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The Reformed Faith In The Netherlands

The only growing and flourishing Protestant churches in The Netherlands are the Liberated Reformed Churches. They not only buy the empty church buildings from the Synodal Reformed Churches (whose members left in droves since they associated themselves with the State Reformed Churches and the Lutherans), but they are also building many new churches themselves, all […]

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The Churches in The Netherlands

Once a year the churches in The Netherlands await with much interest the latest figures about the welfare of the various churches in the country, their growth or otherwise. The State Reformed Churches, in a period of 150 years (beginning in 1849) have gone down from 55% of the Dutch population to only 14%. Again […]

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Pella Iowa: Tulips in a Crumbled Castle (2)

In our study of the history of Pella, we have noted the reasons why Reformed believers wanted to leave the Netherlands. In addition to persecution, the farmers suffered from a severe potato blight. What makes Pella unique is the man who led the Reformed believers out of the Netherlands and to the plains of America. […]

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The Juliana Church

The Dutch governmental city of The Hague became soon after the Reformation a center for all those who had chosen for the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. The Roman Catholic magistrates of the day were not happy with that and several Reformed preachers were put in prison, and some even killed. The whole situation changed […]

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The Reformed Churches in the Netherlands

Introduction (by John Huizenga) Although many of our readers can trace their family history back to the Netherlands, the bond has become very weak and our Fatherland has become a Great Grandfatherland known only from secondary sources. Yet we do well to keep abreast on church news in the Netherlands as well as the other […]

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Around the World

This past summer, we two girls were privileged with something that neither of us will ever forget. We travelled around the world and learned a lot. One of the things we realized was how fortunate we are to have been brought up in Christian homes and in a country in which we have almost anything […]

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A TIME OF DECLINE (1619-1834) We discussed in the last two articles the sad condition into which the Reformed Churches had fallen in the period between the Synod of Dordt and the Secession of 1834. We discussed some of the major causes of this spiritual decline, notably the influence that the State had in the […]

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A Time of Decline (1619-1834) The Synod of Dordrecht had finished its sessions; the delegates had returned to their homes. A great victory had been won in the Church of Jesus Christ. The truth of the Reformation had triumphed over the errors of Pelagianism as they had reappeared in Arminianism. The fruit of this great […]

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A Few Opinions Resulting From a European Tour

I didn’t know how to begin this article, or perhaps I should say “where” to begin it, so I decided to put off writing until another time and read my “Reader’s Digest” instead. I turned to the article, “The Scots Among Us,” and that reminded me of the time I took the train from London, […]

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My Trip to Europe

As long as I can remember, I hoped that some day I would be able to take a trip to Europe. So when my uncle, George Knoll, decided to go and asked me to go with him, you can imagine how thrilled I was. He has many friends in the Netherlands, and we both have […]

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Liberated Churches

Kampen, Nederland March 7, 1950 Dear Beacon Lighters, On Feb. 17 I had a chance to tell a mass meeting of Liberated Youth in Zwolle all about you. Don’t mind, do you? We had a swell time. I told them about the Convention, Society life, Pro­testant Reformed Christian Schools, Re­formed Witness Hour, Sunday School, Field […]

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Student Life at Kampen, Netherlands

Goes, Nederland January 6, 1950 Dear Beacon Lighters, It has been a long time since we saw each other at the Iowa Convention, hasn’t it? A lot of things have happened in the past four months. I am now 4,000 miles from Iowa. To be more exact, I am writ­ing you from the desk of […]

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Greetings from the Netherlands

Whereas this issue of the Beacon Lights is the last one before our Convention in Pella and Oskaloosa, I am taking this opportunity to address a few words to our readers. As most of you already know, the Rev. J. De Jong and myself have been in the Netherlands for the past several weeks. The […]

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This is your Opportunity

Recently your editor received a letter from Rev. James Van Weelden, of Sioux Center, Iowa, concerning a matter which he felt should be treated in Beacon Lights and we are glad to do so at this time. In recent months Rev. Van Weelden has received a number of requests from young people in the Netherlands […]

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A Voice from the Netherlands

A Letter…From The Netherlands This issue contains a letter from Mrs. Van Spronsen of the Netherlands.  Many of our people have met Mrs. Van Spronsen when she was visiting in America with Mr. Van Spronsen a few months ago.  During her visit she consented to write for Beacon Lights and the letter in this issue […]

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