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Larry Van Essen

About Me: 

retired CRC pastor

Interests: 

I am a member of Visalia CRC's worship team and have been very interested in evangelism since I served as a Home missionry for 20 years. I continue to monitor the CRCNA's growth via evangelism.

I am a presenter on mental illness and have written This Poison Called Depression

I am a donor relations associate with World Renew

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Recent Racism in Our Country

What do my fellow pastors think could be appropriate responses to the vulgar and racist remarks by the President of the United States?

Racial Reconciliation
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Taxes

I decided in church yesterday that whatever money I saved from my taxes because of the recently passed tax law I will donate to the church. Any joiners?

Stewardship
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Mental Health Awareness

My book on depression could serve as a resource for pastors and elders when looking for mental health resources. Available on Amazon.com under title This Poison Called Depression

Books by CRC Authors
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Calvin Seminary Professor Hits it Out of the Park

Calvin Seminary professor Matthew Tuininga has beautifully summarized Scripture and Reformed theology's view relative to the treatment of the poor.

Biblical Justice
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Truth in Media

During our last U.S. presidential campaign and election I was frustrated by the lies and contradictions that surfaced that were neither challenged, investigated, or held accountable for.

Let's Talk About...Pastors
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The Role of the Government as Taught by the Bible

God gave clear instructions to the nation of Israel and its leaders (prophets, priests and kings) to care for the poor.

PastorsBiblical Justice
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A Single Thematic Approach to Reformed Worship

It is clear that Reformed Worship is working well among CRC people. It is not so evident to me that Reformed Worship as we practice it is working in communities of diverse ethnicities. 

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