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The Thanksgiving Tradition

Beacon Lights and Thanksgiving Day.  Or should we say, “Protestant Reformed Youth and Thanksgiving Day?” Yes, it is November: and your magazine, seeking to conform to times and seasons, must express itself in regard to this American tradition of one Thanksgiving Day each year.  What is your and my attitude toward this custom?  What should […]

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Quo Vadis ? ?

Whither goest thou? Young men and young women, where are you going? We are always planning: looking forward.  The greater part of our life is spent in making and executing plans to go somewhere and do something.  Often the expectation and planning of an event are more important and take more time than the actual […]

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Especially for This

Again we are in that season of the year when, following the precedent set by the Pilgrim Fathers, God’s people life up their hearts in a special way in thanksgiving to their Maker.  We know that we are to be thankful at all times, for all things.  We know everything is working together for our […]

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Worldly Justice

By the time the reader scans these lines, he will, no doubt, have been informed of the execution of the death penalties meted out by to Allied judicial commission at Nuernberg for the high officials of the Nazi regime of war-time Germany.  Whether or not real justice is to be found in the sentence imposed […]

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Christian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day, that joyful festival, is again at hand.  It is well that we pause a moment to recall its true significance and to reflect on some of the principles that lie at the basis of all true gratitude. First of all, do you know what it means to “give thanks”?  Thanksgiving is joy, real, […]

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The Industrious Insect

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard: Consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no chief, overseer or ruler, Provideth her bread in the summer, And gathereth her food in the harvest.  Prov. 5:6-8 How true is this proverb of Solomon of old, for, indeed, the species of ants inhabiting the tropics and subtropics instinctively […]

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Unknown

How many of you have ever visited or lived in California?  Well, a few months ago I would have answered no to that question along with many of you Juniors.  But now I am here in Redlands, California. While in Michigan and other northern states the leaves are turning gold and red and brown, and […]

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Ebionism

When we began this series of essays on early church history, we were asked to do so from the viewpoint of the lives of the great men God raised up and used in the growth of His church.  Thus far we have done so, calling your attention to Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Origen and Tertullian.  […]

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To Our Boys in Service

Platte, South Dakota October 12, 1946 Dear Fellows: It is some time ago that you heard from me through Beacon Lights.  In part, this was due to the fact that I was away from home a good deal of the time since the beginning of June.  And as you may notice from the address above […]

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A Little Talk…

Recently, I gave a little, informal talk in our Young People’s Society and at the request of our Editor-in-chief, who seems to hear about things, I will pass on a few of the thoughts which I expressed at that time to the readers of our Beacon Lights and especially to the members of our Societies. […]

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A Reformation in Pella

The remarkable things that characterize any good, sound reformation were also noticeable in the reformation in Pella, Iowa.  Before there was ever a Protestant Reformed congregation in this community, dissatisfaction was noticeable among a few of the more devout Christians in this vicinity.  They were dissatisfied with the preaching and practices of the Christian Reformed […]

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Job

Chapter 28 The Principle of Life Each chapter of this last speech of Job forms a distinct development of thought. In the first chapter of his final parable, chapter 26, Job praises God and surpasses his friends in understanding and power of expression.  The second portion of his speech was a further elucidation of Job’s […]

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Reformed Witness Hour

It was on November 12, 1941 that the Reformed Witness Hour went on the air for the first time.  The program was known as the Protestant Reformed Hour and Rev. Hoeksema spoke upon the theme: God is God.  Sunday, November 17, the Reformed Witness Hour will be broadcast for the 200th time.  Perhaps some of […]

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