Thinking back at the week of Convention, I recall all the good times I had. Every day was full of plans.

Monday night’s hayride was very exciting, also rowdy. Tuesday night we went to the Grand Roller Rink for skating. Although Wednesday we were supposed to go to the beach, and it rained, we still had fun bowling. We went to the beach the following day. After the banquet and speech Thurs­day, we went to Arne’s Funland for more fun.

The Convention theme “All Whom I Have Chosen’’ was a good subject since many young people do not know the many duties of missionaries. The purpose for this theme is to teach us our personal responsibilities toward missionary work. Our duty begins in the home where we live a careful, godly life.

The theme song “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” reminds us of the pain Christ went through to free us lost sinners.

I think this Convention was well run, yet I miss the lively singing we did last year. Conventions give us the opportunity to meet friends and renew old friendships.

I’d like to thank God for giving us the opportunity for having a conven­tion, and also thank the chaperones, the Hudsonville societies, the speakers, and everyone involved for the good time they gave us.


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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