bearers, and for God’s provision of more men to serve in the offices. We place this burden of serving in the office on the shoulders of the men in the congregation, carefully and wisely.For the rest of us, we have an important calling in this process. As mentioned last time, we pray, for our office-bearers, and for God’s provision of more men to serve in the offices. We place this burden of serving in the office on the shoulders of the men in the congregation, carefully and wisely.And we also participate in this important work of nominating men to the office, exercising the office of all believer that God has placed us in. Church Order Article 22 states that the church is at liberty “to give the members an opportunity to direct attention to suitable persons”. As the congregation (including the women!) raises up suggestions to the Council, the Council takes these suggestions, deliberates over them, and then nominates men for the office."
    • A last issue of Salt Shakers is #70, "Time Is Running Out," and concerns the Christian's use of time; find a variety of articles on timely subjetcs in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC. 
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The January issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the newest articles by Rev. Stewart on Nehemiah's prayer and a CPRC elder on why the churches' use of God's sword is so important in our day.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Umali and Espiritu led her worship services today. And, "Rev. Ibe and family are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. The Lord willing, Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service at 9 A.M. and in their Bible study at 10:45 A.M. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • A conference on “The Reformed Marriage: Marry in the LORD” is scheduled on February 18, 2024, at 1:30 P.M. at Berean PRC worship hall, God willing.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Deacon Ruel Dela Fuente led her worship services today through PRCA’s recorded video sermons.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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  • This month (February 2024) the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Prof. D. Kuiper, as he continues a new series on the Ten Comamndments. Today's message is titled "The First Comamndment: Worshiping the Only Good God" based on Matt.19:16-21.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

 

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 Who Is Jesus?

JESUS IS THE INCARNATE SON OF GOD 

First, in the Incarnation, the Son was made flesh. Neither the Father nor the Spirit were made flesh. It therefore is not the case that while Jesus was on earth, God was “missing from heaven.” Indeed, the Son of God (as God) is omnipresent. The divine nature is not limited.  In the Incarnation, moreover, the Son did not cease to be God. The Son of God became man (that is, He took to Himself the human nature) while remaining God.

Second, the Person Jesus Christ has two natures after the Incarnation. He has human flesh (subject to suffering & death) and He has a human soul (with a human psychology [soul, mind, emotions, will]). Therefore, it is not correct to say that God became hungry & ate food; or that God became weary; or that God sweated; or that God bled and died. That is not how Christians understand the relationship between the human and divine in Jesus Christ. The Christian position is that one who is both God & man in one Person in two distinct natures hungered, thirsted, sweated, bled, died, etc. 

Third, the Incarnation was a free, voluntary act by the Son, an act determined by the Triune God for the salvation of men and women. The Son became a man and even suffered and died as a man so that He could save His people from their sins. Jesus’ death, exactly because He is the Son of God in human flesh, is of infinite value to redeem sinners from sin and death.

~ Taken from the pamphlet "Who Is Jesus" by Rev. M. McGeown

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Reformed Witness Hour Newsletter - February 2024

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News from the Reformed Witness Hour

February 2024

 

Help Us Get the Word Out!

This month we have four Christ-centered, gospel-themed messages to share. We are excited to announce messages from a new radio minister for the month of February! Professor Douglas Kuiper, a professor in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary will be delivering four messages from a series on the Ten Commandments. The first message from the series, An Overview of the Law, was delivered on January 28; if you missed it, be sure to listen to it on Sermon Audio or reformedwitnesshour.org; search for key words Overview of the Law.

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February 4
The 1st Commandment:

Worshiping the Only Good God 
Matthew 19:16-21


February 11
The 2nd Commandment:

Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth

John 4:21-24

February 18
The 3rd Commandment:

Using God’s Holy Name Reverently
John 5:19-47


February 25
The 4th Commandment:

Keeping a Day of Rest on God’s Holy Day
Luke 13:14-16

I Am Your God

If you missed it, take time to listen to Rev. Spriensma’s message, I am Your God. This message was the most downloaded message of all of 2023 with 432 downloads during the year. In this message, Rev Spriensma expounds on Genesis 17:7 “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” This message is part of a series of messages on God’s Covenant of Grace.  

… the covenant is the goal of all of God’s work… Abram was saved in order to enjoy a covenant relationship with God. God in His covenant is saying, “You are Mine and I am yours.” It is an everlasting covenant. We are saved in order that there may be this relationship with God for ever and ever. Here on earth already and, finally, in the new heavens and the new earth…

Listen to the full message at reformedwitnesshour.org. Search for key word: I Am Your God.

2023 in Statistics Review

We continue to see exponential growth in the number of digital downloads each year. We are grateful for this opportunity to expand past the geographical reach of radio broadcasting. In 2023 we had over 3,000 more downloads than in 2022; in 2021 we had about 1,000 more downloads compared to 2020.

In 2023, 12,845 messages were played in the United States and 8,169 were played in other countries. Other than the U.S., the most plays occurred in Cambodia where messages were listened to 3,466 times. Singapore was the next highest with 816 downloads for the year.

Each month, we feature a message on the Sermon Audio Homepage. This places an advertisement of and link to one of our messages on the front page of the Sermon Audio website and app for one full day.

On average, these messages have had 310 downloads in 2023. On average, we had about 1,746 downloads each month this year.

The top 5 featured sermons in 2023:

  1. I Am Your God, Rev. Spriensma
  2. The Voice of All Creation, Rev. Bruinsma
  3. Craving Knowledge - Christian School Education, Rev. Bruinsma
  4. Nation Against Nation, Rev. Bruinsma
  5. Desiring a Better Country, Rev. Bruinsma

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for January 21, 2024 *(Updated)

Psalm 123 1Today, January 21, is the third Lord's Day of this new year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you, or listen online.

Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. ~ Psalm 123:1-3

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) is considering the call from Hope PRC-Redlands, CA (received Dec.31). He plans to answer next Sunday, Jan.28.

  • This morning Georgetown PRC voted to call Rev. J. Engelsma (Crete PRC).

  • Hudsonville PRC voted to call a new pastor tonight from the new trio of Revs. M. DeBoer (Edgerton PRC), J. Engelsma (Crete PRC), and D. Lee (Kalamazoo PRC). UPDATE: Rev. J. Engelsma has also received this call.

  • Loveland PRC voted to call a minister tonight from the following trio: Revs. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC, IA), N. Decker (Grandville, PRC, MI), and J. Maatman (Southeast PRC, MI). UPDATE: Rev. Maatman has received this call.

  • New Officebearer Resources: As many new officebearers are installed in this time of the year, we make you aware of a special resource page for elders and deacons (and pastors) on the PRC website. Here you will find sermons, elder and deacon seminar speeches, and recommended books and seminary syllabi on subjects related to your work.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Sem. A. Haveman and Rev. J. Maatman in Georgetown PRC; Rev. M. DeVries (1st week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Prof. R. Dykstra in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. T. MIersma in Loveland PRC; Elder led in Lynden PRC; Rev. W. Bruinsma (emeritus) in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

  • Faith PRC’s Evangelism Committee's Financial Stewardship Seminar is this Saturday, Jan.27, from 9-11:30 at the church. Doors will open at 8:30 for you to browse the Reformed Book Outlet book table, grab some light snacks, and prepare to take in 3 keynote speeches (15-20 mins each) and 3 breakout sessions on topics for all mature age groups, plus Q&A time. To register and for more details, visit faithprc.org. If you are in need of nursery - and we encourage couples to come! - please contact Kaelyn Richards at 616-706-1174. Walk-in attenders are welcome! Hope to see you there!

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • The Foreign Mission Committee sent a delegation of Revs. Barnhill and Marcus to Axtla de Terrazas (in San Luis Potosi, Mexico) from January 15-22. The purpose of this delegation is to investigate a contact (pastor and congregation) which was brought to the attention of the FMC in recent months. Plans have been made to give four speeches during the week and preach twice on Sunday. The FMC asks for the prayers of the denomination in this work.

  • Classis East met on Wednesday, Jan.10 at Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Classis gave one of its committees extra time to bring advice on various protests. Classis will reconvene on Feb.8, D.V.  The agenda and minutes are available to registered users on the bulletin page under Classis East. And there is a public report on this page of the website.

  • Guidepost Solutions has reported to the Ad Hoc Committee that there was an excellent response rate to the survey and hotline. There were almost 1,300 survey participants, of which 26% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Through the hotline, Guidepost has received reports from 29 individuals, of which 72% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Anyone who still desires to report on sexual abuse may use the hotline (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will be open throughout the duration of the investigation. Guidepost is presently busy with the interviewing process and prioritization of the cases.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary: With gratitude to our faithful God, the PRCA look forward to our 100th anniversary. The celebration is planned for June 2-6, 2025 at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. The various committees of the 100th anniversary steering commitee are busy preparing for this historic event, including a special commemorative book. Watch for further notices and updates!

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It was a snowy week this past week at PRTS

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary is currently back in session; the January 2024 Interim concluded this past Thursday (Jan.18) and the second semester will begin this coming Tuesday, Jan.23 (see notes below).
  • The second semester of regular classes will begin this Tuesday, Jan.23. We welcome back from his fall internship in Pittsburgh PRC, senior Arend Haveman, who will be completing his studies this semester. We also welcome back Prof. R. Cammenga, who continues to recover from his November heart surgery. He continues to gain strength, for which we are thankful. This coming semester will be his last as a PRTS professor, as Prof. B. Huizinga prepares to take over all of his courses next school year.
  • The seminary faculty invite interested persons to audit four classes this semester: Prof Cammenga’s class of NT History (covering the history from the passion week through the apostle Paul’s missionary journeys), Prof. Kuiper’s class of Modern Church history (covering the history of the Protestant churches from the 1648 to the present), and Prof. Huizinga’s classes of Dogmatics (covering the study of the doctrine of man) and OT History (covering the era of the judges through the exile and return from captivity). If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet or check the schedule posted on the PRC Seminary website.
  • Aaron Van Dyke will lead in devotions this week and Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC) will lead chapel this week and next.
  • The Fall 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal is currently available. The digital editions have been posted on the journal page (click on the link provided here), while print copies are avaliable at the seminary. This latest issue features three articles related to the Reformed controversy with the Remonstrants (Arminians) and a reprint of a special Reformation feature from an early issue of the PRTJ. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today both pastors preached. In today's "pastoral voice" Pastor Wee comments on the value of reading God's Word in personal devotions and as a church: "And as we do so, we pray that the confession of the Psalmist may be true of us, more and more: “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” (Psa. 139:17) Because God’s thoughts, revealed in His Word, are precious to us, we
      desire to read them, more and more, and to meditate on them. And the more we read and meditate on God’s Word, the more it is precious and dear to us. This is a virtuous cycle that we seek to cultivate in our lives, by God’s grace."
    • A last issue of Salt Shakers is #70, "Time Is Running Out," and concerns the Christian's use of time; find a variety of articles on timely subjetcs in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC. 
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The January issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the newest articles by Rev. Stewart on Nehemiah's prayer and a CPRC elder on why the churches' use of God's sword is so important in our day.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Penaverde and Umali led us in our worship services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, will join us in our worship services today via live streamed through our official Facebook account D.V." And this special visit by Rev. Ibe and an elder this week Monday nd Tuesday, "Our pastor and elder Jun Armas are scheduled to visit the saints in Bacolod and SNO on January 22 – 23, 2024. Rev. Ibe will lead them in their study of the “Threefold Use of the Law of God” and the “Introduction to the Church Order of Dordt 1618-19.” Also, Rev. Ibe and Elder Jun Armas will meet with the pastors in SNO to discuss membership to the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines, God willing."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today.

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  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

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  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 Who Is Jesus?

First, Jesus is the eternal Son of God.

This means that the Son of God always was. Jesus not only pre-existed the creation, but He is eternal. Moreover, He is eternally the Son. He did not become a Son. He always was the Son. And the Father was always the Father. This is not easy to understand because in our experience sons are younger than their fathers and come after them. Remember what the Creeds of the early church say: “begotten of the Father before all worlds” (Nicene Creed).

Second, Jesus is the uncreated Son of God.

This means that God did not say: “Let the Son come into being,” and the Son came into being. It was by such a word that God brought the creatures into existence: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). A creature is something in distinction from God who is Creator. A creature exists in dependence upon God, because God willed it to exist and spoke it into existence. The Bible teaches that the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is the Creator. There are not three Creators working independently of one another. The three Persons together created the universe. About the Son we read in Hebrews 1:2-3 that “by [Him] also [God] made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person.”  The Son of God is not a creature but He is the Originator of the creation: “without Him [Jesus] was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3).

Third, Jesus is the only begotten or natural Son of God.

That Jesus is the only begotten Son of God describes the relationship that the Son has to the Father within the being of God. The being of God is one but within the one being of God are three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is the doctrine of the Trinity. Let me illustrate. A person might be a son in different senses. A person might be his father’s son biologically. A person might be his father’s son legally because of adoption. By such an act a man could bestow the rights and privileges of a son upon a person who is not related biologically to him. The Bible uses the word begotten (only begotten) to describe the relationship between the Father and the Son. But we must be careful not to think carnally about this. The Father is not a physical being (John 4:24). Therefore, the Father does not beget a physical Son.


~ Taken from the pamphlet "Who Is Jesus" by Rev. M. McGeown

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