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Young People: Read!

The Beacon Lights staff thinks we have a problem. In fact, we are convinced that we have a problem. The problem concerns the reading of the magazine, or more accurately, the lack thereof. Our subscription numbers have historically been tracked by our business manager and reported at our monthly meetings. For the last several years […]

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By the Written Word

What is the most essential foundation of every relationship? Trust? Love? Respect? If we really think about it, knowledge of one another must be the basis of a relationship. A person cannot trust another if one does not know the other. Neither can he or she respect or love. Really knowing another person sets up […]

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Precious Pamphlets

When I was growing up, there was an antique wood hutch in our living room. The top half of the hutch had open faced shelves filled with knick-knacks. Later those knick-knacks were replaced with religious books. The bottom half of this hutch had little doors with pretty hinges. When I was very young I was […]

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What Beacon Lights Means to Me

On a typical Sunday afternoon, my family eats dinner, has devotions, and eventually gathers in the living room to read. For many years, I spent this time doing written work or studying catechism, and afterwards, I would pick up whatever novel I had been reading during the week. Our coffee table almost always held a […]

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Book Review

Editor’s Note: The text below is an introduction to the book review rubric, which started with the first issue of Beacon Lights, January 1941. Since then the rubric has appeared 253 times. The exact number of books reviewed over the past 75 years is difficult to determine. In many instances of the rubric’s appearance in […]

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Personal Reading and Studying

As Christians we are called to serve in the church. We are constantly reminded that each member has a specific purpose or job that is essential to the rest of the members in the body. What is our role as young people in the church? We do not have large funds to contribute, nor do […]

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A Biblical Perspective on Reading

This new rubric, entitled “Hot Topics,” is a new one for the Beacon Lights. Writers are provided a prompt which is drawn from today’s issues. This rubric is also designed to encourage discussion about such issues among Beacon Lights readers. We encourage you to email us your thoughts regarding these issues—we would like to hear your thoughts and […]

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A Spiritual Letter to My Grandchildren

Dear Grandchildren: It was over two years ago that I wrote a letter to you about the spirit world; the origins of the good angels and those of the bad angels, Michael keeping the good ones, and Satan leading the bad ones – the devils. Just lately I was asked to write another letter answering […]

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Reading Maketh a Full Man

Lying near the edge of my desk is a pile of thirty-seven church history tests covering such errors as Socinianism, Unitarianism, Modernism, and Method­ism. Had I not taken time to read last night and this morning the stack of papers would be graded and would be filed away so that they could be returned to […]

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Called as Shining Lights in Speech and Reading

Introduction Young People, these are the outlines for the discussion groups at the convention. Read and study them to be prepared to take an active part. 1.   Meaning of light a.   Scriptural references: John 3:19-21; Eph. 5:8; I Thess. 5:4-8; I John 1:5-7. b.   We can make the following distinctions: 1)   Physical light — light […]

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Reading … A Lost Art*

Never before has a generation of young people gone out to face life as well versed in the three R’s as in our day. Practically everyone has toiled and worried over his “reading, riting, and rithmetic” for at least eight years, if not longer. The man who signs his name with an X and stares […]

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Get Understanding!

 “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” Young people, how much do you earn? And why are you earning this? It is good to face the question.  We live in a very materialistic age—an age in which man seeks the comforts and […]

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Are You Reading?

Since Christmas vacation is a time of much leisure, you must find profitable ways to use this time.  Certainly you remember that time is not your own, but rather that it belongs to God who made all things.  Assuredly he will judge you as to how you use it.  How, then, can you profitably use […]

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The Classics – Good or Bad (3)

Last month’s Feature: “Classics—Good or Bad” will be concluded this month under the above rubric. The Case for Classics in the School I should state at the outset that my argument will assume that the Christian School—The Protestant Reformed Christian School—cannot avoid using the classics in its instruction of the youth.  This is the word […]

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The Classics – Good or Bad? (1)

Introduction The following article is a condensation of a speech which I made for the Mothers’ Circle for Protestant Reformed Secondary Education. I have been asked to condense this speech and hope that I can clearly present the arguments which I developed the evening I spoke to the women in this organization. The committee selected […]

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Your Personal Library

The sole purpose of this editorial is to offer to you, Protestant Reformed youth, a suggestion for consideration. The suggestion is intimately associated with the fact that you, as the youth of the Church of Christ, are naturally a learning youth and, by His grace, are constantly in quest of increasing your understanding of that […]

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Reading in the Primary Grades

Reading is one of the basic subjects in our curriculum, and its foundation is laid in the primary grades.  It is the task of the primary teachers to so equip a child with reading skills that he can go on using and applying these skills to his many other subjects.  It is so important for […]

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King of the West Side

William Heuman – Eerdmans – 140 pp. – $2;50 Getting young people to read books is difficult.  Getting them to read good books is more difficult.  But the most difficult project of all is writing them.  Few works of Christian fiction on the young adult level are interesting enough to command attention.  Fewer still, portray […]

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Reading Development

“My child learned his alphabet from the cereal boxes on the breakfast table.” “Isn’t it wonderful the way they can learn their catechism almost entirely by themselves when they are in the second grade?” Teachers have repeatedly heard these two statements from parents. Did the child gradually see the connection between the isolated letters of […]

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Teaching Beginning Reading

Despite the challenges from radio and television, reading is here to stay. Our society is a reading society. Besides being an essential tool in many vocations and a part of some hobbies, reading often occupies our leisure hours. As Protestant Reformed teachers we also know that reading will play a very important role in the […]

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The Teaching of Reading

The ultimate purpose in teaching of reading as in every other subject is to glorify God and learn more about Him and His Creation. It is the duty of every Christian to seek to comprehend more and more of God’s General Revelation. Through reading, the child is also enabled to live intelligently and with pleasure […]

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Society Project

Dear Mr. Editor, “What shall we have for a project this season?” Every society season we are faced with the same problem. Here’s a suggestion. Why not start a church library fund? There are many reasons why all of our churches should have libraries: There is a certain amount of required reading that those in […]

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Reading

For one reason or another reading is not appreciated by many of our young people. They would rather be out on the streets every night, than to read a book or church literature. In a day and time like now, we should be great read­ers of books, magazines, papers, etc. There are many nights in […]

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Do You Read?

Not many of us are afflicted these days with “the terrible burden of having nothing to do.” On the contrary, our life is such a continual hustle and bustle that the general complaint of most everyone seems to be that time is pressing too hard; the burden of “must” leaves little opportunity for things we […]

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Do You Read?

There was a time when the question: “Do you read?” was very much out of place.  In the past, after the supper hour, the family would get together around the fireplace in the living room and spend the evening reading.  Those were the “good old days.”  Today, however, in our world of hustle and bustle […]

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