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Unconditionally Chosen Unto Salvation

Although it is today universally denied, young people, the truth of man’s total depravity is a basic truth of Scripture. God told Adam that if he would eat of the forbidden fruit he would die that very day. Paul, in Ephesians 2:1 tells the Ephesians that before God quickened them, that is, made them alive, […]

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Tulip (2)

“What do the tulips remind you of?” Krystal asked her parents. “The five—” they said the words in unison and laughed. Mother feigned a curtsy and then let Father speak. “The five points of Calvinism,” Father completed the answer. “You remember: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints. It […]

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Common Sense: Why We Don’t Have It

Has a teacher or a parent ever said to you, “why don’t you just use your common sense,” or have you ever said, “if he would just use his common sense . . .?” In our everyday language we often invoke the notion of common sense. Yet when you use this term have you ever […]

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Total Depravity

Total Depravity is the first in the tulip acrostic of Calvinism, which by the way, was not developed by John Calvin. Total depravity is one subject that does not have to look far and wide for, to find evidence of, its existence.  Tangible evidences abound all around us. Total depravity is misunderstood by many; in […]

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Total Depravity

We now turn our attention in this third article to the first letter of TULIP the letter which represents the truth of Total Depravity.  Is it not unbelievable that our mother church, the Christian Reformed Church, could deny a truth as clearly scriptural and which is experienced by every child of God?  In 1924 that […]

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I’m OK!

So who makes that claim? It’s so common we hear it all the time. I inadvertently bump hard into a person. I apologize with, I’m sorry! Did I hurt you? And the reply is, I’m OK. But who can really, truthfully say this? Remember, it is said within the context of a cursed world, a […]

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Good Works

In this present day and age, we tend to consider the world in which we live to be a totally depraved society, and rightfully so. We always see in the newspapers the stories of brutal slayings and the rebellious attitudes of many people today. We hear many reports of wars and at present we are […]

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The Firsty Epistle of Gramps to Jack and Jill

Dear Jack and Jill, In this crazy, mixed-up world in which you kids are expected to grow up into mature, decision-making citizens, future fathers and mothers, feet-on-the-ground politicians and statesmen, preachers, teachers, law­yers, doctors, merchants and chiefs, it seemed good to me to write you this letter. I am no wiser than any other old […]

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Awareness

Young people, are you aware of God? Do you realize the power of God? Your first inclination would be to retort, “Why of course I know God. God is in heaven. Sure, I know He is powerful. I know He can do wondrous things.’’ You probably would consider my question to be out of place. […]

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Protestant Reformed Christian Education (6)

The Pupil Many terms have been used in the past to describe education and many different concepts continue to be propounded. Such concepts as subject matter centered, pupil centered, and life-centered have all been and continue to be part of the jargon of the professional educator. The basic thrust of this series of articles, however, […]

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Spectacles of the Word

When one is blind, the world lies in darkness.  He has no part in beholding the beauty of the rainbow, the symmetry of each flower, the colors splashed throughout the forest.  He cannot see the great advancements in the arts and sciences.  His eyes are blind. Of a less severe nature is one who has […]

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Christ and the Beat Generation

Life is only a pile of rubbish.  What have we to look forward to?  Somebody is going to start a war, and we go into the arm.  Then an atomic bomb will drop, and it will be all over. This isn’t what you believe, is it! But, this is the world and life view of […]

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A Protestant Reformed World and Life View (12)

In the last article appearing in “Beacon Lights” we discussed the effects of sin upon man and upon the creation in which he stands.  In this connection there is an interesting quotation found in Robert Haldane’s Commentary on Romans.  In his discussion of Romans 8: 19-22 he says, “When the creation was brought into existence, […]

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A Protestant Reformed World and Life View (11)

God is sovereign over all. God’s sovereignty is revealed and realized through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the sovereign Lord over His people to save them by the blood of His cross and to take them into His own everlasting kingdom. All these things we notice last time. But just as the sovereignty of Christ […]

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Our Faith and Our Sin

From our very own confessions we will take a few statements that express quite clearly what we, living and be­lieving Christians, profess concerning ourselves and our sin. These quotations may be found in the Three Forms of Unity in the various articles that, speak of this subject. They are all worthy of a very careful […]

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Handicap

He walks on crutches—slow of pace, And lines of trouble on his face, Speak plainer far than words can do, The sorrow that his heart’s been through.   He once could climb those hills and stairs, And play with boys in secret lairs; But now he has but one good limb, With much life’s joys […]

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