I called on Alice R. one day,

Who is business manager, by the way,

Of Beacon Lights, as you may know;

Now there’s a girl that makes things go,

For ‘ere my message I could say,

She called on me, just right away

To pen a message to our boys,

Who sadly miss their homes, and joys

Of fellowship with friends and kin;

For it’s the army that they’re in;

Or else the navy claims their time,

And sends them forth to every clime.


So to our boys in camps near home,

And to our boys where ’ere they roam;

On sea or land or in the air,

So to our boys no matter where

We wish to send a word or two;

A message that will say to you,

To all our boys where ‘ere you are,

To all our boys both near and far,

That you are ever in our thought;

Your needs before God’s throne are brought.

We pray that His abundant grace

May follow you from place to place.


We’d like to have you all relate,

Not only what has been your fate

In fighting Germans and the Japs;

But may we know if you perhaps

In higher warfare did contend;

And fought the fight unto the end.

If you this warfare have begun,

Then, when your earthly course is run,

You’ll have a home in heaven above;

You’ll bask forever in the love

Of Him Who died on Calvary,

That you from death might be set free.

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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