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The Calling of Young in the Church and Home

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.” Proverbs 8:32, 33   There is nothing more comforting or reassuring than to know that God is our sovereign Friend! God’s covenant friendship in the line of generations is a […]

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The Day We Buried Grandpa

October 3, 1996 The day we buried Grandpa I could not let him go, I needed to accept it The Lord had told me so. The day we buried Grandpa  My heart was filled with pain, But that soon turned to joy For this was Grandpa’s gain! The day we buried Grandpa  I did not […]

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The Dawning of His Faithfulness

The eastern sky is filled with shades of pink ranging from very light high overhead to medium pink and gently blending toward the horizon. The colors change constantly. Then, in an instant, a bright orange ball of color shows itself on the horizon. The earth is instantly filled with a bright light and a new […]

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David’s Praise Among the Heathen

We reprint this exposition of scripture in connection with the May 21 devotional.    In grateful awareness that in warfare with the heathen his victories were the Lord’s, David vowed that he would give thanks unto the Lord among the heathen. The lines read: Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, Lord, among the heathen, […]

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Sharing the Burden

Every reader of these words has a part in the training of covenant children. You do not need to be married. You do not need to have children of your own. You don’t need to be a teacher. You are a member of the body of Christ, and the body of Christ works together to […]

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God, Marriage and Sex

After reading the December and February issues of the Beacon Lights entitled, “Augustine on Sex and Marriage,” and “Child-bearing, Not Child Prevention,” by Mr. Steve Spencer and Mr. Ken DeJong respectively, I am compelled to submit the following response. My response follows consider­able meditation and prayer on my part. First, I believe the proper, although […]

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Godly Gossip

Every two years there is a conference held somewhere in the British Isles under the control of the British Reformed Fellowship. Although the majority of the people in attendance are either from Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland or are of your Protestant Reformed churches in America—including Professors Engelsma and Hanko as our two […]

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In the “Nieuwe Kerk”

This is the interior of the Nienwe Kerk (“New Church”) in the old Dutch city of Delft, The Netherlands. A late gothic cruciform basilica, built in the years 1384-1495. The chancel has twelve pillars (representing the twelve Apostles). The nave of the church has sixteen columns (representing the sixteen prophets in the Bible). In 1536 […]

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Loving Our Enemies

Question #18 How must we understand the words of the Lord when He commands us to love our enemies?   Answer #18 The one who asked this question is concerned with the false teaching so very common in our day that God is said to “love all men,” and the accompanying teaching that therefore we […]

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The House of Orange

You see here the Dutch Royal Palace in the street called “het Noordeinde,” in the center of the city of The Hague (which was founded in the Middle Ages). This Palace was drawn by me in 1940, with my father as a policeman standing in front of it. The doors of the main entrance are […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter – Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God   Using this devotional in the classroom. The idea for using the Psalter in connection with the Psalms in these devotionals grew out of my devotions with the children in my classroom. I find that the Psalms are suited well for class devotions […]

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To Be Brought Forth From Darkness

Although the afternoon sunshine rested its rays upon the back of a young man as he sat outside on his front steps, he simply cringed and remained determined to keep a scowl on his face. When the soft breeze ruffled through his hair, he would lift his hand and force it back down. Nothing seemed […]

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Jeremy the News Boy

All the inhabitants knew that Jeremy Jackson was the newsboy who would bring you the local newspaper at home, come rain come shine. You could rely on him. Six days of the week. If anyone wanted a newspaper on the Lord’s Day, he or she had to go to the Dairy. But there were not […]

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What is of Good Report (6)

The school year was almost finished and I could hardly wait for summer vacation to begin. If only we didn’t have all these tests! The weather had become perfect for rollerblading, soccer, and basketball—anything except studying. I could hardly stand it! And so began my problems… “Whatcha doin’ tonight, Philip? Why don’t you come along […]

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