FILTER BY:

It was a cool summer day in April. My father and I were walking along the banks of the Grand River looking for a good spot to fish. We rounded a bend and there we spotted a huge mountain like a mound of pop cans and bottles, along with other scraps of metal and broken shards of glass. This mound was about 10 feet high and it cast a great black shadow over the water. The sad thing about this, is that every bit of the “trash” was recyclable, and was in fact worth three or four hundred dollars.

People often throw things away because they do not know that they can get good money for turning them in. So much scrap metal is igno­rantly thrown away, that if it were saved it could give all the U.S. car factories enough steel every year to supply the cars. They would not have to import anything. We also throw away enough glass every day to fill the twin towers of Chicago with glass every day. Another huge problem is all of the paper thrown away in our country. Every­day thousands of trees die in order for the press to print our newspapers.

God has commanded man (when He com­manded Adam) in Genesis 2:15, to keep the earth. By this God meant do not abuse our resources, to keep land and water and air clean for ourselves, the animals and most importantly for the glory of God. It is our duty as Christians to take care of the earth as best we can. We must tend the garden, God’s earth.

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading