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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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