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The discussion groups of the 1987 convention were held in a different manner from previous conventions. This new format turned out to be very beneficial for most, if not all of the young people. All of the conventioneers were divided into 20 groups, then each group discussed a topic for 20 minutes. Following this discussion, a reporter from each group told all the young people his or her group’s decisions.

The topics of Tuesday, August 11 were:

1) When to be on your own;

2) Christian work ethics;

3) Communication in the Christian family;

4) Peer pressure.

Although each young person did not get to discuss every topic, we all learned what was discussed and decided by way of the informative summaries given by the group reporters

The groups in which I participated discussed the second and fourth topics. What follows are some of the answers which were given in our discussion of these two topics. We decided that it is the duty of any Christian to work to the best of his or her ability in a fitting way. In this, we receive the opportunity to set an example of the hope that is in us to our fellow workers. We also decided that there are several occupations that a Christian may not be allowed to work at. These included labor union jobs, dangerous jobs such as race car driving, and a job in acting. In our second discussion, someone stated that peer pressure is a strong force from other classmates forcing us to conform to their ways. We decided that this is a very real problem in our schools, for it causes strife and envy among classmates. Each young person learned that peer pressure is unavoidable, but that we must fight the bad and do only God’s will.

These two topics, along with all the others were well chosen. This frank discussion was beneficial to our young people.

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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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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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