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Principle with Our Principal

One of the many blessed virtues which the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon His Church throughout all the ages is a clear conception of the antithesis as first announced in Paradise, as recorded for us in Genesis 3:15 and further revealed throughout Holy Writ as God’s method of realizing His kingdom in the course of […]

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Change

All things do.  That fact has always been recognized.  One hundred years ago, in 1847, a minister in the Church of England expressed that same thought in the words of well-known hymn which he wrote.  Though you have undoubtedly heard and sung the hymn, you may have never known the man.  His name is the […]

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The Eightieth Congress

During the war years, the newspapers of the nation were mainly concerned with news of military importance and international significance.  With the cessation of hostilities, military news became non-existent and the international situation became more or less static except for diplomatic sniping here and there.  Hence, we find that the editors of the nation’s press […]

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The Ship of the Desert

It might be interesting for us to note that there are numerous references to the camel in Scripture.  Already in the days of the patriarchs these animals were essential to their nomadic way of living.  From a ceremonial point of view, the camel was considered an “unclean” animal although it was a ruminant (cud-chewing) and […]

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Its Spiritual Necessity (2)

We ended our previous article on this sub-topic by stating: “Only the pure, Reformed conception gives the correct answer to the question: Why is Christian living necessary at all?”  In this article we shall try to give that answer. That conversion and good works are necessary, that a child of God must live a Christian […]

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Peace under Constantine

“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand in the evil day.”  With these words the Apostle Paul warned the […]

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To Our Boys in Service

Grand Rapids Jan. 31, ‘47 Dear fellows:– In times like ours, times of war and confusion, times, too, when the world exerts itself more strenuously than otherwise to realize its dream of a united world, happy with peace and prosperity, apart from God and without Christ—in such times, the people of God often speak of […]

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Choosing a Vocation (II)

In the January issue of Beacon Lights we promised to continue discussing the subject “Choosing a Vocation”.  Well, here we are once more to resume where we left off the last time. First of all, I like to come back to your remark that there are so many vocations in our day and that this […]

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National Heroes

When George Washington was born at the seldom visited and almost unknown Wakefield Farm in Virginia, the Indians had scarcely left the woods near his home.  As a youth, although bred in an environment of luxury and ease and refinement, he often chose the rugged life of hunters and Indians, climbing mountains, fording streams and […]

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Delinquency

Wait a minute! You ought to read this! I know, you’ve heard so much about that subject that you are probably inclined to say, “That’s ancient history.”  And, without realizing it, you are saying more than you intended to say.  It certainly is “ancient history”, as old, I should say, as the human race itself.  […]

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Charioteer

A Story of Old Egypt in the Days of Joseph. Used by permission of the Eerdman’s Publ. Co. Grand Rapids, Mich.   Like some fabled dragon, a long caravan of Ishmaelite merchantmen crawled around the low hills and through deep valleys on an ancient ribbon of roadway between Chaldea and Egypt.  It had crossed the […]

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