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This Is What Has Been Written by the Prophet

December 6, 2016

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This Is What Has Been Written by the Prophet

On a recent TV show,  an interviewer  went out  to ask a number  of people  where Jesus was born.     Quite a few  had no clue  —  some thought Jesus was born  in Jerusalem  —  and some said Jesus was born  in Bethlehem.     That interview revealed  how little people know  about our Savior.

The correct  and important answer is  that Jesus  was born  in Bethlehem.     What is so important  about that?     It is just one more little detail  that the LORD  had prophesied  around 700 years  before Jesus’ birth.     If Jesus had not been born  in Bethlehem,  then He could not claim  to be the long-promised Savior.     Being born  in Bethlehem  is one more proof  that Jesus is who He said He is  —  and that God truly is almighty.

God’s prophecy is found  in Micah 5:2,

But  as for you,  Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little  to be among the clans  of Judah,
From you  One will go forth  for Me  to be ruler  in Israel.
His goings forth  are from long ago,
From the days  of eternity.

To show  that all the Jewish religious leaders understood  this prophecy,  when the magi came  to worship  the “King of the Jews”  they asked where He was  to be born,  the religious leaders replied  in Matthew 2:5,

In Bethlehem  of Judea;  for this is what has been written  by the prophet.

Joseph and Mary lived  in Nazareth,  but  to make His prophecy come true,  God led the emperor  to take a census,  and everybody had to go  to their home town  to be registered.     Joseph and Mary’s home town  was Bethlehem,  so they had  to go there  to be registered  —  and there Jesus was born.

All things are possible  for God Almighty  —  and He gives testimony  to that  by having Jesus born  in Bethlehem.

In awe  of God’s power  in the details  of many prophecies,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Blessed be the LORD God Almighty.”

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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An Acceptable Service

December 5, 2016

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An Acceptable Service

We all know  that whatever our job  in life,  we do need  to do  “an acceptable service”.     Store clerks need  to ring things up correctly  and politely  —  managers  need  to see  that the customers  are served rightly  —  business owners need  to see to it  that customers get a good product  for a fair price,  etc.     Those who don’t provide  “an acceptable service” will soon enough  lose their job.     It won’t be anyone else’s fault,  but their own.

In a way,  that’s sort of how it is  with our responsibilities  as a Christian.     We have the “job”  of really listening  to God’s word  —  accepting all  of it  with “reverence”  —  and living according  to it  in “awe”  of God’s eternal authority.     Why?     Because we are  in the end days  —  and our lives are  relatively short.     An end day  has been promised.

Every worker  should be thankful  for the job  and wages they have.     That thankfulness should be  what leads them  to want to give  “an acceptable service”  —  in whatever line  of work they are.

As Christians,  we have accepted  the job  of serving God  in whatever capacity  He has placed us.     Whatever our earthly job,  in that capacity,  we should be serving God.     Our service  to God  needs to be  done  in keeping  with all that God Almighty  has done for us  in Christ Jesus.     That is why Hebrews 12:28  reminds us Christians,

Therefore,  since we receive  a kingdom  which cannot be shaken,  let us show gratitude,  by which we may offer  to God  an acceptable service  with reverence  and awe;  for our God  is a consuming fire.

The kingdom of heaven  “cannot be shaken”  on Judgment Day.     We should be grateful  for the promise  of an eternal  heavenly home  —  so grateful  that we gladly  “offer to God  an acceptable service  with reverence  and awe.”

Realizing how important  our daily jobs are  to our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  lead us  in acceptably serving you every day  with reverence  and awe.”

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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God Saw That It Was Good

December 4, 2016

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God Saw That It Was Good

As God created  all things  in creation,  at the end  of each day,

God saw  that it was good.     Genesis 1:10

Then,  at the end  of six days  of creating,  Genesis 1:31 records,

God saw all  that He had made,  and behold,  it was very good.

That’s something  to remember.     And then,  we recall  how Adam and Eve fell  into sin  ( Genesis 3 ).     But,  in God’s judgment  He also promised a Savior from sin.     That is love and mercy.     And that is something  to always remember.

For this reason  —  for God’s love  and mercy  that is often given  in so many ways  in our personal lives  —  King David sang  in Psalm 34:1,

I will bless  the LORD  at all times;
His praise  shall continually be  in my mouth.

God saved David  in many dire situations  —  and David praised Him  for that.     But,  first of all,  David was thankful  for God’s eternal salvation,  that would come  in our Savior,  Christ Jesus.     That is why he blessed  “the LORD  at all times”  —  just as we should.

God’s immediate plan  of salvation  for all mankind  in the Garden  of Eden  “was very good”  —  just as all  of creation  was “very good”.     His plan  of salvation  is perfect  in every way.     It couldn’t be better.     It’s complete  and free  to all  who trust  in the eternal word  of God.     Realizing  the goodness  and truth  of that,  we should all say  with David,  “I will bless  the LORD  at all times;  His praise  shall continually be  in my mouth.”

As we remember  the power  of God’s creative love  and mercy  in sending the Christ child  into our lives,  let us always  “bless the LORD  at all times”.

In the awesome wonder  of our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for creating  in us clean hearts  and right spirits,  to serve You  with our whole lives.”

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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Your Fear, Dread and Sanctuary

December 3, 2016

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Your Fear,  Dread  and Sanctuary

The undisciplined show  that they are not happy  or at peace.     Instead,  they are always showing rebellion,  fears,  suspicions,  complaints,  and hatefulness.     With no peace  or desire for righteous guidance,  they unthinkingly plunge  into all sorts  of sins,  trying to satisfy  their lost condition  —  but only feeling more out-of-sorts  and wanting  to blame someone else  for their problems.

The Israelites were that way  as they rebelled  against Isaiah’s preaching  regarding their sins.     It was a troubling time.     So, God comforted Isaiah  by saying  in Isaiah 8:13-15,

It is the LORD  of hosts  whom you should regard  as holy.
And He shall be  your fear,
And He shall be  your dread

Then  He shall become  a sanctuary;
But  to both the houses  of Israel,  a stone  to strike  and a rock  to stumble over,
And a snare  and a trap  for the inhabitants  of Jerusalem.    

Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall  and be broken;
They will even be snared  and caught.

Isaiah was not  to “fear”  the behavior  of the Israelites  —  just as we should not “fear”  those who belligerently oppose Christianity.     Much rather,  we need to  “fear”  and  “dread”  the  “holy” authority  of “the LORD”,  who will judge  everyone  in the end.

When we  “regard as holy”  all that the LORD is,  we will see  that He actually is  “a sanctuary”  for all  who put their trust  in Him.     God’s love for us  in Christ Jesus  is “holy”,  because in it  God has proven  His almighty power  to keep His word  over thousands  of years.

Unbelievers hatefully  “strike”  at Jesus,  as they  “stumble over”  His truths  in scripture.     They become trapped  by their  stubborn refusal  to believe God’s promises  of salvation  through faith.

As we remain  in our “sanctuary”  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for becoming  our righteousness  through faith.”

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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His Name

December 2, 2016

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His Name

Names have meaning,  and we can look up the meaning  of whatever name we are interested in.     Many will name their newborn child  according to the meaning  of a name.     Immanuel,  one of the names given to Jesus,  means “God with us“.     Jesus means  “Jehovah saves“.     Christ means “Anointed“.

These are all names  that describe  different aspects  of our Savior.     The Bible also gives many more names  of our Savior.     Isaiah 9:6 lists four more  of them,

For a child  will be born  to us,  a son will be given  to us;
And the government  will rest  on His shoulders;
And His name  will be called  Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God,
Eternal Father,  Prince of Peace.

We need  to take time  to consider all  of these names  because they all reveal  what God wants us to know  about Him.     Each “name”  is another nugget  of truth  that we need  to always keep  in mind  to help us realize  just how great  and awesome God is.     He is far beyond  what any human mind can fully comprehend  all at once,  so we need to consider a little bit at a time.

Other names  of Jesus include:  Redeemer  —  Rock  —  King of kings  —  Lord of lords  —  Fortress  —  Shield  —  Bridegroom  —  Husband  —  Prophet  —  Priest  —  King  —  Shepherd  —  Lamb of God  —  Only begotten God  —  Creator  —  Son of Man  —  Son of God  —  Judge  —  Mediator  —  Messiah  —  Teacher  —  Way  —  Truth  —  Life  —  Vine  —  Branch  —  and so much more.

As we read  and study God’s word  to us,  it is good  to make note  of His many names,  so we can gain a better understanding  of His almighty being  and faithful love  for us.

Appreciating  all that God is  in our  seemingly insignificant lives,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD God Almighty,  thank You  for stooping low  to help us  in our needs.”

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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As Many As Received Him

December 1, 2016

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As Many As Received Him

A number of times  the apostle John  is referred to  as the disciple  Jesus loved  —  and surely,  John loved Jesus.     In the gospel of John,  he describes Jesus  as the Word  —  God  —  Creator  —  Life  —  Light  —  and the only begotten God.     And sadly,  he reported  that many refused  to receive Jesus  as the long-promised Savior.     But,  on the positive side,  John wrote  in John 1:12,

But  as many as received Him,  to them  He gave  the right  to become children  of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name.

All those  who honestly believed Jesus  “received Him”  into their hearts.     They welcomed the coming  of the Savior  and were assured  of His authority  through His preaching  and many miracles.     To “receive” Jesus  is to “believe  in His name”  —  that is to “believe” that Jesus truly is  who He says He is  —  our Savior.

Unbelievers thought of Jesus  as a fraud,  charlatan,  and fake  —  just as many people of today do.     There are even many  attending church faithfully,  who do not really “believe” that Jesus is  our Savior  from sin.     They go to church  because they feel  it is a good way  to guide people morally  —  and it gives one  a good standing  in the community.

It’s important  to realize  that there is a God,  who created  and sustains  all things  —  but that doesn’t save us.     James 2:19 says,

You believe  that God  is one.     You do well;  the demons also believe,  and shudder.  

Just admitting  that God exists  is not enough  to save us.     Even the “demons”  know  that God is for real.     But,  they refuse  to “receive” and welcome Him  into their hearts  and lives.     They don’t want  to repent  of their sins  —  change their sinful ways  —  or glorify God  from the depths  of their being.

Receiving Jesus  —  honestly repenting  and welcoming Him  into our lives  as LORD and God  —  is the believing  that changes our lives   and leads to salvation.

Receiving Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Creator Savior,  blessed be Your name.”

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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How Can You?

November 30, 2016

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How Can You?

The religious leaders  of Jesus’ day  were very sure  that they knew God’s ways  and would obtain eternal life.     But,  as much as they felt they knew the Scriptures  and were leading righteous lives,  they didn’t really believe all the testimony  in the Old Testament,  like they said they did.     The Old Testament  is filled with prophecies  about the coming  of the Savior.     Jesus’ life was a fulfillment  of many prophecies  —  but the religious leaders refused  to believe all that Jesus preached,  or match up the Old Testament prophecies  with Jesus’ life.

Jesus’ miracles of healing many,  feeding thousands,  and raising the dead  did not lead them  to believe Him.     Rather,  they liked to pat each other  on the back  and tell each other  how good they were.     That made them feel good  about their self-righteousness  —  and seemed much better  than Jesus’ message  of repentance  and faith.

In love,  Jesus confronted them  in John 5:44,  asking,

How can you believe,  when you receive glory  from one another  and you do not seek  the glory  that is from the one  and only God?

“How” indeed!     If pleasing people  and having lots  of self-righteous friends  is more important  than honestly  and humbly serving  “the one and only God”  —  then one is  not believing God  or His eternal word.

If we want  to claim  to be saved Christians,  we need  to “believe” all of God’s word  in the Bible.     That means  that we will repent  of our sins before God  and ask  for our Savior’s forgiveness  as we humbly live  to please God  according to His word.     And,  we will study God’s eternal word  to us  in the Bible  because we know  that is God’s way  of teaching His people  on earth.

Honoring God’s word  by believing  and living according to it,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are the Way,  the Truth,  and the Life.     Keep us very close  to You.”

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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