The Christmas story is the best Bible story I ever heard. When people tell me that story I feel good and sad.

The dark years before Christmas made me feel sad.  I think the best part of the story is when Jesus is born.  He was the light after all that darkness.

I will tell you the story when Jesus was born.

The 400 dark years had passed.  God had still kept His promise.

Let’s start at Bethlehem.  That night Jesus was born there in a stable.

Far away in the fields outside of Bethlehem there were some shepherds watching over their sheep.  All of a sudden, an angel came upon them.  The shepherds were scared!  The angel told them the Savior was born.  They would find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  Then a multitude of the heavenly hosts sang, “Glory to God in the highest….”

-Katie Kooienga




Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem to be taxed.  They could find no place to stay so they had to stay in a stable.  When they stayed in a stable, Jesus was born!

A multitude of angels sang to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

I think it is wonderful that God sent Jesus our Lord, because Jesus took away our sins.  Christmas is not for only presents, but also Jesus!

-Nathan Pastoor

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 […]

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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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