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Editor’s Note

This issue includes the articles submitted for this year’s scholarship essay competition by those individuals who aspire to the office of teacher or pastor. The two writing prompts that each author could choose from are as follows: 

  1. Dead orthodoxy is a real threat in our lives and the lives of our youth. Matthew 15:8 teaches us to keep our hearts near to God not just our lips. In a day and age where lip service is easily paid to the Christian life how do you intend to teach or minister to our children and young people about this threat?
  2. Acts 14:22 says, “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God,” indicating that the Christian life will be a life of suffering. Identify concrete instances of the ways you will suffer for God’s sake not only as a Christian, but specifically as a pastor or Christian school lteacher. How do you intend to provide a Christian example in such suffering for your students and parishioners, particularly in our world of entitlement and pleasure-seeking?

Please also take note of the Scholarship Committee newsletter written by Rev. Holstege. In this newsletter he summarizes well the road to each of those callings, and the rich rewards to be found in them. May we be always in prayer asking the Lord to give us faithful teachers and pastors, and may we be willing to support them as they pursue this work.   

Last, the Beacon Lights staff expresses Christian sympathy to one of our devotionals writers, Abby Van Solkema in the death of her father, Leroy De Vries. May her devotional of April 28 serve as a comfort to her and her family, as certainly it did to the reader in the April issue of Beacon Lights: “Our heavenly Father, the creator of the universe, does not make mistakes. Everything that happens is according to his perfect, detailed plan. He had a perfect plan for returning the people of Judah from exile back to the promised land. He has a perfect plan for the salvation of each one of his children. And he has a perfect plan for our eternal home in heaven.” May she and her family find comfort knowing that her father now experiences the joy of that eternal home. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14: 1–3).