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Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God

Rankin Wilbourne. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2016. 370 pp. $19.99, hardcover What does the phrase “union with Christ” mean to you? For many of us, the phrase may not be something completely new, but these are not words that we have spent much time […]

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Younger Self, As you grow older and face the many trials and temptations of this world, remember this little poem I’ve written for you, and always put God first in your life.   The Promise The clock ticks down, the time is near When our risen Savior shall appear Beware, sweet daughter, watch out, […]

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Hi, Mindy. This may creep you out, but this letter is from you. I mean me. You, only older….or is it me, only younger? What I really mean is that you’re going to be a high school senior this year, but eventually you will grow up to be me, the 41-year-old version of Mindy. Don’t […]

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Synod of Dort Part 5: The Persecution Increases

Philip II of Spain decided to crush the rebellion in the Netherlands. He sent the Duke of Alba, a man known for his hatred of the Protestant Reformation, to the Netherlands. The Duke of Alba formed the Council of Troubles, also called the Council of Blood, to persecute the Calvinist Dutch. This council oversaw large […]

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The Issue at Hand

Have you ever thought, “If I only knew then, what I know now?” Or, “If I had a chance to go back and talk to my younger self, I would have done quite a few things differently!” It is impossible not to look back on our lives and have regret and sorrow for our behavior […]

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The Daily Press

June 8 – July 7 (30 days); due April 20:   Jun 8—What’s Your Motive? Read Proverbs 21 Proverbs 21:1 teaches that the hearts of the rulers of this world are under the sovereign control of our God. What comfort! Not only are the hearts of kings open to him, however: “Every way of a […]

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Reflecting Back for Living Now

I still remember it like it was yesterday. My grandfather had passed away after a long struggle with dementia and after one of the visitations, I brought my grandmother home. During that car ride, she said with an unwavering voice about the man to whom she had been married for the majority of her existence, […]

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Damage of Digital Distraction

The smartphone is an amazing device.  Its sleek, glassy screen enables us to connect with friends, watch TV, search the web, process email, take photographs, read books, play games, and even do our devotions.  What’s not to love about that? The answer may surprise you.   It’s a lot, actually.  There is evidence that our digital […]

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A Letter to Young Believers

Dear Young Believers, We were asked by a member of the Beacon Lights staff to write an article giving advice to young believers who are in their 16 to 22 year old time of life.  My wife and I have chosen to do this in the light of the knowledge we have gained and the […]

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear younger me, After nearly 40 years of life experience since I was a teenager, I would like to give you some advice you will greatly appreciate in the years ahead. Please take this advice and encouragement from me realizing that I really do know what will be important to you in the future, and […]

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A Letter to My Younger Self

When you get old, like me, you tend to look back and think, “I wish I knew then, what I know now.” For that purpose, this article is a letter from me, Jonathon Kamps, at 44 years old to my younger self at the age of 16. Who better to write a letter of advice […]

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Dealing with Failure and Mistakes Live in the moment of rejection, failure, or mistakes while controlling your response to such experiences. Avoid becoming angry, downcast, or overly moved by the situation. Take setbacks in stride. Understand that making mistakes are necessary growing pains. Take calculated risks and do not avoid failure, embarrassment, or fear your […]

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Now that I am old and gray (I would be gray if I had hair) I have learned a few things that I would remind my teenage self. I guess over 40 more years of experience, a wonderful wife, seven children and eighteen grandchildren have given me a few lessons. Here they are in no […]

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Hello dear friend. I was asked to write a letter to my younger self.  That’s kind of a hard thing to do.  I really loved my teenage years and feel like I filled them with people who were good role models.  As a junior and senior in high school I surrounded myself with friends who […]

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Dear Younger Self

Dear younger self, I remember you; I remember you very well. I know that you are fearful of not knowing what the future may bring. You are fearful of not being able to control your future; you are fearful of not knowing what the next step in life should be, and you are fearful that […]

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