This day began with sharing the news with the delegates of our transfer back to NHQ. It has been a number of years since I stood in front of a congregation of Salvationists and shared the word regarding farewell orders not since being the corps officer of the Hagerstown, MD corps some 33 years ago. Barbara and I have received a number of notes of congratulations with the tag we don’t want to see you go. If we could stay we certainly would. Over 46 years ago for Barbara and 42 years for me, we settled the matter of receiving appointments as from the Lord.
Commissioner Gaither had some choice phrases today, “Believe the Word God has spoken. God is going to speak to us this week about the priority of the Word of God. May revival for the word break out in the South. Their is an enemy of the Word. There are walks of faith falling all over our country. Thank God there is still a remnant paying attention. One can not be reminded of what one does not already know. Those of us who step behind the pulpit are issuing reminders. There are two sacred places in every corps sanctuary: the pulpit and the Mercy Seat.”
Dr. Hamilton led us through a study of Genesis 15 after he identified seven covenants in the Old Testament. He defined a covenant as a means by which two parties who are already in some kind of relationship take it to a higher and more intimate level. On the human level, marriage is such a covenant. Their is a difference between a contract and a covenant. A contract is a legal matter. A covenant is a moral issue. Every covenant has beautiful pageantry and ceremony with it.
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