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Contrary Winds

The disciples of John had come to Jesus with the tidings that Herod the tetrarch had beheaded the Baptist.  Jesus, feeling the need of solitude, had departed by ship into a desert place apart.  The people, however, hearing of it and being thoroughly absorbed with their own needs and desires, followed Him afoot. It was […]

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Hobbling to Heaven

It is indeed a serious matter to face life with a handicap which cripples one and impedes his progress and thwarts desires which may be dear to his heart.  And, especially now, as we stand at the threshold of a new year and hear of the promises of better days to come and see the […]

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Hell

Among the curse words which are so abundant especially in this day and age one which has “enjoyed” perhaps the most popularity and which apparently lends itself to such a multitude of occasions and circumstances is the word “Hell”.  And, unless you are virtually cloistered in your home and never contact the husk which surrounds […]

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On the Air!!

“This is the Reformed Witness Hour.”  At four o’clock every Sunday afternoon these familiar words ring through the air!  But why should they?  Are there not enough religious programs on the air already?  Why should we, such a small denomination, take upon us the additional burden of broadcasting just another religious program?  Indeed, it is […]

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Handicap

He walks on crutches—slow of pace, And lines of trouble on his face, Speak plainer far than words can do, The sorrow that his heart’s been through.   He once could climb those hills and stairs, And play with boys in secret lairs; But now he has but one good limb, With much life’s joys […]

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A Reformation in South Holland

The beginning of our congregation was unique in many ways.  This is the way it started: several people from Lansing, Illinois, not satisfied with the Common Grace position of the Christian Reformed Churches, decided that they wanted to hear the “other side”.  So they wrote Rev. H. Hoeksema whether he would come and how much […]

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The Hidden Blessing….

Jim and Hank, as they were affectionately called by the rest of the family, were brothers and two boys more alike you would probably never find.  Being the sons of a farmer, they were typical outdoors boys with all the interest and unbounded enthusiasm which any normal lad possesses.  Especially did they love the sport […]

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To Our Boys in Service

Dear Friends: In my previous letter to you (in the December issue of Beacon Lights), we talked about the terrible struggle a Christian soldier has in the midst of the godless surroundings wherein the Lord has placed him.  In this letter, we wish to tell you about the Christian Military Homes we had in the […]

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Letters from Our Boys

February 12, 1945 Dear Friends:– I believe it’s almost a year ago or more since I’ve last written you.  So I think it’s due time that I write again. First I want to thank you for your efforts put forth in getting the “Beacon Lights” to me and in making it such a fine piece […]

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Turkey

Turkey is no longer neutral.  Ever since the beginning of this conflict, Turkey has maintained a so-called neutrality.  During this time, however, she has sold her minerals to the Germans and at the same time manifested certain leanings toward the Allies.  Had she joined with the Axis she would have aided Germany greatly in invading […]

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A Reformation in Hudsonville, Mich.

It was in the summer of 1924, the same summer of the infamous synod which adopted the “Three Points” of “common grace”, that the Rev. H. Hoeksema was invited to speak at a school rally, which was to be held in the Jamestown woods, four miles south of Hudsonville, by the school board of the […]

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The Earth’s Satellite

The seasons are fixed by wisdom divine, The slow changing moon shows forth God’s design; The sun in his circuit his Maker obeys, And running his journey hastes not nor delays.   In the last issue of “The Beacon Lights” various aspects of the moon were discussed.  Perhaps, other question may have arisen; for example, […]

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Acts

LESSON LII Paul’s Defensive Testimony in Jerusalem Acts 22-23:11 His Testimony Proper, vss. 1-21.  The following points of importance Paul brings forward. 1.  A sketch of his own life prior to his meeting and seeing Christ on the road to Damascus, vss. 1-5. In this he relates: a. His identity and birthplace.  b. His early […]

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