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The 45th Annual P.R.Y.P. Con­vention, held at Grand Valley State College, Allendale, Michigan, is now history. The hosting society, Hudson­ville, did a fine job in preparation.

The waiting lines were often long but when the wait was finally over, fun and festivities awaited. The hayride on Monday was a great success and many formed friendships that night. Many spent free time at the Fieldhouse swimming, playing basketball or volley­ball. Time spent at the beach and roller skating was well worth it. After the Banquet on Thursday we went to Arne’s Funland. It was a little too cool to really enjoy it, though.

I think that the things most lacking were the food and the rooms. The food lacked homemade taste, freshness, and variety at one meal. Besides being small, the rooms were very plain. The worst thing was that there were only four showers per floor – about one shower to every 8 people.

One thing is sure if nothing else, almost everyone enjoyed the speeches and discussion groups. The topics were well chosen, and easy to discuss. The speakers were very good and that helped all who attended to grow spiritually.

The week could be summed up as a time when young people got together as one denomination to grow both spiritually and physically. On the whole the convention was great. The Lord willing we will meet again next year to renew friendships and grow in the Knowledge of our God.

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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