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Called to the Ministry

This article is a slightly modified reprint of the original publication in the July 2014 issue of Beacon Lights.   Throughout my grade school, high school, and college years, the words, “Every young man should consider the ministry,” or some variation thereof, penetrated my heart as the sower’s seed the hard path. That word never received […]

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Lesser-Known Reformers: Martin Bucer (1491–1551)

Many scholars today suggest that the reformers misunderstood Roman Catholicism and overreacted against it. What silliness! Every reformer who was born before 1520 grew up in the Roman Catholic Church!  One such man was Martin Bucer, whom God would use to reject Rome’s wrong worship and help the faithful church appreciate true worship.    His […]

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Issue at Hand, March 2024: Vocation

Among the biggest decisions that a young person makes at the end of high school is how to answer the question, “What am I going to do?” Maybe the answer is college. Or maybe it’s starting a job that you’ve always wanted to do when you graduated. Or maybe the answer is simply, “I don’t […]

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Called to work

You’ve probably heard the word “vocation” before, particularly when people are talking about their work. Many Christians intentionally use this word when they describe their occupation because it correctly acknowledges that God provided them with the job they hold. When you read the word “vocation” throughout this issue of Beacon Lights, you can understand that […]

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What is God calling me to do? 

“So, what are you doing after high school?” You’ve probably been asked this question dozens of times if you’re graduating this year. Some of you have known the answer to this question since you were seven years old. Maybe you’ve always known you were going to be a teacher, a builder, a nurse, or a […]

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Thoughts on hiring by a small business owner

When my firm faces “capacity” issues, two main thoughts hit me. First, I am proud of my team providing a “wow” experience to our clients, prompting client referrals. This means we are succeeding. But second, it means it’s time for a necessary annoyance: hiring. Writing the job description, posting it online, reviewing resumes, multiple rounds […]

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This month the devotional contains the books of Jonah and Philemon. Although these two books might not seem to be similar—one about an Old Testament prophet, the other about a New Testament slave—they actually share a common theme. Both Jonah and Onesimus (Philemon’s servant) abandoned their callings. Jonah was called by God to preach to […]

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