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Pray to the Lord of the Harvest

I write this especially for young men. “Ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:14). Jesus addresses you. “Pray ye [that includes you, young men] therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:38). […]

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Questions I Never Was Asked

There are tons—and that’s a lot—of questions I never was asked. Some of them might be labeled frivolous: Do you like sushi? Or, what is your fourth favorite color? Others might be considered meaningful: Who is the most important U.S. President and why? Or, how important is the U.S. Constitution to you? Then there are […]

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Just a Job or a Calling?

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called (Ephesians 4:1). With these words the Apostle Paul begins the fourth chapter of his letter to the saints in the church at Ephesus. Paul divides his letter into two major parts, a doctrinal part and […]

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Choosing an Occupation

Introduction: Being a member of a Protestant Reformed Church will make a significant impact on your decision as to what career you should or should not pursue. One must always keep before him God’s Word and His Will. Choosing a career does not simply involve what you want, and, therefore, you must not take this […]

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All Walks of Life

What occupations are appropriate for Christians? What areas of study? The reformers were distinctive in their day in teaching that all occupations, excluding those that required sin, were pleasing in God’s sight. In this issue of the Beacon Lights, we explore a number of occupations that young people should consider as they determine what is […]

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I.  Specific Principles of Scripture concerning work or vocation. A.  Work is necessary and noble, for God Himself is an ever-active God. 1.  God created man to work, to be active and productive, and not to sit contemplating or be inactive, Genesis 1:28; 2:15. 2.  Man’s fall into sin did not change God’s purpose to […]

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Study to Show Thyself Approved

“Study to shew thyself approved of God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15 Some years ago somebody gave me a plaque inscribed with the text quoted above. For some time it decorated my study wall as a reminder that a minister must rightly divide […]

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Choosing a Life’s Calling?

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13 Choosing a life’s calling, a life’s partner, should be and is the seeking to perform the will of God, the will of our heavenly Father! In the most basic sense […]

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Education: A Preparation for Life

Seminarian Chuck Terpstra intro­duced this topic for us. He pointed out that our calling is a spiritual calling. Whether it be as a homemaker, banker, business man, minister, or any kind of job that a child of God feels he/she should do. We must put a lot of thought into what we decide to become. […]

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Education, A Preparation for Life

Introduction 1.  One of the many questions which you as Reformed Young People confront as you grow and develop into spiritual maturity is the question, “What will God have me do in life? or What place does God have for me in His Kingdom?” and then too, “How do I know and find out this […]

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High School Girls and Careers

High School ought to be and often is the time when young people decide on their calling in life. If they are children of God’s covenant and consider their life’s work to be truly a calling, they will do this through prayer, seeking the Lord’s guid­ance in learning what He wants them to do. They […]

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Choosing a Career

We, along with the world, place an extreme amount of importance on the degree of success that we achieve in our lives. It is not all that unusual for one to come across accounts of different individuals who have started with nothing and through what seems to be a combination of skill and good luck […]

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Which Field of Labor?

How do we know in what field we are called to labor? A student nurse asks this question in the following way. She believed that it was God’s will for her to enter the field of nursing, but there are many things which now have arisen to make her question whether she has placed her […]

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Determining Our Calling and Vocation in Life

When I received the request from your Beacon Light Staff to write this article concerning, “How a Christian Determines His Calling and Vocation in Life,” I could envision our youth hoping that I could lay out a blue-print of concrete things which would enable each covenant youth to know exactly what vocation to enter. But […]

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The Calling of the Christian in Everyday Life

How often have you conceived of your everyday, possibly hum-drum life, as a calling from God? Possibly never. For most of us the work-a-day week is routine. It seems not to be directly associated with God’s work on this earth. Every day we get up at a particular time, grab a lunch, and books or […]

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Faithful Servant

Psychologists today say that one problem that most plagues adolescents is the prob­lem of a vocation. What are you going to do when you get out of school? What are you going to school for? What would you like to do the rest of your life? These questions constantly bombard us as Chris­tian youth. Less […]

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Why I Chose to be a Teacher

While my playmates were busy with dolls, I was reading everything I could lay my hands on. Housework bored me – and still does. One of my favorite games was playing school. And yet I never gave one thought to making the teaching profession my life work. That was due mostly to the times in […]

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Why I Chose to Be a Minister

Asked by the Staff of BEACON LIGHTS to contribute an article to the series on the subject, “Why I chose to be a minister,” I gladly comply with this request. The topic is surely timely, and I wish to congratulate the Staff upon its selection. The purpose of this series of articles, I assume, is […]

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Teaching – A Calling

Teaching is a privilege entrusted to many people of God.  Parents are called by God to instruct their children in the home.  This instruction begins at birth and continues to adulthood.  This is a task which cannot be done in their own strength, but only through grace and prayer.  Oh, too often we see the […]

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How to Recognize Our Vocational Calling

Three pre-school agers, clamoring about on the backyard fence, were engaged in the following conversation: Teddy: “When I get big I’m going to be a bread man.” Cathy: “I’m going to be a Mom.” Freddie: “I’m going to be a Fred.” Each had his or her own aspirations, well considered, looming large as a worth-while […]

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Choosing a Vocation (3)

Some of you young people may not have been present when we visited in with John and Jim as they visited the pastor in the manse after the meeting of their society. For the special benefit of these and also for those who were present but who might not have remembered the trend of the […]

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Choosing A Vocation (2)

In our former installment (see last month’s edition of Beacon Lights), we left John and Jim with the pastor in the manse, whither they had gone after the meeting of the Young Men’s Society. We sat in with them to hear their par­ticular problem. John and Jim could not see eye to eye on the […]

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Choosing a Vocation (1)

Two young men are on their way to a session of their Young Men’s Bible Club. John is nineteen and Jim is just twenty. They are engaged in an animated dis­cussion concerning the question of Choos­ing a Life’s Vocation. This is not the first time that they have tossed this sub­ject back and forth between […]

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