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Editor’s Note

This issue includes the articles submitted for this year’s scholarship essay competition by those individuals who aspire to the office of teacher or pastor. The two writing prompts that each author could choose from are as follows:  Dead orthodoxy is a real threat in our lives and the lives of our youth. Matthew 15:8 teaches […]

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Editor’s Note

Publishing one issue on the topic of union with Christ is like publishing a one-page summary of Calvin’s Institutes. It will not say all that needs to be said, but hopefully it will whet your interest to study more deeply about the subject. The doctrine (I am tempted to call it a super-doctrine since so […]

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Editor’s Note

How is your prayer life, young person? I do not need to limit that question to the young reader of this magazine. What child of God looks back over their life and declares, “my prayer life has been everything it should be.”? A friend of Beacon Lights suggested that we have articles in each issue […]

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Editor’s Note

This month’s issue contains the three speeches given at this year’s Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention. The convention was held at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, Minnesota from August 13–17. The theme of the convention was Guided by God, and the three keynote addresses were delivered by Revs. Brummel, Engelsma, and Griess. According […]

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Editor’s Note

This issue includes four articles written as part of the annual scholarship contest; two written by aspiring ministers, and two by young people studying to be teachers. The writing prompt that all four authors chose was as follows: In the New Testament Paul often refers to himself as God’s servant, or slave. What does it […]

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Editor’s Note

This issue marks a change in staffing here at Beacon Lights. After more than three years of writing for the magazine, Sarah Mowery has decided to lay down her pen. She has been one of the faithful writers of the Devotionals rubric. In fact, the title of the section, Daily Press, was her idea (taken […]

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Editor’s Note

Desiderius Erasmus was a Dutch humanist and scholar who lived in the late 15th and early 16th century. In 1509 he wrote a satirical piece called In Praise of Folly. Although he made a better satirist than a theologian, in this work he rightfully exposed and ridiculed the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church. In […]

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From the Editor

Welcome to another issue of the Beacon Lights! It is with regret that the staff, and especially I, say that Daniel and Sharon Kleyn have resigned. Daniel’s work in the seminary, and their work with the Reformed Free Publishing Association made it impossible for them to continue working for the Beacon Lights. Their hard work, […]

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From The Editor

Welcome to the November 1995 issue of the Beacon Lights. The staff and I would like to welcome Lenora Hoekstra as the latest member of the staff. Nora has volunteered to mail your magazines to you, so if you see her, please give her a word of appreciation. Welcome, Nora! We have a great issue […]

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From the Editor

It is with regret that I announce that the most senior member of the staff, Bruce Miedema, has resigned. Bruce served for years as an associate editor, and we shall all miss him and his guidance. Being a father of two and an office bearer, Bruce decided that he no longer would be able to […]

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From the Editor

By the time you receive this edition of the Beacon Lights, the 1995 Young People’s Convention will be little more than memories of friends, fun, and fellowship. As I am writing this, though, there is still a week until the convention. The schedule promises a busy and enthusiastic week, and the Beacon Lights staff will […]

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From the Editor

The Beacon Lights’ staff and I would like to welcome Dave Moelker as our new treasurer. Dave is currently attending school to become an accountant, and his abilities and talents make him a wel­come addition to the staff. We would also like to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Jack Huizinga, who are expecting their first baby. […]

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From the Editor

A few months ago, Pete Faber commented that if the Beacon Lights had an office, it would have to have a revolving door to accommodate the high turnover of personnel. After three years of dedication to the Beacon Lights, Pete himself has decided to resign. The Beacon Lights went through some major changes during those […]

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Editor’s Notes June – July 1991

The staff carefully considered two young men, Peter Faber and Steve Lotterman, for the position of editor-in-chief. Both men made a favorable impression on the staff which is why the results of the voting were very close. I am glad to let you know that our new editor-in-chief is Peter Faber, from Southeast Protestant Reformed […]

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Editor’s Notes May 1992

I hope to be able to introduce our new editor-in-chief in the next issue. The staff is carefully considering those who desire to be editor. I knew this would happen. Since we had an overwhelming response to the writing contest in the 3rd – 4th grade level, those grades will have separate winners. And also, […]

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Editor’s Notes April 1992

We are looking for a new editor-in-chief, D.V., within the next two months. A couple of people are considering this important work. I hope to be able to introduce your new editor-in-chief in the next issue. In case you missed it in the last issue, you will have to wait until the May issue to […]

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Editor’s Notes February 1992

Look for a new editor-in-chief, D.V., within the next four months. If anyone in the Grand Rapids area has a keen interest in being the editor of our young people’s magazine, then give me a call at 896-7715 and I will be glad to tell you what your tasks will be as the editor. It […]

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Editor’s Notes January 1992

Rev. C. Hanko gives us three scripture texts, Genesis 2:7, Psalm 139:14, and Ephesians 2:10, and explains the truth found in them that we are made by God to serve Him. It is my prayer that our young people will understand that part of that calling to serve God also includes support­ing their own magazine […]

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Editor’s Notes – December 1991

Look for a new editor-in-chief within the next six months. “Musing with Molly” is from our writer from “down under,” J.P. de Klerk.  His story of Molly shows us a taste of what Christmas is like in New Zealand.  Christmas in New Zealand is different from a season point of view.  You’ll understand this from […]

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Editor’s Notes – November 1991

The staff hopes that you enjoy the new cover, size and layout of the Beacon Lights.  These changes have been made after much thought and discussion.  We have consulted our typesetter and printer for their opinions and received their approval for these changes.  Likewise, the Federation Board of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies has also […]

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Editor’s Notes – October 1991

There is a picture of last year’s executive board in this issue.  The staff takes this opportunity to thank Dale Vink, David Reitsma and Julie Huizinga, the retiring board members of the Federation of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies, for their faithful labors over the past two years.  We welcome Dean Dykstra, Dean Bekkering, Matt […]

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Editor’s Notes – August/September 1991

We want to thank Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church Young Peoples Society and all those who contributed of their time and effort to make the 1991 Young People’s Convention an enjoyable week of spiritual growth, Christian fellowship and fun.  We especially thank Rev. Van Baren who spoke on “Knowing About the End”, Rev. Bruinsma who […]

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Editor’s Notes – December 1990

At this time of the year, with the world spewing forth its putrid stream of commercialism all in the name of Santa, and the perversion of the birth of Christ all in the name of Christmas, no wonder some of us might take the heartfelt attitude “Let’s do away with the celebration of Christmas, lest […]

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Editor’s Notes – November 1990

Friends are a blessing from God.  We need friends, the right God-fearing friends.  Gramps provides us a look at friendship and what we can do to be a true friend in his article “A Friendly Letter to My Grandchildren.” Why should we remember the Pilgrims on Thanksgiving Day?  The fact that some of them were […]

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Editor’s Notes: August/September 1990

We want to thank Redlands Protestant Reformed Church Young People’s Society for hosting this year’s convention.  From what I have heard, those who attended enjoyed the good Christian fellowship and discussions.  The planning and actual carrying out of the plans takes many dedicated people who are willing to give of their time and energies for […]

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