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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor  Edward Hoekstra    Dear Editor,  I want to thank you for your answer to Jeff Andringa in the ”Letters” of the October issue of the Beacon Lights. I agree with you that the decision of Synod 2018 requires further study because differences linger in the churches.  You quote a small part […]

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Editor Response to Letter

Dear Mr. Hoekstra,   From a certain perspective, my answer could be very brief. Assurance of salvation belongs to salvation itself, which is by faith alone. Therefore, to say that we enjoy assurance of our salvation by working is to say we are saved by faith and works. When we speak of our justification, namely that […]

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Letter to the Editor & Response

LETTER:    August 6, 2019  Mr. Engelsma:    I write to you regarding the book review printed in the June 2019 issue of the Beacon Lights, Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God.   In particular, I bring to question two aspects of your review.   First, your quote from the book in review, Union […]

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Christian Reformed Church Grows

April 10, 1956   Mr. Charles Westra Editor, Beacon Lights 1722 Alto Ave., S.E. Grand Rapids, Michigan   Dear Sir:   I have recently seen a copy of your April issue of “Beacon Lights.” One article drew my attention and I could not leave it go without making some comment. This article is entitled “Christian […]

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Ezekiel 33:11

I have this Question. How would you explain Ezekiel 33:11: “As I live, saith the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turneth from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel.” This Scripture […]

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The Military Mailbag

Greeting Fellows: Just one letter this time. S.F.C. Elmer Wielenga from Redlands. Present address, Korea. He sends us the one and only:   Dear Friends: I have been in the Army a year and four months, so that it is high time I drop a few lines to the Beacon Lights. I have been in […]

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Questions About the Suffering of Little Ones

Question #15 I know you don’t know me but I know you’ll pray for my family. My four-year-old niece, (name), will be undergoing brain surgery on January (date). She has a disease called tuberous sclerosis which, in the short-hand version, causes hard tumors to form on the brain and possibly other organs. This has caused […]

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Letter to Schuyler

I was reading Beacon Lights of February 2017 with interest and wanted to comment or argue about two statements in “Ask Schuyler” regarding fellowship with unbelievers. First, “Therefore we cannot enjoy true friendship, which is a sharing of life,” and second, “In fact (our children) may not and cannot” (fellowship with the ungodly) in public schools. Taking […]

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Response to “President Trump”

Dear Readers: I have received the following letter disagreeing with some of the statements I made in my January 2017 editorial entitled “President Trump.” I cast about regarding the best way to reply, and decided to keep my response short and to the point, while at the same time addressing the content. I have decided […]

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Fostering Love for Your Neighbor

Dear Editor, I write regarding the article entitled “Fostering Love for Your Neighbor” in the March 2016 issue. There may be good motives for being a foster parent, but I think it incorrect to use the parable of the Good Samaritan as a basis for this. To be anyone but the Samaritan is great sin. […]

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