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Movies Go to Church

You have probably read this article in a recent issue of This Week magazine. Have you noticed how they are trying to draw crowds into the churches?  They claimed that this was one of the most effective methods of increasing church attendance.  There has to be something which can serve to keep the young folks […]

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Doing or Un-doing

I may presume that you are acquainted with Old Testament history. You will recall how often we read in the series of Judah’s kings that when a good king had sanctified the Cause of God by establishing His services, there came after him his son, who was wicked and would actually un-do the good work […]

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South Holland Young People’s Society

It was in the year 1932 when Rev. P. De Boer organized our Young People’s Society.  Rev. De Boer was our president for six years.  Then Rev. Vermeer became our president, who labored in our midst seven years.  It was during these years that South Holland held the first Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention.  We […]

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The Reformed Truth Hour

Under the above named caption, the congregations of Oak Lawn and South Holland are sponsoring a radio program each Sunday evening over a local broadcasting station in Hammond, Indiana. Because our young people constitute an integral part in this radio ministry, we deemed it necessary and proper to say something of this work in this […]

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Is Divorce Possible Among Christians?

This question is one which is becoming more and more prominent in the Church today.  Not only in the modern churches of the world, but also in our Reformed Churches has the question arisen.  The result of this is that we are tempted to depart from the Word of God.  In the modern churches divorce […]

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To Our Boys in Service

April 22, 1947 Dear Fellows: You, no doubt, have noticed that Beacon Lights is an Illinois number this time.  While we were preparing material for this issue, the question came to our mind: What about a letter to our Boys in Service?  We were not informed that the faithful and regular contributor of a letter […]

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Something New!

Yesterday was Sunday and I began a short series of sermons.  After I had finished the first sermon of this series, one of my audience came to me with the remark: “Well, dominee, I have heard sermons on this passage of Scripture before by dominee so and so and also by dominee so and so: […]

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Oak Lawn Y. P. Society

Although we are few in number, (our society consists of twelve members), we do heartily enjoy our meetings.  We meet on Sunday evenings with Rev. Gritters as our president.  We open with the singing of a few Psalter numbers after which Rev. Gritters opens with prayer.  Then follows discussion of the Bible.  At present, we […]

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Careful of What We Sing

There are many hymns sung nowadays which are entirely unscriptural and might well be criticized.  We have especially in mind a hymn, written by Robert Herkness and entitled: “Will You Take Jesus Today?” This hymn is very Arminian. Take for instance the first verse.  It reads: “Will you take Jesus to be your guide.  His […]

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A Reformation in South Holland

The beginning of our congregation was peculiar in many ways. There were several people in the vicinity of Lansing and South Holland who were not satisfied with the “Common Grace” theory.  So they wrote Rev. H. Hoeksema and he consented to come and speak for them.  At this time the hall in Munster, Indiana was […]

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The Roman Catholic Church and…The Antichrist

As we all know, God’s Word tells us about the coming of the Antichrist.  It is often said that the Roman Catholic Church is the antichrist or that the Antichrist will come from it.  Already in the 10th century there were people who proclaimed this.  Many of our forefathers held this to be true.  We […]

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Oak Lawn 1927 – 1947

You may wonder why my heading reads: Oak Lawn, 1927 and not 1924.  This is a common enough question and may be explained thus. While most of us associate 1924 with the beginning of our churches, it was not until 1927 that the Lord saw fit to start a new church in Oak Lawn.  And […]

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South Holland’s Onions

South Holland is located in the far northeast corner of the state of Illinois.  We are about three miles west of the border of the state of Indiana.  We are also about twenty miles south of the metropolis of Chicago.  The first settlers in this territory arrived about 1845.  These first settlers came to this […]

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Jephthah’s Vow and His Faith Heroism

In Judges 11 we read the history of one of Israel’s heroes of faith.  Hebrews 11 speaks of him as belonging to that series of great men who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises and stopped the mouths of lions.  And Scripture goes on to tell us of the works of this man […]

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Faith of Our Fathers, Mine

You know that old hymn entitled: Faith of our Fathers, living still, etc.  No doubt you have sung it often.  No doubt, too, we will continue to sing it often in the days that lie ahead. But what does that faith of our fathers mean to you and me?  What does it mean that it […]

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