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Song of Christmas

O, Jesus, Word made flesh to dwell among us, How can I thank Thee for Thy Gift?  What way Can I in human frailty find to praise Thee best, Who came the price for my dread sin to pay? Thou wert despised, rejected for Thine Own, A man of sorrows from Thy day of birth. […]

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A Sonnet to the Savior

Romans 7:24   A vessel tossed among the towering waves; A tender reed reviled by raging winds; A blooming flower blighted by the frost; A vapor vanquished as the sun ascends.   Oh, what am I, but weak and frail, When sin’s dark Enemy assaults my mind, And wickedness abounds on every side, And even […]

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Seeking Success

Would you like to be successful? Do you want to prosper? The culture around you calls and encourages you to be successful in the academic, athletic, physical, relational, social, and even spiritual aspects of your life. The self-help sections of our local bookstores are well-stocked with books to give direction, and a quick web search […]

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The Company of the White Horse

They are one of many small military units like them positioned around the earth, and like most of them, they number fewer than 350 strong.  Youthful, energetic, and eager, most of them were already brought by their dedicated parents to training centers at the early age of about five or six years old. The purpose […]

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Learned Passivity

In response to Thad Lubbers’ article “Learned Passivity” (October 1993), I would like to express my disagreement with the assumption that the Church is responsible somehow for the “learned passivity” of its youthful, middle-aged, and elderly members. To begin with, I am not certain throughout the article exactly what is meant by “the Church.” Is […]

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No Room

Shadows are lengthening in Judea’s hills And olive branches quiver in a gentle breeze. A host of weary travelers, following Caesar’s writ Seeks out their fathers’ natal towns. Akin to these A carpenter of Nazareth and his expectant wife, Poor Galileans, searching Ephrath’s hills for Bethlehem. Of David’s line They are- line grown as slender […]

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At His Table

Moved by Thy Spirit, Lord, O, how I hunger after righteousness! I see the table that Thy grace has furnished me. And drawing near in sweet communion with Thy saints, Together lay the mountain of our sins beneath the Cross, take hold of Thee And taste Thy goodness.  What wondrous love is this, my God, […]

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Remember….

  Remember… Thy Creator, God, Who fashioned thee And gave thee breath to praise Him endlessly   Remember… In the days of youth That He is Wisdom, Light and Truth   Before thou find the days of youth have flown And sorrowing, turn to reap what has been sown. Remember.

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Youth’s Prayer

O Lord, make me to know the measure of my days. My feebleness, my frailty.  Thou dost know, Who formed me from the dust.  I am a tender flower, Fresh and flourishing, with youth’s bright dew aglow; Yet delicate am I.   When winds of time pass o’er The flower fades and fails and is no […]

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Jewels

Not ours, but His – the precious jewels of His Kingdom fair. He owns them, loans them to us For a little time to dwell with us on earth That for their place with Him we might their hearts prepare.   Then, following our King’s command, We cleanse and polish each most precious stone, With […]

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Song of Christmas

O, Jesus, Word made flesh to dwell among us, How can I thank Thee for Thy Gift? What way Can I in human frailty find to praise Thee best, Who came the price for my dread sins to pay? Thou wert despised, rejected for Thine Own, A man of sorrows from Thy day of birth. […]

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Love (I Cor. 13)

Though as the golden orator I speak And with the voice of angels move my tongue But have not Love; I am as clanging brass; My words are less than tinkling from a cymbal rung. And though endowed with knowledge unsurpassed And faith to move a mountain from its place, And though I hold the […]

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Song of Christmas

O, Jesus, Word made flesh to dwell among us, How can I thank Thee for Thy Gift? What way Can I in human frailty find to praise Thee best, Who came the price for my dread sins to pay? Thou wert despised, rejected for Thine Own, A man of sorrows from Thy day of birth. […]

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Mommy’s at Work

My name is Marcy, and tomorrow I am going to be six years old I asked my Daddy if I had to go to school, even on my birthday. You probably know what he said – “You can’t ever skip school, Marcy, unless you are sick.” Oh, well, I guess it doesn’t matter anyway, because […]

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A Prudent Wife is from the Lord

In these days of the Women’s Liberation and Equal Rights movements there is probably no occupation more looked down upon by the world as that of the house­wife. Even the adjectives usually placed before the name of the occupation — com­mon, ordinary, “plain old,” tell of its im­portance to many today. In magazines especially meant […]

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Antithesis

A pilgrim walking down Life’s path Soon met another traveling there. He was a stranger, all alone. He said his name was Earthly Care.   He had a wealth of goods with him, And in much finery was dressed. The shabbily-garbed pilgrim asked How such a man could be distressed.   “Ah,” sighed the man, […]

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The Christian Faces War

The most basic causes for reoccurring of war and rumors of war are man’s willing denials and disdain for God’s law. The last of the Ten Commandments, “Thou shall not covet,’’ is the basis for the violation of any other of God’s laws. So also covetous­ness is the basis for the preliminary causes of war […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses (2): Of Man

In the first part of this series of articles on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, we saw their beliefs concerning Christ. In the second part, we will look at some of their beliefs concerning man himself. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have several unique, but odd beliefs concerning man, his life, and his death. The first thing that must […]

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Jehovah Witnesses (Part I) – On Christ

In a recent article under the heading “Critique,” Miss. A. Lubbers pointed out to both BEACON LIGHTS readers and writers that the original intent of this rubric was to bring current doctrinal issues to light. Keeping this in mind, I thought it might prove interesting to make an evaluative study of some of the cults […]

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Blessed Peacemakers

There has seldom in our world been as much concern for peace as there is today. Most of this concern may be traced to wars and rumors of war, racism and rioting, which are increasing daily. Many people have taken it upon themselves to find an answer to their problem of hostility between nations and […]

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The Earth – The Lord’s

Ecology is a much discussed topic in our time. This branch of science, which deals with the relationship of a creature to his environment, has now become primarily concerned with the relationship of man to his environment. It is obvious to almost anyone that more and more people in this world are becoming involved with […]

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Bridging the Gap

There is no doubt in my mind as to whether a generation gap exists in this country among the children of the world. Anyone can see quite plainly that parents and their children, particularly the teenaged ones, are drifting apart in their opinions as well as in their moral standards. Rebellion against parents and other […]

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Programs For Special Days

Programs For Special Days by Leila T. Ammerman W.A. Wilde Company, 76 pages, $2.00 Programs For Special Days is a book that gives ideas for program planning. The special days for which the programs are written not only include the most widely celebrated holidays of Christmas and Easter, but also Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and […]

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