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While the Protests against those in the Christian Reformed Church who were defiling the Word of God were being treated in the East, God also moved the hearts of men elsewhere to take a stand for the pure truth. For this reason Rev. H. Hoeksema was invited in the Spring of 1925 to speak on the differences which had arisen in the Churches.

Rev. Hoeksema came to Hull, Iowa with Candidate Verhill. They held a series of lectures and discussion in the Town Hall at Hull, Iowa.

On March 16, 1925 a meeting was held at the home of one of the brethren for the purpose of taking action. Much was accomplished at this meeting. A new congregation, The Protesting Christian Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa was formed. The new congregation consisted of thirty-two families and ten individuals. Four elders and four deacons were elected and ordained at this same meeting. They also made a trio from which B.J. Danhof , who later accepted, was called. This all was to be taken up at the Synod of 1926.

Events moved swiftly for this new congregation in its first years of existence. On April 27, 1925, lots were bought and in May it was decided that a new church should be built. The church was finished and dedicated in the Fall of 1925.

Early in 1926 trouble began to brew in the newly-formed Protestant Churches. Seemingly the devil had gained an easy entrance in the hearts of some of the men who sought their own glory, but not the glory of God. This trouble was likely God’s way of weeding out the easy comers and strengthening the earnest.

The real trouble in Hull began when Rev. B.J. Danhof published in the local paper that the Hull Church was independent from the other Protesting Churches and was considering a new name. This trouble nearly meant the end for this flourishing congregation.

On February 28, 1927, God again called together a small but determined group. At this time the Protesting Christian Reformed Church was re-organized with 12 families and 5 individuals, slightly less than one-third of the first congregation. At this meeting two elders and two deacons were elected and ordained. The congregation got the church with a $11,000.00 debt. Student L. Vermeer led this first meeting at which also a trio was made.

Student Verhil was called. He accepted and was ordained in the Fall of 1927. He labored in the congregation for two years after which he returned to finish his studies for the ministry.

Rev. C. Hanko was called in the Summer of 1929. He labored amongst the flock for six years, during which time God abundantly blessed and increased the congregation. The number of families in the church had doubled to twenty four when Rev. Hanko left in 1935.

On February 17, 1935, Rev. L. Vermeer was installed as minister. Since that time the meetings were held in the auditorium because the basement had become too small for the growing congregation. Rev. Vermeer left on August 30, 1938 to labor in South Holland, Illinois. On December 1, 1938 Rev. A. Cammenga was installed as minister of the Hull Protestant Reformed Church.

At the time of this writing the congregation has grown in size to fifty-two families embracing 263 souls. Three ministers have come forth from its midst, namely the Reverends Martin Gritters, Peter Vis and John Blankespoor. Thirty of our men have heeded the call of their country during the last war, two of whom God has seen fit to take from this life.

From every side God’s blessing appears to be on the congregation. May He give us grace to ever look to Him for guidance that we may not grow lax, but to always adhere to the pure doctrine as taught in the Word of God.

An article in a recent local newspaper stated: “Tom Archer, a well-known dance-hall operator, has purchased the historic amusement center for the purpose of providing entertainment for Service Men of this community.  Several nationally known dance bands and orchestras have been placed under contract for appearance here.  Mr. Archer said: “I am sure that the people do not yet fully realize what a demand for wholesome entertainment, especially on Saturday nights will come from the nearby location of such a large number of Service Men.”  He also said: “Saturday night is the big night, and we are planning to provide big entertainment on that night.”

A few months ago we heard much of the extensive U.S.O. campaign, asking for funds to provide entertainment for the soldiers.  Do you know what kind of entertainment this organization provides? It provides the kind of entertainment the Church is so opposed to, preferably dances.

One soldier boy wrote his folks: “The only religious service held in this camp is a short half-hour service on Sunday morning, which consists of about twenty minutes of singing, a ten minute speech by the camp Chaplain and a short prayer.  This is held in the new U.S.O. hall.  On Saturday nights the U.S.O. holds a large dance in the hall, not a very nice contrast, is it?”

Indeed it is not a very nice contrast.  But is does show the way of religion today: (half-hearted-devotion-people trying to serve God and the world at the same time). The Bible plainly teaches that man attempting to serve both God and man will find himself cast into outer darkness in the day of eternal judgments.  Christ taught that man must either serve God along or perish.  Solomon said: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.

God grant that we may pray for our boys in Service that He may give them wisdom, strength and courage to walk in His way and to the glory of His holy name.

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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