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

As we look at this verse, we see that God has done wonderful things for us by putting us upon this earth. God created us, both young and old, disabled and not disabled. We all have a place on this earth. Especially those who have special needs who need special care. God has a place for these people on this earth. We are to care for them, to treat them with respect, and to make them feel accepted. That is what I would like to explore in detail.

Look around you and count how many special needs adults and children you see. Have you even thought about how they feel at times? These people want to be included and we just sit back and ignore them. People of God, we are Christians and we are commanded by God to be kind, polite and to be respectful to them. That is what we are to do. We must respect them, and it is sad that we do not do these things to these special people.

Psalm 133: 1 tells us, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity!”

Unity, right there, plain and simple, before our eyes. We know that there ought to be unity among us, all Christians alike. We are united by God, and that includes the covenant, our children and adults. Our disabled people cannot just stand in the corner, alone. They too are a part of that covenant and they too are a part of that unity.

I put forth to you a challenge. A challenge that we can all do to help out these people. Why don’t you go to them and invite them over to your house for dinner a couple of times during the week? Take them to a ball game or go bowling with them. They would really like that. Take some time off and get to know these special people. And when you do something like this, you know they will be happy and they will love you for it. Don’t just let them stand there, include them, that is what God tells us to do.

Look at the parable of the wedding feast. The servants went out to gather the bad and the good, and that also includes the ones who are maimed, blind and other problems they might have. There will be people in heaven who did have disabilities, but not anymore. In heaven there is no disability, no wrinkles, no blemishes that cover our spiritual bodies.

We are so privileged to have such people in our Protestant Reformed churches. We are thankful for them. They are a special part of our church and we must honor that. We are not to be ashamed of them, they are a part of the church. We are to constantly pray for them, and when the collection for the Protestant Reformed Special Education comes around, put a little bit more in that collection plate.

Take up that challenge, do something for them, let us do the right thing for once. God loves these special people and we must always love them. Go to the Special Needs Program, there you will see that they can do something. They sing, they read, they can play music and they are happy in spite of their disability. God loves them in each special way. These people are happy, they are happy because God is with them every step of the way. They are ready to die, because in heaven, there is no disability, they are perfect and they know that God will be there to protect them.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

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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Judah: A Story of Redemption

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021.   The story of Judah is one of the most beautiful in the Bible. We often overlook this history because it is nestled in the middle of the story of Joseph. All the […]

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Author Interview: “Through Many Dangers”

M. Kuiper, Through Many Dangers (Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2021)   Through Many Dangers is a work of Christian, historical fiction that has just been released this summer by the RFPA. The book is written especially for young people and details the story of a group of Dutch Reformed boys who serve in the […]

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