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One of the more common theological mistakes among Christians today, including Reformed believers, is the error of separating God’s gracious work in salvation from his glorious work of creation. Though few would deny that God’s singular purpose in both activities is to glorify himself, many nonetheless want to separate the ways in which God is […]

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Church Abroad

The body of Christ is a diverse group of people gathered out of every nation across our world. It’s all too easy to lose sight of this fact in the local churches where we worship each week. Most churches in the Protestant Reformed denomination are relatively homogeneous, made up of primarily middle-class people from Dutch […]

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Issue at Hand, October 2023

At the time of writing for this issue of Beacon Lights, the summer is just wrapping up and schools are opening once again. I have the unique opportunity this year to be sending three of my daughters off separately to college, high school, and grade school—all Christian institutions—while another begins her own first year of […]

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Armor of God

Scripture is full of analogies that help illustrate spiritual truths by comparing them to the everyday objects or experiences we encounter in our physical lives. Our theme for this month, which focuses on Paul’s teaching about the “armour of God” in Ephesians 6:10–20, is a good example of one of these analogies. Here the apostle […]

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Biblical Womanhood

Last month we considered biblical teaching about manhood in an attempt to steer young believers toward a scriptural understanding of gender. The proper complement to that issue is one focused on biblical womanhood, which is the topic for Beacon Lights this month.   For the world around us, the biblical concept of gender is considered outdated […]

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Biblical Manhood

If there is any area in which conservative Christians stand distinctly apart from our culture today, it is in the arena of sexual ethics. The sexual revolution that has swept through Western society over the past three decades or so is striking. Less than thirty years ago an enthusiastically progressive president of the United States […]

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Reformed doctrines applied

Throughout the calendar year, the Beacon Lights staff makes an effort to balance the content of the magazine so that it includes several different kinds of themes. We aim to touch on practical aspects of Christian living, worldview, worship, biblical studies, and theology. This month the last of these topics is the theme to which […]

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Issue at Hand, May 2023

Our edition of Beacon Lights for May is one of the two open issues planned for this calendar year. As always, these issues are a great opportunity to feature articles on a variety of topics along with other contributions that we receive from time to time. It’s also a good time to remind readers that […]

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A practical guide to personal devotions

If there is one area of our spiritual lives that can use some growth and development, it is likely in the practice of personal devotions. And although this probably has been true of God’s people throughout history, the pace of life and incredible variety of distractions in our modern world have made the practice of […]

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Special Needs

The world in which special needs children live today is much different than it was only a generation ago. I can vividly remember stories from my cousin about having a special needs child integrated into his classroom at Heritage Christian School back in the late 1980s. This was a first for Protestant Reformed Special Education […]

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Scholarship essay edition

Every year the Protestant Reformed Federation of Young People’s Societies sponsors a scholarship writing contest for college students who are planning to become teachers or enter the ministry. The contest typically features a list of three questions, one of which each writer will address as a part of their essay. Though every participant in the […]

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New Beginnings

If you’ve made it this far into the January edition of Beacon Lights, you probably noticed that the magazine you are holding in your hands looks a bit different than what it has for some time. Most obviously, it’s smaller and printed on different paper stock, which reflects a decision by the Beacon Lights staff […]

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Melodies of the Soul

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting […]

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Life with God

This month’s edition of Beacon Lights is our final issue for 2022. As the title indicates, our final topic for this year is the doctrine of the covenant, which can be summarized very simply as “life with God.” We thought it would be fitting to close out the year by focusing on the covenant for […]

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Issue at Hand, November 2022

Although this issue of Beacon Lights is an “open issue” without a specific theme, each of the articles highlights something for which we can be thankful—which seems appropriate given the coming holiday this month. As I went through this list an abundance of “C’s” emerged. See if you can pick out the pattern as you […]

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Financial Stewardship

Few moral issues receive more attention in the New Testament than the use of personal possessions, which is perhaps surprising given the breadth of other sins that are addressed by Scripture. We might have expected that Christ and his apostles would be less concerned about the danger of materialism than sins committed against the first […]

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Wisdom of This World

This issue of Beacon Lights is intended as a word of warning to young people. A warning that reflects the words of the apostle James, who spoke to believers living in a world that is surprisingly similar to the one in which you are growing up (James 3:13–16). That world, like ours, was obsessed with […]

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Ordinary Means of Grace

It’s possible that the most feared word to the teenage mind is the word ordinary. No one wants to be ordinary. Ordinary students don’t get the best scholarships for college. Ordinary athletes don’t receive awards or win state championships. And ordinary-looking people don’t receive the sort of attention that might lead to getting asked out […]

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Issue at Hand, July 2022

The issue for this month was slated to be one of three “open issues” for the 2022 calendar year. While considering feature articles for July, the editorial staff of Beacon Lights decided to publish some important pieces of writing that have been available to us for a little while. While there is no single theme […]

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Loving the Church

This month we take the opportunity to bring the church into focus as our topic for Beacon Lights. It concerns me that the church and its members are becoming increasingly unimportant in the lives of young Christians who seem to be more connected to their virtual life through social media than their spiritual life in […]

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David – A Man after God’s Own Heart

Few figures in Scripture are better known to us than David. The better part of three books in the Bible (1 and 2 Samuel and Psalms) were either written by or about David, not to mention the extensive Old Testament history that follows his descendants and their rule over the kingdom of Judah. The importance […]

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In doubt and temptation

This month we return to the topical approach with a theme addressed to the very practical issues of suffering, grief, and despair. Each of these trials has a way of sowing doubt in the mind of a believer and may even present the temptation to become suspicious of God’s goodness. The purpose of this issue […]

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Unity in the Church

Among the first casualties to occur during times of controversy is church unity. Active efforts to “seek peace, and ensue it” often fall by the wayside when other matters in the church seem more pressing. But the admonition to pursue unity found in 1 Peter 3:8–11 is not presented as optional. Unity is something we […]

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