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Our Inheritance – Forgotten as We Are Entertained?

Drive through any residential neighborhood after dark. What do you see? Look through almost every living room window on the street, and you will see a flashing glow. It’s a TV. Most homes have them, and they are turned on more than they are turned off. Go to most restaurants, and you can see about […]

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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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Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See

While the words to “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes” are rather simple in nature, in light of the previous verses of this song, it is easy to see that this song contains some rather profound truths, which we would all be wise to live by. Sadly, some things are more easily said than done; even […]

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Saint Augustine at the Movies

Most of our readers have heard of Augustine (354-430 AD) at some point in their lives. Perhaps your knowledge of him is rather scanty or dim. If you know anything at all about him, it is likely that you have read parts or the whole of his work The Confessions of Saint Augustine. This work […]

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A Christian View of Recreation

When Christians want to know about how they may please God in a certain area of life, there are two places they can go for guidance—the moral law and the life of Christ. Despite what we might initially think, those two sources have much to say on the subject of recreation. All areas of our […]

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Drifting with the Wind (3)

As pointed out in a previous article, Young People, Satan sends forth the wind of false doc­trines to keep us from seeking the Kingdom of Heaven and its righteousness. Doing that, he strives to make us drift off the path that brings us to the channel through which we enter that kingdom. But there is […]

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Love the Lord Thy God

Fellow youth in Christ. I have been asked to write on the last part of Question and Answer 105, Lord’s Day 40. ”Also that I hurt not myself, nor willfully expose myself to any danger.” This part of question and answer 105 is under the sixth commandment in the law of God; “Thou shalt not […]

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Lovers of Pleasure

II Timothy 3:1-5             “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more […]

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Decadence

The word “decadence” is from the Latin decadere, “to fall down or away, hence to decay.” Webster defines it as “a process or state of decay or deterioration.” A recent essay in TIME Magazine entitled “The Fascination of Decadence” explores the concept. It notes that the word can be used to mean many different things. […]

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The Dead Sea Video Tapes

The above title is not original with this writer. “The Dead Sea Video Tapes” was the title of a lecture given in 1976 by a certain Malcolm Muggeridge. His series of three lectures, given at the London Lectures in Contemporary Christianity, was published in this country by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. under the title […]

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Who Do You Serve?

While reading the October,1977 issue of The Readers Digest, I came across an article entitled, “The Mad Mad World of Rock ‘n’ Records”. A rather interesting account of the modern-day record business. I say interesting because of the facts which that article presented about this worldly entertainment. The author begins his article by saying: “It […]

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Love Not the World

“Hey, what did you do this week­end?” “Saturday night there was a great movie on T.V. What did you do?” “Friday night there was a super rock concert at the Civic. Saturday night we went to the races in Martin.” “There was a great group singing at the Pizza Parlor near our house this weekend.” […]

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Joy Now, or Forever?

One of the popular musicals from some years back has an often-repeated line which goes as follows: If you have leisure, follow pleasure; Let not an hour of joy pass by. This was the advice given in the musical to the young man of the world. The language of today puts this philosophy more briefly […]

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Modern Entertainment and the Christian

“Naw, man, this place will blow your mind!” “Well … I don’t know, ya see my parents would get uptight, and if any­body from church found out, it’d be a bummer.” “Aw, you gonna let them spoil your fun? Besides, who needs to know any­way? What do ya say?” “Yeah … if nobody finds out […]

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Summer . . .a spiritual vacation?

The last school bell has finally rung and smiling faces burst from classrooms in anticipation of a new and exciting summer. The last prayer has been offered in another Young People’s Society season and everyone eagerly leaves the basements of the various churches. And best of all, that last question for catechism has been asked […]

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Amused

The idea or notion that children and young people, in general, must have fun and be amused and entertained is far from new. The problem we raise is not new; neither is the proposed solution. The mere fact, however, that the question must again be raised and the answer reiterated is cause for shame and […]

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That Insane Amusement Notion

It is amazing how quickly one becomes accustomed to insane ideas. What is essentially foolish and, at first, appears absurd, is repeatedly brought before our attention as really good and expedient and practical and indispensable and necessary and very desirable; gradually it turns our head, changes our judgment, our valuation of things and soon has […]

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Speak Lord, for Thy Servant Heareth

“Each succeeding generation, at thy mighty word appears; Thou dost count in times duration, one day as a thousand years. Death with swift and sudden warning, calls us from life’s dream away. Like the grass green in the morning, withered ere the close of day.”   Such is the reality of human existence. Is it […]

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Entertainment

Entertainment is the amusement, pleasure or instruction derived from conversation, discourse, and argument. It is the pleasure which one receives from anything interesting which holds or arrests our attention. Whether alone or in a group, at home or away, young people have a desire to be entertained. Entertainment to break monotony of daily toils may […]

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A Den of Robbers and Adulterers (2)

Life in Hollywood is evaluated in the free indulgence in sexuality and in the free spending of money. This can be seen by taking notice of the advertise­ments which appear in the various news­papers, magazines, and on the outside of the theaters themselves. Just what do you see? Lustful kisses, profanity, nud­ity, passionate embraces, luxurious […]

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Amusements

Dear Editor, This is a popular subject today in many of our Reformed publications. Are we as Protestant Reformed youth entitled to amusements? It has been the stand of some that we should be denied all the joys of life. I do not agree. This was characteristic of the Puritans who went so far as […]

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Response to “The Church and The World”

Dear Editor, In regard to Miss De Koning’s article of “The Church and The World” in the November Beacon Lights, I do not whole­heartedly agree with her in respect to the amusements of the world. She states that “If we as Christians go along to any of these places of amusement, we are going along […]

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