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Contemplating the New Year

The year 1947 lies before us like an unexplored region and we know that there are many possibilities for it.  Things of which we never dreamed might occur in it.  In this wide world everything is uncertain, nothing permanent.  What shall God’s people say at the beginning of the year?  Whither shall they look?  They […]

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Your Future…

As we stand at the threshold of a new year, our thoughts turn to the future.  So, we too, cast a glance ahead and consider that future.  But it is not merely of the future in general that we speak, but of your place in that future, hence, your future. The Sage of Scripture, Solomon, […]

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Unknown

We are standing on the threshold of a new year—1946 is past forever—1947 stretches out before us.  How fast those years go by! With this transition from the old to the new there comes, as a matter of course, a change in viewpoint.  No, reality is no different now than it was last month when […]

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Montanism

The early New Testament Church, it seems, was to have no “breathing spell” at all.  False doctrines were springing up in rapid succession.  Indeed, this is just exactly what the devil desired.  He favored no breathing spell for the church, but, instead martialed all the forces at his disposal to attack the church from every […]

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Atomic Energy

The night of August 5, 1945 was hot and humid on the huge military airfield in the remote Marianas of the Western Pacific.  A steady moisture laden trade wind was blowing from the East as a crew of skilled technicians worked feverishly, but with extreme care and precision on a huge sleek new B-29 bomber […]

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The Black Widow

Formidable is this creature small, As in her web the victims fall; Attired in her dress of black, With ruthlessness she makes attack, The poisonous drop she then secretes, The prey is doomed and death it meets. In a dusty corner of an old woodshed or among the rafters of an attic, one frequently finds […]

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To Our Boys in Service

January 1, 1947 Dear Fellows: When a young man steps out of civilian life in order to enter military service, it must seem to him, I often think, that he is transferred to an entirely different world.  This must be felt by him in more than one way.  But I have especially in mind just […]

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Untitled

Comfortable perched on the sofa; Betty and Joan were quietly talking things over.  The holidays were passed, but the memories of those days of laughter and song and well-wishing lived on in the minds of these two girls.  And you know how girls will do—rehash the whole thing after it’s over, even down to the […]

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Way up in the Lofty Mountains

Way up in the lofty mountains    Where the snowflakes fall all day, That’s where you find the silver fountains,   And the streams flowing down the way.   Way up in the lofty mountains,   Where the raindrops fall in May, While the blue jays drink from the fountains,   And all mountain life […]

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An Open Letter

Dear Friends: We appreciate the kind gesture of our Editor-in-Chief in the last month’s issue of Beacon Lights and would like to assure him and all our fellow society members that that is the policy the Board expects to pursue in the future.  There are many things which the Board has discussed and which they […]

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Letter

We received the following: Dear Editor of Beacon Lights: Just a line or two, please. It is not my intention to put my nose into the debate about the moving pictures that were shown at the last Convention of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies, but in view of the fact that the Rev. L. Vermeer […]

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Choosing a Vocation

A young reader asks me to write a short article on the subject: “Choosing a Vocation”. That’s really quite a question, much easier asked than answered.  Besides, the additional ‘light’ shed on the question is such that the question is broader than the heading of this article would suggest.  It’s really a matter of questions […]

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Job

Chapter 37 In the preceding chapters we have seen the importance and significance of the speeches of Elihu. Now in this chapter we have the conclusion of the “Elihu section”. I.  The speech of God in the thunder is pointed to, vss. 1-5. In the preceding chapter Elihu had made a reference to the storm […]

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