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Unconditionally Chosen Unto Salvation

Although it is today universally denied, young people, the truth of man’s total depravity is a basic truth of Scripture. God told Adam that if he would eat of the forbidden fruit he would die that very day. Paul, in Ephesians 2:1 tells the Ephesians that before God quickened them, that is, made them alive, […]

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A Precious Jewel

They were neighbors. In fact, they had lived next door to each other for over forty years. It could be said that they got along quite well, even during those years when the children did the usual damage to lawns and gardens—and to an occasional window. They settled the quarrels of their children without becoming […]

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The Song of Zion

A Psalter-Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God Psalter devotionals were not available this month. Sorry for the inconvenience.  July 1 Read Ephesians 2:1-5 We should bear in mind the fact that every husband and wife brings forth a child that by nature is spiritually dead. For God told Adam, that the day […]

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A Precious Jewel*

* Reprinted from the Standard Bearer, vol. 47, pp. 255- 257.  They were neighbors. In fact, they had lived next door to each other for over forty years. It could be said that they got along quite well, even during those years when the children did the usual damage to lawns and gardens—and to an […]

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I Will Sing…

Reprint from the Standard Bearer vol. 29, pp. 277-278.  By the addition of only one letter to the word “heave” we get the entirely different “heaven.” What a tremendous difference in meaning there is between those two words! And by adding the three short words, “unto the Lord,” to our theme of the last installment […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

Reprinted from Daily Meditations for Spiritual Comfort by Rev. John A. Heys, minister emeritus from the Protestant Reformed Churches December 1 THAT MOST PRECIOUS GIFT Although the world is full of people who look forward to celebrating Christmas, that does not mean that they all are Christians. For many it is not Christ’s coming into […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

Reprinted from Daily Meditations for Spiritual Comfort by Rev. John A. Heys, minister emeritus from the Protestant Reformed Churches November 1 THE BELIEVERS BLESSED AFFLICTIONS It makes a world of difference whether you stand at the cross of Christ and see the hatred of the unbelieving Jews, and the shed blood and pain which He […]

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Calling Upon God with a Pure Heart

As you know, Young People, the day you were born you were not able to walk, or even to crawl. In fact, although you were born with legs and feet, you had to be carried, and have food brought unto you. You could cry for that food, and thereby could express your desire for it. […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

December 1 Read Revelation 22:12-21. Having entered the last month of this year, we have the awesome truth that we are closer to the end of this present world. For God has planned a certain day when Christ Jesus, our Saviour, will return. And, as we read a moment ago, He will come quickly with […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

November 1 As we approach the end of this year, we come closer to the day when Christ Jesus, our Saviour, will come and bring all of His elect into the everlasting glory of the New Jerusalem. They will all dwell there with Him, and with new bodies and souls, in a heavenly blessedness, which […]

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Watching Daily at My Gates

October 1 Read Ephesians 2:1-5 We should bear in mind the fact that every husband and wife brings forth a child that by nature is spiritually dead. For God told Adam, that the day he committed his first sin, he would die. And that does not merely mean that he would die physically. He would, […]

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Making Our Calling and Election Sure

As you know, Young People, when we are reading a book in a room that has no windows, has its door closed, and the electricity is suddenly and unexpectedly shut off, we will not be able to read and learn the new things that are in that book. Similarly, although we are born again children […]

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Our Certain Victory

When the believer reads the Word of God, it is at the same time both crystal clear but so deep that he can never see to the bottom. The book of Daniel is one example. The smallest children can understand and love the story of Daniel and his three friends. But when it comes to […]

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That Amazingly Beautiful Rainbow

Clouds pile up on the horizon, billowing high. The sun slips behind and it grows darker. The birds are silent, the air is thick, the silence disrupted only by the deep rumbling of thunder in the distance. Lightning jabs at the earth as the low band of boiling black clouds advance steadily forward, enveloping everything […]

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Renewed Day by Day

From a physical point of view, Young People, and from the day when we were born, we began to go through some won­derful changes. That day we were very, very help­less and weak, compared with what we are now, and can do today. For many months we could cry; but we could not talk. It […]

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Christian or Antichristian

The Beacon Lights is sent out to many different places. Some of us live in big cities, some in small towns and villages and some out in the open countryside. We all have a specific address to identify our location in distinction from everyone else. But though we all live in our separate places, our […]

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Renewed Day by Day

From a physical point of view, Young People, and from the day when we were born, we began to go through some wonderful changes. That day we were very, very helpless and weak, compared with what we are now, and can do today. For many months we could cry; but we could not talk. It […]

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Those True Disciples of Christ

From a physical point of view, Young People, the human race is divided into many different kinds of people and kingdoms. But from a spiritual point of view, the whole human race is divided into only two kingdoms, in which each has only one kind of people in it. The Kingdom of Heaven has citizens […]

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Christ Our Intercessor

What happened to Jesus Christ our Savior, and what He did for us and in us, Young People, is presented in Romans 8:34.  There we read, “It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again; Who is even at the right hand of God, Who maketh intercession for us.” Now Christ’s painful death […]

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That Wonderful Change

In your catechism classes, Young People, you were taught that there are seven different elements in our salvation. First of all, we are by God’s grace caused to be born again, with a new spiritual life.  The title of that work of our God is regeneration.  In the second place we have a calling out […]

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Shining Lights in a Dark World

Your neighbors, Young People, know your last name, and very often also know your first name.  Likewise they know whether you are a young man or a young woman. However, from a spiritual point of view, the important question is whether you are a citizen in the Kingdom of Heaven, of which Christ Jesus is […]

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An Urgent Call to Fight

When one says that he is fighting a certain person or thing, that person reveals his hatred against that person or thing.  But when the apostle Paul in I Timothy 6:12 calls Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith” he is not calling him to fight against that faith.  He means that Timothy must […]

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Called to Remember Our Creator

You Young People are aware, are you not, that in some of the verses in the Bible God is speaking directly to you, rather than to your parents? There are many verses in Scripture wherein He speaks about you. But there is a verse wherein He clearly is speaking directly to you, rather than to […]

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That Godly Handclapping

Very correctly, Young People, when we begin, or bring to a close our Sabbath Day’s service, we sing: “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” And then not only do we sing a beautiful truth concerning our […]

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Salvation’s Basic Purpose

Can you, young people, without hesitation, present the basic reason why God saves us from our sins? Can you point out the chief purpose of the salva­tion which He realizes in Christ? Do you know what must be presented as the basic purpose of salvation? There are in Scripture, as you have been taught – […]

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