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Importance of a healthy prayer life

How healthy is your personal prayer life? It is safe to say that we have all at some point struggled to consistently maintain this spiritual practice. There are times in our lives when we become overly comfortable and content with only participating in public or family prayer, meanwhile neglecting our responsibility to be involved in […]

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A Call to Prayer in the Post-Roe Era

In 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States, in a landmark 7-2 decision, ruled that a woman’s “right to privacy” protects her choice whether or not to have an abortion. This “constitutionally protected” right varies over the course of the pregnancy and is balanced by the government’s interest in protecting women’s health and the […]

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Glorifying God in Our Giving

Just over six thousand years ago, our universe did not exist. The world as we know it was empty, unformed, and enveloped in darkness. It can be difficult to even imagine this, but there was no measure of time, no geological formations, and no human or animal life. There was absolutely nothing—except the presence of […]

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The Needful Closet (3)

As we wrap up our discussion on personal devotions, let’s look at the second part of them: prayer.    If we were to ask ourselves how we truly felt about prayer, I fear many of us would answer that we merely feel an obligation to pray. We are afraid to neglect it because, as the Heidelberg […]

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The Needful Closet (2)

In the last issue, we talked about the need for personal devotions. Let’s examine now the first part of those personal devotions—reading the scriptures. Our personal devotions should include a focus and meditation on God’s Word. Devotional books can be good but let us never forget the importance of reading the Bible itself. Only God’s […]

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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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The Needful Closet

Are personal devotions really necessary? The Bible is full of passages that call us to seek God regularly (1 Chron. 16:11), to meditate on him continually (Ps. 119:97), and to pray often (1 Thess. 5:17). The regular practice of personal devotions is one of the best ways to do these things. Jesus teaches the importance […]

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Drawing Near to God

It is tempting for believers to doubt God’s favor and love and to think it is not worth living as a Christian. The main theme of Psalm 73 is the truth set forth in the first verse: “Truly God is good to Israel.” The final verses of the Psalm involve a renewed commitment to focus […]

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Praying in Harmony with God’s Will

1 John 5:14–15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” Scripture teaches that God hears and […]

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Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (Singapore)

The staff of Beacon Lights have asked me to write a short introduction and prayer requests for CERC for a series on praying for the church universal. We are very thankful and eager for opportunities to interact with our beloved international brethren. Many of the youth from our congregation in Singapore have made the trip […]

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Praying for the CPRC in Northern Ireland

Many Beacon Lights readers need little introduction to the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church that meets in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, being familiar with our congregation through reading our pastor’s regular newsletters, visiting our website, and/or seeing us in person. Reformed believers have been meeting in some form in this country for over 25 years. The two […]

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Prayer: Reasons and Reminders

Think back to your day yesterday. How many times did you pray? What did you pray for? Could you stay focused? Did you struggle with your prayer? Prayer is such an important part of a Christian’s life. As Martin Luther said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive […]

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Praying into Battle

Danny and his sister Becky curled next to their mom on their couch as their mom read the Bible passage about the armor of God. Danny sighed and frowned. “We’re all done with the armor of God.” “Not quite.” Their mom tapped the Bible. “The next verses talk about prayer. Prayer is an important part […]

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Prayers for the LRF

I am a member of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF), which is a mission work of the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland. While Northern Ireland belongs to the United Kingdom (UK), Limerick, where the LRF is located, is a city in the Republic of Ireland, a sovereign country independent of the UK. This political difference […]

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Amazing Grace: Lessons I Learned from my Grandma

Grace Schimmel was born August 27, 1926 to George and Nellie Kamps. Over the course of her long and full life, she had seven children, 31 grandchildren, and over 50 great-grandchildren. Her past times included lively card games with friends and family, heated debates around the dinner table, Dutch bingo, and painting (which she was […]

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Prayer

  Read James 5:13–20   Idea of Prayer What is prayer? Who can pray? (John 9:31) Why pray when God knows everything already? Does prayer actually change things?   Necessity of Prayer Is prayer important? Why so?  (Psalm 50:14–15) Why must we pray for each other? James 5.   If prayer is so important, why […]

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Petitionary Prayer for the Church

What Prayer Is Prayer is a miracle. I cannot explain it.  It is a miracle of grace. God gives us the grace to pray. He does not give it to anyone except to those whom he wants to be in his presence with him. And those whom he wants are those who belong to Christ, […]

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