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A seed of doubt rooted in the heart began to grow. Doubts must be confirmed! Faith manifests itself in surety.

The Romish church gave me a thorough education and brought me up as a God fearing person. The sacrifice of the Mass was the life of the Romish church that fed me. In my eyes it held all the beauties of salvation. That renewal of the vicarious death of Christ on the cross was essential in my life for nourishment and growth. The seven sacraments were next in importance, all of which I had a firm belief in. Where were those doubts rooted? In tradition! When I graduated from Catholic Central High School, I knew tradition upside down and backwards. The Romish church never let me forget what a supposedly wonderful thing tradition was. In my eyes it was ever changing and worthless in value. At this time also I was taught of the importance of the Bible. In the New Testament I was fairly well instructed. Yet, I knew not how to pronounce the names of any of the Old Testament books. And worse yet, I knew almost nothing as to what was written in them. Why was so little emphasis put on this written Word of God and so much on tradition? This question at that time was not enough to disrupt or even phase my belief in the mass. Thus it was left unanswered.

Then in a serious discussion on the doctrines of Rome these questions were put before me:

1. Do you believe that the sacrifice of the mass is an actual renewal of Calvary in an un-bloody manner? Of course I did.

2. Do you believe that the death on the cross and the agonies that Christ suffered were sufficient for the salvation of His Church? My reply was a certain “Yes”.

3. Then why is it necessary to re-crucify Christ at the mass as you do every day, if one time was enough? Why? I had not an answer. A seemingly million other questions now urgently needed confirming. Then for the first time I started to search and study for answers to all my questions and doubts. Due to the fact that in my eyes, tradition was a lost cause, I had only the Bible to rely on-that Word of God which I knew too little about. In need of help, I retreated to my parish priest who helped only to confuse me more.

Seeing in someone very close to me a church and faith so strong that it stood out in his daily walk, I decided to learn more about his church. I called and talked to Rev. H. Hanko and discussed the possibility of my studying the Protestant Reformed Church. This resulted in the most important change in my life.

For the first time my Bible was my most prized and used possession. Rev. H. Hanko made me search the Bible for the answers to both his and my questions, never was anything left unanswered.

For me to pinpoint all the reasons why I changed would take a book…and that is exactly where you can see why I did so. Read and live your Bible, upon this word of God rely and Rome can never take hold of you. For in the Bible I’ve found un-severable ties by which I can face the powers of darkness and stride on my pathway back to God with ever sure footsteps.

The Protestant Reformed Church has the truth of the Word of God as its heart and life. Our church has the purest manifestation of the Truth; and it is here only that I find the strength to fight the battle of Faith.

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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