Vol 76 Issue 19

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Denomination Activities In June our churches celebrated their 75th anniversary as a denomination with a week-long celebration at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. For five days members of various of our churches in North America, as well as sister churches and friends from various mission fields, were able to enjoy each other’s company, and fellowship centered in God’s Word. Neither my managing editor, Don Doezema, nor space, allow me to give a detailed review of that week (that appears elsewhere in this issue); but having spent...

Book Reviews

For Thy Truth’s Sake, Herman C. Hanko, Grandville, MI: RFPA, 2000. 541 pages. $39.95 (hard-cover). [Reviewed by Rev. Charles Terpstra.] With a great deal of excitement we heartily welcome and recommend to our readers a beautiful new volume, For Thy Truth’s Sake, published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association. Written by Prof. Herman Hanko, the resident historian from the Protestant Reformed Seminary, this book was commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRC) in this year of our Lord 2000. The book records and celebrates the mighty work of Jehovah God in giving, preserving, developing,...

The 75th Anniversary Celebration of the PRC

Mrs. Lubbers is a wife and mother in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Having been blessed by attending both the previous anniversary celebrations of the PR Churches, in 1950 and 1975, my husband and I anticipated the commemoration of its 75-year existence with a week-long celebration in tandem with the 61st anniversary of the PRYPC. The threefold cord of love, loyalty, and nostalgia for our churches provided a nearly irresistible tug towards the greater Grand Rapids environs during the week of June 19-23. Many families made an effort to attend. Some traveled long distances. Some camped their...

Letter of Greeting from the British Reformed Fellowship

To the officers and people of the PRC in America Greetings to you, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, from the Chairman, committee, and membership of the British Reformed Fellowship, on the occasion of your 75th anniversary as a denomination. To the One God in the Blessed Trinity of His Sacred Persons be all the glory. Dear friends in the gospel, remembering your self-sacrificing labours of love for Christ especially amongst us of the British Isles, it seems most appropriate to us that we should return to you our heartfelt thanks for all the encouragement, effort, and help...

A Sure Light for the Future

Rev. Haak is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Itasca, Illinois. Brothers and sisters of the Protestant Reformed denomination, friends, and young people: We are what we are by the grace of God alone. For seventy-five years God has preserved us in His truth, not because of anything we are or have done, but “for my holy name’s sake” (Ezek. 36:22), and because “the Lord loved you and would keep his oath to you” (Deut. 7:8). Tonight we seek to be renewed in our commitment and conviction in the only thing that counts, namely, God’s truth as expressed in...

Living Out of Our Heritage: A Present Necessity (or, “Come to the Kingdom for Such a Time as This”)

The Lord God Himself is the heritage—the rich, precious inheritance—of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC). So we confess in the theme-text of our celebration, Psalm 16:5, 6: “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance.” The form in which He has given Himself to us is the crucified and risen Jesus Christ as revealed in Holy Scripture, that is, the truth. Since the truth is faithfully set forth in the ecumenical and Reformed confessions, the Lord God is our heritage in the Reformed faith, or doctrine. In addition, since the distinctive teachings of the PRC are either faithful expressions or genuine...

A Beautiful Heritage

Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. The message that we bring tonight is not one of information but of celebration. We come together to celebrate what God has done for us as Protestant Reformed Churches these past seventy-five years. Since this is God’s work, we must turn to Him and learn from Him how we can celebrate together tonight. This we do by turning to Psalm 16:5, 6: “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly...

Our Heritage of Bones and Stones

Mr. Kalsbeek is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Chruch, Grand Rapids. (Do) you acknowledge the doctrine which is contained in the Old and New Testament, and in the articles of the Christian faith, and which is taught here in this Christian church to be the true and perfect (complete) doctrine of salvation?In 1927 a 38-year-old Byron Center muck farmer and his 39-year-old wife could not answer yes to that question when it was time to have their infant daughter baptized in the Christian Reformed Church. The Lord used this stand for the truth by my grandparents to bring my...

Remembering Our Celebration

The report in the Grand Rapids Press of the Protestant Reformed Churches’ celebration of their 75th anniversary began like this: They don’t sing flashy songs during their services and they pride themselves on being traditional and orderly. But that doesn’t mean members of the Protestant Reformed Church don’t know how to celebrate. Solomon would have said, “They laughed, and they danced.” The theme of the four-night, three-day celebration was “Living Out of Our Heritage,” based on Psalm 16:5, 6. Between 2,000 and 2,500 people thronged the auditorium for the evening meetings. We sang (mostly the Psalms), heard the Word, enjoyed some...

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