Entrancing is the forest—

In her autumn garb supreme;

How beauteous, how colorful—

Overwhelming it would seem!

The scarlet of the maple

The browness of the oak


The crimson of the sumac

The elm in her yellow cloak.

But, ah, that fading beauty

As the days slip swiftly by,

For death is passing nigh.


Stark and naked is the forest—

Where all life has seemed to flee,

Mere sentinels appear the limbs,

So bleak, so black, each tree!

As we view these lifeless boughs,

All their beauty passed away.


Depressing is the view,

As we gaze from day to day:

But, ah, the secret joy within

That stream that once again will flow

Protected from the wintry blast

Internal life will show.


Then—wondrous is our forest—

Within the Christian’s heart,

For tho’ our colors cease to glow

And youthful charm departs,

Oh, let us not discouraged be

For new hope awaits us all.


Though dismal, lonely seems our way

We may not waver, neither fall.

For, ah that inner fount

Can never ceaseless be

Beauty springs within our breast

Leading to eternity!

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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