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The Possibility of a Protestant Reformed SWIM Program

Before we decide whether or not a SWIM (Summer Workshop in Missions) program is desirable for the Protestant Reformed Churches, let us consider what SWIM really is as it exists in the Christian Reformed Church: who participates and how, and what results are obvious. The formal SWIM program, under the authority of Classis, is open […]

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Genesis 7 & 8

Deliverance Through Judgment: III.       Destruction by Water (Chapter 7) The first part of this chapter (vss. 1-10) records the final instructions of God to Noah just a week before the flood came. Again, the obedience of Noah is marked (vs. 5) as he brought into the ark those appointed unto salvation and so all things […]

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The Beginning of Wisdom

Psalm 111:10 — “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Graduation day, 1963! Some of you young people look forward to that event (or maybe it is already an accomplished fact). No doubt the day is one of great importance for you and for your families. It is the culmination of years […]

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Communion of Saints

“I believe an holy catholic church, the communion of saints.” These words we hear read every Sunday, and yet, do we really believe what they mean? Or do we just believe them to be true? Everyone believes something. But, do we really believe in the communion of saints? Who are the true saints? Can we […]

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Outdated Doctrine

May I have a little space in Beacon Lights? When I read Rev. H. Hanko’s article in the March edition that “our doctrine is outdated and our life and walk is too narrow and severe to be real in these days,” I paused a while and looking around came to the conclusion that the harmony […]

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Editor Resigns

Dave Engelsma — His name is well known in our circles — has resigned as editor of Beacon Lights and the Staff, who has long enjoyed his companionship and trust, wishes to remember him with a few well-deserved words of appreciation. As our editor, Dave gave of his time, talent, energy and effort to make […]

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Know Your Psalms

1. Oh, sure, the family calls it ulcers. Ulcers! That’s just wishful thinking; the real trouble, as everyone but the family will admit, is cancer! He hasn’t got long to live; I hear the Doctor gives him only five weeks . . .” “… oh, you can’t pay attention to the ravings of that old […]

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Graduation

Westminster Confession of Faith: (Shorter Catechism) Question 1. What is the chief end of man? Answer 1. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. The sun glistens on the pulsing muscles of the runner. His head thrown back, his arms and legs rising and falling in a strong, steady rhythm, […]

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Some Convention Thoughts

It would be profitable for Protestant Reformed young people if the Federation Board subjected the annual Convention to a thorough study. The lines along which the investigation might be carried out are these: 1) What is the purpose of conventions? 2) What ought to be included in and excluded from conventions so as to attain […]

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