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Take up the cross but enjoy life!

For some time I have wrestled internally about how, as a Christian, I can synthesize the calling to take up my cross in following Christ and the desire to enjoy this short life here on earth. Many unbelievers see these as being direct opposites. I for one, before conversion, saw the Bible and following Christ […]

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Jesus’ Two Natures

Jesus’ Two Natures  In Hebrews 4:15–16, it says that Jesus experiences everything as we do. I believe that. But God is omniscient—he knows everything. Even before the foundations of the world were laid, he had a plan (Eph. 1:4–14). How then could Jesus be surprised if in his divine being he is all-knowing?  Jesus Christ […]

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Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Among the many Old Testament figures who served as types of Christ, David stands out as one of the greatest. In order to understand David as a type of Christ, we must first understand what it is to be a “type.” Once we have that definition in mind, we will be able to see the […]

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Christless Comfort

The theme for this month’s issue of Beacon Lights implies a call to action for believers. This calling is to walk alongside fellow believers when they find themselves in difficult circumstances of life and begin to doubt the goodness of God. Perhaps you are the one who is bent down under the weight of a […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Hosea

The book of Hosea is a true story about two faithful husbands (Hosea and God) and two unfaithful wives (Hosea’s wife, Gomer, and the nation of Israel). Chapter 1 records God’s command to Hosea to marry a whore—a woman who let many men use her body sinfully, sexually, and for their pleasure. Hosea did so, […]

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No Room for the Savior

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). We often hear this verse around Christmastime, but how often do we consider what it means that there was no room in the inn? […]

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Gift of the Tongue

This article is based on the song of Zacharias, which is found in Luke 1:67–79.  It is estimated that the average person speaks about seven thousand words in a single day.1 Now imagine not being able to speak at all for a whole nine months. This would equal out to well over a million words […]

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Issue at Hand, December 2021

The month of December ushers in a season of the year that is precious to the believer because of its association with the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Though our celebration of Christmas during this month of the year is more representative of Christian tradition than a real knowledge of exactly when […]

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Thursday: Intense Suffering

            Jerusalem was filled with activity.  Devout Jews from all over the “world” had converged on the city to celebrate the most important of three annual festivals on the Jewish calendar, the feast of unleavened bread with its Passover feast.  It was the day of Passover.  The vendors in the markets were busy selling lambs […]

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Monday: Controversy in the Temple

If we were living at the time as Jesus and Jesus spoke to our denomination right now what do you think he would say? It is valuable to ask how God views us and our church right now. Believer, you might hear of controversy in our denomination and it may be challenging to know what […]

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Friday: Good Friday

Have you ever been in a situation where you knew that you would suffer greatly at the end of the week? That is hard. The coming suffering weighs on you. Now, think of Jesus. He suffered each day of the Passion Week, but He knew that His suffering would be intensified on Friday. On Friday, […]

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The term “Passion Week” is used to refer to the last week of Jesus’ three-and-a-half-year earthly ministry. It was not only the culmination of his work on this earth, but the very purpose for which he was born. The week begins with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ends with the resurrection and […]

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Wednesday’s Startling Events

“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). Our sin is the reason why Christ had to endure God’s wrath on this earth and ultimately by the curse symbolized in crucifixion. It was for […]

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The Foot Washing

Peter was offended that His Lord Whom he adored Abased Himself to wash their feet. And he to Christ implored: Never shalt Thou wash my feet– That is a servant’s task! Thou art our Lord and Master. Omit me, Lord, I ask. Christ’s answer silenced Peter: If I don’t wash your feet You cannot be […]

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He Who Was Sinless

“He Who was sinless was made sin for us.” Turning depravity into salvation For sinners deserving only damnation. Who but Jehovah could plan such a thing, Jehovah of Hosts, the conquering King. It pleased Him to sacrifice His only Son Because of His love for the wholly undone; He loved us and changed us by […]

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Just Like Father

Andy put on a hat just like Father—and helped to get the tools: hammer, ruler, pencil, square and saw. Andy knew where to find them all. Father began to measure the boards. “Can you get the nails, Andy?” Andy nodded. He knew just the size they would need. “Yes, those will work well. Now let’s […]

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A Savior In the Time of Need

There in the darkness did I lay, In the pit of mire and clay. The darkness was so cold and deep, And to my soul then did it creep. The presence of one else was near, It chilled my bones with sick’ning fear. It’s cruel voice did drown my soul. He came to me, I […]

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The Bride Who Didn’t Care

Come be my bride,” a young man asks, his face glowing with anticipation. “Ummm, sure I guess,” the young lady replies, never looking up, her mind still intent on the sewing project at hand. Under normal circumstances, a young man and woman who have developed a relationship of love and respect for one another would […]

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Words From the Cross

Father, forgive. They know not what they do: Some of my own were drawn into this snare, Not knowing that for them I give my life— For all my people I this cross do bear. My earthly ties are severed now, So Mary, go with John; As son and mother you’ll be known While life […]

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Whence Glory?

Though I attain great learning And many tongues can speak, I’ve mastered all philosophies And still new concepts seek…   Though I, a first class artist Get all the world’s acclaim; I craft the greatest sculptures, Each painting brings me fame…   Though a king or ruler Have pow’r ne’er known before; My word is […]

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