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By Your Words You Will Be Condemned

February 12, 2016

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By Your Words  You Will  Be Condemned

With the Internet  and all sorts  of other media,  people are loving  to gain attention  by saying  all sorts  of outlandish things.     They cuss,  lie,  slander,  and spew forth  all sorts  of filthy language.     It seems they imagine  that their ugly words make them powerful and authoritative.

But,  Jesus challenges every one  of us  in Matthew 12:33-37,

Either  make the tree good  and its fruit good,   or make the tree bad  and its fruit bad;  for the tree is known  by its fruit.

You brood  of vipers,  how can you,  being evil,  speak  what is good?     For the mouth  speaks out  of that  which fills  the heart.     The good man  brings out  of his good treasure  what is good;  and the evil man  brings out  of his evil treasure  what is evil.

But I tell you  that every careless word  that people speak,  they shall give  an accounting for it  in the day  of judgment.     For by your words  you will be justified,  and by your words  you will be condemned.

We can make  our life’s influence “good”  by allowing our lives  to be influenced  by God’s eternal truths.     Or,  we can make our life’s influence “bad”  by allowing the evils  of this world  to poison  our minds  and hearts.     Jesus pointed out, For the mouth  speaks out  of that  which fills  the heart.     What fills our hearts?

We can’t afford  to let evil  rule our hearts  and minds.     It will make us  more and more evil  over time,  with filthy language  of every kind.     We will pay  for our unrepentant evils  throughout eternity  —  “by your words  you will be condemned”.     Whatever our status  and position  in this earthly life,  we need  to gather  “good treasure”  in our hearts.     Otherwise,  eternal condemnation  will be ours.

Ever so glad  for the “good treasure”  Jesus saves  in our hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for giving us  good treasures  in 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

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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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Teach Me to Do Your Will

February 11, 2016

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Teach Me  to Do Your Will

King David’s  Psalm 143:10  asks,

Teach me  to do Your will,
For You are  my God;
Let Your  good Spirit  lead me  on level ground.

That’s a prayer  every single person  on this earth needs  to sincerely pray.     Because we live  in a world  of sin,  we are strongly influenced  by how others sin against us  —  how we can wrongfully desire things  that are not good  —  how we affect others  with our sinfulness  —  how sickness  and other maladies wreak havoc  in our lives,  etc.

The most important thing  we need  to learn to do  is to always turn  to God Almighty,  our Creator Redeemer,  for the help  we need  in doing  what is right  and good.     Altogether too often  God is our last resort  instead of our very first.

When we’re stumbling around  in all sorts  of poor choices,  we need  our Savior to  “lead me  on level ground”.     Only God can give us  the right footing  in this life.    That’s because  He is the only real LORD and God  —  the only one who created  and sustains  all things.     There is no other God  and we need His help.

Best of all,  our LORD wants us  to go to Him  for help.     That’s why  He calls Himself  our heavenly Father.

Glad that God wants us  to turn to Him  and do His will,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You for wanting  to teach us  to do Your will.     Create in us  clean hearts  and a right spirit,  so that we will always want  to go  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.

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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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Impossible! Possible!

February 10, 2016

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Impossible!   Possible!

The Bible is chock-full  of passages  and a wide variety  of instances  showing us  that  “all things are possible  with God.”      One instance is when the angel  told the virgin Mary  that she would bear  the Son of God.     Mary wondered how  that could be  for a virgin,  and the angel explained  in Luke 1:37,

For nothing will be impossible  with God.

A virgin birth is “possible”  with God,  as is a birth  in a woman’s old age,  as it was  with Elizabeth  and Sarah.     ( Luke 1:36 and Genesis 17:17, where Abraham thought,  “Will a child  be born  to a man one hundred years old?     And will Sarah,  who is ninety years old,  bear a child?”      It was “possible”  with God. )

The same possibility existed  for a very rich man,  who didn’t want  to give up  all his treasures.     When the people questioned,  Jesus replied  in Mark 10:25,

It is easier  for a camel  to go through the eye  of a needle  than  for a rich man  to enter  the kingdom  of God.

Astounded, the people wondered  who could possibly  be saved  and enter “the kingdom  of God”.     Jesus answered  in Mark 10:27,

With people  it is impossible,  but not  with God;  for all things  are possible  with God.

Let us see  and understand  that  “all things  are possible  with God”  —  even our very own salvation.

God desires  to save  all  of us.     We need  to let Him lead us  through  His word,  showing us  how He has proven  His eternal love  and faithfulness.     We are all  in different life situations.     And,  we might imagine  that we cannot  be saved.     But,  “all things  are possible  with God”.     We need  to delve into  His word  and see  how it has proven itself.

God is trustworthy  —  not mere men,  who want  to vaunt themselves.

Seeing that,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank you,  LORD,  for Your faithful love  —  to even me.”

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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He Who Began a Good Work in You

February 9, 2016

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He Who Began  a Good Work  in You

When someone has heard  the gospel  of God’s love  and forgiveness  through faith  in Christ Jesus  —  and it touches their heart  —  “a good work”  has been started  within them  by the word  of God.     That  “good work”  is the “work”  of their eternal salvation.     God has planted the seed  of His word  in their heart.     This “good work”  is the gospel message exactly as it is presented  in the Bible  —  God’s  eternal word.

We must be careful here,   because not everything  in this world  that sounds good  to us and “touches our heart”  is honestly  the word  of God Almighty.     Satan is also very active  in promoting  his falsehoods.     But,  everyone needs  to check out  what they hear  with the Bible  —  God’s word.

When we diligently  check everything out  with the Bible,  we can be more sure  that we are hearing God’s word.    The Bible truths are  what we need to know  —  not some other man’s words.      That is why  the preacher,  Paul,  who preached God’s word  to the Philippians,  wrote  in Philippians 1:6-7,

For I am confident  of this very thing,  that  He who began  a good work  in you  will perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus.     For it is only right  for me  to feel  this way  about you all,  because I have you  in my heart,  since both in my imprisonment  and in the defense  and confirmation  of the gospel,  you all  are partakers  of grace  with me.

Paul was “confident”  in the fact  that the Philippian congregation  was diligently studying God’s word  —  and that they would continue  to study God’s word  throughout their earthly life.     That way,  God would be able  to  “perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus”  —  and Paul would continue praying  for them.

God has begun  “a good work”  in us.     Let us diligently study  His word  so that He may  “perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus.”     Confident  of God’s leading  in His word  —  the Bible  —  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for working  in our hearts  and strengthening us  in Your truths.     Perfect us in Your 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

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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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He Who Practices

February 8, 2016

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He Who Practices

Practice makes perfect  by human standards  at least some of the time  —  but only  when one also  has the talent  and physical ability  to perform well  in the given activity.     Often times,  no matter how hard  and long  one practices,  they will not be able  to get anywhere near  to perfection.     Our desire  and efforts  are unable  to give us success.

When we understand  that Jesus is our Savior  and that the LORD is God over all,  it is natural  to want  to live  in heaven  with our Lord.     So,  many will do  their utmost  to clean up  their worldly lifestyle  and start being the model  of goodness  with a “Christian” lifestyle.     They will attend church regularly,  straighten out their loose language,  do good works,  etc.

They will do their best  to live by the principles  of what they consider  true godly living.     But they are doomed  to failure.     Absolutely no one  can ever live a life good enough  to get into heaven.     We can desire a perfect life  and strive really hard  to live perfectly  —  but we will never  be perfect.

We’ve all been born  in sin.     Our sinful natures  are bound  to sin  in many different ways.     God knows that  and His love  provides Jesus’ perfection  to pay  for our sins  and make us perfectly holy.    We can now enter heaven according  to God’s plan of salvation  through faith  as outlined  in Galatians 3:11-12,

Now  that no one  is justified  by the Law  before God is evident;  for,  “The righteous man  shall live by faith.”     However,  the Law  is not  of faith;  on the contrary,  “He who practices them  shall  live by them.”

Those who want  to get  to heaven  by their own goodness,  must practice all  of the Law perfectly  absolutely all the time  —  He  who practices them  shall live  by them.”     There is no second chance.

But he who lives  by “faith”  in Christ Jesus  is “justified”  by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice  on the cross.     That’s God’s grace.

Relieved  of not having  to do the impossible,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for freely making us righteous  through Your shed blood.”

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

.

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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Why Do You Call Me?

February 7, 2016

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Why Do You Call Me?

When we’re in deep, deep trouble,  we tend  to call  on God Almighty,  “Lord,  Lord”  as we acknowledge  that He actually is LORD  and God  over all things  —  even over us.

But,  in our every day,  ordinary lives,  we need  to answer Jesus’ question  in Luke 6:46,

Why do you call Me,  ‘Lord,  Lord,’  and do not do what I say?”

That’s a valid question we all need  to answer  and own up to.     Everybody wants our LORD  to answer  our ardent prayers  and tend  to our urgent needs.     But,  do we see Jesus  as our LORD  and God  only when it’s convenient?     Do we acknowledge Jesus  as our Lord  at all times?

Whatever anyone’s thoughts are now,  we all need  to consider what is true  for all eternity.     Describing  the victorious Lord Jesus,  Revelation 19:16 tells us,

And on His robe  and on His thigh  He has a name written,  “KING  OF KINGS  AND LORD  OF LORDS.”

We can’t do anything  to change that truth.     So,  how should we deal  with that truth  in our lives  for the rest  of our earthly life?

Glad  for the unchanging,  eternal truths  of our Creator Redeemer,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  let us ever see You  for who You are  —  and ourselves  for what we are  —  that our lives  may be lived  to Your eternal glory.”

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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Bless the LORD, O My Soul

February 6, 2016

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Bless the LORD,  O My Soul

Most Christians are familiar with the phrase,  “Bless the LORD,  O my soul”.     That phrase,  or a very similar one, is presented many times  throughout the Bible.     One instance is  Psalm 103:1  by King David,

Bless the LORD,  O my soul,
And all that  is within me,  bless His holy name.

To honestly “bless” means  to make another  truly happy  and glad  —  to praise  and glorify them.

Some people will “bless” another  with mere words  of praise  —  but their actions reveal  that they have absolutely no respect  or love  for that person.     Their blessing is meaningless  and disgustingly repulsive.     Some do that  in church  while singing praises  to the LORD  and glorifying Him  along with the congregation.     Their so-called blessing  is hypocritical  because they do not honestly love  or respect  the LORD.     Their lives  of fighting,  lying,  and cursing  shows that.

King David speaks  of what is  in the very depths  of his soul.     Deep down inside,  David knew  that the LORD alone  had the power  to wash away all  of his sins  —  to create within him  a clean heart  and a right spirit  —  and to give him  an eternal home  in heaven.

That is the description  of eternal salvation.     Our souls  have every reason   to worship  and  “bless the LORD”.     Our whole being needs  to  “bless the LORD”.     In truly blessing  the LORD,  we are realizing  that the LORD  is our Creator,  Redeemer,  Savior,  Father,  King,  Judge,  Shepherd,  Fortress,  Comforter,  and every other name given  to Him  throughout the Bible.

When we realize  the depths  of the truth  of our sinful being  and God’s faithful love  in Christ,  we will honestly,  gladly  and wondrously exclaim,  “Bless the LORD,  O my soul”.

Reveling  in God’s love  for sinners,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  is far beyond description!”

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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