CONNECTIONS NEWS – 05/21/2017

Connecting man to man to God
For week of May 21, 2017
Issue 535
The weekly newsletter of Path Of Life Ministries.

Our mission is to lead men to Jesus Christ and provide opportunity for Christian men to grow in their faith and minister to others.

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O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33 (read in parallel)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2011%3A33&version=CEB;NRSV;NLT

CONSIDER
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the handling of conflict without loss of balance.”
– Rami M. Shapiro

GALLUP POLL RECORDS ‘HUMBLING’ MORAL DECLINE
In its annual Values and Beliefs survey, the Gallup polling organization found that record percentages of U.S. adults believe it is morally acceptable to use birth control (91%), get divorced (73%), engage in opposite-sex sexual acts outside marriage (69%), engage in same-sex sexual acts (63%), have a baby outside of marriage (62%), commit physician-assisted suicide (57%), view pornography (36%) and practice polygamy (17%).
The only two practices to register record low moral approval were capital punishment (58%) and medical testing on animals (51%)…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/48878/gallup-poll-records-humbling-moral-decline

RECORD FEW AMERICANS BELIEVE BIBLE IS LITERAL WORD OF GOD
by Lydia Saad
Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” similar to the 26% who view it as “a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.” This is the first time in Gallup’s four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans — a proportion largely unchanged over the years — fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally…. Read this in full at
http://www.gallup.com/poll/210704/record-few-americans-believe-bible-literal-word-god.aspx

THE WILL OF GOD IS THE WORD OF GOD: AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES MACDONALD
Is God’s will top-secret? When it comes to God’s will, you may live in fear that he’s holding out on you somehow. What does the Bible reveal about God’s will for your life? Are you in God’s will now? Is a confident answer to that question ever possible?

Bible Gateway interviewed James MacDonald about his book, The Will of God is the Word of God (B&H Books, 2017)…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/05/the-will-of-god-is-the-word-of-god-an-interview-with-james-macdonald/

FOUR THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU DON’T READ YOUR BIBLE
by Brad Archer
The longest psalm, Psalm 119, is a masterpiece, and the subject of its artistry is God’s holy Word, the Bible.

The Word of the Lord is like a tall tower-no part stands alone. All the prophets, all the books of wisdom, every book of the New Testament, and all the words of Jesus stand firmly on and within the very first scriptures. So Jesus is found even in the revelations before his incarnation because God is a master story-teller; he has been giving us insights into his plan from the beginning.

Therefore, Psalm 119 applies not only to those scriptures available at the time of writing, but to all God-breathed scriptures, and gives insights into the benefits of living with and in God’s Word. By looking at the benefits, we can also infer the detriments of neglecting it.

So what happens when you don’t read your Bible? …. Read this in full at
http://unlockingthebible.org/four-things-happen-dont-read-bible/

WHEN YOU WANT TO TEAR A PASSAGE OUT OF YOUR BIBLE
by Jake Raabe
Recently, I was asked if I would fill in for the teacher of my church’s college Sunday school class. I gratefully accepted the opportunity; they’re a great group of thoughtful students. Because my church uses the lectionary, the teacher typically chooses one of the passages from the church calendar for that day as the topic of discussion.

On Thursday, I pulled up the list of texts for the following Sunday. The Gospel reading was from John 10, which I already covered with that class before. The second reading was from Acts 2, but the same group already discussed it during Wednesday night Bible study. That left me only with 1 Peter 2:18-25, a passage that begins, “Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters. …” Oh boy, I thought. No wonder the regular teacher was “out of town.”

I considered choosing a different passage. Our church uses the lectionary but isn’t bound to it. While I was thinking about other passages to go over, I realized this represented the purpose of using the lectionary. No matter how uncomfortable it makes me, 1 Peter 2:18 is in the Bible. The lectionary is supposed to keep churches and individuals from creating a canon-within-the-canon, in which we focus on the parts we like while ignoring the parts that are uncomfortable…. Read this in full at
https://www.baptiststandard.com/opinion/voices/20272-voices-when-you-want-to-tear-a-passage-out-of-your-bible

THE BIBLE IN MEDIEVAL SERMONS: PART 1 FOR UNDERSTANDING THE TOP TEN BIBLE VERSES IN MEDIEVAL ENGLAND
by Beth Allison Barr
My husband recently noted in his Facebook series on local church highlights in Waco, TX, (yes, we live-literally-in the middle of the Fixer Upper world) how modern protestants characterize the medieval church as keeping people from the Bible. I have talked about medieval views of the Bible on this blog several times, including Banning the Bible: Did it Really Happen in the Medieval Church? , The English Bible before the Reformation, and my last post The Top Ten Bible Verses in Medieval England. Just to sum up (in case you don’t want to reread all my previous blogs), medieval people did have access to the Bible and the medieval church actively encouraged Christians to know the Bible. In fact, as I have previously suggested, medieval people may have known their Bible better than many modern Christians…. Read this in full at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2017/05/medieval-people-knew-and-learned-their-bible-from-sermons/

ONE SIMPLE IDEA THAT COULD RADICALLY ALTER HOW YOU RELATE TO GOD: A NAME
by John Mark Comer
So God has a name. And just to clarify, it’s not God. It’s Yahweh.

That might sound unimportant, like it’s just semantics. Trust me, it’s not. The fact that God has a name is way more important than most of us realize. I would argue it has the potential to radically alter the way we relate to God.

I mean, Yahweh.

But first, a little backstory . . .

In ancient writings like the Bible, a name was way more than a label you used to make a dinner reservation or sign up for a spin class or file your taxes with the IRS…. Read this in full at
http://qideas.org/articles/one-simple-idea-that-could-radically-alter-how-you-relate-to-god-a-name/

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GOD HAS FORSAKEN YOU, REMEMBER THIS
by Patrick Morley
I’m starting to come out of a rough patch, and here’s what I’ve been thinking.

Lord, you promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Lord, that is what your Scripture says, but I have seen many dark times when I have felt forsaken.

Yet whenever I have not sensed your presence in the past, you have always sent me a sign of your goodness, often a small, seemingly inconsequential kindness by a friend which, to them, was a feather, but to me a bar of gold.

Lord, by faith AND experience I believe you have always been with me in every one of the dark times.

Lord, I affirm that you have always led me out of the dark times.

Lord, I affirm that you have never left or forsaken me.

Lord, by faith I believe that you are with me right now.

And so, Lord, I come to be with you as you are always with me: your much loved son, friend, disciple, servant, vessel, and charge.

By the power of your Spirit, permit me to experience what by faith I hold to be true: you will never leave me or forsake me. In your loving name, Jesus.
Amen.
http://patrickmorley.com/blog/de59207b-a0b4-446d-8c2f-7b76f9aa94b4

DISCERNING BIBLICAL CHRONOLOGY
by James Hannam
The events in the Old Testament narrative can be assigned absolute dates and correlated to nonbiblical sources back to the beginning of the divided monarchy in the 10th century BC. Before that time, the lack of external material and precise durations in the Bible itself make establishing a chronology more difficult. For the New Testament, a high degree of certainty is possible about the date of Jesus’s death and some significant episodes in the book of Acts….. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/05/dictionary-of-christianity-and-science-biblical-chronology/

TEN QUESTIONS FOR APPLYING SCRIPTURE TO YOUR LIFE
by Kevin Halloran
A good question in Bible study helps us uncover riches of the text that we may not see. This is true for observation, interpretation, and application stages of Bible study.

The following ten questions1 will help you apply Scripture to your life and rely on God for transformation. It may help you to print off the list and tape it inside your Bible.

1. What does this say about God?
2. What does it say about the human condition?
3. What does it say about God’s provision in Christ for the human condition?
4. What response does God want from this Scripture for me? From the church? From the world? …. Read this in full at
http://www.kevinhalloran.net/ten-questions-for-applying-scripture-to-your-life/

HAVE YOU EVER (REALLY) READ THE BIBLE?
by John Piper
Probably in Jesus’s day no one read the Bible more than the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do” (Matt. 23:2-3). They carried more Bible in their minds, and in their mouths, than anyone else. They readily quoted the law of God (Matt. 19:7). They were meticulous in their attention to the details (Matt. 23:24). Yet Jesus repeatedly spoke to them as if they had not read the Scriptures!

Something had gone wrong. Terribly wrong.

The experts in Bible knowledge of Jesus’s day could not read the Bible. Why not? What kept them from doing the kind of reading Jesus expected? What we see is that the problem was not linguistic or grammatical or historical. It was moral and spiritual. What prevented the reading that Jesus expected was not skills they lacked, but sins they loved. The problem was not mental deficiencies, but misplaced desires…. Read this in full at
https://www.crossway.org/blog/2017/05/have-you-ever-really-read-the-bible/

FOR YOUR OWN CHILDREN’S (OR GRANDCHILDREN’S) SAKE, YOU MUST READ THIS
by Clare De Graaf
According to the largest scientific study done on the religious background of LGBT+ people, 83% were raised in a Christian church. And more than half (51%) have left the church by the time they were 18. What’s fascinating is that of the LGBT+ people who have left the church, 85% left primarily for lack of kindness and care. In their own words, they did not feel safe, they didn’t feel loved, they experienced a relational disconnect with leaders. They got tired of the hypocrisy – they were seen as monstrous sinners for being gay, while greedy, divorced, gluttonous straight Christians got a free pass. They had to wear the scarlet LGBT+ letter and they got fed up with it.
And so they left.

Please don’t miss the magnitude of this statistic: 85% of LGBT+ people who have left the church did not leave primarily because the church said “gay marriage is wrong.” They left because the church said (in so many word) you are an abomination and you belong in the back of the bus.

Here’s why, for your children’s sake, we need to change our attitude toward LGBT+ people without changing our theology…. Read this in full at
http://www.claredegraaf.com/2017/05/15/for-your-own-childrens-or-grandchildrens-sake-you-must-read-this-blog/

THE BIG “A’S” OF CHURCH HISTORY
by Brian Nixon
I remember sitting through a theology lecture by Norman Geisler at Veritas Evangelical Seminary. During this class, Dr. Geisler was noting some of the great thinkers found throughout church history. Geisler mentioned Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas as three of the finest. He then humorously said, “If you’re looking for a name for a child, you may want to consider one starting with the letter A.” Astute observation. And though there are many fine Christian thinkers whose name did not being with the letter A, it is fitting to think that were so many A-list men and women found in Church history.

So in honor of Dr. Geisler’s insight, here’s some other A-list names that should be recognized more within the church today. And because there are so many A-names, I’ve concentrated the list on a few found in the earlier centuries of the church…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/index.php/component/k2/item/2779-naming-your-child-the-big-a-s-of-church-history

THE NIV FAITHLIFE STUDY BIBLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN D. BARRY
A new Bible has been published that includes a combination of robust study notes, state-of-the-art color graphic, charts, and illustrations, and refreshingly fair treatment of multiple points of view on scriptural passages that provide curious readers with the facts they need to form their own opinion on the nuances from the original biblical languages for modern readers.

Bible Gateway interviewed John D. Barry, general editor of the NIV Faithlife Study Bible (Zondervan, 2017).

Q: What makes this Bible unique?

John D. Barry: Imagine if you could set across the table from a friend in a coffee shop who was an expert in Biblical Studies—asking him or her your questions as you studied the Bible. And then imagine if that friend taught you how to think about the Bible, rather than what to think about it. Your friend would fairly present the various interpretive options and allow you to make your own interpretive decision. This is what the NIV Faithlife Study Bible does, per passage of the Bible. And it does so while standing in the grand tradition of the Christian faith and while respecting the authority of the Bible. This makes it unique. To do this, the NIV Faithlife Study Bible focuses on the biblical languages and ancient world—looking at what the Bible meant, to help you understand what it means, here and now…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/05/the-niv-faithlife-study-bible-an-interview-with-john-barry/

WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD?
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 NIV

The kingdom of God is a central theme of the Gospels as well as other New Testament books. It is the message that John the Baptist declared in preparation for Jesus (Mt 3:2), the Good News that Jesus preached (Mk 1:14-15), what Jesus taught the disciples in the 40 days between his resurrection and ascension (Ac 1:3), and what Paul is recoded as proclaiming at the conclusion of the book of Acts (Ac 28:31) …. Read this in full at
http://www.bibleconnectionnews.com/what-is-the-kingdom-of-god/

VERSE TO PONDER
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
Psalm 139:13-14 (read in parallel)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+139%3A13-14&version=CEB;NRSV;NLT

CONSIDER
“Am I becoming more and more in love with God as a holy God, or with the conception of an amiable being who says, ‘Oh, well, sin doesn’t matter much’?”
– Oswald Chambers

ANNE KENNEDY REMEMBERED
by John Sorensen
Wife of Evangelism Explosion founder was “Lamplighter” for Christ

Anne Lewis Kennedy went home Tuesday afternoon, May 16, to the Savior she loved and served for more than 60 years. Her home-going was all the sweeter for her, I believe, because it reunited her with her late husband, Jim Kennedy, the man who led her to Christ and the founder of Evangelism Explosion.

And, I am sure she also encountered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people she personally led to Jesus during her lifetime…. Read this in full at
https://evangelismexplosion.org/anne-kennedy-remembered/

NIV CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS STUDY BIBLE WINS 2017 CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARD
Annually the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) honors what it judges to be the best Christian book and Bible releases of the year.

The Christian Book Award® program recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and Bibles and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry. Finalists and winners are selected in 11 categories: Bibles, Bible Reference Works, Bible Study, Ministry Resources, Biography & Memoir, Christian Living, Faith & Culture, Devotion & Gift, Children (ages 0-8), Young People’s Literature, and New Author.

For 2017 in the Bible category, the winner is the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/05/niv-cultural-backgrounds-study-bible-wins-2017-christian-book-award/

BIBLE READING IN THE MARRIAGE OF CHARLES AND SUSANNAH SPURGEON
by Ray Rhodes, Jr
On Sunday evening, March 18, 1855, Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) looked to his Bible and declared in his sermon: “If these words were written by a man, we might reject them; but O let me think the solemn thought, that this book is God’s handwriting — that these words are God’s!”[1] For Spurgeon it was beyond the pale of sound reasoning for anyone to reject God’s words. He was not alone in those convictions; his wife Susannah (1832 – 1903) also believed in the divine authorship of Scripture. Reflecting on John 14:27, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,”[2] Susannah asserted that those “tender words” were words of “Jesus Christ himself, my gracious Lord and Master, who thus speaks, and I shall do well to ponder every weighty sentence as I listen to his loving voice.”[3] For Susannah, the words of Scripture were “the loving voice” of Jesus Christ. Hearing Scripture as the very voice of God formed the foundation of Charles and Susannah’s marriage…. Read this in full at
http://equip.sbts.edu/publications/journals/journal-of-discipleship-and-family-ministry/jdfm-51-spring/bible-reading-marriage-charles-susannah-spurgeon/

ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO ENGAGE DAILY WITH THE BIBLE
by Dwayne McCrary
Most of us will agree that daily Bible engagement is important. None of us would raise our hands in front of a group and say we thought otherwise. If daily Bible engagement is so important, then we must intentionally support it.

Here are some ways to encourage your group and group leaders to engage with the Bible daily.

* Outfit them. If you were hired to work for a construction company, you would expect the company to provide some of the basic tools needed to do the work. You may want to use your favorite hammer, but there would still be some available if you didn’t have one. The same is true when it comes to Bible study. One thing we can do to encourage daily Bible engagement is to provide group members with the tools needed. We fail them by not outfitting them for success…. Read this in full at
http://www.lifeway.com/groupministry/2017/05/17/encouraging-others-to-engage-daily-with-the-bible/

NEVER GIVE UP PRAYING
by Lee Strobel
Baptism services were always my favorite weekends at Willow Creek Community Church, where I served as a teaching pastor for several years. I reveled in seeing so many people publicly proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ and testify to his transforming influence in their lives. The biggest highlights for me were baptizing my own son and daughter—once the children of a caustic atheist. But I will never forget another incident that taught me again about the awesome power of prayer…. Read this in full at
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2017/05/never-give-up-praying/

A TYPO IN THE BIBLE ONCE MADE ADULTERY MANDATORY
by Brandon Specktor
It’s 1631, and you’re fortunate enough to be among the 10% of English women who can read the mother tongue. A beautiful new reprinting of the King James Bible has just hit ye olde newsstands. You rush out to buy one. A few months later, you’re flipping through Exodus (your favorite chapter) when something strange catches your eye. The seventh commandment (your favorite commandment) looks a little different than you remember learning it:

‘Thou shalt commit adultery.’

You read it again to make sure. Yep. ‘Thou shalt commit adultery.’ Can this be right? You would ask your husband for a second opinion, but you don’t want him getting any ideas.

Three centuries later, this particular version of the King James Bible is known by another name: The Wicked Bible (aka ‘The Sinners’ Bible’ and ‘The Adulterous Bible’). About 1,000 copies of the text were printed in 1631 with the word ‘not’ missing from the seventh commandment, scandalously transforming an exhortation of faithfulness into a skeevy call to swingers.
And while it may seem funny today, for royal printers Robert Barker and Martin Lucas it was anything but…. Read this in full at
https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/mind-and-soul/a-typo-in-the-bible-once-made-adultery-mandatory/ar-BBAWhGV

BIBLE VERSE DECALS TO COME OFF PATROL CARS, MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS
The Bible verse decals that have adorned Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office vehicles since March are coming off, a spokesman said.

Announcement of the decals’ removal came after county officials began asking about them and as the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Virginia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union called the markings an unacceptable breach of the US Constitution’s wall between church and state.

“A Bible verse …is a sectarian and exclusively religious statement,” said Sam Grover, staff attorney for the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. “Under the Establishment Clause, the sheriff’s office, as a government entity, must remain neutral. It cannot promote one religion over another, or religion over non-religion.”

The Montgomery County decals on the back of patrol cars read “Blessed are the peacemakers… Matthew 5:9.”
http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/montgomery_county/bible-verse-decals-to-come-off-patrol-cars-soon-montgomery/article_2c4f208b-4a5e-55a0-b98e-8a5eaaa6d5c8.html

WHEN A CHURCH CLOSES, WHERE DOES ITS PIPE ORGAN GO?
Free to a good home: One 112-year-old pipe organ in great condition.

For nearly all of its existence, the stately instrument served as a focal point in the sanctuary of the West Nashville United Methodist Church. But Dan Cook, who bought the shuttered church earlier this year, is converting the building into an event venue and the organ isn’t in the plans.

“I don’t want to be the guy that sends it to the landfill,” Cook said….
Read this in full at
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2017/05/03/nashville-church-become-new-event-space-so-what-do-you-do-112-year-old-pipe-organ/100996780/

US MILITARY DOUBLES NUMBER OF RECOGNIZED RELIGIONS TO 221
The United States military has nearly doubled its list of recognized religions to 221.

The list includes the various forms of neo-paganism, which is as sectarian as any other religion: Druids, Heathens, Pagans, Shamans, Magick & Spiritualists, Wicca, Seax Wicca, Gardnerian Wicca, etc. But Satanists did not make the list.

The new list includes the various kinds of unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, Deists, No Religion…. Read this in full at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2017/05/the-221-religions/

PERSECUTION SUMMIT VOWS SIX GOALS
by Bill Bray
International Christian leaders from 130 countries ended their historic World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians May 13, 2017 with a communion service, and adopting a six-point action plan to respond to genocide in the Middle East, and anti-Christian violence worldwide…. Read this in full at
http://www.assistnews.net/index.php/component/k2/item/2876-persecution-summit-vows-six-goals

Also see “You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World’s Persecution Problem”
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/may/franklin-graham-martyrs-summit-persecuted-christians-pence.html

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WORSENING IN BOTH ‘DEPTH AND BREADTH’
by Thomas D. Williams
The US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) offers a grim assessment of the state of religious liberty worldwide in its 2017 report, noting that the state of affairs “is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations.”

“The blatant assaults have become so frightening–attempted genocide, the slaughter of innocents, and wholesale destruction of places of worship–that less egregious abuses go unnoticed or at least unappreciated,” the report states.

The report goes on to lament that many observers “have become numb to violations of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion” and now simply take them for granted.

The USCIRF takes care to distinguish religious liberty from mere freedom of worship, to include the freedom–either alone or in community with others and in public or private–to manifest one’s religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance…. Read this in full at
http://www.aina.org/news/20170516122306.htm

CONSIDER
“What we do in the crisis always depends on whether we see the difficulties in the light of God, or God in the shadow of the difficulties.”
– G. Campbell Morgan

VERSE TO PONDER
Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (read in parallel)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thessalonians+5%3A16-18&version=CEB;NRSV;NLT

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: ALLELUIA, SONG OF GLADNESS
Words: Unknown author, 11th Century; translated from Latin to English by
John M. Neale, 1851
Music: Samuel Webbe, 1792

Alleluia, song of gladness,
Voice of joy that cannot die;
Alleluia is the anthem
Ever dear to choirs on high;
In the house of God abiding
Thus they sing eternally.

Alleluia thou resoundest,
True Jerusalem and free;
Alleluia, joyful mother,
All thy children sing with thee;
But by Babylon’s sad waters
Mourning exiles now are we.

Alleluia we deserve not
Here to chant forevermore;
Alleluia our transgressions
Make us for a while give o’er;
For the holy time is coming
Bidding us our sins deplore.

Therefore in our hymns we pray Thee,
Grant us, blessèd Trinity,
At the last to keep Thine Easter
In our home beyond the sky;
There to Thee forever singing
Alleluia joyfully.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/a/s/asonglad.htm

ON PRAYER
“Lord, shine in me and so be in me that all with whom I come in contact may know thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus.”
– John Henry Newman

PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
http://christiansincrisis.net/

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the guys to pray for your safety and spiritual effectiveness.  I’ll
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Did you hear about the two silkworms who had a race? They ended up in a tie.
Frank Coleman
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rev.frank@gmail.com

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