Last summer I joined the Reformed Witness Hour Committee and became one of fourteen volunteers from five different Protestant Reformed churches to serve on the committee. This number includes our present radio minister, Rev. Haak.

I thought it would be a good idea if someone from our committee would write an article on our work, and also list our stations and times. Little did I know they would want me to write the article!

When I first joined this committee, I was astonished at how much work is done behind the scenes and how smoothly the whole committee seems to work.

The broadcasts are prepared on CDs by Rev. Haak, who preaches the actual radio message, and then filled in by Dr. Monsma, who introduces each program. The CDs are then mailed to each station without fail week after week. Also, booklets and tapes are made and sent out to regular subscribers and all who request them. This has been happening for almost 60 years now, which attests to the dedication and perseverance of the volunteers of the past. I would not doubt that the majority of people from First Protestant Reformed Church have served on the committee at one time or another.

Presently we are broadcasting on thirteen different stations in eleven different states and have a station in Canada that is ready to start broadcasting soon. We are also trying to get on Family Radio, which broadcasts in 38 states and on 55 different stations. Additionally, we would like to get onto Family Radio’s short-wave stations. Our goals for the future include trying to add five more stations.

We receive around ten to twenty responses every other month, the majority of which are very encouraging. If you listen, please drop us a letter or postcard. We also covet your prayers and support. Currently, our yearly budget runs roughly around $50,000 to $60,000. We are thankful for the generous support of so many of our listeners and churches.

May the Sovereign Triune Lord continue to bless this outreach and may the elect be gathered from the four corners of the earth!

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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