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Watching Daily At My Gates

September 10   Read 2 Corinthians 10 There were those in Corinth who disparaged the work of Paul and therefore the work of God through Paul. The apostle tries to answer those scoffers. His final argument points at their boasting, and he leaves them with the admonition of verse 17. We do well to heed that […]

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The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey Into the Christian Faith Rosaria Champagne Butterfield; (2012) Crown and Covenant, paper, $10.99, 153 pp. ISBN 1884527388. Reviewed by Matthew Kortus.     “What would you do if a homosexual entered our worship service?” This question was posed to the author of this book […]

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The Generous Father (2)

Abby yanked the weed out of the garden, nearly taking the baby cornstalk along with it. She glared over at her brother Matt. He and Dad were weeding the other side of the garden as if nothing was wrong. She couldn’t believe it. Matt had wasted his whole month’s allowance, but he wasn’t getting punished […]

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Our Eternal Home – A New Heaven and a New Earth

What will our eternal home look like?  Will we enter through pearly gates and walk on streets of gold?  Will it be dazzlingly beautiful with the decoration of all kinds of shiny, precious stones?  Some of the old hymns about heaven speak of the beauty of heaven in such terms.  After all, we do read […]

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Interview with Ray Ezinga (1)

Mark H. Hoeksema (MHH):  Mr. Ezinga, where and when were you born? Ray Ezinga (RE):  I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan about 1933.  I don’t know exactly where it was.  The first I remember I was on 1062 Bemis Street, right by Baxter School, where I went to school. MHH:  Tell me a little […]

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Editor’s Notes

In this issue is a response from a reader to Schuyler’s answer to a question in the June issue of Beacon Lights. Unfortunately this letter just missed the August publication deadline, so it was not possible to print it more promptly. The reader may want to re-read Schuyler’s original answer before reading the letter and […]

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Christian Patriarchy Movement

Dear Schuyler, I am writing in response to your answer to the anonymous question regarding the “Christian Patriarchy Movement and its dangers.”  I do not disagree with your answer in its entirety, but some parts of your answer concerned me enough that I decided to write. First, I had never heard of the Christian Patriarchy […]

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A Promise of Loyalty – The Pledge of Allegiance

There are many ways to show patriotism. Every culture has different ways of showing loyalty to their country. There are songs, colors, flags, holidays, and pledges. Most countries have some form of a pledge of allegiance. There are different terms for a “pledge of allegiance”: loyalty oath, oath of allegiance, or an oath of citizenship. […]

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A Firm Foundation

Recently at our dinner table, my father addressed our family on an issue that had been bothering him for some time. “I worry about you,” he said, speaking to my older sister, my two younger brothers, and myself. He elaborated by saying that it was one of his greatest concerns that we have a firm […]

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