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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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What is God calling me to do? 

“So, what are you doing after high school?” You’ve probably been asked this question dozens of times if you’re graduating this year. Some of you have known the answer to this question since you were seven years old. Maybe you’ve always known you were going to be a teacher, a builder, a nurse, or a […]

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Thoughts on hiring by a small business owner

When my firm faces “capacity” issues, two main thoughts hit me. First, I am proud of my team providing a “wow” experience to our clients, prompting client referrals. This means we are succeeding. But second, it means it’s time for a necessary annoyance: hiring. Writing the job description, posting it online, reviewing resumes, multiple rounds […]

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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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Pray to the Lord of the Harvest

I write this especially for young men. “Ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:14). Jesus addresses you. “Pray ye [that includes you, young men] therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:38). […]

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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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Just a Job or a Calling?

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called (Ephesians 4:1). With these words the Apostle Paul begins the fourth chapter of his letter to the saints in the church at Ephesus. Paul divides his letter into two major parts, a doctrinal part and […]

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Choosing an Occupation

Introduction: Being a member of a Protestant Reformed Church will make a significant impact on your decision as to what career you should or should not pursue. One must always keep before him God’s Word and His Will. Choosing a career does not simply involve what you want, and, therefore, you must not take this […]

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All Walks of Life

What occupations are appropriate for Christians? What areas of study? The reformers were distinctive in their day in teaching that all occupations, excluding those that required sin, were pleasing in God’s sight. In this issue of the Beacon Lights, we explore a number of occupations that young people should consider as they determine what is […]

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I.  Specific Principles of Scripture concerning work or vocation. A.  Work is necessary and noble, for God Himself is an ever-active God. 1.  God created man to work, to be active and productive, and not to sit contemplating or be inactive, Genesis 1:28; 2:15. 2.  Man’s fall into sin did not change God’s purpose to […]

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Study to Show Thyself Approved

“Study to shew thyself approved of God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15 Some years ago somebody gave me a plaque inscribed with the text quoted above. For some time it decorated my study wall as a reminder that a minister must rightly divide […]

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Choosing a Life’s Calling?

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13 Choosing a life’s calling, a life’s partner, should be and is the seeking to perform the will of God, the will of our heavenly Father! In the most basic sense […]

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Education: A Preparation for Life

Seminarian Chuck Terpstra intro­duced this topic for us. He pointed out that our calling is a spiritual calling. Whether it be as a homemaker, banker, business man, minister, or any kind of job that a child of God feels he/she should do. We must put a lot of thought into what we decide to become. […]

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Education, A Preparation for Life

Introduction 1.  One of the many questions which you as Reformed Young People confront as you grow and develop into spiritual maturity is the question, “What will God have me do in life? or What place does God have for me in His Kingdom?” and then too, “How do I know and find out this […]

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High School Girls and Careers

High School ought to be and often is the time when young people decide on their calling in life. If they are children of God’s covenant and consider their life’s work to be truly a calling, they will do this through prayer, seeking the Lord’s guid­ance in learning what He wants them to do. They […]

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Choosing a Career

We, along with the world, place an extreme amount of importance on the degree of success that we achieve in our lives. It is not all that unusual for one to come across accounts of different individuals who have started with nothing and through what seems to be a combination of skill and good luck […]

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Which Field of Labor?

How do we know in what field we are called to labor? A student nurse asks this question in the following way. She believed that it was God’s will for her to enter the field of nursing, but there are many things which now have arisen to make her question whether she has placed her […]

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Determining Our Calling and Vocation in Life

When I received the request from your Beacon Light Staff to write this article concerning, “How a Christian Determines His Calling and Vocation in Life,” I could envision our youth hoping that I could lay out a blue-print of concrete things which would enable each covenant youth to know exactly what vocation to enter. But […]

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The Calling of the Christian in Everyday Life

How often have you conceived of your everyday, possibly hum-drum life, as a calling from God? Possibly never. For most of us the work-a-day week is routine. It seems not to be directly associated with God’s work on this earth. Every day we get up at a particular time, grab a lunch, and books or […]

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Faithful Servant

Psychologists today say that one problem that most plagues adolescents is the prob­lem of a vocation. What are you going to do when you get out of school? What are you going to school for? What would you like to do the rest of your life? These questions constantly bombard us as Chris­tian youth. Less […]

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Why I Chose to be a Teacher

While my playmates were busy with dolls, I was reading everything I could lay my hands on. Housework bored me – and still does. One of my favorite games was playing school. And yet I never gave one thought to making the teaching profession my life work. That was due mostly to the times in […]

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