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Alpha and Omega

In the beginning, the eternal Word, By might unmeasured and unknown to man, Spoke, and the depths of nothingness were stirred; And in that great beginning time began. And in time’s fullness, man by sin fast held, That Word was flesh, time met eternity; The finite and the Infinite were weld, And God and man […]

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The Tree

Gnarled, twisted, writhing snake, Snow-shod ‘neath a winter sky, Putting on the feathery flake, Only then to lay it bye. Standing bleak and bare, alone – Leaves have drifted to the ground; Cheerful, chirping birds have flown; The howling wind’s the only sound. Stalwart, staunch, and strong it stands ‘Neath the vaulted roof of sky. […]

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God Gave Green

God gave green; And life is green: And grass and plants and trees are green. Life is green. Grass turns gold and brown And leaves turn gold and crimson: Dying is beautiful. Withering grass and falling leaves; And bare trunks silhouette the sky: Death is black, Till whiteness fills the air and earth And snow-clothes […]

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Perfect Peace

When I am bowed with grief, When troubles round me throng, When there seems no relief, When I can find no song, He sends His perfect peace From sorrow gives release, Through all my journey here, Peace, perfect peace.   When I have doubts within, When faith is far from strong, When I behold my […]

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His Blood on Us

The frenzied mob, ferocious, fearing nought, Pressed closer, shouting for the life they sought, And raised their voices like a mighty flood, “On us and on our children be His blood.” The scarlet stains, on that spike-studded cross Where hung the bleeding body, with each toss Of pain re-echoed that rebellious cry Until it reached […]

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Drama-Should We Use It?

This article appeared in the May, 1957 issue of Beacon Lights and was the negative part of a debate in print. We use it only and not the affirmative statement because the very real problem concerning this subject is close and obvious to each one of us. It need not therefore be established by an […]

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Morning Melody

Here in the solemn solitude, The glist’ning lake reflects the glory of the morning sun. The moveless mountains’ mighty majesty Is breathed abroad; each strand of breeze is spun With magic mist that swells across the plain. All nature seems to stand serenely awed, As with mute tongue she shouts the strain divine: Here is […]

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The Tree

Gnarled, twisted, writhing snake, Show-shod ‘neath a winter sky, Putting on the feathery flake, Only then to lay it bye.   Standing bleak and bare, alone— Leaves have drifted to the ground; Cheerful, chirping birds have flown; The howling wind’s the only sound.   Stalwart, staunch, and strong it stands ‘Neath the vaulted roof of […]

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God Gave Green

God gave green; And life is green: And grass and plants and trees are green. Life is green.   Grass turns gold and brown And leaves turn gold and crimson: Dying is beautiful.   Withering grass and falling leaves; And bare trunks silhouette the sky: Death is black,   Till whiteness fills the air and […]

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Autumn Anthem

The glowing trees are tinged with flame; The fiery forests with colors blaze. And written there I see His name And hear the silent call to praise.

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His Blood on Us

The frenzied mob, ferocious, fearing nought, Pressed closer, shouting for the life they sought, And raised their voices in a mighty flood: “On us and on our children be His blood.”   The scarlet stains, on that spike-studded cross Where hung the bleeding body, with each toss Of pain re-echoed that rebellious cry Until it […]

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Peace

The sounding surf so surgingly Pounds the sandy shore; The wrathful waves break ceaselessly And ragingly they roar.   The howling, whist’ling, whipping wind Blasts a salty sandy spray. Nature has no peace nor rest As I look up to pray.   And then I see His star-lit heavens; The soft moon shines above, In […]

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In God’s Country

The rolling fields of brown and green Embraced the purple mountains high; The rugged peaks with snowy lips Reached bravely up and kissed the sky.   The azure blue stretched out its hands, Pulled up the eastern shining sphere; The sun with kindly smiling face Gave light and life and warmth and cheer.   The […]

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God Gathers

God spoke and said to those who thronged His throne, “Who will go forth to give My child birth?” And Life replied, “As a gift from Thee alone, I will go down and make him on the earth.”   God spoke again and said, “My child’s lost; Who will find and bring him back to […]

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A Didactic Fantasy

Last night as I lay sleeping on my bed, I dreamed a dream as strange as e’er I’d done. Time had flown by as Satan on the wing Had from Hell’s vaulted cavern swiftly sped Through CHAOS.  And as he betook himself To other worlds, so I did find myself In places new and unconceived […]

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Alpha and Omega

In the beginning, the eternal Word, By might unmeasured and unknown to man, Spoke, and the depths of nothingness were stirred; And in that great beginning time began. And in time’s fullness, man by sin fast held, That Word was flesh, time met eternity; The finite and the Infinite were weld, And God and man […]

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Perfect Peace

When I am bowed with grief, When troubles round me throng, When there seems no relief, When I can find no song, He sends His perfect peace, From sorrow gives release, Through all my journey here, Peace, perfect peace.   When I have doubts within, When faith is far from strong, When I behold my […]

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The Tree

Gnarled, twisted, writhing snake, Snow-shod ‘neath a winter sky, Putting on the feathery flake, Only then to lay it bye. Standing bleak and bare, alone— Leaves have drifted to the ground; Cheerful, chirping birds have flown; The howling wind’s the only sound. Stalwart, staunch, and strong it stands ‘Neath the vaulted roof of sky. Fearless […]

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The Letter

The dying sun was casting a few sparse rays through the bars of the solitary window of the cold cell. The prisoner, an erect and dignified man whose garb revealed him to be a clergyman, gazed thoughtfully at what he knew would be his last sunset. The day is dying, he thought, and before tomorrow […]

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Young People and the Future

Once more we have crossed the threshold into a new year. And once again, from pulpit, school-room, or even newspaper ads, we are reminded of “the future.” Young people have always been associated with the future. The coming generation, tomorrow’s citizens and homemakers, the church of tomorrow are but a few of the descriptions of […]

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The 19th Annual P.R.Y.P. Convention

Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, California, Arizona – from all over they came. By car, bus, or train they arrived at Oaklawn, Illinois, scene of the 19th Annual P.R.Y.P. Convention. There they found a friendly welcoming committee to greet them, register them, give them their badges and tickets, and assign them to […]

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The Morning Star of the Reformation

Perhaps the most prominent forerunner of the Reformation, often called “the Morning Star of the Reformation,” was the English reformer, John Wyclif. Appearing on the scene of history a century and a half before Luther, Wyclif clearly saw the abuses and heresies of the Roman Catholic Church and strongly attacked them. He was born at […]

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No Boys, No Cars, No Convention

At this year’s convention we were surprised to learn that the first P.R.Y.P. convention was held twenty years ago but that this convention was only the 18th one. However, an immediate explanation revealed why. “We did not have conventions for two years during the war,” said one of the participants in a convention program, “since […]

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A Letter to the Editor

Mr. Charles Westra Editor, Beacon Lights   Dear Sir: In the May issue of “Beacon Lights” my article regarding the Christian Reformed Church is attacked by Neal De Young. Allow me to defend myself and to answer some of his questions and statements. Mr. De Young writes that I think everyone is wrong except the […]

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Christian Reformed Church Grows

Our attention was drawn to a headline on the church page of the “Grand Rapids Press” last month which boldly proclaimed the following: “Membership in Christian Reformed Church passes 200,000 mark.” The article in connection with this headline noted that the Christian Reformed Church, which hopes to celebrate its centennial next year, has grown very […]

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