Reformed Herald Articles

Editorial – “Learning from the Fathers”

Editorial – “Learning from the Fathers”   Even though the years go by faster and faster as one grows older, at least it seems that way, I still feel very much like a child.  Attending a Synod meeting really drives this home.  Regardless of a pastor or elder’s personal ministry experiences and maturity, we all run across other pastors and ...

President’s Report on the State of the Church to the 2016 Synod of the RCUS

President’s Report on the State of the Church to the 2016 Synod of the RCUS   Esteemed Fathers and Brothers, Among the ways the church is characterized in the Bible, one of those I most cherish is expressed in these words from the Apostle Paul: “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that he might sanctify and ...

Synod Roundtable Discussion

In the midst of reports, debates and decisions that typically take place at Synod, a time out was taken to spend a couple of hours engaged in a round table discussion. There was no agenda other than to ferret out in a sense of transparency those big questions or big issues that delegates believed should be considered in moving forward. ...

Report on the 270th Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States, May 16-19, 2016, Bakersfield, California

   The delegates of the 270th Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) met in sunny Bakersfield, California, on May 16th at Grace Reformed Church. During the Synod meeting, God’s Word was an ever present reality. On Monday, we gathered for worship. Rev. Vern Pollema led in worship with a clear scriptural focus upon meeting with the ...

Why We Do What We Do? The Permanent Archives Committee

Why We Do What We Do? The Permanent Archives Committee Archive.  You know what the word means: the shoebox your mother holds which has your birth certificate, your grade school report cards, and some of the “refrigerator art” you made in kindergarten.  There are probably some school pictures, along with some pictures of your activities in that box.  Maybe there ...

Congo Economic Development Activities

Congo Economic Development Activities We have had some good news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Last year, we arranged to have a representative from an organization called Farming God’s Way to visit the various areas where we support churches in the Congo.  With his advice, and with the rain sent by the grace of God, our brothers and ...

Laboring for the Kingdom of G in China, by David Voytek

Laboring for the Kingdom of G in China David Voytek [NOTE: We have not adjusted the vocabulary of this article for an American audience.  With some creative spelling, our readers should be able to decipher this article.  Please notice that even the words we use are determined by the level of persecution against the Lord that is present in a ...

GIVE US A KING

GIVE US A KING Deuteronomy 17:14-20   Some believe and teach that God did not want Israel to have a king. But that is wrong. God did want Israel to have a king. This is already indicated in Genesis 49:10: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and to Him ...

Merry Christmas to Caesar and All His Spiritual Children

Merry Christmas to Caesar and All His Spiritual Children Rev. C. W. Powell (originally published in Reformed Herald, Dec 2007)   “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went ...

Covenant East Classis Youth Camp

The theme for 2016 was “Thy Will Be Done.” Campers from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin came to Camp Sinawa, Wisconsin, for the annual Covenant Youth Camp.  Great food and fellowship filled the week.  The lessons taught were, “Thy Will Be Done – Loving What God Wants”  (Rev. Jim Sawtelle), “Thy Will Be Done and Your Calling and Office” (Rev. ...

Why We Do What We Do? Covenant Confirmation

Why We Do What We Do? Covenant Confirmation [Editor-The following is a bulletin insert the author uses in the RCUS church he serves. You are granted permission to use in your local churches as you see fit.] “The rite of confirmation is the solemn and joyous acknowledgment by the congregation that God has confirmed His covenant promise of salvation, which ...

Synod Memories

Synod Memories Rev. Vern Pollema pushing the ice cream cart. Rev. Neale Riffert shared the grace and providence of God in sparing his life since last year’s Synod.  Not an eye was dry after he was done telling the story.  Praise be to God! “One thing I have to say is that the quality of the morning devotionals was higher ...

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