Dear friends in uniform, so many miles from home,

I’ve been asked to write you a letter, and that in the form of a poem:

Some of you I have never met; but believe me when I say,

I consider it a privilege to write you a letter today.


I am sitting at my kitchen table, and as I glance o’er hill and plain,

I think how bright the trees and fields appear, after yesterday’s rain;

As I look across my driveway I see a beautiful flowering quince,

And next to it the yellow jasmine, covering my neighbor’s fence.


In the background I see the mountains, towering majestically high,

And upon them the snow-covered pines can be seen with the naked eye.

Oh, yes, it’s a beautiful valley in which our city lies:

I guess that’s why it’s called the valley of Paradise.


How different must be the surroundings where you have been called to be,

Some of you on foreign soil and some far out at sea;

It is hard for us to visualize the places where you stay;

Or to understand the problems that you face from day to day.


We read in the daily papers about the things our soldiers do,

And oftentimes some brilliant accounts about our war heroes too;

About the heroes of this war so very much is heard,

But we read of more significant heroes on the pages of God’s Word.


Heroes of faith who fought against sins,

By wearing God’s armour they the battle did win;

God’s people all have a battle to fight,

Standing strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.


Let us put on the whole armour of God in the fight against sin,

Becoming heroes of faith and obedient to Him:

Then we will gain the victory and say till our dying breath,

“We are more than conquerors thru Him who loved us, even unto death.”

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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