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Equipped to be a Good Soldier

In a recent issue of Beacon Lights we discussed the “uncertainty of the times” and its implications and effects upon the decisions of our young people, especially insofar as service in our armed forces creates problems in regard to the choosing of a life vocation and marriage. We expressed the thought at that time that […]

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Conformed-Transformed

There are many common expressions which illustrate the idea of the word conform and the idea of conformity. An example is the expression “When in Rome, do as the Romans.” The words conformed and transformed, set in juxtaposition are derived from the Scriptures, Rom. 12:2. The negative position is here given as an admonition against […]

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The Woman’s Sphere

Our recent national elections have brought to the fore the perennial question of woman’s suffrage, or more particularly whether the Christian woman’s calling is to vote. There seems to be quite some disagreement on this point. It might, therefore, be interesting and instructive to listen in on a discussion Mary and Martha are having on […]

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The Dark, Uncertain Future

Although, in a sense, the future can always be said to be uncertain, yet at present this is the case as never before. Although there have often been periods in history when the times looked dark and the future very uncertain; the present in a very particular way can be said to be so. The […]

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Our Children and the “Money Problem”

We commonly speak of something being a problem when we are faced with, or are in a situation which is difficult to clear up, or for which it is difficult to find a proper solution. In the case before us it is the “money problem.” Now money is in that class which we call “things” […]

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Faith, Hope, Love

The 12th Annual convention of our Protestant Reformed Young People’s Federation has drawn to a close. The young men and women, delegates and friends, have all departed and gone to their respective homes. Your editor was not among the privileged ones who attended this wonderful convention, but from all sides come the reports of the […]

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The Sovereign God

“For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the Lord pleased that did he in heaven, in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.”—Psalm 135:5, 6.   Our purpose in desiring to write on the subject of God’s Sovereignty is that it is the basic […]

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Good Habits

Do you have any bad habits? We commonly speak of habits as being either good or bad, and by habits we sometimes mean practices which, through constant repetition, are done without a conscious act of the will. Habits may also refer to the manner in which we go about the routine matters of our life. […]

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Words

Words are, when rightly consider­ed, a never-failing source of wonder, and amazement. We point to this wonder which God has provided as the greatest means of revelation, fellowship and com­munion, in order that we may behold the marvelous works of God and magnify and praise Him. Without His words we cannot rightly know God and […]

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Peace

Where is that elusive thing called Peace and what is it? Surely it is not in Korea riding the rumbling, B re-spurting tanks which spew destruction against the Red positions. Not in the sub-zero wilds of Alaska on torturous 30-40 below maneuvers? Or in the breast of him who lies pain racked, emaciated and wan, […]

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Missions

The Protestant Reformed chur­ches don’t believe in missions! We occasionally hear voices, from without, make this statement. Can it be true? Churches that are Reformed and the purest manifestation of the Church of Jesus Christ on earth—can they—dare they—not believe in missions? Did not Jesus Himself command that repentance and remission of sins should be […]

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A Statement of Purpose

Being mindful of the high calling that “Beacon Lights” has—namely, to be a BEACON indeed, shedding spiritual light upon the path of our Protestant Reformed youth; we humbly experience and confess “who is able unto these things”. God grant us His grace and spirit that we, together with all our contributors, may hold forth the […]

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1951: Vanity of Vanities

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us” – […]

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The Father’s Love and Child-like Faith

God has given His people a source of great comfort in the con­templation of the Father-child re­lationship that exists between Him and His people. This eternal relationship be­tween God and His people is often enriched, clarified and sweetened to the experience of the child of God by the picture which presents itself in the every-day […]

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The Christian Philosophy of Life

The present day philosophy of life presses in upon us from every direction. From the time one opens his eyes in the morning until he re­tires at night, the philosophy of life of the world is inescapable. This philosophy is so subtle, although it perhaps is not consciously so moti­vated, that it is in general, […]

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