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Called to the Ministry

This article is a slightly modified reprint of the original publication in the July 2014 issue of Beacon Lights.   Throughout my grade school, high school, and college years, the words, “Every young man should consider the ministry,” or some variation thereof, penetrated my heart as the sower’s seed the hard path. That word never received […]

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Issue at Hand, March 2024: Vocation

Among the biggest decisions that a young person makes at the end of high school is how to answer the question, “What am I going to do?” Maybe the answer is college. Or maybe it’s starting a job that you’ve always wanted to do when you graduated. Or maybe the answer is simply, “I don’t […]

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Called to work

You’ve probably heard the word “vocation” before, particularly when people are talking about their work. Many Christians intentionally use this word when they describe their occupation because it correctly acknowledges that God provided them with the job they hold. When you read the word “vocation” throughout this issue of Beacon Lights, you can understand that […]

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This month the devotional contains the books of Jonah and Philemon. Although these two books might not seem to be similar—one about an Old Testament prophet, the other about a New Testament slave—they actually share a common theme. Both Jonah and Onesimus (Philemon’s servant) abandoned their callings. Jonah was called by God to preach to […]

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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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A Woman of Many Names: Judges 4–5

A Woman of Many Names: Judges 4–5 Annica Kuiper   For years now, she has listened for the Voice. Sometimes it came out of the whirlwind. Sometimes it came still and small. And sometimes it came with the thunderings of Sinai. In the beginning, it was a quiet Voice. Calling her to do quiet work—speaking, […]

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The Call to the Ministry Rev. Stephan Regnerus   Our churches need more ministers. Synod 2019 expressed an urgent need for more seminary students; pastors regularly pray for more ministers; godly fathers encourage their sons to consider whether God has called them to become a preacher. The need for more ministers has been well documented, […]

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A Pastor’s Life as a Slave of Christ

“Paul, a [slave] of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.” Though our King James Version uses the word “servant” rather than “slave,” that is how we can read the apostle Paul’s introduction of himself in the opening verse of his letter to the Romans.­ Paul, the great preacher, […]

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Enslaved to Jehovah

It is likely that there are few people who would be content upon being sold into slavery. For many, the very term “slave” immediately produces images of prejudice and horrific violence. Even more offensive to our selfish hearts is the implication of total subordination to another. To be a slave is to forget about one’s […]

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Questions I Never Was Asked

There are tons—and that’s a lot—of questions I never was asked. Some of them might be labeled frivolous: Do you like sushi? Or, what is your fourth favorite color? Others might be considered meaningful: Who is the most important U.S. President and why? Or, how important is the U.S. Constitution to you? Then there are […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (11)

Its Exhibition The view of the decree of election presented in the last three installments is not only the most acceptable, but the correct one, not because it happens to agree with our opinion, but because it is most in harmony with Scripture.  Divine election is that act of God according to which He chose […]

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