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Attitude and Preparation

Delegates to the PRYP’s 1981 Convention, Beloved Young People and Friends:   First of all, we wish to express our deep appreciation for having been chosen to be one of the speakers to this convention. This honor we have enjoyed several times before when we were in the active ministry. But we want you to […]

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Working Out Our Own Salvation

We have been asked to give a brief dissertation on the text found in Philippians 2:12, 13. No motivation was given to signify the reason for this request. We are assuming that it was more than to give an old retired minister something to do. Was it perhaps because it appears on the surface that […]

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Following After Jesus

Introduction: We are pleased to be present with you on this 31st annual Convention, and to have a part in the program which has been arranged. We are also pleased with the general theme of this Convention, which is: Disciples of Christ. It struck me that such a theme would be chosen in a day […]

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Genesis 11

The Confusion of Tongues (Genesis 11:1-9) It would seem that when we compare what is recorded in these verses, especially verse 2, with what we read in Genesis 10: 8 -10, that we must conclude that the his­tory recorded in Chapter 11 is antecedent to that recorded in Chapter 10. If this conclusion is correct, […]

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Giving Thanks Always

With the appearance of this issue of Beacon Lights we will be in the year of our Lord 1957 and in the eleventh month of that year. And the last Thursday of this month has been designated Thanksgiving Day. With this in mind the editorial staff has asked me to pen a few thoughts about […]

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The Next Convention

“What,” you say, “the next convention! Why, here it is only the month of May, and you are talking about the next convention already?” Yes, that’s right. And that’s because we really have something to talk about. A certain group of young people have been talking about the next convention ever since the last one. […]

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I Corinthians 7:25-9:27

OUTLINE 29 4. A TRUSTWORTHY JUDGMENT RE MARRIAGE AND CELIBACY (I Cor. 7:25-40)   a.   Occasion for its pronouncement. It is difficult to determine precisely what it is that is the occasion for the judgment the apostle here pronounces. In verse 26 the apostle speaks of “the present distress” or perhaps better translated “the impending […]

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I Corinthians 6:9 – 7:24

OUTLINE 25 4. THE FACT OF OUR CHRISTIAN LIBERTY—(I Cor. 6:9-20)   a. The bondage from which liberated. vss. 9-11. What the apostle has to say from here on to the end of the chapter has reference, of course, to the corrupt conditions he had called to their attention in chapter 5, and thus far […]

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I Corinthians 4:14 – 6:8

OUTLINE 21 6. CONCLUSIONS CONCERNING PARTISANSHIP (I Cor. 4:14-21)   a.   The Motivation of the Severe Rebuke: In verses 14 and 16 the apostle ex­presses two reasons for his writing as he had. The first of these is “to ad­monish them in love”. It was not his aim to air their sins and to expose […]

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I Corinthians 3:5 – 4:13

CORRECTION: Our attention has been called to a serious error we made in the interpretation rendered in Outline 16 of the previous issue. It was too late to make the correction before the material went to press. Hence we wish to call attention to it now. Under the sub-heading marked “Co­workers with God” which should […]

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I Corinthians 2:9 – 3:17

OUTLINE 13 III. GOD’S PREPARATIONS RE­VEALED BY THE SPIRIT (I Cor. 2:9-13)   a.   The Things Revealed The things revealed are the things God has prepared for them that love Him. “But as it is written: Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God […]

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I Corinthians 1:22-2:16

OUTLINE 9 Christ the Power and Wisdom of God I Corinthians 1:22-25   A.  How the apostle comes to this theme. We must understand that this sec­tion is closely connected to the preceding- verse and forms a sort of parallel to it. But it is a parallel which elaborates in fuller detail. This is plain […]

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I Corinthians 1:1-17

OUTLINE I   A. HISTORY OF THE CHURCH 1.   City of Corinth. In 146 B. C. the Roman general Mummius squelched the hope of Greek inde­pendence by the complete destruction of the city of Corinth. For a hundred years the city lay in ruins until Julius Caesar sent a delegation to rebuild the city. In […]

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The Reformed Truth Hour

The Reformed Truth Hour is a half hour broadcast conducted each Sunday evening from 9:30 to 10:00 over WJOB Hammond, Indiana.  The program is sponsored by the two Churches residing in Oak Lawn and South Holland, Illinois.  The two ministers serving these churches, the Rev. Martin Gritters and the Rev. Marinus Schipper alternately have charge […]

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Radio’s New Code

In the “Christian Beacon,” a fundamentalist publication, dated September 25, 1947, we came across a lengthy article written by the editor-in-chief, the Rev. Carl McIntire, under the above caption. The article calls in question the justifiableness of an action taken recently by the National Association of Broadcasters as it enacted legislation regarding, among other organizations […]

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Up From the Ranks

Until a short while ago, the Young People’s Society of South Holland was led by the minister of the church who was and still is its president.  We could say that as that leadership was, so was the caliber of the meetings and to a certain extent also of the society. This arrangement was nice […]

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The Reformed Truth Hour

Under the above named caption, the congregations of Oak Lawn and South Holland are sponsoring a radio program each Sunday evening over a local broadcasting station in Hammond, Indiana. Because our young people constitute an integral part in this radio ministry, we deemed it necessary and proper to say something of this work in this […]

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To Our Boys in Service

April 22, 1947 Dear Fellows: You, no doubt, have noticed that Beacon Lights is an Illinois number this time.  While we were preparing material for this issue, the question came to our mind: What about a letter to our Boys in Service?  We were not informed that the faithful and regular contributor of a letter […]

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Something New!

Yesterday was Sunday and I began a short series of sermons.  After I had finished the first sermon of this series, one of my audience came to me with the remark: “Well, dominee, I have heard sermons on this passage of Scripture before by dominee so and so and also by dominee so and so: […]

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Faith of Our Fathers, Mine

You know that old hymn entitled: Faith of our Fathers, living still, etc.  No doubt you have sung it often.  No doubt, too, we will continue to sing it often in the days that lie ahead. But what does that faith of our fathers mean to you and me?  What does it mean that it […]

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Be Careful for Nothing!

“Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” –Philippians 4:6 Joy, that is perfect joy, and anxious care simply exclude one another.  The apostle had exhorted in verse 4 of this chapter: “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” […]

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