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Church Abroad

The body of Christ is a diverse group of people gathered out of every nation across our world. It’s all too easy to lose sight of this fact in the local churches where we worship each week. Most churches in the Protestant Reformed denomination are relatively homogeneous, made up of primarily middle-class people from Dutch […]

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Fleeing Sin (3)

This time we continue our discussion of “fleeing sin” from the viewpoint of separating ourselves from those who live in impenitence. We must understand, first of all, whom we are talking about and what we mean by “separation.” One passage of Scripture in particular helps us out greatly in understanding from whom we are to […]

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A Traitor Within

Let us suppose that the government forced you to live with a known traitor. Not just any villain, but someone who sought your ill. A person so consumed with self gratification that he would not only have you condemned to death if only he could fill his hearts lust, but would not give a second […]

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The World: Presumed Godly?

“God Bless America” ….“In God We Trust”…..“Freedom of Religion”……“God Bless our Troops”……“I swear to tell the truth…so help me God”    “State endorses assisted suicide”….“Yearly crime rate increases” ….“State bans prayer in public schools”….“Divorce and broken families reach an all-time high”……“The President and first lady are implicated in a scandal”   The preceding statements are all sayings […]

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Remembering Our Creator

What you young people should remember is not simply what wise king Solomon wrote.  We should indeed heed what wise people say and advise us to do.  However, the awesome truth and extremely important calling that we have is that which our all-wise and sovereign God, Who moved Solomon to write what he did in […]

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Be Ye Hearers…And Doers

“Hi! Whatcha doing tonight?” “I don’t know. ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ is showing at the theater. I heard that’s pretty good.” “Oh, yeah? We could do that—there’s nothing else to do.” “How about you? What are you doing tonight?” “Oh, my folks said I have to go to this dumb church-doing. I don’t know, some […]

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The Training of the Child

Often we have heard the Word of God found in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” The passage has raised questions in the minds of some. It does not always seem true that properly trained children do not […]

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Standing Alone

When I lived near the Rocky Mountains I looked forward to my occasional fishing trips in the mountain rivers of Colorado. Although I never caught many fish, I enjoyed the quiet beauty around me, and often fished on a large rock in the middle of a mountain stream. I often thought of all the years […]

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Love Not the World

“Hey, what did you do this week­end?” “Saturday night there was a great movie on T.V. What did you do?” “Friday night there was a super rock concert at the Civic. Saturday night we went to the races in Martin.” “There was a great group singing at the Pizza Parlor near our house this weekend.” […]

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Modern Entertainment and the Christian

“Naw, man, this place will blow your mind!” “Well … I don’t know, ya see my parents would get uptight, and if any­body from church found out, it’d be a bummer.” “Aw, you gonna let them spoil your fun? Besides, who needs to know any­way? What do ya say?” “Yeah … if nobody finds out […]

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Then Backwards Becomes Everything

Some time ago in a realm called Naitsirhc, trouble developed. Everything seemed to be working backwards. The law­makers made many laws that were not for the good of the citizens. The chief law enforcer was in the midst of a scandal that involved breaking laws while trying to make certain that all the citizens kept […]

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And Ye Shall be Hated

hUpon entering into the world, Protestant Reformed young people must realize that they are not going to be accepted and to some extent will be despised. In the first Epistle of John 3:13, John writes, “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” Here we are being told not to be surprised if we […]

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Everybody Does It

Today, as throughout all of history, the child of God faces and must face the prob­lem of conformity. Conformity implies agreement, accord, harmony, doing in Rome as the Romans do, swimming with the stream, following the fashions. The temptation for the Christian is to conform to the standards and ideals set up by the world […]

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Changeless Purpose in a Changing World

The above named topic was sent to me with the request that I write on it in this issue of Beacon Lights. This I am pleased to do. However as we turn our attention to this topic, we find ourselves immediately faced with a question. To this question we now turn. The question is this: […]

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Unity or a Feeling of Oneness

No man is an island, is the saying. People need people. We need to feel that we are in the thoughts of others and that we influence their wills or desires. Our existence as personal entities depends on our assurance that others are aware of us. Even if they despise us, they are still cognizant […]

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Hated By The World

Throughout all the ages there has been a constant battle between the Church and the world. This is a spiritual battle in which the world, in hatred against Christ, unites to oppose and destroy the cause of Christ and His people. It is also through this battle that the people of God unite in love […]

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Armed With Courage

A soldier returns from was. Without regard for his own life he has protected his buddies from the onslaughts of the enemy; he is a hero. He has been armed with courage. Courage: He has met danger and has not flinched. Courage has made an ordinary man a hero. Yet the courage which turned this […]

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Not Conformed But Transformed

Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Two mutually exclusive positions are presented: conformed or transformed. And which are you? Forbidden to the child of God is conformity with this world. To “conform” suggests a form which is imitated. In this instance, […]

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Why?

When one examines the trouble in the nation’s campuses, the trouble with draft dodgers, hippies, yippies, etc., one can only feel disgust for these rebellious youth. They ask themselves, “Why must things be this way?” Because they do not like the way things are, they decide to change them. This is not so bad in […]

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