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Remembering the Lord’s Day

The Dutch have called Sunday, “God’s dike.” In the Netherlands, the dike keeps back the threatening seas and, this, preserves the Hollanders from watery destruction. So, the Lord’s Day holds back the raging waves of materialism, earthlimindedness, and pleasure-madness that threaten to engulf the Church and the Christian. There are leaks in the dike. There […]

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Genesis 43, 44

The Second Meeting of Joseph and His Brothers I.   The trip to Egypt of the brothers, including Benjamin (Gen. 43) A.  Jacob permits Benjamin to accompany the brothers to Egypt (vss. 1-14) 1.  It is Judah who takes the lead in persuading Jacob to let Benjamin go (vs. 3). a.  Evidently, Judah has the preeminence […]

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Genesis 41, 42

3) Any sense in which the famine can be said to have been for the good also of the heathen nations that felt its sting.  At this time? In their generations? (Consider them once as “Gentiles.”) c.  Is it essential to maintain that not things in themselves but God’s purpose with all things determines whether […]

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Some Convention Thoughts

It would be profitable for Protestant Reformed young people if the Federation Board subjected the annual Convention to a thorough study. The lines along which the investigation might be carried out are these: 1) What is the purpose of conventions? 2) What ought to be included in and excluded from conventions so as to attain […]

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The Upward Calling

The Upward Calling—R. E. O. White—Eerdmans—202 pp. The Upward Calling completes Rev. White’s trilogy, the other two books being The Stranger of Galilee (Beacon Lights, June-July 1961) and Beneath the Cross of Jesus.  One who has appreciated the Baptist minister’s stylish simplicity in previous writings will not be disappointed in this book.  The grand topic […]

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Beloved World

Book by Eugenia Price – Zondervan Publishing House – 505 pp. Like other attempts to retell the story of Scripture, Beloved World is a big result of a giant venture. Here the similarity ends. Whereas the others aim at being Bible story books for children, the present book proffers itself to the whole gamut of […]

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Servant of Slaves

Book by Grace Irwin – Eerdmans – 432 pp. This biographical novel of profligate slave trader turned Calvinistic preacher, John Newton, comes like a cool breeze n hot places. Grace Irwin writes of sin with frankness and of grace with sensitivity. Both were strongly present in the life of John Newton, but the triumph is […]

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Editorials

Rev. Robert Harbach, minister of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington, has consented to assume editorship of the rubric, Truth vs. Error, previously authored by Rev. Gerald Vanden Berg. The Federation Board welcomes Rev. Harbach to Beacon Lights staff and assures him of their interest in forthcoming articles. With this issue, Beacon Lights loses […]

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Wanted: The Christian Novel

The recent presence of Feike Feikema on the Calvin College Campus has brought to awareness again a very real problem, especially in Christian literary circles. This problem is the almost total lack of Christian fiction. The Christian faith as evidenced in our own Reformed faith has produced qualified, capable men in almost every possible field, […]

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Our Mission Calling

There are almost as many criticisms of the Protestant Reformed Churches as there are different denominations, but the universal complaint is that the Protestant Reformed Churches do not believe in missionary work. The claim is made that Protestant Reformed doctrine is incompatible with obedience to the various missionary commands in Scripture. Evidently, such accusers have […]

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