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I Kissed the Church Goodbye

Whether you realize it or not, there is a brutal war being waged against you. The battleground is your mind. Your foe? Not a physical army seeking your death, but the philosophies of this world. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of […]

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The Issue at Hand

The Belgic Confession of Faith, being a confession, begins with a heart-shattering confession of faith that ought to bring us to our knees. “We all believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God” (Art. 1). The article continues with a description […]

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On the Origin of Religion

Charles Darwin, known today as the father of evolutionary theory wrote his well–known book, Origin of Species in 1859. Through this book Darwin opened a door that has gotten wider and wider since that time. He suggested an entirely natural process to explain the variation of life forms we see in creation: evolution by means […]

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Issue at Hand

Your education is valuable.  That statement is easy to say, but it’s something that’s even easier to lose sight of in the middle of a long school year.  If you are (or were) like me, your attitude toward your education and the school year looks something like the following timeline.   August: I’ve got some new […]

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United to Christ: The Believer’s New Identity

The superstitious Athenians to whom Paul preached wanted to make sure that they didn’t miss out on identifying with a god that could possibly be the all-powerful God. They sensed an empty space that they felt compelled to fill with an idol “to the unknown god” (Acts 17:23). To say that the Athenians were missing […]

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Issue at Hand

A whole issue of Beacon Lights devoted to marriage? Yes. It does not matter how young or old you are. It does not matter what stage of life you are in. It does not matter if you are married or not. Reading about marriage is timely for anyone, anytime. If you are unsure about the […]

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Issue at Hand

“We just need to stick it out until we get married, then all our issues will be resolved.” Have you or your significant other said something like that? It’s not true. Marriage—after the “waiting period” (dating) your parents impose upon you and always seem to want to know too much about—is not a switch. Flipping […]

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An Ever-growing Acronym

It used to be just four letters: LGBT. Now there are seven. And a symbol. The latest rendering of the ever-growing acronym of the sexual revolution is LGBTQIA+. You are probably familiar with the first part of the acronym, but maybe not the last part. In full, it stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, […]

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Issue at Hand

Is there a better way to begin a new year than by taking account of the time you have been given—past, present, and future—and meditating on how you use it as a child of God? Within the incomprehensible vastness of eternity, God formed a creature called time. Have you ever stopped to meditate upon that? […]

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Dying Well

How will you die? Will you die well? “What silly questions to ask,” you say. And then you lose a loved one. Tragically. Or you receive the doctor’s report that you will not live as long as you expected, and your life comes to a screeching halt. Suddenly. Now you are forced to think about […]

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