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The Holy Art of Thanksgiving

This issue of Beacon Lights comes out in the month of November, which is the month remembered especially because it is the season of thanksgiving. Harvest time is just past and we as a nation have the custom of setting a day of the month of November aside to give thanks to Almighty God. Although […]

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Our Religious Customs

These customs are many. To celebrate a Thanksgiving Day is one of them. There are many others in our religious life. We have the custom of worshipping together on the Lord’s Day, the custom of praying at certain times —though we do not call prayer a custom, the custom of reading the Bible at certain […]

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Thanksgiving Day

Another year has passed and we will again celebrate Thanksgiving Day. In many homes you will find a vacant place when the family gathers for their Thanksgiving Day meal. Sons, brothers, and husbands cannot be present. They are far from home, some in one of the many camps of our country, and others somewhere across […]

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Thanksgiving

Soon Thanksgiving Day will be at hand again. The celebration of this day dates back to our Pilgrim Fathers. It was born through the experiences of much hardship; cold, poor crops, and almost continuous danger of Indians, followed by the blessing of an abundant crop. The people realized and accepted this great crop as a […]

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Small Sects in America

“Small Sects in America” by Elmer T. Clark. This book is the result of a lengthy and extensive investigation covering a period of fifteen years, in which the author studied the official literature and doctrinal pronouncements of the sects about which he writes, and even paid personal visits to the headquarters of some of these […]

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Sketch

For a civilian there are many interesting things about a town located near a large air field and troop training area. There are three roads leading to San Bernardino from Redlands, the scenery is never monotonous. Along one road there are orange groves on both sides, branches of the trees hang over the curbs. Right […]

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Gertrude Braaksma

I love to stand in my cottage doorway and watch the day fade away into night I love to see the snow-capped mountains as the sun sheds its last rays of light. No artist could paint such a picture, no poet could tell of its worth, For it is God who paints this picture, the […]

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A Reformation in Redlands

In the fall of 1932 on a Sunday morning, the bulletin stated that services were being rearranged. Instead of Holland in the morning and English in the evening we would have English morning and evening and Holland in the afternoon. This was in the Christian Reformed Church of Redlands and Rev. Schans was our pastor. […]

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To Our Boys in Service

Edgerton, Minn. October 12, 1943 Dear Fellows: This number of our Beacon Lights is supposed to be an all California issue. And therefore I hear some of you fellows say: “What is Vos doing here? He lives now in Edgerton, Minnesota!” Well, you will have to bear with me for this one time. It is […]

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Letters From Our Boys

Oct. 5, 1043 Dear Friends: While we picture a fall of beautiful changing trees and cool weather in Grand Rapids, we here in Taft, Calif, notice no change in the season as yet. In fact, we are experiencing severe heat in the desert. But fortunately, most of the homes and buildings in Gardner Field are […]

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Life in the Army

The request came to me to write on a subject in the California issue of Beacon Lights. I am not from California but ever since I have been in the army California has been the scene of my labors. Many Sundays were spent in Redlands and a few in Bellflower. It was difficult for me […]

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Acts 2:14 – 47

Introductory remarks: We now come in our outlines to the study of Peter’s Pentecostal address. The material in this address is compacted and weighty, and it requires some thought to apprehend its sense. When we studied this chapter in my society we found that we could not cover this address of Peter in one session. […]

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The Reading of Holy Scriptures

In the present day in which we are living, more than ever before, we need the Scriptures. I don’t mean to imply that we didn’t need it before, but the present-day trials bring us to the realization that this earthly tabernacle is falling away, and the day when Christ shall come again to judge the […]

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