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Seen by Angels

Our Lord was “Seen by angels”, The Apostle Paul has said. I’d love to know the part they played – And could they see ahead? Did they know our Lord of Hosts Before His lowly birth? Were they aware He’d save our souls? Perceive His matchless worth? They’re so much more than messengers! The Bible […]

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Seek ye first the kingdom of God

The world we live in is fast-paced and filled with distractions. As technology advances, there are more and more ways to distract Christians as they walk on this earth. In our culture there is a serious danger for the Christian to forget about heavenly things. As difficult as it is to focus our minds on […]

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Unfolding of the Covenant in the Old Testament

The Old Testament is full of the covenant. Beginning early in Genesis and continuing all the way to the book of Malachi, the word covenant appears over two hundred and fifty times. This might not surprise us. God’s covenant, his bond of friendship with his people for Christ’s sake, is a major theme of the […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Malachi

After the return from captivity, the people began to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, then ceased their work. Ezra and Nehemiah, as well as the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, spurred them on to resume the work. By Malachi’s time the temple had been rebuilt and sacrifices were again being offered (1:7–10; 3:8–10).  One would think […]

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Life with God

This month’s edition of Beacon Lights is our final issue for 2022. As the title indicates, our final topic for this year is the doctrine of the covenant, which can be summarized very simply as “life with God.” We thought it would be fitting to close out the year by focusing on the covenant for […]

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Covenant and Evangelism

The promise of the covenant is a wonderful and glorious truth. This promise of friendship with God is one which we, as members of the Protestant Reformed Churches, have heard in the preaching and the instruction of our parents growing up. There are many good applications that can be made from the doctrine of the […]

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Covenant and family life

The baptismal promise that Christian parents make is just one of a handful of vows that a believer may take in his or her lifetime. The fact that this vow is taken is a testimony to the importance that believers place on the godly rearing of their children. We baptize our children because we view […]

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Understanding the Covenant

In the early days of my graduate school training at the University of Michigan, I had a research mentor who found out I was a Calvinist. As a Catholic, he was amused to tell me that he had once sat in John Calvin’s chair in Geneva during his training in Switzerland. His comment to me […]

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Covenant Breaking

The very worst sin of which a person can make himself guilty is the sin of covenant breaking. Adultery, murder, drunkenness, homosexuality—these are not the worst sins that a person can commit. Although we can be rightfully horrified over these sins of the flesh, the sin that ought to cause us to be especially horrified […]

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