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Book Review

Editor’s Note: The text below is an introduction to the book review rubric, which started with the first issue of Beacon Lights, January 1941. Since then the rubric has appeared 253 times. The exact number of books reviewed over the past 75 years is difficult to determine. In many instances of the rubric’s appearance in […]

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The Danger of Denying it!

Summary of a Convention Speech given by Rev. Leonard Vermeer reported by Jim Kok.   The second speaker to address the con­vention began by pointing out to us that we are living in the last days, the days of the end. These are indeed perilous times and we must be careful not to deny the […]

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Fellowship and Our Friends

Summary by Arthur Wyma One of the privileges which we as Christian youth may enjoy in this world is that of having fellowship in friends.  But choosing our friends is often a difficult task, for we may never choose our friends from out of the world.  In fact, it is impossible to enjoy true friendship […]

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A Reply…Concerning Movies

A writer is greatly delighted when he finds out that his articles are read and even discussed. So I was delighted when I received various letters from those who had an interest in what I wrote concerning our latest Young People’s Convention and that I had but one criticism to offer, n.l., “Personally I disapprove […]

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A Reformation in Pella

The remarkable things that characterize any good, sound reformation were also noticeable in the reformation in Pella, Iowa.  Before there was ever a Protestant Reformed congregation in this community, dissatisfaction was noticeable among a few of the more devout Christians in this vicinity.  They were dissatisfied with the preaching and practices of the Christian Reformed […]

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A New Song

Recently, on the evening of D-Day, June 6, I attended a prayer meeting in our little town, called for the purpose of imploring the Lord for aid and guidance during the invasion of Europe. This meeting was held in the largest church auditorium in our town and this church was packed with people. People from […]

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When the Fullness of Time was Come

Under the above title I shall write on the subject assigned me for this December issue of our “Beacon Lights”. The subject on which I have been asked to write is actually: “The Political Condi­tions of Rome and Palestine at the time of our Savior’s Birth and the relation of the former to the lat­ter”. […]

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Twice Tried

“Twice Tried”, by Anne S. Swaan. Published in England. Sold by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Mich. “Twice Tried” is the apt title of this book of fiction. The story is woven about an English family, giving us, therefore, a very dear glimpse into English life, which in itself is educational. Robert Angus Sr., whose […]

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Ah Sin

“Ah Sin”, by Sherman A. Nagel. Win. B. Eerdmans Pub­lishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A factual novel of the Hakka Chinese. Ah Sin, the hero of this historical romance, is a young Chinese patriot. The romance of his life is pictured amid a setting of war and revolution. At the opening of the story we […]

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The Vision

“The Vision”, by Paul Hutchens. W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. The title of this book suggests the plot, which concerns a certain Rodney Deland who had a “vision”. At first, he strove after it, then lost it through a sad love affair but finally regained and acted according to it. Rodney’s ambition […]

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The Age of the Maccabees (2)

Chapter II – The Pontificate Rival Competitors for the High Priesthood—The office of high priest being thus, as we have seen, a powerful and lucrative position, became the occasion of much unseemly wrangling and conspiracy. There were two families in particular that made themselves notorious by their scramble for the coveted prize. These were the […]

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A Book of Protestant Saints

“A Book of Protestant Saints”, by Ernest Gordon. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids. Mich. We stated in our introductory remarks that we would from time to time review and recom­mend works of biography. As you may know many books of this nature are rather dry and un­interesting, probably because they give a detailed exposition of […]

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The Age of the Maccabees (1)

Introductory Remarks: Because it is impossible to finish the printing of a story of the usual size in this volume, which will run only through the month of May, the undersigned sought for, but could not obtain a short story for this department of “Beacon Lights”. Consequently, he presents to our read­ers this short history […]

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The Schilder Trilogy

“Christ in His Suffering”, “Christ on Trial”, and “Christ Crucified”. The “Schilder Trilogy” on the passion and death of Christ. By Dr. K. Schilder, of Kampen, The Netherlands. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids. Mich. We can heartily recommend for study and inspirational reading these three books on the passion and death of Christ by Dr. […]

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Lighted Horizon

“Lighted Horizon’’ by Edith Snyder Pedersen, Wm. H. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1940, 191 pages   “Lighted Horizon” is the title of a truly fascin­ating story involving three sisters as the main characters. They are Helen, describes as pretty and dark, Judith, the family “scape-goat”, and Ruth, blond and selfish, the youngest of […]

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