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A Letter about Two Letters

Dear Grandchildren of junior high and high school age, There was once a young family whose father lived in a far country. From there he wrote two letters telling all about himself. That first letter they received was awfully hard to read; in fact, they couldn’t decipher it all in some places. Some of the […]

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A Teacher’s View

Having heard, over the years, a number of student’s views of Covenant, I decided that it is time to give a teacher’s eye view of a day at Covenant. It is about 6:00 A.M. The alarm on my digital clock rings and I grope for the button which allows me an extra nine minutes of […]

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Called by My Name

From a reader in Edgerton, Minnesota comes the following question: “In Amos 9:11-12, what is meant by the phrase, ‘called by my name’?” At first glance this prophecy in Amos may seem to speak of no more than a literal restoration of Israel to their land after the captivity, and to the subsequent possession of […]

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I Can’t Understand It

My teacher sure is mean. It seems like he’s always yelling at me when I’m not doing anything. No, I don’t mean exactly yelling, but he’s always saying don’t do this and don’t do that, and then he punishes us for no reason at all. It’s just that the other kids do much worse things […]

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I’m OK!

So who makes that claim? It’s so common we hear it all the time. I inadvertently bump hard into a person. I apologize with, I’m sorry! Did I hurt you? And the reply is, I’m OK. But who can really, truthfully say this? Remember, it is said within the context of a cursed world, a […]

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Movement Where?

“The trouble with self-made men”, someone has said, “is that they always insist on sharing the recipe.” I remembered that recently as I listened to Phil Donahue, the talk show host, being interviewed about his newly published autobiography. Phil Donahue is no doubt about as genial as anyone on television. But his view of his […]

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Remembering the Lord’s Day

The Dutch have called Sunday, “God’s dike.” In the Netherlands, the dike keeps back the threatening seas and, this, preserves the Hollanders from watery destruction. So, the Lord’s Day holds back the raging waves of materialism, earthlimindedness, and pleasure-madness that threaten to engulf the Church and the Christian. There are leaks in the dike. There […]

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Signs of the Times: The Sleeping Church

Please read Matthew 25:1-13. Talking about “being turned off”! Here we go through our life preparing ourselves for that exciting adult life ahead of us only to hear the minister talk about persecution outside of our borders and warnings about it in the (not too distant?) future for us. Reading the paper does not really […]

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