When “errors” are not errors.

Amazon’s email to OSNOVA:

 

Hello,

We’re writing to let you know that at least one of your readers has reported some problems within your book [the KJV Bible], and we have confirmed the issue. … There are some words in your book that our spell check dictionary could not identify. … Here are the words and their locations

For example “cieling of wood; ” should be “ceiling of wood; “(loc:48522),”burglers” should be “burglars” (loc:48385),”sodering” should be “soldering”(loc:27757),

 

OSNOVA’s Email to Amazon:

Dear Amazon,
As always, we have carefully reviewed your report.  Given that we are dealing with the text of the KJV translation of the Bible, we have to faithfully reproduce all the spellings of its authoritative editions.  Neither you nor I are qualified to update the spelling of the KJV Bible to the modern standards or decide that the original text contained errors or misspellings.

In this particular instance, all of the reported “errors” cannot and should not be corrected even though they look strange to the modern eye because the original text had “cieling of wood,” “burglers” and “sodering.”  Please see the attached reproductions of the text of the KJV that served as the basis for our electronic edition.

I would appreciate if you would pass this information to the customer who reported these “errors.”

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John Calvin on Prayer and Thanksgiving

By prayer and supplication we pour out our desires before God, asking as well those things which tend to promote his glory and display his name, as the benefits which contribute to our advantage. By thanksgiving we duly celebrate his kindnesses toward us, ascribing to his liberality every blessing which enters into our lot. . . . The sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving can never be interrupted without guilt, since God never ceases to load us with favor upon favor, so as to force us to gratitude, however slow and sluggish we may be. In short, so great and widely diffused are the riches of his liberality towards us, so marvelous and wondrous the miracles which we behold on every side, that we never want a subject and materials for praise and thanksgiving.

— John Calvin,
INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION,
Book Third, Chapter XX, Translated by Henry Beveridge, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989, page 176 in Volume II. ISBN 0802881661

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Thanksgiving and Prayer

by Charles H. Spurgeon

 

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.” — Psalm 65:11

All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake, his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave off shining, but our God will never cease to cheer his children with his love. Like a river his lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fullness inexhaustible as his own nature, which is its source. Like the atmosphere which always surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun on summer days appears to gladden us with beams more warm and bright than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen with the rain, and as the atmosphere itself on occasions is fraught with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is it with the mercy of God: it hath its golden hours, its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifieth his grace and lifteth high his love before the sons of men. Continue reading

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

“Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains”. Psalm 147:7-8

This November Facebook is abuzz with “3o Days of Thanksgiving”. Many Christians post one gratitude note everyday. Some “thank-you’s” are big ticket items, while others are the recognition of small everyday blessings. And then there are some who thank God for ‘blessings in disguise’: lost jobs, financial struggle, health issues – all those things that test our faith, build up your trust, and make our hearts seek God with new eagerness.

“Gratitude is our ability to see the grace of God, morning by morning, no matter what else greets us in the course of the day”. ~ Craig Barnes

Whatever our situation is today – or any day – a grateful heart is the attitude we are called to as the redeemed children of God.

  • “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV).
  • “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:23.
  • “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” Hebrew 13:15.

We learn about thanksgiving every day as we wake up to a new dawn, have a morning cup of coffee, enjoy food on our table, hear our children’s voices, see our loved ones, get a phone call from a friend, watch the sunset, kiss our spouses good-night. There are things we might be missing. There are circumstances we wished be different. Yet none of that can or should diminish our gratitude to God for all what we do have: our life, His constant presence, protection, and provision.

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled”. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Our family had a good year. We stayed very busy with our three kids: homework, swim classes, field trips, AWANA. One of the biggest highlights of the year was our summer vacation to Virginia Beach along with Oksana’s sister and her son, who came to visit us for a month.

Our children are a constant reminder of God’s special mercy and His blessings. Each one of them is a gift from above. Their little hearts full of wonder and love, their eager minds hungry for truth, their arms outstretched toward us. We delight in our precious gems every day. What a blessing to be a Mom and a Dad!

With the headlines telling us that the world is falling apart all around, we thank God for His faithfulness and hold on to His everlasting promise:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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What are you thankful for today?
Have you had any ‘blessings in disguise’ lately?

Please share with us in the comments.

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