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Financial Stewardship

Few moral issues receive more attention in the New Testament than the use of personal possessions, which is perhaps surprising given the breadth of other sins that are addressed by Scripture. We might have expected that Christ and his apostles would be less concerned about the danger of materialism than sins committed against the first […]

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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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Financial Partnership in Marriage

A Christian young man and woman, several years out of high school, became engaged to get married. The soon-to-be husband was quieter and unassertive. As a college student, he was busy focusing on his degree, studying and working part-time when able. The soon-to-be wife was more assertive and worked full-time. They would begin their marriage […]

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All-Encompassing Stewardship

The topic of financial stewardship is undoubtedly broad enough to merit an entire issue of Beacon Lights. There is, however, a danger in limiting the concept of stewardship to financial concerns. This danger is that we might misunderstand the broader meaning of what it is to be a steward, a term that truly encompasses every […]

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Up, Up, and Away! The Cost of Living

Up, up, and away! In case you haven’t noticed, that’s the storyline these days as prices continue to rise across the economy and inflation shoots up to its highest level in nearly four decades. From groceries to gas and housing to Hondas, rising prices are sending shockwaves across our country.   Without geographic boundaries, today’s rising […]

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Issue at Hand, Jan 2019

Is there a better way to begin a new year than by taking account of the time you have been given—past, present, and future—and meditating on how you use it as a child of God? Within the incomprehensible vastness of eternity, God formed a creature called time. Have you ever stopped to meditate upon that? […]

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God, the Creator of Time

“A fickle-minded man, whose thoughts were all astray because of his conception of time past, might wonder why you, who are God almighty, Creator of all, Sustainer of all, and Maker of heaven and earth, should have been idle and allowed countless ages to elapse before you finally undertook the vast work of creation. My […]

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A Word to Christian Employers

How should the Christian employer view himself and his company in light of the great commandment to love God with all one’s heart and soul and strength? What is it about the Christian employer’s attitude that sets him apart from worldly employers, that demonstrates to all that this man is not a typical businessman? As […]

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Stewardship (3) Stewardship and Money: Saving God’s Way

According to a study released by Public Agenda, 46% of all Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 96% of all Americans will retire financially dependent on the government, family, or charity. A 1992 Federal Reserve study showed that 43% of U.S. families spent […]

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Stewardship (1)

STOP, DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE UNTIL YOU HAVE BLANK PAPER AND SOMETHING TO WRITE WITH!! Take the paper and write down the five most valuable things that you have. Next, write down five things that are in your living room. What is stewardship? Stewardship is a gift of God to us whereby we are […]

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Giving a Portion Back

Jason is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. He wrote this article for senior writing at Covenant Christian High School. John was a Christian young man who had just started his first job. The first week went great and so did the second. Toward the end of the second week of […]

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Serving the Lord as Youth

How the Lord has blessed us! What a privilege it is to be raised in a Christian home with God-fearing parents and to sit under the preaching of the gospel every week. Have you ever stopped to think how the Lord has blessed us? We have much more than we need. Are we content with […]

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Deforestation

What goes through your mind when you hear environmentalists lament the disappearance of the rainforests? Most of us are far removed from the rainforests and we form our views on the basis of what the environmentalists, talk show hosts, politicians, and economists tell us. Some want to preserve the forests—leave them alone completely. They warn […]

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The world’s environmentalism has its roots in years past, although it is only in the more recent years that it has become almost a god. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution supported environmentalism by portraying all of the earth’s creatures as products of the cultural environment. Humans too, are the results of struggle and progress. All survivors […]

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This Is Our Father’s World

Our present-day American society possesses a great awareness of and concern for our natural environment. Various organizations such as the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society energetically promote the cause of the preservation and improvement of the earthly environment. Americans recycle various items such as paper, glass, cans, and plastic as a way to conserve […]

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It Is Borrowed

“Alas, master! for it was borrowed.” II Kings 6:5 The young man was not concerned that the axe head had come off. That could be replaced. Nor was his concern that with­out an axe he could not work on beams for build­ing the house. He likely could borrow another. But his concern was: The axe […]

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Borrowing Money

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7   Our text says: “The rich ruleth over the poor.” There are two classes of people mentioned here, the rich and the poor. Those who are rich are the upper class. This class, who have more in earthly possessions, […]

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Stewardship

In June 1992 dignitaries from various coun­tries of the world held the largest Earth Summit ever in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Issues were dis­cussed pertaining to the care and protection of the environment on a national and global level. This brings to mind just one aspect of steward­ship we as Christians must consider. Steward­ship, according […]

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God’s Earth

It was a cool summer day in April. My father and I were walking along the banks of the Grand River looking for a good spot to fish. We rounded a bend and there we spotted a huge mountain like a mound of pop cans and bottles, along with other scraps of metal and broken […]

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The World We Live in Naturally

My intent in this article is to present to you some of my experiences and thought concerning the natural world within which we live.  I define the natural world not only to be the living creatures of this earth, but also that which supports these creatures:  the living plants, the soil, the air – without […]

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