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Reverend or Pastor?

Calling or referring to ministers of the gospel as “Reverend” has been a long-standing tradition in English speaking churches. In some circles it is more prevalent than in others; for instance, it is a deeply entrenched tradition in Reformed churches, but in many Presbyterian denominations the practice is infrequent or non-existent. The stated reason for […]

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Longsuffering (5)

Hm. Now where is my new pen? Not here … or here. Ah, there it is —on Jason’s desk. Let’s see, where did I put that notebook? I thought it was right here. Oh, there it is—on Jason’s desk. That little brother! Oh no, I’m late. I’ve got to find my assignment. I know it […]

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From The Editor

Welcome to the November 1995 issue of the Beacon Lights. The staff and I would like to welcome Lenora Hoekstra as the latest member of the staff. Nora has volunteered to mail your magazines to you, so if you see her, please give her a word of appreciation. Welcome, Nora! We have a great issue […]

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Fill Us with Thanks

Thy hand, O Lord, has showered down Rich blessings on our head: The earth good harvests yield, Thou blessest flock and field, Thy cov’nant Thou hast sealed And all the way hast led. The gifts Thou sendest to Thine own Are but a token small Of all Thou hast in store, Increasing more and more […]

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Dressing for God’s House

As far as I know, there’s no place in the Bible that tells us exactly what is proper attire for the worship services. However, many passages refer to reverence and respect which should serve as a guide as to what we wear in church. In Leviticus 19:30 we read: “Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and […]

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Don’t Lose Your Wedding Ring

There is one story in my family that is famous. It’s a story that my grandfather loves to tell. The story is about my great-grandpa, Ed Ver Meer and his wife, Jennie. They farmed on a small acreage along what is now the “Orange City blacktop.” They were a happy couple and proud of their […]

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Daniel: Godly Choices (1)

So, he had to go. It didn’t matter that he didn’t want to go. It didn’t matter that he was a godly man. It didn’t matter either that his parents didn’t want him to go. It didn’t matter that he was only a very young teenager. Nor did it matter that he was of the […]

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A Guide for Our Paths

Since education has begun for another season, everyone’s back into the flow of work, school, sports, and extra-curricular activities. Our family lives just get busier and crazier as life goes along. A quick hello in the morning is all we may even see of each other during a normal day. Along with this hustle and […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

November 1 As we approach the end of this year, we come closer to the day when Christ Jesus, our Saviour, will come and bring all of His elect into the everlasting glory of the New Jerusalem. They will all dwell there with Him, and with new bodies and souls, in a heavenly blessedness, which […]

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