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Throughout the calendar year, the Beacon Lights staff makes an effort to balance the content of the magazine so that it includes several different kinds of themes. We aim to touch on practical aspects of Christian living, worldview, worship, biblical studies, and theology. This month the last of these topics is the theme to which […]

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Why are you Protestant Reformed?

For most readers, the answer to the question framed by this article’s title is simple. It’s this: “because I was born and raised in a Protestant Reformed church and have never really thought about worshipping elsewhere.” This is probably the answer that many churchgoing people would give for their membership today, though it isn’t something […]

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Issue at Hand, November 2022

Although this issue of Beacon Lights is an “open issue” without a specific theme, each of the articles highlights something for which we can be thankful—which seems appropriate given the coming holiday this month. As I went through this list an abundance of “C’s” emerged. See if you can pick out the pattern as you […]

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Seed of Controversy

After reading the title to this article, you likely had one of two initial thoughts. Perhaps you thought, “This looks interesting,” because the issues of controversy and schism are still fresh in your mind and you want to learn more. Or maybe you read it and thought, “Isn’t it time to be done with controversy […]

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New Mercies

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.   – Lamentations 3:22–23    The verse that opens this article is among the most treasured in all of Scripture for believers who are living amidst difficult circumstances. It is frequently […]

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What Churches Need More Than Anything (1)

Generally speaking, churches are in trouble today. Many congregations and most denominations are losing members. They are shrinking rather than growing. Especially tragic is the fact that they are losing their young people, so that there is a gradual graying of the pew. Many of these shrinking congregations are also not very attractive to those […]

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Rev. Rodney Kleyn is Pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This essay was written for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship when he was a seminary student. Why preach in a Protestant Reformed Church? One of the main reasons, which especially the young male readers of the Beacon Lights ought to consider, is that […]

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Does the PRC Think They Are the Only True Church?

Question I have been trying to find out more about the Protestant Reformed Church, in particular, what the difference is between the CRC and the PRC. Is the fundamental difference the idea of grace, common or elect? At one time I remember hearing something about how the CRC to the PRC are the unbelievers? Is […]

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The three congregations that remained faithful to the truth as proclaimed by their deposed pastors formed a temporary organization under the name: “THE PROTESTING CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCHES IN AMERICA.” Since the consistories of these congregations were appealing their case to the Synod of 1926, it was impossible at this date to form a permanent organization. […]

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I Am a P.R. Congregation

1.     It’s fitting to start with me, I suppose— A land filled with love from my head to my toes.   2.   My namesake, Mr. Johnson, our president became And even our state bears a presidential name.   3.   With “Lorna” my name is often united, Or else as a sand hill I’m usually cited. […]

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The Foundation of the Protestant Reformed Church

The issue of sovereign and particular grace has been an issue since the time of Augustine. Though always present, this issue came to a head again during the time of the Reformation and was one of the main issues of the Reformation. The fact that this issue of sovereign and particular grace came to a […]

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Why Protestant Reformed?

I was asked to write an article on how we came into the Protestant Reformed Churches, and this I will try to do. I was born into the Lutheran Church, and grew to young manhood within that church. My wife was born and raised in the German Reformed Church. Although you have two different denominations […]

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Proud to be P.R.

In order to be proud of something in the true sense I will have to be thoroughly convinced that what I stand for is absolutely right and true. That means that no where in the world are there “truths” more in unity with Scripture than those that I believe in. I haven’t heard nor studied […]

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50th Anniversary

50 years! 50 years, why that’s older than some of our parents. 50 years! What a blessing! What a multitude of blessings! 50 years! How faithful! A totally unmerited faithfulness. God has certainly been faithful to us who are entirely, totally depraved. Of ourselves, rotten to the core and yet so proud as if we […]

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Explanation of Emblem

The above emblem has been adopted by both the Steering Committee of the 1975 Young People’s Convention and the Beacon Lights. Its purpose is to remind us of the rich heritage which is ours through Christ. Just as the circle above has neither beginning nor end, so has the eternal and unchangeable faithfulness of God […]

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What About the Future?

“It’s your fault and the fault of other people about your age and a little older!” A young man about 21 years old was speaking. “We inherited this mess from you and others like you.” This young man was a Christian, a Baptist. “Look at the conditions this world’s in! Now we have to take […]

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Why Did I Become Protestant Reformed?

 “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” Psalm 27:8.  “Turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou are the Lord my God”.  Jer. 31:18b  These texts in Scripture are very beautiful to me because they are the words I searched for in […]

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Protestant Reformed Christian Instruction (3)

In order for Protestant Reformed Christian instruction to be distinctive it must be recognized by the Protestant Reformed instructor that there are at least two distinct points of view that can be held and that one of these must be correct and the other must be incorrect.  Those educators who maintain the lie are in […]

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Protestant Reformed Christian Education (1)

Christian education and particularly Protestant Reformed Christian education is a work of grace.  Protestant Reformed Christian education is naturally impossible and is only possible in the way of faith which is a gift of almighty God.  Education in the Protestant Reformed Christian Schools of America is a gift of our covenant-keeping God. Christian education is […]

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The country in which we live is called a Christian country.  About 65% of the population belongs to some church while the remainder of the population has, at one time or another, been connected with the Church.  There are many denominations in the country, some very large, numbering better than 10,000,000 members.  There are others […]

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