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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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Monday, January 14, 2019

maybe 50% of CALVIN STUDENTS are NOT SINCERE about their STATEMENT OF FAITH

maybe 50% of CALVIN STUDENTS are NOT SINCERE about their STATEMENT OF FAITH...I'M just guessing but based on my memories of being a student at Calvin I know that there are those who applied to Calvin NOT because it is a Christian  college but because it is PRIVATE and more affordable than other private colleges (or was when I was there) and has a pretty good academic reputation.

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

'When does lack of Bible reading become sinful?"

John Piper says "If we don't read by faith, we will be disillusioned. And if diminishing Bible reading is owing to that disillusionment, it is sin."

https://www.christianpost.com/news/when-does-lack-of-bible-reading-become-sinful.html

A WHOLE NEW WORLD


 "From this time on we don't think of anyone as the world thinks of people. It is true that in the past we thought of Christ as the world thinks. But we don't think that way now. 17 When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world."...20 So we have been sent to speak for Christ. It is like God is calling to people through us. We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God. 21 Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could be right with God.

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/2CO.5.ERV

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)


GRCH HALL-of-FAME TEACHERS I KNEW include Schrotenboer, VanderKamp, Vryhof, Zandee, Warners, Holwerda,  (& I was around the time when  Dykstra & Phelps were coaching at other schools: South Christian & East Kentwood), & I knew, or knew of,  these fellow students:  Heeres, Holstege,  Honderd, & DeMaat  . Many of these also went to Calvin . 

HALL OF FAME

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)

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JESUS SAVES !!

(one of my favorite teachers_) re GOOD OL WES VRYHOF: NEW MEMBER OF GRCH EAGLES HALL of FAME

Friday, January 11, 2019

WOW! "Calvin edges Hope in 199th rivalry game"

Beautiful view from Mt Teneriffe WA (June 2018)

WE BELIEVE, & SO WE TELL OTHERS

" The Scriptures say, "I believed, so I spoke." Our faith is like that too. We believe, and so we speak. 14 God raised the Lord Jesus from death, and we know that he will also raise us with Jesus. God will bring us together with you, and we will stand before him. 15 All these things are for you. And so the grace of God is being given to more and more people. This will bring more and more thanks to God for his glory."

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/2CO.4.ERV

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like Him.

  The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord's glory, and we are being changed to be like Him. This change in us brings more and more glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the 
Spirit "
https://www.bible.com/bible/406/2CO.3.ERV

Monday, December 31, 2018

I was reading 1 Corinthians 14 and...

I was reading 1 Corinthians 14 and to know more about what was meant by the word prophesying so I looked up this commentary I found the following passage which I found compelling ...b/cI often feel like there's something wrong in our churches today as we just go back to the same church same preacher...& sit silently. Maybe  sing a few songs and then leave and never have any interaction ...never do the Christians in the audience get to speak or to convey any of their feelings or maybe they even have a direct message from God... I wonder as this commentary also does whether there's something wrong with our churches today  ..was it meant to be a little bit of a dictatorship so to speak...w/ one preacher's interpretation of scripture..his worldview & biases & favoritisms dominating the congregation maybe for even a half-century or more. Is something wrong with the church today?


"Prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14: my experience.
By reading 1 Corinthians 14 it is obvious that in the first century church gatherings, prophecy (and speaking in tongues with interpretation) was the rule! Not the exception! In contrast, In most of the gatherings I have been these gifts that God has given for the edification of the church are simply non-existent. They exist as gifts. In fact they may even be accepted theologically by the respective congregation. Yet they are never applied. The truth is that in many congregations there is simply no space for them. The gifts that God gave for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the body have been replaced by a rigid program that has the form either of a formal liturgy, where one person does the same week after week (catholic / orthodox church), or, in the protestant church, of a program (it is also a liturgy in some way) that says first we sing, then the pastor and perhaps a couple of others pray, then we have the sermon and then the meeting ends. If somebody thinks that God has a message for the gathering, there is simply no way in many churches to say it! The participation of the people is practically forbidden! In some other gatherings if somebody wants to bring forth a message from God, he has first to tell the pastor or the elders, then they have to think about it and whether it comes from the Lord and then allow or not allow the person to share it. But in the first century church, in the church the epistles speak about, it was not like this. See what Paul says:


https://www.jba.gr/1-Corinthians-14-prophecy.htm

Friday, December 28, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

IMPORTANCE of the UNITY of the BODY

A person has only one body, but it has many parts. Yes, there are many parts, but all those parts are still just one body. Christ is like that too. 13 Some of us are Jews and some of us are not; some of us are slaves and some of us are free. But we were all baptized to become one body through one Spirit. And we were all given the one Spirit.



https://www.bible.com/bible/406/1CO.12.ERV

Monday, December 24, 2018

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exciting! Calvin College will become "Calvin University" on July 10, 2019

WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan: Calvin College sets date to change to Calvin University.
https://fox17online.com/2018/11/30/calvin-college-sets-date-to-change-to-calvin-university/

Calvin College January Series | mlive.com

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

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..."

Thursday, December 20, 2018

TO THOSE WHO ARE WEAK I BECOME WEAK...

To those who are weak, I became weak so that I could help save them. I have become all things to all people. I did this so that I could save people in any way possible. 23 I do all this to make the Good News known. I do it so that I can share in the blessings of the Good News.

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/1CO.9.ERV

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

REMEMBERING JOHN CHAU, MISSIONARY MARTYR 4 CHRIST. RIP . #NEVER4GET

The Lord has commanded

 "Surely you know that those who work at the Temple get their food from the Temple...14 It is the same with those who have the work of telling the Good News. The Lord has commanded that those who tell the Good News should get their living from this work..."

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/1CO.9.ERV

RUN THE RACE TO WIN THE PRIZE


24 You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one runner gets the prize. So run like that. Run to win! 25 All who compete in the games use strict training. They do this so that they can win a prize—one that doesn't last. But our prize is one that will last forever. 26 So I run like someone who has a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something, not just the air. 27 It is my own body I fight to make it do what I want. I do this so that I won't miss getting the prize myself after telling others about it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

If I don’t tell people the Good News, I am in real trouble.


" If I don't tell people the Good News, I am in real trouble. 17 If I did it because it was my own choice, I would deserve to be paid. But I have no choice. I must tell the Good News. So I am only doing the duty that was given to me. 18 So what do I get for doing it? My reward is that when I tell people the Good News I can offer it to them for free and not use the rights that come with doing this work..." 1 Cor 9

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/1CO.9.ERV

Monday, December 17, 2018

A CRC pastor walked into a bar...

And lo & behold, there was the Apostle Paul Evangelizing (not drinking) And the CRC pastor's first question to Paul is, "Are you married?"

Why is the CRC obsessed with being married as qualification for serving God ? Meanwhile the Catholic Church is obsessed with NOT being married ...

There must be a HAPPY MEDIUM... I got it...stop the obsession in both directions !!!!!

"Calvin College: Merry Christmas from Calvin College 2018"

Calvin College: Merry Christmas from Calvin College 2018.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Az_tPP5pc

MOST CHURCH PASTORS KNOW HOW TO PREACH (sort of), BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO EVANGELIZE "Evangelizing in America when Christians are afraid to stand out, distrust is growing"

Saturday, December 15, 2018

POINT TO PONDER "What Jesus’ Gestation Reveals about the Sanctity of Human Life". #SaveOurBabies

"
Take a slow breath and ponder this for a moment.
God incarnate, Jesus the Messiah, fully God and fully man, arrived in our world, not first as an infant in a manger, but as a zygote in Mary's womb .
He took up residence in that dark, quiet place, growing into an embryo and then a fetus, deep inside a poor, powerless young woman .."

https://pregnancyhelpnews.com/what-jesus-gestation-reveals-about-the-sanctity-of-human-life

CHRISTIANS VERSUS CHRISTIANS IN COURT IS WRONG

. 4 So if you have such matters to be judged, why do you take them to those who are not part of the church? They mean nothing to you. 5 I say this to shame you. Surely there is someone in your group wise enough to judge a complaint between two believers.
6 But now one believer goes to court against another, and you let people who are not believers judge their case

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/1CO.6.ERV

Monday, December 10, 2018

STOP the 'Mickey Mouse' during greet time at church

During "greet" time @ rolling hills covenant church Palos Verdes  a man says to me "Hey handsome" . It made me queasy. I'm 51 by the way, & definitely not gay either.  I'm straight but unmarried. Called by God  . 

 I don't like men talking to me in such a way.  Greet time should be eliminated at churches . Too many  flaky   "Mickey Mouse" characters at church 4 wrong reasons. 

It's like telling a woman at church she looks "pretty". It's condescending in this day & age . Also the "young man" thing is outdated at 51.

   I go to church because it's the right thing to participate in corporate worship ,& I've devoted my life to God . It's not a fashion show. Maybe you could instruct people to just say hello. 

Did I  hear you mention being a teacher in Detroit   at one point? I've got some west Michigan history from a long time ago. I too was a teacher for a while . Then I went back to school for my M.Div , but I don't feel called to be a church pastor at the moment.

After Christian college & seminary I don't usually feel very comfortable around the average parishioner. Just trying to do what I can for the Great Commission.  

Hope all is well.

Frank

Friday, December 7, 2018

GOD GAVE ME TWICE THE WORK OF APOSTLE PAUL

GOD HAS CALLED ME TO 1) TELL THE GOOD NEWS,  & 2) BAPTIZE in the SPIRIT. 
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Paul was only called to do one of the two: 
"Christ did not give me the work of baptizing people. He gave me the work of telling the Good News. But he sent me to tell the Good News without using clever speech, which would take away the power that is in the cross of Christ"

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/1CO.1.ERV

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

stand strong Christians ! don't give in to the world "MUST VIEW: Peter Kreeft on the simultaneous rise of homosexuality and Islam | Blogs | LifeSite

"
Because we became sheep. We said, "Abuse us. We're polite. We'll smile at you. We are tolerant of everything." When people are that way, someone who has principles, bad or good, enters. We so worship equality that we are afraid to be different, to be distinctive, to have a distinctive message. And equality is a good defensive weapon, but it has no offense in it. We need equal rights to protect ourselves, but we need something much deeper than equality: We need distinctiveness, we need identity. And if we abandon that, others will come in and take over."

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/must-view-peter-kreeft-on-the-simultaneous-rise-of-homosexuality-and-islam?utm_content=bufferbe93b&utm_medium=LSN&utm_source=lifesitenews%2Btwitter&utm_campaign=LSN

ANOTHER RECENT PAUL SCHRADER INTERVIEW

Saturday, December 1, 2018

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)

(I usually take note of Schrader because he's from my same "tradition" ie the CRC, GR Christian High, Calvin College, et al, although i don't always find his films so edifying..sometimes he seems anti-Christian, and for a while seemed to suggest he had lost his faith..more recently I'm not so sure..from what I've heard about 1st Reformed it also is sort of cynical about church.. but I haven't seen it personally.. )
i just found this video of PAUL SCHRADER talking at Fuller Sem re "First Reformed" (his latest movie) (for what it's worth)  HERE's the interview 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

WHY R (some) CRC PASTORS SO INFATUATED w/ BEING MARRIED?

I ran into a retired #ChristianReformed pastor, Harry Lew, @fullerseminary miss lectures, & his 1st Q to me is, "RU married?" MicroAggression? Is that supposed to make me feel inadequate? I grew up in @CRCNA & they r SO INFATUATED w/ being married. Y? I'm fine being single or married. #Doesn'tDefineMe #WasJesusMarried

Thursday, November 22, 2018

"Political Pistachio: Early Thanksgiving "


"The concept of a Thanksgiving Feast is not uniquely American. The Spanish Colonies also had thanksgiving ceremonies and meals as well. The colonists in the New World, be they English, Dutch, French, Spanish, or of any other European origin, were a deeply religious people, and felt it necessary to give thanks to God for their survival, and prosperity, in their new land. The Pilgrims had plenty to be thankful for, and so theirs is the story that has been most publicized (perhaps with a little help from the 1861 push for a Thanksgiving Holiday). However, Turkey was not the dominant item on the menu, nor was many of our other traditional favorites..."

https://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2018/11/early-thanksgiving.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Proclamation of Thanksgiving 1863 – Abe Lincoln

"...recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand .."

https://amgreatness.com/2018/11/21/proclamation-of-thanksgiving-1863/

"Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789 " American Greatness

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor..."


https://amgreatness.com/2018/11/21/thanksgiving-proclamation-1789/

Tweet from VK (@PRAISETRIUNEGOD)


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

Friday, November 9, 2018

BY FAITH

So people get what God promised by having faith. This happens so that the promise can be a free gift. And if the promise is a free gift, then all of Abraham's people will get that promise. The promise is not just for those who live under the Law of Moses. It is for all who live with faith as Abraham did. He is the father of us all. 17

https://www.bible.com/bible/406/ROM.4.ERV

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

 I took this photo in Costa Rica 1991 after earthquake as I was volunteering for CRC (CRWRC) doing disaster relief. We actually jacked up the house and pulled the vehicle out and it started...



Friday, October 19, 2018

I DIDN'T SEE IT, WHAT ABOUT U "'First Reformed' leads Gotham Awards nominees -" I'M TOO LEERY OF PAUL SCHRADER ANTI-CHURCH AGENDA

I DIDN'T SEE IT, WHAT ABOUT U    "'First Reformed' leads Gotham Awards nominees -" I'M TOO LEERY OF PAUL SCHRADER ANTI-CHURCH AGENDA. Maybe it should be called "UNREFORMED''... Schrader is a Christian High graduate and attended Calvin College ..but may have become a liberal non-Christian somewhere along the way...it's not exactly clear

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12145000&ref=rss

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I SOMETIMES WONDER IF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WARNING ME, LIKE PAUL,2

    [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 ..."
https://www.bible.com/bible/463/ACT.20.NABR

hear my prayer LORD: F-S-HS πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™✝️✝️✝️✝️✝️✝️⛪⛪⛪πŸ“‘πŸ“‘πŸ“‘

Prominent Knight no longer blogging: Steve Vanderwey | Steve Vanderwey Blog (not an active blog)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

still in northern cal ! +6/3/18 GREETINGS TRINIDAD & WEST HAVEN CA: REPENT & BE BAPTIZED, ACCEPT CHRIST & B SAVED 2DAY !

"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

"The Christian Reformed Church in North America has received a $998,990 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish its Thriving Together program. .." 

MY CONCERN WITH MY BELOVED CRC accepting this $1 million dollar grant from Lilly Endowment is that it is from a major billion-dollar pharmaceutical company...and maybe  it comes with "no strings attached" ( or maybe not, have we the people of the CRC been made privy to the "fine print"?) , but does it consciously or unconsciously influence the administrator, or church pastor, or church member to think more favorably about the use of various medications, including psycho-tropics, as an answer to some problems, rather than prayer, fellowship, evangelism, etc. I am NOT saying all medication is bad or evil, but it can be over-used sometimes, and there are certain medications that have more negative "side effects" than others, including some used for "mental health issues"...; I am concerned about an agenda by Lilly to sort of bring the church "under its wing" so to speak. They are giving multi-millions to churches and denominations all over the USA. What will be the long-term result ? 

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JESUS SAVES !!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

if only I may finish my course and the ministry

24 " Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God's grace."


https://www.bible.com/bible/463/ACT.20.NABRE

Thursday, October 11, 2018

VERY GENEROUS "Biggest play for Kirk Cousins off the field"

"...starts with Kirk and Julie. They have pledged to give 15 percent of their annual gross income to the foundation. With Kirk's salary alone, that is $4.6 million each year for the next three years..."

https://www.hollandsentinel.com/sports/20181009/daddona-biggest-play-for-kirk-cousins-off-field

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CRC READY TO HELP "Hurricane Michael Hits Florida Panhandle" | ChristianReformedChurch

"
Regional Managers for the southeastern U.S. from World Renew Image 's Disaster Response Services (DRS) have begun preparations for a response to the storm. They and World Renew DRS staff are collaborating with government and other non-profit organizations to plan for.."

https://www.crcna.org/news-and-views/hurricane-michael-hits-florida-panhandle

wow!!! re MICHAEL : " 3rd STRONGEST HURRICANE TO EVER STRIKE [USA] , just AHEAD OF #KATRINA "

THIS MAY DWARF #FLORENCE  "Per the latest #HurricaneMichael recon observations, the pressure, UNOFFICIALLY, may have dropped even further to 919 -- which would rank as the 3rd STRONGEST HURRICANE TO EVER STRIKE [USA] , just AHEAD OF #KATRINA ." https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/weather/hurricane/hurricane-michael-will-be-a-historic-hurricane-by-nearly-every-measure/83-602926637

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JESUS SAVES !!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

WHEN SAUL BECAME PAUL

"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."

https://www.bible.com/bible/1/ACT.9.KJV

Monday, September 24, 2018

I know Morris & Sid Greidanus really do CARE about people

Son & father CRC bigwigs ( originally from Canada I think) ... Morris was the head honcho at 1st CRC for many years. His dad, Sid, was a powerful professor at Cal Sem for even longer. 

I believe they truly do care about people. Sid believes incense is okay during worship.

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


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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2008 story: " The preliminary trial was one of the longest in the memory of Amanda Steele, the assistant Grand Traverse County prosecutor who handles neglect and abuse cases.
Steele argued that the children should be removed, citing Hurst's allegations, along with Edwards' association with an ex-convict and missing five counseling appointments.
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https://www.northernexpress.com/amp/news/feature/article-4088-a-baffling-system-a-mom-fights-for-her-rights/

Thursday, September 20, 2018

bizarre: CHURCH of the SERVANT (GR) hires TWO NEW PASTORS (neither who are CRC, 1 FROM IRELAND)

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In his sermon, interim pastor Len Vander Zee said it was notable that the church has called two fairly nontraditional pastors. Neither Karen Campbell nor Andrew Mead is Christian Reformed, and both arrive at COS from having worked overseas.  .."

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Check out this review of Calvin College on Google Maps

WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN


Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins..."

https://www.bible.com/bible/1/ACT.5.KJV

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SOME VINTAGE CALVIN SEMINARY PHOTOS FROM THE 1950's



 above: who is this
Calvin Seminary alumnus (& wife)? 
above: down the hill, the new calvin college campus was being built at Knollcrest



Friday, September 14, 2018

ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

https://www.bible.com/bible/1/ACT.1.KJV

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fwd: Steve Vanderwey might WRONGLY THINK that Leo Peters was a great conservative hero

 Steve Vanderwey might WRONGLY THINK that Leo Peters was a great conservative hero ...i GET the feeling STEVE VANDERWEY thinks he knows more about the late Leo Peters than members of Peters' own extended family 
above: young Leo Peters family in Evanston Illinois before Butterball fame & fortune 


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

ADAM & ANI BLICKLEY IN TOGO , WEST AFRICA, A FEW YEARS AGO

ANI & ADAM ARE '84 EAGLES , or thereabouts. They also attended Calvin College ...they are CRC-Eagle-Knights ! Thanks for your service Adam & Ani !
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re THE TEMPTATION TO BE "COOL" & "GO WITH THE FLOW" OF SECULARISM EVEN AT CALVIN COLLEGE re the LGBT COMMUNITY

HELLO CALVIN STUDENTS, 

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 ! 

SINCERELY

JOHN VAN DER TRUTH

MY MESSAGE TO SOME OF THE CALVIN PROFESSORS WHO JUST RETIRED IN 2018

FAREWELL BOSCH ! you were a GREAT English professor when I was there from 1985-89 & 1992-94 !. you should start a blog or twitter site called "anonymous bosch" (or is there already one i don't know about). 

Also, others professors named above whom  I fondly remember from the "good ol' days" include :

1)  Ronald Sjoerdsma ...took one or two of his education classes..good guy, down-to-earth, the real deal, .. hope all is well ; 

2) I had Evert Van Der Heide  for an economics class..nice guy;  Enjoy your retirement ! 

3) i remember Shirley Roels from a required business class, friendly & positive. God be with you and bless  you. and to ALL the other retiring professors... thanks for your service, and keep the faith ! 

After leaving Calvin I taught school for a few years and then went into full-time Christian ministry... as an independent Christian evangelist, doing my small part to fulfill the Great Commission. Lots more to talk about but not enough time or space here. FAREWELL for now, in the name of the Father-Son-&-Spirit 

SEE ARTICLE AT 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

BETSY IS DOING WHAT'S RIGHT "Betsy DeVos is getting savaged for closing campus kangaroo courts"

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The result [of Obama's stupidity] has, inevitably, been jaw-dropping miscarriages of justice. Everyone should want perpetrators of sexual assault to be punished — and in the criminal-justice system, not just by colleges — but elementary protections for the accused can't be discarded in the process.

https://nypost.com/2018/08/31/betsy-devos-is-getting-savaged-for-closing-campus-kangeroo-courts/

Friday, August 31, 2018

( I thought the CRC invented this, or Rich Mouw) JESUS SAYS WE R IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD

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 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 I ..."

https://www.bible.com/bible/1/JHN.17.KJV

Sunday, August 26, 2018

GREATER WORKS THAN JESUS HIMSELF ?


"He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

https://www.bible.com/bible/1/JHN.14.KJV

Monday, August 13, 2018

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW LIBERALS CALL GOOD EVIL : "Devos' Adoption Mill: Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids, MI, has taken in 81 immigrant childr"

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW LIBERALS CALL GOOD EVIL...this is a good thing that Bethany is doing to help children find parents...and yet this sicko calls it bad... the libs continue to confuse good with evil, and evil with good.. they are so inwardly corrupt and lost...let  us pray for them to humble themselves, repent, & accept Jesus Christ as Savior ! 

 "Devos' Adoption Mill: Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids, MI, has taken in 81 immigrant childr"
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Monday, August 6, 2018

video: INTERESTING NEWS STORY BY CHANNEL 8 re the "BUTTERBALL MANSION" ESTATE SALE (12/5/17)

ALL of the PETERS KIDS (from the 1st & 2nd marriages, that's 5 + 3) ATTENDED GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN HIGH and CALVIN COLLEGE(except one of the late daughters, Brenda, who was developmantally disabled) , and attended CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCHES in Grand Rapids growing up (and at least 4 of the grandchildren are also Eagle-Knights ) 

Mark was the only son of the late Leo Peters , and inherited the Butterball Farms business (also based in Grand Rapids). They continue to manufacture "fancy butter" , a tiny version of which is provided with the hotcakes at McDonalds around the USA. 

Butterball actually began in Evanston Ilinois, and then moved to West Michigan. The older daughters from Leo Peters 1st marriage (to Helen, who died at a young age) helped their father as he began experimenting with making butter beautiful in their apartment home near Lake Michigan in the Chicago area. Once it began to sell well, Leo moved to Grand Rapids, bought the mansion, established a factory on Buchanan Avenue, and the rest, as they say, is history.*

Mark recently sold the "Butterball Mansion" and apparently left much of the estate to the new owner, who apparently is selling it off , and re-selling the mansion ? 

see video at 
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*albeit, while Leo Peters was a smart businessman, there are those family members who contend he was NOT a good person in terms of relationships & family, which, when all is said and done, is most important , right ? At least if it is properly aligned with a relationship with Jesus Christ: Father -Son- &- Holy Spirit. Being a successful business person and making lots of money means very little in the end if the bigger picture of one's life  does not do something positive in the eyes of our Lord God. Leo attended LaGrave Avenue CRC. He also sent all his kids to the Christian schools, and he, himself, also attended Calvin College. For some, however, the Christian schools, are just a good "private" option. 

How about any of you at Calvin or Christian High? Are you there because of CHRIST or because it's a good , private, option  to public education ? I HOPE AND PRAY you're there for the RIGHT REASONS! Yes, I went there too (Calvin & GRCH) and now I am in southern California. I KNOW how easy it is to go thru the motions of church and Christian education. But at some point you have to make a SERIOUS CRITICAL INTROSPECTIVE DECISION to truly follow Christ and put your MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS... ; don't just go thru the motions ! GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS US. AND LET US BLESS GOD

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WHAT LED the LATE REV. GARETH KOK (SON OF A FARMER) TO BECOME AN ORDAINED CRC PASTOR


all of the below was written by
Rev. Gareth Kok
(CRC Pastor)
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CALLED TO BE A MINISTER "MADE TO BE A MINISTER"
Sometimes I am asked what made me decide to be a minister. I am not sure how I have answered this question. I'm sure I did not always give the same answer. My answer depended upon various things, but there really is only one answer. That is the answer given by the Apostle Paul when he wrote "I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace . . ." Ephesians 3:7. I would say that God by grace called me to be a minister and made me a minister.
I grew up in a Christian home where the Bible and Bible stories were read daily with reverence. My parents did not talk so very much about religion, but they created a warm, spiritual atmosphere. God was in their thinking and in all their planning.

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.
My parents were deeply interested in Christian schools; in fact, one of the reasons that the Christian Reformed Church was established in Randolph, Wisconsin, was that my father and a few other men were dissatisfied with the local Reformed Church because the church was opposed to starting a Christian school.

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.
After graduating, I began to work for an uncle on the farm. His farm was located at least two miles from our home and I had to walk to work every morning. This took me past our church.

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


fall and was to travel with relatives of the pastor. My parents agreed and that very night plans were made for me to leave home at 15 to continue my formal education, but nothing was said about the ministry.
Shortly after I had enrolled at Calvin, one of my classmates asked me if I was planning to be a minister and I assured him I was not; I was merely interested in getting a little more education.

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.
During the second year of Seminary we were permitted to preach and I decided to do my part, but felt very inadequate and fearful. I did not dare to face the congregation or take my eyes off of my manuscript. I was scared. I became convinced that I could not preach.
I prayed that God would show me a way out.

Then one Sunday night I was to preach for the First CRC of Cutlerville. I determined that unless God delivered me from my fears this would be my last attempt. When I stepped up to the pulpit I threw my sermon on the floor and prayed that if God wanted me to be a minister He should help me preach.

The Lord heard my prayer and that night I was able to preach without difficulty. I looked people in the eyes and delivered the message without using my notes. I believe that was the night the Lord showed me that He wanted me to be a preacher and gave me the gift.

From that day on, I was able to preach without fear and without using my notes. I still, however, wished to avoid the ministry., I considered missions and made applications first with our own denomination where I found no openings and then with the China Inland Mission which accepted me to work in Mongolia or China; however, I felt my own denomination had first claim on me and so I decided to wait until I was eligible for a call.

We had been taught that when a congregation came with a legitimate call, we had to consider it as a call from the Lord. The call came from the CRC of Hills, Minnesota, in Southwest Minnesota. I became convinced that it was the Lord's call and I accepted it with the confidence that the Lord had called me to be a minister and I have never lost that conviction., God made me a minister and I never regretted it, even though there were times when I wished He had called me to something else.

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END GARETH KOK 
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