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Screens, Smartphones, and Spectacles

In just a few short decades, screens and related technologies such as smartphones and social media have transformed our world in ways unimaginable a generation ago. These topics deserve careful evaluation by the child of God who is striving to honor the Lord in all areas of life. How about you? Do you understand how […]

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Cryptocurrency

The dramatic rise and fall of cryptocurrencies remains a steady story within the news and intrigues the imaginations of many would-be investors. Although this form of virtual money has been around for well over a decade, the true understanding of cryptocurrencies has eluded many, because of both its relative newness and its complexity. This has […]

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Self-esteem: Magnified by Social Media

Social media is a large part of the way people communicate with each other in today’s world. Either they use it to talk to each other or they use it to post pictures and videos about what is going on in their lives. Even though it sounds like a positive thing, social media can negatively […]

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Damage of Digital Distraction

The smartphone is an amazing device.  Its sleek, glassy screen enables us to connect with friends, watch TV, search the web, process email, take photographs, read books, play games, and even do our devotions.  What’s not to love about that? The answer may surprise you.   It’s a lot, actually.  There is evidence that our digital […]

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A Thistle in Your Heart?

[A Hidden Idol in Plain View] Is there a thistle in the corner of the garden of your heart? Perhaps a patch of growing and expanding thistles? I refer to the metaphor of the parable of the sower, and through it I challenge you to consider the theme of idolatry as it applies to a […]

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An Unsettling Study

Before reading this article, it would be beneficial to read Mark Hoeksema’s editorial from the May issue of Beacon Lights. What you read in this article may shock you. It may be something you’ve never taken into consideration. Or it may be something your parents are constantly badgering you about. Whatever the case may be, […]

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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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A Reformed look at the World Wide Web/Internet

Kristin is a member of Edgerton Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. A 1999 Scholarship Essay. The advent of the World Wide Web, or the Internet, is undoubtedly the most extensive global change that our world has experienced in the last decade. Like the television in the 50’s, the Internet of the 90’s has swept […]

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1997 PR Scholarship Essay Computers are the wave of the future, and now, with the emerging popularity of the Internet, the computer industry is growing and expanding by leaps and bounds. Everyone, it seems, is investing in computer equipment and software in order to be online or to benefit by the other conveniences that computers […]

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Computers are the wave of the future, and now, with the emerging popularity of the Internet, the computer industry is growing and expanding by leaps and bounds. Everyone, it seems, is investing in computer equipment and software in order to be online or to benefit from the other conveniences that computers provide. Computers have a […]

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The Information Superhighway

Rushing into a new century, we no longer live in the Space Age or Information Age. The newest emphasis, swift communication of information over long distances, makes it more of a Communication Age. This age is reaching maximum speed on the new “information superhighway.” While the world in­dulges itself with such earthly devices, the Chris­tian […]

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Unknown

The difficulty of making comments upon current events for the Beacon Lights was impressed upon me as I was studying an advertisement in Time, December 8 issue, page 112.  It was an advertisement by Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation explaining its part in transportation.  The picture was fascinating.  Commercial artists are very successful in making […]

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Air Minded and / or Heir Minded

It would be superfluous to state that we are a generation which finds itself in the midst of an air age. And, for many many years prior to the first balloon ascension and the first successful flight of a heavier than air machine, man has cast envious eyes at those creatures which God had provided […]

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