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Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

You might have heard in history class of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. You might know that he was a brilliant Civil War general. But did you know that he loved God? Did you know that he sought to keep the sabbath day holy in thankfulness for his salvation? On Sundays during the war, he worshipped […]

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The Sabbath: A Perpetual Covenant

What a wonderful command God has given His church in the fourth commandment! It is one that believers cherish and enjoy keeping! “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” This is the one commandment that Jehovah repeated just before Moses came down from Mt. Sinai. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, […]

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A Sabbath of Rest to the Lord

“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a Sabbath of rest TO the Lord,” so we read in the first part of verse 2 of Exodus 35. A Sabbath of rest TO the Lord; this is how we must consider the day of […]

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Practical Antithetical Living

The text for our convention this year is Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light.” Here we are taught that naturally we are darkness. We are lost in the darkness of sin and death. We are under the dominion of the […]

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Isaiah 58:13-14 — Joy in Sabbath Observance

If on the Sabbath you will turn From doing your own pleasure And keep it holy to the Lord Your joy will know no measure. Sabbath you’ll call a great delight; You’ll honor God the Lord, Not seeking ways or words of self But ever looking toward The Holy One of Israel- And He’ll cause […]

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Witnessing in Athens

Jerry is beginning his third year of college. He grew up in the church, learned his catechism well, and did pretty good in high school. Despite his non­chalant appearance, he is often troubled by the many new situations he is now faced with in the University. The University atmosphere is altogether different from the church/home […]

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Letters

It seems that everyone today has a different idea of what we may or may not do on Sunday. The fourth command­ment tells us not to work and I understand this. But what, for example, is wrong with things we do the other days of the week that are really not work, but have no […]

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Remembering the Lord’s Day

The Dutch have called Sunday, “God’s dike.” In the Netherlands, the dike keeps back the threatening seas and, this, preserves the Hollanders from watery destruction. So, the Lord’s Day holds back the raging waves of materialism, earthlimindedness, and pleasure-madness that threaten to engulf the Church and the Christian. There are leaks in the dike. There […]

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Remember the Sabbath

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from ail the work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” The above […]

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Sunday Christians

Since the topic of “Should Young People’s meetings be held on Sunday or on a week­day?” was introduced several months ago, there have been a few interesting responses. Both sides of the matter have been argued well, and the time has come to conclude this question. But how? I cannot do it, because this is […]

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Sabbath Labor – Is It Proper?

“Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work. . . .” Familiar words, aren’t they? Then isn’t it strange that we so frequently forget and disobey them? Doctors, nurses, and policemen, all these […]

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Sunday Christians

Dear Mark, Your writing of the “Open Forum” in the June-July issue of Beacon Lights was very well written, and the subject was very interesting.  I may not have much to say, but a little is always welcomed, I understand. I believe we should continue on the same scale we now have with regard to […]

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Sunday Christians

In former years, when our parents were young people, the Young People’s Societies of the Grand Rapids area met on weekday evenings.  Gradually one after the other, these societies began holding Sunday afternoon meetings.  Since this change has taken place, we have heard many comments, some favorable and some unfavorable.  One person may say, “Isn’t […]

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Genesis 2

Creation The three opening verses of this chapter are a continuation of the line of thought in chapter one, which therefore does not really end at 1:31, but at the end of 2:3.  Chapter two should begin at 2:4. It should be understood precisely here that there is no contradiction between the account of man’s […]

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How to Keep from Being Bored on Sunday

Don’t do this and don’t do that, Don’t annoy or tease the cat, In fact, don’t do anything at all! This poetic (?) bit of negative thinking (recalled from a childhood rhyme) is one way of observing Sundays. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It’s the wrong way. “Don’t skip church,” we’re told. So we don’t. Parental pressures […]

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Prepare

Of all the years of our life’s span, the years of our youth receive the most emphasis in regard to preparation. One hears it constantly. The teacher in the class room, the speakers for chapel, the minister in the church, the elders on family visitation, all emphasize this one main theme: prepare! Youth is a […]

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Sunday Driving

As soon as you, our “Beacon Lights” readers, see the title of this article, immediately the thought will come to your mind, “Oh, here’s another sermon on the do’s and don’ts of Sunday driving.” But hold on a little. Read a little further before you decide to close “Beacon Lights” and put it away. There […]

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On the Sabbath

On the above-mentioned subject, the staff of “Beacon Lights” asked me to express a few thoughts. There appears to be considerable interest in this subject at present, for the Rev. Heys writes about it, too, in “The Standard Bearer.” I would like to refer our young people to his articles, for he writes about the […]

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