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In a low state of mind when I feel quite weak,                             (Ps. 69:2)

There’s a voice in my mind that will start to speak.                     (2 Cor. 11:3)

He accuses, and brings up all of my sins                                     (Rev. 12:10b, 12b)

And just like that, a battle begins.                                               (Eph. 6:12)

 

“A child of God you can’t possibly be.                                       (I John 3:10)

Just where are those good works we all should see?                     (Rom. 7:15-24)

The outside you might present fairly well,                                  (Matt. 23:25)

But of the inside there isn’t much good to tell!                            (Matt.23:28)

The thoughts of your heart should cause you much shame.          (Matt. 15:19)

How dare you let others call you by His name?

A Christian? That really could not be true.                                 (I John 3:6)

Let me tell you of all of the darkness in you.                               (Heidelberg Catechism, L.D. 2, Q&A 5)

You are proud, you are selfish, a hypocrite too.                           (Prov. 16:5; 1 Cor. 13:5; Matt. 7:4-5)

And to those of your church—if they only knew!

That the “good” you did them still had sin deep inside,                (Is. 64:6)

And it’s still there within, and from God it can’t hide.                 (Ps. 69:5)

What makes you think you’re a child of God?”

And to all this I simply begin to nod.                                          (Ps. 51:3; Ps. 40:12)

 

“All this is true, plus more than you said.                                    (Rom. 3:9-10)

The sins found in me are a deep, scarlet red.”                              (Ps. 51:4-5)

So these thoughts I take captive and bring to the Word                (2 Cor. 10:5)

For THIS is where the whole truth will be heard.                        (John 17:17)

 

“Lord, I come and I reason with Thee,                                      (Is. 1:18a)

My sins of deep crimson I know Thou dost see.                          (Ps. 11:4)

My iniquities rise and I’m brought very low.                               (Ps. 79:8)

Is it possible I too, Thy pardon can know?”                                 (John 8:10b-11a; Luke 18:13)

 

“The sins you commit are as scarlet, it’s true,                         (Rom 3:19-20)

But My child, you don’t end with looking at you.”                   (Matt. 1:21; Rom 6:23; Eph. 2:5)

He tenderly lifts up my head so I see                                          (Ps. 3:3)

The Lamb that was offered at Calvary.                                       (John 1:29)

 

“I know you can’t pay for your sins, precious one,             (Luke 17:10; Heidelberg Catechism, L.D. 5, QA 13)

And that is why I’ve sent forth My Son.                                      (John 3:17)

All of your sins, that you grieve when you see,                         (Rom. 7:23-24)

Have been blotted out and washed completely.                        (Ps. 103:10-12)

Thou art all fair My love, there is no spot in thee.                     (Song 4:7)

When I look at you I see a reflection of Me.          (Zech. 13:9; Rom. 8:29; Col. 3:10; 1 Cor. 15:49; 2 Cor. 3:18)

My work, it transforms you, it makes all things new.                 (2 Cor. 5:17)

You’re clean, every whit,” says the Faithful and True.               (Joh. 13:10; Rev. 19:11)

 

I weep with relief and with joy in my heart                                 (2 Cor. 9:15)

And return to tell that voice from the start,                                 (Mat. 4:4a; Heb. 10:22-23)

“My Father is just, but that is not all.                                          (Ps. 101:1)

He is merciful when on Jesus I fall.                                            (Neh. 9:31)

My sins have been paid for, they’re no longer there.                    (1 Cor. 6:11; Is. 1:18b)

My burden is lifted, no more must I bear.                                    (Is. 53:4-5; Matt. 11:28-30)

What God says is true. Your words do not stand.           (1 Joh. 3:20; Heidelberg Catechism, L.D. 23, Q&A 60)

Your accusing can’t pluck me out of His hand.”                         (Joh. 10:29)

 

And at this, the Accuser was no longer heard.                             (Jam. 4:7)

The doubts and the taunts can’t speak back to His Word.            (Matt.4:11a)

To the chosen of God, no charge can be lain,                              (Rom. 8:33-34)

For the answer is settled in the Lamb that was slain.       (Heidelberg Catechism, L.D. 15, Q&A 39; Joh. 19:30

I thank Thee LORD that Thou didst send,

This one with whom my life I’ll spend.

Wilt Thou be praised in our new life,

As we are now husband and wife.

Wilt Thou Father from above,

Teach us how we ought to love.

May we do so selflessly,
with patience and humility.

In all our laughter and our tears,

Trust in Thee through all our years.
As we do obey Thee LORD,

We will be as a three-fold cord.

Draw us nearer unto Thee,

Wilt Thou our strong foundation be.

To us Thy grace and mercy show,

On us Thy blessing now bestow.

May we each and every day,

Read Thy Word and to Thee pray.

And as we live life side by side,

Father be our Strength and Guide.

 

Farewell my precious little one,
So soon your earthly time is done.
Our many hopes and dreams for you
Are softly fading from our view.
Your calling proved to be much more great
Than what we did anticipate.
With no more sin to weigh you down,
You’re now a jewel in God’s crown.
Serving Him perfectly in Heaven above.
Surrounded by His wondrous love.
And although I don’t know exactly when,
I know that I will see you again.
And we will serve our God together
In perfection; in joy; in life forever.

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

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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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