There is a picture of last year’s executive board in this issue. The staff takes this opportunity to thank Dale Vink, David Reitsma and Julie Huizinga, the retiring board members of the Federation of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies, for their faithful labors over the past two years. We welcome Dean Dykstra, Dean Bekkering, Matt Kuiper and Heidi Holstege to the new board and look forward to their enthusiasm as they plan the activities for this year. May our faithful God give you His Spirit and grace as you serve Him and labor for the cause of His kingdom.
We will from time to time feature short biographical pieces about young people in our churches. There are no rules for selecting the young people that we will write about. Our hope is that you will get to know a little more about a few young people in our churches. In this issue we will feature Shari Brummel who recently wrote a letter to you in the last issue. Thank you, Shari, for sharing your life with us and your picture.
Rev. VanBaren’s convention speech “Knowing about God” is divided into three parts: the end of time, the approach of the end, and the need for this knowledge. This speech will encourage you to remember the testimony of Scripture about the end, to notice how near the end is, and to live as children of the day.
A special convention issue will be available, D.V., in the near future. If you would like a copy, send your request to Beacon Lights, P.O. Box 375, Jenison, MI 49428. Each conventioneer will receive a copy of the convention issue.
Mr. Dewey Engelsma provides us more words of wisdom as he answers the question “How do I witness to a neighbor that is living in sin?” The staff encourages more of you to send your questions to the Beacon Lights for Mr. Engelsma to answer. Mr. Engelsma is pleased to be able to receive and answer the questions you ask him.
Carol Brands’ letter #12 on Ecclesiastes is in this issue, I promise. She writes on Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, “Even the ugly things have meaning.” Now what does she mean by “ugly things?” Maybe she means ugly creatures, or things. Maybe she means ugly happenings in our lives. Read her article to find out.
Many of our churches hold discussion groups on Sunday evenings. At these meetings the group will discuss a portion of Scripture or a special topic that concerns our lives as God’s people in this world. A discussion sheet is prepared and studied for the group’s meeting. One such sheet I think you will find interesting. It is on Bible Translations and includes a list of archaisms used in the King James Version of the Bible. Rev. Harbach prepared this list some time ago, but you will find it very informative and useful.
I have prepared a Reformation challenge for you. I have prepared biographical sketches of several important historical figures during the time of the Reformation. To help you out, I will give you a list of their names. It is up to you to match the name of the Reformer to the correct biographical sketch. See how well you do. The correct match will appear elsewhere in this issue.
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