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Existence

At the time of the writing of this article we are in the middle of what is called the “Christmas Season”. Newscasters are heard proclaiming holiday truces in various trouble spots of the world, and bemoaning that this spirit of peace and joy cannot be with us all through the year. The Salvation Army bells […]

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George M. Ophoff (4)

In our last article, we were discussing the grandfather of Rev. Ophoff, Prof. G. Hemkes. I have in my possession a story which was written by Rev. Hemkes at the time when he was a minister at De Leek and which was written while he was editor of the Yearbook published by the Reformed (Gereformeerde) […]

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Is the Psalter Outdated?

God’s people are a singing people. Both in the Old and New Testaments, the Lord tells us that His people sang of their joys and sorrows, of their struggles and victories. We, God’s people in the Reformed tradition, sing from the time we are tiny tots until we stoop with old age. Together we sing […]

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Seminarians

These young men shown here are in their fourth and last year of pre-seminary education. First of all, going from left to right, we see Carl Haak, age 21. He was born and raised in South Holland, Illinois, and is a member of the South Holland Protestant Reformed Church. He attended the Protestant Reformed School […]

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Sin Awareness

What does it mean to be aware of sin? To be “aware” means to be vigilant in observing, or alert in drawing inferences from what one sees, hears or learns (Webster). Those who are aware of sin, therefore, are able to detect sin in what they see, hear or learn. Scripture beautifully describes them in […]

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Something Good Will Happen to you Today

Among all the others, there are two favorite pictures in my study. One is of a seashore scene where lavish waves crash their crescendo over the rocky jetty. The mighty surge of aqua brine ebbs and flows incessantly in majestic restlessness. Standing on a wet, foam-spattered rock is a young man dressed in casual city […]

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The Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies

With this issue Beacon Lights starts a series of articles about all the Young People’s Societies. The societies were asked to write a short article about themselves and their activities. We hope to have all the society reports in this and in the next two issues. LOVELAND YOUNG PEOPLE’S SOCIETY Too often we, as young […]

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The Translators of The Authorized Version

In the opening pages of some copies of the King James Version of the Bible, one will find a section labled, (The Translators to The Reader). Within this rather lengthy article Dr. Miles Smith writes, “There were many chosen that were greater in other men’s eyes than in their own, and that sought the truth […]

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