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Confession of Faith

The public confession of my faith is one of the highest focal points in my life as a Christian believer. Until this day, I have always been a member of the church; how­ever, today I become a communicant mem­ber. This is a day of great joy, not only for myself but also for the parents, […]

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Comforts of the Ascension

No, we cannot see Him anymore.  It used to be that we could see Him in the body, when for a little more than thirty years He was in the flesh and blood of us, His children, and dwelt that way upon the face of this very earth whereon we dwell. But that is no […]

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Invincibly Established

“Some twenty years ago an acorn dropped Into a rocky ledge where limestone showed A few white teeth and where the forest stopped Before the red slash of a quarry road. It had no business to be hatching there, A skinny leg of green life on the bare, Inhospitable ledge.  A week, no doubt, Would […]

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Standing in 1966

You’re not alone, no matter how your friends take leave of you, in tribulation sore; Nor when you take a stand that alienates the mass, to leave you standing with aught else but firm conviction, and that as based upon God’s Word. Majorities can make you look a sorry sight…and, even though you’re right, it’s […]

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Do You Give Thanks?

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”  Colossians 3:15 This month the Church of God in the earth will be reminded of one of her duties, but more beautifully and significantly of one of her sacred privileges and […]

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Youth in Bereavement

Ah, Lord God! Teach us Thy ways today! Teach us Thy ways in brilliance of glad jubilation, but also Teach us Thy ways in deepest, darkest mourning; For we have been bereaved!   Eternal God! Teach us Thy ways today! Teach us the glorious essence of Thyself That we behold Thee, as our God, in […]

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That “One-Man Denomination” Charge

We have heard the above charge hurled against the Protestant Reformed Churches in America so often that perhaps we ought to take a second look at it. We have no right, of course, to disregard all that is said contrary to our convictions without providing basic refutation to the allegations that are lodged against us. […]

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Apathy in Controversy

Contact with and exposure to controversies as youth of the covenant of God are inevitable experiences in that glorious state into which that youth has been called and placed. The surety of this encounter obtains also with respect to adults, of course, who are by no virtue of their own also placed into that relation […]

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This Year of Our Lord

This is the year of our Lord, 1965. It has come upon the earth, in spite of the worldling’s vain attempts to obliterate the knowledge of this fact from his mind. Naturally, he desires to have no cognizance of such a thing as that! The fact that he has come through another year, in reality, […]

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Thanksgiving of Youth

Protestant Reformed Young People, have you ever stopped to consider your brethren and sisters in the Lord, who are found in distant lands and whose circumstances of life differ markedly from your own? We know, of course, that they are there, for we are told plainly in the Word that God continues to gather His […]

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Sober Discernment

SOBER DISCERNMENT, INDEED! Undersigned has given his answer1,2 stating his reasons for having made various affirmation in an editorial3 which have come under attack.4,5,6 This reasoning dealt with those affirmations and it was not sidetracked one whit by those who would introduce another subject for debate. The editorial made no reference to the false church […]

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Pre-Convention Challenge

We will contend that our Conventions of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies are indeed beneficial. Spiritually beneficial for the covenant youth of our churches. What? Contend? We do not have to shield ourselves from the truth that there have been conventions in years gone by from which it was obvious that certain activities, distinctly not […]

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Harangues

(Editor’s Note: Although there appeared in the Open Forum of the April, 1964 issue of Beacon Lights a contribution1 which contained reflections and questions concerning the February, 1964 editorial entitled “The Need for Protestant Reformed High Schools”2, there was, nonetheless, no response to nor analysis of that contribution. Let the readers of Beacon Lights understand […]

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Your Personal Library

The sole purpose of this editorial is to offer to you, Protestant Reformed youth, a suggestion for consideration. The suggestion is intimately associated with the fact that you, as the youth of the Church of Christ, are naturally a learning youth and, by His grace, are constantly in quest of increasing your understanding of that […]

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The Need for Protestant Reformed High Schools

There are many cogent considerations which necessitate Protestant Reformed parents’ providing Protestant Reformed Education for their son or daughter in the high school years. Fundamentally these considerations may all be traced to one principal course, namely: we are called to educate this youth of the covenant in the fear of The Only God, i.e., The […]

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Your Difficult Way in Christmas Celebration

You. as the young people of our churches, have a very difficult way to walk in these days of increasing godlessness.  We are sure that you have experienced that in many ways. You have, have you not? And when we come to the season of the year in which the Church, and therefore you as […]

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Discerning Youth in an Age of Apathy

Do you wonder why it is that we refer to you as discerning youth? We have in the past, and do so now because it is only the youth of the Church of Christ, out of all the youth of the world, that can discern; they only have that gift of God whereby they are […]

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Our Fleeting Days as Covenant Youth

You, as the covenant youth of our churches, are well acquainted with the fact that man is here upon this earth but for a season. This is not recognized by all, I would have you notice, and this also is evidenced in many ways. But we will dis­cuss that presently. This thought is very Scriptural, […]

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The Glorious “Way of Sorrows”

Youth of His Church, our thoughts are once more drawn to Christ on Calv’ry. Because we are each one a member of His chosen race, we seek to know the story and its meaning, though we surely cannot comprehend the reason why. Does mere man deem he knows the central motivation of that love wherewith […]

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Memorials to Man

You are still wondering, aren’t you, about a situation that continues to exist in our churches?  We refer to the matter of condoning the establishment, or endeavors to establish, by whatever group or agency, memorials to man within the sphere of our churches.  Your wonder, evidently, does not stem from a lack of conviction concerning […]

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Editorial

This age, in which man attempts to commercialize and corrupt all that is holy and godly, is nonetheless the age in which you, the youth of our churches, are called to be saints of God, vessels chosen unto His honor and endless glory.  Pointedly, this is of keen interest to you as youth of His […]

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Your Society Meetings – A Gift

Dear Covenant Young People, By this time, you have undoubtedly well entered upon another new year of Young People’s Society work in your church.  You probably have elected officers, decided upon the book for your Bible study, and determined the type of after-recess program which you hope to have.  All these preliminaries are past.  Now, […]

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Christmas in Our Schools

Dear Protestant Reformed Youth: I was asked to write a few lines for you this month in connection with the proper celebration of Christmas in our own Christian schools. Certain areas were suggested, such as “should we do this?” or “Ought we do that?” I feel that the idea behind the suggestions was to reflect […]

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Symposium – “Love”

On the afternoon of August 28, the 1952 Convention was favored by a Symposium on love. The panel consisted of Leslie Havenga, Ronald Ezinga, Agatha Lubbers, Ruth Miersma, and Gertrude De Vries, with Rev. Howerzyl as the moderator. I will try to bring before you most of the ideas advanced in this discussion. The moderator […]

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