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Seminarian Chuck Terpstra intro­duced this topic for us. He pointed out that our calling is a spiritual calling. Whether it be as a homemaker, banker, business man, minister, or any kind of job that a child of God feels he/she should do.

We must put a lot of thought into what we decide to become. After all, we as children of God must do all to the glory of God.

We are also held responsible for our talents: we must use them to the best of our ability.

How do we know what our calling is? We must talk and be open with parents, teachers, ministers, and even friends, to help us see what God has chosen for us. We should direct the choice of our high-school classes in the field that we feel called.

During our discussion after the speech I realized how serious we must be about our future. It’s embarrassing to think of all of the time I’ve wasted thinking about what I wanted to do, or what I thought would be an interesting occupation. How quickly we forget that we are different from the world. The world seeks his/her life’s job on the basis of how much money they can get with as little work as possible, or on what they want.

How then should we prepare ourselves? Proverbs 1:7-9 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruc­tion. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the laws of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”

What a privilege it is to be able to attend a Christian school where my teachers are concerned about my future, where I can have Christian fellowship with my classmates. My teachers don’t try to brainwash me with false ideas. In each of my classes I am constantly brought back to the Bible, and God’s perfect plan for His chosen people.

As part of His perfect plan we should be careful, giving thought and spending much time in prayer to the Giver and Sustainer of Life.

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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