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Celebrating Your Life

The mail delivery man on a snowy, frigid, winter day, January, 1941, followed the usual delivery route with mail for the day to be placed in a diminutive mailbox at 609 Peace Street, Pella, Iowa.  This time the mail was almost too large for the mailbox.  It was a brand new magazine, Beacon Lights for […]

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Conventions a Quarter Century Later

The house-cleaning season is both frustrating and amusing. When one engages in the annual ritual called housecleaning, the boredom and drudgery of the activity can be somewhat lightened by intriguing discoveries. In remote corners of closets, in neglected boxes, and in fragrant cedar chests one finds old hats, out-dated shoes, musty scrap books and treasured […]

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Why Study the History of the Church?

Christian instruction has a distinct and most unique contribution to make. It is intended to be one of the means whereby the people of God can instruct the seed of the covenant. In order to accomplish the task of covenant education, the seed of the church must be thoroughly instructed in the history of the […]

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The Ideal Convention

Ideals! I have ideals. You have ideals. Yes, I believe we all have some ideals. Some think of the ideal car. Others think of the ideal vacation. Still others think of the ideal job. Yet how many think of the “ideal convention?” This, however, is the topic of my article. We hope you have thought […]

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Supermarket of False Religions

The Second Parliament of World Religion convened in the robust city of Chicago, Illinois, August 28-Sept. 5, 1993, the centennial year of the First Parliament of World Religions. The 1893 meeting of the World Parliament of Religions convened in Chicago at the same time as the Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair in Chicago). James Stephens, director […]

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Bumper Sticker Witnessing

Do they catch your attention?  I’m talking about those signs hung in the windows of passing automobiles, those license plates with special messages, and the bumper stickers advertising a radio station or some place of amusement. When I was a child and had the opportunity to travel with my parents, we often would see automobiles […]

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Faint Not but Believe

[Psalm 27:13-14] The students and faculty of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the youth of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Michigan, particularly in the Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church, were suddenly cast into deep sorrow because of the sudden death of Richard Scott Miedema, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Miedema. (Pete […]

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Teaching Bible in The Christian School

One of the critical discussions that is often heard concerns the place of the Scriptures in the Christian Schools. The Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship (AACS) has little place for the Scriptures or the Reformed Confessions in the Christian Schools. They say that the only way the Scriptures may be normative in the […]

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Quarter of Earth in Deadly Conflict

In each of the first three books of the New Testament (the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are recorded the words of Jesus that he spoke concerning the events that shall precede the end of the world. One of the most notable aspects of the Sermon Jesus spoke on the Mount of Olives […]

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