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The Durable King James

Originally the Beacon Lights staff asked me to write an article on the topic: “The Usefulness of Modern Bible Translations.” The more that I thought and read on this subject the more I became plagued with questions. They were: What is wrong with the Bible we use, the King James Version? What makes it the […]

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A Handbook of Contemporary Theology

A Handbook of Contemporary Theology, By Bernard Ramm, Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Dr. Ramm is a Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at Cali­fornia Baptist Theological Seminary. He has studied abroad at the University of Basel, Switzerland, under Karl Barth. In the preface of his book Dr. […]

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Apathy

Mouths open and close with hippopotamus-like yawns as another day of school begins. Eyes are heavy with sleep: minds are dull with the thought of another day in school. When the mouths are not open yawning and sighing, they are moving incessantly chattering about last night’s television programs, the latest hits in pop music, or […]

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Son of Tears

“Son of Tears” by Henry Corey Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.   Rev. Mr. Corey, an author of several other books, is a pastor in Orthodox Presbyterian Church in California. He was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. His life has been dedicated to the work of the Lord, […]

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Faith on Trial

“Faith on Trial” by D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is the preacher at the Westminster Chapel in London. He is the author of several books which include: The Basis of Christian Unity; Studies in the Sermon on the Mount; Spiritual Depression: […]

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Gather Together!

A practice which is common in our churches, and, especially among our young people must be complimented. The practice is that of young people’s societies meeting together in joint sessions. There is no better way for young people; to meet and become acquainted with other members in our churches. And what a noble, lofty, and […]

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Hymns for Youth

“Hymns for Youth”, Published by The National Union of Christian Schools and William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. If one is looking for a song book filled with catchy tunes, jazzy rhythms, and finger snapping lyrics,” Hymns For Youth” is not the answer. But if one is searching for a hymnal that is abundantly filled with […]

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Literature

A Definition of Literature: Very simply literature is talk written down. In the early history of mankind the best stories and most important legends, myths, and tales were handed down from one generation to another by word-of- mouth. Later when writing came into vogue these stories were written down for all posterity to read and […]

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Joy, Horror, Apathy

Young people, another year has drawn to a close.  Closed forever is the Book of 1966 and soon it will become part of the hoary past and be for the most part forgotten. Another year, however, is ready to open itself. Does this passing from one year into another fill you with joy, with horror, […]

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Thankful to the End

Angular rain and sleet fell like little crystals of glass against his already frost-bitten face and neck.  After he had heard from a friend that the fierce People’s Iron Guard was bent on killing him, he had to flee from his home.  Time did not even permit him to get properly dressed for this November […]

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Apostle to the Illiterates

“Apostle to the Illiterates” by David Mason. Published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan The Apostle is Dr. F. Laubach, missionary, explorer, and teacher.  He is definitely an apostle to the illiterates for his Laubach Literacy, Inc. is credited with teaching 60,000,000 to 100,000,000 illiterates to read.  By 1965 Dr. Laubach had worked in […]

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Small Numbers – Almighty God!

Young people, are you ashamed that our churches are small and seemingly insignificant? You need not be! Consider for a moment the men of the Reformation in whose footsteps we follow and upon whose spiritual shoulders we build our truth. Black was the age into which young John Wycliffe was born.  The centuries preceding his […]

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Five Minutes with the Master

Five Minutes with the Master by R.E.O. White.  Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 1966. R.E.O. White, a Schottish Baptist minister and lecturer, widely known for his devotional studies has penned another.  His previous works included Beneath the Cross of Jesus; The Stranger of Galilee; and The Upward Calling. This little book is meant […]

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The Soul of Prayer

The Soul of Prayer by P.T. Forsyth. Published by William B. Eerdmans Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. P.T. Forsyth is an English Congregationalist preacher-theologian.  He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1848.  His education ranges from the University of Aberdeen to the University of Gottingen to New College, Hampstead, London. In this profound little book Forsyth […]

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Life!

High above the noble cottonwoods, spreading elms, and majestic pines hovered an ominous circle of vultures. Far below was the body of a disemboweled deer, the work of a pack of timber wolves the previous night. Soon the stench of decaying flesh ascended and permeated the air above the trees. Down spiraled the birds of […]

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Adventures of a Deserter

“Adventures of a Deserter” by Jan Overduin. Published by William B. Eerdmans Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1966      The Rev. J. Overduin is a minister in the Reformed Church of the Netherlands.  He is a well-known radio speaker and lecturer.  He has written a number of other books including: Het Onaantastbare (The Un-touchable), Tact en Contact […]

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That Little Member

In this Passion season, the most joyous season of all, it is well for us to dwell on the true meaning and significance of the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In a word the true meaning and significance is, Love.  If they mean or signify anything but the sovereign particular eternal love […]

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Shadows of Ecstasy

“Shadows of Ecstasy” by Charles Williams. Published by William B. Eerdmans Company   In this novel, as in The Place of the Lion, Williams weaves an eerie tale.  This novel takes place in England, but starts with an uprising on the African continent instigated by the would-be conqueror of death, Nigel Considine.  Roger Ingram, a […]

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The Reflector

A mirror reflects with accurate clarity the object sin its proximity; also, it reflects light and shines as if it were that light itself. A child also reflects.  He reflects the moral, spiritual, and intellectual life of his home and family.  In many respects he is better than a mirror; he is more than a […]

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The Place of the Lion

By Charles Williams. Published by William B. Eerdmans Company, Grand Rapids, Mich. 1965, 206 pages. Price, $1.95. Charles Williams was born in England in 1886.  He died in 1945.  He was a man of unique genius in the fields of poetry, drama, literary criticism, theology, and fiction.  Many distinguished writers, including T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, […]

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Are You Reading?

Since Christmas vacation is a time of much leisure, you must find profitable ways to use this time.  Certainly you remember that time is not your own, but rather that it belongs to God who made all things.  Assuredly he will judge you as to how you use it.  How, then, can you profitably use […]

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A Distinctively Protestant Reformed Education

Our Protestant Reformed Churches throughout their struggling, and, sometimes, bitter existence, have been blessed with a seasoned tradition of distinctiveness.  Within this tradition is embodied a very distinct doctrine practiced and maintained in no other church.  Yes, this doctrine, in part, is still found in other churches, but is it applied and maintained in the […]

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Why I Accepted the Editorship of Beacon Lights

Although I considered myself unprepared to perform the duties of an editor, I felt compelled to accept this position because God called me through the Federation Board. When God calls, he calls with one purpose in mind: the propagation of the glorious Gospel of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thus, he called me to […]

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The Unnoticed – Noticed

Last October I had a most interesting and enlightening Christian experience. While approaching the doors of First in Grand Rapids I halted and looked up.  There above the three sets of twin doors were three engravings projecting from the lintels.  These provoked me to take a longer and closer look – which I did with […]

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The Edgerton School System

The time is 8:30 on a cold wintery morning.  The school buses have been out for over two hours picking up the children from the area surrounding Edgerton, Minnesota.  They now deposit their precious cargo at the various schools in the town.  The last deposit is at the Free Christian School.  It is small, twenty-eight […]

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