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During the Christmas season, we hear Christmas Carols wherever we go – in the shopping mall, in the grocery store, on the radio – the world fills the air with songs of celebration. But for Christians, hymns of Christmas have a far more special place in our celebra­tion. We have the unique opportunity to sing praises to God for the sending of His Son, born as a babe in Bethlehem. Because singing Christmas hymns is an important part of our Christian heritage, I will present to you some ideas about singing songs to celebrate Christ’s birth.

  1. SING AS A GROUP. You have a unique opportunity as young people of one faith to get together as brothers and sisters in Christ our Savior. So invite your society friends to your homes or plan an evening in the Church to sing glory to the newborn King.
  2. SING TO OTHERS. Share your joy in Christ’s birth by the rewarding activity of Christmas Caroling. Try organizing an evening to visit an area nursing home and sing Christmas Carols to people in the halls and rooms. Or drive to the homes of older people in your Church and sing at their doorstep. Try to find someone who can play the flute, recorder, or harmonica to help along with the singing.
  3. SING AS A CHURCH. You can experience the special relationship of the communion of the Saints by organizing a Christmas song service. In this way, your Church can raise voices in unity to worship Christ the Imman­uel.
  4. SING WITH YOUR FAMILIES. For many of you, Christmas may be the one time during the year for the whole family to be together. Take advantage of this rare opportunity by gathering around the piano to make Christ the central part of your celebration. Raise your voice as a family in songs of rejoicing.
  5. SING CHRISTMAS HYMNS WORTHY OF GOD’S PRAISE. In your singing of Christmas Hymns, choose those which do not distort the truth of Christ’s birth. Because our singing is a spiritual sacrifice to God, the hymns we sing must be Biblical; that is, they must relate the true story of the birth of Jesus as the Bible tells us. Our Christmas hymns must also be doctrin­al, revealing Jesus as the Incarnate Deity, come to save His people from the grave. Finally our hymns must be God centered, emphasizing no work of man in this blessed event. Only if our hymns are sung to praise God can they be worthy of Him.
  6. SING PRAISE TO GOD ALL YEAR AROUND. Sometimes we fall into the mistaken notion that we should make a special effort to sing God’s praise only during religious holidays. But Ephesians 5:18-20 reminds us to “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks always for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Young People, we have a reason to sing at Christmas time, a reason so wonderful that even the angels sang for joy at His birth. Christ has come; Glory to God in the highest. So sing praise to God during the holiday season and all year around, for our Savior has come to redeem us by His blood and resurrec­tion.

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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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