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Devotionals August 8 – September 7, 2020

August 8              Read Ecclesiastes 1:1–11 What is the meaning of life? This is the question that Solomon sought the answer to when he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. As he nears the end of his life and reign as king of Israel, Solomon reflects on his own experiences in order to instruct the people of […]

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Friendship with Unbelievers

The title of the present article ought to incite a certain reaction in the heart of the regenerated believer. Friendship with unbelievers? God forbid! Indeed, there is no such thing as friendship with unbelievers. Why is this so? In this article, I call your attention to three points related to the topic of the title. […]

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Friendship

Covenantal Protestant Reformed young people, the precious doctrine of the covenant is one of the first things that should come to our minds when we speak of friendship. God in his infinite love has established and maintains a relationship of friendship, fellowship, and communion with his people. “And I will make an everlasting covenant with […]

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Issue at Hand, August 2020

Your friends have a tremendous influence on you in your Christian walk. Your parents know it to be the case. That is why they ask you, every time you leave the house, “Who are you going out with?” Your parents know, and so do you, the evil into which your friends can lead you. My […]

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Editor’s Note, August 2020

Some Editor’s Notes are easier to write than others. This qualifies as one of the more difficult ones. After almost nine faithful years of serving the Beacon Lights staff and readership as Managing Editor, Ryan Kregel will be stepping down from this post. With his steady, able hand on the tiller, Ryan steered the magazine […]

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Christian Friendship: An Emotional Attachment

“You can’t trust your feelings.” “Don’t make emotional decisions.” “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). The heart and its strong feelings are clearly to be held in check in many contexts. But who can love an aloof and unemotional man who goes through life without […]

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God as Covenant Friend

God is the covenant friend of his people. Abraham “was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23), for God said about Abraham and his seed, “But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend” (Isa. 41:8). Jehovah “spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh […]

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