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We just recently celebrated our first anniversary and already we have shared joys and sorrows, trials and tribulations. Most of all, we have experienced the blessings and grace of God. We are glad to be a part of the Protestant Reformed denomination and under the care of the reformed truth.

We, as a small church, are very close, and unity can be genuinely felt even after only one year. Two members joined shortly after we were established. A young family was blessed with the birth of their third child. God then blessed us with the safe arrival of our minister, Rev. Moore, as well as nine other additions. Two older couples celebrated their pros­perous 25 years of marriage last summer, and one of the younger couples were joined in holy matrimony in September. But “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed by the Name of the Lord.” He saw fit to take a young member from us by way of an automobile accident, into His Holy Presence. We remember that this is also a means of grace shown to us.

We haven’t organized any societies as such, but the young people have a coffee party every Sunday night where we play games and drink coffee. Occasionally, the older people also get together.

Catechism, held every Monday night for the young people, and every Saturday morning for the children, seems to be going very well. The Essentials class, consisting of all confessing members as of October 24, proves to be very interesting and applicable to life today.

There is also a Bible Study class every Thursday night to which outsiders are heartily welcome. We are happy to say that there is outside interest shown, and valuable discussions take place. As of now, we are talking about the Canons of Dordt.

Rev. Moore and his family, on behalf of the congregation, extend a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to come up here if they get the chance. We would enjoy having you here to worship with us in Spirit and in truth. We already have experienced that joy with some of you.

In conclusion, our congregation is very thankful for the truth and God’s revelation of it to us. Without it, it would be impossible to lead a healthy, Christian life.

 

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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

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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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