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There in his chair the old saint sat

His body weak, his face forlorn.

The mind that once was bright, alert

Was now so dull, its memory torn.

 

His days of Spring and Summer gone;

The Fall of life—it too had flown.

And deep in Winter’s drab he sat

With sightless eyes and soul’s deep groan.

 

Now Death has come to take away

This loved one who once talked with us.

His soul has risen to Heaven’s throne;

His body will sleep in earth’s warm dust.

 

But soon will come Resurrection Day!

The trump shall sound! The dead shall rise!

His body in its weakness sown

Shall in perfection gain the skies!

 

What an awakening that will be!

Eyes so long blind—what sights behold!

And meeting Jesus face to face

His Savior, Lord—what joy untold!

 

Oh, blessed death that takes our life!

The sting is gone! It gives release

From earthly cares and troubles sore

The gateway to eternal peace!

 

Lo, don’t despair, dear Christian friend,

As you grow old and suffer loss.

It’s only a temporary state

Just keep your eyes fixed on the cross!

 

Life’s winter days will soon be done!

And springtime will return once more

A home in Glory waits for you

Just over there on Heaven’s shore.

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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