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During the Reformation period, God used men of great intellect and spiritual maturity to develop the reformed doctrines.  Many great works were written during this time, including the three creeds that we use today: the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordrecht.  Here we take a look into the lives of the […]

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Watching Daily At My Gates

December 9 Read Jeremiah 38 In spite of many objections and threats upon his life, Jeremiah continued to preach the word of the Lord. He was sentenced to death in an illegal court, but he was delivered by wicked king Zedekiah. This king then took the time to listen to Jeremiah, and even though Jeremiah’s […]

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Six thousand years ago, God commanded Adam and Eve to bear children. All throughout the Old Testament, God commanded his people to tell their children of his wonderful works. In the New Testament, Christ commands that fathers teach their children the Scriptures and raise them in the instruction and discipline of God. Those commands come […]

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The Heidelberg Catechism – Necessary for Instruction

Four hundred fifty years ago, God’s church desperately needed to be taught the doctrines of scripture.  Today the church has the same urgent need.  The Heidelberg Catechism was written as a tool to instruct the people in the teachings of the Bible.  It has beautifully accomplished its aim with clear and logical questions and answers […]

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Editor’s Notes

By the time you receive this issue of Beacon Lights, the Heidelberg Catechism conference marking the 450th anniversary of this confession will be history. As part of this celebration, the Protestant Reformed Theological School sponsored an essay contest on various aspects of the Catechism, which was divided into five categories: Junior High School (Grades 6–8); […]

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He was a man of great intellect and strong opinions, but where would his opinions lead? Dr. Thieleman Hesshuss taught at the new seminary in Heidelberg, Germany in 1560. Professors holding to various religious opinions taught at this school at this time, and Hesshuss held his Lutheran views on the Lord’s supper very highly. Differing […]

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