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I was raised in the Protestant Reformed Churches and educated, kindergarten through twelfth grade, in our PR Christian schools.  Following high school, I spent four years at a Christian college.  When I later returned to school to get my teacher certification, I attended a public university, where I was required to do my teacher assisting […]

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The Christian Teenager and His Friends

A Friend.  The word may be short and simple, but the idea is complicated.  A friend is one with whom you can confide and someone who can share your innermost secrets.  For persons to be friends there has to be a love for one another.  For teenagers a friend is important.  Because with this person, […]

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Of Rhinoceri and Palm Trees

Did you ever see a palm tree growing next to a glacier?  I did, kind of. Have you ever been inside a rhinoceros?  I have, in a way. Let me explain a bit.  Most readers of the Beacon Lights are not aware that many years ago it was my privilege to be a teacher in […]

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Editor’s Notes – August/September 1991

We want to thank Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church Young Peoples Society and all those who contributed of their time and effort to make the 1991 Young People’s Convention an enjoyable week of spiritual growth, Christian fellowship and fun.  We especially thank Rev. Van Baren who spoke on “Knowing About the End”, Rev. Bruinsma who […]

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Dear Fellow Peers

I have read some of the articles in the Beacon Lights, and it has occurred to me that most of them are “do’s” and “don’ts”.  The articles are usually very good in themselves, but as the “Beacon Lights” is a pamphlet for the youth, I feel that there should be more articles on why we […]

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Children – God’s Special Gift to Us

This year opened up many new beginnings for me.  There were new people to meet, families to get to know, lessons to create and ideas to thrash around.  Not to mention the first report cards, parent-teacher conferences and field trips. It seemed only appropriate that we begin the new school year by studying the beginning […]

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