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The Quest of the Magi

*This poem was originally published in the December 1970 issue.   The Quest (Matt. 2:1-11) With glowing light the dawn doth break O’er yonder hills; And in its wake Majestically the sun doth rise Casting its rays o’er land and skies.   The city stirs from slumber deep Jerusalem rouses, wakes from sleep And soon […]

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The Origin of Christmas Customs

*This article was originally published in the December 1964 issue. The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices that her Head and Redeemer was born as a babe in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago.  On December 25?  In the year 1 A.D.?  It seems that neither the month nor the year is correct.  The […]

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Mirth and Madness

*This article was originally published in the December 1961 issue. At no other time of the year does the behavior of the American people as closely approach insanity as at Christmas. One glance at a red-colored date, five sixths of the way through the December calendar, and an entire nation lurches into incredible activity. Like […]

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The Life of John Huss (1369-1415)

Introduction: Ever since the time of the Protestant Reformation there has been a saying that goes something like this: “The doctrine of election stands at the very heart of the church.”  Maybe you have heard your own minister say that from off the pulpit, or in the catechism room: “The doctrine of election stands at […]

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The Daily Press

December 8 – Go to God in Prayer Read Psalm 142 1 Samuel 22 records the time that David hid from Saul and the Philistine king Achish in the cave of Adullam.  1 Samuel 24 recounts the time that he fled from Saul to a cave in the wilderness of Engedi, the same cave his […]

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Memories

When I moved into Sunset Village, I had to part with so many “goodies” that I no longer would have room for in my small room.  That included many memories like the things you are asking for, but I’ll give you a few things that I recall. My earliest position with Beacon Lights was Assistant […]

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Looking Back with Luther

“We are beggars, this is true.” The story passed down through history is that these words were scribbled down by Martin Luther on a piece of paper and stuffed into his pocket while he was lying on his deathbed. You can imagine what he was thinking. He was a weary pilgrim at the end of […]

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Interview with Agatha Lubbers (1)

It is June 27, 2009, and I am interviewing Miss Agatha Lubbers in Grand Rapids, MI. MHH: Miss Lubbers, where and when were you born? AL: I was born on a Thursday, December 24, 1931 on 12th Avenue in Jenison, Michigan. The house in which I was born is still standing—a little brick building. MHH: […]

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Amazing Grace: Lessons I Learned from my Grandma

Grace Schimmel was born August 27, 1926 to George and Nellie Kamps. Over the course of her long and full life, she had seven children, 31 grandchildren, and over 50 great-grandchildren. Her past times included lively card games with friends and family, heated debates around the dinner table, Dutch bingo, and painting (which she was […]

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