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Eaton County Michigan

EATON COUNTY MEMORIAL REPORT

Mr. Covert has spent his life in three localities: Fourteen years on his farm in Novi, fourteen years in the village of Northville, and twenty years in this city. In the spring of '38 he united with the Presbyterian church at Northville. although he believed that he had experienced the love of God shed abroad in his heart seven years before. As a member of the church he has, until growing years and the infirmities of age disabled him, been an active worker. He was for many years a ruling elder in the church at Northville, and for twenty years superintendent of the Sabbath-school and a leader in every church enterprise. His old pastor always looked to him for wise counsel and ready assistance in every good word and work. He was ever a constant attendant until the day of his death of all meetings of the church, and ready to perform his part of the public service. It was no self-denial for him to perform his Christian duties—he loved the name of the Lord, and could say with the psalmist, "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts. " It was a great deprivation for him to be unable to be in his accustomed place in the sanctuary on the Lord's day. He loved the gospel, pure and simple. He hated heresies, and abhorred false dogmas, and was indignant when such lying vanities were preached from the sacred desk, and so made palatable by sophistries and human eloquence as to be mistaken for truth and received as the word of God. But while he hated false doctrines, no man was more fond of "the truth as it is in Jesus, " or was willing to receive it, no matter how plain or pointed.

Michigan 1883


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