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Watching Daily at My Gates

December 1 Read Revelation 22:12-21. Having entered the last month of this year, we have the awesome truth that we are closer to the end of this present world. For God has planned a certain day when Christ Jesus, our Saviour, will return. And, as we read a moment ago, He will come quickly with […]

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Their Own Christmas Eve

Because they did not want to attract the attention of the secret police, who still kept an eye on the Christians, the people of the village decided to keep Christmas early December that year, before loads of snow would make the roads almost impassable in the Northern part of the Soviet Federation. For this occasion, […]

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The Farbers

Written by Gertrude Hoeksema, illustrated by Terri Gleason VandeVegte. 203 pages, $14.95 reg. price; $12.95 sale price (hardcover). With subjects ranging from school to 4H, broken arms to broken hearts, lambs to wombats, fishing to stealing and Upper Michigan to Tasmania, this book will keep your children begging for more. We’re thankful that Mrs. Hoeksema […]

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Seeking a Godly Spouse

The following is the body of a speech given by Rev. Bruinsma for an area-wide Bible seminar at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. I assume most of us here have not come just to hear an interesting speech on dating. If we are parents, then we are concerned with giving wise counsel to our young […]

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Daniel – A Faithful Prayer Life (1)

Part 1 “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” Daniel 6:10. Usually when we think of Daniel, […]

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Daniel: Godly Choices (2)

This is the conclusion of the speech Mr. Kalsbeek give at the 1995 Young Peoples Convention.   Young People, be not deceived! In Daniel, God provided a powerful example for us to follow. Daniel understood that if in the beginning of his sojourn in Babylon he joined the activities of Babylon, in the end his […]

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The Beacon Lights is introducing a new rubric entitled “Creation Through the Spectacles of Scripture.” Anything from plants to planets, from stars to psychology, even physics or mathematics are possible topics. The scope is broad, but not just any article on creation will do. What follows are some guidelines for the rubric. In the first […]

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Common Sense: Why We Don’t Have It

Has a teacher or a parent ever said to you, “why don’t you just use your common sense,” or have you ever said, “if he would just use his common sense . . .?” In our everyday language we often invoke the notion of common sense. Yet when you use this term have you ever […]

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Christmas Hymn

Christmas is the time to sing Praises to our heavenly King. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Whom the saints and angels laud, He was born in human frame, At the time appointed came. Shepherds in the fields that night Were assured by angel bright That no fearful time was this, But a moment of […]

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Gentleness (6)

“Jason, what do you think you’re doing? Can’t you even build a snow fort correctly?” Julie said as she crossed her arms and looked down at her little brother’s efforts. She sighed, shook her head, adjusted her mittens, and then began to build a wall next to his. “This way is stronger, and it looks […]

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From the Editor

Welcome to another issue of the Beacon Lights! It is with regret that the staff, and especially I, say that Daniel and Sharon Kleyn have resigned. Daniel’s work in the seminary, and their work with the Reformed Free Publishing Association made it impossible for them to continue working for the Beacon Lights. Their hard work, […]

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My Encounter with Cancer

Cancer History: September 1992 – Operation to remove malignant tumor in right tear duct. October 1992 – Operation to remove one neck lymph node and bone between right eye and nose in case tumor has spread to these areas. June/July 1993 – Radiation to right jaw as tumor has spread there. July/August 1994 – Tests […]

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No Smith in Israel

“Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel,” I Samuel 13:19a.   Today the blacksmith shop has become a museum piece. Since the automobile has replaced the horse and carriage the blacksmith extinguished his fire, put away his anvil, took off his heavy apron and closed shop. His usefulness is a […]

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