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Dear Editor,

In regard to Miss De Koning’s article of “The Church and The World” in the November Beacon Lights, I do not whole­heartedly agree with her in respect to the amusements of the world. She states that “If we as Christians go along to any of these places of amusement, we are going along with the world.” She gave us an example: ball games, swim­ming pools, fairs, the circus, car races, theatres and many other things.” I believe she has the right idea about the circus, car races, theatre, etc., but in re­gard to ball-games, swimming pools, and other clean sports such as bowling, ice- skating, golfing, etc., I cannot understand why these should be wrong if they are performed in public places. Rev. Hanko brought out in one of his sermons that when the question is asked, “What is the root of all evil”, people usually say “money”. However, this is not true, for it is the love of money that is the root of all evil. So it is in the case of clean sports. If these amusements inter­fere or take the place of spiritual things, then we are making misuse of them. If we “skip” catechism, .society, or even congregational meetings, to attend or participate in these amusements, then we are going along with the world. If at­tending these sports (that in themselves arc not sin) in public places is sin, then we had better get recreational facilities of our own so we can separate from the world. In attending these amusements in public places we must show to the world that we are not like them, just as at our place of employment, etc., we must set an example by our speech and con­duct.

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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