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In Times of Suffering

Suffering. Something that none of us likes or wishes to endure, yet it is a necessary part of our lives. As children of the Lord, we suffer daily and are reminded of his sovereign control in our lives as we are weighed down by the burdens placed on our backs. What are your sufferings? We […]

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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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God’s Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.   —Deuteronomy 33:27    On October 16, 2021, my great-grandmother passed away into heavenly glory. On October 21 her funeral was held at Trinity PRC. Before she died, she asked that Deuteronomy 33:27 be the text for the message at her funeral. Although this […]

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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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Dying Well

How will you die? Will you die well? “What silly questions to ask,” you say. And then you lose a loved one. Tragically. Or you receive the doctor’s report that you will not live as long as you expected, and your life comes to a screeching halt. Suddenly. Now you are forced to think about […]

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Unspeakable Consolation

God did not choose you as his child because of anything in you. In eternity, long before the first clock ever sounded, he did not look into the future to see what your response would be when you opened Snapchat, clicked on the three dots in the bottom right corner, and browsed through the Discover […]

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Letter of Comfort for the Bullied Young Person

Dear brother/sister in Christ, I can truly say that I don’t know what you must be going through right now.  I have seen how they treat you and I hear the things that they say about you.  I see the Snapchat and Instagram postings that say all those terrible things about you.  It all makes […]

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Providence (4) The Comfort of Providence

In his fine essay on the providence of God, Princeton theologian B. B. Warfield mentions the frequent saying of a certain woman familiar to him. That housewife was fond of saying, “We will not be robbed of God’s providence.” That quotation and its source are instructive for the consideration of the doctrine of providence, especially […]

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The Christian Hope: Blessed Are the Dead Which Die in the Lord

“With Christ—which is far better” Philippians 1:23 Fallen asleep in Jesus! How precious is that word! Enjoying now for evermore The presence of the Lord. This is not death! ‘tis only sleep; The Lord doth now thy loved one keep. The earthen vessel’s broken, The Treasure now has flown, The Lord hath taken back again […]

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The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away

Covenant Christian High School has been hit hard with deaths these past two years. Last year we lost a fellow student, Daniel Cammenga; then a father; then a mother; and then a sister. Now this year we lost another fellow student, Paul Noorman. We can not help but ask why? Why did God take two […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (2)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In the last issue, Rev. Bruinsma explained “comfort” and “hope” as gifts from God. He defined comfort as “encouragement and strength when I feel insecure. And, best of all, comfort is this certain deep-down consolation that I receive from God when I am hurting or face […]

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Hope and Comfort in the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999 What is the use? What is the point in all of this? Our ministers and our denomination keep driving home this “truth” thing. It does not seem as if anyone else around worries their head all that much about the truth. We must know the truth, […]

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Our Certain Victory

When the believer reads the Word of God, it is at the same time both crystal clear but so deep that he can never see to the bottom. The book of Daniel is one example. The smallest children can understand and love the story of Daniel and his three friends. But when it comes to […]

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Nothing

As Doreen awoke, she looked at the rain hitting her bedroom window and sighed. It seemed as though nothing was going well for her lately. Her grandfather was sick, she couldn’t go to summer camp, and her best friend was gone on vacation for two whole weeks. Now the rain would cancel today’s picnic plans, […]

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In Comfort

OUR NEED FOR COMFORT Tonight we will speak about comfort. You may ask, “Why speak about comfort at a Young People’s Convention?’’ When we think of those who need to be comforted we usually think of old people who are feeble, sickly, suffering pain and perhaps facing death. We think of families who have lost […]

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Preparing to Comfort

I believe an area in our lives that we think and talk about least is this whole matter of visiting our loved ones, our brothers and sister in the Lord, who have been cast into bereavement. Particularly when they are mourning the passing of a loved one and we must visit them at the funeral […]

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Suffering and Comfort

As we go into the Lent season, our attention is called to the sufferings of Christ in the week before His crucifixion. Of course, we know that Christ suffered, not only in this week, but throughout His whole life, until He said, “It is finished.” The first step of Christ’s suffering was His lowly birth, […]

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The Bible – Our Comfort

When troubles and dangers beset on our way, When dark clouds gather from day unto day, Open your Bible, its’ rich truths then read, A tower of strength to guide and to lead.   All its precious pages satisfies our soul, Telling that all things are under His control, It eases all the pain for […]

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I Envy You

I sat beside the death bed Of an aged, gray-haired man; He’d seen full eighty summers Ten more than average span. I looked deep into his tired eyes, Saw peace and comfort there; For you see, he was a’leaving For a land that’s sweet and fair. His struggle soon’d be over, His cares on earth […]

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