“What a beautiful part of the country to have a convention!” – – – “It sure was a lot of fun!” Those were just two of the comments I heard from conventioneers attending the 1983 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention. And they were right!! I, personally, had never seen a real mountain, but the ones I saw were much more pretty that I had imagined they would be! The convention also provided a perfect opportunity for several of us to take our first airplane ride. The week itself was so filled that I will just reflect on them in broad categories.

The host society did an excellent job keeping us busy, so that we were all pretty tired by the time “12:30, Lights out” came around. The activities that were planned by the host society were such that none was left out of the fun and excitement. This is important if everyone is to enjoy the convention and I think it was done well!!

But the convention was not all games and activities. Daily discussion groups and speeches are an important part of every convention. I thought that the topic this year — “The Youthful Sojourner Saved” — was very appropriate for us as Young People. The outlines for the discussion groups themselves were open enough to allow discussion of many aspects of the life of a young sojourner here on this earth. I felt that the discussion group leaders did a good job in explaining these outlines and in getting the conventioneers to react honestly and openly about them. This is a good chance to understand more of the opinions and feelings of the other young people. The speech topics were also well-chosen and presented to give spirit­ual enrichment to each and every listener.

If asked to compare this convention to last year’s convention. I would say that they were both equally enjoyable because I met many new people each year and they were both packed with memories. I hope I can attend the convention next year in Grand Rapids and I hope to see many of the people, who I met at this convention, next year! See you there!!!

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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