After reading SCHUILER’S page in the May issue of the Beacon Lights, I thought about this question, What do you think of smoking in the church parlors  and your remark that one would have a hard time proving from Scripture that it is wrong to smoke in the church par­lors. Let us leave off the phrase “in the church parlors”.

What I can never figure out is that most of our ministers will argue in favor of smoking when they know in their hearts it is wrong. Is it because the habit is stronger than the will? If so, that alone would make it sin.

In the seventh grade science book, or in any health book there are stated at

least seven reasons why smoking is detri­mental to the body and not one reason why it is beneficial. Some of the reasons are: “It acts as a stimulant to the heart causing that organ to work harder, it effects the entire digestive system, ner­vous system, respiratory system, also causing shortness of breath, it effects the eyes and irritates the delicate tissues to the nose and throat.”

A habit that is harmful to the body is sinful!

Recently there was a notice in our bulletin to the effect that men were step­ping out their stubs on the basement floor thus ruining it. When our twelve year old daughter read this she was thor­oughly shocked and said, “Why, mother, they shouldn’t smoke in church, should they? The church is God’s house!”

How much more blessed we would be if all the money spent for tobacco would be put into our “Foreign or Unchurched Mission Fund”. Then instead of the pitiful sum of two hundred and seventy-six dollars and ninety-eight cents, it would be swelled into the thousands. If we have no one willing, capable, or avail­able to do this work we should donate this sum to some other denomination who is more enthusiastic about bringing the Gospel to the unchurched.

Mrs. D. Vander Ploeg

1200 Edna St, S. E.

Grand Rapids, Mich.

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 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 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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