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He Who Began a Good Work in You

March 27, 2017

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He Who Began a Good Work in You

Most people work hard  to achieve  certain goals  in their life,  be it a higher education  —  an accomplishment  in sports  —  a business achievement,  or whatever.     And,  when their goal is achieved,  they like to get credit  for it.     It feels good  to be congratulated  for “their” achievement.

But,  there can be a problem with that.     How so?     The achiever  can so easily feel  that he is better  than others.     It is easy  to become proud  and imagine  that his every success  is due  to “his” being better  than others.     The truth  of the matter is  that God  is the provider  of our every talent,  circumstance,  and success.

This truth  is most important  in the truth  about our faith  and the promise  of heaven.

Some Christians  have a feeling  of pride  in what they see  as their faith.     They feel better than others,  imagining their faith is better.     And,  then again,  there are Christians,  who are fearful  of not having  enough faith.     They feel unworthy  of God’s love.     All Christians need  to always realize  they are all  under God’s care.     Philippians 1:6  promises,

He who began  a good work  in you  will perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus.      

This is good news.     God Almighty  is carrying us  through this life.     It’s God working “in”  us  that will enable  each of us  to reach our heavenly home.     Not one of us  is any better  than others.     God “began  a good work  in you”  and better yet,  God  will perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus”.

We just follow  our Savior  with faith,  hope,  and love  —  humbly allowing Him  to work  in our hearts  the truths  of His salvation.

Trusting God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for faithfully leading us  to our heavenly home.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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I Shall Lift Up My Hands

March 26, 2017

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I Shall Lift Up My Hands

People “lift up”  their hands  for all sorts  of reasons.     One might be waving a greeting  to a friend  —  asking permission  to speak  —  praising God  —  praying  —  showing honor  —  or even trying to show a strength  and threat of war.     That’s usually  with a closed fist.

We also “lift up” our heads  and our eyes  to show attention,  hope,  joy,  and trust.     A person’s head  and eyes often  look down  when the person is sad  and discouraged.     It’s all a part  of body language.

A psalmist wanted  to show love,  honor,  and respect,  so he prayed  in Psalm 119:48,

And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I love;
And I will meditate on Your statutes.

Here was a guy  who saw great wisdom  and love  in God’s commandments.     He appreciated God’s ways  so much  that he lifted up his “hands”  to show  how awesome he felt  God is.     We also  are blessed  with those same  “commandments”  that this psalmist loved.     When we study them  the way he did,  we will also learn  to  “love” them.

Psalm 28:2  shows a lifting up of hands  in a prayer  for help,

Hear the voice  of my supplications  when I cry to You  for help,
When I lift up my hands  toward Your holy sanctuary.

Beyond lifting up hands,  King David wrote  in Psalm 25:1,

To You,  O LORD,  I lift up my soul.

Our whole being is  to look  to God  for every need.     We look  to God  because we are just created beings  —  helpless  in so many ways  —  and needing  to recognize that.     Isaiah 40:26 describes  a little bit  of the power  we need  to lean on,

Lift up your eyes  on high      
And see  who has created  these stars,
The One  who leads forth their host  by number,
He calls them all  by name;
Because of the greatness  of His might  and the strength  of His power,
Not one of them  is missing.

As God cares  for us  and all of His awesome creation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for caring  for our every need.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled

March 25, 2017

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Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled

We can easily get  “troubled”  by all sorts  of things  in this world  —  whether it be a tragedy,  daily needs,  a political situation,  a concern  about our future,  or whatever.     Jesus’ disciples  were alarmed  —  really  “troubled”  —  when He said He would be  leaving them.     What were they to do  after having followed Him  for three whole years?      Were three whole years  of their lives gone  for nothing?

In comfort,  Jesus said  in John 14:1-4,

Do not let your heart  be troubled;  believe in God,  believe also in Me.      In My Father’s house  are many dwelling places;  if it were not so,  I would have told you;  for I go  to prepare a place  for you.      If I go and prepare a place for you,  I will come again  and receive you  to Myself,  that where I am,  there you may be also.      And you know the way where I am going.”  

Really?      “We”  know the way  where Jesus  is going?     Our  “troubled” minds ask,  right along with the account  of the apostle Thomas,  in John 14:5-6,

“Lord,  we do not know  where You are going,  how do we  know the way?”     

Jesus said to him,  “I am the way,  and the truth,  and the life;  no one comes  to the Father  but through Me.”

This is a new way  to realize  the reality  of our lives.     We don’t just go  through this life  affected by all the sins  and problems  of this world.     We live  by faith  in our resurrected LORD  and Savior,  who has cleansed us  of all our sins.     The “truth,  and the life”  that we need  to realize  is that  only Jesus  is “the way”  to eternal life.

Jesus  has an eternal home  prepared for all  who  “believe”  in Him.    Everything that happens  on earth  is a temporary test  of faith.     Resting  in the power  of Jesus’ resurrection,  we do not let  our hearts  “be troubled”.

Following  “the way,  and the truth,  and the life”  we reach  our heavenly home,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  and faithfulness  are amazing.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Rocks and Sand

March 24, 2017

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Rocks and Sand

There are certain things  in life  that we simply  cannot afford  to get wrong.     They are life  and death situations  —  like trying to drive  100 mph  on a winding mountain,  dirt road.     It doesn’t even  make any sense  to try it.

The same goes  for our spiritual lives.     We simply cannot  worship anything  other than the LORD God Almighty  and yet expect  to receive eternal life.     People nonchalantly  and arrogantly  ignore this truth  and worship  actual idols,  money,  popularity,  power over others,  technology  —  you name it.     None  of these things  is able  to give us  eternal life  —  instead,  loving them  above our Savior  leads only  to eternal death.

To demonstrate  people’s foolishness,  Jesus spoke a parable  in Matthew 7:24-27,

Therefore everyone  who hears these words  of Mine  and acts  on them,  may be compared  to a wise man  who built his house  on the rock.     And the rain fell,  and the floods came,  and the winds blew  and slammed against  that house;  and yet it did not fall,  for it had been founded  on the rock.    

Everyone who hears  these words  of Mine  and does not act  on them,  will be like  a foolish man  who built his house  on the sand.     The rain fell,  and the floods came,  and the winds blew  and slammed  against that house;  and it fell  —  and great  was its fall

Many other Bible passages  show us  that Jesus is the Rock  —  the strong foundation  —  we need  to build our faith upon.     How do we know  for sure?     Many details  about Jesus’  birth,  ministry,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  were prophesied  and recorded  throughout the Old Testament.     Jesus’  dependability is proven  in those prophecies.

In spite  of this historical proof,  people foolishly  follow false doctrines,  cults,  money,  intelligence,  idols, etc.     They are creating their own doom.     These things  have all been proven  untrustworthy  —  but,  some people cling  to them anyway.     They don’t care  that they are being foolish.

In awe  of Jesus’  faithful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for keeping us safely founded  on the truly solid Rock.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Quick, Slow, Slow

March 23, 2017

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Quick, Slow, Slow

We all  have knee-jerk reactions  to whatever situation  is at hand.     But  nevertheless,  we still need  to try  to guard  against it.     Why?     Because God Almighty  has shown us  —  even us  —  His grace  of forgiveness,  just so that we   would  be strengthened  to start living  according to His love  in Christ Jesus.

Because God  has patiently shown grace  to us,  we should be patiently gracious  with those  who believe in God,  but whom we think  have stumbled  in some way  or another.     Though we see their way  as wrong,  we should be  as patient  with them  as God is  with us.     So,  James 1:19  says,

Everyone must be quick  to hear,  slow  to speak  and slow  to anger;  for the anger  of man  does not achieve  the righteousness  of God.   

When God brought us  to faith  in the truths  of His eternal word,  God’s other children  were patient  with us.     We weren’t immediately perfect  in all  of God’s ways.     We believed  in Jesus  —  but had faults  to overcome then,  as we still do.     As we grew  in understanding  of God’s truths,  we were able  to understand  the ugliness  of our sinful inclinations,  and want  to get rid  of them.

God’s word  was working  in our hearts.     We need  to patiently let God’s word grow  in the hearts  of others.     Realizing our ongoing imperfections,  we need  to be  quick  to hear”  the plight  of others  —  slow  to speak”  words  of vehement condemnation  —  and slow  to anger”  that does not remember  God’s grace  in Christ  towards us.

That’s a lot  to pack in to a split-second moment  —  but,  it is a remembrance  of God’s love.

So,  we remember our sins  —  remember God’s grace  —  and strive  to live  by it.     Then,  we will be  honestly living  in God’s grace.

Appreciating  God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your every way  is perfect  and life-giving.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Who Is the Liar?

March 22, 2017

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Who Is the Liar?

There are some  notable church bodies  that boldly claim  they are  the only true church  from the beginning of Christianity.     But,  their claims have many problems  —  one being  that their church  has been splintered  into many other churches  —  just like every other denomination.     Besides that,  many of their doctrines  are not biblical  —  but man made.

The bottom line is  that Jesus did not come  to set up a visible church,  packed with all true believers.     But,  Jesus did come  to save  every single sinner,  who believes  in Him.     Jesus suffered  and died  on the cross  to pay  for the sins  of all  who trust  in Him alone  for their eternal salvation.     This  body  of believers  does not necessarily belong  to one particular church.     Rather,  they are the ones  that the LORD God Almighty sees  as those  who honestly believe  Jesus’ sacrifice  has paid  for all their sins.

How do we know that?     Many Bible verses point  to this fact.     One is John 17:3,

This is eternal life,  that they may know You,  the only true God,  and Jesus Christ  whom You have sent.

To “know”  Christ  is  to believe  that He is  who He said  He is.     Another hint is Ephesians 4:5,  saying there is…….

…one Lord,  one faith,  one baptism… 

All God’s true children  believe this  because God’s word  repeatedly declares it.     Those who trust Jesus  are forewarned  in 1 John 2:22,

Who  is  the liar  but the one  who denies  that Jesus  is the Christ?     This is the antichrist,  the one who denies  the Father  and the Son.

As the whole Bible points out,  “the Christ” is the LORD,  the Messiah,  who forgives all the sins  of every sinner,  who trusts  in Him.     So,  God’s children  find joy  in Mark 16:16,

The one who believes  and is baptized  will be saved,  but the one who does not believe  will be condemned.   

Trusting God’s word  in the Bible,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for redeeming us  through Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Wisdom From Above

March 21, 2017

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The Wisdom From Above

Recently,  a number of university students  were randomly interviewed  regarding their position  on what should be considered politically correct.     They expressed thoughts like:   public bathrooms and showers  should be cross gender  —  an average sized man  should be able to think  he is a seven year old first grader  —  that same man  could also validly claim  to be a 6 foot,  4 inch tall woman  —  and the ridiculous scenarios went on…

Those interviews revealed  how fearful many are  of not being politically correct.     They are afraid  of standing up  for the obvious truth  because they don’t want  to be rejected  or harmed  by those,  who are belligerently  and militantly forcing  all sorts  of worldly ideas  on everyone else.

Denying obvious truths  are foolish  —  but we are seeing much  of that sort  of senseless foolishness  these days.     These truth deniers  are being foolish,  but claiming  to be wise.     James 3:17  describes the kind  of Godly  “wisdom”  we should strive for.

But  the wisdom  from above  is first pure,  then peaceable,  gentle,  reasonable,  full of mercy  and good fruits,  unwavering,  without hypocrisy.

When James mentions “wisdom”  that is  “reasonable”,  it means being willing  to yield  to God’s will  and ways.    Note that “wisdom” is “without hypocrisy”.     Denying the obvious  is hypocritical.

Proverbs 1:7  describes  the dilemma  that some people are allowing  to overtake them today,

The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of knowledge;
Fools  despise wisdom  and instruction.

Real  “wisdom”  accepts obvious truths,  and “instruction”  from God’s eternal word.     So  Psalm 111:10 teaches,

The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of wisdom;
A good understanding  have all those  who do  His commandments;
His praise  endures forever.

So glad  for the peace,  love,  and true wisdom  of God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the beauty  and wonders  of Your wisdom.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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