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In the dark of the night

when I was lonely and sad

I sought the Lord

but to me it seemed

He wasn’t there

and I grew afraid

that maybe I had

overstepped the limit

and sinned against

His holy name

so much

that He could never again

forgive me.

So I hung my head in shame

and tried to

examine my life objectively.

And in the quite of the night

I knew that

when I call upon His name,

He will never turn away from me

And because He loves me,

I know He’s always there.

Please, God, forgive me for doubting

I have a gift

It was given to me

not wrapped with ribbons or bows

no, it’s not even tangible

it is the most glorious gift

anyone could ever give

Only, no one could give this gift

No one human-

Only God

He gave me this gift

And because of this gift

I can live my life

to the fullest for Him

This gift is the gift of faith.

Thank You, God!

Oh, dear Heavenly Father

I sorrow all day long

for the sins I have committed

for all that I’ve done wrong.

My sins are ever countless

I’ve nothing for myself to say

but thanks to Thee, oh glorious King

for blessings day by day.

Have mercy on me, oh Father,

for this I pray to Thee

that thou wilt ever have mercy

on a sinner such as me.

I need Thy help, uphold me

when I’m drowning in my pain

I pray Thee, carry me out

for my own work is in vain.

I listen to Thy word, Lord,

and things Thou hast revealed

sovereign from eternity

Thy covenant is sealed.

Down on my knees I bow

humbly before Thee, heart and soul

beseeching for forgiveness

Dear Father, make me whole.

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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