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In the Canadian West

Vancouver, British Columbia, with its adjoining cities and suburbs, is the great metropolis of Canada’s far west. This great city is set like a jewel amid the bays of the Pacific and the tower­ing peaks of the Canadian Rockies. It is a great, a beautiful city, but, like our own American cities, the wickedness of […]

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Explicit Duty, Sacred Privilege

‘The Protestant Reformed Churches believe that, in obedience to the com­mand of Christ, the King of the church, to preach the blessed gospel to all crea­tures, baptizing, and teaching them to observe all things which Christ has com­manded, it is the explicit duty and sacred privilege of said churches to carry out this calling according […]

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Our God

GOD, the CENTER of all our Living! That is the essence of true Christian Living. By it the existence of the un­godly and the life of the Christian are forever distinguished. The former con­tinue on slippery paths and “God is not in all their thoughts” while the latter think, act and live in “the fear […]

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Esther 6:1 to 10:3

LESSON XIX From Sackcloth to Royal Purple Esther 6 For a reason not stated in the text King Ahasuerus could not sleep the night of the day upon which Haman had come to the conclusion that there was but one thing for him to do, namely, to ask the king for permission to hang Mordecai […]

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Isolationism

Isolationism The most startling bit of news with respect to the war policy that our coun­try should pursue is, as you all realize, the speech of President Hoover. This speech gave the impetus to the men of the Republican Party which have al­ways had the essential paints of the old isolationism. Many ideas advanced by […]

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Concerning: Temperance Preaching (2)

In our former instalment in this de­partment (see January issue of Beacon Lights) we listened in to a controversial discussion, between two ministers in a mid-western town, on the subject of “temperance” and “temperance-preach­ing”. The one minister we have called the Rev. Fundamentalist, the other the Rev. Reformed-Calvinist. The Rev. F. is very much in […]

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Mere Dust

Have you ever considered what an ex­tremely important part minute particles play in the lives of individuals? Are we disdainful, perhaps, of mere dust? On August 27, 1883, Krakatoa erupted throwing tons of fine volcanic ash into the sky. Winds dispersed these light dust particles to a height of fifteen miles into the atmosphere surrounding […]

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Friends with the World

I received this question: “Would you kindly explain Luke 15:9. Are we to make friends with the world: or what?” REPLY. The Scripture passage referred to reads:   – “And I say unto you make to your­selves friends of the mammon of un­righteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.” It is […]

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Christmas Trees

Recently I received the following let­ter. I said: recently, and I think you ought to put some rubber in it, for it is dated November 20, 1950. Moreover, I do not know when this letter and its ans­wer will be published, since I am writing for four Beacon Lights issues ahead. But here is the […]

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The Bible

I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit and miss— Now a bit of John and Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (take twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs— Yes, I thought I knew the Word, But I found that through reading Was a different thing to […]

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The Gateway to Destruction (4)

The Lord with the wicked is wroth every day, And if they repent not is ready to slay; By manifold ruin for others pre­pared, They surely at last shall them­selves be ensnared. This is true today as well as it was in David’s time. In a former instalment I pointed out how well America em­braces […]

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Bishop’s Mantle

The Bishop’s Mantle by Agnes Sligh Turnbull, published by the MacMillan Co., N. Y. This is the story of a young minister and his first years as rector in a large, fashionable city church. This young man is Hilary Laurens. The story begins with the death of Hilary’s grandfather, who has been an inspiration to […]

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