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Called to the Ministry

This article is a slightly modified reprint of the original publication in the July 2014 issue of Beacon Lights.   Throughout my grade school, high school, and college years, the words, “Every young man should consider the ministry,” or some variation thereof, penetrated my heart as the sower’s seed the hard path. That word never received […]

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Giving our sons as pastors

Our pastors and professors have repeatedly sounded an urgent plea for preachers, a need that has been expressed for several years now. We know the need and sincerely pray this petition. Yet there is another common reaction among us:  “Who would ever encourage their son to be a minister in times like these?”  This cry has been […]

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2 Timothy 2:2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Note: The first article, about preparing for and entering the seminary, can be found in the September issue of Beacon Lights.   Questions about the […]

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Note: The following is from a speech given for the Young People’s Mass Meeting in December 2019 at Trinity PRC.   Young people, your Lord calls each of you to witness to him and to the glad tidings concerning salvation from sin and death by him; and he calls you to do that, not simply […]

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Being a Student in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Church in the Philippines Jeremiah Pascual    Dear Readers of Beacon Lights,             As many of you probably have heard by now, the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines have received by the grace of God their own seminary for the training of men […]

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The Call to the Ministry Rev. Stephan Regnerus   Our churches need more ministers. Synod 2019 expressed an urgent need for more seminary students; pastors regularly pray for more ministers; godly fathers encourage their sons to consider whether God has called them to become a preacher. The need for more ministers has been well documented, […]

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Called to the Ministry

Throughout my grade school, high school and college years, the word, “Every young man should consider the ministry,” or some variation thereof, penetrated my heart as the sower’s seed the hard path.  That word never received even a momentary or passing consideration.  I never considered why the ministry was not for me because I never […]

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Called to the Ministry

If it had not been for the Lord’s gracious work of salvation in the lives of my parents and me, my life would be very different right now. I can imagine what life would be like. I would be living in Singapore along with most of my extended family, Indian on my father’s side and […]

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Called to the Ministry

I did not grow up in the Protestant Reformed Churches, but in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI), a liberal Presbyterian denomination.  My mother instilled into me a love for the scriptures from childhood, and I cannot remember a time when I haven’t read God’s word.  I suppose there must have been some true preaching […]

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Called to the Ministry

A couple weeks prior to writing this article, I had the privilege of giving a chapel speech at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The topic on which I spoke was the same as that of this article, namely, God’s work in my life to lead me into the ministry of the gospel.  […]

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Called to the Ministry

“Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel” (Amos 7:14-15). If you would […]

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Called to the Ministry

I was once told that ministers tend to be the oldest children in their families.  As the third of four children and second son, I do not fit that profile.  The Lord added me on February 21, 1978 to the Spronk family while my dad, Delmar, served as an optometrist  in the US Navy in […]

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Called to the Ministry

The task set to me is to explain briefly something of my life and call to the ministry for the purpose of the recognition of the glory of God who calls and sends, and for the benefit of young men whom the Lord may be calling to the ministry. I grew up in Loveland Protestant […]

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Called to the Ministry

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be […]

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Called to the Ministry

I was born August 18, 1975 in Pipestone, MN, to Jim and Gloria Bleyenberg, and am the second oldest of five children.  My earliest years were spent on a farm outside of Edgerton, during which time I attended the Protestant Reformed Free Christian School for two years and was instructed through the preaching in Edgerton […]

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Called to the Ministry

“Then said I, Woe is me!  For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”   Such was the tremendous sense of the holiness of God that struck so […]

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Called to the Ministry

The Ongoing Need First, some facts and figures.  Fifteen of the thirty-five active ministers—nearly one-half—are approaching or are older than sixty.  In the next ten years or so, these ministers will need to be replaced.  Of the thirty-five active ministers three are serving as missionaries, three are teaching in the denominational seminary, and one is […]

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