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Tithing

I have often heard others excuse financially unstable people (such as college students) from giving 10 percent to the church. By not tithing today they are possibly avoiding debt (also a biblical principle) and can make up for lack of tithing once stable.  Especially under tighter financial circumstances, should tithing 10 percent be a guideline […]

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Issue at Hand, October 2023

At the time of writing for this issue of Beacon Lights, the summer is just wrapping up and schools are opening once again. I have the unique opportunity this year to be sending three of my daughters off separately to college, high school, and grade school—all Christian institutions—while another begins her own first year of […]

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Joy in Heaven

In Luke 15:7 Jesus says, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Does this verse refer to the angels in heaven rejoicing? To what extent do the saints in heaven have knowledge of happenings […]

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Eating Disorders

Are eating disorders a relatively new condition? What advice can you give to people who struggle with their weight and body image? This question arises from reading Ephesians 5:29: “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.” Some people really struggle to love […]

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This is life eternal

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3    The passage that opens this article is taken from one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture. The entirety of John 17 is an intimate, personal prayer that Jesus spoke […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,  In the February 2023 issue, Onderwijzer was asked whether music’s rhythm or beat have “an inherent morality.” I appreciated his emphasis that music’s lyrics can be immoral. I am concerned with his view of music’s rhythm and beat as being amoral. He said, “Much of modern popular music is out of bounds for […]

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Honoring the Lord’s Name

I have a hard time speaking up when I hear people taking the Lord’s name in vain, especially when it’s my friends and family using slang phrases like “Oh my goodness” or “Oh my word.” Do you have any simple responses to help me stand up for God’s name, while doing this in love and […]

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Wisdom of This World

This issue of Beacon Lights is intended as a word of warning to young people. A warning that reflects the words of the apostle James, who spoke to believers living in a world that is surprisingly similar to the one in which you are growing up (James 3:13–16). That world, like ours, was obsessed with […]

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Issue at Hand, July 2022

The issue for this month was slated to be one of three “open issues” for the 2022 calendar year. While considering feature articles for July, the editorial staff of Beacon Lights decided to publish some important pieces of writing that have been available to us for a little while. While there is no single theme […]

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