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I Resolve…

Has it ever struck you how often our New Year’s resolutions mirror those made by the world? “I am going to eat healthy and lose weight this year!” “This year I am going to commit to exercising at least three times a week!” There are things we commit to doing and any number of things […]

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Looking Forward

On the outside, New Year’s Day is just like any other day. Why then do we celebrate it? For many, it is just an excuse for a day off work, and for the majority of the world around us, New Year’s is an excuse to party and drink excessively, but for others like us, it […]

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A Happy New Year

Happy new year” from the Beacon Lights staff to our readers in Christ. We do not merely wish and desire your happiness, but on the basis of God’s covenant faithfulness we are assured that you will have a happy new year. Though jobs be taken away, fields be barren, health wither, money dwindle, or friends depart we hesitate not to say […]

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Happy New Year

“Happy New Year” from the Beacon Lights staff to our readers in Christ. We do not merely wish and desire your happiness, but on the basis of God’s covenant faithfulness we are assured that you will have a happy new year. Though jobs be taken away, fields be barren, health wither, money dwindle, or friends […]

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Happy New Year

“Happy New Year!” ring the words                                                         So glibly from our lips.                                                   “Have a good day!”— “Have a good year!”                                                         Do we mean those quips?                                                   I suppose that in our minds                                                        We wish the brother well,                                                   Hoping that in peace and safety                                                        He this year may dwell.                                                   And […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time again!  Time for those traditional New Year’s Resolutions!  We get a new start, a clean slate, a fresh beginning!  This year we’re going to do things right! Now is the time when we resolve how we will live our lives in the coming year.  These resolutions may range from quitting smoking, drinking […]

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New Year’s Musings and Aspirations

“The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 Yes, another year has become history, never to return. The pages of the time-space of three hundred sixty-five days are written full. Seemingly man wrote these pages, but really it was the work of the firm and guiding hand of our Father in heaven; […]

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New Year Happiness

Happy New Year! Those three words we spoke to many people at the beginning of this new year and rightly so. After all, it is another year, 1979, and we certainly want that year to be a happy one for those we love. Yet, you know that the world around us says the same thing […]

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New Beginnings

Critiquing Critique When the previous editor, J. Van Overloop, retired from the editorship of Beacon Lights, he composed a letter for all the editors and writers in the magazine — at least I assume he did, because I received one. In this communication he stated that Beacon Lights contains all the rubrics to make it […]

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Existence

At the time of the writing of this article we are in the middle of what is called the “Christmas Season”. Newscasters are heard proclaiming holiday truces in various trouble spots of the world, and bemoaning that this spirit of peace and joy cannot be with us all through the year. The Salvation Army bells […]

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New Yearsy Pistle to Jack and Jill

Haven’t written to you since you were married, so I thought a New Year’s greeting would be in order. Will you please past his letter on to your younger cousins after you have read it; I’m getting too old (I can remember when bread was five cents a loaf and haircuts were twenty-five cents!) to […]

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Think and Do These Things in the Lord

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are Just, whatsoever things are pure, what­soever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise think (take account of) on these things. The things which thou hast both learned and received and […]

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Resolutions

Another year has begun. With the beginning of the new year it is the custom of many people to make dozens of New Year resolutions. The human race wants to begin the new year on the right foot. Individuals may resolve to quit smoking, or something of that sort. Nations of the world look forward […]

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Recapture

Laughter mingles with the continuing hum of chit-chat of people who fill many rooms. Cards have been dealt for another hand of game playing and it seems that no matter where you look you see food. Small children are heard everywhere laughing and squealing in play. Everyone seems to be feeling a bit of happiness […]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR????

Already the words are repeated to each other: “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.” (I am writing this in mid-December.) Happy New Year! What does man mean? What do we really mean when we say it? Are we thinking of what we speak? Or do we simply adopt a traditional expression—because everyone else uses it? […]

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Trivia

The year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy, and it is time for yet another picture of old “Father Time” and his reaper. Nineteen seventy, and “Father Time” is pushed aside by the infant new year (looking suspiciously like a kewpie doll). Nineteen seventy, and the world erupts in frenzied celebration as the delayed […]

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In Retrospect

As another year, the year of our Lord 1968, draws to a close, we look at ourselves in retrospect. What do we see? We see tiny babes, little rebels, putting all their disobedient strength against mothers’ will, until even the task of diaper changing becomes difficult. We see small children, when confronted by some misdemeanor, […]

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Joy, Horror, Apathy

Young people, another year has drawn to a close.  Closed forever is the Book of 1966 and soon it will become part of the hoary past and be for the most part forgotten. Another year, however, is ready to open itself. Does this passing from one year into another fill you with joy, with horror, […]

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Standing in 1966

You’re not alone, no matter how your friends take leave of you, in tribulation sore; Nor when you take a stand that alienates the mass, to leave you standing with aught else but firm conviction, and that as based upon God’s Word. Majorities can make you look a sorry sight…and, even though you’re right, it’s […]

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This Year of Our Lord

This is the year of our Lord, 1965. It has come upon the earth, in spite of the worldling’s vain attempts to obliterate the knowledge of this fact from his mind. Naturally, he desires to have no cognizance of such a thing as that! The fact that he has come through another year, in reality, […]

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It is High Time

Another year is history. From now on the year 1963 and its events will sink farther and farther into the hoary past. This will be whether we like it or not. For many of us it was a year of joy and accomplishment. For many others it was not. Some graduated from High School or […]

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Ahead with Confidence

A satire on that familiar piece of doggerel, “Little Bo-Peep,” has a section where the comic treats the phrase, “they (the sheep) will return, wagging their tails behind them.”  He asks in mock horror, “And where do you suppose they might be wagging their tails?  In front of them?”  In a similar vein, one might […]

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Recapitulation and Resolution

The year 1962 is almost history, and we see in retrospect many events and happenings, both pleasant and unpleasant, that have affected us.  The passing year had different meanings for various people.  For some it meant graduation, a new job, or attending college; for others it meant taking up residency in a different part of […]

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