Issue at Hand, November 2022

Although this issue of Beacon Lights is an “open issue” without a specific theme, each of the articles highlights something for which we can be thankful—which seems appropriate given the coming holiday this month. As I went through this list an abundance of “C’s” emerged. See if you can pick out the pattern as you review this month’s content. 

The editorial for this month turns to the issue of controversy in Reformed churches. This is but one example of God’s chastisement, which our denomination has been experiencing to a painful extent over the past several years. Though it can be difficult to be thankful for chastisement, we must because it is evidence of God’s love for us as his children. “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Heb. 12:6). 

Among the feature articles this month are two focusing on the communion of the saints over this past summer. Both the British Reformed Fellowship Conference and the Young People’s Convention were likely attended by some readers of this issue. For safety in travel and a blessed opportunity to enjoy Christian fellowship around God’s word, we can thank God. The other two feature articles this month focus on concerns about electronic communication devices and the identity of Candace mentioned in the book of Acts. All of us are encouraged to consider proper stewardship of our communication and to appreciate one of the unique stories of church history. 

Another thing for which we can be thankful is mentioned in Current Events, that being the reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. This remarkable outcome in our civil life is something for which we can be deeply grateful and continue to pray about. The devotional this month is focused on the opening chapters of Genesis with a particular emphasis on God as Creator. As you study his work in the creation this month, thank God for his wonderful providence and powerful love shown in his craftmanship of the cosmos. 

The last article this month is an introduction to the minor prophet Zechariah. The central theme of this book is the prediction of Christ’s coming. Among all the many things for which we can thank God, the most precious is the gift of salvation in Christ and the promise that our Lord will return to claim his throne. Rejoice, child of God, and thank him, for the victory is yours in Christ!