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Time Management

“Use your time wisely.” Has a parent or teacher ever said that to you? If so, they are correct in their instruction. But what exactly does it mean to manage your time? And why does it even matter if we use our time wisely or not? Donald Whitney doesn’t include time management in his Spiritual […]

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The Wise Woman

The Wise Woman Abbie Kooienga   If you know anything about the book of Proverbs, you know that the book has much to say about the kind of woman to avoid. Then we get to the woman of Proverbs 31. Here is a woman that any Christian girl should aspire to be, and any grown […]

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Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety Lisa DeBoer   Note: I am not dispensing medical advice in this article, and what I write here should not be substituted for clinical treatment by a medical doctor and/or clinical counselor. Further, I cannot possibly cover every aspect of this sensitive and complex subject in an article. Entire books have been […]

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Characteristics of a Godly Man

Characteristics of a Godly Man Jon Van Overloop   A man’s man is real tough He avoids what’s just fluff Occasionally has to be rough Always nurtures good stuff. Boys aspire to become men. They want to have big muscles and become the nurturing leaders that their fathers so naturally exemplify. Boys see their fathers […]

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Editorial – Right Now

Right Now Ryan Kregel   It’s been a month since you read the last issue of Beacon Lights, an issue devoted to spiritual discipline. Now might be a good time to check in with how you are doing in the disciplines. Maybe you are thinking, “Come on, do I really need to do that already? […]

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I Kissed the Church Goodbye

Whether you realize it or not, there is a brutal war being waged against you. The battleground is your mind. Your foe? Not a physical army seeking your death, but the philosophies of this world. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of […]

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Holding Fast this Foundation

Outright hostility to a creed does not appear out of nowhere. Such hostility can be seen in a letter that was published in a Reformed magazine earlier this year. Writing in response to an article that encouraged commemoration of the Canons of Dordt, the letter writer stated that “The 400th anniversary would be an excellent […]

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On the Origin of Religion

Charles Darwin, known today as the father of evolutionary theory wrote his well–known book, Origin of Species in 1859. Through this book Darwin opened a door that has gotten wider and wider since that time. He suggested an entirely natural process to explain the variation of life forms we see in creation: evolution by means […]

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To Lounge or to Labor

  “I’m working for the weekend.” “Life’s a beach.” TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Friday.   These and many other messages promote the idea that work is drudgery, only a necessity, and that real living is a vacation, relaxation, and lounging.  Our society overemphasizes lounging and minimizes man’s need for labor.  But God created man to labor and […]

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A Feast Unlike Any Other

You can’t imagine life without him. Seeing your dad scoop up your younger sister in his arms and smother her with kisses while she giggles with delight and pretends that she wants to get out of his clutches brings a smile to everyone’s face. Maybe it’s playing catch in the backyard or burrowing into his […]

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