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A Feast Unlike Any Other

You can’t imagine life without him. Seeing your dad scoop up your younger sister in his arms and smother her with kisses while she giggles with delight and pretends that she wants to get out of his clutches brings a smile to everyone’s face. Maybe it’s playing catch in the backyard or burrowing into his […]

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The Issue at Hand

Hebrews 2:11, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Young person, have you ever been very ashamed of yourself for something you did? Maybe you got caught, and that was shameful; or maybe it was something that […]

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The Destructive Power of False Doctrine

The temptation is strong for a young person to question the necessity of an emphasis on true doctrine. It is certainly not a concern of the world, or even of most of what calls itself church. The question is asked, “What do all of those truths with large, hard to remember names like propitiation and […]

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The Issue at Hand

Have you ever thought, “If I only knew then, what I know now?” Or, “If I had a chance to go back and talk to my younger self, I would have done quite a few things differently!” It is impossible not to look back on our lives and have regret and sorrow for our behavior […]

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Editor’s Note

Desiderius Erasmus was a Dutch humanist and scholar who lived in the late 15th and early 16th century. In 1509 he wrote a satirical piece called In Praise of Folly. Although he made a better satirist than a theologian, in this work he rightfully exposed and ridiculed the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church. In […]

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In Praise of Wisdom

You know. You pick up your phone and you know it’s going to happen. It’s why you closed your bedroom door. If someone were looking over your shoulder, you would never click on that image or follow that link. If your parents read all of your posts and saw all of your pictures, you would […]

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Murder on a School Bus

The children entered the bus loudly the way that most children do. Each of them had a better story than the next, and each was determined to tell it louder than the other. But not all of them. One girl slipped quietly to a seat towards the rear of the bus. As the rest of […]

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Delivering the Helpless

God hates bullying. That needs to be stated not only because there is truth found in the quotation of George Orwell that “restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” It needs to be said, because it is the truth: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination […]

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I Resolve…

Has it ever struck you how often our New Year’s resolutions mirror those made by the world? “I am going to eat healthy and lose weight this year!” “This year I am going to commit to exercising at least three times a week!” There are things we commit to doing and any number of things […]

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Editor’s Note

This new year brings a significant change to Beacon Lights magazine. After six years of manning the helm, Mark Hoeksema is retiring as editor. He has provided outstanding guidance to the staff, and the magazine is better for his leadership. Mark, I express a debt of gratitude for your patient instruction over the last six […]

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