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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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Issue at Hand

I remember as a child hearing about the Canons of Dordt. Being a child and not knowing what the word “canon” meant, I often imagined cannons as you would find on a ship or a fort. I knew that the Canons of Dordt couldn’t be referring to actual cannons, but that image always stuck in […]

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A Day in the Life of a Prospective Teacher

I considered a different title for this editorial. “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Prospective Teacher” while certainly more catchy and accurate would probably have faced some copyright issues for ripping off the title of the popular book written by an “unlikely convert,” Rosaria Butterfield. So, what you see is what you get. At least […]

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Reflecting Back for Living Now

I still remember it like it was yesterday. My grandfather had passed away after a long struggle with dementia and after one of the visitations, I brought my grandmother home. During that car ride, she said with an unwavering voice about the man to whom she had been married for the majority of her existence, […]

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The Strange Woman and the Simple Young Man

Proverbs 7 paints for us a vivid picture of a young man being led astray by a strange woman. He is described as “simple” and “void of understanding” (v. 7). Knowing exactly where he was going, he walked down the street to her corner. No surprise, there she was. “There met him a woman with […]

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