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Watching Daily at My Gates

May 1 Psalm 121       Young people, do you have cares that weigh heavily on your soul? Are you burdened by circumstances in life? Do you feel that answers are not coming fast enough? Stop and read Psalm 121. Reread verse two. “My help cometh from Jehovah, which made heaven and earth.” The creator of the […]

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War

You would think that we would not have much in common with soldiers sitting in a foreign country fighting a war some fifty years ago. We get up in the morning, go to work and return again in the usual way day after day. Our lives for the most part are rather stable. But we […]

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Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a form of meditating developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Transcend means “to go beyond”. Maharishi studied under an unidentified “divine teacher” in India for thirteen years. He went into seclusion, later emerging with the Transcendental Meditation method he’d cre­ated. He began his teachings in the early 1950’s but it wasn’t until […]

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Thou Shalt Not Covet

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Of all the commandments God gave us. I believe the 10th is the one we most easily rationalize our way around. If you’re admiring a certain sleek looking automobile or beautiful house for example, and some­one says, “You mustn’t covet.” What’s the first thing […]

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History of the Beacon Lights

Many of you have received the Beacon Lights for a long time. However, some of you are new sub­scribers. Here is a bit of the history of the Beacon Lights for those who didn’t know. In the late 1930’s, an organization was started in the Chicago area by young people of the Protestant Reformed Churches. […]

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An Introduction

What would you decide in these situations? Your minister is preaching. In the course of the sermon he admonishes the congregation to imitate a particular lifestyle. Although he claims the text requires this obedience, you are not at all convinced that the text teaches it. Must you go along with what he preached, or may […]

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Jerusalem

“About Mount Zion go, Her tow’rs and ramparts tell; That ye her strength may know, Mark her defenses well. Her royal palaces behold, That ye her glories may unfold.” -PSALTER 133:1   Jerusalem was, is, and most likely shall for years to come be an important city. In Bible times Jerusalem was God’s “Holy City”. […]

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Letters

Q • In connection with the issue of euthanasia, recent studies have shown that at least 80 percent of a person’s total health costs are spent on him/her after he/she reaches the age of 80. This means that this money is being spent to prolong the life of an elderly person who normally has only […]

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Repent or Perish

Repent or Perish, by John H. Gerstner. Ligonier, P.A.: Soli Deo Gloria Publications; 1990. 218 pg. Is there really such a place as Hell? Would a lov­ing God punish anyone in this manner? Modern evan­gelicals are denying eternal punishment in hell by appealing to the goodness of God. They look at the texts of the […]

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Special Music: Bane or Blessing?

Since joining the Protestant Reformed Church­es, some criticism has been directed towards me, criti­cism concerning special music. In my old church (Christian Reformed), I often accompanied special music on the piano and sang in the church choir. I also played synthesizers for a group of young people who presented a musical in various Reformed and […]

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