All the world is in confusion,

There is trouble everywhere—

Sin and sorrow and delusion,

Hearts in turmoil and despair,

Hopeless is the scene about us,

Deeper grow the shades of night

Yes, the outlook may be dreary,

But the uplook’s always bright.


Oh, the outlook may be dreary,

But the uplook’s always bright!

Keep your eyes upon the Saviour,

And you need not fear the night.

While the gloom of earth grows deeper,

Clearer shines the Heavenly light,—

Oh, the outlook may be dreary,

But the uplook’s always bright.


Oh, the evil that surrounds us!

Oh, the folly, pomp and pride!

Love of self and love of pleasure,

Sin and shame on every side.

Men like sheep without a shepherd,—

How deplorable their plight;

Yes, the outlook may be dreary,

But the uplook’s always bright.


Up beyond earth’s din and clatter,

Up beyond its sin and strife,

Stands the blessed loving Saviour,

Giver of eternal life.

Keep your eyes on Jesus only,—

Oh, how precious is the sight!

Though outlook may be dreary,

Praise His name, the uplook’s bright!

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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