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Jesus Praying for His Persecutors

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The Last Words of our Saviour:  Jesus Praying for His Persecutors
Luke 23:33, 34

This morning we come to Calvary. CALVARY was a place of curse as well as a place of blessing. It was a place of curse for our Saviour; yet a place of eternal blessing for us. CALVARY is where we see man at his Worst and see God at His BEST. Calvary is the place where the sinless Lamb of God was slain, and the very place where God shed His precious blood to pay for the sin of the world (John 1:29). Calvary, the place where each sinner must come if they desire to gain entrance into heaven.

As we approach Calvary, or Golgotha’s Hill, and as we stand gazing at this hill which was in the shape of a skull, we will immediately see three crosses outlining the sky. As we walk nearer, we learn of who is hanging on those crosses and the reasons why.

Two thieves occupy the first and third crosses. On the middle cross we see the greatest person that would eve live, for here we are viewing the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus had been born in a stable, just 33 years before this horrific event. He had been raised in Nazareth. He had lived a PERFECT and completely SINLESS life. Yet here we see the innocent dying in the place of the guilty. Here we witness Perfection dying in the place of Imperfection.

The crowd had already clamored for His crucifixion. Now, at this point in history, the hatred for Jesus Christ had risen to its hellish heights. Jesus has already been condemned, even by one government official that had said, “I find no fault in this just man.” The cry, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” has already been echoed throughout the great gathering of people. The long agonizing march to Calvary has ended. People watched and listened as the nails had been driven into the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. The cross has long since been lifted heavenward. Those that remained at the foot of the cross were watching with the sinful smirks upon their faces as they were well-pleased that Jesus was dying such an excruciating and painful death.

In the midst of this, we hear Jesus Christ speak seven different sentences. This day, let us hear the first words which Jesus spoke from the Cross. With all that Jesus had already endured, were His first words lashing out against His enemies? No, He is praying for them. He just prayed for those that had placed the crown of thorns upon His head; for the Roman soldiers that beat him mercilessly; He prayed for those that had condemned Him; for those that mocked Him; for those that clamored for His crucifixion.

What did Jesus pray, “Father, forgive them?” Who else but God’s Son could had prayed a prayer such as that and under those circumstances? His public life began with prayer and now He closes His public ministry in prayer.

As Jesus is ending His earthly life, he could no longer use His hands to serve the sick, for they are now nailed to a wooden cross. No longer would His feet be able to run errands of mercy and compassion, for they as well have been nailed to the cross. No longer could Jesus teach His disciples, for they have ALL abandoned Him. What then could Jesus do in Hid final hour? He could pray. In fact, the first, fourth and seventh words were all prayers. In the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of His suffering did Jesus pray.

When did Jesus Pray?

The Bible says, “THEN Jesus prayed.” Then, when wicked man was at his worst; THEN, when Satan was laughing in his wicked glee; THEN, when the demons of hell were rejoicing and mocking at what APPEARED to be a triumph for evil! THEN, when the physical pain was at its worst, then Jesus prayed for his enemies.

In this prayer we see Jesus practicing that which He had previously taught from Matthew 5:44, We are …”to PRAY for them which despitefully use you.” We see here man’s greatest need—the need for the forgiveness of his sins. This is why Jesus prayed this prayer for His tormentors. This is why Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
In this prayer, Jesus was asking His Father to withhold Divine punishment until these people could understand the real spiritual significance of what he was doing. Father, they are ignorant now, but they will soon learn of the Gospel as it will be preached. Then they will have the opportunity to repent and receive me as their Saviour. Give them one more chance Father.

Yes, this prayer was answered and many gathered here would be saved as Peter preached to this same basic gathering in Acts chapter two. Three thousand were saved after Peter’s sermon. Can you not imagine the people passing by Peter saying these words?

I spat upon Jesus, but now I understand and repent of my sins. Another rushes up and says, I was the one that drove the nails through His hands. I just asked Jesus for forgiveness. Another sheepishly edges closes to peter and asks, “Can I be forgiven? I drove the crown of thorns deep into the scalp of Jesus. Peter would simply say, Repent and believe and you will be saved! Another runs up to Pewter asking with tears streaming down his face, “Can I receive forgiveness? It was I that slapped His face and pummeled His face until you could not even recognize that His was the face of a man.

Read my words carefully, they did not understand what the true impact of that day was. But you and I do! We know what Jesus did on that crosses and by placing your faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus alone, you will be forgiven of all!

If you would like to know 100% sure that you have the Complete forgiveness of God, please take a minute to respond and I will show you more from God’s Word how you CAN KNOW this great truth.
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We MUST Have Revival in America

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We Must Have Revival in America: When God Judges a Nation

 

 

Jeremiah 9:1 describes what is needed in the Men of God and from the people in the Church, “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!”

Psalm 85:6 should become the constant cry of each Church in America, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”

Isaiah 57:15:. revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

Habakkuk 3:2 we hear Habakkuk pouring out his soul unto God when he prays, “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid : O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known ; in wrath remember mercy.”

There once was a time in which revival was a good thing to have. A time in which having a revival meeting was something the people actually looked forward to. A time in which Christian would gather around the old altar late into the night, and into the early morning hour crying out for a personal and national revival.

I remember some of those days. The crying, the agonizing, the souls panting after God wanting to get a glimpse of the Glory and Majesty of God. America today is unrecognizable to me from those days of yester-year. We live in a nation on the verge of collapse. Oh my soul cries out to God to allow me to do my part in turning over a better world for my Grandchildren to live in.

Our American families have been shattered. Our faith has been compromised where you can enter a church and not even hear the name of Jesus even mentioned except at the close out each prayer. Yes, we MUST have revival in America.

Look at the Condition of our Country, Church, and Christians

 

We are living in days similar to the times of Isaiah the Prophet. He described his nation this way in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

 

  • We have ALLOWED Jesus Christ to be kicked out of American schools for years, with nothing more than a whimper from the Church. We now live in a world where Christians and the Church has ALLOWED Jesus Christ to be removed, while actually allowing and promoting Islam in schools across America.

 

  • We allow Islam to be taught and studied, yet a child cannot even read his Bible during recess time in America without severe repercussions. Why has this happened? Because we have grown cold and complacent in America. In the Pledge of Allegiance to America, God. We must have revival in America!

 

  • Since the Row vs Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, America has stained the blood of 58 million BABIES! God help us! During the last 30 years, our countries combined have brutally murdered 1,322, 372,570 precious babies. During the first 22 DAYS of January, 2015 America has already butchered 65,000 innocent babies, with 2.2 billion priceless babies already murdered in our world. We MUST have revival in America! We have got to have a National revival. A return to godliness.

 

  • We have ALLOWED, as a result of our spiritual weakness, and because we have lacked the courage, and spiritual back-bone to take a strong, uncompromising stand for Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:11, 13).

 

  • Our average American Church is lukewarm at best, hearing the preaching without the Word of God making any deep, abiding spiritual impact upon our lives. We have preachers that REFUSE to obey the admonition of Isaiah, in Isaiah 58:1 when he said rather strongly, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

 

  • Where do you go in America to hear a preacher passionately pouring out his heart against sin while promoting the holiness of Jesus Christ? The average pulpit has been stripped of its spiritual power when it quit preaching against Biblical sin! This is why we MUST have Revival in America. America will never experience revival until the preacher starts lifting up his voice to bring people back to God.

 

Last year while reading through the Books of Jeremiah and Lamentations, I was reminded of a man that likewise was very concerned about the spiritual condition of his country as some of us are this morning.

His name was Jeremiah. He was a true Man of God. Let me give you some background into the days in which Jeremiah lived and see if you can see America, or your country in the Biblical account of the nation of Judah.

Around 975 B.C., the nation of Israel had divided. Jeroboam I led the 10 northern tribes to become insurgent against King Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. The Northern Kingdom came to be known as Israel. Its capital was eventually located in Samaria. All of the kings who ruled over the Northern Kingdom were wicked, godless men. Israel was conquered by Assyria in 721 B.C. Nearly all of the people were taken into Assyrian captivity.

The Southern Kingdom was known as Judah. Judah was made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Their capitol city was Jerusalem, where the temple was located. Although most of its rulers were wicked, they did have a few that were faithful to God. However, Judah became a godless nation. Because of this, God allowed Babylon to conquer it in 606 B.C. Some of the leading citizens, including Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, were taken to Babylon at this time. When Judah rebelled against Babylon in 596 B.C. others, including Ezekiel, were taken as captives to Babylon. Finally, in 586 B.C. , in what was a preview of what I believe could very well happen to our blessed country of America, the army of Babylon destroyed the city of Jerusalem. Solomon’s temple was torn down. Most of the remaining people were carried away into Babylon. During Judah’s last days, Jeremiah served as God’s spokesman to them.

Jeremiah, like many in America, was born during a troubled time in his country’s history. As we face in our world of the 21st century, great nations were struggling for control of the world. Does this sound familiar with the modern day terrorists trying to seize control of the world, infiltrating one country at a time?

The powerful Assyrian Empire was slowly dying, as is some of the truly great countries in our lifetimes. Babylon became a superpower once its army defeated and conquered Nineveh. Nineveh was capital of Assyria Empire, in 612 B.C.

Egypt had been a world power for more than one thousand years. It was striving to maintain its power against threats from Babylon. The little nation of Judah was located directly between these two global giants or superpowers. When the armies from the Babylonian Empire marched to fight the armies from the Egyptian Empire in the Nile Valley, they had to go through Judah. Many times, battles were fought on Judah’s territory. Its people suffered greatly as a result. Kings of Judah were tempted to make alliances with either Babylon or Egypt as protection against the other one. Jeremiah and the other prophets warned them to trust in God instead of these alliances.

Spiritually, the people of Judah had sunk very low. After the death of Hezekiah, a good king, his wicked son, Manasseh, came to the throne (2 Kings 21:1-9). Manasseh was followed by his son, Amon, who was also wicked (2 Kings 21:19-22). When Amon was killed by his own servants, his eight year old son, Josiah, was placed on the throne (2 Kings 21:23-26). Josiah was the last of the good kings of Judah. He led the people back to God and His Law (2 Kings 22, 23). Sadly, his godly rule was cut short when he was killed in battle at the age of 39 (2 Kings 23:29). It was during these times that God called Jeremiah to prophesy during the rule of Josiah (Jeremiah 1:1-10).

Jeremiah saw what was about to happen to his country of Judah. He knew that unless the people got serious about revival that their beloved city and temple would be destroyed. Further, he knew that many men, husbands and fathers would be killed in the fierce battle. He likewise could see the women and children being carried away as slaves to the wicked Babylonians.

I can visualize the agony on the faces of the Men as they were now fighting a losing battle. Their opportunity to repent and experience a genuine revival had passed. Judgment was now in the form the battlefield where these valiant men were losing.

Judgment could be heard by the weeping and wailing of the women and children as they were being carried away from their homeland forever. The pain on the faces of the surviving men from the battle as they were now bound and absolutely helpless to prevent their women and children from going into a hostile land.

You read of Jeremiah boldly preaching to the nation of Judah to repent and return to God. As with some of you reading or listening to this message, they just do not believe that God would really bring Judah down by using a heathen nation to chasten them. Guess what, neither do you or MOST of America.

We just cannot envision God using terrorists people and countries banding together all over the modern world to bring America. Yet God is allowing this to happen, right before our very eyes. Every night on the news we read or watch of more Christians beheaded; small children and women buried alive at the hand the enemy of Jesus Christ. I believe God is allowing this to happen to create the type of persecution that will drive Christians back to Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah warned his country with tears, to flee to God. They just refused to listen. The agony upon his heart was excruciating. All through the book of Jeremiah, we see the Man of God warning, begging, and pleading for the nation to return to God. They just would not listen!

Once you begin reading the second book which Jeremiah was used of God to write, called the Book of lamentations, the judgment had fallen. Some have described Lamentations as “a funeral chant for Jerusalem. Lamentations is often called “The Tears of Jeremiah.” Each of the five chapters of Lamentations is a poem. It shows clearly that God will punish even His own people if they do not repent of their sins.

Watch the Man of God, with his heart shattered at what he was watching, the captivity had begun. It was now too late to avert the judgment of God.

America, we are very close to destruction. I just lost some of our more liberal Christians. You simply do not want to hear the truth. Therefore you are not willing to help bring America back to God. We are living during days in which the America I experienced for 60 years of my life, is coming to a close.

We have become like the frogs on the stove. If you place a number of frogs in a pan of lukewarm water, and then place that pan of living frogs on a stove, then turn up the heat all at once, and they will all jump out to save themselves. But place those same frogs in a lukewarm pan of water, and SLOWLY turn up the heat, the frogs will become immune to the slow temperature change and remain in the pan of water until they slowly boil to death.

The time has NOW come! America, Don’t Wait, until It is Too Late!

Our time IS Short (I Corinthians 7:29), so we MUST pray, we must repent, and we must GET INVOLVED (Nehemiah 1:11). Christians, we MUST have a Revival in America!

What are YOU Doing to help Save America? What are you REALLY DOING to make a difference? Will you begin by returning to God? Will you confess your sins as David had in Psalm 51:10? Will you confess your sins and receive the cleansing needed in your life as promised by God in I John 1:9?

Jesus Christ is Our ONLY hope. The early Church turned the world upside down for Jesus Christ. We can to! We MUST do all that we can, while we can!

EVERY American will soon say, “I WISH that I would have, or each will say, Thank God that I did!” It is Your Country, so it is your choice. We are living at the midnight hour. Judah let the clock pass midnight and it brought years of devastation. Will American Christians learn from Judah’s mistake? Will we return to God?

Will you contact me by replying to this message letting me know that God has spoken to your heart about revival and returning to God?   Humility is the first step to revival , (II Chronicles 7:14).

We MUST Have Revival In America!

Missions: God Asked me to Go; How Could I Say No!

 Missions:   God Asked me to Go; How Could I Say No!

In the Book of Jonah, God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and cry against it. Jonah refused. His prejudice for the Ninevites ran so deep in his soul that when God said to GO, Jonah actually said NO! Amazing! I simply do not understand how anyone could say no to God. He created us; died on the cross for us; saved us when we repented of our sins and received Him as our Savior. No, I could not refuse Jesus Christ! God has opened the door for me to do something which is so big that I am dwarfed by the magnitude of it. God has opened the door for my Missionary Team to take the Gospel and win souls and start Churches on EACH of the 7 Continents! I am humbled with this call.

I have been asked by several people, “Why go to Other Countries?” There is so much work needed to do here. My simple answer has been: America has heard the Gospel repeatedly! America has rejected the Gospel, for the most part. Yet, Untold Billions are STILL Untold all over the world! I can no longer sit idly by and not get involved in “Rescuing the Perishing and Care for the Dying.”

• In Yemen, a tiny Middle Eastern Country. Twice the population of Kentucky, a state in America, with 24 million people, has only EIGHT KNOWN Christians in their Entire Country! I must go for them!

• Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world with around 251 million people. It also is the largest population of Muslims of any country. Yet, if my facts are correct, has only five Independent Baptist Churches in the entire country. This is why I must go!

• As of 4/21/14, there are 7.228 Billion people living on this planet. Yet, in the 10/40 window, there are 4.65 BILLION people living in these countries with 2.25 BILLION classified as have NEVER heard the Gospel! Think about this for a moment. They have NEVER heard the Gospel! This is why I MUST go!

• Pakistan is the SIXTH Largest with a Population of Country of 183 million! The number of KNOWN Christians are 238,000.

  • The population of India is: 1 Billion 265 Million precious souls! The number of Christians are 21 million. This leaves 98 % unevangelized; only 2% has been Evangelized.

So, Why MUST I Go?

I.  I have a Specific Call: I neither offered, nor Volunteered for this! It was too Big for me to conceive.

A. The Call:   In December 2012, while praying, God extended the call to “Go Global with the Gospel.”

B. The Confirmation of the Call:

• Philippians 4:13: “I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me.”

• Jeremiah 33:33: “Call unto Me and I will answer thee and showest thou GREAT and Mighty things which thou KNOWEST NOT”

• Matthew 19:26: “But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”

• John 15:5: “…without Me, ye can DO NOTHING.”

• Each of these verses confirmed to me that, although the task is daunting and impossible for ME to accomplish, I would not be alone. I would not need to go in my power, but in the power of God Himself! It reminded me, “I can’t, but God CAN!

• Then God gave me I Corinthians 7:29: “…the time IS short.” Therefore, I must do all that I can while I can for the Glory of God!

II.  I have Sincere Compassion: I care about the Lost. I care about your eternal, never dying soul. Your Soul WILL live somewhere, forever!

• Jude 1:22: “And some having compassion, MAKE A DIFFERENCE.” I want to be a Difference-Maker.
• Psalm 142:4: “….No man cared for my Soul.”

III.  I have a Steadfast Cause: I Sam. 17:29: “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”

A.   My Cause is to Evangelize the World. God has allowed me to become a part of something so incredibly big, that I am overwhelmed w/ responsibly of it.

B.   Here are my CORE Beliefs which motivated me to say Yes to God’s Plan:

1)   I believe w/ all my heart that All are sinners  (Rom. 3:23)

2)   I believe w/ all my heart that w/o Jesus-ALL will go to hell  (Rev. 20:14-15)

3)   I believe w/ all my heart that Jesus paid for EVERYONE’S (Heb. 2:9)

4)   I believe w/ all my heart that ANYONE CAN be forgiven (Rom. 10:13)

5)  I believe w/ all my heart that God has ALREADY prepared hearts Acts 8: Ethiopian Eunuch was seeking God; so God SENT a man, just like me, just like other missionaries, to Win him to Jesus Christ!

6)  I believe w/ all my heart I Corinthians 7:29: I have Experience, Soul-winner (Hundreds have been saved in 8.5 months) Knowledge, BUT 1 things I DON’T Have and this is time. Every time your heart beats two people slip off into eternity!  I cannot wait; I must go win souls and start Churches!

How shall they hear?   Untold Millions was the Missionary Cry of Yesteryear. Not for me! My Missionary cry is: Untold Billions REMAIN Untold!

But you may die, some have said to me. Yes, I might. I might at that. But if through my death there is a man like Saul of Tarsus watching and later gets saved and spreads the Gospel, will my life have been worth it? I think so.

 Philippians 1:21: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

 

 

My New Year’s Desire for My World

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My New Year’s Desire For The World

This is my dear and treasured  Friend, Pastor Jonathan Aparre from Bohol, Philippines.   As you read my “testimony” today, I want you to see the people that  I see when I visit Countries, as an Ambassador of Jesus Christ.  Look at his smile!   Look into his eyes and see the joy of Jesus Christ that he has!  Feel the love that exudes from this godly man!   He was one of hundreds just like this!

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In less than three weeks my ministry will lead me to spread the Gospel in two North west African nations.   I have many Friends from Benin and Nigeria.  I will be honored to preach the wedding service of a godly young man from Nigeria,  Abraham Adeyemi.    Look into this man’s eyes and notice the love of Jesus that is written all over his face.

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How can we remain with yet another year of prejudice?  Of fighting, and killing, and war?    How can we NOT support missions?  What if Missionaries would NOT had been able to take the Gospel to Countries just like these?

I have been thinking a lot about my family and my Facebook family the last few days, more so than usual. Just thinking about the friends that I have in my life, people that I honestly, sincerely feel, that we are good friends on 6 of the 7 continents, in well over 70  countries.

The thought that continues to strike me is that IF everyone in the world were  like  my Facebook friends,every war would be over;  people would truly be looking to meet the needs of one another countries and families;  they would do away with the racial prejudices that so many countries have of another country. God and I have no time for Prejudice!   I have been to many countries in my lifetime, and do you know what I have discovered?.

My Personal Discovery as an Ambassador for Jesus Christ

Every Family that I have ever met, loves their family,  just as much as I love mine.   Every family has accepted me as part of their family. No racial barriers, no feeling of superiority, just complete acceptance and Christian love..

I have even found in each country visited, that I have been treated with complete respect, even among non Christians..

I am fully aware that in every country, including my own, that we have some that do not behave like this towards people from other countries.  This of course breaks my heart and must certainly grieve the heart of God.    Why?  Because God created man!  Why? Because God loves Every Person from EVERY Country and Tribe in this world.

The Love of God IS the Difference-Maker

God loves you dear Pakistani person! God loves you in Australia!   God loves you that has experienced so many issues from the natural disasters my precious Filipino Friends!   God loves my Friends in Germany!   God has not forgotten about you, my Friends in Cambodia and Vietnam!  God loves you Zimbabwe!  God loves you Benin and Nigeria!  God loves you Ethiopia!   India, you the second largest Country in the world, God loves you!  China and Indonesia, the Largest and fourth largest Countries in the entire world, God loves you to!  America, the third largest Country in the world, God loves you!

Yes,  God loves You! He loves each Country so much that He robbed Heaven of it’s brightest jewel when He sent His precious Son, Jesus Christ into this world of woe, and sin, and hopelessness,  in order that Jesus would become sin for EACH of us (Hebrews 2:9; John 3:16; and I Timothy 1:15), and shed His Blood as the ONLY payment for our sin!

During the past four weeks,  I have been privileged to see Jesus Christ, take the Word of God which I had the privilege of sharing and He has saved hundreds of Filipinos; God forgave a lady by the name of Shamsa, in Pakistan,  that has in less than 4 weeks, taken the Gospel to MANY Pakistani People.  Look into her sweet face as she is teaching how to be saved, from the Facebook notes I used while winning her to the Lord.    Sharing the Love and Compassion of Jesus Christ IS making a difference!!

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He allowed me the honor of winning a lady from Bangalore, India to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior.  Yes,  I KNOW that God loves the World!

Yes,  I have even been so blessed as to be adopted as a father and  as a grandfather of people on several continents..

I’m thinking about the Christmas gift given to me by my international friends. You had  given my present throughout the year.  You have given me your love, your respect, your friendship, and in some cases, you even made me a part of your treasured family. What more good I hope to have for Christmas than these things?

I am so thankful for each of you. Many people I have not met face to face, yet I KNOW of your character through your comments on Facebook and through our Skype planning meetings.

My New Years wish for our world is that the world would  treat all Countries, all tribes, and People in the way that you and I have chosen to treat one another.  My great desire is that Churches would increase missionary support to get God-called Families into all Countries to spread the Gospel, which has the POWER to change lives; remove prejudice, eradicate the hatred Countries have for one another.

I am tired of war, of terrorism, of prejudice,  Our blood is ALL the same color.  Each Countries People have a heart.  Let us choose to use our hearts this year for more than just pumping our blood.   Let’s use our hearts to live for others, for in so doing we will fulfill the main law of Christ, which is to love one another (All Countries) EVEN AS Jesus hath loved us!  I love you very much and I value your friendship.

What do you think?  Can we not All commit to this?  I’d love to hear from you from all over the World!

Let us CHOOSE to become a Difference-Maker during 2014 for the Cause of Jesus Christ! 

 

My Life’s verse I Corinthians 7:29:  Brethren, the Time IS Short.”  Let us therefore do ALL that we can While we can!

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