Syd HielemaSyd Hielema

Syd Hielema

Syd Hielema serves the Christian Reformed Church in North America as director of a ministry project called Connections II. He has also served with Faith Formation Ministries, as a professor of theology and youth ministry at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, and as a chaplain and professor at Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario. Syd has been married to Evelyn for 43 years, and they enjoy bird watching near their home in Ancaster.

September 30, 2020

Refined Toward Wholeness

1 John 3:1-3
We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

September 29, 2020

Wonderfully Made—and Remade

Psalm 139
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . . . Search me, God. . . . See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

September 28, 2020

Stumbling Toward the Kingdom

Philippians 2:1-13
Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

September 27, 2020

Where God Lives

Ephesians 2:13-22
In him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

September 26, 2020

Growing Up to Become a Child

Matthew 18:1-5
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

September 25, 2020

Partnered with Jesus

Matthew 11:28-30
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me . . . and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

September 24, 2020

Signs of Hope

Luke 4:14-21
“The Spirit of the Lord . . . has anointed me to proclaim good news . . . and . . . the year of the Lord’s favor.”

September 23, 2020


Isaiah 42:1-4
He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.

September 22, 2020

Community of Bruised Reeds

Matthew 12:15-21
“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. . . .”

September 21, 2020

The Quiet Peacemaker

Isaiah 42:1-4
“He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.”

September 20, 2020

Love and Not Knowing

1 Corinthians 13
Now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

September 19, 2020

Justice or Just Us?

Isaiah 42:1-4
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.”

September 18, 2020

Quiet, Powerful Kingdom Work

Matthew 5:13; Matthew 13:31-33
“You are the salt of the earth.”

September 17, 2020

Lighting a Candle

Matthew 5:13-16
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

September 16, 2020

Serving God First

Mark 3:20-31
When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

September 15, 2020

Loving Our Enemies

Matthew 5:38-48
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

September 14, 2020

Blessings in Persecution?

Matthew 5:10-12; Acts 5:17-42
The apostles left . . . rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name [of Jesus].

September 13, 2020


Matthew 5:9-12
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

September 12, 2020

Contagious Forgiveness

Matthew 6:9-15
“If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

September 11, 2020

Tender Mercy, Pure Heart

Matthew 5:7-12
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

September 10, 2020

Refreshing Shepherd

Psalm 23
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

September 9, 2020

God at the Center

Psalm 115:1-8
Those who make [idols] will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.

September 8, 2020

Desiring the Kingdom

Matthew 5:6-12
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

September 7, 2020

Meekness in Action

John 8:1-11
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” . . . “Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

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