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God Gave Green

God gave green; And life is green: And grass and plants and trees are green. Life is green. Grass turns gold and brown And leaves turn gold and crimson: Dying is beautiful. Withering grass and falling leaves; And bare trunks silhouette the sky: Death is black, Till whiteness fills the air and earth And snow-clothes […]

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His Blood on Us

The frenzied mob, ferocious, fearing nought, Pressed closer, shouting for the life they sought, And raised their voices like a mighty flood, “On us and on our children be His blood.” The scarlet stains, on that spike-studded cross Where hung the bleeding body, with each toss Of pain re-echoed that rebellious cry Until it reached […]

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Drama-Should We Use It?

This article appeared in the May, 1957 issue of Beacon Lights and was the negative part of a debate in print. We use it only and not the affirmative statement because the very real problem concerning this subject is close and obvious to each one of us. It need not therefore be established by an […]

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The Tree

Gnarled, twisted, writhing snake, Snow-shod ‘neath a winter sky, Putting on the feathery flake, Only then to lay it bye. Standing bleak and bare, alone— Leaves have drifted to the ground; Cheerful, chirping birds have flown; The howling wind’s the only sound. Stalwart, staunch, and strong it stands ‘Neath the vaulted roof of sky. Fearless […]

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The Letter

The dying sun was casting a few sparse rays through the bars of the solitary window of the cold cell. The prisoner, an erect and dignified man whose garb revealed him to be a clergyman, gazed thoughtfully at what he knew would be his last sunset. The day is dying, he thought, and before tomorrow […]

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Young People and the Future

Once more we have crossed the threshold into a new year. And once again, from pulpit, school-room, or even newspaper ads, we are reminded of “the future.” Young people have always been associated with the future. The coming generation, tomorrow’s citizens and homemakers, the church of tomorrow are but a few of the descriptions of […]

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The 19th Annual P.R.Y.P. Convention

Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, California, Arizona – from all over they came. By car, bus, or train they arrived at Oaklawn, Illinois, scene of the 19th Annual P.R.Y.P. Convention. There they found a friendly welcoming committee to greet them, register them, give them their badges and tickets, and assign them to […]

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The Morning Star of the Reformation

Perhaps the most prominent forerunner of the Reformation, often called “the Morning Star of the Reformation,” was the English reformer, John Wyclif. Appearing on the scene of history a century and a half before Luther, Wyclif clearly saw the abuses and heresies of the Roman Catholic Church and strongly attacked them. He was born at […]

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No Boys, No Cars, No Convention

At this year’s convention we were surprised to learn that the first P.R.Y.P. convention was held twenty years ago but that this convention was only the 18th one. However, an immediate explanation revealed why. “We did not have conventions for two years during the war,” said one of the participants in a convention program, “since […]

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A Letter to the Editor

Mr. Charles Westra Editor, Beacon Lights   Dear Sir: In the May issue of “Beacon Lights” my article regarding the Christian Reformed Church is attacked by Neal De Young. Allow me to defend myself and to answer some of his questions and statements. Mr. De Young writes that I think everyone is wrong except the […]

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