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It seems customary that the secretary of your board make an annual report at this our annual meeting, and so it is now that I again must make a review or take stock of the activities of your board for the past year.
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The first invasion of the Philistines was followed by a second. For David had put them to flight but had not pursued and smitten them. Rallying their scattered forces they came up again and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. David again sought the Lord’s counsel and received as answer, “Thou shalt not go up.” These words suppose the question, “Shall I go up?” The Lord now demanded the employment of a different stratagem. For the Philistines would be guarding against another surprise attack from the same direction.
Its Idea. The principal words in Scripture for the concept, “holiness”, are KADOSH in Hebrew and HAGIOS in the New Testament Greek. These words mean fundamentally “purity”, either physical or moral, and particularly “freedom” from moral defilement. However, the root meaning of the word is closely associated with “cutting, separating”, so that “holiness” refers to a separation from evil and corruption and consecration to the Lord. Its Prominent Mention in Holy Writ.
Sacraments are visible signs and seals instituted by God, administered by the Church, received by, the believers and their seed, whereby He obsignates visibly the invisible grace of His covenant and seals it unto the believers, and whereby He gives unto His Church ensigns and banners of His covenant to distinguish them from the world.
We were discussing the third proposition signed by Dr. F. L. Bos (a liberated) and Rev. E. G. van Teylingen (a synodical).