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Coast to Coast

Recently “Concordia” and other of our church papers have either commented upon or given excerpts from the book entitled “Van Kust Tot Kust”. It is to be hoped that this very interesting book may be read by all of our people who are able to do so. It is really fun to read—sometimes even funny; […]

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A Few Observations

If it be permitted for a mouse to squeak about an elephant, then I too shall make bold to record a few observations and remarks about the eminent theologian, Dr. Schilder, whom we were privileged to have in our midst and who has spoken and preached in our churches during the past few month. This […]

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Living Stones

Speech delivered at a combined meeting of the Young People’s Societies of the First Protestant Reformed Church on February 25, 1947. Chairman, members of the various societies represented here and Christian friends: I do not know why I am here.  I do not know what motivated your program committee to ask me and neither am […]

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A Strange Independence

Independence! A beautiful word! A word which immediately calls to mind many wonderful visions and highly desirable situations. Independence! A goal which we strive for both as individuals and as a nation. Independence! A shrugging off and a casting away of bonds of servitude and obligation. Oh, but to attain thereto! What freedom would be […]

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Another Approach

Perhaps one of the things which will most plague you young people who have entered upon a life’s vocation in the midst of the world, is the matter of membership in a labor organization. And much has been written concerning this question, both by officials of the church and various laymen. High ideals have been […]

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In Appreciation

In the previous issue of Beacon Lights we were obligated to take note of the face that Miss Reitsma was resigning from a position which she so capably handled for a number of years. And to this publication it is a loss which only those who have been close to the work can fully appreciate. […]

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Say Christian!

“Say, Christian, have you traveled long Upon life’s weary road?” “No, only thirty years or so I’ve borne my little load.” “Say, Christian, has the way been hard And filled with dark despairs?” “No, I wouldn’t say exactly that For I have One who cares.” “Say, Christian, do you think that we Shall gain the […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

Translation and Condensation by Mr. Geo. Ten Elshof   It was not without sorrow that Chiniquy left his congregation in Canada. For, as we have seen before, he was loved by all the churches which he served. His unselfish devotion to his flock and his ardent love for them had won him a place in […]

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Arguing With Asaph

Asaph, I must complain about you. And though you have centuries ago been lain to rest in the earth, yet I would have a word or two with you. For, I am almost on the point of calling you a fool, but before I do so I would hear what you have to say in […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

Translation and Condensation by Mr. George Ten Elshof   Introduction: – Karl Chiniquy, a young man studying for the priesthood, has been disputing with his instructor concerning the vow of celebicy. Father Leprohon, his instructor, has vainly attempted to overthrow the Scriptural proofs which young Chiniquy sets forth. Last time we left him busily and […]

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Air Minded and / or Heir Minded

It would be superfluous to state that we are a generation which finds itself in the midst of an air age. And, for many many years prior to the first balloon ascension and the first successful flight of a heavier than air machine, man has cast envious eyes at those creatures which God had provided […]

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A Bold Deduction

Among the numerous accusations which are hurled at us, one of the most common is the one that we are so very logical. And some would even say “coldly logical”. Just how this can be an accusation rather than a compliment, I quite fail to see. For myself, I find it a pleasure to be […]

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The Lament of Lazarus

We are supposed to be somewhat astonished and amazed at the results of the work of a certain Dr. Negorsky. He is a young Russian doctor who has won more or less acclaim because of the fact that he brings the dead back to life. I shall attempt to briefly describe his work in regard […]

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Beneath The Crosses

Beneath the crosses, row on row, He, too, has found a place And He shall nevermore return to fill that empty space. He was too young to die, they said, when the sad news was told. Too young to die? Did you then think death’s only for the old? Beneath the crosses, row on row, […]

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Thought and Bethought

I thought of saying: “Drunken fool, You’re on the way to hell!” I thought to give him sharp rebuke A thing or two to tell; I thought I’d say: “Be just like me And all will then be well.” I thought I’d stand on pinnacle. A sermon to him preach; I’d tell that foolish fellow […]

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Hey, Your Slip is Showing

Yes, your slip is showing. Didn’t you notice it when you looked in the mirror? It’s been showing for quite some time and showing more and more every day. You hadn’t noticed it? Are you sure? Hasn’t anyone else told you? Your mother, father, brother or sister? Your pastor? Pastor? Yes! If you are one […]

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Prescription for Conscription

To lift one’s pen or to raise one’s voice in the midst of a multitude of pens and voices and expect to be heard or even rightly understood appears to be a somewhat futile task. Especially if one chooses to utter thoughts which are contrary to the voice of the majority. (which by the way, […]

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I Envy You

I sat beside the death bed Of an aged, gray-haired man; He’d seen full eighty summers Ten more than average span. I looked deep into his tired eyes, Saw peace and comfort there; For you see, he was a’leaving For a land that’s sweet and fair. His struggle soon’d be over, His cares on earth […]

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Is This Trip Necessary

So you thought you’d heard the last of this expression? Or that this article is a left-over which we neglected to scrap when the peace treaty was signed? Such, however, is not the case and with your kind permission, I’d like to give it one more fling before relegating it to the war-time souvenirs. We […]

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Youth Center Reactions

Since it appears that all the contributions, for which we allowed ample time, have been submitted in regard to our Youth Center discussion, your editor would like to make the following remarks: 1.  It is not true that we must have our own youth center. If you wish to use a strong imperative and say […]

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The Works of Father Chiniquy

(A translation and condensation by George Ten Elshof)   If you will recall, we noticed in our previous issue that Karel Chiniquy is now attending the school which is preparing him for the priesthood. He has been engaged in debate with his instructor concerning various matters. We left him last time in the midst of […]

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His Humble Birth

Perhaps the first thing a child is taught concerning the birth of Jesus, is the place of that birth. And even before it has learned to speak correctly, it will answer when asked, “Where was Jesus born?” “In Bethlehem.” A little later, details are added which more definitely state the location and children are taught […]

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Youth’s Temptations

The tempter said, “O come my son, Life for you has just begun. If time you spend on Scripture’s truth, You’ll waste a lot of precious youth.   You’re only young once, you see, And now’s the time for gaiety- For movies, parties and such things, Church is sober-my world sings!”   And son was […]

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Thanksgiving by Comparison

Before our next issue is published, Thanksgiving day will have come and gone. And since this holiday will also be observed by services in our churches, it is perhaps well if we turn our thoughts for a few moments to this subject. We shall not recall for you its origin since that was very ably […]

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It is not Enough

Almost inevitably, at this time of the year, the thoughts of those who love the truth, as it is clearly set forth by the Protestant Reformed churches, turn toward the origin of this denomination and focus themselves sharply upon those issues which have caused us to be taken by the scruff of the neck and […]

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