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A man sore troubled within,

And looking for the way of light,

Meditated unceasingly,

To find peace amidst impiety.

Diligently seeking peace, he Searched God’s Word,

And did not fail, for God says,

“Seek and ye shall find.”

This man struggled all alone For his dear Lord,

Bringing upon him great opposition From the church he loved.

He was called a heretic,

Because men he would not obey,

Yet he had inner peace, for God says, “My sheep hear My voice.”

His teachings were rejected by Leaders of his Church.

In an attempt to squelch his Writings, they even burned his books.

They gave him no peace, this Man of great faith.

But God gave him comfort;

“The just shall live by faith.”

The Church sought his life,

But God, his shield,

Gave grace without measure And fruit to his work.

The Church, unable to refute with Scripture, forced him to testify,

“Here I stand, I cannot Do otherwise.”

Beacon Lights presents a series of three articles in which the need for our own high school is presented from a student’s point of view.  Two appear in this issue, and the third will follow in a later issue.

This article, in connection with our high school, is an attempt to look ahead to the things all of us in junior high in our Protestant Reformed grade schools will face sooner or later.  Do we really want this school? In an article of this nature, some of the ideas will probably be repeated.  However, this one will be with the view of looking ahead.

There are several reasons for a Protestant Reformed high school.  In this first place, in our baptism form our parents take a vow to “promise and intend to see these children…. Brought up in the aforesaid doctrine or help or cause them to be instructed therein to the utmost of their power.” When our parents are sending us to a Christian high school, are they fulfilling their vows? Possibly, but only if they are working “to the utmost of their power” to establish our own high school.

One of our former pastors in a lecture several years ago stated, “If you are going to build a Protestant Reformed man of your child you must use Protestant Reformed material.” Isn’t this true? How can we, covenant youth, be taught by men of another faith? The Bible repeatedly says we must be taught in the truth.  In our own school this would be accomplished.  All our subjects would be taught from the infallible principle that God is the creator of all things, and, therefore, we do all things to glorify Him.  In the present Christian high schools they do not teach this principle consistently for one day they teach creation, and the next day they teach that the world evolved through a long and somewhat magical biological process.

A Protestant Reformed high school will be beneficial to the Protestant Reformed Churches.  The truth will be taught.  The teachers will be of our own denomination, thus nothing contrary will be taught, if they use the Word of God as their guide and basis for every subject.

When we get to high school will our nine years of distinctly Protestant Reformed education be enough to make us strong enough to withstand the teachings of the Christian schools? Will we be strong enough to defend the truth?

When we think about a high school, it shouldn’t be because we want to be separate because we go to a different church.  If that is the case, it is useless to consider it.  The real reason must be that we are instructed in the truth for as long as possible, to make us strong enough to defend the truth for the rest of our lives.

As I look around, I wonder what kind of friends we’ll have.  Will they be ones who generally like or go to the same type of activities we go to? In our own high school we would associate with young people from our own churches,  we would have more things in common and so can become better friends because we go to the same type of activities.  In our own school would we pursue worldly amusements? All our extracurricular activities would be controlled.  We would never be left out because the entertainment is wrong.

These are some of my reasons for and ideas about a Protestant Reformed high school.  Do YOU really want it?

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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