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United Airlines has a slogan . . . “Place your expectations in the upright position.”


Expectations.

We all have them.
We may call them by a different name – hopes, dreams, visions for the future, a reason to set goals today.

Expectations lie embedded in every one of us.
The key that gives a glimpse into tomorrow.
The driving force behind today.

The Hebrew calls them: “the thing that I long for.”

But what if we did “place our expectations in the upright position”?

What if we placed all our hopes, dreams, visions, and goals in a position higher than ourselves; outside of ourselves; beyond ourselves?

Forward and Upward.

On a God who sees the end from the beginning.
Who knows our thoughts before we think them.
Who knows our dreams, hopes, visions, goals . . . our “expectations” . . . before they were ever “the thing that we long for.”

What if we DID place our expectations in the upright position?

We would find ourselves within sight of our journey’s end.

We would constantly be aware that beyond today’s journey lies a hope beyond our expectations.  Greater than we can visualize.

My expectation is from HIM,” David said (Psalm 62:5).

Forward and Upward.

The perfect position to place all that we long for.
The upright position.

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We need to trust God in the little things, and also in the VERY little things.” – George Mueller


Imagine – if possible – existing before anything else did.

Speaking galaxies into being.

Knowing the end from the beginning.

Loving those who hate and reject you.

Reaching out your arm of salvation to those same individuals.

Planning an eternal existence that can’t even be fathomed.

Writing your loved ones on the palm of your hand.

Never withdrawing your eyes from those you love.

Able to bear any burden.
Of any weight.
Of any size.

This is the Person . . . our God . . . who says numerous times in His Word:

Trust.”
“Trust Me.”  
“Trust Me with all your heart.”

What is “living by faith” but keeping our eyes on the greatness of our God and leaving our “little things” in His care?

He dwells “in the high and holy place.”  Yes.

But “. . .with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit.” (Isaiah 57:15)

Since this is our God, let’s trust Him in “the little things.”

And also in the “VERY little things.”

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“The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:14


They were breaking all kinds of century-old traditions.

He, the Messiah.
She, an outcast from Samaria.

A Jewish man and a Samaritan woman, engaging in conversation.

She came to the well thirsty for something.
Searching for something she couldn’t put her finger on.
Looking in all the wrong places.

Then Jesus passed by (in reality . . . He drew near).
And He showed her that she had a need far greater than thirst for water.

He was aware of the dissatisfaction she had experienced in life.
About her attempt to fulfill a longing she didn’t properly understand.
The sin that was the result.
The brokenness all this searching had led to.

Her thirst was the longing of every human heart.
A place in our lives only Christ can satisfy.

So He offered her “living water.

Christ offered her the satisfaction of HIMSELF.

Satisfaction that’s there to stay.
A constant Source.
A constant flow of contentment and strength.
Every day.
Every MOMENT of the day.

She had been asking the tough, timeless questions:
Where is true satisfaction?
Why am I living an unfulfilled life?
When will I ever stop searching for contentment?
Why am I always thirsty for more?

Jesus gave her the “living water” of Himself.

And it became like a well within her from which she could constantly drink.

Others would disappoint her.
Other things in life would never be completely fulfilling.

But it wouldn’t matter anymore.

The sufficiency of Christ was enough for her now.  Something she could constantly draw from and “never thirst.”

So she left her water pot.
She left all the things that never completely satisfied.

And she went away with something that can never be taken from any person who has truly believed on Christ – a well of water “springing up into everlasting life.”

Draw from Him today.
He will never leave you thirsty for something else.

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Someone once said,

If you believe one-tenth of what you say you believe
 you should be ten times more excited than you are.”

And I ask myself the question:  Where and why do we fall short?

Maybe it’s this .  . .
–    We fail to remember that being called “believers” means we “believe.
–    We fail to remember what it is we believe.
–    And we fail to give thanks.

We believe that God gave.
And we received.

And when we receive a gift, what should be our natural response?
Thanksgiving.

God has given us numerous gifts for which we can be eternally grateful.

Here are TEN to start out with.

#1 – God’s Son

Our Savior Jesus Christ. . . gave himself for us.” (Titus 2:14)

God’s Son wasn’t forced into being our Savior.
Jesus Christ gave Himself freely.

Why?

#2 – Forgiveness of Sins

“. . . that [we] might receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 26:18)

Each of us deserves the worst punishment imaginable for the filth of our sins.
Christ took it on Himself that we might receive forgiveness in its place.

#3 – Family Status

As many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God.”
(John 1:12)

We have received the right to be called the children of God.
We have the same family status as God’s own Son.

#4 – Grace

“. . . grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

God’s favor when we didn’t deserve it – when we deserves His DIS-favor – was so certain to be ours that He gave it to us long before He brought anything into existence.

#5 – the Holy Spirit

“. . . ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

The Spirit of truth indwells us, fills us, rebukes us, seals us, and produces His fruit through us.

#6 – Peace

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.” (John 14:27)

Christ left us His peace.
It is ours – available and apart from any peace we could achieve from any other source.

#7 – Wisdom

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. . . and it shall be given.” (James 1:5)

When we need wisdom, we can ask for it.
And He will give it willingly.
Again and again.

#8 – Victory over death.

“Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:57)

Because Christ rose from the dead, death will not have victory over us.

#9 – An Inheritance

“. . . that they may . . . receive an inheritance.” (Acts 26:18)

This inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled, does not fade away, and is reserved in heaven for us.
We’re “joint heirs” with God’s own Son.

#10 – Everlasting Life

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Since we believe what we say we believe, let’s be more excited, more joyful . . . more grateful.

Ten times more.

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Perhaps the deepest longing of every human heart is to find adequacy in everything that defines life for us.

We want an adequate car, an adequate house, an adequate paycheck.

And we want the people in our lives to be enough.

The word “adequate” means “sufficient for a specific requirement.”

The problem is. . . we often choose what that “requirement” is.
One we have laid out for ourselves.  What we think will be “just enough.”

When nothing seems to be sufficient, we often listen to the cries around us that say, “I am enough.  You don’t have to put up with less than sufficient.  Try me.”

So we try what these voices offer.

But they eventually come up short.  Less than require.
Never enough.

Why?  Why are we tempted to feel short-changed in life?
Do we have contentment issues?
Is it simply living in an imperfect world?

Or could it be we’re looking in the wrong places?

Are we looking at the wrong things to be our “Enough”?

If there was one person who had enough, it was King David.
Not because he was a king, won wars, and was given amazing promises.
He had enough, because of Who his Shepherd was.

He said, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

He never suggested that his possessions or his accomplishments were enough.

His Shepherd was Enough.
His God was Adequate.

So nothing was missing in his life.

When we take a look at what we claim as ours and cry, “I want you to be enough!” let’s take a deeper look and say, “You are special enough to me, because I have all I need in my Adequate God.”

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Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.


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Have you ever wished this world would ask to see lives that reflect the life of Christ?

Have you ever hoped your life would be that reflection?

Have you ever come to the end of yourself, realizing you can’t imitate Him as you had always hoped you could?

Have you ever noticed the Bible says, “Christ lives in you”?

Christ lives in us.  So the purpose of our lives is to be a capacity for others to see His life.
The reflection of Him the world doesn’t audibly ask for.

The reflection you’d always hoped you could somehow make yourself to be.
The imitation of Him that is not just an imitation, but Himself living through you.

As believers, our lives are His.
They don’t just belong to Him.  They are His.

If others are to see His life, we need to step out of the way and become a corner in this dark world where the life of Christ can be reflected.  Reflected so beautifully, our lives could truly be described as “hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3)

A capacity for Christ to live in us.

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“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:24 (KJV)


I often wonder what it was like to cross through the Red Sea on dry ground, to watch Jericho’s walls collapse, or to walk with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. But imagine being present at the most astonishing event of world history, “the scourging of Christ, the Promised Savior”.

Someone should have protested.  Instead, the loudest voices were those in favor of the scourging.  Jesus Himself did not even raise a voice in His own defense.  In fact, Peter described the scene this way.

When He was reviled, [He] did not revile in return. When He suffered, He did not threaten.1 Peter 2:23a (NKJV).

While being scourged for our sins, the Maker of heaven and earth ‘and of those who accused Him’ said nothing.

Yet, after He was placed on a cross, Jesus spoke these words. “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

He had committed Himself and the result was available forgiveness.

Equal in significance to the words, “Father, forgive them,” were another three words “it is finished.”  Complete and final forgiveness is ours only through our Lord Jesus Christ. “For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
(Acts 4:12).

Father, Thank You for providing the only Savior qualified to save us from our sin, for looking on His finished work and forgiving us completely.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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There is much in the world that tempts us to fear.


Fear is typical in a world like ours.


Fear is a response that comes naturally.

But we’re told 365 times in Scripture to “Fear Not!”

Why are we told not to fear?

Because of who our God is.

  • Jesus told us we’d have tribulation in this world. But we’re to be of good cheer. He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
  • Nations are like a drop in a bucket and dust on a scale (Isaiah 40:15). He is mightier than all the world’s nations combined.
  • He spoke and everything was created. Everything. All He did was speak a word. Is there anything too hard for Him? (Jeremiah 32:17)
  • The “kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15). We are on the winning side.
  • The Lord our God in the midst of us is mighty (Zephaniah 3:17).  In our midst. Not sitting on the sidelines, cheering us on or hoping we’ll make it. His might works in our midst.
  • He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). The most repeated promise in Scripture. We have never been abandoned by our God and never will.

We serve a God who has a mighty hand on an outstretched arm that is not too short that it cannot. . .

No wonder He tells us 365 times to “Fear not!”

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“Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15


Thanksgiving rolls around, and we suddenly remember to count our blessings. The rest of the year, we dON’T

That’s why many like to keep lists all year round. A gratitude journal. A way of counting blessings one-by-one.

But what if we were grateful for more than what God gives?
What if we focused this year on giving thanks to the One who gives?
What if we gave thanks to His name?

•         T – Trustworthy
Lord, Thank You for Your unfailing faithfulness. Thank You that in a world full of deception, seemingly overruled by the father of lies, You reign in our lives as a God completely worthy of our trust. Thank You that we can lean fully on You, and, in leaning, we will never be ashamed, never crushed, never left helpless. Thank You that we can accept every gift You give, because You are trustworthy. . .

•         H – Holy
Lord, Thank You for Your separateness. Your holy Being. Your love and gifts that come from an untainted, unadulterated, pure heart of holiness for creatures who are far from holy . . .

•         A – All-Knowing
Lord, Thank You that nothing is a mystery to You. When we need, You know. When we ache, You know. When we rejoice, You know. You know our needs, because You are a Father always in tune to our needs. You know our aches, because we’re Your own. You know our joys, because You are the One who knowingly gives them precisely with each of us in mind . . .

•         N – Near
Lord, Thank You that You are a God at hand, and not a God afar off. You draw even nearer, when we draw near to You. You are by our side, never absent, the God who promised You would never leave us or forsake us. It is never difficult for You to give. It takes only a slight motion of Your hand nearby . . .

•         K – Kind
Lord, Thank You that Your kindness surrounds every act of love, every motion our way, every gift withheld and given. Thank you that You’ve promised that Your kindness will never cease. Thank You that nothing comes our way apart from that channel of kindness . . .

•         S – Sufficient
Lord, Thank You for the knowledge that if we were never given a dime, a worldly joy, a longed-for dream, we would have enough in You. You are all we need, yet You give more. Thank You that behind your loving gifts, we can rest content in Your sufficient Person, Your sufficient grace, Your arms wrapped around us in trustworthy, holy, all-knowing, near, kind, sufficient giftedness.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with thankfulness to the One who gives!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” (James 1:17)

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Do you believe that God is smiling at you?


I often want to ask believers this question. I often ask myself.

Does His love feel like a sunshine of gladness overarching every hour and every decision? Or does heaven seem like a dark cloud ready to dump rain at any moment?

My circumstances are no indication of whether the smiling face of God is upon me,” A.W. Tozer writes.

I converse and fellowship and pray with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I wonder how many of us believe this statement.

Too often we look at our needs, our hurts, and our troubles, and we interpret them as frowning providences. They stir up questions in our hearts–doubts that God’s favor is toward us.

We wonder if He’s for us or against us.

Fear causes me to look around at my circumstances instead of up at the smiling face of God,” Tozer continues to write.

If we believe that every ounce of God’s love is behind every circumstance we encounter–seemingly good or bad–then we’ve grasped the message of the cross.

Paul, under the inspiration of the Spirit, wrote it best:

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

He reminded his readers that no believer resting fully in the finished work and righteousness of Christ is under any condemnation. God is for us. Though our sins grieve His Spirit, our Savior is interceding at the right hand of God for us. Continually.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.(Romans 8:1)

So why do we see storm clouds instead of His smile? Why do we interpret every wind of trouble as a frown?

Why can’t we relax beneath the smiling face of God?

Because deep down, we all know we deserve His frown, His back turned our direction, His smile turned toward somebody else.

We don’t deserve His smile, and we know it.

We haven’t earned His favor, and our neighbor knows it.

Our pastor knows. Our coworkers. Spouse. Children. Roommate.

We don’t deserve the smiling face of God.

The message of the Cross is this: “God is for us.” (Romans 8:31)

Relax beneath the smiling face of God.

“I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Quotes taken from The Crucified Life, by A.W. Tozer

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We are of more value to God than many of the creatures He cared for today.


I sit here looking out at a white-covered world and ice-laden tree branches.

It’s beautiful.

And life has stopped for its beauty.

A hummingbird tries to pierce its beak into the red wall of ice that fills the feeder.

It tries in vain and lands on a branch to rest.

Will he survive this storm?

“Your heavenly Father feeds them,” I remembered (Matthew 6:26).

Hummingbirds, sparrows, chickadees, and all the other creatures are somehow finding their way in this frozen world.

Because our heavenly Father is feeding them . . . somewhere . . .somehow.

I know, because hours later, when the snow melted, that hummingbird came back.

“Are you not of more value than they?” Jesus asked (Matthew 6:26).

So do not fear.

“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask” (Matthew 6:8).

“Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things” (Matthew 6:31).

We are of more value to Him than many of the creatures He cared for today.

“How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matthew 6:11).

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“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)


You know what it’s like to ride with someone who knows all the back roads. The “easy” roads. The “secret” way to get places. But you also know the truth. It’s not really “secret.”  It’s just not commonly used.

The Bible talks about a “secret place.” Not a place God is hiding from us, but an uncommon place. Uncommon, because not many of us dwell there on a consistent basis.

Attitudes and anxieties fester, and it’s difficult to dwell in the secret place. We listen to lies in our head, and we step out. It seems we have finally resorted to its safety, and the smallest irritation lures us away.

So what can we do?

We can learn to identify those lures in our lives that cause us to step out of the secret place. We can beware of “trigger thoughts” common to all of us, like these:

“What if. . .”
I’m tired of . . .”
He always . . .”
She never. . .”

Whatever takes our mind off the sufficient control of the good God whose Shadow is the safest place to be is the very thing that will push us out of the secret place.

Each morning, spend time securing that spot in the “secret place.” Then, guard against attitudes and thoughts that cause you to step out of its safety.

How can you and I “dwell in the secret place of the Most High”?

Step in . . . and stay.

Father, Thank You for being our shelter, our hiding place, a safe place from all that seeks to destroy our peace.  Help us as we guard against all that lures us away from that secure place in You.  May we step into that safety daily, and stay there by Your grace. In Jesus Name.  Amen.

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  Those who are forgiven much will love much.


For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

She wasn’t asked to come.

Her known past.  Her present identity.
Both were stamped on her like a scarlet “A”:  “Sinner . . .  from the city.”

But she wanted to see Jesus.
So she came.
Welcome by no one . . . but Him.

Sometime in the past, she’d been broken.  And she received His forgiveness.
Now, in His presence, she couldn’t hold back the tears, or continue to stand behind Him.

She fell at His feet and wept.   Enough tears to wash His feet.
But she didn’t just wash His feet.   She wiped them with her hair.
And, with overwhelming emotion, she began kissing His feet.  And didn’t stop.
Then, she brought out her alabaster box and anointed His feet with a costly ointment.

This is what it looks like to be forgiven.

But her actions weren’t welcome by the host – a Pharisee.
Known for distancing himself from sin.  Known as the religious elite.
He thought he was on equal footing with Christ.

But he didn’t love Christ.
He didn’t treat Him as a guest of honor in his own home. Or show the most common courtesies.
And he accused Him of ignorance.  Surely He didn’t know who was touching Him!

But Jesus knew all about the woman.  He knew all about Simon, the Pharisee.
And He spoke a parable Simon wouldn’t forget.

Two debtors owed two different amounts.

One was ten times the amount of the other.
But neither could pay their debt.

One debt was great and the other was small.
But neither had enough resources to pay.

So the creditor forgave them both.
They were both forgiven.
Freed from their debt.

Still having to be paid, their debt became His.

And he paid it all.

The main lesson of the parable came from Simon’s own lips.  He who has been forgiven the most will love the most.

Suddenly, Jesus looked at the woman.
Still speaking to Simon, He pointed to the love this forgiven sinner had been showing Him, in contrast to what Simon had failed to do.

Simon gave Him no water to wash His feet.  This woman had used her tears.
Simon gave Him no towel.  But she used her hair.
Simon hadn’t given Him a kiss out of common courtesy.  But she was still kissing His feet.
Simon hadn’t anointed His head with common oil.  But she had anointed His feet with a costly ointment.

This is what it looks like to be forgiven.

It frees.
It freed this woman from a debt that couldn’t be paid.
It could have freed Simon from hardness toward God and others.

And forgiveness gives freedom to love MUCH.

Simon had said it.  Those who are forgiven much will love much.

And all of us have enough need for forgiveness to make us individuals who can love Christ in a big way.

Do we love Him much. . . or just a little?

The measure of our love will be determined by the way we view our sin.

Whether our sin is great or small . . .
NONE of us have enough resources to pay the debt we owe.
ALL of us needed Someone Else to pay it for us.

And He did.

Our sins are just the huge, great reason to love Him in a big way.

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Would you like to know Jesus? Would you like to accept Jesus into your life today?  You can do so right now  by sincerely praying the following prayer.

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.


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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” Psalm 46:1,2 (NKJV)

Living near one of the most majestic mountains of the Cascade range, I am constantly reminded of the might and presence of our Creator God.  Rounding a corner as I drove to work one day, I was met by another breathtaking view of Mount Hood.  As it towered directly in front of me, its beauty and steadfast presence brought these verses to mind: “We will not fear. . .though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”

My imagination began to run wild.  What if something as sure and steadfast as Mount Hood did uproot and was suddenly hurled into the Pacific Ocean? A mountain dropped in the sea would cause an alarm greater than its splash. Fear would be the most natural result.

If that were to happen, what would we do?  Scripture says, “We will not fear.”  If we will not fear, even if the most terrifying “natural disaster” were to occur, will we fear in financial uncertainty, political upheaval, an unknown future, or a scary diagnosis?

We will not fear” is not a mantra to be recited continuously until we convince ourselves to do what we say. It is the response of faith in the character of our steadfast God – a God more steadfast than the highest mountains and more present than our overwhelming troubles.  We will not fear, because “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

PrayerFather, Thank You for being our refuge and strength. Thank You for Your abiding presence. Grant us the faith to trust You with our uncertainties.  Grant us the faith that swallows fear, for Your Name’s sake. Amen.

by Bethany Hayes
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A few months ago, I found myself pouring my heart out before the Lord in a way I hadn’t done in a very long time. A long list of trying circumstances and the question “Why?” characterized that prayer.

But as I prayed, I sensed God asking me the same thing.

Why?

Lord, I’ve been working so hard!”

His answer thundered in a quiet rebuke: Why? I clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven. Will I not much more clothe you?
(Matthew 6:29)

Lord, I’m exhausted.”

Again, Why? Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Lord, I want to fix him/her.”

Why? And like His words to Peter, “What is that to you? You follow me.” (John 21:22)

Lord, I can’t do this task You’ve given me.”

Why? Your help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

That day I learned a valuable lesson about prayer and faith.

For every complaint we pour out before the Lord, His Word holds a promise, laced with God’s character that beckons us to trust.

When your prayers become filled with “me” and unbelief, let His answer be, “Why?”

And trust a promise.

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)

By Bethany Hayes
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•  Salvation Explained

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