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Of What Value is Christmas?

Although I am almost finished with the series that I began when the Beacon Lights was again published last winter, and although it would be possible to finish that series in this issue, I think it may be well to pause, since this is the December issue, and call to mind a few thoughts concerning Christmas and […]

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The Value of Being Protestant Reformed (1)

As I wrote the title above, the thought entered my mind that it is quite possible that this title will not fit for very long any more, for we might conceivably lose our name which we have now held for thirty three years. Probably all of you know the circumstances which have arisen in the […]

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The Idea of Preaching

Speech delivered by Candidate H. Hanko at his graduation exercises in Fourth Church.   In the American “church world” – and I put the term in quotation marks – there is a definite lack of emphasis on preaching. No longer does preaching occupy the place that it should in the church institute, and no longer is […]

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Preparation, Societies (2)

Two issues ago we discussed the place that societies occupy in the church. Now we must discuss the benefits of society attendance. What then are the benefits of societies, and how do they serve the preparation of the covenant youth for his place in God’s church? Most societies are by their constitutions consecrated to a […]

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The Necessity of Protestant Reformed Education

The subject heading this article is the one that has been assigned me by the “Beacon Lights” Staff for their “School Issue.” From one point of view the subject is outdated. There was a time, not too many years ago, when this was the burning issue in our churches, especially in the Grand Rapids area. […]

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Preparation, Societies (1)

Thus far in our series, we have discussed the place of Catechism and Confession of Faith in the life of the Christian youth as a means to prepare him for his place in the church of Jesus Christ. Although the convention is yet some months away, preparations are being made for it, and the news […]

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Confession of Faith (2)

b) But in the second place you promise to adhere to the doctrine of your church by rejecting all heresies repugnant to the doctrine that is taught there. That, too, is important. Any heresy which arises in the church or any heresy on the outside which threatens the church, you promise to reject. And that […]

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Confession of Faith (2)

We treat this subject at this time because it is the climax of catechetical instruction. Furthermore, Confession of Faith is always necessary for the individual member of the church to become a “full member” and to partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Participation in this sacrament we hope to treat in some other […]

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Catechism

In our discussion of the preparation of young people to take their place in the midst of the church and kingdom of God, it is well that we devote an article to Catechetical instruction. For Catechism is undoubtedly the most important means that we have to be prepared for our future life in the sphere […]

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Preparation

Even as on the last day of the year our thoughts turn back to the year behind us, so naturally, on the first day of a new year our thoughts turn to the future. And, of course, we do not do this as the world does, for the child of God ends the old year […]

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