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Winter with all its cold, ice and snow is gone and spring has come again.  The lawns are already covered with a nice green blanket of grass, and many a fruit tree is in full blossom.  A wonderful sight, but also in this does God prove His might and glory.  But are we always conscious of this?  And not only of His great power and glory but also of His love towards His children?  How often He seems to be so far away from us—like you who are far away from home, parents, brothers and sisters, yes, all those who are dear to you!  Far away from church, among strangers who do not know or do not want to know about God nor His Word and who despise the things you hold dear.  Led in a way that is hard and may seem unjust. Yet, let us remember, He Who leads the destiny of nations, also has laid the pathway which we must tread.  But the most blessed of it all is that the Lord Who has marked out this pathway for you says, “That all things work together for them that love God.”  But life’s pathway is so much harder than it was a few years ago!  I agree with you, for years ago anyone could be a Christian and no one would molest you, but times have changed and more and more this fact has come to the foreground.  One must deny our Lord and have peace with the world or confess Him to be God alone and be persecuted and mocked.  But may God give grace and strength to be faithful to the end whatever the cost may be.  And thou shalt have joy and peace in your hearts which passes all understanding.  May the Lord bless and keep you.

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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