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Benefits of using multiple translations

As English-speaking Christians, we have unbelievable wealth in the various Bible translations at our disposal. A few years ago, I picked up a multivolume English Standard Version (ESV) Reader’s Bible with the goal of reading through the Bible in another translation for the first time in my life. I could not have anticipated how beneficial […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Zephaniah

“I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord” (Zeph. 1:2). Zephaniah’s message is that Jehovah will utterly consume the wicked, not only in other nations, but also in Judah.  Every minor prophet announced the nearness, the certainty, and the justice of Jehovah’s judgment. But only three others alluded to its […]

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A Crash Course on How to Study the Bible 

Scripture Reading: Acts 8:26–35  Have you ever felt that way? The way the Ethiopian eunuch felt as he was reading the Bible? He had his Bible open to Isaiah 53. He read it. But he couldn’t understand it!  Has that ever happened to you? You’re around the dinner table. After eating, your father opens the […]

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Life Centered Around God’s Word

We live in a fast-paced society. Every day the media bombards us with stories of corruption and violence. The devil uses the radio, television, newspaper, magazine, billboard, computer, video and DVD to openly display the philosophies of this evil age. The child of God feels the effects of these attacks of Satan as he is […]

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I Was There

I was there when they crucified the Lord. Were you? I was there in the garden when the shouting mob of soldiers and ruffians came to arrest Him, armed with swords and staves and bearing torches with which to light the way. I was there in the Judgment Hall as the Pharisees and chief priests […]

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Bible Study Basics

Last society season, the Randolph Protestant Reformed Young People’s Society began studying the book of Judges. This coming season, the Lord willing, we will conclude our study of this book. To help the young people prepare for the weekly discussions, I prepared a list of questions on each chapter of the book. These questions are […]

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The Organization of Our Bible Societies

Dear Rev. Laning I am glad for this question and answer column in the Beacon Lights, and I hope that you can answer the question of someone older than a “young person.” Although I am of retirement age, I believe your answer might affect all of us—old and young. I want to know whether a […]

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Study Proverbs This Society Season

Are you looking for a Bible study guideline for your Young People Society this year? Here is an idea for you. Study Proverbs using the guidelines and questions that we plan to publish each month. One of our ministers prepared this for his Young People’s group. Some of the societies have used this before and […]

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Post-High Bible Study

Jodi and Andrea are members of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. You may have seen “Post High” meetings announced in your bulletins. This group meets the last Sunday of every month at Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan, and is open to anyone out of high school wanting to have a biblical-based […]

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Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of Christ!

Right now you may be sitting at the kitchen table or in your favorite chair. Look out the window. Perhaps you see the brilliant colors of spring, the beautiful white of the dogwood trees and the rich colors of the tulips. Open your front door. What do you hear? Most likely you hear the birds […]

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Lovest Thou Me?… Then Go To Society

Our God is a covenant God, dwelling in eternal fellowship within Himself and with His people in Christ. There is never a “quiet” moment within God. The Holy Spirit tirelessly searches the deep things of God. The Father and Son never stop speaking one to the other. The result is blessed fellowship and eternal joy […]

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Joy in Bible Study

Bible study is work. It is not “fun,” but difficult and strenuous work. It is that for many reasons, but especially because of the weakness of our flesh. To the flesh, searching the Scriptures is boring, unnecessary, too difficult, and is repulsive. Over against our rebellious flesh, Scripture declares that the study of Scripture in […]

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Practical Antithetical Living

The text for our convention this year is Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light.” Here we are taught that naturally we are darkness. We are lost in the darkness of sin and death. We are under the dominion of the […]

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Daniel – A Faithful Prayer Life (2)

What do you think Daniel was praying for at this time? If you were in that chamber and you knew that you would be cast into the lion’s den, would you be praying: “Lord deliver me?” Earlier we read that he asked his friends to ask, in prayer, for the mercies from the God of […]

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Charlene’s Conviction

Charlene slipped into the pew at ten after nine. She was early, something that didn’t happen often on Sunday morning. Twenty minutes were left to sit back and watch the church fill up. Charlene didn’t realize that God would be using those twenty minutes to convict her of being negligent in her prayer and devotional […]

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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

What does “rightly dividing the word of truth” mean to us young people of the church?  This text in II Timothy 2:15 is not easy to understand for us relatively immature believers who need direction and guidance. In an attempt to unravel this subject, let’s begin by asking what place the Bible has in our […]

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Letters to a Young Friend on the Book of Ecclesiastes

Over a period of approximately one year, the author wrote a series of some sixty letters to a young Christian student who was struggling to understand God’s ways in her life.  The letters were written because the author was at the same time studying ECCLESIASTES in Ladies’ Bible Study and was amazed at the tremendous […]

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Young People: An Asset to the Church

Young people, you are a distinct and very important part of the church.  You are the future leaders of God’s Church and must prepare yourselves to maintain the truths of Scripture held forth by the Church.  Paul directs Timothy in chapter 3:15, “Know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which […]

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Here We Go!

Here it is, society season again. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we adjourned young people’s society for the summer? It almost seems like it. Now it is time to give up an hour of your time every Sunday and sit it out. But why do you go to young people’s society? Is there a really […]

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Bible Study – Conclusion

We have spent some time in previous articles dealing with problems connected with our Bible study as well as principles and practices that will improve it. It remains for us to consider some additional tools for Bible study. We have previously discussed a good Bible and a good dictionary. An exhaustive concordance for the Bible. […]

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The Importance of Attending Societies

As people of God, we know our calling is to serve the Lord with our hearts, souls, and minds. In order to serve God aright, we must know Him. How do we, as Christians, gain that knowledge? And what do we do with it? Implanted in all men is the conscious knowledge of God. All […]

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Bible Studies

In the previous two articles we considered some of the problems connect­ed with Bible study, solutions to those problems, and principles involved in proper study. It remains for us to consider the tools that are used for Bible study. When we speak of tools we under­stand that someone uses them. For example, a hoe is […]

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Topical Bible Study

What is the best method to follow in society Bible study? This is always a question, even a problem each time we set up our society programs. To begin with, the one thing that we must realize is that method of study is not the most crucial issue. Far more important than method is the […]

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Is Vacation from Society Necessary?

Non-young people, read this article. This certainly can also be applied to Mr. and Mrs., Mens, Ladies Societies, Bible Classes and Discussion Groups. The summer should never be a vacation from studying God’s Word. Let us be careful that our fleshly lusts and pleasures don’t shove out Bible study. Ed. Why is it that our […]

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