PRAYING FOR MY BELOVED CRC MEMBERS & CALVIN COLLEGE et al to NOT ACQUIESCE TO FAR-LEFT LIBERALISM TO TRY TO BE ‘COOL’:
JESUS SAID: “I pray not that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
And for their sakes ..."
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
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I really do NOT know how many students (and professors) are SINCERE about their faith walk...I'm just throwing a number out there because it IS something that should be TALKED ABOUT...and I wonder if the Chimes ever broaches the topic (I don't peruse it regularly enough to know) .. ;
I also base my GUESStimation based on my interactions with Calvin Alumni...some of whom I thought were friends ..including some who also were "Eagle Knights" like me (ie attended Grand Rapids CHristian & Calvin College.
Some of these so-called "friends" do NOT seem to be sincere about their Christian faith anymore, if they ever were..the problem being that some of them are "Christian by tradition" ...their parents sent them to GRCH, and for many it was just "natural" to go on to Calvin College, all the while regularly attending their local CRC.
It's all nice and well, and keeps most kids out of trouble, but at some point there has to be an INDIVIDUAL decision and public profession of faith and committment to somehow trying to fulfill the Great Commission in our lives.
There's NO exact formula to follow...lots of Christians confuse being involved at church, even being a deacon, usher, elder, etc as proof of their faith and committment and involvement, but they have NOT really found a MODUS OPERANDI (M.O.) for being an evangelist out in the world...which is important, if not the main thing.
And there are many pastors who are great behind the pulpit and being church administrators but also lack the ability to truly interact with "the world" in telling the Good News. They can preach it but they can't necessarily teach it. And you won't be taught this skill at Calvin College either. It will be preached, for sure, if you attend chapel... (when I was there, Dale Cooper was the campus chaplain) , but it probably will not be "teached" (rhymes with preached) ( or should i say it will be "praught" but probably not taught) ..;
i myself ,even though I was a preacher's kid and a preacher's grand-kid , was NOT always so good at evangelism either. It took me a long time to find a way that i could fulfill the Great Commission according to my own unique style & personality. And it was uncomfortable for a while.. but I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you students (& staff and faculty for that matter) to keep working on it (or start working on it).
It's easier to write about it in your papers and talk about being good "stewards" etc, but we are called to be the REAL DEAL..and God will judge us accordingly. Don't be an escapist.
You KNOW the truth. So also put the TRUTH into PRACTICE !. And also I encourage you to PROTECT UNBORN LIFE and make a stand for the unborn (or preborn as
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
GRCH HALL-of-FAME TEACHERS I KNEW include Schrotenboer, VanderKamp, Vryhof, Zandee, Warners, Holwerda, (& knew of Dykstra, Phelps, Heeres, Holstege, & Honderd, & DeMaat)
The Grand Rapids Christian High School Athletic Hall of Fame inducted it's first class in 2013 with 1939 graduate and longtime loyal fan, Rich VanBeek. We will continue to induct great athletes, coaches, teams, and pillars of our athletic community moving forward. To nominate a person or a team for the Athletic Hall of Fame, please use this form.
Individuals in the Eagles Athletic Hall of Fame:
Afman, Mary (2015)
Boogaart, Peter (2014)
Brink, Jeff (2019)
DeBoer, Kathy (2015)
DeMaat DeVries, Gwen (2016)
DeMaat Maurer, Joan (2018)
Dykstra, Tom (2019)
Heeres, Greg (2016)
Holstege, Todd (2018)
Holwerda, Bill (2015)
Honderd, Steve (2016)
Klaasen, Larry (2014)
Krikke, Bob (2019)
Langeland, Karen (2015)
Pettinga, Jeff (2016)
Phelps, Mike (2018)
Schrotenboer, Rich (2014)
Sieplinga, Max (2017)
Slotsema Sietsema, Diane (2019)
VanBeek, Rich (2013)
VanderKamp, Dick (2014)
VanderWoude, Bill (2019)
VerMerris, Dave (2017)
Vos Brasser, Cathie (2017)
Vryhof, Wes (2019)
Walstrom Safford, Dawn (2019)
Warners, John (2014)
Zandee, Ken (2014)
Friday, January 11, 2019
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I AGREE WITH NASHVILLE STATEMENT "250 Dutch Christians sign Nashville Statement; prosecutors to decide if declaration breaks law...The statement, which is spearheaded by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, adds that “it is sinful to approve of homosexual impurity or transgenderism.”
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ONE YEAR WHEN i WAS STILL RELATIVELY NEW TO CALIFORNIA I MADE AN EFFORT TO PHOTOGRAPH ALL THE CALIFORNIA CRC's
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The Daniel Ho Trio at #laHolidayCelebration ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY #CHRISTmas show... #MerryCHRISTmas 😀😎🎁♥️✝️⛪🎄🎶🎅 from the VK family https://t.co/AwytiHJldg
Spirit Chorale at #laHolidayCelebration ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY #CHRISTmas show... #MerryCHRISTmas 😀😎🎁♥️✝️⛪🎄🎶🎅 from the VK family https://t.co/Wd5yLLAMwS
SOCCER IN DECEMBER? " Calvin College Rewind: Men's soccer falls in national championship " GOOD TRY KNIGHTS
[She has cancelled, but her twin sister will replace her] "Jenna Bush Hager expected to be big draw at Calvin College January Series " BUSH DAUGHTER
I DID DISASTER RELIEF EVANGELISM IN THAILAND AFTER '04 'CHRISTMAS #TSUNAMI' " the massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake that hit Indonesia on 26 December 2004. It spawned a giant tsunami off Sumatra island, killing more than 230,000 people..." https://t.co/bwrCTbBLuR
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stand strong Christians ! don't give in to the world "MUST VIEW: Peter Kreeft on the simultaneous rise of homosexuality and Islam | Blogs | LifeSite
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Breaking : 🙏✝️♥️🔔⛪🇺🇸RIP " @KTLA George H.W. #Bush41, 41st U.S. President, Dead at 94 " #GEORGEHWBUSH
Friday, November 30, 2018
i just found this video of PAUL SCHRADER talking at Fuller Sem re "First Reformed" (his latest movie) (for what it's worth)
Thursday, November 29, 2018
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I ran into a retired #ChristianReformed pastor, Harry Lew from Grand Rapids, @fullerseminary miss lectures in Pasadena & his 1st Q to me is, "RU married?" MicroAggression? I grew up in @CRCNA & they r SO INFATUATED w/ being married. Y? I'm fine being single or married. #DoesntDefineMe #WasJesusMarried
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
HAPPY 501st REFORMATION DAY " ..On 31 October 1517, German theologian Martin #Luther posted his 95 theses on the #Wittenberg Castle Church door.." ♥️🙏⛪ #ProtestantReformation #ReformationDay https://t.co/lSiUlyQyPd
Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Fwd: I took this photo in Costa Rica 1991 after earthquake. We actually jacked up the house and pulled the vehicle out and it started
Saturday, October 20, 2018
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I DIDN'T SEE IT, WHAT ABOUT U "'First Reformed' leads Gotham Awards nominees -" I'M TOO LEERY OF PAUL SCHRADER ANTI-CHURCH AGENDA
Thursday, October 18, 2018
[I implore God for clarity on His will for my life..I want to do His Will not my will...I ask for a clear sign ..whether to continue , as is, or to make life changes, whether to stay or go..] I SOMETIMES WONDER IF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WARNING ME, LIKE PAUL: "I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know,
23 except that in one city after another the holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await ..."
hear my prayer LORD: F-S-HS 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏✝️✝️✝️✝️✝️✝️⛪⛪⛪📑📑📑
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
"CRCNA Receives Nearly $1 Million ..."SO IF YOU RECEIVE $1 MILLION FROM A COMPANY DOES THAT MAKE U MORE FAVORABLE TOWARDS THEM?
CRCNA Receives Nearly $1 Million Grant to Launch Thriving Together Program
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NOBODY TRULY UNDERSTANDS OR PRACTICES CALVINISM, NOT EVEN SO-CALLED CALVINISTS "JD Greear: Don't Split Over Calvinism, Bicker About Theology 'When People Are Lost, Going to Hell'"
Monday, September 24, 2018
one of the best: MS. STEELE IS AN '86 EAGLE (& a Knight, "A baffling system: A mom fights for her rights " PRAYERS 4 OUR EAGLES' SISTER-in-CHRIST
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re THE TEMPTATION TO BE "COOL" & "GO WITH THE FLOW" OF SECULARISM EVEN AT CALVIN COLLEGE re the LGBT COMMUNITY
i am a former Calvin Student, and recently noticed a little article in the Chimes about the LGBT community...I didn't read the article , and barely caught the title, but I am GUESSING that it is about trying to be kind and tolerant and seemingly "nice" things like that... ;
I am NOT saying that you should gay-bash, God Forbid..., but NEITHER should you accomodate what is wrong in God's eyes.
Unfortunately, growing up in Grand Rapids MI ( I am an "Eagle-Knight" , ie GR Christian High & Calvin, but long gone from west Michigan apart from visiting periodically) I know there were GAY BASHERS in the CRC-Eagle-Knight communities, ironically, some of the bashers had their own "skeletons in the closet" so to speak.
Some not only bashed people as "maybe gay" but also used the term "ffo-krej" (spelled backward because it is such a bad work , like the "n word) to malign and marginalize people.
This was very hurtful to some people , and clearly wrong in the Christian community. I know some of these bashers are still around the Eagle-Knight-CRC west Michigan community, and maybe they have disguised their former ugly selves from the "bad ol' days".
To be critical of such ugly hateful bashing persons is GOOD, but at the same time let's not throw the "baby out with the bathwater" so to speak.
Let us NOT legitimize LGBT relationships, but let us NOT be mean hateful bashers either, especially when it is a form of "projection" of one's own problems.
Let's go after these "projecting bashers" who do what they do to take the light off themselves, while at the same time NOT say that sin is ok. Let's try to do "BOTH-AND" ..
GOD BLESS YOU..keep the faith, keep shining the light ! Keep being a GOOD KNIGHT !
JOHN VAN DER TRUTH
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In LIEU OF FLOWERS SEND $ TO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS et Al "Funeral for Rich DeVos, Amway co-founder, philanthropist is Thursday " (sept13 @ LaGrave) MLive.com
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STEVE BRINKS WAS IN MY DORM AT CALVIN "East Grand Rapids Middle School dedicates MLK Day to giving back " MLive.com
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ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW LIBERALS CALL GOOD EVIL : "Devos' Adoption Mill: Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids, MI, has taken in 81 immigrant childr"
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They were faithful, active members of the church. We always attended both Sunday services even though they were conducted in the Dutch language. My parents had a great respect for the ministers of the Gospel and thought very highly of them. However, I do not remember them ever indicating that they wished that I might become a minister.
That was simply expecting too much for an ordinary farm family. I am sure that I had no thoughts of becoming a minister; it was not in my mind.
However, my grandmother who lived with us for many years said that I had mentioned to her that I would like to become a missionary, but I am not aware of that.
The CRC was established with the intention of providing Christian education for the children. I was one of the first children to enroll in the Christian school. I loved school and did well, but I still had no intention of preparing for the ministry; in fact, when I finished the sixth grade, I began to work on the farm.
But for some reason I kept up my schooling on a part-time basis until I became the first one to graduate from the Randolph Christian School. On July 4, 1918, I received my diploma. I had no intention of ever going beyond that. The Lord had different plans, but I did not know that.
One morning when I walked past the parsonage, the minister,/Rev. William Bajema, sat on the porch. He told me to stop by that night on the way back from work because he wished to talk with me. All day I wondered about what I had done to require a special talk by the minister. Surely something must be wrong.
That evening the pastor asked, "You like to study, do you not?" He knew that I was reading every book I could lay my hands on both in the English and the Dutch language. So I agreed that I did.
Then he asked if I would not like to go to Calvin, which at that time included high school. I said "Surely, but nobody ever goes there from here." He did not ask me if I would like to be a minister. If he had, I would have said "Oh, no!" That was not in my thinking at all. However, we decided that if t was okay with my parents, I would go to Calvin that
After spending two years at Calvin, I went to Grundy College in Grundy Center, Iowa. There I finished my third year of college, still uncertain of my future. I had, however, taken all courses required for the ministry.
Then I returned to Calvin for my last year of college and graduated as a pre—seminary student. My plan was to enroll at the University of Michigan to take up literature and philosophy; however, one of my Calvin professors urged me to first attend Calvin Seminary and then go to the university.
For some reason, this sounded good to me, even though I had no intention of becoming a minister; however, I soon saw myself approaching the ministry and sought ways to avoid it.