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Rev. VanBaren. PRCA.org. RBO. P.R. Special Ed. Not many today, I think, could put those four enti­ties together in one short sentence. But it can be done. In fact, the Covenant Reformed News could well be added to the mix. Protestant Reformed Special Ed plays an important part in the work of many of our Protestant Reformed schools. Who today remembers, or even ever knew, that it was Rev. Gise J. VanBaren whose initiative led to the formation and development of the Special Education So­ciety. Four girls at Hudsonville, way back when Rev. VanBaren was pastor there, needed special catechism...

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To die is gain. Phil. 1:21b Funeral services for our deceased brother, the Rev. Wm. Verhil, were held in Grand Rapids in the Fuller Ave. Church, on April 7th. From the West, where also services had been held on April 5, there were present two delegates from the consistory of the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minn., and the four pastors of our churches in Sioux and Lyon Counties, the Revs. A. Cammenga, J. Blankespoor, M. Gritter, and P. Vis, who also served as pallbearers. April 7, was the day for the meeting of Classis East of our churches, and...

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My friendship with Rev. Bekkering goes back to the mid-1960s when we worked together at a local grocery store. Interestingly, that is also where we both met our spouses. Rev. Bekkering and I attended Calvin College together, as well as the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Then we served together in the ministry of our churches for nearly four decades. Rev. Bekkering served churches in Randolph, WI; Houston, TX; Jenison, MI (Faith); Pella, IA, and finally as missionary in Ghana, Africa. For the most part our contact with each other was limited to our work on the broader ecclesiastical assemblies. For a...

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*The contents of this article are derived from a number of sources, including personal interviews with Rev. Breen and his wife Pauline during our many visits, the family, and especially his grandson, attorney Mr. Ben Veldkamp, to whom I am indebted.   Although the year 1919 began with the nation mourning the death of Teddy Roosevelt, optimism seemed to abound. The flu pandemic that snuffed out some 30 million lives, was beginning to fade. World War I, the four-year quagmire that swallowed up another 18 million souls, had just ended (and with it the furor in West Michigan over a...

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Our thanks to Rev. Langerak for writing this memorial. The editors apologize for it coming a year late. Late Sunday evening, September 21, 2014, the Lord took Rev. Dale Kuiper to live with Him in Paradise. That he lives where there is no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain was comforting for family and friends, especially because for several years prior, Rev. Kuiper suffered the debilitating effects of a stroke. It was difficult to see this man who enjoyed being outdoors, confined to a wheelchair; one who loved visiting others, needing company himself; and one whose work depended upon a...

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Early this morning, March 24, I received a telegram from my friend, Arnold Schildre at The Hague, informing me that his brother Klaas, the well-known Dr. K. Schilder had on the previous day, Sunday, March 23, passed into his eternal rest. I was deeply shocked. For although I certainly did not agree with him in regard to the question of the covenant and the promise, I nevertheless esteemed him for his work’s sake, esteemed him, too, as a highly gifted scholar, and, above all, as a brother in Christ. And now Dr. Schilder is no more. It would seem to...

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I first came to know Lau Chin Kwee in Singapore when I was called there to be a missionary to the Gospel Literature and Tract Society (GLTS). The GLTS was a vibrant group of mostly Chinese new Christians. Chin Kwee was already at that time a leader of the GLTS. He was instructing the group in the Heidelberg Catechism. Many of the members of GLTS were brilliant college and university students. God used the young brother Chin Kwee, at the time a school teacher, in very exciting days, to work towards the establishing of a new Reformed church in Singa­pore....

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On Saturday evening, December 14, 1996, the earthly pilgrimage of our beloved Rev. Harbach ended, when the Lord took him from a nursing home to his eternal home and eternal reward. Soft spoken, unassuming, never one to seek, or even to want, a place of prominence among men. But, in the kingdom, a “giant warrior of the faith.” In referring to him thus in his funeral message, Rev. Spriensma was speaking for all those who were privileged to sit under Rev. Harbach’s preaching, either in an established church or on a mission field. One needed not to listen long to...

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. In the early darkness of Monday, February 16, 1998, the Lord took a faithful servant to his eternal reward. Rev. Heys died peacefully after an 11-month stay in Hudsonville Christian Nursing Home where he was living because of complications from a stroke and pneumonia. Rev. Heys would have turned 88 on March 16. By God’s grace, Rev. Heys labored so that he could hear God say to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Rev. Heys is survived by his dear wife, Esther (VanBaren); three children: Ardess and...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. One of the great wonders of salvation is that God does not save a mass of people; He saves a church, the body of Christ. The formation of the church from all eternity is the work of a master Designer, an Architect of infinite ability, a Craftsman of incredible skill. There is purpose in the salvation of the church and purpose in the careful choice of each member of that church, for each member is a member of the body of Christ (I Cor. 12),...

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