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Sara is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church and is Vice-Secretary of the Federation Board.

As the convention gets closer, so does the time for new Federation Board members. The new members will be chosen at the upcoming convention by the delegates from each Young People’s Society. The members voted in will assume their positions and begin their duties in 2005.

The nominees for the office of Vice President are Alex Kalsbeek and Daniel Holstege. Alex is 21 years old and a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church. While going to school at Calvin College, Alex works as a cook at Russ’ Restaurant and also as a wallman. His goal for the Fed Board is to encourage the young people of our congregations to remain in Young People’s longer and to remain active members in our societies.

Daniel Holstege is also 21 years old and attends Calvin College. Dan is a member of Southeast PRC. He would like to bring leadership with spirituality and a good work ethic to the Fed Board. Dan would also like to see the Fed Board branch out and explore new areas and ideas.

The second office is that of Vice Treasurer. Luke Koops and Eric Gritters are the two nominees. Luke is 20 years old and is a full-time student at Grand Valley State University. He attends First Protestant Reformed Church of Holland and would like to see the Fed Board create more opportunities for young people to fellowship with those who are separated by distance, whether this be young people on the mission field or in isolated congregations. Luke would also like to find more occasions for the young people to expand their appreciation for what we have come to believe in the Reformed faith.

Eric Gritters, a member of Hudsonville PRC, is 20 years old and is currently employed by Superior Ground Cover. Eric’s goals are to help the young people become more aware of and more involved in the workings of the Federation Board.

The third office is Vice Secretary. Rachel Nagelkerke and Deborah Key are the two nominees. Rachel is 19 years old and a member of Hudsonville PRC. She currently works as a Sales Assistant at Meidema Produce. Her goal for the Fed Board is to see the members strive to improve the Beacon Lights and to get the young people more involved in their societies and fundraisers for the conventions. By doing so the purpose of the Fed Board, which is aiding the young people in their spiritual growth, would be fulfilled.

Deb is also 19 years old. She is a member of Grandville PRC and is a full-time student at Calvin College. Deb would like the young people themselves to be involved in the actions and decisions of the Federation Board. She would like to see more input and involvement from the society members themselves, and not just from their secretaries and elected office bearers.

Greg VanOverloop and Dave Bouwkamp are nominated for the fourth office, that of Youth Coordinator. Greg is 46 years old and attends Hudsonville PRC. He is currently employed as a Category Manager. Greg’s goals for the Fed Board are to put more of an emphasis on the Fed Board constitution, and he would like to see an increase in communication between the Fed Board and the Young People’s Societies.

Dave is 43 years old and is a member of Faith PRC. He is a bricklayer by trade. Dave’s goal is for the Fed Board to collect and organize, in a convenient format, information that would help Young People’s Societies in planning conventions and fundraising. This would eliminate the chaos of doing everything by “scratch.”

The fifth and final office is Spiritual Advisor. As of right now Rev. Rodney Kleyn is the only nominee. Rev. Kleyn is 30 years old and is the pastor of Trinity PRC. He hopes that the Fed Board can be used to encourage unity and closeness in our churches, through organization of events and activities that bring our young people together.

These are the nominees for the Federation Board offices. Please prayerfully consider who you will be voting for at the upcoming convention.

Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

One of the most intricate parts of the body is the bone structure. There are many different sizes and shapes of bones. Long bones are found in the thighs and arms of a human. Short bones are located in the wrists and ankles. Flat bones, which are usually broad and thin, make up the skull, ribs, shoulder blades, and sternum. These bones are the structural framework of our body.

God created bones with four basic functions. The first one is support. Some bones must bear great weight while others make up the delicate structure of our fingers and toes. The second function is protection. Bones serve to protect the more complex structures in our bodies that keep us alive. Examples of this would be the rib cage which protects the lungs and the heart, or the skull which protects the brain. Without these special hard coverings our body’s more delicate structures would be exposed to all outside forces. The third function is movement. Muscles are firmly attached to bones and as they contract, they pull on the bones. This pulling produces movement, whether it be bending or straightening. The fourth and final function is mineral storage. Bones are the storage place for calcium, one of the body’s most needed minerals. Our body must constantly maintain a normal steady state. This steady state depends on the rate of calcium movement between the blood and the bones. Calcium moves more rapidly out of the blood into the bones when the blood calcium concentration increases. On the other hand, calcium moves swiftly out of the bones back into the blood once the blood concentration decreases.

In the Bible God speaks about the significance of bones. In Genesis 2:23 we read of Adam’s view of Eve, his helpmate. “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.” Eve was formed out of a bone, namely the rib, of Adam. She was a part of man down to the physical structure of her body. This symbolizes the fact that Eve was in the subordinate position. Adam was formed first and then Eve. She was not inferior to Adam, but he did have dominion over her.

Another text that speaks of bones is John 19:36. This passage refers to the body of Christ after He was hanging on the cross. “…A bone of him shall not be broken.” This passage is a fulfillment of Scripture and also a picture of the righteous. In Psalm 34:19 we read that the righteous have many afflictions, but the Lord always delivers His people. Verse 20 goes on the say that the righteous keepeth all his bones and that none of them are broken. Therefore Jesus’ bones were not broken because He was righteous. His flesh was broken, but God would not allow His skeletal frame to be mutilated.

Ephesians 5:30 is one of the clearest and most important scriptural reference to bones. This verse says, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” We, the children of Christ, are not only partakers of His body as we read in the form for the Lord’s Supper, but also members of His body and bones.

Bones are a necessity for earthly life, and yet for the child of God there needs to be something more. We need the breath of Christ to make us alive and beautiful. In Ezekiel 37 we read about a valley of dry bones. God showed Ezekiel all the dry bones and then asked him a question. The Lord asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel stated, “O Lord God, thou knowest.” God then replied that He would cause breath to enter the bones so that they would live. This relates to the physical bones of our human body. As a result of sin even the physical body is corrupt. When God formed man, He breathed into man the breath of life. Without that breath we would be nothing but the dust of the ground. With the breath of Christ our dry bones receive health and strength.

God created us with living bones. Bone formation constantly takes place, long after the bones have stopped growing in actual size. Each and every bone plays a significant role in maintaining our body. We are creatures of God and He created us for the sole purpose of revealing His power and majesty. In everything we do we are called to glorify Him.

God breathed into us the breath of life and as we read in Genesis 1:31, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

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 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 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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