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What Beacon Lights Means to Me

On a typical Sunday afternoon, my family eats dinner, has devotions, and eventually gathers in the living room to read. For many years, I spent this time doing written work or studying catechism, and afterwards, I would pick up whatever novel I had been reading during the week. Our coffee table almost always held a […]

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The Daily Press

March 8­­­­  Read Psalm 61 Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to “pray without ceasing.”  Are we fulfilling this calling?  What does praying without ceasing look like, and how can we improve in this area? Matthew Henry points out that this command of Paul immediately follows the command to rejoice.  The more we pray […]

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The Belt of Truth (3) A Soldier’s Honor

As Danny, his sister Becky, and their mom looked at the picture of a Roman soldier in a library book, Danny’s mom tapped on the belt. “A Roman soldier’s sword belt had one last important role. It was also the symbol of the soldier’s place as a soldier. Only soldiers wore belts like that. If […]

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Tattoos

What, if anything, does the Bible say about tattoos and body piercings? It seems that you cannot go anywhere without seeing people who have one or the other. I know that the Old Testament forbids tattoos, but many had body piercings. Could there be a connection between the acceptance of tattoos and the end time—“taking […]

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Searching the Scriptures

“Search the Scriptures” comes the command; Search the Scriptures to understand What is the will and way of the Lord, Where to find joy which earth cannot afford. In covenant homes in the days of their youth Children learn to pray, “Lord, lead me in Thy truth.” As young children we learned verses by heart: […]

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Peter Viret – The Smile of the Reformation

In his infinite wisdom God prepares and makes use of many different kinds of men to accomplish the salvation of his beloved church. God qualifies each one and gives to each the necessary spiritual gifts to perform the work he has prepared for them. Sovereignly he shapes his servants, molding their experiences to form them […]

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Interview with Everett Van Voorthuysen (2)

MHH:  I’d like to explore that just a little bit further.  What was the thinking or the impetus behind the establishment of the school and the re-establishment in Redlands? EVV:  Rev. C. Hanko was our minister, and he really promoted that. We had DeBoer, then Vermeer, then Kuiper after ’53, then H. Veldman for four […]

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Fostering Love for Your Neighbor

Matthew 22:37–39 reads “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  This is a familiar passage, but […]

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Editorial – February, 1941

Like an eaglet returning from its first long flight back to its nest high up on some towering cliff, so the first issue of Beacon Lights returns to the editor’s desk, breathless and excitedly happy over its warm reception. It is true, this first appearance was not without its disappointments. The greatest of which was, […]

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Current Events

Stalingrad   At the time of this writing, Stalingrad has withstood thirty days of constant and destructive siege.  The big question that almost everyone is asking is, “Will the Russians be able to hold the city?” and “How long will they be able to continue in the face of such a terrible assault?” Whether or […]

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A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our Helper He amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe; And armed with cruel hate, His craft and power are great. On earth is not his equal.   Did we in our own strength […]

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A Humble Sinner’s Confession

My sin and evil is great, And fills my mind with cruel hate. This corruption leads to strife, Bringing troubles to my life.   I must look on high for strength, To God who shows mercy at length. He who is faithful shall save From sin’s hold which does enslave.   He takes away sin’s […]

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