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All Articles For Vol 41 Issue 08 1/15/1965

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The Beacon Lights Hymn Sing was held in First Church auditorium Sunday evening, Dec. 27. Ed Langerak, president of the Beacon Lights staff, led in opening prayer, then gave the podium over to Mr. Ed Ophoff to direct the singing. With Karlene Oomkes at the organ the audience enthusiastically followed Mr. Ophoff’s direction in the singing of the familiar Christmas Carols and appropriate Psalter numbers. As a special feature Mr. Ophoff and Mr. C.

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Freemasonry is a religion. It is not “a mere social order inculcating ethical ideals and practicing philanthropy,” but “As some of us prefer to put it, Masonry is not a religion, but Religion—not a church but a worship, in which men of all religions may unite” (Joseph Fort Newton, Unitarian, Swedenborgian, The Religion of Masonry, 10, 11). Dr. Albert G. Mackey says, “All ceremonies of our order are prefaced and terminated with prayer, because Masonry is a religious institution” (Lexicon of Freemasonry, 371).

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The Form for the Baptism of Infant Children that is used in our churches contains two significant prayers. The first of these is uttered at the conclusion of the reading of the form proper and just before the parents are asked to answer the questions. The other one occurs at the conclusion of the ceremony and is a prayer of thanksgiving. To these two prayers we now give our attention because they also are an integral part of the administration of the sacrament. 

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We are now coming to the most important aspect of our research on the Scriptural approach in preaching the Gospel to the unconverted. We examined the approach employed in preaching the Gospel in the old dispensation. We considered the approach used by our Lord Himself during His earthly ministry. We now turn to the Book of Acts to see how the apostles preached the Gospel to the unconverted after the day of Pentecost. 

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How quickly do the hands of sinful men corrupt that which is holy!  How contrary to our flesh are the things of God’s kingdom!  We simply cannot allow the spiritual to have the preeminence in our lives, and we fight against the truth of God’s Word by trying to cover it up with that which is material and of this earth, earthy. Let God do a wonder-work and man quickly gets to work to press it into the service of his flesh. As soon as God reveals His glory, man seeks to rob Him of that glory and appropriate God’s...

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In my previous installment on the general subject, “Should I Prepare for the Ministry?” I have called attention to various objective considerations which must be faced in answering this question. These must certainly be considered. However, they are not the only considerations; and they alone, apart from various other considerations, will not serve as an adequate guide in reaching a proper answer to our question. There are various matters of a more subjective, personal nature which we may generally classify under the question that heads this article, namely: Are You Qualified? 

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