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James Hoffer retired in 2010 after serving as a pastor for 46 years. During his career he ministered to churches in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, and West Virginia, in addition to missionary work in Uruguay and Brazil. As a result of his overseas service, he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has a working knowledge of German and Italian. In addition to his book, he has written numerous articles and poetry, which have been published in several periodicals over the years.
"In Secrets and Mysteries of the Lost Ark, Jim Hoffer follows the inductive method of Bible study first developed a century ago by the pioneers Stephen and Hetty Haskell in their magazine Bible Training School. Just as that paper prepared Bible workers and colporteurs of yesteryear to give Bible studies on a wide variety of topics, so Hoffer’s book will help readers understand the meaning of the five arks mentioned in the Bible and why one of them has been lost to view over the centuries."—Brian E. Strayer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, Andrews University
"Pastor James Hoffer is to be commended for writing about the sanctuary through this unique study-method. This book unfolds the importance of the sanctuary message. I recommend this study."—Norman R. Gulley, Ph.D., Research Professor in Systematic Theology
"Secrets and Mysteries of the Lost Ark is excellent for new church members and serves as a wake-up call for those who may have neglected the message which God has given to His last day church."—Richard W. O’Ffill, Revivalist and Author
"Many . . . know so little about the sanctuary and our doctrines about it or their meanings. This could start a revival in those who read and study it."—Carol Zarska, director of Mountain Refuge Family Ministries, and speaker on the subject of sanctuary and prayer
"What a unique approach! You have taken a title and topic people are aware of and turned it into such a useful tool to instruct as to what really is meant by the ark and its environs."—Lewis Walton, attorney and author
"Secretos y Misterios del Arca Perdida nos lleva a elevar nuestra mirada a lo que Jesús esta haciendo ahora, una obra de tal magnitud como lo fue su muerte en la cruz. La correcta comprensión del santuario terrenal y sus servicios nos proyecta al centro mismo de operaciones del universo en favor de la humanidad." ("Secrets and Mysteries of the Lost Ark causes us to look upward toward that which Jesus is now doing, a work of the same importance as was His death on the cross. The correct understanding of the earthly sanctuary and its services carries us to the universe's very center of operations in favor of humanity.")—Robert Costa, international evangelist and speaker/director of the TV ministry Escrito Está
"This is a creative, clear, concise study that shows how our fundamental beliefs can be traced back to the sanctuary. A heart-warming and inspiring journey to be sure."—Dave Turner, participant in the very first public presentation of this book as a public seminar
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