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Chorazin: God’s Curse for Rejecting the Gospel

It is called the “Evangelical Triangle”—three towns on the north side of the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Chorazin (KOR-a-zeen).1 Jesus spent over seventy percent of his ministry in this region. The people here witnessed more than half of Jesus’ recorded miracles. The area should have countless loyal followers of Christ, the most significant […]

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Post-Nicene Western Fathers: Hilary, Ambrose, Jerome

Studying the ancient church fathers, young people learn important doctrinal and practical lessons. This has been our theme in 2023. Before concluding next month, we briefly note three men who shared two characteristics. First, they lived after the Council of Nicea (AD 325). Second, they served the church in western Europe; most men we studied […]

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Cappadocian Fathers: Basil, Gregory, and Gregory   

The Council of Nicea (AD 325) opposed Arianism, which taught that Christ was not divine. The council formulated the Nicene Creed, which emphasizes that Christ is divine. After the council finished, the Arians and semi-Arians continued to promote their views. Athanasius, we saw last time, opposed them.  The question then arose: What of the Holy […]

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Church Historians: Eusebius of Caesarea

The ancient period of church history (AD 100–590) is subdivided into the pre-Nicean era, the Nicean era, and the post-Nicean era. These divisions refer to the first ecumenical council at Nicea (AD 325), which is a focal point in church history. In this article, we move from pre-Nicean church fathers to the Nicean church fathers.  […]

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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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Jan Hus—Today You Cook a Goose!

The most dangerous man to the Roman Catholic Church stood alone. It was the morning of July 6, 1415. Everyone who was anyone—the highest ranking Catholic clergy and even Emperor Sigismund himself—gathered in the towering German cathedral, the site of the Council of Constance. Their goal was finally to rid the Catholic church of the […]

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Gottschalk of Orbais and Double Predestination

By the early 800s, the Roman Catholic Church had become a corrupted institution and was constantly moving further from God’s word. Corruption among the leaders of the church was already rampant and would continue to worsen in the centuries following. Most significantly, the doctrine of salvation was false. Although it was not yet the church’s […]

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Jacques LeFèvre

Many scholars consider Jacques LeFèvre (Jacob Faber) a pre-reformer. In fact, he was not, as will become plain.   Who was he? LeFèvre was a Frenchman, born in Etaples, in the province of Picardy, about 1455. So he was in fact born before the Reformation began. Significant is that he was a humanist. Humanists were […]

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How Church History Brought Me to Christ

Christ promised his sheep would hear his voice and follow after him. His power to call his children and convince them to love and fear him knows no boundaries. This is just a humble attempt at showing my gratitude for his great love towards a sinner like me. I was born in Brazil to Lidia […]

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Raining Fish

To be an eyewitness to any unusual phenomena is significant for the observer. Scripture is filled with many examples of miraculous events: the manna in the wilderness, the parting of the Red Sea, the draught of fishes, the stilling of the tempest, and many other spectacular events too numbers to mention. Isn’t it true that […]

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The Quest of the Magi

*This poem was originally published in the December 1970 issue.   The Quest (Matt. 2:1-11) With glowing light the dawn doth break O’er yonder hills; And in its wake Majestically the sun doth rise Casting its rays o’er land and skies.   The city stirs from slumber deep Jerusalem rouses, wakes from sleep And soon […]

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The Origin of Christmas Customs

*This article was originally published in the December 1964 issue. The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices that her Head and Redeemer was born as a babe in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago.  On December 25?  In the year 1 A.D.?  It seems that neither the month nor the year is correct.  The […]

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Mirth and Madness

*This article was originally published in the December 1961 issue. At no other time of the year does the behavior of the American people as closely approach insanity as at Christmas. One glance at a red-colored date, five sixths of the way through the December calendar, and an entire nation lurches into incredible activity. Like […]

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Memories

When I moved into Sunset Village, I had to part with so many “goodies” that I no longer would have room for in my small room.  That included many memories like the things you are asking for, but I’ll give you a few things that I recall. My earliest position with Beacon Lights was Assistant […]

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Rules of Christian Conduct for Young Scholars

Originally published in August, 1964 and was taken from Philip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church. These are Bullinger’s Rules of Conduct for his son who was going away to Vienna to continue his theological studies.  Let us who are attending college or High School attempt to make these rules our own, especially if we […]

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Westward Bound

(Originally Printed in August, 1952) AUGUST 26, 27, and 28. Are these dates of special significance to you? We in Hull sincerely hope so. They mark the days of our twelfth annual Young People’s Convention to be held this year, D.V., in the great and vast West! Undoubtedly, various questions confront you concerning the convention. […]

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Beacon Lights Recollections

I joined the Beacon Lights Staff sometime in 1993 while attending Calvin College in preparation for seminary.  My memories of working with Beacon Lights include the monthly meetings with a staff who became life-long friends working through the routine, never-ending task of generating topics and encouraging writers.  From time to time we also worked through […]

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Conventions of the Past and Present

Our churches started conventions in 1938 with a purpose in mind for our churches’ youth. The goal of writing this is so that the reader can be informed about what conventions were like in the 1940s and how they are different from conventions held now. There are many things that are different about our conventions […]

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Precious Pamphlets

When I was growing up, there was an antique wood hutch in our living room. The top half of the hutch had open faced shelves filled with knick-knacks. Later those knick-knacks were replaced with religious books. The bottom half of this hutch had little doors with pretty hinges. When I was very young I was […]

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Current Events

Stalingrad   At the time of this writing, Stalingrad has withstood thirty days of constant and destructive siege.  The big question that almost everyone is asking is, “Will the Russians be able to hold the city?” and “How long will they be able to continue in the face of such a terrible assault?” Whether or […]

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A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our Helper He amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe; And armed with cruel hate, His craft and power are great. On earth is not his equal.   Did we in our own strength […]

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Celebrating Your Life

The mail delivery man on a snowy, frigid, winter day, January, 1941, followed the usual delivery route with mail for the day to be placed in a diminutive mailbox at 609 Peace Street, Pella, Iowa.  This time the mail was almost too large for the mailbox.  It was a brand new magazine, Beacon Lights for […]

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