“Woe is I! – More “Mixed Doubles”

Woe-Is-I-3rdedIn the past we have examined some selections from part of chapter five in Patricia O’Conner’s helpful book on English grammar and word usage. The book is Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English (Riverhead Books, New York, c.1996), and it contains a section headed by the phrase “mixed doubles,” which has to do with words that are commonly confused or mixed up, because they are close in spelling and sometimes in meaning.

It’s time to look at a few more of these confusing couplets today. Discern and learn! :)

continually/continuously.  Yes, there is a slight difference, although most people (and even many dictionaries) treat them the same. Continually means repeatedly, with breaks in between. Continuously means without interruption, in an unbroken stream. ‘Heidi has to wind the cuckoo clock continually to keep it running continuously.’ (If it’s important to emphasize the distinction, it’s probably better to use periodically or intermittently instead of continually to describe something that starts and stops.) The same distinction, by the way, applies to continual and continuous, the adjective forms.

deserts/desserts. People who get what they deserve are getting their deserts – the accent for both is on the second syllable. (‘John Wilkes Booth got his just deserts.‘) People who get goodies smothered in whipped cream and chocolate sauce at the end of a meal are getting desserts – which they may or may not deserve: ‘For dessert I’ll have one of those layered puff-pastry things with cream filling and icing on top,’ said Napoleon (95-96).

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The Prayers of J.Calvin (16)

calvin-preaching-genevaOn this Sunday night we continue our posts on the prayers of John Calvin (see my previous Sunday posts in Nov./Dec., 2014 and now in 2015), which follow his lectures on the OT prophecy of Jeremiah (Baker reprint, 1979). Tonight we post a brief section from his fifteenth lecture and the prayer that concludes it.

This lecture covers Jeremiah 4:7-14, which includes Calvin’s commentary on v.14, where God admonishes His backsliding people with these words , ‘O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved….’

But they reason foolishly who maintain that repentance is the cause of salvation, because it is said, ‘That thou mayest be saved, wash thy heart from wickedness:’ and the Papists lay hold on such passages to set up free-will; and they hold that sins are abolished and punishment remitted through satisfactions made by us. But this is extremely absurd and frivolous. For the Prophet is not speaking of the cause of salvation; but …he simply shews that men are extremely thoughtless when they expect a peaceable condition, while they carry on war with God, and when he is armed to execute vengeance on them.

We are not then to inquire here, whether a sinner delivers himself from God’s hand by his repentance; but the Prophet had only this one thing in view – that we cannot be safe and secure, except God be reconciled to us. He further shews, that God will not be propitious to us, except we repent, and that from the heart or from a genuine feeling within (220).

After this lecture, this prayer was recorded and published:

Grant, Almighty God, that since thou art pleased daily to invite us to repentance, and since our own conscience is a witness, how we have in various ways provoked thy vengeance, – O grant, that we may not remain obstinate in our sins, nor harden our minds by perverse delusions, but suffer ourselves to be subdued by thy word, and so offer ourselves to thee with a pure and sincere heart, that our whole life may be nothing else but a striving for that newness which thou requirest; so that, being consecrated to thee in mind and body, we may ever labour to glorify thy name, until we be made partakers of that glory, which has been obtained for us by the blood of thy only-begotten Son — Amen (222).

Resurrection from the Dead – Rev. G. Vos

unspeakablegift-gvosEvery Sunday the church of Christ gathers for worship because of, in commemoration of, and by the power of her Lord’s resurrection from the dead. And because we are in that time-frame between celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection and His ascension into heaven, it is good on these Sunday’s to pay close attention to our Lord’s resurrection.

For that purpose, once again today we turn to a meditation of Rev. Gerrit Vos taken from the pages of the Standard Bearer (originally – May 1, 1957 issue – Vol.33, #15) and also found in the collection of his meditations published as The Unspeakable Gift – The Gift of God’s Son: Selected Meditations (Hudsonville PRC’s Men’s Society).

The following quotation is taken from the meditation titled “Resurrection From the Dead”, based on 1 Corinthians 15:4-5a.

Oh yes, Jesus arose from the dead, and . . . according to the Scriptures!

It was all revealed in prophecy: “I know my Redeemer liveth and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” Job 19:25. And: “When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for iin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” Isa. 53:10. And: “For Thou shalt not leave My soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.” Psalm 16:10. And there is much more. Both the Word of God and nature itself testifies of the resurrection. Look upon the billions and billions of seed that die in order to bring forth life and seed and harvests. Look upon the lowly caterpillar and the beauteous butterfly which emerges from the corpse.

But the third day?

Does the Holy Bible speak of that in prophecy?

Yes, there is one text, but it is enough. God has foreseen and fore-determined all things.

There is the sign of Jonah: he had to be in the whale three days and three nights in order to supply this necessary fragment of prophecy to which Paul would allude. O, God is God! And He is good and wise! Let us adore Him!

And He arose with a glorious life.

I showed you already the fruit of the death of the grain, and the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly. All these things are signs of that which is central in the Gospel: the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

He arose with a glorious life.

It was not the life of Adam add Eve in the state of righteousness. You cannot even compare the two. Adam’s life was earthly, temporal, fleshly. But the life which Jesus received at His resurrection was eternal, heavenly, glorious and spiritual.

It was an entirely new life. It was never seen before. It was the life which we all shall enjoy in the new Kingdom. Paul speaks of it in Colossians when he said: Our life is hid with Christ in God!

Yes, according to body, soul and spirit, Jesus received this heavenly, glorious, eternal, spiritual and new life at His resurrection. That is the reason there was so much confusion and doubt at every appearance the Lord made to His disciples. They could walk with Him for hours and converse with Him, but they did not recognize Him at all. A wonder had to take place in their eyes in order to see the risen Lord.

And He received that wondrous life as the Head of the Church and the New World.

Hence, His resurrection is at the same time the justification of all that belong to Him. Indeed, His rising again is the proof of our justification. On Good Friday He hung on the cross, and He had us all in His bosom. Therefore it pleased the Lord to bruise Him. God saw all our sin and guilt on Him. God imputed all that guilt and sin on Him, and He had to die in order to pay the price.

So, when He reappears in the garden of Joseph it proves that all that guilt and sin is gone. Otherwise God would never have raised Him from the dead.

Moreover, His resurrection is also the power of that new life for us and even in us. A little of that glorious life of the raised Lord is now in us. It is called eternal life. It is only a little principle, but it is sweet to the taste. For the sake of it the people of God have not loved their lives unto death, but they have died for the sake of it.

And, it is also a pledge of our own glorious resurrection. If Jesus is raised, and He is—then we must be raised also. Where the Head is the body must also be. If the Head is in the throne of God, we shall join Him there. Such is His promise, and His name is the Truth and Faithful. He always does what He promises.

Not found online at the “SB” site where this meditation is posted, but found in the print version referred to above is this “little sequel” by Rev.Vos – significant in its simplicity and power:

And now there is a little sequel to my text which is so important to all of us.

‘And that He was seen of Cephas!’

Do you note that I placed an exclamation point behind it?

I did that purposely, and I know you will forgive me.

I can say, I can write it jubilantly: Even Cephas saw Him!

Cephas who denied Him with cursing and swearing.

Then I draw a very happy conclusion, dearly beloved, and I know you will do the same.

Here is my conclusion: then it is also possible that I be saved!

Hallelujah! Amen.

Thoughts on Contentment – S.Ferguson

In Christ Alone - SFergusonA few weeks back I read a chapter in Sinclair Ferguson’s book In Christ Alone on the grace of contentment (“Contentment: Five Easy Steps?”), prompted by his friend’s reference to 1 Tim.6:6 in the face of manifold trials in his life. Going back to reflect on that chapter tonight leads me to post a few of Ferguson’s profitable thoughts put down on paper.

May they help put us in a right frame of mind as we end this week.

Such contentment is never the result of the momentary decision of the will. It cannot be produced merely by having a well-ordered and thought-through-time-and-life-management plan calculated to guard us against unexpected twists of divine providence. No, true contentment means embracing the Lord’s will in every aspect of His providence simply because it is His providence. It involves what we are in our very being, not just what we do and can accomplish.

…Thus, we cannot ‘do’ contentment. It is taught by God. We need to be schooled in it. It is part of the process of being transformed through the renewing of our minds (Rom.12:1-2). It is commanded of us, but, paradoxically, it is created in us, not done by us. It is not the product of a series of actions, but of a renewed and transformed character. It involves the growth of a good tree that produces good fruit.

This seems to be a difficult principle for Christians today to grasp. …It is painful to pride to discover that the Christian life is not rooted in what we can do, but in what we need done to us.

…Christian contentment means that my satisfaction is independent of my circumstances. When Paul speaks about his own contentment in Philippians 4:11, he uses a term commonplace among the ancient Greek philosophical schools of the Stoics and Cynics. In their vocabulary, contentment meant self-sufficiency, in the sense of independence from changing circumstances.

But for Paul, contentment was rooted not in self-sufficiency but in Christ’s sufficiency (Phil.4:13). Paul said that he could do all things – both being based and abounding – in Christ.

Don’t skip over that last phrase. This kind of contentment is the fruit of an ongoing, intimate, deeply developed relationship with Him (Kindle ed.).

Opening Week of ML Baseball! Tigers, Cubs & Boswell

Yes, indeed, though it was a typical cool, rainy week in the Midwest (especially the upper Midwest!), the Major League baseball season has opened once again! Amid off-season trades and ownership promises of improvement; amid renovated parks (more on Wrigley Field’s “improvements” another day) and player preparations (both good and bad!), the season has begun, with three-four games already under the belt.

And guess what? The Detroit Tigers are 3-0, with only one earned run given up by their three starters and the bullpen! And the Chicago Cubs are 1-1, with one rain-out – against the team predicted to finish first again in the NL Central, their despised rivals – the St.Louis Cardinals!

Not a bad start for the two teams for which I root (although you know where my full loyalties are – and it’s not to the east!). And speaking of these two teams, are you aware that they are playing a set of two-games series in each other’s ball parks this summer (in Detroit in June and in Chicago in August)?!

Heart of the Order-BoswellBut now, since it is so early in the season and the weather is so baseball-contradictory as yet (who wants to sit in the park when it’s 40?!), we take the time to focus on the deeper meaning of baseball – the personal and philosophical side. And to that end, we return to the “new” book I picked up this Winter, The Heart of the Order by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989). Having also read his “Introduction”, I pull together a few select quotes for you about what baseball is about. And with him, I find a kindred spirit. Maybe you will too. :)

The lasting power of baseball for me – beyond the tactical and technical fascinations of the game itself, even beyond the excitement of pennant races and World Series – is watching how the game illuminates and probes the faces of its changing people.

…The Sparky Anderson of October 1984 looked like a worried, driven man who might burn out. Old friends were scared for him. Heart attack looked written on him. Somehow, by March of 1985, he was a significantly different man. And the change seems to have stuck. Sparky has remained the same new-and-improved, upbeat-yet-calm, philosophical-yet-competitive person right through the successes and disappointments of his Tigers’ amazing 1987 pennant-race comeback victory and shocking playoff defeat.

…We pretend baseball is primarily a game of teams, when it’s more about people. Ted Williams played in only one World Series; Walter Johnson, Hank Aaron and Roger Hornsby in two each. Who cares or remembers? The team may be the individual’s context, but its success is not his definition.

Each season, I find I have less faith in the hard certainty of baseball statistics and more in some attempt at commonsense psychology – murky as that area always is, for individuals or groups. The stats always come too late. They may measure everything, but they explain very little and predict even less. Because people insist on changing.

…Every season, baseball tries to teach us that the game has a human, unpredictable heart. And it is richer for it. Yet, every year, we insist the game should be less messy than the world around it. We pretend that potential is a hairbreadth from performance, and that what’s been done in the past should be readily duplicable on demand in the future.

The more we judge teams on paper, the more the sport insists that results be forged on the field by actual people. The game is a system in such flux that expectations are smashed to flinders. Its drives people batty. How on earth do preposterously ordinary teams like the ’85 Royals, ’87 Twins and ’88 Dodgers end up as world champions?

…The math professor who taught us that it wasn’t the answer to a specific problem that was important but, rather, learning to appreciate the interlocking coherence of the whole scientific view of the world. The English teacher who showed us the agonies of patience that went into crafting a poem so precise in its choice of words that we could read it a hundred times over fifty years and always find it powerfully true. The teachers, in other words, who taught us that love of learning – for itself – not love of grades, was the beating, enduring heart of education.

So too in games, the guiding principle that most often keeps people oriented through all their passages and changes is a governing passion for excellence. In baseball, that’s what you discover at the heart of the order (xiii-xix).

The Elder’s Ordination – Rev.D.Kuiper – April 1, 2015 “Standard Bearer”

SB-April 1-2015The April 1, 2015 issue of the Standard Bearer is now out and a variety of articles once again fill this Reformed magazine (see cover image here for the details – click on it to enlarge).

One of the articles in a continuing series on the office of elder is that found in the rubric “Ministering to the Saints”. Rev.Doug Kuiper (Edgerton, MN PRC) begins writing in this issue on the important subject of the ordination of elders, introducing it this way:

The fact that a man is qualified to be an elder in Christ’s church does not, in itself, make him an elder. Nor has he become an elder by virtue of being designated by the council of a church or being chosen by the congregation to be an elder.

Until the church of Christ ordains a man to be elder in her midst, that man may not consider himself to be an elder. Such is the importance and necessity of ordination into office.

A little further in the article he continues:

Ordination is the work of the church by which she officially and authoritatively places a man into that church office for which he was chosen. Samuel Miller’s definition is helpful: ‘By Ordination is meant that solemn rite, or act, by which a candidate for any office in the Church of Christ, is authoritatively designated to that office, by those who are clothed with power for that purpose’ (An Essay on the Warrant, Nature, and Duties of the Office of the Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church. General Books, 2009, 137).

Following this, Rev.Kuiper goes into a treatment of the distinction between ordination and installation, concluding that “while there is an important distinction between the two terms, especially regarding the office of minister, they both refer to an official placement into office, and both indicate that one is now authorized to begin the work of that office.”

In his next installment he plans to consider the reason why such ordination requires a public ceremony. Be sure to read this and the rest of the articles in the April 1, 2015 “SB”!

The Weight of Shame: April “Tabletalk” – Burk Parsons

The Weight of Shame by Burk Parsons | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org.

TT-April 2015On this first Monday of April we are able to introduce a new issue of Tabletalk, Ligonier Ministries’ fine devotional magazine. The April issue has a simple and rare theme: “Shame.”

Editor Burk Parsons introduces this issue with the above-linked article. He has an excellent summary of the place shame has in the Christian’s life and how the gospel of the cross answers to our need. Here is the opening part of his introduction:

Shame—we all feel it, or at least we should. We are all sinful, and our sin brings shame. Although shame has all but disappeared from our culture’s vocabulary and is largely ignored by many in the church, it exists nonetheless and must be recognized and reckoned with.

If we are honest with ourselves, and more importantly, honest with God, we cannot help but admit that we feel shame as a result of our sin. Whether we sin in private or in public—and whether we perhaps even pretend not to have it—shame is undeniably real. We feel shame because God in His grace created all human beings with the capacity to feel shame as a consequence of their sin. John Calvin wrote, “Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.” If we have never truly felt the shame of our sin, we have never truly repented of our sin. For it is only when we recognize what wretches we are that we are able to sing “Amazing Grace” and know what a sweet sound it truly is.

There are five other featured articles on this theme, and they are laid out this way:

  • “Why We Feel Shame” – Jeremy Pierre
  • “What Shame Does” – James Coffield
  • “Our Shameless World” – Andrew D. Davis
  • “Tackling Shame” – W.Duncan Rankin
  • “Comfort My People” – Michael Lawrence

You may also wish to check out the interview feature in this issue – it is with Rosaria Butterfield, well-known converted lesbian and now a Reformed Presbyterian pastor’s wife. Her’s is quite an amazing story and testimony to the grace of God in Christ. I plan to reference this later, but you may read the interview here: “An Unlikely Convert.”

For now, here is also an excerpt from the first featured article – the one linked in the list above, by Dr. Jeremy Pierre – also a good read!

Now wait a second. Did I just say that shame is healthy? Yes, but note this very carefully: shame is a healthy part, but not a healthy end of the Christian experience. Shame is not the final conclusion we make about ourselves. It is a painful awareness that keeps us from resting contentedly in our fallen state. It drives us to seek defense from the accusations, a refuge from the threat of judgment, some shred of grace from a merciful Judge.

And only by being pushed will we find that there’s more than a shred of grace. There are reams of it. Reams of white linen to clothe naked people.

This is the Christian gospel, one that Christians proclaim to themselves over and over as they live under the daily burden of being reminded of the remaining darkness within. In this way, God reverses Satan’s use of shame. Satan wants our shame to drive us away from God and into the bushes. God wants our shame to drive us to Himself for clothing.

An Easter Gospel Question: Why Weepest Thou?

John 20-16For our thankful, joyous – and humble – Easter reflection on this Resurrection Sunday, well may we consider this exposition of John 20:11-17 by Rev. George Lubbers (1909-2001). He takes his theme from the risen Savior’s own words to weeping Mary on that first Easter morning, “Woman, why weepest thou?” It may be found here on the PRC website, where you will also find a link to its original source.

Though this Easter gospel question was directed to Mary Magdalene, it is relevant for all of us as we often sit weeping in our weakness of faith (or plain unbelief). Looking at our resurrected Lord this day, no matter what our circumstances may be, indeed why are we weeping?! Unless, of course, they are tears of joy and hope.

Here is the opening part of Rev.Lubbers meditation; find the rest at the link above.

Weeping Mary!

Standing at the open mouth of the grave of her Lord, Who had taken captivity captive! She weeps here at the open grave from whence, at this very moment, no doubt, the other Galilean women were hastening to the disciples and brethren, with fear and great joy, to tell the glad gospel story of the resurrection of Jesus, the crucified one!

How utterly incongruous! How this marvelous fact of the glorious resurrection, which shall turn all our sorrows into eternal and abiding joys, is hid from the weeping eyes of Mary!

The mighty angel of the Lord had suddenly descended from heaven not long prior to this time; he had rolled away the stone from the door of the tomb, and had sat upon it; he had proclaimed the Word of peace to the woman, telling them: Fear not ye, for I know that ye seek Jesus, the crucified one. He is not here but is risen, come see the place where the Lord has lain.

And Jesus Himself had appeared to the hastening women on the way, telling them to go and tell the glad tidings to His brethren….

But Mary was standing without at the tomb weeping at such a time as this.

It is the time when all the prisoners are set free, death rejoice in victorious hope, and when all the when they who dwell in the valley of the shadow of angels of God worship Jesus, the first begotten from the dead, saying: Worthy is the Lamb that hath been slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and might, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands of angels lift up their glad voices and chant and sing in joyful lays at this very moment. Is it the moment, that believing Abraham, and all the patriarchs with and after him, saw afar, and….rejoiced!

It is the time to which we, as the New Testament saints from Gentile lands, look back and see and confess that we have born anew unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Because of this glad day of all days we gather on each first day of the week and sing a new song, saying unto our Lord and King: Worthy art Thou Lord Jesus, Thou faithful Witness, Thou firstborn of the dead, and Thou ruler of the kings of the earth to receive the Kingdom of David, our father, forever!

But Mary was standing at the tomb weeping.

At such a time as this….

Woman, why weepest thou?

Guiding Principle of Productivity (and All of Life!): LOVE

Whats Best Next -PermanLast night I was able to finish chapter six of Matt Perman’s book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan, 2014), finding once more profitable thoughts for the way in which we as Christians are called to do our work and be productive.

In this chapter titled “Put Others’ First: Love as the Guiding Principle for All of Life,” Perman takes us to the fundamental motive that must guide us as we seek to do our best work in the best way. Not surprisingly, that motive is love (which he says chiefly shows itself in generosity). Not surprising, because as believers we know from the Word of God that this is indeed the chief virtue we have and must manifest as God’s children (1 Cor.13; Gal.5:22; 1 Tim.1:5, etc.). And because this is the heart of the commandments of God, which are the guiding standard for our lives (Matt.22:36-40). And, of course (as Perman also points out), because this is what God has shown us in His Son – His amazing, sovereign, saving love (John 3:16; 1 Jn.4:7-11).

For today I post from two sections of this chapter, and in the light of my previous post in which I was critical of Perman for neglecting the God-centered focus of the Christian life and of our work, you will understand why I do so. First this:

Hence, the overarching principle of the Christian life is that we are here to serve, to the glory of God. We are to be in this world not for what we can get out of it but for what we can give. According to the Bible, a truly productive life is lived in service of others. Being productive is not about seeking personal peace and affluence because God made us for greater goals. Jonathan Edwards nails this:

There is another that has made you, and preserves you, and provides for you, and on whom you are dependent: and He has made you for himself, and for the good of your fellow-creatures, and not only for yourself. He has placed before you higher and nobler ends than self, even the welfare of your fellow-men, and of society, and the interests of his kingdom; and for these you ought to labour and live, not only in time, but for eternity.

This is foundational to the entire Christian life: We are not out own (1 Cor.6:19). We did not create ourselves, and we did not redeem ourselves. We doubly belong to God. And God has not made us merely to seek our own good. He created us for something far greater: to seek the good of others, and of society, and his kingdom. The true Christian lives for these ends, not his own comfort and welfare (87).


April 3, 1956 – The Great Hudsonville/Standale Tornado

April 3, 1956 – Hudsonville/Standale Tornado | WOODTV.com Blogs.

Today marks the 59th anniversary of the deadly F5 tornado that struck West Michigan – especially Hudsonville and Standale – killing 17 people and leaving widespread damage.

Local Wood-TV Meteriologist Bill Steffen referenced this historic event on his weather blog today (linked above), providing a brief summary of it and posting some links of interest. I include his opening sentences and then give you two videos available on this tornado.

Today, April 3rd, 2014, is the anniversary of the strongest tornado ever to hit the state of Michigan. The strongest wind on the surface of Earth in 1956 was on Van Buren Street in Hudsonville, Michigan on April 3, 1956. There were 17 fatalities (13 in Hudsonville) and 340 were injured.

I recall being told about this terrible storm as a youngster (I was born two years after it). The lake across from which we lived for a time (Fennessy) was virtually filled with dirt and debris (still great for bass fishing though!); and the home my parents live in now, which was being framed at the time, was twisted on its foundation.

I also remember hearing about the sermon Rev.Gerrit Vos preached in Hudsonville PRC after the event, which became a meditation on Psalm 46, later published in the Standard Bearer (April 15, 1956). If you have wondered about the context of this unique meditation, now you know.

Here is the opening text of that message – powerful exposition of God’s Word and well worth your reading in its entirely (just follow the above link).

“Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”

Ps. 46:8, 10, 11

Our village received a very special visit by the Lord Christ.

It was a visit of the majesty on high.

What we really received is a little foretaste of the end of the world.

Some of us went to heaven in the process of that visit. Others are in the hospital because of that visit. Some of us had a brush with death. All of us were deeply impressed by that visit.

God came to us, and He roared: I have never yet heard a voice such as we heard around supper time, Tuesday evening, April 3, 1956. It sounded as though a thousand express trains were traversing the sky.

His footsteps were seen; He walked from the southwest to the northeast, skirting our village: everyone was aware of His august presence.

And we were afraid: many cowered in the basement of their homes, while God ravaged their properties (?). He flung houses and barns far and wide. Such debris was mixed with black muck and the dust of the earth. He snuffed out the lives of some of us, broke the bones and the flesh of others: they were left moaning in His wake.

Oh yes, no one can dispute it: God walked among us; His Christ paid us a special visit; He left desolation, death, pain and misery.

But also awe, the awe of the childlike fear of Jehovah.

One man said: My Jehovah was beautiful in His raging! And that man lost half of his worldly goods, and his life was in jeopardy.

Yes, I have seen Him too.

His pathway through Hudsonville was about 3 or 4 city blocks from my dwelling.



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