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Evangelism

Evangelism means different things to people of the present era of the church. To the Roman Catholic, evangelism means the extension of the Romish church to many lands and has as its objective the aggrandizement of the hierarchy and the enlargement of the number of “the faithful.” The means used to accomplish this end may […]

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Revival?

“Big revival sweeps Campus at Wheat­on College”, stated the first page head­line of the Chicago Daily News one day during the second week of February. Accompanied by several pictures of stu­dents giving a testimony, the news re­porter described the revival that was taking place at Wheaten. For thirty eight consecutive hours students filled the chapel […]

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Twenty-five Years Old

In the course of the next few weeks you can expect to; hear that the consist­ories of the Protestant Reformed churches in various areas will hold a formal observance of the twenty-fifth annivers­ary of the founding of our churches. This is indeed fitting and proper and we look for the interest of the young people […]

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Meeting the Challenge

In our editorial last month, we pointed out that the need for a Protestant Re­formed Seminary and Normal School building exists and that the need is an urgent one. We also mentioned that the young people of the Protestant Reformed churches can make a valuable contribu­tion to the erection of such an institu­tion. Since that […]

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An Urgent Need

There are times and situations which come about in the history of the church of Christ on earth when needs of various types arise. At times in the past, there has been the need for leadership to lead the church in the path of reformation. The need for funds in the deaconate during the depression […]

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Reformation Day

The end of the month of October is dis­tinguished, among other things, for the observance by churches with Reformed or Lutheran backgrounds of Reformation Day, a day marking the attack of Luther upon the evils of the Romish church. The history made by Luther and the Protes­tant churches is well known to every school boy […]

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Impressions

For some time there has been considerable interest in our circles about the Liberated Churches in the Netherlands. Although most of this interest has been shown by our parents who are able to under­stand the situation because of their knowledge of the Dutch language, nevertheless certain events have taken place in the circles of Pro­testant […]

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Youth and Calvinism

It was suggested to us that we write an editorial about a booklet which has been published by a group of people who call themselves “The Youth and Calvinism Group”. The title of the booklet which was released is “Youth Speaks on Cal­vinism” and it was written by a group of young men in Grand […]

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The M. I. T. Convocations

The recent assembly of notable men at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is of interest not only to the world at large but to the Christian, especially the young Christian who is in his college years. It is interesting because in this meeting, the leaders of our age were engaged in an interpreta­tion of the […]

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Letters

Every year about this time the staff of people responsible for the publication of Beacon Lights holds a meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss ways and means for producing a better maga­zine for our readers. At this meet­ing Beacon Lights really is taken apart piece-meal and every section of it is evaluated […]

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Significant Statements

Your editor, receives exchange copies of other Christian maga­zines and among those we receive is the Moody Monthly, a publica­tion sponsored by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. From time to time the editorials of the Moody Monthly have been very critical of conditions in Fundamantalist church life and there are some sig­nificant statements made […]

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GLEEP

Among the many new words coming into our language as a result of new in­ventions and technical progress the term GLEEP will probably have very great significance for us in the future. GLEEP is the abbreviated designation for the peacetime use of atomic energy and is derived from the first letters of the term “graphite […]

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Heroes

February is the month in which this nation observes the birthdays of two of its outstanding presidents, namely Wash­ington and Lincoln. Every pupil in school knows the important roles played by these men in the history of the United States; how they led the country when it was in most adverse circumstances in such a […]

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The Point of No Return

This term is an expression that originated during the course of the recent war, and it was used by pilots and navigators of our Air Forces. The planes of this nation, flying many war missions over vast stretches of ocean on various parts of this globe, had to be pilot­ed in such a manner that […]

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God’s Gift

This is the Christmas season, a time of preparation for the celebra­tion of the holiday we know as Christmas. During this season many thoughts and plans crowd our minds. These thoughts may range from the question of how much money we have to do our Christmas shopping to the pleasant speculation about the things we […]

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Our Radio Broadcasts

The growth of the use of radio broadcasting as a medium to wit­ness to the truths of the Reformed faith is emphasized by the recent observation of the three hundredth broadcast of the Reformed Wit­ness Hour in Grand Rapids, Mich­igan. Much has been accomplish­ed since the first broadcast was aired, and we are grateful that […]

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Your Society

Are you satisfied with your so­ciety? If you are, you need not read further, for the things we wish to discuss are intended for those who are not satisfied with the Young People’s Society of their church. If you feel that the ulti­mate has been achieved in the ac­tivities of your society and that no […]

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Missionary Endeavor

Missionary endeavor which has always characterized the Church of God in the New Testament era.  Beginning with the Scriptural records of the missionary activities of the apostles as recorded in the book of Acts and continuing down through the ages, the Christian Church has had a continuous record of missionary endeavors.  In fact, it is […]

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The Need for Faith

The age in which we live is an age in which the faith of the Christian, especially the youthful Christian, is sorely tried.  The tempo of the battle against the powers of darkness is hard to maintain because of the increasing fury of the attacking forces.  Each day we find new developments in our lives […]

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A Worldly Appraisal

In recent weeks the Sioux Center controversy over movies and the theatre has received a rather prominent place in the publication of James A. Linen, Life and Time magazines.  These magazines are well known to the American public and are distinguished for their dramatic and sometimes sensational coverage of the news of the world.  The […]

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Universal Military Training

“A time to keep silence and a time to speak.”  Ec. 3:17b   Universal military training is a matter of great concern this year because of the uneasy world political situation.  Recently the President of the United States called upon Congress to enact a law establishing military training for all young men of this nation.   […]

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This is your Opportunity

Recently your editor received a letter from Rev. James Van Weelden, of Sioux Center, Iowa, concerning a matter which he felt should be treated in Beacon Lights and we are glad to do so at this time. In recent months Rev. Van Weelden has received a number of requests from young people in the Netherlands […]

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Is That So?

The January 19, 1948 edition of Time Magazine has just arrived in my mail box and glancing thru its columns I noticed an item in the Religion section that certainly is a challenge to every thoughtful believing Christian.  This particular news item tells us that the famed Dr. Gallup has taken a poll of public […]

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Beacon Lights in 1948

This editorial is being written a day after a Beacon Lights staff meeting and we have elected to depart from our usual form of editorials to give you some pertinent notes concerning our proposed Beacon Lights activities during the coming months.  It is appropriate that we should start the new year by giving some of […]

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The Christmas Message

As this December issue of Beacon Lights comes into your home, no doubt your thoughts are turning to those things that usually are associated with the Christmas season.  In our churches our pastors are now preaching pre-Christmas sermons.  Our younger brothers and sisters are preparing to render a program on Christmas day, telling the story […]

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