Ugly Holiness

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If we ever think about holy people, what comes to mind may be nice people who get along well with others. But what about people who aren’t very nice, such as those Old Testament judges and prophets who saw everything in black and white and took no prisoners when it came to rooting out unrighteousness? Were they holy? And are such people still with us today? 

Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25; Romans 9:14-23, 11:29, 12:14-21

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Music: “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” The U.S. Army Band, YouTube Audio Library. The full recording is available at

Picture: The Tragic Prelude: John Brown. Mural by John Steuart Curry, 1938, Kansas State Capitol, Topeka, KS

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