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Watching Daily At My Gates

December 2 Read Psalm 10:1-11 Sometimes we might wonder why God inspires these kinds of Psalms. We can see why David might pen these words. God’s people throughout the ages have these sorts of concerns. But what is God’s purpose? From other places of Scripture we can see that they provide a background for the […]

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Things Jesus Said

Things Jesus Said: Recorded by Matthew Since these were words spoken by Jesus, they are among the most famous words ever spoken by any one. Can you complete the quotations? “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal but…” “Judge not…” Why? […]

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The Reality of Christmas

Christmas is one of the most celebrated times of the year in the Christian world today. Church and world alike participate in its majestic celebration. Beginning a month before the date of celebration, the songs of Christmas begin to fill the air. The postman staggers under the ponderous burden of gift packages and greeting cards. […]

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The Origin of Christmas Customs

The church of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices that her head and redeemer was born as a babe in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago. On December 25? In the year I A.D.? It seems that neither the month nor the year are correct. The few historical facts recorded in the gospels gave scholars little […]

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The Days of Creation

Day 1 In the beginning the Triune God Created earth and the heavenly height. He formed the light, He formed the darkness, And divided them into day and night. Day 2 On the earth He divided the waters above From the waters that were below; Between them He set forth the firmament Away from the […]

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Of What Value is Christmas?

Although I am almost finished with the series that I began when the Beacon Lights was again published last winter, and although it would be possible to finish that series in this issue, I think it may be well to pause, since this is the December issue, and call to mind a few thoughts concerning Christmas and […]

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News From the Fed Board

Every year at the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention, an important meeting is held. A group of young people delegated by their respective churches gathers together to vote for new members of the Federation Board. This Board meets monthly (and sometimes more!) to take care of all the business for the Young People’s Societies as […]

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His Name is Jesus

“And thou shall call his name JESUS” (Matthew 1:21). Soon it will be the time for our Christmas programs and celebrations. We will not hold “mass” as the name “Christmas” originally meant in the Romish church. We will use the word uncritically and put new wine in the old bottles; we will celebrate the great […]

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Gottschalk – Lone Voice in the Night (3)

How dare this young monk named Gottschalk try to break his vows to be a monk? And almost worse, how could the Synod of Mainz vote to allow him to do it? Rabanus Maurus clenched his fists as he entered his cloister. He would not allow this to happen—not while he was head of the […]

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