Frost-faces and frost-flowers,
Dingles, dales, hills and towers,
Curlicues and sprinkled bowers
Etched on transparent canvas,
Sketched on a canvas of glass.
Silently, unseen God plies
His etching tools of frost.
Silently, unseen God plies
His etching tools of trial,
And pours from His sacred vial
Acids that mark the soul,
Etching on life’s little scroll,
Frost-faces and frost-flowers.

Indeed it’s nice

To push a button on some device,

And then you see,

Things go quite automatically

The robot brain,

Can work out problems hard or plain,

While we just sit

And watch the gadget do its bit.


But ‘tis not so—

We can’t just push buttons and just grow

In spiritual zest,

Or bring forth fruit and do our best.

This takes real work.

So we must strive and never shirk—

For automation

Can never work out our salvation.

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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