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Beth is a member of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois.

I am the One
Who began before time
to fashion all life
in My sovereign rhyme.

I am the Creator –
Sun, stars, and moon,
Earth, humans, and beasts
all sing to My tune.

I am the Footsteps
echoing Adam’s in the night air,
and even in his fall,
I was still there.

I am the Promise
filling the morning sky,
after Noah opened the ark
and looked up on high.

I am the Fire
shining bright through the night,
leading Israel’s blind children
with My radiant light.

I am the Star
the wise men from afar followed,
leading to a quaint stable
by my Son, hallowed.

I am the Message
filling the whole earth
of forgiveness of sins
from a lowly child’s birth.

I am the Spirit
working in your heart today
hearing your thoughts
as you kneel down to pray.

And yet, you dare question
My plans for your life?
You dare to wonder
at your pains and your strife?

Child of God,
sinful, fumbling lamb,
your life is in My care
for “I Am the I Am”.

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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