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    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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Post Wedding Vaca – MOA

Mark thought it would be a good thing to take a little vacation after the wedding. So we’re in Minnesota exploring the Mall of America and surrounding attractions. Here are a few pictures of our hotel, the mall, and the aquarium that’s underneath the MOA.

We stayed at the Best Western Plus Dakota Ridge. I would definitely recommend it.

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The aquarium was in the lower level of the mall. The first fish below seemed to be interested in a modeling career. He kept swimming by me as if he was captivated with the flash on my camera. His name is Fred. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed walking through the tunnel with all the sharks swimming around us. It would have freaked me out 10 years ago. Today all I could think about was getting a “killer” shot. I especially liked the turtles.

Mark and I sat for quite a while waiting for the sharks and tortoise to come by while we were in the tunnel so we could get some close-up, frontal pictures. It’s amazing to see the product of an intelligent designer. God’s handiwork is awesome! The jelly fish were amazing. Some of them grow to be bigger than a man, while others stay as small as a pin head. Their colors are amazing.

We didn’t ride any rides in the amusement part, but we enjoyed watching those who did. We ate at Johnny Rocket’s Burgers. With the coupon from the MOA coupon book, we paid less than $15 for two double burgers (with real meat), a fry and onion ring combo with drink (free refills).  Not bad for an on-site restaurant.

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