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Where Lies Our Identity?

If a young person goes anywhere beyond the four walls of their home or opens any social media, they will without a doubt run into the wisdom of the world called critical race theory (CRT). This theory assumes that one group of people holds power, not physically but emotionally and socially, over another group of […]

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Hearts Set Aright

All around us, the world grows increasingly more and more wicked. The influence of the world slowly creeps into the church and tempts her members in many ways. It fills our homes with ideals constructed by men and women who crave nothing but the lusts of the flesh. Men of the world strive for better […]

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Wisdom of This World

This issue of Beacon Lights is intended as a word of warning to young people. A warning that reflects the words of the apostle James, who spoke to believers living in a world that is surprisingly similar to the one in which you are growing up (James 3:13–16). That world, like ours, was obsessed with […]

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Living in the Smog

On July 26, 1943, the city of Los Angeles experienced what appeared to be a gas attack. Given that the United States was deeply involved in World War II and had already experienced a surprise attack from the empire of Japan at Pearl Harbor, it wasn’t hard to imagine that one of the largest civilian […]

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If I Were the Devil

Today most Americans get their news through a website or app, streamed directly to their phones. A generation or two ago, most Americans got their news from the radio. One of the most respected radio broadcasters was Paul Harvey. Engaging, emphatic, personal, and charming, Paul Harvey was known for his weekday broadcast entitled The Rest […]

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Walking in the Light

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:6-7). […]

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Living as Lights in the World

Introduction The speech this morning revolves around one fundamental question.  It is a question that each one of you must face honestly and personally.  I say honestly because each of you must reckon with the fact that you stand before the living God of heaven and earth.  Do not in any way blow this question […]

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Antithetical Reassurance

“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19   Is it worth it? When we stick out, when we show by our actions that we are so […]

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Amalgamation

“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Gen. 6:1, 2). The calling of God’s people is […]

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Vexed With Wickedness

It doesn’t take much of a glance around us to see the wickedness that abounds. Murder, rape, and stealing are just a few examples that even those of the unbelieving world are appalled at. There are also sins of fornication and adultery, murder of the unborn, desecration of the Lord’s Day, and blasphemy, to name […]

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Because it negates any argument for antithetical instruction, indeed, is the sworn foe of all antithetical instruction; because it destroys the antithesis in the lives of the members of the church; because it devastates the safety of the church; because it brings the world into the church, the Protestant Reformed Churches—and every member of the […]

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Last time, we established that if we as Reformed believers—especially Reformed young people—in the 21st century would avoid the sin of Lot of pitching away from the church and toward Sodom, we must follow the exact command of Scripture and the Reformed Confessions to live antithetically. In this article, we consider the demands that this […]

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The Antithesis

I. The Idea of the Antithesis — The antithesis refers to the separation and opposition between darkness and light, believer and unbeliever, church and world. A. Look up and meditate on the following verses. How do these verses bring out the truth of the antithesis? Amos 3:3 Ephesians 5:11 James 1:27 I Cor. 5:9-11 I […]

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The Antithesis

Discussion Outline for 2009 YP Convention References OT – Gen. 3:15; Deut. 33:28; II Chron. 18:1-3, 19:1-2; Psa. 139:21-22; Amos 3:3 NT – Matt. 7:13-14; II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11; Jam. 1:27; I John 2:15-17; Rev. 18:4 Discussion Questions What is the antithesis? What does it mean to live an antithetical life? What light do the above passages […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (7)

Our defense of our hope, according to I Peter 3:15, must be with meekness and fear. Fear is just that: fear that we will do something in our lives, our confession, our witnessing that makes God angry with us. So it is true that we are very much afraid that we may do something that […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (6)

The antithesis is closely related to witnessing because the most powerful form of our witnessing is a godly life; and a godly life is an antithetical life. When one lives a godly life one says by his actions: “I hate sin; and I love to do what God commands in his word.” That hatred of […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (5)

Christian witnessing is, first of all, a godly life. A godly life attracts the attention of the unbeliever. He reacts with a question concerning the sense of a godly life, for he can see no sense to it. His motto is, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” It is at this point […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (4)

I have been at some pains to say that the most powerful, God-blessed and divinely approved witnessing for the Christian is the witness of a life of obedience to the will of Christ. I insisted on the fact that the key to Christian witnessing is I Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (3)

The key to understanding what Christian witnessing is all about is Peter’s words in I Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” It is the key […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (2)

I said in my last article that the witnessing of a child of God, whether young or old, has contained in it the same power that the preaching of the gospel has. By that I mean that Christian witnessing is also used by God to gain others to Christ (Heidelberg Catechism, 32/86) and to harden […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (1)

I have been asked to write a few articles on the antithesis, following the article of Rev. Eriks, who introduced the subject. I have chosen to write this article on the importance of the antithesis for Christian witnessing. That the people of God, including young people, are called to be witnesses goes without saying. Scripture […]

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The Antithetical Life: Separated to Serve

God calls all of his people, young and old, to live an antithetical life in this world. You, no doubt, are familiar with that word “antithesis” because you have heard it in sermons, catechism classes, young people’s Bible study, and your homes. The danger is that the word becomes a buzzword that means very little […]

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Understanding What God’s Will Is

A forenote to the reader: As this series of articles is written especially for you, know that these writings are not directed toward only you. This is not meant to be an attack on young people, but rather, an encouragement. As young adults, middle-aged adults, and even aged adults, we all constantly strive to know and do the will […]

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