GOD’S PROSPERITY FOR YOU or THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART

Romans 8:17-18 (KJV)
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him,
that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us.
When everything in your life is going well it is easy to look at this verse and nod your head in agreement.
But, when life has dealt you a hard blow and you are reeling from the pain and anguish it is hard to see
past the state you are in. Sometimes you need to grieve. Sometimes you need to change your
circumstances as soon as possible. This article is to help you to get out of the situation you are in and get
God’s deliverance in your life.
Doubt, worry and fear are enemies of confidence, trust and believing. They are on opposite sides, they
are antithetical. They are in absolute opposition to each other. You either do one or you do the other.
You can’t do both. So, this means that when you believe God will deliver you won’t doubt it. You won’t
worry about it and you won’t fear the outcome. It may take awhile to get to the place that you believe,
but, it can be done because according to God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 (KJV)
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things
are possible.
Let me teach you how to change your mind and in so doing BELIEVE. You change your mind by changing
what you are mentally chewing on. If you/your mind is dwelling on the things of the past or of the
predicament you find yourself in then stop! Stop what you are thinking and make your mind think
thoughts of deliverance. Get a clear picture of what you want and don’t let the negative thoughts start
up again or/and take one of the promises from God’s Word and keep repeating it until your mind
changes and you can hold that thought. If the negative thoughts start up again STOP and start the
process over again. Your deliverance, as a Christian, is in the promises of God’s Word.
God’s will for your life is clear.
3 John 1:2 (KJV)
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul
prospereth.
But, we have to change our thinking to appropriate it.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 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.
When we put God first in our lives God will bring us up and out of the problems we find ourselves in.Psalm 37:4-6 (KJV)
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
The Apostle Paul had everything going for him, a good education, a good job, status in the community, a
family, but, he lost it all when he became a Christian and devoted his life to God. Even though he lost
everything he treasured in the physical realm he set his sights on Heaven and the things of God and
moved forward.
Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV)
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things
which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul had it figured out. The things that are past are past. All we can do is move forward. It is
the same way in navigation. Once you pass a point or landmark you forget that one because it is behind
and move on to the next.
Another integral part of getting your deliverance is prayer.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
The way you humble yourself under the mighty hand of God is by casting ALL your cares on Him.
Humbling yourself before God is not some big religious undertaking. It is knowing that you can’t do it by
yourself and you, instead, give it to God for him to take care of. You have your job God has His. The best
thing we can do is not confuse our job descriptions.
I want to show you Joshua chapter one. Moses had died and the Children of Israel mourned for forty
days then it was time for them to move out, so, God gave the leadership to Joshua and told him three
times that He, God, would be with Joshua.
Joshua 1:1-7 (KJV)
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake
unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people,
unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said
unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the
land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with
Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the
land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the
law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
God tells us the same thing.
Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
There was a man that needed deliverance for his son and he hadn’t been able to get it from the religious
leaders or Jesus’ disciples. When he confronted Jesus Jesus knew what the problem was. The man
needed to believe. He still had doubt, worry and fear in his heart and mind. Jesus brought the man back
around so that the man could finally say “I believe, help me get rid of the doubt, worry and fear in my
life.” With that he got to the place where he believed and got deliverance for his son and himself.
Mark 9:14-27 (KJV)
14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes
questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to
him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which
hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth,
and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long
shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he
fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst
do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help
thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto
him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead;
insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.God tells us time and time again that He loves us, that the Christians are His children, that He
will never leave us or forsake us, that we are more than conquerors in every situation. By not
focusing on where we are, but, where we want to be; by getting those promises from God’s
Word in your heart and life, by praying and casting all your care on Him; you are guaranteed
success in this life and deliverance from the clouds of doubt, worry and fear.
Ephesians 1:18-19 (KJV)
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,
and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of
his mighty power,

JESUS’ EARLY YEARS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

What I would like to do for you tonight is to give you, in chronological order, the verses regarding Jesus
Christ’s life to the age of twelve. With this you have everything there is to know from the Bible about
Christ’s early years.
Announcement of John
Luke 1:5-25 (KJV)
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the
course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of
the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well
stricken in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his
course,
9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into
the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of
incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife
Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink;
and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to
the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for
the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my
wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and
am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be
performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a
vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he
departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my
reproach among men.Announcement of Jesus
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named
Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s
name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with
thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of
salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name
JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto
him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the
power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of
thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the
sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And
the angel departed from her.
Mary and Elizabeth
Luke 1:39-56 (KJV)
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her
womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is
the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my
womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were
told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed.49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their
hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
Mary, Joseph and the Angel
Matthew 1:18-25 (KJV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to
Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example,
was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a
dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that
which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his
people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,
saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took
unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
The birth of John the Baptist
Luke 1:57-80 (KJV)
57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her;
and they rejoiced with her.
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called
him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised
God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad
throughout all the hill country of Judaea.66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall
this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might
serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of
the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the
way of peace.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his
shewing unto Israel.
The birth of Jesus
Luke 2:1-20 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all
the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of
David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be
delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in
a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their
flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about
them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying
in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and
saying,14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said
one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them
concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard
and seen, as it was told unto them.
The circumcision
Luke 2:21 (KJV)
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was
called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Purification and sacrifice
Luke 2:22-24 (KJV)
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they
brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the
Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or
two young pigeons.
Simeon
Luke 2:25-35 (KJV)
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was
just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had
seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to
do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall
and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be
revealed.
Anna
Luke 2:36-38 (KJV)
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a
great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but
served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that
looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Return to Nazareth
Luke 2:39 (KJV)
39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee,
to their own city Nazareth.
The wise men
Matthew 2:1-23 (KJV)
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there
came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are
come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded
of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of
thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time
the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and
when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went
before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother,
and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented
unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into
their own country another way.
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream,
saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there
until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and
sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from
two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel
weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in
Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they
are dead which sought the young child’s life.
21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was
afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the
parts of Galilee:
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken
by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Jesus to age twelve
Luke 2:40-41 (KJV)
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was
upon him.
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Jesus; age twelve and beyond.
Luke 2:42-52 (KJV)
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem;
and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him
among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus
dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s
business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

GIVE THANKS ALWAYS

It behooves me on this day to talk about the giving of thanks. I know Thanksgiving is past, but, it is still
important that we talk about it. You see, thanksgiving or giving of thanks is not something that we
should do once a year, but, every day of our lives.
Ephesians 5:20 (KJV)
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ;
Colossians 3:15 (KJV)
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye
thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
We are so bombarded by everything vying for our attention that we forget to give God praise. We don’t
thank God for bad things that happen, but, we give Him thanks for seeing us through the hard times. We
should thank Him for all of the blessings that He gives us. What is special about this is God knows us and
he knows that we are human and that sometimes we forget, but, He tells us not to forget everything
that He does for us.
Psalm 103:2 (KJV)
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
An excellent example of this giving of thanks all the time is given in the book “OF Plymouth Plantation
1620-1647” by William Bradford.
William Bradford was the first Governor for Plymouth Plantation and the book is the chronicling of the
beginning years of the colony. The exert that I am talking about is one that William Bradford wrote. It
was written at the beginning of the first winter. The Pilgrims had landed late in the year and didn’t have
time to plant and harvest. They were surrounded by hostile Indians, didn’t know the land and they were
facing a hard winter to come. Even with the plantation being short on food, shelter and necessities
William Bradford wrote this:
“What could now sustain them (the people of Plymouth) but the Spirit of God and His grace? May not
and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say ‘Our fathers were Englishmen which came over
this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard
their voice and looked on their adversity,’ etc. ‘Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good
and His mercies endure forever.’ ‘Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord shew how He
hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the desert wilderness outof the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them.
Let them confess before the Lord His lovingkindness and wonderful works before the sons of men’”
The men and women that founded Plymouth didn’t give thanksgiving once a year or just in the good
times they gave thanks all of the time and they didn’t go around and say “Gee I’m thankful.” No! to be
thankful means you are thankful to someone. These people were thankful to God!
We have examples in the Bible of men and women who believed God and wrought great miracles and
wonders, but, we, also, have examples of other Christians doing great deeds and the Pilgrims are just
such an example. They came to a strange land not knowing what lay ahead, but, put their confidence in
God and thanked Him for their deliverance and providence and by this they, with God’s help, founded
our great nation.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (KJV)
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

THE BATTLE IS UPON US

Most of Christianity knows about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but, they know very
little about the Book of Acts or any of the epistles. Also, most people know very little about the name of
our lord and savior Jesus Christ other than it is a swear word.
I want to show you in the Book of Acts how men and women stood in the first century and what they
were willing to go through because of their respect and their use of the name of Jesus Christ.
We are going to start with a notable event in chapter three of Acts.
Acts 3:1-9 (KJV)
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth
hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate
of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones
received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and
leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
You would think that everybody including the religious leadership would be happy and rejoice that one
of the brethren got deliverance from his affliction. Well that is not the case. A lot of people did rejoice.
They ended up listening to Peter and were saved.
Acts 2:38-41 (KJV)
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord
our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward
generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them
about three thousand souls.
Acts 3:12-26 (KJV)
12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this?
or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made thisman to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his
Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was
determined to let him go.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know:
yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ
should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of
refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath
spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of
your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed
from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken,
have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers,
saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away
every one of you from his iniquities.
Acts 4:4 (KJV)
4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five
thousand.
Peter and John delivered the lame man with the power in the name of Jesus Christ. By Peter and the
Apostles teaching people the name of Jesus Christ and all that name represents and all the power and
authority in that name over eight thousand people were saved, born again, baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ.
There is a mathematical axiom that things that are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.
Therefore, to be saved is to be born again of incorruptible seed, which is to be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ, which is to be endued with power from on high!
Acts 2:38 (KJV)
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation.
Luke 24:49 (KJV)
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem,
until ye be endued with power from on high.
1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which
liveth and abideth for ever.
This is why the apostles and disciples held the name of Jesus Christ in such high esteem and because of
the power and authority given in that name they were able to deliver thousands and carry the Word of
God around the world. However, not everybody was pleased.
Acts 4:1-3 (KJV)
1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the
Sadducees, came upon them,
2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from
the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
Acts 4:17 (KJV)
17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us (the religious leadership) straitly threaten them
(the Apostles), that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
Acts 5:17-18 (KJV)
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the
Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
But an angel let them out!
Acts 5:19-20 (KJV)
19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
Acts 5:26-28 (KJV)
26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the
people, lest they should have been stoned.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have
filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.Acts 5:40 (KJV)
40 And to him they agreed: and when they (the religious leaders) had called the apostles, and beaten
them, they (the religious leaders) commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let
them go.
Acts 5:41-42 (KJV)
41 And they (the Apostles) departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted
worthy to suffer shame for his name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
The very thing that got them into trouble to begin with they continued to do.
The battle was upon the First Century Church because of the name of Jesus Christ. They didn’t fight with
guns and tanks nor do we.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (KJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong
holds;)
Be not deceived, the battle is still upon us. Will you hold high the name of Jesus Christ as did the
Apostles and disciples without fear and in the face of opposition and persecution? Our lives are very
short compared to all eternity. By standing for the name of Jesus Christ NOW you store up for
yourselves rewards throughout all eternity.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

HEBREWS CHAPTER ELEVEN (part eight)

In this article we are going to look at one verse about a woman named Rahab.
Hebrews 11:31 (KJV)
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the
spies with peace.
We are looking at the Old Testament Hall of Fame of men and women who believed God. Believing is
not hard. As a matter of fact it really is quite simple. Believing is an action verb and connotes, indicates
represents, means action. That is exactly what Rahab did. She believed God and put her believing into
action.
Joshua 2:1-21 (KJV)
1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the
land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged
there.
2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the
children of Israel to search out the country.
3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee,
which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.
4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I
wist not whence they were:
5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went
out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.
6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax,
which she had laid in order upon the roof.
7 And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which
pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.
8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror
is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came
out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side
Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any
more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above,
and in earth beneath.
12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness,
that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token:
13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all
that they have, and deliver our lives from death.14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be,
when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall,
and she dwelt upon the wall.
16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide
yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.
17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us
swear.
18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window
which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy
brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee.
19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood
shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house,
his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us
to swear.
21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they
departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.
Many people try to make small the miracle of the wall of Jericho falling down because they say
it was on a fault line or an earthquake just happened at the same time. Let me just point out that
Rahab’s house was on the wall and it was the only piece of the wall that didn’t fall down. So,
was it God and the believing of Rahab, Joshua and others that kept that house intact or was it a
mere coincidence that when the wall of Jericho fell down the only house that survived was the
one house with the people in it that had been promised deliverance by God’s chosen people? I’d
put my money on it being God!
The next passage is regarding Israel’s last day of walking around Jericho. Israel had finished
walking around Jericho seven times and Joshua commands everything in the city to be destroyed
EXCEPT Rahab and her family.
Joshua 6:15-17 (KJV)
15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and
compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city
seven times.
16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said
unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the
harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that
we sent.
Joshua 6:22-25 (KJV)
22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and
bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother,
and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the
camp of Israel.
24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels
of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she
dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out
Jericho.
Believing is not only something that the Chosen of God can do, but, anyone can do! Rahab was not of
the Tribes of Israel and, yet, she believed and got her deliverance. So too, the Cannanite woman of
Matthew chapter fifteen and the Centurion of Matthew chapter eight. None were of the House of Israel,
yet, all believed and got their deliverance. All of this leads up to anyone who wills may come.
Romans 10:9,10 is laid out for every person to get their deliverance. I doubt any of us is of the lineage of
the Tribes of Israel. Yet, when we believe(d) we pass from death unto life.
By the way, Rahab was not an harlot. She was an innkeeper. Many women of that time that were
innkeepers were, also, harlots, but, not all of them were. Rahab happened to be an innkeeper that
wasn’t a harlot.
To be an outsider and, yet, be mentioned in the Hall of Fame of Old Testament believers is a tribute to
the stand this woman had to make. It is, also, an example of how far we can go with God.

HEBREWS CHAPTER ELEVEN (part seven)

As we continue our study of Hebrews chapter eleven, we are going to look at the record of the
destruction of Jericho.
Hebrews 11:30 (KJV)
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
At this point in history Moses had died and Joshua, Moses understudy, was leading Israel. Joshua was a
good man and appointed to lead Israel by God. Joshua loved Moses and when Moses died all Israel
including Joshua mourned for forty days. It is funny because nowadays somebody dies and they are
buried and we are back to our daily routines within a week. Not so back then. As a matter of fact the
Children of Israel would have still be grieving if God hadn’t talked to Joshua in Joshua chapter one.
Joshua 1:1-9 (KJV)
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake
unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people,
unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said
unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the
land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with
Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the
land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the
law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and
night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou
dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
When God said “Moses my servant is dead” He was using the hardest radicals in the Hebrew
language. It would better read “Moses my servant is DEAD.” Moses is dead and there is nothing
you can do about it, Joshua! So, now it is time to get up and get moving again.
God instructs Joshua to “be strong and of a good courage,” three times and in three verses to be
courageous in keeping and doing the Word of the Lord. God, also tells Joshua three times that
He (God) is with Joshua and will not leave him. In the Bible if God tells a person something
once it could change, but, if God tells a person twice it is established and God will not change
His Mind. Here God tells Joshua three times. Wow! What compassion God has for Joshua.
So, with that, Joshua starts the Children of Israel on they way once again.Joshua 6:1-16 (KJV)
1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none
came in.
2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king
thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt
thou do six days.
4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day
ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye
hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the
city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the
covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.
7 And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on
before the ark of the LORD.
8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing
the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and
the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.
9 And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came
after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with
your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then
shall ye shout.
People read this record and don’t see the absolute discipline and commitment that Israel had.
Over a million people not uttering a word out of their mouths for seven days. I know some
people might be able to do that today, but, over one million at one time?? I know at least two
women that can’t keep their mouths shut for an hour! And I don’t know anywhere close to a
million people.
11 So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp,
and lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on
continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward
came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six
days.
15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city
seven times.
16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said
unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
Those people in Jericho must have thought the Children of Israel were nuts. Go walk around the
city once and go home. Do it again the next day. For six days! The seventh day they got a big
surprise, though.
You know, when you start walking with God, He will tell you some of the strangest things to do.
But, when you do them you will see God’s deliverance.
Joshua 6:20 (KJV)
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people
heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat,
so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
It took believing not only on the part of Joshua, but all of Israel had to believe to bring to pass the
destruction of Jericho. Now we no longer have to fight for a piece of ground because Christians have a
home in Heaven. But, our warfare is not carnal but spiritual and our God, just like with Joshua is with us
withersoever we go. All we have to do is believe God’s promises and watch them come to pass.

WHAT CHRIST IS TO US AND FOR US

Most everybody, especially Christians know that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the World, that he rose
from the dead and ascended into Heaven. But, most do not know what he is for us NOW. So, I thought I
would give you a list of what he is to us and for us NOW. This is not an exhaustive list.
To start, I want to talk about three words that seem to mean the same thing, but, in reality, they mean
different things. Jesus Christ is our intercessor, our mediator and our advocate.
An intercessor is one who intercedes on the behalf of another. A mediator endeavors to reconcile two
parties together and an advocate is a defense attorney. Now I had a hard time understanding this and
keeping these separate. I figure that you might have the same problem that I had so I want to give you
examples to help you understand.
When I was four years old my Mom told me to go wake my Dad up for dinner. It was on Sunday and he
was taking a nap. So, I went in and tried to wake him up, but, couldn’t. So, I climbed up on the bed
straddled his head and punched him in the nose. Needless to say, he came straight up out of the bed. I
don’t know how I did it, but, I made it to the kitchen and behind my Mom before he caught me. My
Mom, bless her heart, interceded and stopped my Dad from beating my butt or whatever else he had
planned. She had the authority and position to be able to intercede on my behalf. I could have run to
my sisters, but, they did not hold the same position and authority as my Mom. Nor would they have the
ability to slow my Dad down.
Because of what Jesus Christ accomplished in his death, resurrection and ascension he has the authority
and position to intercede for us to God.
A mediator is an impartial third party that endeavors to reconcile two other people together. One of the
first steps in a law suit here in Colorado is usually through a mediator. The mediator endeavors to get
both sides to move to the center of their differences and come to a mutual agreement. If one or both of
the parties do not or will not agree to a settlement then the case will continue on to trial. This is a little
different than what happens with God and Christ Jesus.
God is always willing to be reconciled with us. He has made it clear in His Word that He has opened the
way for all who want reconciliation and Jesus Christ is always there to mediate for us and reconcile us
unto God.
An advocate is a defense attorney solely working on your/our behalf. The Greek word is parakletes.
When the word is used in the context of Jesus Christ dealing with us it is translated comfort or
comforter. However, when he is working for us he is our defense attorney.INTERCESSOR
Romans 8:34 (KJV)
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the
right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Hebrews 7:22-25 (KJV)
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever
liveth to make intercession for them.
MEDIATOR
1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV)
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
ADVOCATE
1 John 2:1 (KJV)
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Jesus Christ is our Passover. When Moses and the Children of Israel were about to leave Egypt
God told Moses to take a lamb of the first year, one without spot or blemish, kill it, roast it and
eat it and use the blood to protect them from the angel of death. The flesh of the lamb was for the
healing of the people so that there was not one sick or infirmed person among all their tribes.
That was a shadow of the reality of what Jesus Christ would accomplish in his own body. Jesus
Christ was beaten beyond recognition as a man so that we could have healing. I Peter 2:24..
His blood was for the remission of sins. We passed from death unto life because of his death on
the cross.
OUR PASSOVER (Lamb)
1 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even
Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:Exodus 12:1-11 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to
you.
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall
take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house
take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your
count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep,
or from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of
the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post
of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter
herbs they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and
with the purtenance thereof.
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the
morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your
hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
Now we have a remembrance service called “holy communion.” This service is to commemorate
Jesus Christ’s accomplishment in his body and his blood.
1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (KJV)
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the
same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is
broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new
testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.Once a year the high priest of Israel would go into the holiest of holies, the inner sanctuary to offer
atonement to God for the Children of Israel. Jesus Christ took over that position through his death and
resurrection. Because Jesus Christ is our high priest we can go boldly to the thrown of grace to find help
in the time of need.
HIGH PRIEST
Hebrews 3:1 (KJV)
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High
Priest of our profession (confession,) Christ Jesus;
Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let
us hold fast our profession (confession.)
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in
all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to
help in time of need.
He is our
LORD
Romans 10:8-11 (KJV)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith,
which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.And he is our Saviour changing our future from eternal death to eternal life and glory.
SAVIOUR
2 Timothy 1:10 (KJV)
10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and
hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
Philippians 3:20-21 (KJV)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

HEBREWS CHAPTER ELEVEN part six

In our continued study of Hebrews chapter eleven we will look at verses twenty-three through twentynine. Remember, Hebrews chapter eleven deals with the roll call of honor. Those believers who stood
out for their stand with and for God. In verses twenty-three through twenty-nine God talks about
Moses.
Hebrews 11:23 (KJV)
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a
proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
The Pharaoh’s commandment was to kill all of the male children born of Hebrew women (Exo. 1:22). To
disobey Pharaoh’s commandment was a death sentence if you were caught.
The word “proper” in verse twenty-three is much more than what we think of as proper today. Proper
here means “godly” child. They saw beyond the baby to what he could be.
The saving of the child Moses could only be done with God’s intervention. Let me just explain that
Hebrews is the roll call of honor and verse twenty-three isn’t talking about Moses and what he did, but,
what his parents and sister did. So, this was so monumental that they are in the roll call of honor!
Exodus 2:1-10 (KJV)
1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child,
she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it
with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s
brink.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked
along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had
compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew
women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will
give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.
And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (KJV)
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a
season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto
the recompence of the reward.
Moses had it good. He was raised in the house of Pharaoh as the grandson of Pharaoh. He had the best
education that was available in that day. He was schooled in everything from literature to combat. He
had the finest clothes, the best food and the finest place to live. He had his choice of women. He could
have lived a life of parties and opulence. But, who nursed him and taught him when he was an infant
and young child? His real mother. She must have instilled a burning desire within the heart of Moses to
walk with and for God.
Jesus Christ was born thousands of years after Moses. So, what does it mean “esteeming the reproach
of Christ?” The theme of, the one all invasive subject of the Bible is Jesus Christ. All of the believers of
the Old Testament looked forward to the coming of Christ the redeemer of the World. Abraham looked
forward to the coming of Christ. Noah looked forward to Christ’s coming. They all looked forward to it
and what it would do for mankind. It had been foretold in Genesis chapter three. So, Moses made a free
will decision. One that each and everyone of us has to make. You choose one way or the other. There is
no option to not choose. By not choosing you make your choice. Do you store up for yourself treasures
in Heaven, or in Moses’ case, in paradise, or do you “get yours” here on Earth? Moses chose to be
rewarded throughout all of eternity for his stand.
Also, notice in verse twenty-five that it doesn’t say Moses chose to suffer reproach with the Hebrews or
with the children of Abraham. Nope! It says he chose to suffer with THE PEOPLE OF GOD. God’s chosen!
And when people persecute God’s people they are building up damnation for themselves for all eternity.
And, if you don’t believe me just read II Thessalonians chapter one sometime.
Hebrews 11:27 (KJV)
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is
invisible.
We have something that Moses couldn’t have. We have Christ in us. It was not available until the Day of
Pentecost. Yet, look at the stand of Moses and what he accomplished!
Hebrews 11:28 (KJV)
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn
should touch them.
Moses believed God. He believed what God told him and he did exactly what God told him and all of
Israel to do. By doing this Moses saved the first born of all who put blood on the door post and lintel of
their house.Exodus 12:21-28 (KJV)
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb
according to your families, and kill the passover.
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel
and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his
house until the morning.
23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel,
and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in
unto your houses to smite you.
24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he
hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children
of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the
head and worshipped.
28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did
they.
Notice it says that he kept the Passover. The first part of the Passover was the blood on the lintel and
door posts. The other part of the Passover was the dinner. The eating of the Passover lamb and
unleavened bread was for their healing and health so that not one person was sick or infirmed among all
of the tribes of Israel, over one million people.
Psalm 105:37 (KJV)
37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their
tribes.
Exodus 12:1-11 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to
you.
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall
take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house
take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your
count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep,
or from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of
the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post
of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter
herbs they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and
with the purtenance thereof.
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the
morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your
hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
Hebrews 11:29 (KJV)
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were
drowned.
In verse twenty-three it is Moses’ family that believed. In verses twenty-four through twenty-eight it is
Moses who believed. But, in verse twenty-nine it was all of Israel that believed!
Exodus 14:13-31 (KJV)
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD,
which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them
again no more for ever.
14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of
Israel, that they go forward:
16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children
of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will
get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon
Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them;
and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and
darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all
the night.
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a
strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters
were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s
horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the
Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let
us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may comeagain upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the
morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in
the midst of the sea.
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of
Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a
wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the
Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people
feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.

Colossians Chapter Three (a lesson in living)

I was reading Colossians this weekend and chapter three so blessed my life that I wanted to share
some of it with you.
Colossians 3:1-25 (KJV)
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God.
The word “if” should be translated “since.” Since ye are risen with Christ. You have been risen
with Christ haven’t you? If you have done Romans 10:9,10 you are. You are God’s property and
His child.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
In verse one it says “seek” in verse two it says “set your affection on things above.” We are not
to set our affections on a new car, boat, clothes or anything else here on Earth. We are to think
about the heavenly spiritual things.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
According to the Bible when we confess Jesus as lord and believe in our hearts that God raised
him from the dead we take on the characteristics of Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and
ascension. That makes us Christ men and women. Why should we look at the things on Earth
when we have so much in heaven now and throughout all eternity.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
This is our hope! More fully expounded in I Corinthians fifteen and I Thessalonians chapter four.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
We are to let all of those negative things die out of our lives!
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of
your mouth.
People, good Christians, take these verses as optional, but they aren’t. They are mandatory to be
able to walk the Christ walk here on Earth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;The “old man” is what you were before you were born again of God’s spirit. it is the person that
lusted after the things of this world. It is the person that didn’t know God or Jesus Christ nor
cared to know. It is that nature that we have to put off.
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that
created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian,
bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
There are two parts to walking the Christ walk. The first part is Christ in you the hope of glory.
That’s the new birth. The second part is you in Christ which is works. It is studying to show
yourself approved unto God. It is putting on the lord Jesus Christ in your mind and allowing the
Word of God to be your master.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:
even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity (the love of God), which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and
be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God and the Father by him.
Look at the contrast of what we are to let go of and get rid of in our lives and what we are to put
on. Let go of ; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence (lust),
covetousness, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth
compared to Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies,
kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, Forbearing one another, forgiving one
another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye put on
the love of God, which is the bond of perfectness, and let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
and be ye thankful.
What a contrast and what an opportunity we have to walk in the glory and light of God’s Word.
2 Corinthians 6:1 (KJV)
1 We then, as workers together with him (God), beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of
God in vain.

THE FAMILY OF GOD

I am writing this article for all of you who’s heart longs for a family. I am, also writing this article for
those who are born again so you know how to act in the body of believers.
Nobody could pick the family they were born into, but, you did choose the family you were born again
into! You chose to be a member of the family of God.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation.
Ephesians 3:14-21 (KJV)
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Ephesians 2:19-22 (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the
household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief
corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Just to be in a family is not enough. It is to have people who love you, who are concerned with your
wellbeing. It is having someone to talk to. It is having people to share with and enjoy life with.
As a member of the Household of God we have certain responsibilities just like when I was a child I had
rules to run by. Things like “ don’t hit your sister,” “play nice,” “be home for dinner.” The responsibilities
that we have as members of the family of God make for the sweetest fellowship this side of heaven. Let
me share some of these responsibilities.
Galatians 6:9-10 (KJV)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the
household of faith.
1 John 3:16-18 (KJV)
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our
lives for the brethren.17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of
compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Are you starting to get an idea of the walk of a Christian in the body of believers? It is a walk of love. It is
a walk of tenderness. It is a walk free of selfishness.
1 Peter 3:8-9 (KJV)
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful,
be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 1:22 (KJV)
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the
brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
If only the Christians would do what God commands us! When you happen upon a fellowship that is
really operating these principles it will feel like cool water on a hot day. It will bless you right down to
your socks because the love of God is manifest in that group.
James 4:11 (KJV)
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 (KJV)
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 (KJV)
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord,
and admonish you;
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the
weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among
yourselves, and to all men.
Galatians 6:1 (KJV)
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the
spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.1 Corinthians 8:7-13 (KJV)
7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto
this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat
not, are we the worse.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are
weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the
conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against
Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest
I make my brother to offend.
1 Corinthians 1:10 (KJV)
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same
thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the
same mind and in the same judgment.
When you are born of God’s spirit you ARE a member of the family of God! Jesus Christ is our
brother! The only way that we can see the greatness of that family while we are here on Earth is
to, by our own free will, start acting the part. Love, exhort, give expecting nothing in return.
When you do this it WILL be contagious and soon your whole congregation will be enjoying the
sweetest fellowship this side of Heaven.

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