Vol 81 Issue 18

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities   For the second consecutive year the Wingham PRC and southwest Ontario were privileged to host the Trinity Men Singers from Trinity PRC of Hudsonville, MI, with wives and a few extras, for a concert of sacred music on Friday, May 6, at nearby Westfield Church. The church was nearly filled, with a good number of visitors attending from the area. Refreshments and fellowship were enjoyed by all following the concert. The next morning a Pancake Breakfast at the Wingham PRC was provided for the...

Report of Classis East

May 11, 2005 Trinity Protestant Reformed Church Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at the Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, Michigan. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. J. Slopsema was the chair for this session. The business of classis was routine; but, as the chairman reminded the delegates, routine does not mean that the items were not important. Classical appointments were given to Covenant, Holland, and Hudsonville. Classis West requested pulpit supply for Edmonton for two Sundays in August, which classis readily agreed to. In matters of finance, Covenant PRC requested adjustments of their...

Giving to Foreign Mission Fields

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. The purpose of this article is to make our Protestant Reformed Churches and members aware of a concern that both the Foreign Mission Committee and the calling churches for the foreign mission fields have. The matter of concern is the giving of financial gifts to those who are the objects of our mission work. Specifically we are concerned about money that is given directly, and without the knowledge of the calling church or mission committee, to those among whom we labor. We are convinced that such giving is...

Equipping Our People for Personal Evangelism (3)

Rev. Mahtani was the eastern home missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches who has recently taken the call to Bethel PRC. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2005, p. 344. Godly Christian hospitality, a healthy covenant family life, broader study, and fervent prayer I would like yet to suggest several practical and concrete ways by which we can help equip our people in personal evangelism. The first is the exercise of godly Christian hospitality. The word translated “hospitality” in the Greek Scriptures literally means “the love of strangers.” God’s people are commanded to exercise hospitality! This was done in...

All Around Us

Rev. Rodney Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. What’s happening with Euthanasia in the Mother Land? From Lifesitenews.com, under the title “Dutch Euthanasia Doctors May Now Kill Healthy Adults,” we learn the following. The Royal Dutch Medical Association has concluded, after a three-year investigation, that Dutch doctors ought to be able to kill patients who are not ill but who are judged to be “suffering through living.” The decision contradicts the Dutch Supreme Court that ruled in 2002 that patients may only request euthanasia if they have a “classifiable physical or mental condition,” and not...

The Power and Goverment of the Church (2): The Keys Given by Christ Only to His Bride, Not the State

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2005, p. 351. In this series of articles we are considering some of the principles of Reformed church government. The first article was on the principle that Christ has chosen and qualified certain individuals to represent Him as special officebearers in the church. A second principle of Reformed church government has often been referred to as the autonomy of the instituted church. In this article we begin to consider what is meant by this truth. By autonomy is meant self-governing. When we say that...

PRC Synod Report: Byron Center, 2005

On Tuesday evening, June 21, 2005, the synod of the PRC adjourned, after having worked carefully and hard for seven days. The ten delegates from each classis joined Byron Center congregation in prayer and worship on Monday evening, where Rev. Kenneth Koole preached a fine sermon on John the Baptist’s declaration, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Each day, the delegates joined in prayer and worship before the Lord, seeking His wisdom and blessing for the work they recognize as His. Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma capably led the synod’s sessions as president, assisted by the vice-president, Rev. Ronald VanOverloop. The...

He Must Increase—John’s Self-effacing Confession

Rev. Koole is pastor of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. The Meditation is the text of the presynodical sermon preached by Rev. Koole on June 13, 2005. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:29, 30 This declaration and confession of John the Baptist confronts each of us with a most significant question—what do you live for? For what do you live as a professing...

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