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Marriage Between Man and Woman is a Picture of our Relationship with God

All through Scripture we find how the marriage union between the man and woman is a picture of the relationship between God and His children. In the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the wife of Yahweh. When Israel became adulterous and worshiped other gods, she was described as a harlot – Jeremiah 3:1 “They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.” ( See also Ezekiel 23)

Israel’s spiritual unfaithfulness became so disgusting in God’s eyes that He issued a writing of divorcement – Jeremiah 3:8 “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” This was actually more of what we might call a separation, because God in His great love for His chosen people could not bear to cut Israel off without a promise of renewal – Hosea 2:14-20; 5:15 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.”; “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”

The Book of Revelation and the Epistles, describe the church as the Bride of Christ. The experience of taking a bride is similar for both Adam and Christ–Adam was put to sleep; Christ was laid in a tomb. When Christ came to earth in human form, He left His Father. When He began His earthly ministry and ultimately died on the Cross, he left his mother. This was for the purpose of cleaving to the object of His love–His people. As each sinner receives Jesus into their heart, they become one flesh. – Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:15 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.”

The entire focus and course of a life is changed both by marriage and a personal experience with Jesus Christ. Marriage – 1 Corinthians 7:3 “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”, and becoming a child of God – Mark 8:34 “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”; 1 Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”; 1 Corinthians 7:23 “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.”

Both marriage and becoming a child of God demand death to self and accountability to God and to others. A wife or husband cannot be faithful to more than one partner, just as a Christian cannot serve any other God – Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

When we become believers, we ought have no hesitation in giving ourselves completely and totally to God, because of the high price He paid for our souls – 1 Peter 1:18, 19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” God has given ALL He has to give; He now rightly expects our ALL in response – Romans 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

In marriage two hearts are grafted together, making them dependent on each other for life. This is illustrated in John 15, with Jesus as the vine and believers as the branches. Through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and His control in the life of both partners, this picture of marriage and the parallel relationship of Christ and his Bride come into focus. The Holy Spirit fills and fulfills both.

When we compare our relationship with our LORD to the marriage relationship, it makes it so much easier to understand His great love for each and every individual soul and life of the human race.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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God is Our Refuge and Strength

Wow! Another wonderful promise from God’s Word! How comforting and stress-free it is when we take hold of promises like this instead of trying to muddle through life on our own. I am trying to get better at memorizing verses God leads me to in areas He knows I need help in; things I need to totally give to Him. He calls them to my mind when I need them most.

I also started a little book of promises from His Word that has been so very helpful to me when my mind will not shut up and listen. This is one of them:

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”

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Posted by on February 4, 2020 in God's Love

 

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Loving God’s Promises

Each New Year brings me reminders of the many wonderful promises God gives us in His Word. I cannot think of a better way to begin afresh than to look at some of those promises.

Today’s promise comes from Psalm 145:13, 18

“Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations…The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

Isn’t it great to know that God’s Kingdom is everlasting (forever and ever) and that His dominion (God has all power and authority) endures throughout all generations.

Notice how David did not stop at, “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him,” he added “to all that call upon him in truth.” God is always near and ready to hear and answer our prayers. If God answers the desires of all living things, as it is written in verse 16 of this chapter, how much more will He fulfill the desires of those who fear (reverence and obey) Him?! As Matthew Henry said, “…he that feeds his birds will not starve his babes.” He will hear the prayers of His children who are striving to live right and obey His Word. We cannot hold on to any sin and expect God to hear our prayers. All sin breaks our fellowship with our Holy God.

So we can trust that God Jehovah will always be in control and have all authority over all things in this world. I know there are times when we find that hard to believe. Times when it may seem as though evil is winning. Trust me, it is not! God promises us that He is THE authority. And we know how the story ends!

Thank you Lord for your promise that your great kingdom and your control and authority will reign forever! We have an enemy and he knows that his time is short. We have a wonderful hope that his time will end and he is the great loser!

AND GOD NEVER LIES!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2020 in God's Love

 

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God Jehovah is in Control

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Oh my yes He is in control. He always has been and He always will be! Do those knuckleheads in our U.S. Congress not understand that?! Evidently not! I find it so very embarrassing to have the world see the complete and utter evil ignorance that is going on in our House Chamber for now over 3 years. All because they hate the man that God has placed in our White House because he is uncovering all of their crooked and corrupt policies that have made them so rich and powerful. Sadducees and Pharisees did the same garbage when Jesus came. BUT, the American people are not stupid as these evil ones in our congress would have us think! If you love America and you love the Lord God Jehovah, pray and get out and vote these fools out of office in 2020!

I am reading in Isaiah in my morning devotions and as I read Chapter 45, I could not help but see the similarities between when God used King Cyrus of Persia as His anointed vessel, and how He is using our President to accomplish His purpose. And, get this, King Cyrus did not even acknowledge Jehovah as God! Can we not understand that God always always always places those whom He wants in places of leadership in all the world’s countries/governments for His purpose.

It is obvious that the LORD has place our President Trump in position of President of the United States. I believe it has much to do with the remnant in this country of believers who are staying true to God and praying fervently for our country for the sake of our children and children’s children. We can hope that God will send His Son for His church soon, but in the meantime we must be about His work. Part of that work is getting His Gospel out and praying for our leaders.

Then there is the question, “Is Donald Trump a born again Christian?” Well it has been reported by very credible sources that he did, in fact, accept Jesus as his Lord and Saviour just prior to his winning the presidency. I believe he did, by his actions. But only he and God know that for sure. Do I like how he says things sometimes? Of course not. Remember, he is a babe in Christ and has much to learn. Either way, I see God’s hand directing our president and accomplishing so very much to truly make this country great again, and bring our awesome God back into so many areas that evil has used unbelievers to take Him out of; our schools for one.

I will add the Chapter 45 of Isaiah below for you to see for yourselves; if you truly know Jesus as Lord and Saviour and want to see truth.

In conclusion, I beg each and every one of my brethren to daily, fervently lift up our president and those who support him for guidance, direction, and power from the one and only true God Jehovah, to accomplish His purposes in our times!

Isa:45:1: Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
2: I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
3: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
4: For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
5: I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7: I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
8: Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
9: Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
10: Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
11: Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
12: I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
13: I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
14: Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.
15: Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
16: They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
17: But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
18: For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
19: I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
20: Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
21: Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
22: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
23: I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
24: Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
25: In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2019 in Truth and Common Sense

 

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Damaris – A Brave Believer

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Damaris was a woman from Athens who became a believer in Jesus after she heard Paul’s sermon at Mars’ Hill, the highest court in Athens – Acts 17:19 “And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?” She was an idol worshiper who heard, and accepted by faith, Paul’s message, while the disbelieving crowds belittled him and called him a “babbler.” (Acts 17:18)

We have to wonder who this womanly spectator was who listened so intently to Paul’s preaching at the Areopagus. Scripture mentions her in the same verse with the Athenian judge, Dionysius. This suggests that she was quite a woman of distinction and prominence. She could have been one of the hetairoi (a group of intellectual women who associated with philosophers and politicians), and as free women, they may have been part of such a gathering as this one at Mars’ Hill.

On the other hand, Luke, the author of Acts, refers to Damaris merely as “a woman,” which, though unlikely in this setting and context, could have implied that she was a “public woman,” perhaps one of low moral character, or even a prostitute. Refined, respectable women of that day would not usually attend a public gathering such as the one Paul addressed – Acts 17:22 – “Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.”

Whether Damaris was a prominent woman or a public woman, she listened carefully to the Gospel message of Salvation. Then, with rare courage and God-given wisdom, she chose to oppose the mocking debaters and to express her commitment to the resurrected Christ! (And God is no respecter of persons. He will use whom He will, whomever is willing to share His Gospel.) Like other believing women, Damaris became more than just a spectator of Paul’s ministry. She became a teammate, a woman in the early church who helped to further the Cause of Christ. The power of God’s Holy Spirit moves in each of His children, when we are willing and obedient, to give courage and strength and a burning desire to share the Good News without fear!

Throughout God’s Word there are accounts of how He chose to use women for His glory: Abigail, Esther, Ruth, Deborah, Mary, and many others. What an honor!

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2019 in Godly Women

 

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Trust In God’s Will When Choosing a Profession

TRUST IN GOD

WE CAN ONLY SEE A LITTLE BIT DOWN THE ROAD

BUT GOD CAN SEE AROUND EVERY CURVE

As Children of God, we are to trust God and let Him guide us in choosing a profession. This will always make our lives and our work much easier and more enjoyable, for He knows all things about us and about our lives that we do not know. The Bible provides many examples of professions and jobs. In most instances, professions in the Old Testament were “inherited” or passed down from father to son or mother to daughter in a mentoring manner or apprenticeship relationship. On occasion, a person’s special talents in a particular area or the call of God on a person’s life were noted, and the person was then singled out for a unique position, as when Deborah became a judge of Israel – Judges 4:4, 5 “And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.”

In the New Testament, women and men enjoyed much more independence in choosing a line of work or a profession. Lydia was a notable businesswoman in the textile industry – Acts 16:14 “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” Dorcas was a well-respected seamstress – Acts 9:39 “Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.” And, Priscilla worked in the ten-making trade – Acts 18:2, 3 “And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.”

The New Testament believers understood that their entire lives were subject to God’s command and direction, including their choices of careers. They fully relied on the Holy Spirit both for direction and timing. They did not regard their “career paths” as something that they must engineer on their own, rather, they looked at it as something that flowed naturally from a person’s talents and abilities and in response to opportunities that came into their lives. We are to be motivated in our work by a desire to use our abilities to their fullest for the glory of God, rather than being motivated by positions on corporate ladders, work incentives, higher salaries, or cultural standards of prestige and status.

The Bible clearly warns against worshiping the work of our hands or exalting what we have created or earned to the place of supreme honor in our lives. God is to have that place. Psalms 115:1-8 “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” they are nothing. Jeremiah 25:6, 7 – “And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.”

If we keep our Lord God Jehovah first in all things, all else will fall into place. One of my favorite verses is Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” That really does say it all.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2019 in Truth and Common Sense

 

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True Worship Glorifies God

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All of the great religions of the world claim to worship god. In our society, any form of worship, when sincerely practiced, is thought to be acceptable The Bible tells us otherwise! It teaches that God Himself commands how He is to be worshiped. He also tells us how to dress when we worship Him, in a Holy manner – in modesty and humility. Not dancing around on a stage with tambourines, drums and electric guitars blasting over the loud speakers while we shake ourselves about, as if putting on a concert. This is bringing the world into God’s church and trying to bring Him down to our level instead of lifting Him up with praiseful Holy words to help prepare our hearts for the man of God’s message given him from on high.

Too many today use entertainment to draw the crowds with itching ears who only want a show and only want to hear that God loves them. Heaven forbid they are told that God hates our sin! They might leave and then the church would be out the money. And if you think God is present for these shows, you are sadly mistaken. He is at enmity with the world and therefore so are we His children. If we bring the world into a place meant for Holy worship, it is no longer Holy unto God and He cannot be there.

God called His people Israel to forsake other religions. He commanded them from the beginning not to worship the Lord as other peoples worship their “gods” – Deuteronomy 12:3, 31 “And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place…Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.”

The Lord instructed that His people were to worship only in the place He chooses to make His name abide and that they come with blood sacrifices – Deuteronomy 12:5, 11, 14, 18, 26 “But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:…Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:… But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee…But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto…Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:”

Worshiping God in any way¬†we may choose is still not acceptable to Him. God must be worshiped where He chooses to make His name abide. God still requires an atoning sacrifice for sin. As God’s work in history progressed, He revealed Jesus Christ, the “name which is above every name” – Philippians 2:9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”, as the final atoning Sacrifice for sin – Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Though there are many competing religions in the world, Jesus Christ came to reveal that He is the one and only way to the Father – John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” It is the job of God’s church to lead the lost to Salvation and healing through the Gospel/Good News of Jesus Christ. When so many are putting on a circus and trying to tickle the itching ears, they neglect to let the lost know that they need a Saviour. But, those false teachers calling themselves pastors, who only tell people that God loves them and teaches them out of worldly self-help books and corrupted versions of what once was God’s True Word, as they let the lost continue to be lost, will stand before Jesus on That day and give account. I sure would not want to be in their shoes. Can you imagine how it will feel as we, God’s Saints, have to stand and watch the lost we did not give the Good News to dragged into eternal hell and damnation as they look at us and ask, “Why did you not tell me?”

Christians can be assured that worship centered around Christ, and not for self-edification and euphoria, will glorify and please God, and that is what true worship is meant to be-glorifying and pleasing to God:

Luke 19:28-38 “And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”

Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

Many of these feel-good churches of today are confusing the masses with all the different corrupt versions of God’s Word and they are deceiving them instead of leading them to Salvation through Christ. And we wonder why our country is in the Godless sinful state it is today, tolerating all sin “because God loves us!” Shame on the churches who confuse and deceive! Repent and turn to true and Holy worship that prepares hearts for the message of Salvation. We are running out of time.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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