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Acts 5

Chapter 5 Introduction It is quite evident that the first part of this chapter is related to the last part of chapter 4 by way of contrast. In the closing section of chapter 4, evidently in close connection with the return of the apostles from their first imprisonment and “trial” before the Jewish council, we […]

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One Only God

“We believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God; and that He is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all good.” (Art. I, Confession of Faith) We assume that there is not […]

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One Big Union

In New York City last December 5, two men seized an oversized gavel, and, banging it on the rostrum, jointly called to order a convention of more than 1400 people. The men were George Meany and Walter Reuther; the convention was that of the newly-formed AFL-CIO, product of the merger of the nation’s biggest unions, […]

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Obedience

No month is more significant in the history of our country than February, even more so than the fourth of July. In February, the two important birthdates of the two statesmen-presidents occur: Washington and Lincoln. Thus we are reminded of our national heritage, as boys and girls, young men and women, who live in the […]

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Northwest Iowa and Minnesota

The evening of Sunday, October 30, a Reformation Day program was held in the Hull Memorial Building. This program was sponsored by the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies of Hull and Doon. After the prelude by Harriet Hoksbergen, George Hoekstra, the chairman of the evening, read Scripture and opened with prayer. The program was continued […]

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Christian Holidays

We are in the midst of the “holiday season.” This is not only true of the world, but also of the church. In less than six weeks we commemorate four Christian holidays. November 24 was Thanksgiving Day, December 25 was Christmas, and on December 31 and January 1 we will celebrate Old Year’s Day and […]

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Beacon Lights in Review

Here follows excerpts and summaries taken from various issues of “Beacon Lights” of the past fifteen years. Much has happened in that time, both in our personal lives as well as in the history of our churches. You may have grown up with “Beacon Lights,” or you may have been one of the “young people” […]

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Stock-Car Racing

The purpose of this Essay is not to point out the evil or sinfulness of stock-car racing as much as it is to point out the foolishness of this so-called sport. As we all know, the reason why these goofs, knot-heads, racers, or whatever you want to call them, crawl, and I mean crawl, into […]

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So Be It

So be it; ‘tis Thy plan, not mine, And being Thine, is good; My God, my will shall yield to Thee Ere it is understood.   So be it; I a child of dust Will not oppose Thy way, Move on, mysterious will, I trust I love, and will obey.   So be it; and […]

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Prospect

II Corinthians 4:16-18   Though darker, rougher, grows the way And cares press harder day by day, And nothing satisfies, The promise sure before me lies Of that blest place beyond the skies Where Jesus waits for me.   With sight too dim to visualize The scene, though spread before my eyes, I know it […]

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