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Before long we again have our June weddings. True, there are also weddings throughout the year; but June seems to be the time when most wedding bells ring.  Did you know that our Church Order has an article about weddings? In Article 70 we read: “Since it is proper that the matrimonial state be confirmed in the presence of Christ’s Church, according to the Form for that purpose, the Consistory shall attend to it.”

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Not far from here is an old abandoned gold mine stowed away in the mountains. Its tunnels are collapsed, loose rock lies scattered everywhere, its rugged walls stand beaten and battered. Many people go up to this mine just to do a bit of exploring on their own. Some carry picks, some small hammers, some wield a sledge hammer as they beat away at the hard rock. Even experts in the field of rock hunting like to probe around, trying to find some rare stone to add to their collection.

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A short time ago I passed along the remark that I intended to write a bit more about marriage. Since that time other articles are appearing in the Standard Bearer on this same subject. I am happy about that, especially because in the meantime I have received a letter in which the remark was made that marriage is no longer understood, not by the world, nor by the church. The writer added that it is appalling how little; even married couples in the church understand of the holy bond of matrimony. So maybe even this small contribution may serve a...

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God has given to us an invaluable gift; the gift of speech or communication.  The Most High God Himself speaks to us, His people. We hear the voice of Jehovah in the cheerful song of the birds at break of day, in the wild dashing of the waves upon the seashore, in the rumblings of the thunder. Jehovah our God also speaks to us through His infallible Word. Take that from us and even the testimony of the Spirit within us is silenced! 

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One hears a lot of talk about the “now generation.” It may be a bit difficult to determine what the expression means, but the general idea seems to be quite evident. Especially the youth of today wants to do their thing NOW. They are unhappy with the “establishment” and want to change it, and that right now. They express their resentment against the established order of things by wearing long unkempt hair, matted beards, filthy, tattered clothing, and show a complete disregard for all law and order.

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