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God as Covenant Friend

God is the covenant friend of his people. Abraham “was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23), for God said about Abraham and his seed, “But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend” (Isa. 41:8). Jehovah “spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh […]

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The terms church militant, triumphant, and latent are used to describe a threefold distinction in the church of Christ. The one church of Christ can be described as she exists throughout history in three different states. A threefold distinction in the church was often used by the medieval church theologians. However, they spoke of the […]

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Missions in the Philippines: Interview with Rev. Daniel Kleyn, a Missionary of the PRCA in the Philippines   BEACON LIGHTS: Where is the Philippines? REV. KLEYN: The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia, approximately 8,000 miles from central USA. It usually takes a good 25 hours or more to travel from the USA to Manila. […]

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Day by Day

A young wife sits holding her husband’s hand as the doctor tells them the results from the tests she had last week. “It’s cancer,” he says, “we must start treatment immediately.”  Her fears rise; she has two young children at home.  How will they handle this, what will life be like six months from now […]

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God’s Covenant Promise

I have been asked to write a short article for “Beacon Lights” in connection with the 50th anniversary of our Protestant Reformed denomination. The period of time that I’ve been requested to write about is the year 1953. Keeping in mind the theme of our Church’s anniversary. “God’s Covenant Faithfulness”, I will try to put […]

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The Fifties

When first asked to write about the 1950’s, they appeared in my mind as a shapeless, featureless segment of history. But a little more concentration and the perusal of some “Standard Bearers” of the era began to give it dimensions. One bit of information suggested another and soon the “50’s” came alive again. January 1, […]

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The Forties

In keeping with the theme of our Church’s 50th Anniversary year, I want you to share with me some personal reflections, convictions, and experiences concerning God’s Covenant Faithfulness. My assignment is primarily the World War II years, although some information may be just prior to or/and after. That there is a close relationship how these […]

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My first teenage year was spent as an eighth grade student in the same one-room public school house where the Hope Protestant Reformed congregation assembled for their worship services on the Lord’s Day. Our family had been members of this small rural church from its origin during the 1924 “common grace controversy”. Throughout the years […]

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Our Always Faithful God

The editor asked me to write a short article for Beacon Lights. The only thing in that request that appealed to me at all was the word short. I would not want it any other way. He further explained that it would have to be in connection with the 50th anniversary of our Protestant Reformed […]

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Any Pistle to My Grandchildren

Dear Grandchildren: I was musing the other day, as old (I can remember when we used to spend an evening looking at stereopic views through a stereoscope made of solid walnut, with extra large lens, which sold for 60 cents at Sears) men often do about the long-ago-past. Way back when I was a teenager […]

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50th Anniversary

50 years! 50 years, why that’s older than some of our parents. 50 years! What a blessing! What a multitude of blessings! 50 years! How faithful! A totally unmerited faithfulness. God has certainly been faithful to us who are entirely, totally depraved. Of ourselves, rotten to the core and yet so proud as if we […]

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Explanation of Emblem

The above emblem has been adopted by both the Steering Committee of the 1975 Young People’s Convention and the Beacon Lights. Its purpose is to remind us of the rich heritage which is ours through Christ. Just as the circle above has neither beginning nor end, so has the eternal and unchangeable faithfulness of God […]

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The Time Around 1924

I was requested by the Beacon Lights staff to express some of my impressions as a youth on the common grace controversy in the Christian Reformed Churches in the year 1924. With this request, I hereby comply. So then I must go back fifty years and in mind am again a youth. Fifty years ago! […]

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