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Rev. C. Hanko, of Redlands, has declined the call from Holland, Mich. and this decision was announced at the New Year’s eve service. 

Rev. M. Schipper, of Southwest Church has received the call from Hull, Iowa. 

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Jamaican News: The question might be raised concerning the results of the Correspondence Course which the Ministers in the Island are taking, and whether the new preaching of the Word is not now way over the heads of the people of their congregations. Here are some excerpts from letters to answer those questions. 

“Rev. Elliott told me to write you telling how I am enjoying the course of the Reformed Faith. Well, Rev. Heys, I can’t express to you how I love the course. Oh, there are more interested. They give me more zeal, more courage to hold to my God. I am ever praying to my Covenant God to help me day by day in the Reformed Faith…..” Another member writes, “. . ..I thank you very much for the lessons you are sending to Pastor Frame. I don’t have time to study the course, but my children are trying. I thank you for the Five Points of Calvinism. It gives me another grip. This directs me more. I will hold these points by the help of God until my days are ended….” No, this glorious truth is not going over their heads, it is penetrating their hearts. Their many letters mention their desire to have their instructor come back to them soon to preach to them and teach them face to face. Yes, our truth and our churches have made an impact upon these sincere people. It reminds one of “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” They now see un-dreamed-of riches in the Word of God. May God continue to provide us this opportunity to open up to them the treasures in God’s Word. 

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The Senior Young People’s Society of First Church invited all the young people of the area churches to a Christmas celebration in their church Sunday afternoon. Normally the societies recess during the holidays but the host society provided the opportunity to remember the birth of Christ with the singing of carols and by the spoken word. Prof. H. C. Hoeksema spoke to the young people on the evil inherent in the world’s celebration of Christmas and the danger of conforming; and pointed the way to true remembrance of the Advent of The Immanuel. Chas. Westra, of the Southeast Society, led the singing, and a trombone duet by Jim Decker and Gary Bylsma was enjoyed during refreshment time after the program. 

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Lynden’s pastor, Rev. Woudenberg, writes that he would be happy to send copies of his “Studies in Biblical Doctrine” to any who request them. Evidently they are being used in Marshalltown, Iowa, for a letter from that city says, “Thank you for the study sheets. I think these would be good for prayer meeting lessons. Our minister and three lay leaders each take a lesson a month, and I would like the other two lay leaders to have a study sheet sent out to them.” Some questions at the bottom of lesson #39 were; “Why was Jesus thankful that the “wise and prudent” did not receive the Gospel? What does it mean to “see and not perceive..(to) hear and not understand?” What is a “savor of death unto death?” Without having studied this lesson with his group can you answer these questions? 

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Are you within driving distance of Grand Rapids? Then you will want to come to First Church to attend a lecture to be given on January 26 by Prof. H. Hanko. This is the first of a series treating The Five Points of Calvinism. This first lecture is, of course, on “Total Depravity,” surely a timely topic in these days of apostasy wherein the basic tenets of the truth of God’s Word are being ignored or denied entirely. The committee for the series of lectures is asking all our people to publicize this program as much as possible that we may share this speech with as many as possible. Relatives, neighbors and friends rate a personal invitation from you; will you extend it to them? 

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Doon’s consistory sponsored a public lecture which was held Dec. 19 in the Christian Reformed Church of that town. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on “Creation vs. Evolution.” This announced topic aroused enough interest in the community and surrounding districts to fill the auditorium. Parents of high school and college age children are especially concerned with this subject because of what their children are being taught in their schools. And well they might be! For if it is scientifically impossible for the world and its inhabitants to have been created in six days, then the Virgin Birth is also scientifically impossible, and we have no Immanuel (God with us), and we are yet in our sins! 

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Other Christmas programs in the news: Redlands’ young people sponsored a hymn sing Dec. 11; their Sunday School program was scheduled for Wednesday evening Dec. 21. Hudsonville’s Senior and Junior Choirs rendered a public program after the evening service Christmas Day. 

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Notices of appreciation constantly appear in our bulletins. One recently found in Holland’s was for the gift of a tape recorder from the Men’s Society; and one in Kalamazoo’s thanked two of their members for a canopy and a handrail at the entrance of their church, and for a new church sign. 

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A “quiet thought” found in Southeast’s bulletin: “There are 365 ‘fear nots’ in the Bible; one for each day of this year.” 

. . . ..see you in church 

J.M.F.