1. This book is all that’s left me now, –
    Tears will unbidden start, –
    With faltering lip and throbbing brow
    I press it to my heart.
    For many generations past
    Here is our family tree;
    My mother’s hands this Bible clasped,
    She, dying, gave it me.

 A-h! well do I remember those

  1. Whose names these records bear;
    Who round the hearthstone used to close,
    After the evening prayer,
    And speak of what these pages said
    In tones my heart would thrill!
    Though they are with the silent dead,
    Here are they living still!

 My father read this holy book

  1. To brothers, sisters, dear;
    How calm was my poor mother’s look,
    Who loved God’s word to hear!
    Her angel face, – I see it yet!
    What thronging memories come!
    Again that little group is met
    Within the walls of home!

 Thou truest friend man ever knew,

  1. Thy constancy I’ve tried;
    When all were false, I found thee true,
    My counselor and guide.
    The mines of earth no treasures give
    That could this volume buy;
    In teaching me the way to live,
    It taught me how to die.

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 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 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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