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My Trial and Being a Christian

A first place winner in the Beacon Lights story writing contest. Throughout life we go through tragedies or what the world calls: bad luck. As Christians we know them as trials; “gifts” sent by God. Gifts? How can we call the death of a loved one or a serious disease, a gift? The story below […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God November 1-14 by Heath Bleyenberg November 1 Read I John 5:1-10 Psalm 112:1 “Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.” Here in this first verse we have a summary of this entire chapter, namely to fear the Lord […]

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A Barren Womb

Infertile, that is what they call me For my womb is barren you see. And although I am but twenty-three This label really bothers me.   “You’re still young” many have said, “You’ve got many childbearing years ahead.” But I’m filled with doubts and sorrow When I think about tomorrow.   The doctors put me […]

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Shining Into the Darkness of the World

Speech from the 1999 New Jersey retreat.  II Corinthians 4:6, 7: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the […]

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A Small English Church

Centuries before the Reformation came to the British Isles, Scotland and England were always fighting with each other. There were dukes involved, monks and bishops, owners of castles and villages, churches and small as well as big armies. Peace was a rare item in those days. The inhabitants of Scotland are probably descended from a […]

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The Cave

Drip…drip…drip… There was a damp, cold darkness beneath the earth. Water droplets plinked into shallow pools, plunking out the rhythm of their own lonely poetry. I shivered. I wouldn’t want to be left alone, lost in such a place. But there were things here I had never seen before—large, strange, colorful, wonderful things. Who would’ve […]

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