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You Have Revealed Them to Infants

September 28, 2016

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You Have Revealed Them  to Infants

In Matthew 11,  Jesus was totally disgusted  with the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida  and Capernaum.     Despite the fact that Jesus had done many miracles  in these places,  they did not believe  or repent  of their sins.     Jesus so much as warned them  in Matthew 11:24,

It will be more tolerable  for the land  of Sodom  in the day  of Judgment,  than  for you.

Sodom was condemned  and destroyed  for all its wickedness  —  but,  they had not seen any miracles  like the people  of Chorazin,  Bethsaida,  and Capernaum saw.     In spite of seeing many miracles,  those people  were arrogant  and proud enough  to refuse  to repent  of their sins.

But,  there were humble  and repentant people  in other places.     Thinking of their simple faith  and thankful hearts,  Jesus proclaimed  in Matthew 11:25,

I praise You,  Father,  Lord of heaven  and earth,  that You  have hidden these things  from the wise  and intelligent  and have revealed them  to infants.

We need  to think  about that.     When people are arrogant  and proud enough  to imagine that they are  “wise  and intelligent”  enough  to despise their Creator Redeemer,  God Almighty withholds  the truths  of His being  and the way to eternal life.     They might think  they are smart  and savvy,  but they aren’t smart enough  to recognize the truth  of their being.     They despise all who believe  in Jesus,  but have no clue  what they are despising.     It’s sad.

So,  Jesus invites us  “infants”  in Matthew 11:28-29,

Come to Me,  all who are weary  and heavy-laden,  and I will  give you rest.     Take My yoke  upon you  and learn  from Me,  for I am gentle  and humble  in heart,  and you will find rest  for your souls.

As we gladly learn  from Jesus,  we exclaim,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  Your love  for us  is beautiful  and 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

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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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A Man’s Enemies Will Be the Members of His Household

September 27, 2016

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A Man’s Enemies  Will Be  the Members  of His Household

Jesus made some very strong statements  about what His followers  were to expect  in this life.     He told them that they would be hated  like He was hated.     Unbelievers would malign them  and seek  to kill them  —  just as they maligned Jesus and sought  to kill Him.

And yet,  Jesus told His followers  to not be afraid  of witnessing  about God’s truths  of salvation  through faith  in Christ.     He said that unbelievers  may kill the body  —  but they cannot kill the soul.     We stand strong in faith  because God Almighty  is able to “destroy both soul  and body  in hell”.   ( Matthew 10:28 )     God cares for every little detail  in our being  and He will judge everyone righteously  in the end.     That is why we don’t have to be afraid  of the hatred  of unbelievers.

Knowing we are  in God’s loving care,  we confess Jesus as Lord and Savior  —  and are warned against denying Him.

Then Jesus added something no one wants to experience.     He says  in Matthew 10:34-39,

Do not think  that I came  to bring peace  on the earth;  I did not come  to bring peace,  but a sword.     For I came  to set a man against his father,  and a daughter  against her mother,  and a daughter-in-law  against her mother-in-law;  and a man’s enemies  will be the members  of his household.

He who loves father  or mother more than Me  is not worthy  of Me;  and he who loves son  or daughter more than Me  is not worthy  of Me.     And he who does not take his cross  and follow after Me  is not worthy  of Me.     He who has found his life  will lose it,  and he  who has lost his life  for My sake  will find it.

In other words:

You shall love the LORD your God  with all your heart,  and with all your soul,  and with all your mind,  and with all your strength.       Mark 12:30

Considering  God’s eternal truth,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your steadfast love  in 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.

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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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One Thing I Have Asked From the LORD

September 26, 2016

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One Thing  I Have Asked  From the LORD

If you had just one thing  to ask  “from the LORD”  —  God Almighty  —  what would it be?     Would it be a better job?  —  more money?  —  friends?  —  a comfortable life?     King David  had a request  much better than any of that.     In Psalm 27:4  David said,

One thing  I have asked  from the LORD,  that I shall seek:
That I may dwell  in the house  of the LORD  all the days  of my life,
To behold  the beauty  of the LORD
And to meditate  in His temple.

That’s the  “one thing”  we all need  —  because it leads us  to eternal life.     It grounds us  in the truth  of our being  and God’s love.     If we don’t know  “the beauty  of the LORD”,  we have no clue  how wondrous  and great  His love for us is.     It is only as we  “dwell  in the house  of the LORD”  that we learn  how marvelously awesome He is  in His love  towards us.

All of creation  is beautiful  and marvelous.     But,  God’s love  and salvation  for us  is much more beautiful  and marvelous.     It truly is something wondrous  “to meditate” on  “in His temple”.     We are  “in His temple”  where ever we are  as we “meditate”  on His word,  glory,  beauty,  and wondrous salvation.

Truly,  as David said,  we need  —  really need  —  to “dwell  in the house  of the LORD  all the days  of my life.”     A minute here  and there  is not enough  to realize  how God is with us  moment by moment  —  in all of our troubles.     God doesn’t leave us  —  but we leave Him  altogether too many times.

May we always pray,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for wanting  to be with us  every day,  all day.     We need You every moment  of every day.”

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

.

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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Praise Is Becoming

September 25, 2016

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Praise  Is Becoming

As a psalmist lists many  of his reasons  for praising the LORD,  he says   in Psalm 147:1,

Praise the LORD!
For it is good  to sing praises  to our God;
For it is pleasant  and praise  is becoming.

We sing honest praises  when our hearts  are thankful  and in wonder  over all the marvelous things  God has done.     It is truly good  for us  to have hearts  of thanksgiving  and love.     We need  to see  and realize all that is wonderful  in creation  and in our salvation.     They consist  of one miracle after another.     There is no way  anyone can explain  how God is able  to do all  that He has done.     Unable to explain anything,  we just  naturally  “praise the LORD”.

That true “praise”  is the “praise”  that is so  “becoming”  in God’s eyes.

God’s word  tells us more  about “praise”  that we need to be aware of.     Psalm 33:1  says,

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.

God’s word specifically mentions that  “praise is becoming  to the upright.     The “righteous”“upright” ones are those who honestly believe  and trust  in the LORD.     Their praise is not  in the least bit  insincere  —  they love and respect the LORD  for who He is.

Contrast that  with Psalm 50:16-17,

But  to the wicked  God says,
“What right have you  to tell  of My statutes,
And to take  My covenant  in your mouth?
For you hate discipline,
And you cast  My words  behind you.”

There are those  who make out  like they’re Christians,  but they  “hate discipline”  and refuse  to trust God’s  “words”  about repentance  and salvation.     God calls them “wicked”  for their hypocrisy.

That is why  “praise  is becoming  to the upright”.     “The upright”  are sincere  in their faith  and “praise”.

As we rightfully  “praise”  God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You have done all things well  in holiness,  righteousness,  and an eternal love.”

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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Shaken From Your Composure

September 24, 2016

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Shaken  From Your Composure

Over the years,  there have been many false prophets  who have predicted  the end day  for this world.     Their false prophecies  and preaching  have “disturbed” many,  leading them into  other false teachings.     But,  Jesus has specifically told us  in Mark 13:33,

Take heed,  keep on the alert;  for you do not know  when the appointed time  will come.

We have already been told  in the New Testament  that there will be wars,  natural disasters,  false prophets,  and that the hearts  of the people  will be cold.     People have seen these signs  ever since Jesus’ resurrection  and have been keeping on “the alert”.     But,  Jesus has told us  that absolutely no one  will know  exactly  when or how  the end will come.     So,  we must not pretend  that we know.

As “alert”  as we must be,  we still are not to believe anyone  who claims  they have evidence  that the end  is actually here  or will be here  in short order.     Instead,  we are to look  to Jesus  in a quiet,  calm faith,  and live our lives  for Him.     And,  we listen  to Paul  in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,

Now  we request you,  brethren,  with regard  to the coming  of our Lord Jesus Christ  and our gathering together  to Him,  that you not be quickly shaken  from your composure  or be disturbed  either by a spirit  or a message  or a letter  as if from us,  to the effect  that the day  of the Lord has come.     Let no one  in any way  deceive you…

Our  “composure”  must be  of a sure faith,  joyfully looking  for Christ’s return  —  knowing we are  in His tender care.     As ready as we keep  our hearts,  we do not let anyone “disturb”  our peace  in Jesus.     They may claim visions,  prophesies,  an interpretation  of God’s word,  or whatever  —  but we are  to only look  to our Savior.

In the joy  of salvation through Christ Jesus alone,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for the peace  of Your eternal word.”

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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Those Are the Things That Defile

September 23, 2016

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Those Are  the Things  That Defile

The Jews have many laws  about their daily lives.     Most all  of their laws  were made up  by their teachers  and are not a part  of the Old Testament.     There are laws about washing their hands,  washing dishes,  eating,  and just about every activity.     Since their laws were a very important part  of their lives,  they were concerned  with anyone who did not follow their laws.

The Pharisees  of Jesus’ day  criticized the fact  that His disciples  did not wash their hands  before eating.     But,  Jesus showed them  their hypocrisy  in disregarding God’s word,  in order to keep  their man-made laws.     Then Jesus quoted Isaiah,  saying in Mark 7:6-7,

‘This people honors me  with their lips,
But their heart  is far away  from Me.
But  in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines  the precepts  of men.’

Then Jesus pointed out in verse 8,

Neglecting the commandment  of God,  you hold  to the tradition  of men.

The Pharisees  made up laws  about washing hands  and eating,  in an effort  to keep the inside  of their bodies  absolutely pure  in their imagination.     All their man-made laws  were a great  and most unnecessary burden  to the people.     They were not honoring God  with all their rules.

We honor God  by living according to His actual word  in the Bible,  according to the gospel  that emphasizes living by faith  in Christ Jesus.     Man-made  “precepts”  and  “tradition”  are not God’s word.

There are churches today  that have rules  about eating.     But,  Jesus teaches us  in Mark 7:15,

There is nothing  that enters a man  from the outside  which can defile him;  but the things  which come out  of him,  those are the things  that defile  a man.

What we eat  does not make anyone unclean  in God’s eyes.     But,  the garbage  and false doctrines  in our hearts  and minds  grossly “defile” us.     Let us “honor”  and “worship”  God with a pure  “heart”.

Loving God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for leading us  in Your word  that we may rightly honor You.”

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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To Revive the Spirit

September 22, 2016

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To Revive  the Spirit

We all get down  at times.     Life can be  a real mess  as we face temptations,  let-downs,  the guilt of our sins,  the realization of our weaknesses,  and on and on.     We know  that we are unimportant  in the scope  of all creation.     Besides being unimportant,  we’re totally incapable  of leading a life  that would be pleasing  in the most holy LORD’s eyes.

God’s ways  are beautifully  and most perfectly  good  and right.     They deserve  to be followed.     But,  we fail  to do what is good  and right,  even when we want to do  what is good  and right.     We are sorry  that we are always offending  our Lord and Savior.     It would be nice  to be able  to stop sinning  against God Almighty  —  and always do what is right for a change.

God has something to say about that  in Isaiah 57:15,

For thus says  the high  and exalted One
Who lives forever,  whose name  is holy,
“I dwell  on a high  and holy place,
And also  with the contrite  and lowly  of spirit
In order  to revive  the spirit  of the lowly
And to revive the heart  of the contrite.

That’s most awesome!     God Almighty lives  (dwells“with the contrite  and lowly  of spirit”.     God wants to stay  in our hearts  to revive the spirit  of the lowly”.     He wants to lift us up  —  realize that we are His beloved  —  and that He cares for us.

He knows  we are sorry  about our sins  —  and He’s glad and pleased  that we realize them.     He’s most glad  that we want  to live according to His ways.

Who could ask  for anything more wondrous?     God revives us  through a humble faith  in Christ Jesus.

With God living  in our hearts,  we are strengthened  to joyfully live  in His ways  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for stooping low  to revive us.”

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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