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Regenerated and Sanctified Believer

Believer, how often do you fall into sin knowing that what you are doing is wrong, but still pursuing the lusts of the flesh? Do you despair because sin at times is so prominent in your life? But do you also strive to glorify God in your life by living according to his word? Do […]

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Comfort of double predestination

The topic on which I have been asked to write, though not exclusively a Protestant Reformed distinctive, is a fundamental one for the Reformed faith. After all, in the Canons of Dordt election is called “the fountain of every saving good, from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal […]

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Revelation of God’s Image

Different Christian denominations hold to distinctive doctrines and practices. One significant distinction between groups of Christians, even in the Reformed tradition, is in how they describe God’s image, namely his attributes, his countenance, and how each of these aspects affect the manner in which we praise him. How we interpret the doctrine of God’s image […]

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Apologists: Origen

No survey of the apologists would be complete without noting Origen (c. AD 185–253).  His life  Origen was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Clement of Alexandria had founded a school there, which taught catechumens and prepared men for ministry. This school was known for teaching the allegorical method of interpreting Scripture, which will be explained below. […]

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Reformed doctrines applied

Throughout the calendar year, the Beacon Lights staff makes an effort to balance the content of the magazine so that it includes several different kinds of themes. We aim to touch on practical aspects of Christian living, worldview, worship, biblical studies, and theology. This month the last of these topics is the theme to which […]

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Why are you Protestant Reformed?

For most readers, the answer to the question framed by this article’s title is simple. It’s this: “because I was born and raised in a Protestant Reformed church and have never really thought about worshipping elsewhere.” This is probably the answer that many churchgoing people would give for their membership today, though it isn’t something […]

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Friends with Non–Protestant Reformed People

Is it spiritually dangerous for a young believer to have friends from other denominations/faiths? How should we interact with family members we value who hold different faiths, for example Roman Catholics?  Spiritual danger really amounts to this: Is it a temptation to sin? Is friendship with a non–Protestant Reformed person an enticement to sin? Undoubtedly, […]

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Suffering for well-doing

A couple years ago I traveled with some friends to the state of Washington. We flew into the city of Seattle and stayed there for a few days before traveling elsewhere. One night as my friend and I rode bikes down the streets of Seattle, we had the occasion to chat with a couple of […]

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