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Overcoming Spiritual Lethargy

Spiritual lethargy is a weapon used by Satan to weaken our faith and to damage our relationship with God and our neighbor. Maybe you’ve heard this term before in a sermon or during a discussion at young people’s meetings. Lethargy is a lack of energy or enthusiasm. Spiritual lethargy is specifically a lack of energy […]

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Need for a Personal Relationship with God

I’ve heard mentioned by some of my peers a general discontentment with church matters, and I’ve often had similar feelings. In Bible studies, sermons, or perhaps even this magazine’s articles, it all seems repetitive, even to the point that “I never learn anything new.” Some of us express a concern that there is little development […]

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Champion of God

Weary soldiers in the faith, do you cry out in pain and travail? Does the warfare waged by the serpent cause your heart to become tired from fighting, even troubled? All saints throughout the extended history of God’s established church have experienced, to varying degrees, the stress placed on their souls to conform to this […]

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The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare   By Iain M. Duguid  Wheaton: Crossway, 2019  Reviewed by Ashley Mulder    Some years ago, a friend and I were searching for a book to use for a small group Bible study. We decided to check out the Protestant Reformed Seminary’s library, […]

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John Chrysostom, the Golden-Mouthed Preacher

Thinking back a few months to the June issue of Beacon Lights, readers will remember that the early church father Origen taught at a school (seminary) in Alexandria, Egypt. Also remember that he interpreted Scripture allegorically, finding deep spiritual meanings in a passage that weren’t really the passage’s intended meaning.   The main rival to the […]

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Issue at Hand, October 2023

At the time of writing for this issue of Beacon Lights, the summer is just wrapping up and schools are opening once again. I have the unique opportunity this year to be sending three of my daughters off separately to college, high school, and grade school—all Christian institutions—while another begins her own first year of […]

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Return of the Prodigal

Awake my soul to thy God,  The restless are exhausted there.   Dive no murky shallow pond,  Though first it glitter, bright and fair.    Heap thyself in single eye,  Complacent once for all to be.  No more tremor from the sty,  But Son-kissed life and beauty see.  

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Creating a Life of Thanks

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:20)   Give thanks always. Give thanks for all things. This is an incredible calling, but also a very hard calling. Thanks does not come naturally to us. It is something we have to work very […]

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Holiness in a World of Violence

This editorial is based on a speech from the Hope (Redlands) PRC Young Adults retreat held in July 2023.    Man’s heart, and therefore our world, is filled with violence. This is Scripture’s description of the world before God destroyed it with the flood: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was […]

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Awestruck

How do we respond to the dizzying, disgusting, and devastating world we live in? How should we make sense of the darkness in us and all around us? Should we just pretend it doesn’t exist? Do we complain about it? These are the questions that face us each and every day. As Christians, we are […]

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