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Facebook? Yes, Facebook. This 77-year-old great-grandfather has a page on Facebook. And he’s a preacher, besides. Facebook is no longer only for children and young people. One discovers that there are many useful ways to profit from this Web program. Pictures can be made available to any who wish to see them. One can post […]

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Rev. Gise Van Baren

On May 3, 1932, Rev. Gise Van Baren became the son of John and Grace Van Baren. He was born at home in South Holland, Illinois. As a boy, Rev. Van Baren attended South Holland Christian School. When he started attending this school, it was a two-room school with eight grades. It had outhouses for […]

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The Enemy (2)

This article was first presented as a speech by Rev. Gise Van Baren at the 1998 Young Adult’s Spring Retreat in Loveland, Colorado. The retreat occurs in March of every year. Young adults of high school age and older are encouraged to attend.   The second battle plan of Satan can be found in connection […]

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The Enemy (1)

This article was first presented as a speech by Rev. Gise Van Baren at the 1998 Young Adult’s Spring Retreat in Loveland, CO. The retreat occurs in March of every year. Young adults of high school age and older are encouraged to attend.   I come as a messenger with a very serious message. That […]

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Liberty? Or License?

The two have frequently been confused. “Liberty” is often taken to be the right to do what ever one pleases. After all, is not “liberty” to be understood as “freedom”—freedom to do as one wishes? Does not liberty imply that one is not bound by laws and regulations? No wonder such conclusions are drawn! Much […]

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The Four Horsemen – And Iraq

The four horsemen of Rev. 6:1-8 are familiar, I am sure, to all of our readers. These four horsemen have been running through all of the New Testament age. We see them running not just in one part of the earth, but over the whole of the earth. We have definitely seen them running in […]

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Knowing About the End

KNOWING ABOUT THE END Were I to tell you with absolute certainty, and were you to believe me, that Christ would return this week Saturday at twelve o’clock noon, what difference would that make in the way you live?  Would you talk differently than you normally do?  Would you do some things for which usually […]

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Supermarkets of Sin

When I was a boy, I recall that the grocer made his appearance at our back door once a week, to bring last week’s grocery order, and to take the order for the following week. Rinkema, I believe, was his name. He had a very small store in South Holland. But soon telephones were used […]

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Relationships in the Home

The subject of “relationships” in the home is rather broad. It does, however, point out an area of concern both for parents and their children. What these relationships are, and what is demanded of each in these relation­ships, is not difficult to determine. One might mention first of all the relationship which exists between par­ents: […]

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The Cultural Mandate

The so-called “Cultural Mandate” can be found in Genesis 2:28, “And God blessed them and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the […]

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Attitudes Toward Authority

Authority and its related truth: obedience, is a subject which has provoked much discussion through the ages, and continues to do so today. There is in our own day a growing resentment against authority. The underlying opinion is that none ought to be over others. There ought not be authority. Each, rather, has his “rights”. […]

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Appreciation of the Reformed Faith

I would, first, thank the committee of Hope Society for their kind invitation for me to speak at the convention. Especially, do I appreciate the opportunity of addressing you, covenant young people. I appreciate, too, the opportunity of speaking first of the four speakers who address you. It is not that I want this from […]

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Television – A Survey

I was requested to write on the subject of “television”. I have done so repeatedly in the past. Others have too. Still, the subject constantly re-occurs. Even then, whatever is said or written seems to have little effect on our habits in the use of television. So perhaps as a slightly different approach might be […]

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The Slothful Man

Proverbs 22:13 “The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.”   There is an interesting little story which tells of a man who incessantly snapped his fingers. No matter where he went, no matter what he did, he constantly snapped his fingers. One observer, watching this strange […]

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The Training of the Child

Often we have heard the Word of God found in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” The passage has raised questions in the minds of some. It does not always seem true that properly trained children do not […]

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Serving the Lord

The subject, “Serving the Lord”, is one which is in a sense very easily understood. It is a subject, however, which is also vitally intertwined with the other two speeches. The fact of joy, emphasized by the first speaker, and the need of worship, to be emphasized by the third speaker, are directly related with […]

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Spiritual Growth

I Thess. 4:1: “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how you ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.” Young people are very conscious of the fact that they are growing up. One cannot help […]

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The Freedom of Being a Disciple

In the past two speeches given at this convention, our attention was directed to two truths: disciples of Christ have marks which identify them as disciples indeed; and, true discipleship is “costly.” Now the apparent conclusion which might be drawn is that such a discipleship must surely be a very limiting thing. A disciple is […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Matt. 24:23: “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” II John 7, 10, 11: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. . . .If there come […]

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God’s Workmanship

Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Salvation is by grace alone. That theme has resounded through the ages within the church of Jesus Christ. It could be no other way. No dead sinner could save himself. […]

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Gathering Junk

It has repeatedly been suggested that ministers can shake sermons, speeches, or articles “out of their sleeves.” Ah, how sometimes I wish that were true! Five days ago I received a reminder from our editor that my article for the next Beacon Lights was due ten days earlier. I should have remembered. I’m sorry, Mr. […]

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No Room in the Inn…

“…and laid Him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7a Each time that Christmas comes these words seem to strike me with great force. These seem at the same time so pathetic – yet so blessed. The thought also occurs to me: has the world changed since […]

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Signs In Creation

Once in a while, though admittedly not frequently, one notices that even the world recognizes that something is happening in this world of our – something which causes them to sit up and take notice. I observed this as I read Time of June 15, 1970, which presented the account of the terrible earthquake in […]

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Preaching Christ Crucified

I Cor. 1: 23-24 “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” There is that strong desire today to change the traditional forms of worship to God. Nor […]

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Not Conformed But Transformed

Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Two mutually exclusive positions are presented: conformed or transformed. And which are you? Forbidden to the child of God is conformity with this world. To “conform” suggests a form which is imitated. In this instance, […]

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