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Young People: Read!

The Beacon Lights staff thinks we have a problem. In fact, we are convinced that we have a problem. The problem concerns the reading of the magazine, or more accurately, the lack thereof. Our subscription numbers have historically been tracked by our business manager and reported at our monthly meetings. For the last several years […]

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By the Written Word

What is the most essential foundation of every relationship? Trust? Love? Respect? If we really think about it, knowledge of one another must be the basis of a relationship. A person cannot trust another if one does not know the other. Neither can he or she respect or love. Really knowing another person sets up […]

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Precious Pamphlets

When I was growing up, there was an antique wood hutch in our living room. The top half of the hutch had open faced shelves filled with knick-knacks. Later those knick-knacks were replaced with religious books. The bottom half of this hutch had little doors with pretty hinges. When I was very young I was […]

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What Beacon Lights Means to Me

On a typical Sunday afternoon, my family eats dinner, has devotions, and eventually gathers in the living room to read. For many years, I spent this time doing written work or studying catechism, and afterwards, I would pick up whatever novel I had been reading during the week. Our coffee table almost always held a […]

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Book Review

Editor’s Note: The text below is an introduction to the book review rubric, which started with the first issue of Beacon Lights, January 1941. Since then the rubric has appeared 253 times. The exact number of books reviewed over the past 75 years is difficult to determine. In many instances of the rubric’s appearance in […]

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Personal Reading and Studying

As Christians we are called to serve in the church. We are constantly reminded that each member has a specific purpose or job that is essential to the rest of the members in the body. What is our role as young people in the church? We do not have large funds to contribute, nor do […]

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A Biblical Perspective on Reading

This new rubric, entitled “Hot Topics,” is a new one for the Beacon Lights. Writers are provided a prompt which is drawn from today’s issues. This rubric is also designed to encourage discussion about such issues among Beacon Lights readers. We encourage you to email us your thoughts regarding these issues—we would like to hear your thoughts and […]

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A Spiritual Letter to My Grandchildren

Dear Grandchildren: It was over two years ago that I wrote a letter to you about the spirit world; the origins of the good angels and those of the bad angels, Michael keeping the good ones, and Satan leading the bad ones – the devils. Just lately I was asked to write another letter answering […]

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Reading Maketh a Full Man

Lying near the edge of my desk is a pile of thirty-seven church history tests covering such errors as Socinianism, Unitarianism, Modernism, and Method­ism. Had I not taken time to read last night and this morning the stack of papers would be graded and would be filed away so that they could be returned to […]

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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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