Mrs. Gertrude Hoeksema has very beautifully written the Bible Story book Come, Ye Children. This book is the third that she has written. The other two are: 1) Therefore Have I Spoken, a biography of her father-in-law Herman Hoeksema, and 2) Peaceable Fruit, a book about her experience as house­wife, mother, and veteran Christian School teacher.

I enjoyed reading this book for a couple of reasons. First, Mrs. Hoek­sema took the time and effort to explain things so that even very little children would be able to understand it. For example: In the creation stories she gave examples of things such as in the third chapter when she is talking about the sun being a light holder like our lamps. She also asked questions in the beginning of the chapters that were about the chapters. Secondly, Mrs. Hoeksema put a “Remember” after each story to remind little children of certain important things.

Mrs. Hoeksema uses the expres­sion “this is a picture of” throughout the book. Little children do not understand that. The expressions “this is like” or “this reminds us of” such and such a thing, children understand better.

Mr. Jeff Steenholdt did a very fine job of illustrating Mrs. Hoeksema’s book.

I recommend this book to young readers and listeners.


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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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