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Issue at Hand, June 2019

Hebrews 2:11, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Young person, have you ever been very ashamed of yourself for something you did? Maybe you got caught, and that was shameful; or maybe it was something that […]

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Sawbill Lake Reflections (2)

Another time of reflection comes to mind as I remember our family’s little trip into northern Minnesota. As you will recall from the previous Beacon Lights issue there were some lessons learned from our trip that I would like to share with you. One beautiful afternoon we were down by the lake relaxing and enjoying the unique […]

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Trophy of Forgiveness

The sound of a thump came from upstairs. Suddenly Jimmy came running down the steps with tears streaming down his face, “Dad,” he cried, “I broke Anthony’s baseball trophy.” “How did it happen?” asked Dad. “I wanted to look at Anthony’s new trophy, but it was on one of the shelves. I got a stool […]

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Forgiven Much

“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little” (Luke 7:47). Beloved, in order to properly understand what this text is saying, we must consider what had just taken place prior to the time that Jesus made this […]

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Forgiveness and Repentance

Hi Rev. Laning, The question that I have is in regard to forgiveness. It seems that there are different ideas with respect to the part of repentance and its place in forgiveness. We know that we are called to forgive the brother as much as seventy times seven, but when do we properly forgive? (Luke […]

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Forgiving Seventy Times Seven

Deborah is a member of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. She wrote this essay for the 2004 PRYP Scholarship. Countless pages have been written by scholars around the world, who all have opinions about the “ideal” education. Books upon books can be read instructing teachers to recognize and eliminate prejudice, to teach conflict […]

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Great Sin–Greater Love

Dear Father, as I kneel in prayer to Thee Grant that my sin I may more clearly see; That I may be appalled by its immensity The very best accomplishment of mine Stands not alone; but sin does e’er entwine; It chokes out righteousness as tendrils from a vine. With Paul I must in humbleness […]

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Three Days in the Life of a Little Boy

Day 1 The candy dish was full. No one would notice if one little piece was missing. Besides, his sister Mary wouldn’t care. She was so nice. She would share the candy with everyone as soon as she got it. No, she wouldn’t mind if just one piece was gone… Day 2 “Happy birthday to […]

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God’s Plan for Me

What do you say to your teenagers about those difficult, growing years? There is so much information we can share with our teenagers from the experiences we had while growing up. But, we must seek God’s guidance in how we share these experiences with them. I would like to share some of my thoughts about […]

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Bequest of Penitence

It seemed unusual when l first thought of sorrow and repentance… As a gift. We know we ought To bow. To pray. To lift our souls in petition to the LORD. Often.   We pray for grace. peace. mercy. contentment. help. forgiveness. In these, sorrow and repentance are vaguely comprised.   Depend on the Creator; […]

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God’s Cleansing Work

This morning I woke to a freshly washed world; I pondered—just what does this mean? It pictured to me how God takes sinners’ hearts And renews, makes them perfectly clean. How great a Redeemer is needed for this— Each day there’s a mountain of guilt! Each day there is mercy abundant in scope; On this […]

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God’s Cleansing Work

This morning I woke to a freshly washed world; I pondered- just what does this mean? It pictured to me how God takes sinners’ hearts And renews, makes them perfectly clean. How great a Redeemer is needed for this- Each day there’s a mountain of guilt! Each day there is mercy abundant in scope; On […]

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Repentance is the Key to Forgiveness

“We must be reading different Bibles!” a sign reads from a student of Byron Center High School (Byron Center, Michigan) supporting his openly homosexual music teacher. In the same section of students at this packed Byron Center school board meeting another sign accuses, “Who are you to judge?” These signs are directed at the Byron […]

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Uphold Me, Lord

Oh, dear Heavenly Father I sorrow all day long for the sins I have committed for all that I’ve done wrong. My sins are ever countless I’ve nothing for myself to say but thanks to Thee, oh glorious King for blessings day by day. Have mercy on me, oh Father, for this I pray to […]

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Forgive Us, Lord…

We say that we believe in God, and yet we doubt God’s promises. We say that in God we trust, yet we worry and try to manage our own affairs. We say that we love thee, O Lord, and yet do not obey Thee. We believe that Thou hast the answers to all our problems. […]

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Christ: The Perfect Example of Forgiveness

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Such is the first cross word of our dying Lord and Savior.  Though He is tormented by the nails driven into His hands and feet by the Roman soldiers, and taunted by the cries of the Jews, He, the perfect Lamb, has […]

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God’s Unique Gift to Us

“Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  Ephesians 4:32   The confession: I have sinned! The Acknowledgement: I forgive! What a blessed privilege to confess sin and to forgive! The world cannot know this. No man has ever conceived of it. Only the child of God can, by the grace […]

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Emily

Hi! My name is Emily Joy. My friends call me Em and sometimes Emil which I don’t mind because they’re my friends. Now that I am fifteen and full of energy, I pay attention to what people do, what they wear and especially what they say about me. That’s why I want to relate to […]

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Confessing Our Sins and the Faithful Judge

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” I John 1:9. We must always have the right starting-point in life, young people, in all our considerations concerning the deepest problems of life. The deepest problem of life is the sin-problem! If […]

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Just Forgiven

If you’ve ever taken the time to read bumper stickers on cars and trucks today, you will have been amazed, as I’ve been, at what seems to be a growing trend. It seems that no subject is too sacred or too private, and that anything can be said nowadays on a bumper sticker. Not only […]

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Peter’s Mathematical Error

If by the reading of the title you concluded that this article has something to do with arithmetic, you are partially correct. We will be reviewing numbers by multiplication both by human standards and divine. It is in verse 21 of Matthew 18 that Peter comes to Jesus asking him, “Lord, how often shall my […]

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What Must the Grieving Sinner Hear?

Psalm 86:5 — “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” The question, what must the grieving; sinner hear, is an important question. The answer to that question concerns the gospel of Christ. The answer to that question will, in a large measure, […]

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