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Although at times it seems as though the church is in ruin and rubble, God sees it as a beautiful building.

Clinker bricks are bricks that did not quite make it. For some reason or another, they come out of the kiln misshapen or deformed. I read about a Presbyterian Church in New York State that was intentionally built of clinker bricks. Apparently, the congregation wanted to send a message, so they build their church of imperfect, rejected bricks. [“Clinker bricks and Ebenezers,” May 2, 1999, Exeter Congregational United Church of Christ Web Site,] The message is that we are all clinker bricks, we are sinners, we are imperfect people full of follies and foibles, but through...

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