Prayer, true prayer is our means of expression to God, by which we can show our gratitude to him for sending his son Jesus Christ. Likewise, through prayer we show our sorrow to Him for our sins. We, as the redeemed, come before God in humbleness, humble in the presence of a father who is everything while we are nothing in ourselves. Prayer is beautiful. We do not pray to God out of fear but out of love, both because we want to and because we have to.

What bothers me is the approach of the intellectuals and others who are leaving the “King’s English” (Thee, Thou, Thy, etc) and converting to the current you and your. I find with this change there is also a use of mod expressions in prayers such as “Lord, make us come alive” and “Lord, please give us a kick in the pants,” both of them referring to a student’s duty to God and his studies.

When listening to prayers like that, I feel as if I was talking to a doctor and asking him for a shot of thyroxin, or asking the grocer for a bottle of Pepsi. In using such common everyday language, prayer is depicted as if one person is talking to another on an even level, while we are really approaching a great and majestic God, whom we of ourselves have no right to approach. Tradition has made the words Thee and Thou sacred and respected and I feel this also applies to our addressing of God. Therefore let us come before God in humbleness and not in the pride of our own strength.

In the Catholic paper “Operation Understanding”, a young teenager asked the question, what is considered a modest covering in swim wear and dress wear for boys and girls of high school age by their church? The editor of the column, Father Gonrov, began the answer by saying that modesty is not an end in itself, but a means to an end. It is the preserving of one’s charm for the’ one he or she is to marry. And if a person does not marry this charm goes back to God who gave it in the first place.

Father Conroy brings out a very true and worthwhile point, but I feel that another aspect concerning the question on modesty should be shown. Consider Romans 12:2, “And be ye not conformed (or fashioned according) to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The trend of modern day society is to progress, forget past rules and regulations, and live for the present and the future. Yes, two- piece swimming suits are “in” and so are miniskirts and hip huggers. But where are these modern fashions formed? Of course the answer is that it is the work of the world. The verse I quoted states, “Be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” It commands us to separate from the world, not by becoming hermits in a woods far north, but separating in the sense that we as Christians should be able to let the world know’ that we are different both by our dress and by our walk.

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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