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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee.   Northern Ireland   This most recent newsletter to the churches, Rev. Stewart took note of the fact that membership in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Fellowship (CPRF) in Northern Ireland is higher now than it has been at any other time during his ministry there—including, he said, during the time before the CPRC disbanded. Membership stands now at eight families and six individuals—with a good number of regular visitors who are prospective members. As gratifying as those numbers may be, we are pleased to report that numerical growth is not the...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Lord becomes manifest as the Lord of the fish. That’s what happens in missions. That’s what happens in our mission work. Not our efforts, not our funds, not our policies bring one fish into the net. Only the “Lord of the fish” does that. The command, the execution, the fruit—all are of Him. We thank the Lord, therefore, at the very beginning of another article on missions in our churches, that He becomes manifest in a positive way as the Lord of the fish in...

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Mr. Doezema, an elder in Southwest PRC, is the secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. “… the purpose [of missions] is to bring to manifestation the body of Christ by bringing into existence the instituted church.” Those were the words of Herman Hoeksema. The year was 1932. The Protestant Reformed Churches, then in their infancy, were wrestling with the vexing question of how to do home missions—that is, how to do home missions as a denomination of churches. The classis (there was but one classis in the ’30s, hence no synod, till 1940) was deeply conscious of its responsibility to...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee and of First Church’s Jamaica Mission Committee. Included, often, on the Sunday bulletins of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Ballymena, Northern Ireland is a little section entitled “Encouraging Quotes.” The “Quotes” come from letters of recipients of the literature and/or tapes distributed by the CPRF as part of their faithful witness to the truth. Not long ago one of those bulletins carried the response of a Northern Ireland reader of a publication of the CPRF. It read like this: This is a note to express my gratitude for your mailing...

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Mr. Doezema is editor of the Sunday School paper used in the PRC. We include one of the Bible stories here, so that a part of this Christmas issue of the SB can be used with or by children. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 For many hundreds of years the children of Abraham, the Jews, were looking for the Christ to come out of the line of David. David had been a great and...

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Rev. R. Harbach, pastor of our Kalamazoo Church, traveled to Hudsonville on Nov. 7 to speak at the League Meeting of the Grand Rapids area Prot. Ref. Churches. Under the theme “True Worship Defended,” he spoke particularly about those who claim to be “reforming” the liturgy by making it more relevant to the needs of today’s church-goers. They rebel against the sacraments (at least, the way we celebrate them), and against the pulpit (they want equal involvement), and even against the pews (they want to sit on the floor).

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Let’s start with a couple of requested announcements. First of all, a bit of news concerning our radio broadcast. “The Program Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour informs us that Rev. John A. Heys will be the speaker on the radio broadcasts beginning the first Sunday of the New Year. Rev. Heys has prepared a very timely and interesting series of messages which should prove of interest to all of the listening audience.

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Mr. Doezema is an elder in Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan and secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Each year the Domestic Mission Committee submits to synod a report of its activities, and at about the same time writes also a news article on domestic missions for readers of the Standard Bearer. As it seemed to us, the nature of the report for synod this year was such that it could well serve both purposes. What follows, therefore, has been excerpted from that report, for the benefit of a wider readership. Eastern Home Missions Perhaps the highlight of 2007 for the...

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It’s pretty evident, from a quick look over all the bulletins, that we have several vacant churches in our denomination. All our churches are, sooner or later, affected by classical appointments. Rev. C. Hanko had quite a distance to travel for his two week appointment in Hull! Our seminary (students, that is) is certainly made aware of the minister shortage. They’re getting some valuable experience rather early in their training. As we mentioned before, first-year Seminarians Wayne Bekkering and Marvin Kamps have already occupied pulpits.

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We have, to begin with, a news item that’s considerably later than usual. Through an oversight, we passed by Oct. 31, which was a date of considerable importance to the congregation of South Holland. That was the date of the installation of their new pastor, Rev. R. Decker. Rev. Kuiper was on hand to read the form, and Prof. Hoeksema preached the sermon. Rev. Decker preached his inaugural sermon the following Sunday, Nov. 2.

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