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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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Sawbill Lake Reflections (2)

Another time of reflection comes to mind as I remember our family’s little trip into northern Minnesota. As you will recall from the previous Beacon Lights issue there were some lessons learned from our trip that I would like to share with you. One beautiful afternoon we were down by the lake relaxing and enjoying the unique […]

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Trophy of Forgiveness

The sound of a thump came from upstairs. Suddenly Jimmy came running down the steps with tears streaming down his face, “Dad,” he cried, “I broke Anthony’s baseball trophy.” “How did it happen?” asked Dad. “I wanted to look at Anthony’s new trophy, but it was on one of the shelves. I got a stool […]

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Forgiven Much

“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little” (Luke 7:47). Beloved, in order to properly understand what this text is saying, we must consider what had just taken place prior to the time that Jesus made this […]

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Forgiveness and Repentance

Hi Rev. Laning, The question that I have is in regard to forgiveness. It seems that there are different ideas with respect to the part of repentance and its place in forgiveness. We know that we are called to forgive the brother as much as seventy times seven, but when do we properly forgive? (Luke […]

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Forgiving Seventy Times Seven

Deborah is a member of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. She wrote this essay for the 2004 PRYP Scholarship. Countless pages have been written by scholars around the world, who all have opinions about the “ideal” education. Books upon books can be read instructing teachers to recognize and eliminate prejudice, to teach conflict […]

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Great Sin–Greater Love

Dear Father, as I kneel in prayer to Thee Grant that my sin I may more clearly see; That I may be appalled by its immensity The very best accomplishment of mine Stands not alone; but sin does e’er entwine; It chokes out righteousness as tendrils from a vine. With Paul I must in humbleness […]

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Three Days in the Life of a Little Boy

Day 1 The candy dish was full. No one would notice if one little piece was missing. Besides, his sister Mary wouldn’t care. She was so nice. She would share the candy with everyone as soon as she got it. No, she wouldn’t mind if just one piece was gone… Day 2 “Happy birthday to […]

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God’s Plan for Me

What do you say to your teenagers about those difficult, growing years? There is so much information we can share with our teenagers from the experiences we had while growing up. But, we must seek God’s guidance in how we share these experiences with them. I would like to share some of my thoughts about […]

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Bequest of Penitence

It seemed unusual when l first thought of sorrow and repentance… As a gift. We know we ought To bow. To pray. To lift our souls in petition to the LORD. Often.   We pray for grace. peace. mercy. contentment. help. forgiveness. In these, sorrow and repentance are vaguely comprised.   Depend on the Creator; […]

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