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Where are the Young People?

It is Saturday afternoon, July 20, 1985. The day is hot and humid, the water temperature of Lake Michigan is pleasantly warm. Perfect weather for a day at the beach! The Federation Board of Protestant Reformed Young People is sponsoring a beach party at North Shore in Grand Haven, Michigan. But. . .wait. . .where […]

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Taking Time to Care

Rachel is a member of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This article was written as a senior writing assignment at Covenant Christian High School. The body of Christ has many members, each with a specific purpose. We read of this in Romans 12:4ff, “For as we have many members in one body, and […]

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Thoughts for Young Men

Thoughts for Young Men, John Charles Ryle (Moscow, 2002: Charles Nolan Publishers). Occasionally, while browsing through one of Grand Rapids’ fine Christian bookstores, I’ll come across a title I wish everyone would read. I don’t mean a thick volume—maybe less than a hundred pages—but one saturated with timeless truths and invaluable wisdom. Thoughts for Young […]

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The Sins of Youth

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord. Ps. 25:7 The sins of our youth; one would think sins committed and repented of years even decades ago would be long forgotten. We know God’s promise to His people that if […]

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A Pastor’s Prayer for Young People

O blessed Father, the great God of spiritual Israel, of Thine elect over the whole world; we, raise this prayer especially on behalf of the youth of the church, who are Thy chosen, on whom Thou dost look with loving eyes of favor, for those in the strength of their youth—the covenant young people. Their […]

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Rejoice in Your Youth (2)

     Ecclesiastes 11:9: “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” In a previous […]

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Rejoice in Your Youth (1)

Ecclesiastes 11:9   “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.”             The days of your […]

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Remember….

  Remember… Thy Creator, God, Who fashioned thee And gave thee breath to praise Him endlessly   Remember… In the days of youth That He is Wisdom, Light and Truth   Before thou find the days of youth have flown And sorrowing, turn to reap what has been sown. Remember.

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Singapore: Are the Young People Any Different

Just recently, Skip Westra from our Faith congregation in Jenison had the opportunity to visit Singapore during the young people’s retreat sponsored by the E.R.C.S.  My article stems from thoughts generated by Skip’s experiences and impressions from his visit.  I wish to compare life for young people within our churches in the United States to […]

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Respect for Authority

The fifth of the ten commandments enjoins, “Honor thy father and they mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”  (Ex. 20:12).  The first five of these commandments follow the line of God’s unity, God’s spirituality, God’s holiness, God’s rest, and God’s authority.  That last, to […]

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The Teaching Task

You know just as well as most anyone else around you that today we live in a world of rapid fire, constant social change. Never before has so much happened to so many so fast. You cannot help but get the feeling that this world is headed on a mad dash to certain and absolute […]

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One-of-a-Kind Teens?

The Apostle Paul writes under the direction of the Holy Spirit in his epistle to the Romans in Chapter 12, Verse 2 that “Ye be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God”. […]

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Open Letter

Dear Young People, It is late in the night and very quiet after the unwinding of another busy day. But regardless of the time, I would like to sit down and talk with all of you. Very often you are told and reminded that what you are doing, you should not be doing. What you […]

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The Young People of Jamaica

There is at present among the young people of Jamaica a great deal of spiritual concern. In most of the churches on the island, a great part of the members are young people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five years. They are deeply concerned with trying to lead a Christian life and such expressions […]

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A Proof of Discipleship

By nature we all selfish people; and we would have to admit, if just to ourselves, that we normally live for ourselves and not the brother. We tend to place the importance on what our wants and desires are. If we were to rate our needs as opposed to those around us, I am afraid […]

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Youth, Remember Thy Creator

In Ecclesiastes 12:1 we read, “Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” Remembering our creator in the days of our youth is of vital importance and concerns each and every one […]

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Our Youth Coordinator Writes…

When asked to write an article for Beacon Lights, I was glad, because it gives an opportunity to say something to our Young People. But the subject of our Young People and an evaluation of them scares me. What does one say about them? Where do you find reference material for such a subject? If […]

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Following In Their Footsteps

“When children seem so naughty And all their faults I see, I have a dim suspicion That they’re reflecting me.” With these thoughts in mind, I would like to write an article on the subject chosen by the Beacon Lights Staff, entitled—“How elderly people view Pro­testant Reformed Young People”. This topic would present no problem […]

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Remember Your Creator

Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth. The wise man Solomon had this word for us from Holy Writ. I could not help but think of this scripture as I was pondering my editorial on the Reformation. Many times you as young people take the reformation for granted. You say you care […]

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In What State is Our Union?

I talked with the Beacon Lights staff, that is with the usual faithful 33%; I left concerned. I went to the South East Singspiration and sang with the faithful few; I left troubled. What to do? At least this: imitate the political higher-up and, instead of a “State of the Union” address, deliver a non-conventional […]

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Let God Do It

Lots of the articles in this issue complain about the spiritual indifference (otherwise known as apathy) found among “our” young people. I somehow feel it’s the wrong approach in tackling this problem, because if a person isn’t interested in the first place, he won’t even notice a new BEACON LIGHTS, must less even sit down […]

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Suggestions and Materials for Young People’s Programs By Flora E. Breck Baker Book House, 74 pages, $1.50 This book was written to aid leaders in leading youth in their programs and singspirations. Each program has a theme, featuring Scripture references, incidents, prayers, and hymn titles appropriate to the theme. But it also features Arminian tendencies, […]

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Love and Unity

The accusation is frequently made against the Protestant Reformed Churches that we lack love; we do not express any love for one another, but are always at each other’s throats, bickering and disputing over a host of unimportant matters. Many charge that our people are not kind and considerate of those who visit our churches. […]

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