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Characteristics of Officebearers

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to David Warner’s article on Homosexuality in the December 2011 issue of the Beacon Lights. Warner cites I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:4-9, which lay out criteria for office bearers: namely that, among other things, they be faithful to their wives and manage their houses with faithful children. “Gay […]

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Homosexuality

Earlier this year, the Presbyterian Church (USA) decided to alter its constitution in order to allow openly-active gays into positions of ministers, elders, and deacons. After more than 30 years of debate on this issue, the PC(USA) joins the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Episcopal Church as mainline […]

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Daniel 3

Hope to be a Hananiah. Mimic the mind of Mishael. Aspire to be an Azariah. Dare to be a Daniel. The first three, the friends of Daniel, were High in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar; But when they refused to bow down to his idol, He threatened to take away from each his title. But when […]

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Romans 12:1

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” In this passage, the apostle Paul is beseeching us. To beseech, according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, is to ask earnestly; to entreat or implore almost in […]

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I Heard It Through the Grapevine

How many times have you told someone a secret about somebody else, or even yourself, but only if they promised not to tell another person? Sooner or later the word gets around, whether it’s a true story or not. Why is it that gossip seems to spread like wildfire, whether intentionally or not, yet good […]

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Hebrews 11

Faith is the substance of things which we hope for, The evidence of things which we can’t see, but grope for. The elders who on this faith were firmly stood Obtained a report that was honest and good. Through faith’s eyes we know, it isn’t absurd, That the worlds and all in them were framed […]

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Be Thou My All

Liken me unto the moon or a star; Let me reflect of Thine image afar. Liken me unto the trees to the sky; Let me raise Thee-ward both arms up on high. Liken me unto a mount, tow’ring tall; Let me be seen as Thine only to all. Make me a river that runs to […]

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