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In the Bible the family was estab­lished soon. Adam needed a helpmeet, so God created woman, and out of this union came children, thus completing the family unit. Down through the centuries it has survived as the most stable, enduring, and universal of cultural forms. According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, the family is defined as “a group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood, or adoption constituting a single household, interacting with each other in their respective social positions of husband and wife, mother and father, son and daughter, brother and sister, who share, create, and maintain a common culture.” The family consists, therefore, of parents and children— parents who teach their children who, in turn, grow up to be responsible, Christian people.

We may ask ourselves, “Are our families any different from the world’s? Don’t children always argue and fight? And don’t we have a generation gap?” If you feel the answer to the last two questions are “Yes,” then we are in a sad state.

But then we must think of the differences. Take this past Christmas, for example. We woke up to go to church and attend Christmas service and the Sunday School program afterward. We thought of the Christ who descended from heaven and God’s majesty to be born in a lowly manger and take on our human nature and sinful body because He loved us. At the time we were thinking this, the worldly people were probably thinking about that party tonight or those nice presents under the Christmas tree. What a difference!

There are other differences also. We don’t have to worry about our parents being unfaithful, spending all their wages sitting in a bar, or even divorce. We wouldn’t know what it would be like to come home with no parents around. We, as Christian young people, have real security in our families and homes. We sometimes become frustrated because we feel that we can’t do “anything”; but when we think about the young people of the world who try to find security in their drinking and pot parties, we see that we, as Christian young people, are richly blessed and must thank God for our Christian homes.

 

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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