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Watching Daily At My Gates

December 10 Read Ezekiel 12 Judah did not seem to learn from Ezekiel’s earlier prophecies and words, so God sent the rebellious captives another sign. Ezekiel had to move all of his belongings out of his house through a hole that he made in the wall. This would be a picture of how Zedekiah would […]

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The Attack of Amalek on Young Israel

Young people, Amalek is coming to attack you and to destroy you utterly. Are you ready to fight? Is your sword in your hand? Are you following Jesus, your brave captain? Is Jehovah your banner? According to the text Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Amalek was a nation in southern Canaan made […]

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Secretary

God leads all of his children in special ways throughout their lives to fully prepare them for their particular place in heaven.  Each way he leads is different and unique.  For some, college awaits them, for others, full time jobs.  The problem we so often have is in discerning that special way God is pleased […]

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Living the Antithesis

1 Peter 2:11: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” As God’s people, we are all called to live the antithesis, that is, to live as strangers and pilgrims in the world.  God would have us stand against the devil, the world, and our […]

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Letter to Schuyler

Dear Schuyler,   I must disagree with the September 2013 answer that hell is eternal.  God’s decrees are an eternal word.  God’s decree of reprobation is eternal.  God’s decree of election is eternal.  God’s counsel, the collection of his decrees and words, is eternal.  However, just as Satan is, and likewise just as I am […]

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Honoring Our President

For those of us who live in the United States of America, our president is Barack Obama, the forty-fourth president of the United States.  To say our president is a polarizing figure is an understatement.  People have very strong opinions about their president.  Significantly, therefore, children and young people will have very strong opinions about […]

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Friendship

Friendship with God is our greatest gift of joy. That friendship shown us in the death of his Son Is the greatest friendship there ever shall be. In Christ Jesus, God’s friends we ever remain. No one can pluck us from this amazing bond, For God who is sovereign has made us his friends God […]

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Editor’s Notes

The editorial in this issue was written by Rev. Gerald Vanden Berg, whose name is probably not familiar to you. This is partially due to the fact that he is long deceased, and partly because he wrote the article for the December 1948 issue of Beacon Lights, a few decades before most of our readers […]

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Called to the Ministry

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be […]

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At the Foot of His Throne

Imagine a palace. A throne room. Guarded by marble pillars and lined with stern-looking courtiers. The walls are hung with tapestries and rich brocades of dark purple. The ceiling is covered with plated gold that glints and gleams in the sunlight streaming in through stained glass windows. And before you, seated on a great golden […]

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A Wedding Prayer

I thank Thee LORD that Thou didst send, This one with whom my life I’ll spend. Wilt Thou be praised in our new life, As we are now husband and wife. Wilt Thou Father from above, Teach us how we ought to love. May we do so selflessly, with patience and humility. In all our […]

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More chaos was in the land in 1560. Two leading men had been cast out of the Protestant town of Heidelberg, Germany: the Lutheran Dr. Hesshuss and the Calvinist Klebitz. Their wrestling match during a church service was the last straw. But the views they had been fighting over—views about the Lord’s supper—were far from […]

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Behold the Glory of His Nativity

Simply nauseating, isn’t it?             Already seven weeks before the holy day of Christmas, we may hear the children of Zion singing: “You better watch out, you better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town. He is making a list and checking it twice, He’s going […]

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