The following articles are recaps of some of the discussions that took place at the convention. There were two times set aside for discussion groups. The young people were divided into groups of about 20. The Beacon Lights asked these young people to write on what discussion took place in the groups that they attended.

At the second discussion group of this year’s convention, the topic “Serving the Lord with Gladness in the Contemporary Life” was discussed. During our discussion we addressed ourselves to the topic of Music. In the following paragraphs I would like to try to recap our conversa­tion.

Almost immediately we turned to Psalm 150 which speaks of all the instruments which were used by Israel to praise God. When the topic of “stringed” instruments was brought up in verse 4 of that chapter, we began a very interesting discussion of the guitar. Many of us asked, “Can we use the guitar in our worship services or in singspirations?” We finally decided it would be very difficult because of the way in which the world has misused it. Again and again it was brought up that we can praise God with all the instruments He has created, so why not the guitar? After a sincere and interesting discussion, we decided, if it would not prove to be a stumbling block to the listeners and that the music would remain conservative, it would be a new and beautiful way for us to praise our Maker.

Another of the topics we discussed was the new tune of the Lord’s Prayer. Almost immediately various opinions presented the thought that it’s fast beat and “Jesus Movement” characteristics labeled it as unacceptable. From there we got into a lively discussion of what was wrong with the music, the tune or the words?

All in all, I thought it was a super discussion group and to list all the topics we encountered seems impossible. We spent two very enjoyable hours around God’s Word, not only as the future Church, but more importantly as His children trying to find a more perfect way to praise Him.


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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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