A Season of Hope and Joy

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Hope and Joy


SONG: SEASON OF HOPE (With Lyrics) : Don Moen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKT1VUj5Qrs


Romans 15:13 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

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We have Hope in our future because Jesus Christ came to offer a way to share eternity with GOD. We have Joy because of that and how we can share this greatest gift of all. Christians mimic this at this time of year by exchanging gifts or giving them and not expecting them in return. We take part in all kinds of programs designed to benefit the less privileged in our communities and even the whole world. The giver receives as much, if not more, joy that the receiver.

2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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We Enjoy the Delighted Children

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Psalm 127:3 ESV

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

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How wonderful to watch the innocent faces of the children all a glow during this time of year. The laugh and sing and dash about within our midst helping us to feel younger, remember our youth and encourage new joy at whatever age we are.

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Do Not Omit the True Source of this Joy

1 Timothy 2:5 ESV

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Christian keep Jesus Christ in Christmas season; share the meaning of his birth; offer the Gospel to whomever and wherever you find yourself. Pass this post on.

John 3:16 ESV

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

NEXT WEEK: Christmas Trees

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Who and What Depends on You

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Who Depends on You

Philippians 2:4 ESV

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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Christians as in many social networks care for one another. Not only family, local community or nation but all fellow humans. Christians have experienced The Love of GOD and GOD has no limit to offering love.

1 John 3:17-18 ESV

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

 

What Depends on You

Genesis 2:15 ESV

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

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The purpose GOD bestowed on humanity was not to just care for ourselves without regard for our planet and all the lifeforms we share it with; we are to be caring responsible caregivers.

Numbers 35:33-34 ESV

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You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”


SONG: Angie White – Reliable God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHpsHsxE16Y


But, Your, Eternity Depends on You

Jesus did many things for us, paid for all sin, makes us acceptable to GOD and gave us much instruction, this is the most important gift to us:

John 10:27-29 ESV

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My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

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Why Excess Food is Wasted

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Thanks, Pass the Food

This is the month that here in the USA we celebrate our Thanksgiving Holiday; a tradition we trace back to the early colonial period. There are folk tales about its origin but the official holiday was formalized by President Abraham Lincoln:

On this day in 1863, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln announces that the nation will celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863.*

*https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lincoln-proclaims-official-thanksgiving-holiday

SONG: By James Halifko

Ephesians 5:20 ESV

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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We Thank God and Share our Good Fortune

From the beginning GOD has instructed us to  help those who lack food and shelter the widows, the orphans, the strangers the infirm.

Deuteronomy 24:19-22 ESV

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

SHARE FOOD DO NOT WASTE IT

We Christians Give Thanks Every Day

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Our daily bread is a symbol of much more than food we thank GOD for what Jesus has done for us and even now lives in heaven has our advocate defending us from Satan’s assaults and sowing GOD our righteousness granted by The GRACE of GOD.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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Not to be Taken Lightly

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A Frightening Experience

 

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When I was a teenager a friend and I (who had been exposed to Church teachings) were rebellious; we did some questionable things many teens do; the most fear evoking thing was an exploratory dabbling in the occult.  We played with the Ouija Board, self-induced hypnotic trances and played with automatic writing. Several events scared the wits out of us. Satanic or Demonic experiences I am not sure but we did know about Jesus and perhaps our families were praying for us because we did survive and break free from the influence.

The Spiritual World is a Battle Field

 

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Do not take the spiritual world for granted: The Good from GOD and the Evil from demons and Satan. As Christians we have Jesus to thank for helping us ward off the attacks of Satan and Satan’s cohorts. Sadly people possessed or  directed by evil entities may yet do harm as a consequence of sin or unbelief. We (we Christians) can call on Jesus for the strength to be strong and respond to the challenge. The evil ones fear GOD and know Who Jesus is. Ultimately (sooner or later) Jesus with all the power of GOD will judge and mead out  what is to happen to Satan and the Fallen Angels.

Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, …

So while we are subject to Spiritual Warfare  we can emerge victorious


Song:Spiritual Warfare – The Battle Belongs to The Lord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMZ8D6nTKhg


Luke 10:17 ESV

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”

 

The Apostles and Disciples called out demons the way Jesus had; can we do the same? In some circles this is debated so, I will leave the subject for further study,  advanced counseling from mentors, and local Church leaders.

James 4:7 ESV

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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Leviticus 19:31 ESV

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“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Next Week: When Each Day Becomes Precious

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The Value of Humans

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More Mouths to Feed?

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How many times have humans thought enough food could not be produced for a growing population only to be fooled by GOD. GOD gave humans brains and intelligence and GOD blessed us also with the ability to keep up with change. Find ways to harvest more food is just another example of GOD given intelligence used correctly.  When food fails to reach the hungry it is not because there is not enough of it: it is because of selfish and greedy people living according to their sin.

Luke 12:24 ESV

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

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Consider what are the real reasons some people seek ways to control populations? This goal is is not in GOD’s plan.
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Genesis 1:28 ESV

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

GOD Created Life: it is Sacred

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Jeremiah 1:5 ESV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”


SONG: Sandi Patty – Masterpiece

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY0JMB4MqWM


Great effort is exerted to save premature babies; couples who have a problem conceiving spend a lot of money to become fertile. Yet some people find  parents inconvenient and to seek what GOD has created. Why?

Infirm less useful?

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Leviticus 19:14 ESV

You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

Tyrants and ruthless leaders sometimes seek to rid their populations of any person that cannot contribute to their agenda. History has deplorable examples of this. Add genocide, infanticide and males of military age to the hideous annihilation.

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Too Old?

Proverbs 16:31 ESV

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

 

Some cultures place great value on the elders. The older members of society have much wisdom and experience to share with the young. These elders are held in high regard and are often valued with great affection.

In 1st Kings 12 King Rehoboam (son of Solomon)  rejected the council of wise elders and instead listened to his young friends the result? The kingdom split.

Next Week: When Each Day Becomes Precious

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Police States?

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GOD Provides us with Governments to Serve the People not Themselves.

Matthew 20:28 ESV

Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Sinful humans abuse this power for selfish gain and power. The struggle initiates violent conflict, abuse of human rights and persecution. Jesus

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advocated peace, love and forgiveness. This philosophy left aggressive violent people with the impression Christians were meek and docile and easy prey: Persecution followed.  What these  perpetrators did not realize, long after they were to be gone Christianity would prevail.

Matthew 22:17-21 ESV

Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

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Slavic Christian Community- Famous Song about Persecution by Brandon Heath: Dmitri’s Song

Todd Smith (Video)  – “Dmitri’s Song (Jesus Is Alive)”

https://youtu.be/GD4EYlGXZkc

Recent News Indicated Persecution Still Occurs

Yes even today:

https://factsandtrends.net/2018/01/29/quarter-billion-christians-face-major-persecution-2018/

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Governments limit, forbid or attempt to annihilate Christians even today. The negative forces have the opposite affect. When Christians face these most dire conditions they go underground and there Faith grows stronger and their numbers increase.


Police States May Oppose and Control Humans of a  Race, Political View, Ideology, a Creed or Religion.


Though the USA is considered a police state by some that is hyperbole – having over a million law enforcement personnel may make it seem so, but our population is over 325 million .

These are the current police states in the world according to Business Insider magazine:

https://www.businessinsider.com/police-force-per-capita-2011-5


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THEY MAY HAVE BEGUN BECAUSE OF LAWLESSNESS – Crime, Corruption or violence.Then Absolute Power Corrupted the Good with Evil making matters worse.


2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

Next Week: The Value of Humans

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How to Become a Christian

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Becoming a Christian is Easy

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John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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You Gain Eternal Salvation and a New Start

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.


Song: I Am A New Creation -Sara Sadler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwjOLFMZhQo


YOU CANNOT EARN YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN

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Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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You are not off the hook though

We Christians may not need to do good to earn GOD’s Grace or entry into heaven but, since we are grateful we do good to demonstrate The LOVE of GOD and in eternity we can receive rewards for doing so.

James 2:14-17 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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Receive rewards of many crowns.

2 Timothy 4:8 ESV

Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Parting thought, read: Acts 8:26-39 

Next Week: Police State

 

What is the Meaning?

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Three Ways to Approach the Bible

Translations of the Holy Bible abound in many languages but there is only three approaches to translating into your language (with some blending of these in some versions): a) Word for Word, b) Thought-for-thought and c) Paraphrase.

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If you were alive when the Bible was written in Hebrew and Aramaic and translated with precision into Greek and you knew these languages all the modern versions would not be necessary. It is because of this we often refer to several versions in English or another language to grasp meaning as accurately as possible.

 

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https://www.ucg.org/vertical-thought/infographic-types-of-bible-translations


SONG: Thy Word – Amy Grant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u_NMSH3hR8


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The Holy Spirit Helps

John 14:26 ESV

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

When you became (or become) a Christian you receive(d) The Holy Spirit to help you understand and acquire better skills as to what is right and what is wrong.

Mysteries Unfold

Christianity shares one aspect with other religions because as humans we have a number of hindrances that limit our understanding of somethings. These are not mystical or crime mysteries however: The Trinity, How GOD hears all our prayers . . . and so on.

Colossians 2:1-3 ESV

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Bottom Line

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We begin as an infant in The Lord and learn to crawl, walk and then run with knowledge and understanding; we become more Christ Like if we are obedient and diligently study The Word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

 

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Art has Meaning, a Message, Mirrors People

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Song Lyrics  . . .

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. . . entertainment, casual banter and typical behavior reveals a society’s or culture’s morality, sense of justice and respect for fellow citizens – or lack of respect. Glorifying, encouraging or promoting hate, abuse of others or a lack of respect for authority erodes the peace and tranquility of a society.

Psalm 105:2 ESV

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!


SONG: Chris Tomlin – Lord I Need You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rR_Rdb1CTE


The Written Word . . .

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Mine Kumpf (My Fight) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf by Adolph Hitler, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and the Holy Bible are three of the most influential books.  Of course I refer to the blessings derived from GOD’s word as the main message of this blog.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Music . . .

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Music and songs can stir us in our hearts and minds: Taps at funerals, The Star Spangled Banner, Classical music, Christian Hymns and a myriad of popular songs and music – good, bad and meaningless.

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Ephesians 5:19 ESV

Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,


Amazing Grace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDdvReNKKuk


 

Psalm 126:2 ESV

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Cinema ..

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The grand spectacles Gone with the Wind, The Ten Commandments  and the more recent The Passion of the Christ the artistic license for drama not withstanding, are moving nevertheless. Strange visual effects as used in the latter part of 2001 a Space Odyssey ,  harsh language and explicit sex are all tools used to attract and move the audiences. This art form can be used to teach as well as fill our hours with empty eye candy. Museums filled with paintings, statues and oddities can give historical and social clues about the time in which they were made. Dance can offer folk traditions as well as modern expression.

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Psalm 149:3 ESV

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!


Moses Parts the Sea – The Ten Commandments (6/10) Movie CLIP (1956) HD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCTq3EeDcY


Humor at the expense of others is a misuse of art forms (at least in my opinion).


The Fat Boy Chronicles: Clip – Teacher Scolds at Jimmy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alR26IrBvvI


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In the Image of GOD

 

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In the Image of GOD?

Genesis 1:27 ESV

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

A photograph is a two-dimensional representation of something – perhaps you. A movie is a series of these two-dimensional representations. These are images not the real thing or the real you. They can give a number of important clues about you: hints of your character, how you looked at the moment of photographing or filming. Over time and with the study of many images one may assemble a better more accurate understanding about the subject or you but, this will never add up to “it” or “you”.

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“Image of God” (Christa Wells and Nicole Witt) – worship video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTRSDxEjYeU


So what is the Image of GOD?

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Colossians 3:10 ESV

And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Many opinions undoubtedly existed, exist and will exist but none can completely reveal GOD and how we are created in the image of GOD.

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Do Not Despair we can can understand enough.

2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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We can assemble the “big picture” as the cliché’ implies by studying the Bible and paying careful attention to all the bits of information that reveal The Nature of GOD and how we are to live and reflect the image of GOD.

 

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Ephesians 4:24 ESV

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Church revival and church growth starts with you and, you will make a difference in a troubled world if you do; demonstrate the Love of GOD teach others about Jesus and Salvation.

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