A Summary of Clarine Kooiker’s Essay Prepared by Gertrude De Vries

We as Christian young people should always be striving for one goal. That goal is a more godly attitude, a godly attitude toward the church and most of all to God himself. In striving for that goal we cannot serve God and mammon. The Bible says that is impossible. It is also impossible to remain neutral and sway to and fro with the whims and fancies of this world. But we as Chris­tian young people must forsake the world and all those who love sin and darkness and those who do all in their power to work against God.

There is definitely a sharp dividing line. On one side the Christian stands alone, and on the other side the devil and his hosts. There is no in between. The Christian has a difficult time to stand his position. So often he is tempted by that old nature which is al­ways present. It causes wrong desires to arise in our minds and some, which to our disgrace, are carried out. Take for example when we join the church for carnal reason or do not join at all.

Our attitude toward the church should be clearly manifested in us. In that we as Protestant Reformed Youth have a special task to perform. We must show ourselves as a distinct people in this world which is corrupt to the very core. In order to perform that task we must love the Lord our God with all our heart. It is our calling to watch and pray. If we do that we will be developing that godly attitude.

Be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for­asmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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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