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Biting on the Wrong End

A young mother and her five year old son were busy one morning making their beds. After the mother had finished straightening up her room, she went to see how her son was doing in his room. She arrived in time to find him struggling violently to get a clean pillowcase over a large feather […]

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Stress and Teenage Suicide

Traffic accidents, homicides, and suicides are the main causes of teen-age death in the United States today. And not necessarily in the above order. Many in the medical and psychiatric fields believe suicide is the #1 killer—that a lot of accidents and homicides among the young are really suicides in disguise. According to a Grand […]

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The Death Penalty

“Thou shalt not kill.” Ex. 20:13 “Whoso sheddeth mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” Gen. 9:6 “And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.” Lev. 24:17 “Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the […]

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Our Calling to Give as We are Blessed

It seems that my article on “Our Calling to Give as We are Blessed” has generated some negative reactions. In the hopes that we can arrive at a better understanding of this important matter, I will do my best to clarify my position and answer the objections raised. The first item that is of concern […]

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Giving in God’s House

Last month we considered the importance of personal giving. We emphasized the idea that proper giving is rooted in the love of God. When that love is in our hearts we then feel the desire to give liberally as we have been blessed. The burden of this present article is to consider the methods used […]

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Our Calling to Give as We Are Blessed

John Kalsbeek is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Redlands, California. He will deal with the subject of Christian giving in two articles. The first treating the importance of personal giving and the second will deal with the methods used in our churches.   Some time ago when I was asked to write an […]

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Giving Thanks Always For All Things

At this time of the year it is customary throughout our country to observe a National Thanksgiving Day. Since 1941, Thanksgiving Day has been set by an act of Congress as the fourth Thursday of November. It’s a day in which we are to give thanks for National Prosperity, for the “perfect union” of our […]

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The Grace of God is in Courtesy

It is evident wherever one looks today that there is a blatant disregard and lack of the most elementary forms of courtesy and good manners in the world around us. Teenagers sass their parents, disrespect lawful authority, exhibit filthy language and hand-signs to passers-by. Only yester­day my little ones saw some of this crude behavior […]

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

The night descended as a blanket and the stars, like sparkling jewels, displayed themselves one by one. From east to west they slowly passed as the earth spun and the night fled. Into this night stepped a man, leaving behind the cozy comfort of his tent. With wondering eye he viewed the starry- sky and […]

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Biting on the Wrong End

A young mother and her five year old son were busy one morning making their beds. After the mother had finished straightening up her room, she went to see how her son was doing in his room. She arrived in time to find him struggling violently to get a clean pillow-case over a large feather […]

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Modern Day Idol Worship

I detect a sad situation occurring in our churches. It’s sad because it resembles very closely the logic of the world. The world no longer condemns abortions, gambling, drugs but rather legalizes these activities or is feverishly attempting to legal­ize them. By legalizing these activities they remove the sin and rid themselves of their responsibility […]

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Everybody Does It

Today, as throughout all of history, the child of God faces and must face the prob­lem of conformity. Conformity implies agreement, accord, harmony, doing in Rome as the Romans do, swimming with the stream, following the fashions. The temptation for the Christian is to conform to the standards and ideals set up by the world […]

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Wanna See Mom!

Our children like cookies, candy, and gum. Not only do they like these things but they seem to desire them above any­thing else. As a result of their fondness for these items we often hear “Wanna cookie Mom,” “Got some candy for us Dad?”, “Gimme some gum,” and other similar expressions. The problem comes, however, […]

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In Praise of Mother

Only since I’ve had children of my own, and observed their mother in her work as a mother, have I begun to appreciate what a mother really is and what a tremendously high calling a mother has. It is rather common to think of mother as “just mom.” We take her pretty much for granted. […]

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Credibility Gaps

The term “credibility gap” is frequently used in the sphere of the federal government. In all likelihood, it originated here. In government, public officials often say they are going to do many important things but when all is said and done, they do very little, or the very opposite occurs. For example: The president many […]

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The Horn That Didn’t Give A Hoot

One time a young man went to a car lot to buy a car. While looking over one of the automobiles, the young man notices that the horn didn’t work. Whereupon we hear the following dialogue between the young man and the car dealer: “Sir, the horn on this automobile must be broken.” “Broken? No,” […]

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The Rock of our Salvation

The day, October 21, began as countless days before had begun. The golden orb of the rising sun slowly but certainly rose along the southeastern horizon. As slowly and as certainly as death stalks the living from the moment they enter this world so the rising sun stalks majestically across the sky. The raucous, ear-shattering […]

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Holy Temples

This era in history may well be called “The Sex Age” by future historians. It has been the age in which the “Pill” has had a tremendous rise in popularity and use. Abortion is openly advocated and has received the favor of the politicians in many foreign countries and now also in Hawaii. “Free Love” […]

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Our Editor Has Resigned

Due to his recent graduation from our Protestant Reformed Seminary, his announced candidacy for the ministry, and with no real idea as to where the future might bring him, Robert Decker made known his intention of resigning as editor-in-chief of Beacon Lights. Although his resignation had been anticipated and came as no surprise to the […]

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The End is in Sight

On Wednesday, August 17, 1960, the Delegate Board of the Protestant Reformed Young Peoples Societies took an unprecedented step by adopting the proposal and grounds which read as follows: The Federation Board proposes that a Scholarship Fund Program be established to provide aid for prospective ministers and teachers; which program shall be under the administration […]

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Convention in Retrospect

The twenty-fourth annual Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention is now history. Its history, however, will not be presented in the history books or historical works of this age; but will be confined to the hearts, minds and memories of the young people who attended this convention. This convention, as well as past conventions, lives in […]

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Editor Resigns

Dave Engelsma — His name is well known in our circles — has resigned as editor of Beacon Lights and the Staff, who has long enjoyed his companionship and trust, wishes to remember him with a few well-deserved words of appreciation. As our editor, Dave gave of his time, talent, energy and effort to make […]

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Mission Emphasis Night

October 4, 1962 “Your church has a negative attitude toward mission work.”  “Your church does not consider mission work important.”  “Your church overlooks its missionary calling.”  “Your emphasis on God’s Sovereignty makes mission work impossible.”  These are but a few of the many charges brought against our churches in regard to missionary activity.  Perhaps you […]

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