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Watching Daily At My Gates

For our meditations this month we will briefly look at some Biblical words that begin with the letter “B.”   March 1 Read Psalm 8 (note vs. 2) BABES—What a familiar term with which we begin our meditations this month. We all know what babies are. Everyone of us enters the world as babes. We […]

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Why Must Kingdom Causes Go Begging?

Although this will not be published until the spring of the year, as this is being written (January), we’ve just been through the holiday season which is always accompanied by many appeals for year-end giving to myriad charitable organizations, Kingdom or otherwise. At this same time of year many church consistories also complete their budgeting […]

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Biblical Marriage (2)

This article is adapted for young people from a speech given for Holland Protestant Reformed Church’s Evangelism Committee. (I wrote last time that Christian young people want Godly marriages because the glory of God is at stake. Motives are everything. If we want a happy, Christian, marriage only because we want to be happy and […]

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Calling Upon God with a Pure Heart

As you know, Young People, the day you were born you were not able to walk, or even to crawl. In fact, although you were born with legs and feet, you had to be carried, and have food brought unto you. You could cry for that food, and thereby could express your desire for it. […]

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Daniel – A Faithful Prayer Life (2)

What do you think Daniel was praying for at this time? If you were in that chamber and you knew that you would be cast into the lion’s den, would you be praying: “Lord deliver me?” Earlier we read that he asked his friends to ask, in prayer, for the mercies from the God of […]

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Editor’s Note

Welcome to another issue of the Beacon Lights – my final issue. Since Erin Molenaar and I plan to get married in May, I have decided that I will not be able to assume both the duties of a newly married husband as well as those of the editor of the Beacon Lights. Erin and […]

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Fulfillment of the Lord

II Thessalonians 2:13-14 – “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory […]

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The Winter is Past

The frozen turf is softened by the sun  And gentle rains descend; A lighter, warmer breeze has now begun To signal winter’s end. The snowdrop and the crocus start to poke Green sprouts above the earth; The fine mist vanishes like wispy smoke— The world speaks of rebirth. I praise the Lord for beauty of […]

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Meekness (9)

…and the expedition of Lewis and Clark was completed after two years,” concluded the teacher. “Remember—test on Friday.” Within seconds the bell rang, but not before Julie noticed a note had been secretly placed on her desk. She glanced around to see who could have put it there, but no one gave any indication that […]

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Righteous in the Lamb’s Blood

The tripartite image of God in man consists of knowledge, righteousness and holiness. Man through the fall irretrievably lost the threefold image. Like a cracked bucket that cannot retain water so was the innate ability of mankind to be image bearers damaged beyond repair like the bucket so that he could no longer bear the […]

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The Definition of Unity

Unity, (u’ni-ti). noun 1. State of harmony, of being in agreement 2. Having achieved a dimension of oneness and concord 3. State in which the church, all individuals being members of one body, live together as brothers and sisters in the Lord 4. Good and pleasant when brethren dwell together 5. Synonymous with the dew […]

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Two Swords

“So it came to pass in the day of battle that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and Jonathan his son was there found,” I Samuel 13:22.  You will recall that there was no smith in Israel. […]

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