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Rev. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We concluded in the previous article that God chastised His people through the heathen whom Israel had failed to exterminate as commanded by God. As soon as they were thus disciplined, Israel repented and returned unto Jehovah. We should observe that this took place repeatedly, and that it is for this reason that we speak of the cycle of the judges. Prior to the appearance of each of the judges there was a time of prosperity in which Israel had peace and all went well. This changed as...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. Obviously, this is a big subject and needs refinement. We have been asked to focus on this part of the world because of our ministry in Singapore. The Evangelical Reformed Churches, among whom we labor as minister on loan, rejoice in that they also have contacts in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and Myanmar: We will focus on Singapore for this series and begin in part one to consider a general picture of the society and culture, and then say a few words about its religious makeup. In part two we will consider...

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Rev. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. (The following is a condensed form of the Fall lecture given by Rev. Kortering in Grandville, Michigan on October 27, 1988. Intentions are that it be published also in pamphlet form in the future.) What the skeleton is to the human body, so proper government is to the church of Jesus Christ on earth. The bones form a framework of strength which enables the organs to remain in place and muscles to function. Without a skeleton, the body collapses into globs of tissue and pulsating organs. Nothing functions....

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. The subject of demon possession is super-charged with both controversy and emotion. It can easily get out of hand. Our purpose is to write soberly and carefully so that we can reflect upon this aspect of missions as well. Prior to coming to Singapore, I pretty much accepted the idea that demon possession was part of the phenomena which marked the apostolic age. I felt very comfortable placing it in the same category as miracles, speaking in tongues, and such like. My understanding was that during this particular age Jesus and...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. Well do I recall walking the streets of Grandville, discussing with Pastor Mahtani the potential for outreach by the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Singapore. That was back in 1990, at the time of the Sister Church Conference, a time when Singapore seemed so remote. Both Pastor Mahtani and Pastor Lau presented to the conference the real possibility of the ERCS becoming the Antioch of Southeast Asia in the cause of the Reformed faith. God used the presence of these brothers to move the PRC Synod to heed their request for a...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. We focus in this article on the work that the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Singapore are doing in India. This has become Part 2, since India has been “upstaged” by the work in Myanmar. Chronologically, the work in India precedes the more recent work in Myanmar. It is not that the churches in Singapore lack interest in the India work, it is that the opportunities for work in Myanmar seem more pressing. This is due to our contact with students from Myanmar in Singapore and the readiness for the churches there...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. Christmas is a time for good news. The Christian gospel is the good news about the birth of Jesus. We are thankful to God for each one of you here tonight. We want to tell you about the “good tidings of great joy.” The story of Jesus is not an interesting legend that has been handed down for many centuries. There are many such stories in our Chinese tradition. We think of Kuan Yin, or the Goddess of Mercy, the Monkey King, or the Monk Tang Cheng, and the Pig Man....

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. The Standard Bearer staff invited me to contribute three more articles. Rather than busy ourselves, in these articles, with happenings here in Southeast Asia, which we try to cover in our regular newsletters, I will venture into the important subject of zeal for missions. The spirit of this article is not careless and sweeping criticism of our churches’ attitude toward missions, but rather a somewhat careful examination of where we stand in this important subject of true enthusiasm for missions. I would like to follow up this article with another two,...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. When we first arrived in Singapore, it became evident to me rather quickly that I could not just open my file of sermons which were preached over the past thirty some years and use them here. Interestingly, I find the same thing now in reverse: when we visit in the States on holiday, it is not easy to use sermons written for Singapore to preach there. Though for the most part things are the same, it is in the application of the message that things are quite different. I well recall...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. Subsequent to writing our first article on this subject, I read an interesting reference to demon possession in the book, Practical Theology and the Ministry of the Church, published in 1990 and edited by Harvie Corm. Dr. Roger Greenway has a chapter entitled, “Evangelism.” In preparation for writing this chapter he sent questions to twenty-five leaders in evangelism within the Reformed and Presbyterian community. One of the questions was, How would you compare your thinking today about evangelism with your thinking on the subject thirty or so years ago? From his...

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