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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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“Imagine there’s no heaven and no hell below us.” Doesn’t that sound appealing? John Lennon’s lyrics in his song “Imagine” emanate an earthly utopia of peace and unity. This utopia coincides with the cultural goals of Karl Marx. He wanted a world of peace, with no different classes. The theories of Karl Marx concerning the […]

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Scripture speaks often of the importance of humility in the life of a Christian. Christ himself, the greatest preacher and teacher to walk this earth, set forth a beautiful example of perfect humility. First Peter 5:5 teaches us to be subject one to another, and to be clothed with humility. Show from scripture the nature […]

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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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Unashamed

Choose a verse or short passage from Scripture that holds special meaning for you as you prepare to become a pastor or teacher. Share the importance of this verse to you, and how it will guide you in your future work. Be specific, personal, and practical in your application.  What does it mean to be […]

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Unchanging Father

The pace of change today is staggering, as are the effects on human life, heart, mind, soul, and body. Yet the Bible says Jehovah never changes (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). How does the unchanging character of God comfort you? How will you apply this truth to the children of God as you labor with them?  […]

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Change

The pace of change today is staggering, as are the effects on human life, heart, mind, soul, and body. Yet the Bible says Jehovah never changes (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). How does the unchanging character of God comfort you? How will you apply this truth to the children of God as you labor with them?  […]

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The Shepherd’s Tender Care

Like many of our people, I often watch online videos of the Covenant Christian High School choirs. I am always struck by the beauty of the songs, but as Mr. Kleyn’s camera steadily pans across the singing faces, something else often jumps out at me as well. As I look, I am startled by the […]

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Editor’s Note, December 2020

In this issue, we again feature articles that were submitted as part of the scholarship essay contest. The two essay prompts for the articles were: The fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance,” Galatians 5:22,23. Why is it important to manifest this fruit in your personal walk as […]

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A Christian schoolteacher is called by the Lord to this very special vocation of teaching the covenant children. This individual must have a love for the children of the church and want to help them grow not only academically, but spiritually and mentally as well. This is not an occupation that is a last resort […]

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Feed My Lambs

Nathan comes to school one morning, hangs up his backpack, hands in his homework, and runs out to play on the playground like every other morning. However, when the teacher looks at his homework, none of the questions have been answered. After the teacher discusses the situation with him, Nathan just stares at the ground […]

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What’s Left to Teach?

As a prospective teacher, my thoughts extend far beyond things like how I might arrange my classroom or how I might balance friendship and authority in the classroom. While these are some factors that are crucial to bring into consideration, an even greater concern of mine is the possibility of my own students becoming prey […]

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Serving Among the Suffering

There are many things that a young man who desires to be a pastor does not know. If it is God’s will that he be called to office, the young man does not know where the Lord will call him to labor. He does not know the circumstances that God may bring to his ministry […]

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PRYP Scholarship Committee Newsletter

How can I become a Christian school teacher?  A Christian teacher is full of knowledge he is bursting to communicate with simple words, relatable illustrations, and practical implications. She is the paragon of nurturing stability and personal godliness. He is a mentor as well as instructor. She is a guide, an example, a molder and […]

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Dead Orthodoxy

The Christian church has been fighting for nearly two thousand years: battling heresy, writing canons, forming creeds. What more could the devil throw at us? It may not seem like it here in the United States of America, but we are under a severe attack, an attack crafted ever so slyly by our adversary the […]

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A Pastor’s Life as a Slave of Christ

“Paul, a [slave] of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.” Though our King James Version uses the word “servant” rather than “slave,” that is how we can read the apostle Paul’s introduction of himself in the opening verse of his letter to the Romans.­ Paul, the great preacher, […]

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Enslaved to Jehovah

It is likely that there are few people who would be content upon being sold into slavery. For many, the very term “slave” immediately produces images of prejudice and horrific violence. Even more offensive to our selfish hearts is the implication of total subordination to another. To be a slave is to forget about one’s […]

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Royal Servants of the King

The image of a slave contrived in the minds of many today is that of a filthy and dehumanized creature, forced to do the bidding of his or her master. Why is a picture like this ingrained upon the recesses of our brains in such a derogatory way? The simple truth is that it originates […]

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Knowing God in the Classroom

Why do we send our children to distinctly Protestant Reformed schools? Why don’t we send them to the public schools just like everyone else and have extra money in our pockets? What is so important about a Reformed education? The answer to all these questions is simple: to know God. As the adopted children of […]

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