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Watching Daily At My Gates

April 15 Read John 5:1-9 Once again we have another miracle of our Lord. There is some discussion about the place of this incident in the canon of Scripture. I believe that the Holy Spirit led the church to accept its authenticity for the church of all ages. Notice Jesus’ directness in verses 6-8. He asks […]

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Time Spent…

When the Master calls in that last day How was my time spent, what will I say? Am I watching and waiting, looking ahead, Instructing my children, the Bible daily read? To raise up the children—I must daily prepare, To answer their question, and for their needs care Do I study God’s word that I […]

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The Fourth Man – Preface and Chapter 1

Editor’s note: The following story was previously published in November, 2000 and the following chapters can be found online under the Beacon Lights link at the PRCA website http://www.prca.org/. This story gives the background to the story of the book reviewed in this issue. PREFACE The articles which will appear in subsequent issues of Beacon Lights are translations of a […]

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Richard Newhouse

Dear Prof. Engelsma, I read with great interest your article in the January Beacon Lights, and am looking forward to reading the February article as well. I have a couple of questions about the January article. First of all, regarding Richard Newhouse’s question to Prof. Volbeda on his inconsistency in defending sovereign, particular grace, but not […]

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Landverhuizers or The Immigrants

Landverhuizers or The Immigrants by Pieter J. Risseeuw. $25, $4 shipping and handling. Published 2008. 384 pages. Soft color cover. A historical novel, originally published as a trilogy, of Dutch immigration of the mid-nineteenth century. This English translation is made available for the first time by permission of the original publisher and supported by Netherland-America Foundation […]

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Is the Center of My Life the Church?

Have you ever met Harry? He is one of those fellows who is not so very interested in the worship service or various activities of the church. The first thing Harry does after he is ushered to his seat in church, is settle down as comfortably as possible. Then he struggles through a tradition prayer. […]

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Magnanimity During the three years of my close contact with the Rev. Prof. Herman Hoeksema in the Protestant Reformed Seminary, I found him to be unfailingly magnanimous. This will surprise those whose judgment of the man has been formed by the slanders of his theological and ecclesiastical foes. It may also surprise those who conclude […]

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Convention Preparation

Advertisements of the upcoming convention have been published regularly in Beacon Lights and the deadline for registration is coming up. It is our goal to use Beacon Lights in the issues leading up to the convention to help you prepare for this event with material related to the theme of the church gathered from all nations. Before looking outward […]

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500 Years Ago…”Let Us Find the Truth!” (2)

Fourteen-year-old Jean Chauvin walked briskly through the narrow street on his way to visit his family. He had been staying with the Montmors, enjoying an education under tutors in their wealthy household. Jean’s father had arranged it so. But now Jean must more permanently bid farewell to his father, stepmother, two brothers, and sisters. His […]

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