by Epiphany Bible Students

No. 374

“I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings,” says Hos. 6:6. This subject of knowledge, especially so with the “know­ledge of God,” has been bandied about by all classes from the least unto the greatest; and a little reflection readily makes evident that it must be embellished with copious qualifications if it is to be retained in proper balance. Almost every virtue becomes a vice when overdone; therefore, almost every virtue requires a companion virtue if it is to be maintained in good perspective. This is certainly true of knowledge, because St. Paul says that “knowledge puffeth up, but love buildeth up.” The great Apostle is not here putting a slur on knowledge, because no one can have too much knowledge if that knowledge is given proper balance by the grace of love.

“The spirit of a sound mind” implies that such a person has all four of the Divine attributes in reasonable proportion – each companion to the other three prorated to its correct position. Knowledge is acquaintance with fact, clear perception of truth; and wisdom is the correct application of knowledge. Thus, a man who is gifted chiefly with knowledge may be said to be an intellectual man; one with knowledge and power, an aus­tere man; one with knowledge, power and justice, a righteous man; and one with know­ledge (wisdom), power, justice and love is a “good man.” And to one possessing these four the promise is sure and certain that his “steps are ordered of the Lord.”

We often hear the remark that “knowledge is not the essential thing”; but this statement is only a half truth, and – “Half truths are more misleading than whole errors.” St. Paul does indeed say that love is the principal thing – that “love is the bond of per­fectness” (Col. 3:14).And none with that “bond of perfectness” will ever be rejected by the Lord, will never fall from the Class in which he finds himself. No Saint ever lost his crown so long as he retained that “bond”; and no Youthful Worthy will ever fall from his Class if he has and retains that bond. As Brother Johnson has so well stated, it is not required of Youthfuls that they develop Agape love; but they should certainly do so if they have the capacity to do so. Some may not be able to do this; but it should be readily evident that if they can and do acquire it, then they have also the “bond of perfectness,” which none can give nor take away – the possessor of that “bond” can never encounter shipwreck in his walk by faith.

Above we quoted St. Paul’s statement that love is the principal thing, but here also qualification is necessary, because no one ever developed Agape love without pa­tience, and none can retain it without that adorning grace. It is of such importance that St. Paul mentions it last in Titus 2:2 in his admonition to be “sober, grave, tem­perate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” Jesus had perfect love, but this He retained only through His perfection in patience – “He steadfastly (in full patience) set His face to go to Jerusalem.” But we must go beyond patience in our qualification of Agape love. Before patience must come faith; and before faith must come knowledge – “the knowledge of God.” This is emphasized in Romans 10:14–17: “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard (received sufficient knowledge to enable them to be­lieve)? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent?... So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Clearly, then, in the primary sense the “knowledge of God” is the principal thing; without that knowledge there could be no faith; without faith “It is impossible to please God,” and without faith none could possibly gain that principal thing – Agape love. It has been our observation that those who would discount the virtue of know­ledge – “not the essential thing” – are those who possess very little of it; and their contention is simply a lame alibi for their glaring incapacity – “My people per­ish for lack of knowledge.” We are instructed to “study to show thyself approved unto God”; and we are to account those elders ‘‘worthy of double honor... who labor in word and doctrine (the knowledge of God).” (I Tim. 5:17)

And with such servants abides the assurance of faith – they know that they know. Nor need such assurance “puff up” if that knowledge is moderated by Agape love. If such knowledge is not moderated by Agape love, such people will lose it as prophesied in 2 Thes. 2:10,11 – and God will send them “strong delusion” that they should believe a lie (errors and false doctrine). The Egyptians have a proverb: “He who knows, but knows not that he knows, is timid – encourage him. He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is ignorant – teach him. He who knows not, and knows not he knows not, is a fool – shun him. But he who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise – follow him “ Surely, the last two Principal Men knew, and knew that they knew; the Scriptures speci­fically state of one of them that he was ‘‘wise”; and our trust was well placed as we followed them. Also, it was prophetically written of the Epiphany Solomon (1 Kgs. 3: 12): “I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.” Therefore, those who recognize Brother Johnson as the good Epiphany Solomon will proceed most cautiously before attempting to dispute any of his faithful Scriptural teachings. Neither of the Laodicean “stars” deemed it essential to be “as the actors,” to use the tricks of ora­tory, or the flummery of the stage, much of which is simply humbug. A pleasant anecdote is related of Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist: Some neighborhood boys attempted a prank upon him by catching a grasshopper, tearing off its wings and long hind legs, then substituting the wings of a wasp and parts of several other bugs. They then showed him their artifice, asking him if he could tell them what kind of a bug it was. “Did it make a humming noise when you first caught it out in the field”? he asked. “Oh, yes; it made a very loud humming noise when we first grabbed it.” “Then,” replied Mr. Darwin, “it’s a ‘hum’-bug.”

Such is much the case with a large part of our present–day estimation of the “know­ledge of God.” A very prominent Evangelist recently said to his audience, “Coming to Christ is not dependent on understanding. I don’t understand the digestive system, but I eat.” The superficiality of this statement is readily apparent. The Evangelist him­self may not understand his digestive system; but other human beings do understand it, and this enables him to go on living. Had the human race not learned early in history that some of our vegetation is deadly poison which would destroy the digestive system, none would have survived unto this day. The Evangelist’s physician understands the di­gestive system, and he hires that physician to keep his digestive system in proper con­dition. And by the same rule of measure the preacher should understand what he is feed­ing the flock – and should feed them the true “knowledge of God” – if he would save them from spiritual indigestion. Presumably, they are paying him to do just that – just as the Evangelist pays his doctor to keep him physically well.

In our courts of law it is a fundamental rule of interpretation that “Ignorance of the law excuses no one”; and it requires no great insight to realize that if this were not true bedlam would prevail in all quarters. However, the rigidity of human law is not always operative in God’s law under present undone conditions, because we are speci­fically told in Acts 17:30 that “this ignorance God winked at”; that is, He made due allowance for the inherited and acquired frailties of the human race, who through ignorance knew not God. But this should not be seized upon as an over–all excuse for violation of the Divine order of affairs. Brother Russell has stressed that we are held account­able for what we have opportunity to know; howbeit, of him that hath little shall little be required.

In Parousia Volume Six there are two chapters devoted to Order and Discipline in the New Creation and The Law of the New Creation, which are there for a purpose. They are pungent with the “knowledge of God,” provided by God during this Harvest time for the guidance of His people, and binding upon all of us who claim to be in “Present Truth” ­regardless of the laxities practiced by those about us. Of the Jews it was written (Zech. 7:12): “They made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law... therefore, came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts,” the same being a shadow be­fore of the conduct of spiritual Israel during this Gospel Age, and especially so in the end of the Age. “He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear.”

Of course, the tendency of the times is to discount the “knowledge of God” – it doesn’t matter what you believe, so long as you are headed in the right direction. Therefore, take no exceptions to your neighbor’s beliefs; they are just as good as yours. We know this to be a direct contradiction to St. Paul’s teaching that there is but “one faith.” In E–9:512 (bottom) there is this: “The Lord does not despise know­ledge and talent, as some mistakenly think, but, if sanctified, uses them advantageously for His cause, yet He certainly does not put the main emphasis on them, which main empha­sis He lays upon characteristics of the heart.” Yet St. Paul so often remarks, “I would not have you ignorant, brethren.” Also, “By His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many.” It was by His knowledge that He explained the types and shadows of the Old Testament and “brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.” And at the very time He was doing this the critical statement was given to the Jews, “Israel hath a zeal, but not according to knowledge.”

Knowledge of things past often helps us accurately to diagnose present events, and to arrive at proper interpretations of difficult Scriptures. Many have been the attempts of critics to condemn the Bible because of its statement, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated (loved less)”; but, knowledge of the custom then prevailing that the elder son must fast while the younger feasted upon the birthday of a prominent ancestor offers a clear and reasonable explanation of the matter. “The law of the Lord is perfect..... making wise the simple.” (Psa. 19:7)

In Detroit at present there is a reciprocal understanding among many of the mini­sters of the different sects regarding ‘mixed’ marriages to this effect: If, say, a Lutheran comes to his minister to be married to a Methodist, the Lutheran minister per­forms the service; then advises them to determine both to attend the same church. If the bride doesn’t like the minister who has just joined her in wedlock, or if she cannot accept the Lutheran faith, then the minister advises his own member to follow his bride to the Methodist Church; or vice versa. Thus, in the overall figures, all is balanced up – and every one is happy. This means there is no longer controversy over what is the “knowledge of God”; if there be any conflict, it is now chiefly over personalities “there is no live coal to warm them,” no living doctrinal Truth in its purity to stir their icy spiritual blood (Isa. 47:14). “They are shepherds that cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter” (Isa. 56:11). Don’t expose my ignorance, and I won’t expose yours, they say; and each of us will prosper in out own bailiwick. (See Berean Comments on Isa. 56:11)

But, if we would be better used of the Lord, it is essential that we have a cer­tain amount of knowledge, although some with limited knowledge and inherent wisdom (the proper application of knowledge) often accomplish more than others with great knowledge but endowed with less wisdom. Therefore, Solomon says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom, and with all thy getting get understanding.” Companion thoughts are excellently expressed by both Star Members in the May 14 Manna Comments:

“What is it to grow in grace? It is to grow in favor with the Lord through an inti­mate personal acquaintance and fellowship of spirit with Him.... To grow thus in grace and not in knowledge is impossible.... If, therefore, we love and obey the Lord and de­sire to grow in His favor, His written word is our daily meditation and study; and thus we grow in knowledge.”

Errorists and superficial teachers offer just the reverse of the foregoing to their devotees. When the Church of Rome was in its heyday it is well stated that its motto was: Reading is doubt; doubt is heresy; and heresy is Hell. That is, any who endeavored to inform themselves were doubting the infallibility of their leaders; and such must certainly be only the course of the heretic. This was indeed the “doctrine of Balaam.... the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.” (Rev. 2:14–15) Such are the antitypical Baal worshipers, who endeavor by sleight–of–hand and great oratorical shouting to overawe the “unstable and the unlearned.” It should be noted that Baal was the Sun God – Lord of the Day – a fitting type of power–graspers and cler­icalists. At night the Heavens are filled with millions of stars, many of them much larger than our sun; yet they are all completely obscured during the daytime. They are still in their respective places, of course, but they are not visible to the human eye because of the daytime splendor of the sun. And such is much the condition of Gospel Age power–graspers; they have outshone the true ­Star Members; have “cast their brethren out” and built up Great and Little Babylon; yet the promise is sure to all the fully faithful – “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their father.” And this exaltation will be one without end!

In this connection, be it noted that the orbit of the sun is from the East to the South to the West. But those who follow Baal cannot ever receive any exaltation from the true God. Therefore, it is written, “Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south” – that is, no promotion from God to those who follow the course of Baal. In 1 Kings 18 is recorded the experience of Elijah with Jezebel’s prophets of Baal – one against 450. There had been a long drought in the land, the country was blistering under the unrelenting rays of the burning sun. Therefore, Elijah gave those prophets of Baal every possible advantage when he told them to try their hand first – to kill their bullock, put it on the altar, and call upon Baal, their Sun God, at high noon to ignite the wood under their sacrifice. Well did they realize the mockery that would come upon them if they failed under such advantageous circumstances, which prompted them to call out, “O Baal, hear us... And it came to pass at noon that Elijah mocked them.... and they cried aloud and cut themselves after their manner with knives.” Then, when they were forced to admit failure (about three o’clock in the afternoon – ­v. 29, “the evening sacrifice”), Elijah then instructed that twelve barrels of water be poured upon his offering, after which fire came from Heaven and consumed his sacrifice. “Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob... and built an altar in the name of the Lord,” which altar was typical of the Fully Faith­ful of the Gospel-Age spiritual Elijah, twelve being a Little Flock number – just as was true of the altar constructed by Joshua (Josh. 4:5, 9).

While the Gospel-Age Elijah has always had the assurance that “Thou hearest me always,” fortified as they have been by the knowledge of God, which gave them a “mouth and Wisdom which none of their adversaries were able to gainsay nor resist,” seldom were given the spectacular outward approval which came to the Prophet Elijah in his encounter with the Prophets of Baal that fateful day. In fact, in many instances dur­ing this Gospel Age the Baal worshipers (power–graspers) have gained the ascendancy ­as instance the victory of Calvin over Miletus Servetus, etc.; yet the fully faithful have striven with the strength of Samson and the skill of the warrior David in their use of the knowledge of God. It should not be expected, of course, that all would demon­strate the ability of the Star Members in the use of this knowledge – altho many have assumed they could do so. We recall the occasion when a gainsayer gave us the argument that Christ died and rose again “according to the Scriptures” – that this proved it was not actually true, but was only “according to the Scriptures,” which were unreliable in their records.

It has been contended by some in our midst that the Truth has always come first, then followed by error. This is only a half truth; and half truths are more mislead­ing than whole errors. In the broad sense, the Bible, which is the Truth, has been first, of course; but Micah 5:5 clearly states that “when the Assyrian (the errorists) shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise up against him seven shepherds and eight principal men.” This is in keeping with Prov. 24:16 – “A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” The “just man” of this Gospel Age has been the fully faithful justified Christ Company, which fell into obscurity as much error sprang up about them after the death of each Star Member. We need only look at the Lutheran Church, the Meth­odist Church, the Adventists and others to note the force of this contention. If Martin Luther, Wesley, Miller, et al, came back they would be unable to find their teachings in those organizations that now claim to be their followers. In our time we have the in­stance of Brother Russell, and with what speed the falling occurred after he died. Je­hovah’s Witnesses bear no more resemblance to the truths he espoused and the organization he set up than does a vulture to a swan. The measurably faithful made quick havoc of his good work – just as uncleansed Levites are doing all about us – some more, some less. And, as we observe this state of affairs, it behooves us all the more to equip ourselves with “the knowledge of God” to the extent of our natural and acquired providential cir­cumstances. The world in general, of course, “knows not God”; and the great mass of Christian believers quite evidently have very little of the “knowledge of God.” There is the constant and irrepressible conflict, the battle of darkness against light, and – “The darkness hateth the light because it is reproved by it.”

But the “knowledge of God” is for “the children of light,” who zealously try to pass it on to others, although with very limited success against the opposition of the “god of this world.” Therefore, it confers its greatest blessing upon its possessor; hence, the words of Solomon, “Buy the Truth (the knowledge of God), and sell it not.” To such, and to such alone, applies the promise of Psalms 91:10 – “Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Such are the members of that “one Church, which in its entirety is the steward and administrator of the Truth (the knowledge of God), to preserve and defend it from error and to administer it for the benefit of the responsive.” (E-8:253) And such will be in full agreement with the slogan of Brother Johnson’s letterhead as respects the Knowledge of God – “The noblest science; the best instructions.” To which we would add, “that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3), and “He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.” (Isa. 57:2)

(Reprint of April, 1971, No. 190)



Dear Sister Emily Hoefle:

Thank you very much for your letter of June 17 (my birthday). Yesterday I received the parcel with the four books “About Pastor Charles Taze Russell,” and the two books, “The Divine Plan of the Ages.” I say thank you very much for these books. I shall distribute these books to interested persons speaking English. I have re­ceived the books in good order. Thanks again very much.

I am happy to receive your good literature. Tomorrow I shall travel to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, and will post your Air Mail letter there.

The Lord bless you and all the brethren and sisters in Christ. For today I remain with all good wishes. Your brother by His Grace, ------- (AUSTRIA)


Dear Sister Hoefle: Greetings in Christ our Lord!

I want to thank you for sending me your papers for many years. My parents got in the Truth in Pastor Russell’s day, around 1915. My brother and I were baptized in 1939 Convention in Philadelphia. Enclosed is a check. Please sent me two books “About Pastor Russell,” and use what is over in your wonderful work.

With Christian love, Brother ------- (New York)


To our brother in Messiah, --------:

We received your precious book, THE RECONCILIATION (THE ATONEMENT). It is a marvelous thing that God has sent me this book through you, because of all the problems concerning the personality of our Saviour Jesus and the Trinity. It sounds exactly right, just as God revealed these matters to me since I found my Saviour. It is for that reason that we bless you with all our heart. But the author’s name is not shown, because the few first pages are missing. If you know the name of the author, you will render me a Great favor by sending it to me. You know that I have had and still have many dissentions with the number of Christians concerning the Divinity of Jesus and the Trinity. Thank God that this book has verified my beliefs and I am most pleased to read and reread it with great enthusiasm.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus the Messiah we wish you a life of good health in body and in spirit. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus always be with you. Amen.

From your brother and sister in Christ, -----------– (JERUSALEM)


Dear Sister: Grace and peace be multiplied!

Dear Sister, it was a shock on our part, and a blessing in the sight of the Lord, to receive a letter from the Cross River State School of Accounting, inviting me to lecture during their graduation ceremony. I was wondering who might introduce me to the Board. when we never got the opportunity to televise our ministry, or have opportunity to be on the radio.

The Lord has richly blessed our work in this part of the globe in special ways. His Providence goes into action when it is “due time.” A little flock out of thousands, are being called to deliver the Lord’s message as already spoken.

On May 10, 1986, the day of the ceremony, I went in company of three brethren. We were a little late arriving, but not to the time of my lecture. I found the whole premise choked up with prominent people of all walks of life, whose sons and daughters were to receive the merits of their endeavors.

We were not known immediately, and we stood on one corner awaiting some one we know to introduce us, and lead us in. In less than ten minutes a voice came out of the loud speaker calling me to know whether I was around. With this I was identified and taken in to a seat.

I was to lecture for 30 minutes, but the atmosphere was extremely warm. I spoke for one hour and fifteen minutes, with warm claps of hands and admiration. The topic of my discourse was THE REBUILDING OF JERUSALEM. (Bible – Neh. 1:1 to end) No one could give an account of the number of the people there.

Dear Sister, with the events of that day, it became a source of joy for us, and an opportunity to remember our dear Brother Hoefle, who gave us these precious Truths, already presented in embryo earlier. I trust that He will open up other ways in the future.

We hope that this news will be a joy to you and other brethren of like precious faith. Pray especially for this work, and ask the brethren to pray for it, and support its cause and course, especially as the dark clouds are announcing greater trouble preceding the Kingdom.

Outside the hall I received hundreds of handshakes, most especially as many hadn’t had the opportunity of entering the hall, They were eager to meet the speaker. I used this opportunity to distribute over 200 Divine Plan Books, The Hell of the Bible and the Six Saved Classes, with the help of the brethren.

I hope the Lord will do what is pleasing to Him and His people. With my warm Christian love and a vote of confidence to you and the brethren world‑wide, and most especially to the editor of the UIB, David Horowitz, in which Sister Emah and all the brethren join. Sincerely your brother, --------– (AFRICA)


Dear Brethren,

Please sent me one copy of the book you mentioned by David Horowitz About Pastor Russell. Enclosed is a small donation. I’ll gladly send more if required.

I live about a mile from Pastor Russell’s tomb. Sincerely, your Brother ------- (PENNSYLVANIA)


My dear Friend Emily,

Thank you very much for you to remember to call me. It was a pleasure to talk with you. I am getting old and cranky, so the same with my friends. I have had a lot of friends during my long life [he is 96], but it is shrinking now. The reason is natural old age.

My health is so I can’t depend on it, and I am living from day to day. Tonight I am feeling a little livelier, and decided to write you.

Rabbi Mularsky let me have one of the Horowitz’ second edition “About Pastor Russell” and Pastor John J. Hoefle, your departed husband. It is very interesting, since it is similar with translations of the Bible and the Zionist movement. My grandfather taught me when I was a young boy, of the expectation that the Jewish people will return to Jerusalem. You and David Horowitz deserve the right to be called “the Holy People of the Jewish Nation,” who devote your time and expense to promote, to support and help protect the State of Israel. God bless you and Mr. David Horowitz. Your work should be successful.

As to my birthday party, I cannot promise anything since it is complicated to invite people – maybe to the hospital. Since you asked me to write to Mr. Horowitz, kindly let me know his address. I may communicate with a letter or telephone.

Hoping this letter will find you in the best of health, and that you will be able to understand this letter with all the scribbling. Be well!

With love from your friend, ------- (FLORIDA)


Dear Sister Hoefle: Greetings in His precious Name!

I received and read with pleasure “About Pastor Charles Taze Russell.” The second book was much appreciated and given to my daughter. She is not consecrated, but accepts and loves the Truth. There are no Jehovah’s Witnesses in this area – and my contact with the public is very limited.

It is so gratifying to note that through the efforts of your Ecclesia Brother Russell is finally receiving the recognition he deserves. A check is enclosed. With it I send Christian love and thanks.

Your sister by His Grace, ------- (MICHIGAN)


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I want to thank you for sending me your excellent newsletters, and the no less excellent approach to Israel. I was a good friend of Casimir Lanowick (who, by the way, tried to have one of my books – “The Prince and The Prophet” – published in the USA – you might have heard about it). The main work here has been translated into English            It is called “The Zionism of God.”

I do specialize in Biblical Prophecy and came to the conclusion that our Lord is at hand – a matter of some years. I have lived in Israel since 1952 and am an Israeli citizen – having been sent by our Foreign Affairs to some 20 countries (twice to the USA). ..............

Should you be interested in my book “The Zionist of God,” I would gladly send it to you free of charge, of course! And perhaps could I this year come to the USA in order to meet you and give some lectures and services – with my French accent!

Many thanks for answering me. With my fraternal “Shalom” in His love, ------- (Jerusalem)


Dear Brethren and Sr. Hoefle: Christian love and greetings through our dear Redeemer!

This is just a note to let you know that I received the two books – one for me and one for the other brethren. I read it all through and enjoyed it, and said to my­ self “What a pity my husband died before it.” He used to hunt up the reprints and volumes just to read what was in store for the Jews – and he was quite happy when a battle was won by the nation of Israel. What I wonder about is how RGJ gave the Jews so much comfort and at the same time taught that his Campers Consecrated were the first to begin God’s Kingdom on earth.

Well, dear Brethren, I have not been able to talk over with any of the brethren because when it came it was the starting of one of the worst floods I ever saw. In Crofts Hill the houses didn’t suffer much except for leaks. But surrounding districts the houses suffered – some drowned and others took refuge in schools and churches.

So I am not sure the brethren in Crofts Hill will get the mail, as some roads were completely blocked. God bless and keep you in His loving care. Please give my Christian love to the rest of the brethren with you.

Yours by His Grace, ------- (JAMAICA)


Dear Sister Hoefle,

Many thanks for your letter and your help towards our effort in publicizing here. Well, of course, our Heavenly Father is looking on. ............

With regard to the advertising campaign, we have decided to begin about October. This, we feel, will be more effective, because by then the summer madness will be worn off. We are still negotiating. I also note that you have sent an additional six copies of the book “About Pastor Charles Taze Russell.” We are most grateful. But please, dear Sister, do not deplete your stock.

Incidentally, a copy of this book was sent to a Jehovah’s Witness a few weeks ago and has resulted in his eyes becoming opened to the great cover‑up done by the Watchtower on Brother Russell. Accordingly, he and his family, and another family in his congregation, are now about to leave the movement (eleven in all!). I wrote them, pointing out select portions from the Studies in the Scriptures, and they were amazed how the present‑day WT organization stood condemned in the light of what Bro. Russell wrote. The next time I write you, I’ll tell you what sections I quoted. I think you will be interested! I’ll keep in touch in the meantime. Please be assured of our prayers and warmest Christian love.

Your brother, ------- (ENGLAND)


Dear Emily ‑ Shalom and “kol toov” and all the best of God’s blessing!

I’m taking the liberty of writing and also calling you by your first name, as we cannot forget the honored name, Hoefle. We do sense a very near kinship in our mutual understanding of God’s abounding grace and His election of the people of Israel. We do wish we could have known Pastor Russell! We do get David Horowitz’ paper. He has been sending the United Israel Bulletin for some time. .............

Emily, I did so much appreciate your thoughtful, knowledgeable, true and kind remarks about ‘my Shulamit’ (Hebrew spelling). Songs 6:9 (the choice one) to 13, and Proverbs 31:17‑22, 24‑31. Besides the Lord Himself (as Charles Haddon Spurgeon, of London wrote of his wife), Chris is “the comfort of my soul and my sole comfort.”

And, Emily, God continue to bless and honor the memory of your dear companion. I’m certain he was a magnanimous soul as you. God continue to bless his memory and give you many more useful, happy and joyful years.

In the name of the Lord, ------- (KANSAS)


Dear Sister Emily: Loving Christian greetings!

If you have anymore of the books “About Pastor Charles Taze Russell,” written by Mr. Horowitz, could you please let me have one? I read through the one that was sent to Brother Mahoney, and would pass on the good news for the Jews to others. May you keep up the good work! God’s hand is never short concerning His people.

The Lord bless and keep you all! With Christian love, ------- (JAMAICA)


Dear Sister Emily: Greetings of love through our Blessed Savior!

Yes, your good letters do my heart good! They are especially appreciated since you have such a long list of letters to write. ............

Janet and George sent me Psalm 27:1‑4. I think you would appreciate it also: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; whom shall I be afraid?

“(2) When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

“(3) Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.

“(4) One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”

Warm Christian love, ------- (CONNECTICUT)