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Why I Love the Church

I am writing this article from the perspective of a young adult in the Protestant Reformed Churches. There are many reasons to love the church as a young adult. I have recently finished my first year of college at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. I have encountered many worldly young people and professors alike. It […]

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Loving the Church

This month we take the opportunity to bring the church into focus as our topic for Beacon Lights. It concerns me that the church and its members are becoming increasingly unimportant in the lives of young Christians who seem to be more connected to their virtual life through social media than their spiritual life in […]

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Battle Language: Doctrine

In the military tent, the soldiers are given their briefing. Delivered in precise, technical, specific terminology, every word and detail are of the utmost importance. This is war, after all.   This picture is consistent with the biblical portrait of the church—a church called to take up arms “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of […]

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Loving the church in deed and truth

In reflecting on the theme for this month’s issue, it occurred to me that knowing why we love the church should immediately be followed with instruction from God’s word on how to love the church in response. So instead of reading this editorial first, I encourage you to start with this month’s feature articles, which […]

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Changing Obligations

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” In this passage (1 Cor. 13:11), the apostle Paul refers to two states of life: childhood and manhood. Although he is speaking primarily from […]

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As Reformed churches we (rightly) emphasize the importance of the family. In light of Genesis 2:18—“It is not good that the man should be alone”—we believe that in general it is best that a man finds a wife and marries (and vice versa). In harmony with passages such as Psalm 127:3—“Lo, children are an heritage […]

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A Tough Life, but a Tougher Faith

“I was an angry, angry man,” he said. I stood on the tattered steps of a dim auditorium face to face with the man. Scars covered his cheek, and tattoos peeked from behind his navy collar. A long sequence of faded numbers over an orange stripe crossed his back. We were in the Ionia State Prison, and this inmate was telling me about his journey to Christ.  On a Saturday in late August of 2019, I had the opportunity to sing […]

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Petitionary Prayer for the Church

What Prayer Is Prayer is a miracle. I cannot explain it.  It is a miracle of grace. God gives us the grace to pray. He does not give it to anyone except to those whom he wants to be in his presence with him. And those whom he wants are those who belong to Christ, […]

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Young People in the Life of the Church

As a young person, I sometimes find myself asking questions like, “How am I benefiting the church?” or, “Are young people like myself important in the life of the church?”  Even at a young age, we have been taught that each member of the church is important in fulfilling God’s purpose. Each one of us […]

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Personal Reading and Studying

As Christians we are called to serve in the church. We are constantly reminded that each member has a specific purpose or job that is essential to the rest of the members in the body. What is our role as young people in the church? We do not have large funds to contribute, nor do […]

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Supporting Kingdom Causes By Giving

How can a young person support the causes of God’s kingdom by way of giving?  As children and young people in the church, we do not commonly have much money at our disposal.  Does that also mean we don’t have much responsibility to support the kingdom by giving?  What is our calling here as young […]

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Our Calling

In John 10:3, Jesus, our Good Shepherd, tells us that He calls His sheep by name. If you are one of His sheep, therefore, you will not just hear Him call­ing, but will hear Him calling you. Have you so heard Him? If you have, do you know the name by which He called you? […]

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A Holy Church?

The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter calls the church “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Pet. 2:9). We as Christians confess in the Apostles creed, “I believe […]

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That Godly Handclapping

Very correctly, Young People, when we begin, or bring to a close our Sabbath Day’s service, we sing: “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” And then not only do we sing a beautiful truth concerning our […]

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