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Walking as Women of the Lord

Womanhood is a term that the world is struggling to define and explain in light of recent cultural revolutions. Rather than looking to the foolish wisdom of man for answers, we as Christians ought to turn to the one unchanging and infallible source that we have, that is, the holy Bible. We can explore the […]

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Threats to Biblical Womanhood

It seems that in the world today everything that is true, noble, and pure is under attack. Being a Christian was once respected, but now is scorned. Remaining pure until you are married makes you a prude. Being a godly, Christian young woman is no exception. Biblical womanhood is attacked from all sides. Some threats […]

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Biblical Womanhood

Last month we considered biblical teaching about manhood in an attempt to steer young believers toward a scriptural understanding of gender. The proper complement to that issue is one focused on biblical womanhood, which is the topic for Beacon Lights this month.   For the world around us, the biblical concept of gender is considered outdated […]

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Has Woman Been Canceled?

Could it be that being a genuine woman is the biggest scandal of our day? Who in our cancel culture dares to define woman for fear of public shaming? Last year a U.S. Supreme Court justice was asked at her confirmation hearing, “Can you provide a definition of the word woman?” Her reply? “No, I […]

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Wise Woman

The Wise Woman Abbie Kooienga   If you know anything about the book of Proverbs, you know that the book has much to say about the kind of woman to avoid. Then we get to the woman of Proverbs 31. Here is a woman that any Christian girl should aspire to be, and any grown […]

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A Woman of Many Names: Judges 4–5

A Woman of Many Names: Judges 4–5 Annica Kuiper   For years now, she has listened for the Voice. Sometimes it came out of the whirlwind. Sometimes it came still and small. And sometimes it came with the thunderings of Sinai. In the beginning, it was a quiet Voice. Calling her to do quiet work—speaking, […]

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Becoming a Biblically Literate Young Woman Abby VanSolkema   Young ladies, how often do you study God’s word? How much time do you spend personally engaging with the actual text of the Bible? It is easy to come up with excuses for not prioritizing personal Bible study. Between work, school, church activities, family commitments, dating, […]

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Women in the Book of Proverbs

For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to _____ and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Nothing dung a piece of bread poverty But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it… doth not know his left hand from his right. destroyeth his own soul. […]

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The Virtuous Woman

What is a virtuous woman? A description you seek? She’s a God-fearing woman, mild mannered and meek; A woman whose children arise and call blessed; Who welcomes all strangers and treats them as guests; A woman who plans for her household by night; Who trusts in the Lord with all of her might; A woman […]

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The Calling of a Young Wife (3)

As we have seen from Titus 2:4,5, the young wives must be taught to love their husbands and children. That love comes to concrete expression by their being discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good. But there is one other thing that young wives must be taught. Obedient to Their Husbands The older women must teach […]

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Let Me Be a Woman

Elisabeth Elliot’s book, Let Me Be a Woman, deals with an issue which every young woman inevitably faces—womanhood. Mrs. Elliot wrote this book to her daughter Valerie as a wedding gift. In it, she deals with many thoughts and questions young women have. Who am 1? What does it mean to be a woman? She […]

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In Defense of Women (2)

Last month, we looked at the false views concerning the place of women in the Church, and saw that the basic assertion is that it is not, nor ever was, God’s will that woman be in submission. We now continue by looking at the Reformed position. The true Reformed position holds the headship of the […]

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In Defense Of Women (1)

An issue which sharply distinguishes us as Protestant Reformed young people from an increasingly greater number of churches and people, is the issue of women holding places of authority in the institutional life of the Church. The most recent example of this is the “Women in Office” controversy in the Christian Reformed Churches, where many […]

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A Woman’s Role: Preparing for Leadership in the Home

“Though rejecting feminist politics and lesbian posturing, American culture has absorbed the underlying ideology [of the feminist movement] like a sponge.  The principal tenets of sexual liberation or sexual liberalism—the obsolescence of masculinity and femininity, of sex roles, and of heterosexual monogamy as the moral norm—have diffused through the system and become part of America’s […]

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The Cult of True Womanhood

In the middle to late 1300’s, a widely accepted view about women was the Cult of True Womanhood.  This was a middle class ideology which put women on a pedestal away from the filth of the world.  Women were also viewed as pure and uplifting creatures, who should stay home and take care of the […]

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A Letter to a Friend

This article was a letter in response to Rachel’s request for advice as she was contemplating college. Since I sent her the letter, several people (Rachel included) have encouraged me to submit the contents of that letter for publication in the Beacon Lights. With some minor editing, therefore, I present for your perusal my answer […]

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“I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…” Genesis 3:16. July 14 marked the fifth anniversary of our marriage. During these five years, I have had five pregnancies resulting in two full-term babies, one miscarriage, and two premature births. Through these five experiences, I have been greatly […]

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Focus on Christian Women

The woman today has typically become an ugly spectacle. Under the banners of “liberation” and “equality”, she has bound herself with shackles of unfemininity and of Godless rebellion. She has lost all true perspective of God, of His order for the home and society, and of herself. We Christian women are not immune to this […]

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