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Watching Daily At My Gates

August 7 Read Isaiah 11 In this chapter we find the whole of the gospel. The savior is identified. He is the root out of Jesse’s branch; he is the son of David. The redemptive work for his people is identified. His kingdom is described as one of peace. In the final part of this […]

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Time for God Versus Self

We call ourselves Christians and go to church twice on Sunday.  We try to obey God’s commands as much as we can and lead a good life.  But the reality of the situation is that we fall far short of perfection because often people get so caught up in their own lives they forget to […]

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Trials in the 21st Century

The world today is a hustle and bustle of business and appointments. People are flocking to cities, each person with a task that needs to be done. Society is becoming more and more demanding, as is apparent in the increasing advances in technology. People want everything done yesterday, and this leads to a rapid-paced civilization. […]

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Seeking a Spouse

Dear Schuyler,             If a Reformed young person knows more than one godly individual whom he/she thinks could be his/her future spouse, how should he/she determine which one God calls him/her to be with? Does the Lord command us to look for other things in a spouse in addition to godliness?   Dating, courtship and […]

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Mother

If you Google the word “mother” or look it up in a dictionary, you will likely come up with a definition similar to this: Mother: A female parent; one who gives birth; to rear. Attached to this may be an account of those things that mothers commonly do—a job description. The list is likely extensive, […]

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Federation Board Nominees

At the upcoming young people’s convention, delegates representing each young people’s society will elect new members to the Young People’s Federation Board. The Federation Board is responsible for making decisions regarding upcoming conventions and singspirations and scholarship applications for future teachers and ministers. It is responsible for organizing young people’s mass meetings held in the […]

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Editor’s Notes

Recently we increased the size of Beacon Lights from 24 pages to 28 pages. Now the staff is pleased to announce another enhancement to the magazine. At our June meeting we decided to increase the number of yearly publications from the current 11 issues to 12 issues. No longer will there be a combined August-September […]

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Christianizing the World? (6)

In the preceding article in this series, I contrasted the kingdom-life of doctrinal, ecclesiastical, and spiritual Calvinists in all the spheres with the cultural-Calvinists’ dream of Christianizing the world. What now is the expectation of us citizens of the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ?  What is our expectation with regard to the kingdom of […]

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Christian Money Management

Time is money.  If you have a job, you understand what this means because you are probably paid by the hour.  When you want to buy something, you may look at that purchase from the perspective of how long you must work to pay for it – an hour to buy a few Gatorades, six […]

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Called to the Ministry

The Ongoing Need First, some facts and figures.  Fifteen of the thirty-five active ministers—nearly one-half—are approaching or are older than sixty.  In the next ten years or so, these ministers will need to be replaced.  Of the thirty-five active ministers three are serving as missionaries, three are teaching in the denominational seminary, and one is […]

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Bless This House

Within these bright and solid walls, God holds a golden key; to rooms of safety, warmth and pride, a place called “family”. May all our days be filled with trust, nights blessed from up above, and as the years pass tenderly, may this roof shelter love. From month to year… from friend to kin, God […]

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Our God is Holy

God is holy. He is completely consecrated unto himself. He seeks himself as the only good. He is the Holy One above all else. His holiness distinguishes him from all that is common. In his holiness he cannot look upon sin; he cannot let sin go unpunished; he burns in just wrath against sin. The […]

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