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Celebrating Your Life

The mail delivery man on a snowy, frigid, winter day, January, 1941, followed the usual delivery route with mail for the day to be placed in a diminutive mailbox at 609 Peace Street, Pella, Iowa.  This time the mail was almost too large for the mailbox.  It was a brand new magazine, Beacon Lights for […]

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Conventions a Quarter Century Later

The house-cleaning season is both frustrating and amusing. When one engages in the annual ritual called housecleaning, the boredom and drudgery of the activity can be somewhat lightened by intriguing discoveries. In remote corners of closets, in neglected boxes, and in fragrant cedar chests one finds old hats, out-dated shoes, musty scrap books and treasured […]

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Why Study the History of the Church?

Christian instruction has a distinct and most unique contribution to make. It is intended to be one of the means whereby the people of God can instruct the seed of the covenant. In order to accomplish the task of covenant education, the seed of the church must be thoroughly instructed in the history of the […]

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The Ideal Convention

Ideals! I have ideals. You have ideals. Yes, I believe we all have some ideals. Some think of the ideal car. Others think of the ideal vacation. Still others think of the ideal job. Yet how many think of the “ideal convention?” This, however, is the topic of my article. We hope you have thought […]

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Rev. George C Lubbers (2)

After six years in the seminary 1928-1934, he was examined in the spring of 1934, before the Classis held in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was declared eligible for the ministry and that summer he received calls from the PR churches of Orange City, Iowa, Rock Valley, Iowa, and Doon, Iowa. He accepted the call from Doon […]

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Reverend George C Lubbers (1)

Rev. George C. Lubbers, member of the First Protestant Reformed Church, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, emeritus pastor, writer, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, became a minister of the gospel in the Protestant Reformed Churches 65 years ago. Rev. Lubbers has been retired from the active ministry since 1978—now more than twenty years. Prior to his […]

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Supermarket of False Religions

The Second Parliament of World Religion convened in the robust city of Chicago, Illinois, August 28-Sept. 5, 1993, the centennial year of the First Parliament of World Religions. The 1893 meeting of the World Parliament of Religions convened in Chicago at the same time as the Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair in Chicago). James Stephens, director […]

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Bumper Sticker Witnessing

Do they catch your attention?  I’m talking about those signs hung in the windows of passing automobiles, those license plates with special messages, and the bumper stickers advertising a radio station or some place of amusement. When I was a child and had the opportunity to travel with my parents, we often would see automobiles […]

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Faint Not but Believe

[Psalm 27:13-14] The students and faculty of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the youth of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Michigan, particularly in the Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church, were suddenly cast into deep sorrow because of the sudden death of Richard Scott Miedema, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Miedema. (Pete […]

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Teaching Bible in The Christian School

One of the critical discussions that is often heard concerns the place of the Scriptures in the Christian Schools. The Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship (AACS) has little place for the Scriptures or the Reformed Confessions in the Christian Schools. They say that the only way the Scriptures may be normative in the […]

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Quarter of Earth in Deadly Conflict

In each of the first three books of the New Testament (the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are recorded the words of Jesus that he spoke concerning the events that shall precede the end of the world. One of the most notable aspects of the Sermon Jesus spoke on the Mount of Olives […]

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The Threat of the Occult

In a recent interview, the Rev. Dr. Arthur F. Glasser, dean of the school of world missions at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, said, “Our generation has produced more new religious cults than any generation in the total history of the human race.” Another recent report indicated that 1300 new and sometimes “fly-by-night” […]

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Seducers Revealed and Reproved

We live in evil days when the foundations are destroyed and when it seems that “…the heathen are come into God’s inheritance.” The temple and the holy oracles have been defiled. (cf. Psalm 79:1) We live in days when “…the prophets make God’s people to err.” These prophets are the false prophets of Matthew 7:15, […]

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The Decline of Excellence: A Proneness Toward Mediocrity

The public schools of the U.S. are under fire! But, why? Do you recognize the apathy and disorder of this classroom in your school? I hope not. “Morning at a West Coast high school. The first-period bell rings, barely audible above the classroom din. ‘O.K., everybody settle down,’ says the soft-spoken teacher of the course […]

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In Defense of History

An alarming but also understandable statement appears in an article entitled “Repeating History’’ (National Review, September 16, 1977.) “At every level of schooling in America, the study of history has been declining,” says Russell Kirk. For those of us who have been busy in a workshop sponsored by the Federa­tion of Protestant Reformed Christian Schools […]

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Reading Maketh a Full Man

Lying near the edge of my desk is a pile of thirty-seven church history tests covering such errors as Socinianism, Unitarianism, Modernism, and Method­ism. Had I not taken time to read last night and this morning the stack of papers would be graded and would be filed away so that they could be returned to […]

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New Beginnings

Critiquing Critique When the previous editor, J. Van Overloop, retired from the editorship of Beacon Lights, he composed a letter for all the editors and writers in the magazine — at least I assume he did, because I received one. In this communication he stated that Beacon Lights contains all the rubrics to make it […]

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The Book of Common Prayer Revised

Since the sixteenth century when Protestantism began to develop in England, the Prayer Book or the Book of Common Prayer has been the central agent to control the liturgy, the usages, and the worship in the Episcopal or Anglican Church. G.K. Chesterton said concerning the Book of Common Prayer that it is ‘‘the masterpiece of […]

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Another Antichrist

“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” John 2:18 “Then if any one say unto you, Lo, her is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, […]

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The Excellency of the Christian Woman

The position of the woman in society is under serious attack. The woman is being systematically destroyed by those who support the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. The woman is being viciously annihilated by the Women’s Liberation Movement. Most tragically of all the woman is being attacked by the church, when she is given a position […]

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Why Study the History of the Church?

Christian instruction has a distinct and most unique contribution to make. It is intended to be one of the means whereby the people of God can instruct the seed of the covenant. In order to accomplish the task of covenant education, the seed of the Church must be thoroughly instructed in the history of the […]

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Famine!!!

Famine!!! The very word terrifies us. It strikes fear in our souls. We’re afraid of famine because it suggests hunger and starvation. Most of those who read this article do not really know what hunger is. We have some vague notions about hunger pangs but we have never experienced the ex­cruciating pain of hunger. Our […]

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The Missouri Lutheran Conflict

The modern church history course which I teach at Covenant Christian High School includes a consideration of contemporary religions events. I think that students will verify my asserting that this is one of the most interesting and helpful aspects of the course. Although we ought to know about the past, current history should not slip […]

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Yet So

Frederick III, the Pious, elector of the- province called the Palatinate in the Ger­many of the 10th century established the Reformed faith and not the Lutheran or the Roman Catholic faith. In his concern for the development of the faith which had been delivered to the saints through Scrip­tures and by the true development of […]

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