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Vivian Hunter Interview (2)

VH: Next I got discharged. No, I never did get a discharge. I was separated from the service. They could call me back at any time. I went home to my family because I’d been gone for all that length of time overseas. I’d made up my mind that I was not going back to […]

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The Military Mailbag

Greeting Fellows: Just one letter this time. S.F.C. Elmer Wielenga from Redlands. Present address, Korea. He sends us the one and only:   Dear Friends: I have been in the Army a year and four months, so that it is high time I drop a few lines to the Beacon Lights. I have been in […]

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Current Events

San Francisco is the place where “The United Nations Conference on International Organization” is being held. This meeting makes the news today. With Germany in her death throes, delegates of 46 nations of the world, representing four-fifths of the world’s population and nine-tenths of the land area of the world, are met here to erect […]

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God’s Covenant Promise

I have been asked to write a short article for “Beacon Lights” in connection with the 50th anniversary of our Protestant Reformed denomination. The period of time that I’ve been requested to write about is the year 1953. Keeping in mind the theme of our Church’s anniversary. “God’s Covenant Faithfulness”, I will try to put […]

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A Serviceman’s Experiences

Now that my tour in the military service is near completion, I would like to have a little space in the Beacon Lights to give the readers a glimpse of the experiences of a serviceman. Although these experiences will not be new to everyone, perhaps they will be of some instruction to our readers. After […]

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Hope P.R.Y.P.S.

Dear Readers, During a recent after-recess program, our society, Hope P.R.Y.P., decided the topic of enlisting in the Armed Services should be revisited, clarified, and discussed.  There was a lively discussion and many solid pro and con arguments were presented. The discussion began with clarification of the issue.  Such questions as:  What is joining or […]

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Military Mail Bag

“Beacon Lights” received the following letter from one of our servicemen readers.   Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1955 Dear Friends: Well, just a few lines to tell you all hello and to tell you how I’m getting along. I left the States on the 25th of August. By ship it took 12 days to get to […]

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Contribution

The following interesting letter was received by Rev. Hanko, from a young man of our churches who is a serviceman. It follows:   August 22, 1954 Dear Rev. Hanko: I received your letter about the first of the month, but just didn’t get to answer it sooner, for which I am sorry. I hope this […]

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Military Mail Bag

Dear Fellows: This is the month in which we have a day of thanksgiving as a nation. Annually at this time of year the president of our country issues a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, calling upon everyone to give thanks unto the Lord for benefits and mercies received. We understand by this that all men have […]

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Military Mail Bag

Dear Fellows: Here it is! Another month for the Beacon Lights, and there isn’t a letter from you fellows to be placed on its pages. We are hoping that there will be a lot of letters from you fellows, so that the Military Mail Bag will be what it is supposed to be. I hope […]

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Military Mailbag

Hello Fellows: “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20 In the book of Proverbs we find the wise sayings of God to guide us in our walk in this life. This text from Proverbs shows how important it is that we choose the […]

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Military Mail Bag

Hello Fellows, Again it is time to bring something for the Military Mail Bag section in the Beacon Lights. We have a letter for you to read and enjoy. May they keep coming in, so that it can be better for me to fill these pages, and bring something interesting for our readers to read. […]

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Military Mailbag

Dear Fellows: Once again we start to write something for your section in Beacon Lights. This time we have a letter to bring to our readers. + + + + +   March 21, 1954 Dear Everett, Just a few lines to let you know that I am now receiving the Beacon Lights and enjoy […]

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Military Mail Bag

Hello Fellows: We come again with another issue of BEACON LIGHTS. Again we do not have any letters from you men. By this time the first issue has reached you wherever you are in the service so you know that Beacon Lights is again being published and that your pages are open for letters from […]

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Military Mail Bag

“Why art thou cast down O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”        Psalm 43:5 Many times, fellows in the service are disquieted or cast down, by the life they have to walk among […]

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Military Mail Bag

Hello Fellows, Beacon Lights is again being published. The Military Mail Bag is again looking for letters from you servicemen. We have received no letters for this issue so it will be filled with an introduction. I should start by introducing myself to you as I now have the duty of taking care of your […]

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The Military Mail Bag

Hello Servicemen, Here we are once again with a new batch of letters from “you all.” You’ve really gone to town this time and the Mail Bag is really bulging. That’s the way we like it. * * * * * From Norfolk, Va., SW Don Aardema, who hails from Iowa, writes:   Dear Friends, […]

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Unbelief and Revolution

The above caption is the title of a book written about a hundred years ago in the Netherlands, by the Christian statesman and author, Groen van Prinsterer. It was written in connection with the very concrete historical struggle of unbelief and its consequences in the economy of the state as it appeared in the terrible […]

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Military Mail Bag

What say, GI’s? It’s time once again to spend a few moments with your fellow servicemen who are writing from various parts of the globe. Three letters this month! Everyone as welcome as a three day pass. * * * * * March 25, 1953 Adak, Alaska   Dear friends: I received my March issue […]

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Dear Fellow Soldiers

Dear fellow soldiers: This is in the nature of an open letter to you servicemen. Having been requested to write upon a subject of interest to the service men I choose this means to chat with you about current events, which I hope will be of interest to you. My first event is our recent […]

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Problems Confronting Young Servicemen

Under the above title we have occasion to reflect upon some of the problems that confront the young Christian who is called to give a part of his time and life in the service of the army. There are two distinct elements in this problem that stand out for our consciousness, namely, that of the […]

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The Military Mail Bag

Hello To All Servicemen, We’re back once again with more letters and pictures. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we did. You’re doing a grand job of keeping this column interesting—Keep it up. * * * * * Our first letter was written a long time ago. I imagine the author has […]

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Book Reviews for Servicemen

Since this issue of ‘Beacon Lights’ is a servicemen’s issue, I have been asked to review material especially well-suited for use by our men in service. I have located two small meditation booklets which were printed for exactly this purpose. The first of these is ‘Our Boys in Brown and Blue’, by Rev. Rolf L. […]

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Equipped to be a Good Soldier

In a recent issue of Beacon Lights we discussed the “uncertainty of the times” and its implications and effects upon the decisions of our young people, especially insofar as service in our armed forces creates problems in regard to the choosing of a life vocation and marriage. We expressed the thought at that time that […]

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