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Rejoicing in God Personally

How does God speak to us in Scripture about rejoicing? Sometimes he speaks to us in the form of a command: “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). Sometimes he speaks in the form of a declaration, announcing that we, as his people, are in a joyful or blessed situation. […]

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Screens, Smartphones, and Spectacles

In just a few short decades, screens and related technologies such as smartphones and social media have transformed our world in ways unimaginable a generation ago. These topics deserve careful evaluation by the child of God who is striving to honor the Lord in all areas of life. How about you? Do you understand how […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Zechariah

In some ways, Zechariah is the most difficult of the minor prophets to understand. The first six chapters record visions that God gave Zechariah. These visions are full of symbolic images, and understanding symbolism properly is challenging.  Yet Zechariah more clearly than any other minor prophet points to the coming Savior. Prophecies of Christ’s coming, […]

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Issue at Hand, November 2022

Although this issue of Beacon Lights is an “open issue” without a specific theme, each of the articles highlights something for which we can be thankful—which seems appropriate given the coming holiday this month. As I went through this list an abundance of “C’s” emerged. See if you can pick out the pattern as you […]

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Seed of Controversy

After reading the title to this article, you likely had one of two initial thoughts. Perhaps you thought, “This looks interesting,” because the issues of controversy and schism are still fresh in your mind and you want to learn more. Or maybe you read it and thought, “Isn’t it time to be done with controversy […]

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A Call to Prayer in the Post-Roe Era

In 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States, in a landmark 7-2 decision, ruled that a woman’s “right to privacy” protects her choice whether or not to have an abortion. This “constitutionally protected” right varies over the course of the pregnancy and is balanced by the government’s interest in protecting women’s health and the […]

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Candace, Queen of Ethiopia

“And, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians.”  Acts 8:27  Africa is a fascinating continent. It’s a continent of extremes. Think of the sand-filled countries of Chad and Algeria over against the lush rainforest jungles of Cameroon and the Congo. There are nations with almost 100 […]

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This past July my family and I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the British Reformed Fellowship Conference in Northern Ireland. The conference brings together believers from throughout the British Isles and all around the world for fellowship in the glorious truths of the Reformed faith. It was a blessed experience that I will […]

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How Do I Kill Remaining Sin?

How Do I Kill Remaining Sin?  By Geoff Thomas   Grand Rapids: Reformed Heritage Books, 2014  Reviewed by Julian Kennedy  This short booklet is necessary reading for every believer because it applies to all of us—and it’s a whole lot shorter than John Owen’s much longer book entitled The Mortification of Sin! Rev. Geoffrey Thomas, a […]

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Making Friends of Unrighteous Mammon

In Luke 16:9, Jesus says, “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.”   This was a passage our family came along in family devotions, and it confused all of us. Obviously, it is inconsistent with Jesus’ holy character that he would encourage friendship […]

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