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Living as Lights in the World

Introduction The speech this morning revolves around one fundamental question.  It is a question that each one of you must face honestly and personally.  I say honestly because each of you must reckon with the fact that you stand before the living God of heaven and earth.  Do not in any way blow this question […]

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What Am I?

I travel only one pace, But not by feet or fin. If all God’s creatures would race, There’d be no doubt I’d win. And I’m not only swiftest— No less and never worst, In time of all creation I was the very first. This order has a reason In all life’s sustenance, I’m proof from […]

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Shining Into the Darkness of the World

Speech from the 1999 New Jersey retreat.  II Corinthians 4:6, 7: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the […]

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The Shining Lights

It is an uncontested fact that the child of God does not always act as a child of God. We are children of God! God has made us his children. He has saved us by His grace. He has renewed us spiritually so that we are no longer dead, but alive. He has given us […]

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The Calling to Shine

You are the light of the world. Instead of being a part of the darkness of the world, you are its light. The world is in gross darkness. This darkness is characteristic of everything that is opposed to the will of God. The devil is the prince of this darkness. Therefore this darkness signifies a […]

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Our Shining and God’s Glory

The theme of the Convention for this year is a very timely and important one. I like especially the last subdivision of that theme, namely “Our Shining and God’s Glory” because I am glad to see our young people concerned with the all-important idea of God’s glory. The glory of God is ultimate, that is, […]

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Convention Reflections

This bit of verse came to my mind after I heard Rev. Slopsema’s keynote address at the Convention. If you could find room for this contribution in an early Beacon Lights it might find a response in the hearts of your young readers.   “Have you stopped to consider, on a cloudless night the awesome […]

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Introduction Young People, these are the outlines for the discussion groups at the convention. Read and study them to be prepared to take an active part. 1.   Meaning of light a.   Scriptural references: John 3:19-21; Eph. 5:8; I Thess. 5:4-8; I John 1:5-7. b.   We can make the following distinctions: 1)   Physical light — light […]

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An Unlietening Night

The auditorium was hot. Because they were sitting in a straight long row, they could not see each other, “…ye are the light of the world…” Speaking of lights, there were many. Hypo tried to concentrate, but the heat from the lights was unbearable, and the flashing lights did nothing to help his problem. Hypo […]

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Light and Glory

“A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.” Luke 2:32 This text is part of the song of Simeon, just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. Hence, we may take this expression as the truth of God. Later, much later, Jesus […]

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