A man was sitting on a bench,

Reading his evening news.

He looked up and saw an old man

Who offered him one of his chews.


“Well, my boy,” said the old man,

“I’m getting old and gray.

It’s time for me to go away

But first I have somethin’ to say.


“When I was young I often rebelled,

And disobeyed almost every law.

My da’ had died and left all debts

And I deserted my ma.


“After that whatever I done

I did without permission.

Whatever I wanted I could get

But to me there was somethin’ missin’.


“When I a-married I had a son,

A fine boy I thought was he.

But when I tried to force my will

He acted just like me.


“He left me and I felt real bad

Just like my ma had felt.

At least he left me with no debts

I had my money belt.


“After some years of bitter regret

My boy came back to me.

He asked for forgiveness and I said,

‘My son – no – please forgive me.


“I realize how my ma had felt

When we was dirt poor.

I found her grave and pa’s too

Out on the lonely moor.


“I stood by the graves lookin’ down

And asked them to forgive me.

I know in my heart they did forgive

But my guilt remains in me.


“So I’m telling you this, young man,

So that you this deed not do

Stay with your folks and take care of them

And your children will take care of you.”


The old man left and when he was gone

The young man too went home.

When he thought of the story the old man told

Vowed never to leave his parents alone.

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

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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