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Behold the Glory of His Nativity

Simply nauseating, isn’t it?             Already seven weeks before the holy day of Christmas, we may hear the children of Zion singing: “You better watch out, you better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town. He is making a list and checking it twice, He’s going […]

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Marriage

In our previous article on this subject, we wrote primarily of the events of the life of the covenant youth which lead up to the state of marriage, or, the time of courtship. Three thoughts we expressed as “guiding principles” which, if heeded, would contribute to the assurance that one in the pre-marital state would […]

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Our Covenant Triune God

GOD IS GOD! To say less than this is to deny the simple but comprehensive revelation of this otherwise inexpressible truth. To say more than this is to philosophically impose our own foolish limitations upon the Infinite One and thereby destroy the truth. Let us, therefore, leave our confession in this simple form, the very […]

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Soli Deo Gloria – The Idea

This speech was given by Rev. G. Vanden Berg at the Mass Meeting of Aug. 18, 1967, of the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention held in Hull, Iowa.   Delegates, visitors and friends: I am very grateful to you, for more than one reason, for the privilege and opportunity of addressing you at your twenty-seventh […]

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Sober Discernment

Dear Editor: May I have a few lines in Beacon Light’s Open Forum to comment briefly on two articles appearing in the August-September issue? The first article is entitled “Sober Discernment”, written by Rev. H. Veldman. Without indulging in the discussion of the subject matter of this article and refraining from commenting on the article […]

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Genesis 7 & 8

Deliverance Through Judgment: III.       Destruction by Water (Chapter 7) The first part of this chapter (vss. 1-10) records the final instructions of God to Noah just a week before the flood came. Again, the obedience of Noah is marked (vs. 5) as he brought into the ark those appointed unto salvation and so all things […]

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Genesis 6

  Deliverance Through Judgment The Pre-deluvian Conditions Genesis 6:1-8 These verses relate the amazing truth con­cerning the total depravity of man and the rapid development of sin during the first sixteen hundred and fifty years. Contrary to the notion contained in the common grace theory that God restrains sin in the unre­generate, this passage demonstrates […]

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Mixed Marriages

“Never marry but for love; but see that thou loves what is lovely”. W.Penn   “Mothers, who force their daughters into interested marriage are worse than the Ammonites, who sacrificed their children to Molech, – the latter undergoing a speedy death; the former suffering years of torture, but too frequently leading to the same result.” […]

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Forsaker or Partaker

The caption of this article refers to the brief but lucid story of Demas recorded in II Timothy 4:10. The brevity of the story is such that we can relate it unabbreviated on this page. It reads like this: “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica.” The […]

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Good Works

In 1960 Cawdray said, “As the apple is not the cause of the apple tree, but a fruit of it: even so good works are not the cause of our salvation, but a sign and a fruit of the same.” Likewise did Luther write, “If so be that a Christian doth good works, whereby he […]

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Proper Companions

We understand that the June issue of Beacon Lights is to be a pre-convention issue. Since we have in this department already covered our pre-convention material, we have selected to write in this issue a few words about the truth and error of a subject very closely related to conventions. Our subject is that of […]

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The Duty of All

It requires the diligent and cooperative effort of all concerned to make a convention what it ought to be. Those concerned in this endeavor involve many more than those who actually participate in the planning and activities of these festive days. In regard to the task of eradicating all error from convention, the home, the […]

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What’s To Be Done

In the last two issues of Beacon Lights we have mentioned a few of the errors that have a tendency to creep into conventions, and when left uncombatted, mar what otherwise might be a good thing. We mean that conventions are designed to be and can be good in a three-fold sense of the word. […]

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Conventions…Good or Bad (Continued)

Misconduct and misbehavior are convention evils! No sign of them is to be found in a convention of Protestant Reformed young people. It must be the aim of every conventioneer to uproot every appearance of these evils and to strive “to be holy and without blame before Him in love.” That’s a Protestant Reformed objective […]

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Conventions…Good or Bad

There are things in life concerning which it may be axiomatically said that they are either true or false, good or bad. For example, this may always be said with respect to the truth of God as revealed in Christ Jesus in contrast to the heresies of men and the doctrines of devils. The former […]

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Scarce or Precious

The above caption contains two English words that are very important when applied to the Word of God! Webster defines precious as something of great price or value; highly esteemed or loved; dear! The same dictionary gives the meaning of scarce as “deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand; not abundant; hard to […]

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True Giving

Truly the spirit of Christmas is a spirit of giving! By this is not meant that the worldly practice of pouncing upon every opportunity to commercialize the most sacred of all events and use it merely for lucrative gain is the proper spirit of Christmas. Neither do we have in mind to condemn without further […]

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Salvation – Chance or Certainty?

This time we will conclude our comments on the radio sermon, “Make Up Your Mind”, by showing how the mixture of truth and error abrogates truth and glorifies the lie. The above mentioned sermon contains many sentences and paragraphs that verify the contention that the sermon as a whole is premised upon the modernistic supposition […]

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Make Up Your Mind! (2)

“Men who are admittedly Reformed but who have a tendency toward one-sidedness” are cast out of the fellowship of the church because they refuse to mix the Reformed Truth with the poisons of Messrs. Pelagius and Arminius and company! They insist upon the unadulterated truth! On the other hand men who, to quote the Canons, […]

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Make Up Your Mind! (1)

In several of our past articles we have attempted to alert the consciousness of our young people to the importance of carefully discerning the truth! We have done this by pointing out various examples of how truth and error are amalgamated in many circles today with the deplorable result that attractively packaged religions that really […]

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A Declaration of Faith

We have been attempting to show why it is so important that the present generation of young people consider the matter of carefully and properly discerning the truth in all its seriousness. One of the reasons for this is to he found in the fact that today there has risen all around us any number […]

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Deception – A Lack of Discernment

From the giant printing press all over the land an enormous supply of religious literature is daily being provided and distributed without cost to the public. Churches and religious sects of every hue compete at enormous costs to get their message across and win adherents to their particular view.  This necessitates a discerning public, for […]

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Not Here But Risen

April 6, 1958. On this date, with special commemoration, the children of God will observe a most significant phase of the perfect work of Him, “Who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (Rom. 4:17) “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of […]

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Of the Holy Spirit

“I believe in the Holy Ghost.” Such is the concise hut highly significant declaration of the faith of the church concerning the Holy Spirit. Explaining this the Heidelberg Catechism significantly points out that it means: “First, that He is true and co-eternal God with the Father and the Son; secondly, that he is also given […]

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