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Running Low on Oil for the Beacon Light

When I first took the position of editor, I compared the position to that of a lighthouse tender. Years ago lighthouses were built high upon a rocky coast with an oil lamp on top that would throw a beam of light out over the storm tossed seas to warn ships of danger and guide them […]

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Appreciation for Our Christian Surroundings

Pam is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan and wrote this as a Church History paper for Mr. Van Uffelen at Covenant Christian High School. All of us should take a moment and think of all the wonderful things that God has blessed us with. He has given us so much […]

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The Fourth Man (15)

A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev Cornelius Hanko Chapter 15 “Floris V”1 Brings News Evert Splint and his family had joined the Secessionist Church in Hilversum, after having been refused aid from the deacons of their former congregation. As a result of their church move, Evert was fired from his […]

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Frost Faces

Frost-faces and frost-flowers, Dingles, dales, hills and towers, Curlicues and sprinkled bowers Etched on transparent canvas, Sketched on a canvas of glass. Silently, unseen God plies His etching tools of frost. Silently, unseen God plies His etching tools of trial, And pours from His sacred vial Acids that mark the soul, Etching on life’s little […]

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Watching Daily At My Gates

February 1 Read Exodus 25:1-9 After receiving the law on Mount Sinai, Moses was given the plans for the tabernacle. God not only taught them what must be done to honor Him, He taught them how to honor Him. He starts out be instructing them in cheerful and willing giving. Giving is done with a […]

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Music: A Wonderful Source of Strength During Trials

“God is our refuge and our strength, A helper ever near us.” ( Ps. 128 ) Imagine the saints of old and especially Martin Luther as they lustily sang out this song. What comfort this song must have given them in their time of reforming the Church. What spiritual strength and encouragement they must have […]

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The Rapture

Reprinted from the Loveland PRC newsletter. The word “rapture” is not in Scripture, but can be used without objection to describe the sudden, visible appearing of Christ in the heavens, and the catching up of His saints to be with Him at that time. Of this the Word of God speaks in I Thessalonians 4:15-17 […]

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In the Center of Ruinen

In the southwest part of the Dutch province of Drenthe you find a town with the name Ruinen. There in the center stands a State Reformed Church with a tower that was already built in 1423. The whole Church is built on the remnants of a church and a monastery of the Benedictines, which was […]

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February 7, 1604

“Divine predestination is the decree of God…to justify…the faithful…” And “…to condemn…the unbelieving…”   There it was—and it was heresy. The deceiving statement was presented at the University of Leyden on February 7, 1604. But it was not unexpected. No, Gomarus had harbored misgivings about the author of these words all along. It was not […]

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