Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

The Bitter End of the Temptress’ Ways

The Bitter End of the Temptress’ Ways

Brian D. Dykstra, teacher at Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI

“Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them” (Prov. 5:5-6).

Proverbs 5 records for us Solomon’s instruction to his son about women. A godly wife with whom a man can be one in faith and who accompanies him on the way of salvation is one of God’s greatest earthly blessings. Being entangled with a worldly woman who does not love God but is only an outlet for sinful passion will cause grief. The ungodly woman has lips which drip with honey and her words are smoother than oil, but her end is bitter destruction. Solomon continues with this theme.

Solomon tells his son that this woman’s “feet go down to death.” There is no qualifying adverb here. Solomon does not say that this going down to death is “likely” or “possible.” He does not say there are only so many times a man can gratify sinful lust until one has a bit of a problem which must be addressed. There is no question about the end of being ensnared by such a woman. The son is not given permission to try an evening with this woman to satisfy his curiosity or prove his manliness. He is not to have any involvement with her at all. When David was pursued by Saul, he reported to Jonathan that there was “but a step between me and death.” There is not even that much distance between this woman and death.

We read next, “her steps take hold on hell.” Again Solomon uses very strong terms to warn about the danger of this woman. Her steps don’t lead to awkwardness, slight embarrassment or stress, but to hell. Scripture refers to two aspects of hell. Sometimes it refers to the grave, the place of the dead and corruption, and it also refers to the place of God’s everlasting punishment for the sins of the unredeemed. Solomon could be warning about both here because God can visit the sin of adultery with awful diseases, some of which can lead to death, and, if not death, one’s life can be ruined, as Solomon will soon warn. Also, for one who continues unrepentant in adultery, which displays the lack of faith, the end is the loss of one’s soul in the torments of hell.

This woman does not bring her suitors to such ruin unintentionally. “Her feet go down to death.” This indicates a willing walk down a path one has determined and planned to take. Satan, who is as a lion seeking whom he may devour, uses her in his desire to destroy men. If Satan is able to catch some of God’s people with this trap, so much the better. The righteous who find themselves in such a life of sin can be delivered by the powerful grace of God but it would appear that, when there is an escape, it is by the skin of one’s teeth.

As further evidence that her efforts are not accidental, we read of a taking “hold.” This is another wilful act. This is not a mild, light grasp but a tight, suffocating grip. It is not the pleasant, soft hold of a two-year-old’s little hand but the deadly squeezing of a constricting snake. Perhaps the woman is pleased with how many men she has seduced. It stokes her pride or makes her feel attractive and sought-after. She delights in the hollow, false sense of satisfaction her victims have for a fleeting moment. She is not a partaker of grace and, as the Canons of Dordt state, “is either altogether regardless of these spiritual gifts and satisfied with [her] own condition, or is in no apprehension of danger …” Her victims, unless quickened by God’s Spirit and brought to repentance, are of the same view.

Solomon has made clear to his son what the end is for those who fall prey to brazen, ungodly women: death and hell. Solomon now describes her methods.

Solomon points out that this woman does not ponder the path of life. She has no interest in walking the way of obedience in fellowship with God. Not only is heaven at the end of this path, there are life and safety for God’s children all along that way. This woman not only has no desire for the end of the path, she does not care to take one step on that path. She does not want others on the path of life either, so she keeps her victims busy in the pleasures of sin, which never deliver the happiness promised, so they will not ponder the path of life.

There is one path of life, but this woman’s ways are many and they are moveable. Her ways go back and forth so that to walk on those paths is to walk as a drunkard or the blind, tottering and swaying as one goes from one to the other. She can change her behaviour in a hundred different ways to entangle the hearts of her lovers. There seems to be no end to her allurements and the foolish man who desires her company will find he is so busy trying to experience them all that he cannot escape from her.

Such are many of the women of the world. They do have their attractions, even for the sons of God as they did in the days before the flood. The early church was nearly destroyed so God sent the flood to preserve His people. The assault against the church continues. Our sons need godly wisdom to discern the end result of falling into the temptations which they will face. They need God’s grace in this spiritual struggle, for it is a battle for the soul.

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for July 18, 2021 *(Updated)

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, July 18, the twenty-ninth Lord's Day of this year 2021.

Psalms 14 7Today on this new Lord's Day, as members of Christ's body and bride, the church, we gather publicly in worship to bring our praise and thanks to our triune God for all His gifts, especially the gift of salvation full and free through His Son. Through the work of our Lord's Spirit may we give our glorious God the honor due His name. May these words of the psalmist be ours:

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. ...Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. ~ Psalm 14:1-3,7

  • If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC, IA) accepted the call from Crete PRC (IL). From Doon's bulletin today we learn some subsequent details: Rev.& Courtney Engelsma and family plan to move the week of August 2. Rev.Engelsma plans to preach his farewell sermon in the evening service on August 1. Tentative plans are for him to be installed as the pastor of Crete PRC in the morning service on August 15.

  • Also last Sunday Rev. C.Griess (First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) accepted the call to serve as professor in the PRC Seminary, replacing Prof. B. Gritters in the area of Practical Theology and NT Studies. According to First's bulletin today, Rev. Griess plans to give his farewell on August 8.

  • Hudsonville PRC's Council has formed a new trio of Rev. R. Kleyn [Covenant of Grace PRC], Rev. E. Guichelaar [Randolph PRC], and Rev. R. Barnhill [Peace PRC]. The congregational meeting is tonight. *UPDATE: Rev. R. Kleyn received this call.

  • From Kalamazoo PRC's bulletin today: The consistory presents to the congregation a trio of ministers consisting of Rev. Carl Haak, Georgetown PRC; Rev. Matt DeBoer, Edgerton, MN; and Rev. Dennis Lee, formerly of Bethel PRC, Roselle, IL. Lord willing, a special congregational meeting is planned for Sunday, August 1, following the evening service, to vote to extend a call to one of these men.

  • Still Totally Depraved? Come and hear a lecture by Prof. David Engelsma on this very timely topic. Friday, July 30 at 7:30 PM at Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin St. Hudsonville, MI. Sponsored by Trinity PRC. Lecture will not be live streamed or recorded. Plan to attend.
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. M.DeBoer  in Crete PRC (IL);  Prof. D.Kuiper and Prof. B.Gritters in First PRC-Holland; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. M.DeVries in Hudsonville PRC;  Sem. M.Koerner and Rev. C.Griess in Kalamazoo PRC; Prof. B.Gritters and Rev. D.Noorman in Providence PRC. What a privilege and blessing of our church federation it is to be able to help one another in this need!

    May we also remember to pray for all the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot receive pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions).

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

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • PRC Synod 2021: The delegates and advisors met from June 9-17. For the daily reports on synod's work and decisions, visit this page. The printed PRC Acts of Synod 2021 and Yearbook is being worked on and should be available sometime this summer.
  • Synod 2021 instructed the Stated Clerk to include in his letter to the churches a notice of the urgent need for seminary students (Art. 73). The urgency arises from the number of vacant churches, the need for our denomination to fulfill the calling of home missions, the age of some of our older ministers, and the next potential graduate from our seminary is two years away. Let us remember this need for men to proclaim the good news of forgiveness in Jesus Christ in our public and private prayers. Also, consistories should always be ready to encourage any young man in your congregation who has some of the gifts for the ministry
  • Revs. D. Lee and J. Marcus are eligible for calls in the PRC and her sister churches. Let us remember them in prayer as they await new charges.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary is in her summer break. Continue to pray for the seminary in all her needs. The faculty keeps busy with preparation for the next term as well as with other activities, and many of the students return to their summer jobs.
  • Student news: Marcus Wee (entering his senior year) has begun his internship at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI). Graduate and Cand. Josiah Tan and his family returned to Singapore this past week, where his session just made a significant decision (see under Covenant ERC news below). Aaron Van Dyke (Faith PRC) has been granted admission to the seminary and will begin his first year this fall. Matt Koerner (entering his junior year) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches. As of May 30 he has begun preaching in various PRCs, including out west this summer.
  • The seminary, including the library and bookstore, are open daily during the summer months, except for holidays (M-F, 8-5). The staff is present to assist with any needs you may have.
  • In June the PRC Synod extended a call to Rev. C.Griess (pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) to serve as professor in the PRC Seminary, replacing Prof. B. Gritters in the area of Practical Theology and NT Studies. On July 11 he announced his acceptance of that call. We thank the Lord for His leading and pray for Rev. Griess, his wife, and family as they will face this change of labor and life in the months ahead.
  • Coming this Fall! Seminary Conference:  What is preaching?  What does it mean to preach the gospel?  How does one preach the commands of Scripture?  What is application in preaching?  Make plans now to hear four speeches by the seminary professors, under the conference theme "The Lord Gave the Word: Preaching the Gospel."  The conference will be hosted by Trinity PRC, on the late afternoon and evening of October 28 and 29.  More details will follow.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • From Georgetown PRC's bulletin today re her work in Vellore, India: India Update: The Vellore PRC had their first in person service in several months. They met in their regular meeting place - a room on the second floor of a building that they have rented for many years. Some came in person, others joined via live stream. They still plan to build their own church building but, obviously, this is on the back burner during this time of COVID. The GFH continues to get visits from local authorities for various reasons. Each time they come, they are impressed with the love and care shown to these children as well as the very careful record keeping. Kasthuri has trained some of the older children to help with accounting and record keeping.

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • From the "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin today:
      Session met this past Thursday and unanimously voted to nominate Candidate Josiah Tan as the candidate for the extension of the call to be the residential minister of CERC. We rejoice immensely and marvel at how God in His infinite goodness and mercy has provided and equipped our brother for the work of the ministry. Praise the Lord! Two weeks of approbation follows and 9 August will be the date set for the 2nd Extra Congregation Meeting for the congregation to vote to extend the call to Candidate Josiah Tan and to approve the minister’s remuneration package. Our brother will thereafter be given 6 weeks to respond to the call. If our brother takes up the call before Rev Smidstra leaves for USA, an ordination service could take place by 22 August, D.V. Please pray earnestly that the Lord’s will be done.

  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word to the saints in Ballymena.
    • Be sure to check out the latest edition of "Covenant Reformed News" (June 2021). Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles.
    • Limerick Reformed Fellowship: On July 4 the final services were held for the saints there, led by Rev. A. Stewart. Rev. M.McGeown is making final preparations to come to the U.S. the beginning of August, D.V.

  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The last Philippines' Newsletter may be found here.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today, D.V. FYI, live streaming of our worship services will be available on Berean PRC Facebook page. ...The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecijawill join us in our worship services thru live streaming at Facebook live, D. V.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: The elders will lead our worship services today using video recordings of sermons from the PRCA. May God equip and strengthen them for this. Next Sunday Rev. Kleyn is scheduled to preach for us. The live streaming of our services will beavailable on the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page.

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  • As the month of July has begun, the radio speaker has changed to Rev. C.Haak (Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI), whose series on the book of Nehemiah is being featured for the rest of the summer. Today's message is based on Nehemiah 2:11-20 and titled "Come, Let Us Build."
  • Listen to the broadcast on the station near you, on your favorite podcast (Google Music, Spotify, and iTunes), or visit the links provided here to listen to this program. Are you are regular listener? If not, why not start today!
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  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • 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.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet is open and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). The RBO is running their annual Summer Reading Challenge for both kids and adults, from June 22-August 21. Stop by the store to pick up a sheet to fill out and return for a prize! Just a reminder that our hours are now Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

Among the many wonderful virtues of the true, eternal, and living God is that He is exceeding.  We might be inclined to think of the word “exceeding” merely as some ordinary adverb or adjective.  But in Scripture, ‘exceeding’ is a perfection of God.  God exceeds in everything (except sin and unrighteousness, of course).  And although Scripture applies “exceeding” to many different things and activities, it also makes clear that ultimately only God is exceeding.  Whatever or whoever else Scripture may call exceeding is always exceeded by God Himself.  Whereas nothing can or does exceed Him. 
...Although God is exceeding in everything He is and everything He does, Scripture directs our attention to two particulars.  First, God exceeds in grace.  Scripture says the grace of God is exceedingly abundant with faith and love in Christ Jesus.  And we are directed to pray for this exceeding grace of God in us (II Cor. 9:14).  Secondly, God exceeds in might.  The apostle Paul prayed that the church might know the exceeding greatness of God’s power and know what makes this power so exceeding.  And what especially makes it so exceeding is not simply that it is inexhaustible, but that God uses His power for our benefit (Eph. 1:19), it is the only power by which we believe, and God uses it to show us His exceedingly great love and the riches of His kindness toward us through Jesus (Eph. 2:17; 3:19).

Excerpt from Rev. W. Langerak's word study article tited "Exceeding."

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for July 11, 2021

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, July 11, the twenty-eighth Lord's Day of this year 2021.

Psalms 13 5Today, as members of Christ's body and bride, the church, we gather publicly in worship to bring our praise and thanks to our triune God for all His gifts, especially the gift of salvation full and free through His Son. Through the work of our Lord's Spirit may we give our glorious God the honor due His name. May these words of the psalmist be ours:

How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? ...But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. ~ Psalm 13:1,2,5,6

  • If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.
  • Today Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC, IA) accepted the call from Crete PRC (IL). We rejoice with this congregation in God's provision even as we feel Doon's upcoming loss of her pastor. May the Lord provide for all involved in this transition.

  • In June the PRC Synod extended a call to Rev. C.Griess (pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) to serve as professor in the PRC Seminary, replacing Prof. B. Gritters in the area of Practical Theology and NT Studies. Today he announced his acceptance of that call. We thank the Lord for His leading, and pray for Rev. Griess, his wife, and family and for First PRC as they will face this change of labor and life in the months ahead.

  • From Hudsonville PRC's bulletin today: The Council has formed a new trio of Rev. R. Kleyn [Covenant of Grace PRC], Rev. E. Guichelaar [Randolph PRC], and Rev. R. Barnhill [Peace PRC]. A congregational meeting will be held on July 18 after evening service to vote.

  • From Providence PRC bulletin today as they prepare for the coming of their long-awaited new pastor: ...when the McGeowns come, hopefully in early August, we are tentatively planning on a welcoming party at church the day after they arrive.With excitement in our hearts and gratitude to God, we wait on God's will.

  • From Georgetown PRC's bulletin today - a special farewell: After the service this morning we will gather in the Fellowship Hall to express our farewells to Josiah, Hui Qi, Abigail, Caleb, and Jacob Tan. Cake and Coffee will be served with a brief program (words from the Council and prayers for the Tans). The Tans will be returning to Singapore on July 13. Josiah hopes to take up the ministry of the Word in the ERCS. We join to remember the Tans before God’s Throne of Grace as they take up their life and work in the ERCS. See I Samuel 20:42
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. D.Lee in Crete PRC (IL);  Prof. D.Kuiper and Prof. B.Huizinga in First PRC-Holland; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. A.Spriensma in Hudsonville PRC;  Prof. B.Huizinga and Prof. R.Cammenga in Kalamazoo PRC; Prof. B.Gritters and Rev. J.Maatman in Providence PRC. What a privilege and blessing of our church federation it is to be able to help one another in this need!

    May we also remember to pray for all the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot receive pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions).

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

  • Did you know that...
    • Trinity PRC is celebrating her 20th anniversary this week? This is what is reported in her bulletin today: Trinity’s 20th Anniversary Singspiration is THIS Friday, July 16 at 7:30pm. Come join us for a time of singing and fellowship out of thankfulness to God for His past 20 years of blessings to Trinity PRC.
    • With summer in season, it is also time for annual church picnics and campouts?
      Here's a note concerning First PRC's (Edmonton, AB) upcoming picnic: 
      The annual church picnic is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 7th, at 12:00 PM, (alternate date is August 21st) at Sir Wilfred Laurier Park.  Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM.  Hamburgers/hot dogs, sides and drinks will be provided.

      And from Byron Center PRC comes a note about her church campout: This week (7/12-7/17) some of the members will be camping at Dutch Treat Campground (Zeeland). Those of the Congregation who are not camping are invited to join the campers on Thursday. We will have a morning coffee at 10, Pizza Dinner Potluckat 6:30 with bean bag tournament for the adults after dinner along with campfire.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • PRC Synod 2021: The delegates and advisors met from June 9-17. For the daily reports on synod's work and decisions, visit this page. The printed PRC Acts of Synod 2021 and Yearbook is being worked on and should be available sometime this summer.
  • Synod 2021 instructed the Stated Clerk to include in his letter to the churches a notice of the urgent need for seminary students (Art. 73). The urgency arises from the number of vacant churches, the need for our denomination to fulfill the calling of home missions, the age of some of our older ministers, and the next potential graduate from our seminary is two years away. Let us remember this need for men to proclaim the good news of forgiveness in Jesus Christ in our public and private prayers. Also, consistories should always be ready to encourage any young man in your congregation who has some of the gifts for the ministry
  • Revs. D. Lee and J. Marcus are eligible for calls in the PRC and her sister churches. Let us remember them in prayer as they await new charges.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary is now in her summer break. Continue to pray for the seminary in all her needs. The faculty keeps busy with preparation for the next term as well as with other activities, and many of the students return to their summer jobs. Sem. M.Wee (entering his senior year) has started his internship at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI).
  • The seminary, including the library and bookstore, are open daily during the summer months, except for holidays (M-F, 8-5). The staff is present to assist with any needs you may have.
  • In June the PRC Synod extended a call to Rev. C.Griess (pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) to serve as professor in the PRC Seminary, replacing Prof. B. Gritters in the area of Practical Theology and NT Studies. Today he announced his acceptance of that call. We thank the Lord for His leading and pray for Rev. Griess, his wife, and family as they will face this change of labor and life in the months ahead.
  • Need for students! Synod 2021 instructed the Stated Clerk to include in his letter to the churches a notice of the urgent need for seminary students (Art. 73). The urgency arises from the number of vacant churches, the need for our denomination to fulfill the calling of home missions, the age of some of our older ministers, and the next potential graduate from our seminary is two years away. Let us remember this need for men to proclaim the good news of forgiveness in Jesus Christ in our public and private prayers. Also, consistories should always be ready to encourage any young man in your congregation who has some of the gifts for the ministry
  • Coming this Fall! Seminary Conference:  What is preaching?  What does it mean to preach the gospel?  How does one preach the commands of Scripture?  What is application in preaching?  Make plans now to hear four speeches by the seminary professors, under the conference theme "The Lord Gave the Word: Preaching the Gospel."  The conference will be hosted by Trinity PRC, on the late afternoon and evening of October 28 and 29.  More details will follow.
  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) was examined at the PRC Synod (June 8-10) and approved as a candidate for the ministry in his home church, Covenant ERC in Singapore, as well as in the PRC. We rejoice with the brother and his wife in God's goodness and pray that he will soon find a place to serve in Christ's church. He and his family plan to leave the U.S. for Singapore this Tuesday, July 13.
  • Sem. Matt Koerner (entering his junior year) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches. As of May 30 he has begun preaching in various PRCs, including out west this summer.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • From Georgetown PRC's bulletin today re her work in Vellore, India: India Update: The translation into Tamil of Rev. Bruinsma’s Studies in Biblical doctrine continues. This translation, along with the translation of the 3 Forms of Unity, provide great help to Pastor Raj in his teaching men for church offices. Pastor Raj continues to each Sabbath via the internet due to covid restrictions on gathers in India. The health department has come to the GFH for covid tests on all living on Eden campus. The GFH continues to receive good reviews from the Gov’t for their care of the children. Pray for the Lord’s blessing on our fellow saints of the PRCV.

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • From the "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin today:
      Session will be looking at how to conduct the Lord’s Supper in the midst of the current limitation due to the COVID-19 restrictions and the calling of our own minister and his ordination, the Lord willing. Let us pray for God’s grace and mercy and His guidance in these matters of the church. May his will be done for CERC.
      Candidate Josiah Tan and his family will be returning to Singapore on 15th Jul 2021. His entire family has to serve the SHN [quarantine] before they can physically meet up with any of us.  ...Let us remember them in our prayers as they find a place to serve in the church and be reunited with the congregation again.


  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word to the saints in Ballymena.
    • The May and June 2021 issues of the "Covenant Reformed News" were recently published. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles.
    • Limerick Reformed Fellowship: Last Sunday the final services were held for the saints there, led by Rev. A. Stewart. Rev. M.McGeown is makeing final preparations to come to the U.S. the beginning of August, D.V.

  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The last Philippines' Newsletter may be found here.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today, D.V. FYI, live streaming of our worship services will be available on Berean PRC Facebook page. ...The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecijawill join us in our worship services thru live streaming at Facebook live, D. V.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: We warmly welcome everyone to Provident PRC today.We also welcome Rev. Smit and his family as Rev. Smit preaches for us today. May the Lord comfort and bless us spiritually by means of the proclamation of His Gospel as applied by His Spirit. The live streaming of our services is available on the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page.

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  • As the month of July has begun, the radio speaker has changed to Rev. C.Haak (Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI), whose series on the book of Nehemiah is will be featured for the rest of the summer. Today's message is based on Nehemiah 2:1-10 and titled "So I Prayed and Said."
  • Listen to the broadcast on the station near you, on your favorite podcast (Google Music, Spotify, and iTunes), or visit the links provided here to listen to this program. Are you are regular listener? If not, why not start today!
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Commitee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • 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.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet is open and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). The RBO is running their annual Summer Reading Challenge for both kids and adults, from June 22-August 21. Stop by the store to pick up a sheet to fill out and return for a prize! Just a reminder that our hours are now Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1.

The Threat of Hyper-Calvinism

This Week's Thoughts for Contemplation

When hyper-Calvinism has developed somewhat, there is a failure, even a refusal, to preach the admonitions and exhortations of the scriptures to the saints on the ground that good gospel preachers should not tell God’s people what to do. At the very least, the admonitions and exhortations are not proclaimed with the sharpness, urgency, boldness, and freedom that obtain in the scriptures. From this stage, it is but a little way to the disorder and license of open antinomianism: “Let us sin that grace may abound.”

How such a notion can be mistaken for orthodoxy is a mystery. How it can be mistaken for Reformed orthodoxy is a still greater mystery. The scriptures abound with exhortations and warnings to God’s people. Calvin, theologian of holiness that he was, is full of them. The Canons of Dordt expressly warn the Reformed pastor not to interpret sovereign grace as rendering admonitions and discipline unnecessary.

Excerpt from Prof. D.Engelsma's book Hyper-Calvinism and the Call of the Gospel found on the RFPA blog this past week. The book is 50% off the entire month of July.

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for July 4, 2021

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, July 4, the twenty-seventh Lord's Day of this year 2021.

Psa 12 5Today, as members of Christ's body, we gather in worship to bring our praise and thanks to our triune God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for all His gifts, especially the gift of salvation full and free through His Son. Through the work of our Lord's Spirit may we give our glorious God the honor due His name. May these words of the psalmist be ours:

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. ...For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. ~ Psalm 12:1,5-7

  • If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

  • Last Sunday Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC) declined the call to Kalamazoo PRC.

  • Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC, IA) is considering the call from Crete PRC (IL - received June 13). He plans to answer by July 11.

  • The PRC Synod extended a call to Rev. C.Griess (pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) to serve as professor in the PRC Seminary, replacing Prof. B. Gritters in the area of Practical Theology and NT Studies. He plans to answer by July 11.
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. D.Lee in Crete PRC (IL);  Prof. D.Kuiper and Prof. B.Huizinga in First PRC-Holland; Sem. M.Koerner and Cand. J.Tan in Hudsonville PRC;  Prof. B.Huizinga and Rev. N.Decker in Kalamazoo PRC; Rev. J.Slopsema and Rev. B.Langerak in Providence PRC. What a privilege and blessing of our church federation it is to be able to help one another in this need!

    May we also remember to pray for all the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot receive pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions).

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

  • Did you know that...
    • First PRC of Holland is having a special congregational meeting this week Thursday (July 8) to consider a church expansion proposal from her Long Range Planning Committee? That is a good sign of growth in that congregation!
    • At least two of our West Michigan congregations choose and install their officebearers in the middle of the summer? Byron Center and Unity PRCs both installed new officebearers today. And, don't forget our sister in Singapore! (See note below) Are we remembering to pray for our elders and deacons along with our pastors and missionaries?

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • PRC Synod 2021: The delegates and advisors met from June 9-17. For the daily reports on synod's work and decisions, visit this page. The printed PRC Acts of Synod 2021 and Yearbook is being worked on and should be available sometime this summer.
  • Revs. D. Lee and J. Marcus are eligible for calls in the PRC and her sister churches. Let us remember them in prayer as they await new charges.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary is now in her spring/summer break. Continue to pray for the seminary in all her needs. The faculty keeps busy with preparation for the next term as well as with other activities, and many of the students return to their summer jobs. The staff is present to assist with any needs you may have. The seminary, including the library and bookstore, will be open daily during the summer months, except for holidays (M-F, 8-5).
  • The PRC Synod extended a call to Rev. C.Griess (pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) to serve as professor in the PRC Seminary, replacing Prof. B. Gritters in the area of Practical Theology and NT Studies. He plans to answer by July 11.
  • Coming this Fall! Seminary Conference:  What is preaching?  What does it mean to preach the gospel?  How does one preach the commands of Scripture?  What is application in preaching?  Make plans now to hear four speeches by the seminary professors, under the conference theme "The Lord Gave the Word: Preaching the Gospel."  The conference will be hosted by Trinity PRC, on the late afternoon and evening of October 28 and 29.  More details will follow.
  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) was examined at the PRC Synod (June 8-10) and approved as a candidate for the ministry in his home church, Covenant ERC in Singapore, as well as in the PRC. We rejoice with the brother and his wife in God's goodness and pray that he will soon find a place to serve in Christ's church. He plans to leave the U.S. on July 12.
  • The internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee (Covenant ERC, Singapore) started this past week and will run through the end of the year (July - December). He has been assigned to Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) with Rev. C. Spronk serving as his mentor. 
  • Sem. Matt Koerner (entering his junior year) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches. As of May 30 he has begun preaching in various PRCs, including out west this summer.
  • Work continues on the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • From the "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin today: We can be thankful to our faithful Covenant God, who once again has provided newly-elected office-bearers, both Elders and Deacon to serve Him for another term. [to be installed July 25] Also, we ought not to forget those who have served Him for several terms in the office. We thank the Lord for you, Brothers. 
    • The April 2021 issue of Salt Shakers is the latest one available. Visit the link to read the edifying articles. Especially are young people are encouraged to do so!

  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word to the saints in Ballymena. Today he is leading the final services of the Reformed Fellowship in Limerick, Ireland, while Rev. M.McGeown brings the Word in CPRC.
    • The May and June 2021 issues of the "Covenant Reformed News" were recently published. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles.
    • Limerick Reformed Fellowship: last Sunday was Rev. McGeown’s last Sunday preaching for the Limerick Reformed Fellowship. Rev. McGeown preached his first sermon in Limerick on 25 July 2010 on Romans 1:16 (“Not Ashamed of the Gospel”) and preached his final sermon in Limerick on the same text. Rev. and Larisa would like to thank the saints of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, including those who have already moved to Northern Ireland to join the CPRC in Ballymena, for their friendship, support, and fellowship in the Lord over many years. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:3-6).
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The latest Philippines' Newsletter may be found here.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. R.Smit led the services today. ...live streaming of our worship services will be available on Berean PRC Facebook page. Rev. Ibe and elder Penaverde are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecijaon Saturday (July 3-4, 2021).Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service and Bible study on the book of Ephesians 2:1-10, D.V.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: The elders will lead our worship services today using video sermons from the PRCA. May the Lord bless and strengthen them as they do so. ...The Lord willing, Rev. Kleyn will preach and teach today in the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, an outreach work of our congregation.Today he is up to Lord’s Day 17 of the Heidelberg Catechism, and also Articles 22-23 of Church Order.

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  • As the month of July begins, the speaker changes to Rev. C.Haak (Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI), whose series on the book of Nehemiah is will be featured for the rest of the summer. Today's message is based on Nehemiah 1 and titled "When I heard, I Wept and Prayed."
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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 Commitee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Are you a Beacon Lights subscriber and reader? Designed for PRC young people, the magazine is also profitable for children and adults. Visit the BL website for more information, and to read past issues. And, don't forget about their summer writing contest!

  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • 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.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet is open and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). The RBO is running their annual Summer Reading Challenge for both kids and adults, from June 22-August 21. Stop by the store to pick up a sheet to fill out and return for a prize! Just a reminder that our hours are now Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1.

The Threat of Hyper-Calvinism

This Week's Thoughts for Contemplation

Another betrayal of the spirit of hyper-Calvinism is embarrassment and hesitation, that is, fear, over giving the call “Repent! Believe!” and over declaring the promise “Whosoever believes shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” This language is not suspect. It is not the language of Arminian free-willism. It is pure, sound, biblical language. It is as much a part of the Reformed heritage as is the statement of divine, double predestination. We must take care that we do not concede precious elements of the gospel to the Arminians. Because they have seized on certain elements of the scriptures, have wrenched them out of their proper setting, force them into the service of their false gospel, and thus wrest them to their own destruction, we may not abandon those elements. Rather, we must continue to honor them as part of God’s revelation and must continue to give them their necessary place in the proclamation of the word. There is no Arminian text in the scriptures nor one Arminian word. No more than we renounce love because the liberals abuse it do we downgrade the external call of the gospel and slight the promiscuous publication of the promise because heretics construct a message of salvation by the will of man from a perversion of them.

If the fruit of the preaching of the gospel is that men, pricked in their hearts, cry out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” or that a Philippian jailor says, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” it is not in place, it is not typically Reformed, to launch into a fierce polemic against free will or to give a nervous admonition against supposing that one can do anything toward his own salvation. The answer to such questions, the Reformed answer, is “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” and “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 2:38; 16:31).

Excerpt from Prof. D.Engelsma's book Hyper-Calvinism and the Call of the Gospel found on the RFPA blog this past week. The book is 50% off the entire month of July.

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Reformed Witness Hour News - June/July 2021

News from the
Reformed Witness Hour for June 2021
 

July Message Series



For July we will revisit a 2006 series on Nehemiah by Rev. Carl Haak. Rev. Haak is the pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI.
July 4
When I Heard, I Wept and Prayed
Nehemiah 1

July 11
So I prayed and Said...
Nehemiah 2:1-10

July 18
Come Let Us Build
Nehemiah 2:11-20

July 25
The People Had a Mind to Build
Nehemiah 3
 
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The most frequently downloaded message so far this year is The Praiseworthy Woman by Rev. R. Kleyn.
 

From the message: God gives us here a template or portrait of a believing woman. God made the woman in the beginning. And here you have God’s goal and God’s purpose for the woman. This is the kind of woman that God delights in. This is the kind of woman that God makes by the work of His Holy Spirit. And every woman who is a Christian should seek to emulate and follow the woman described here.

But this is also written for others. It is written for husbands and for children. They ought to thank God for the godly wives and mothers that He gives to them. This is written for believing parents who are raising daughters to be godly women. This is written for young people who are dating and who are looking for a future spouse.

In verse 10 we read: “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” This implies, first, that believing young men need to look for a wife. And, second, that the kind of wife they should be looking for is going to be very rare and hard to find. Who can find one like this? Her price is far above rubies. She is rare! In Proverbs 19:14: “a prudent wife is from the Lord.” So this is something that must be done with all seriousness, with great care, and with much prayer.

What is it that makes the woman described in this chapter so special, so worthy of praise? 

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