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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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Exciting Week at Convention

We as Christians live in a world that is increasingly wicked. As young people, the pressure of the world’s temptations is always pressing upon us. From the temptations on our Snapchat accounts to the constant comparisons of Instagram, and everything in between, it is easy to see how this world is not so different from […]

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Safety in the Ark

The Flood is history. The same kind of carnal unbelief that said in Noah’s day, “there will be no Flood,” says today, “there was no Flood.” Both are rooted in the love of the world and hatred of the God of Jesus Christ, truth, and judgment. The church must proclaim the history of the Flood.  […]

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2019 YP Convention Discussion Group Outline #1—The Signs of the Times  Rev. David Noorman    With a simple prophetic reference to the destruction of the temple (Matt. 24:2), the disciples’ minds immediately went to the end of the world, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, […]

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Guided by God

“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward received me to glory.” (Psalm 73:23–24) In Psalm 73 the inspired psalmist Asaph reveals a painful struggle of faith that he endured. He speaks of how he was brought to the point […]

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Drawing Near to God

It is tempting for believers to doubt God’s favor and love and to think it is not worth living as a Christian. The main theme of Psalm 73 is the truth set forth in the first verse: “Truly God is good to Israel.” The final verses of the Psalm involve a renewed commitment to focus […]

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Convention Poem

Oh, what a privilege God gave the “Word of Life” To his beloved children As comfort in the strife To guide and to direct To study and to learn, Through trials and through tears On your path to discern. May it be the light before you That you run the race not in vain Confess […]

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Westward Bound

(Originally Printed in August, 1952) AUGUST 26, 27, and 28. Are these dates of special significance to you? We in Hull sincerely hope so. They mark the days of our twelfth annual Young People’s Convention to be held this year, D.V., in the great and vast West! Undoubtedly, various questions confront you concerning the convention. […]

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Conventions of the Past and Present

Our churches started conventions in 1938 with a purpose in mind for our churches’ youth. The goal of writing this is so that the reader can be informed about what conventions were like in the 1940s and how they are different from conventions held now. There are many things that are different about our conventions […]

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2014 Convention Report

Young people, do you realize how much work was put into the convention this year? I had the wonderful privilege of being able to participate in the convention as a chaperone. I was able to see the everyday activities of the conventioneers and see a small part of the behind the scenes work that had […]

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Convention Reflection

This year’s convention had an amazing message. Not only were the speeches excellent; the discussion groups also were meaningful to me. The theme verse, Genesis 50:20, is something that stays in my mind; it is a verse that every Christian, young or old, can look to in hard times. God tried Joseph in a way […]

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But God Meant It Unto Good

This year’s Young People’s Convention was in Green Lake, Wisconsin. The convention is something all of the young people look forward to. It is one of the highlights of summer. The theme for this year was “Lessons from the Life of Joseph.” Let me start off by mentioning some of the things that I really […]

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Past Conventions

Year     Host Society                      Theme 1939     South Holland                     Attitudes 1940     Fuller Avenue                      Thoroughly Equipped 1941     Oaklawn 1942     None 1943     None 1944     Fuller Avenue                      Christian Liberty 1945     South Holland                     Steadfastness 1946     Hudsonville                         The Strength and Beauty of Youth 1947     Fuller Avenue                      Fellowship in Christ 1948     Holland                               Faith of Our Fathers 1949     Pella & Oskaloosa               Redeeming the Time […]

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Conventions a Quarter Century Later

The house-cleaning season is both frustrating and amusing. When one engages in the annual ritual called housecleaning, the boredom and drudgery of the activity can be somewhat lightened by intriguing discoveries. In remote corners of closets, in neglected boxes, and in fragrant cedar chests one finds old hats, out-dated shoes, musty scrap books and treasured […]

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Convention Preparation

Advertisements of the upcoming convention have been published regularly in Beacon Lights and the deadline for registration is coming up. It is our goal to use Beacon Lights in the issues leading up to the convention to help you prepare for this event with material related to the theme of the church gathered from all nations. Before looking outward […]

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Explanation for a Change

395 and $140,000. What do these numbers represent and why are they important? They are the number of young people that registered for the 2008 convention hosted by Byron Center PRC and the approximate total cost of this past year’s convention. This is important because while the attendance has almost doubled the past 15 years, […]

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The Ideal Convention

Ideals! I have ideals. You have ideals. Yes, I believe we all have some ideals. Some think of the ideal car. Others think of the ideal vacation. Still others think of the ideal job. Yet how many think of the “ideal convention?” This, however, is the topic of my article. We hope you have thought […]

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PRYP Convention – 1939 and 2007

The 2007 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention will be the 67th such convention in the history of our Protestant Reformed Churches. With God’s blessing, this convention will be for the great spiritual benefit of the young people who attend, just as the past 66 conventions have been. The 67th Young People’s Convention! Could anyone at […]

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2006 Convention Highlights

In my last article (January 2006), I explained the purpose and basic function of the Federation Board. The Board serves as a central guide and coordinator of the works and activities done by and for the young people of our denomination. Much of this work simply involves the normal tasks and decisions necessary for managing […]

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Reflections on the Convention

What a busy year! Faith PRC had the privilege to host the 2005 Protestant Reformed Young Peoples Convention. When we started planning, sometimes it seemed we were getting nowhere. But finally, all the activities and programs were coming together and we were confident that it was going to be a success. Now that the convention […]

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