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What’s in Your Bible? Boats

I’d like to use this rubric for a time in exploration and explanation of interesting things – especially tangible objects – that appear in the Bible and often in the historical narrative passages.  Typically in our preaching, teaching and studying of the scriptures in which we are searching for the spiritual, gospel truth of the […]

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Providence (4) The Comfort of Providence

In his fine essay on the providence of God, Princeton theologian B. B. Warfield mentions the frequent saying of a certain woman familiar to him. That housewife was fond of saying, “We will not be robbed of God’s providence.” That quotation and its source are instructive for the consideration of the doctrine of providence, especially […]

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Providence (2) The Scope of Providence

When we speak of God’s providence as his personal government of the world, we mean that he governs all things. The scope of providence extends to all things. It includes the entire universe, every creature in the universe, and every event that happens in that universe from the explosion of a star, to the oscillations […]

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Providence (1): The Idea of Providence

The doctrine of providence is the confession of the church. In the Old Testament Enoch preached it when he preached that all things culminate in the Lord’s coming. Noah lived by faith in it and built an ark to the saving of his house. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob believed that God suffered no man to […]

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Soft with Showers

“Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof” (Psalm […]

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Outliers – The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008; 285 pages. Outliers is an odd choice for a Beacon Lights book review. Perhaps readers of the Beacon Lights would be expecting a religious book of some sort. Outliers is not. It is a thoroughly secular book intended for a secular audience. However, this book is a […]

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David Meditates

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). David reflects on the care of the Lord – How He always is blessing His own; Since the days of his youth the shepherd boy saw That God’s children were never alone. […]

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God Is In Control

Riley sat by the window and watched as the sun slowly dropped behind the trees. Tears dripped down her face as she thought about the day’s events. Today during story time their teacher had read them a story about a man that died. The story was about a man who had cancer and was struggling […]

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Our Father Cares

At times like this when we have trials to bear, Let’s turn to His Word and find comfort there. There is no burden which He does not share. Our Father cares. Our Father has called us to be His own. He has given faith—changed hearts of stone, And has sent His Son our sins to […]

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The Acorn

Rustled by an autumn breeze, the acorn fell to rest near a mouse who promptly pleased to take it for her nest. Crouching by, a fox’s eye caught sight of nut and mouse. Pouncing high, he heard her cry and took her to his house. There a den of smaller bones, the mouse was added […]

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Things Don’t Just Happen

Things don’t just happen to us who love God They’re planned by His own dear Hand, Then molded and shaped and timed by His clock. Things don’t just happen, they’re planned. We don’t just guess on the issues of life, We Christians just rest in the Lord, We are directed by His Sovereign will In […]

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Trust in the Lord

Kelly is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. She wrote this article as a Senior Writing assignment at Covenant Christian High School. With all of the challenges and difficult decisions that Christian young people face today, it is hard for us to have an optimistic outlook on life at all times. […]

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Moving: God’s Will in His Children’s Lives

Lori is a member of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. First place winner in the Beacon Lights writing contest (high school and younger category). As she sat on her bed hugging her old, love-worn teddy bear, Jordyn thought about what had just happened at the supper table. “Well,” her dad had said with […]

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The Lord Creates Evil (1)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of the Protestant Reformed Seminary in Grandville, Michigan. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? (Amos 3:6). […]

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That Hand

The hand of him was large and ominous and in its presence they all quaked with fear for then they knew that they had done amiss that hand, that grasp: at times no one seemed near. All day and night that hand would not release they struggled, squirmed, but all to no avail for in […]

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God’s Words To His Children

Hold on My child I have not forgot. You may feel abandoned But I leave you not. You may feel alone But I am always near. You may be afraid But there is nothing to fear. For you are My children You are held safe in My care You are my sheep My love to […]

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A Beautiful View

“The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for—” Klsh-sh-z-z. “There will only he you-u-u—” Klsh-sh-z-z. “Crime statistics show that—” Klsh-sh-z-z. “Daniel, put the radio down! It’s too loud,” said Mother. “Okay,” said Daniel. He turned the volume down, but kept turning the dial. Riding in the van was getting pretty boring, even if it was vacation. […]

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The Storm

Thunder rattled the windows while lightning lit the room with flash after flash of eerie blue light. I pulled my blankets over my head. There was no use in trying to sleep, but maybe the ostrich maneuver would make me feel better. Boo-o-om. That one was close. Tink..plink, tink. Who would throw rocks at my […]

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God’s Plan for Me

What do you say to your teenagers about those difficult, growing years? There is so much information we can share with our teenagers from the experiences we had while growing up. But, we must seek God’s guidance in how we share these experiences with them. I would like to share some of my thoughts about […]

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Sandra’s Prayer

Sammy looked so small and so sick as he lay in his crib. Mother gently rubbed his back, but he still continued to moan. Sandra watched awhile and then went to her room. She squeezed her eyes shut and clasped her hands as tightly as she could. After all, maybe God would do what she […]

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The Doctrine of Creation (4)

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). It is with faith that a belief in God’s work of creation begins; faith which is one of the blessings of salvation, and a gift […]

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What He has DONE for Me

Yesterday Rev. Cammenga explained who God is for us, and what knowing God means. In addition to what he said, you know that God is our Father in Christ, and our Friend. He loves us as His children, and fellowships with us in love as His friends. The topic today, is “What He has DONE […]

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When God Doesn’t Make Sense

Dr. James Dobson, a well-known psychologist, writer and host of the Focus on the Family radio broadcast, has recently written a book entitled When God Doesn’t Make Sense (1993, Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers). He seeks to equip Christians to handle their trials and afflictions in this life and to assure God’s people that they are […]

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A Guide for Our Paths

Since education has begun for another season, everyone’s back into the flow of work, school, sports, and extra-curricular activities. Our family lives just get busier and crazier as life goes along. A quick hello in the morning is all we may even see of each other during a normal day. Along with this hustle and […]

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