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TRAIN THE BODY MIND AND SOUL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

TRAIN THE BODY MIND AND SOUL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

My Brothers and Sisters the time is upon us to get our physical bodies and spiritual minds in tip top condition so God can use us in His Kingdom Building Work.

It is no accident that Paul used an athletic metaphor to describe the pursuit of godliness.  Paul knows there was the potential for victory or loss, so to assure our victory in this spiritual contest, he warned us to exercise.  In 1Timothy 4:7 he used the verb train, which is the Greek word gumnazo, which is where we get our word gymnasium.  The word speaks of not just training, but of “the focused discipline behind the training.”  Discipline demands commitment and consistency.  You will never become godly by accident-an attitude of discipline must precede the pursuit of godliness.

The attitude of one, who would be godly, is first and foremost, one of focus.  Satan has any number of distractions waiting in the wings to keep us off the track toward godliness.  Some of them are even good things–but not better than becoming like God.  The way to keep our focus is to, as the book of Hebrews encouraged us, “fix our eyes on Jesus” (12:2NIV).

Put simply having a goal and focus is not enough.  Physical exercise requires sustained, rigorous effort.  It is not easy.  Spiritual exercise is no different.  Displaying the character of Christ is work.  It is the result of making a conscious decision to live your life based on who you are in Christ.  Godliness is an act of volition.  You must choose to walk, live, and act godly demands personal responsibility and commitment, which grow out of knowing who God is and knowing how committed He is to you.  Once you understand that, then Paul said exercise.

But be aware that exercise is never done in the actual competition.  It only prepares you for the competition.  Once the contest starts, it’s too late to get into shape.  When the bell rings or the first gun goes off, it’s too late to try and get in fifty crunches or a set of leg lifts.  After the coin is tossed and positions are taken, this is not the time for skipping rope or jumping jacks.  You have to be in shape before the game starts to have a chance at winning.

Spiritual exercise begins with Bible study, prayer, meditation, and fasting.  It continues when we practice instant obedience to God’s will.  We expand that exercise by allowing God to reign in our lives.  Spiritual exercise is to be woven into the very fabric and foundation of our lives.  That requires commitment, discipline, perseverance, and long suffering.  We only grow to be the people God wants us to be when we allow our exercise to secure our foundations and stretch our abilities.

 

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BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME

THE EARLY MORNING SUNRISE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE EARLY MORNING SUNRISE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, I declare to you that it is time for you to begin to fight the good fight and win.  You have been summed to come forward and BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME, if you would stop being a couch potato, learn to walk by the Spirit, step outside and rediscover the beauty that God has blessed you to be able to see and observe.  Begin by taking a daily walk 30 minutes to an hour daily.  You will soon discover your physical strength returning to you, your spiritual mind has taken control and now you are beginning to walk by the true spirit of God.  You see your body is an electrical and mechanically flesh and blood piece of machinery.  It responds to the signals given to it by the minds energy field.

Now let us look at just how we can obtain that goal:  You have heard the expression, he or she is just a couch potato.  There is no need for you to allow this to happen to you.  You can start by pushing the off button on that remote that lays beside you in the bed are on the couch.  You see the T.V. has become the devil’s greatest avenue of convincing you that he is in control of your life. He acts out your life for you; he carries on the conversation in your house for you.  He thinks for you.  Finally, when he has total control of your mind and body, he zaps your physical strength by keeping you in bondage as a couch potato where he can watch over you.  You never seen to have the strength are desire to do any type of physical exercise.

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Your batteries need to be recharged regularly in order for you to function at your maximum capacity, and one of the ways to recharge those batteries is a daily walk.  Do not just stroll down the walkway in a hurry to return for more of the devil’s old games.  Make your walk meaningful by looking around, relaxing and becoming one with God, the universe is there waiting for you to re-discover.

God’s ideal for the believer is that we live our lives in the realm of the Holy SpiritWalking in the Spirit, the exercise we should strive for refers to one’s lifestyle.  In other words, we are to live a lifestyles characterized by the Person and work of the Spirit of God.  To be led by the Spirit suggests that same Spirit directs our lifestyle.  It means we allow Him to point the way, to navigate us through the turns and intersections of life.

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

When you are truly walking by the Spirit, in line with the Spirit, maintaining your cover and alignment, you cannot be seen; only He can be seen.  When people look at you, they see Him.  When you speak, He speaks.  Walking in the Spirit is not so much you becoming an extension of God the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit of God living in you, living through you, touching lives through you, and blessing others through you.

Walking by the Spirit means you stay in line with God.  It means you do not break the line.  It means you do not get out of line.  You do not move until it is your turn.   It means you live your life following the lead of the Holy Spirit.

Some of you are losing battles you should be winning because you are not in shape.  It is not just that Satan and his pimps are on your trail.  Some demons cannot be cancelled out.  They have to be cast out.  Jesus said some demons come out only by fasting and prayer.  Fasting and
prayer are essential exercises.  Some of you are holy but ungodly.  You come to church every Sunday, but you are not in shape.  You cannot work out once a week and expect to see results.  Walking through the gym once a week does not get you in shape.  God has called you to be a godly woman or a godly man.  He wants your relationship with Him to be manifested in your conduct and actions.  Godliness is not measured by your behavior in church or the way you conduct yourself in the spotlight.  God wants you to leave your church seat, walk out of the door back out into the world, and do what He has called you to do, the way He has called you to do it.

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

It is time to get in shape.  Sign up for a heavenly gym membership.  There is open enrollment.  And what a deal!  Jesus paid the price in full at Calvary.  But don’t be satisfied with just signing
up.  Go on and work out.  Stick with the program.  You will soon see the results you have been
looking for.  Remember, winners never quit and quitters never win.  Now is the time to get up off that couch, stop being called a couch potato and begin to fight to win.  Learn to walk by the
Spirit and be counted among the stars.

But I say walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). (Galatians 5:16 AMP)

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME, and begin to live in the newness of this life been renewed by the Holy Spirit as He lifts you to heights unknown and unthinkable by you in this space and time.  “DO IT NOW!”

 

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LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

Blindness

Blindness (Photo credit: Community Eye Health)

 

Let me begin today’s lesson with a question to each one of you, and the question is this, “Are you suffering from a physical blindness or perhaps from spiritual blindness?”  Our lesson today will take you deep into the heart of these two types of blindness and show you what happens when a beggar hears that Jesus is passing by and he yelled out to the Lord and asked the Lord this question, he said, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)

As Jesus and the disciples traveled towards Jerusalem, they approached Jericho and sitting beside the road was a beggar who was blind and disabled.  When the blind man heard that Jesus of Nazareth was going by, he shamelessly cried out for Jesus’ attention.  He called Son of David,” a title for the Messiah.  This means that the blind man understood Jesus to be the long awaited Messiah.  The crowds tried to hush the man, perhaps trying to keep Jesus from being harassed by beggars.  But that only made the blind man more persistent.

Any normal human being, heading toward certain death, would be extremely preoccupied and probably not necessarily in the mood to help others.  But Jesus did not reject the man as the crowd had done.  He ordered that the man be brought to him, and then asked him to voice his request.  The man replied unhesitatingly, “I want to see!”  How many times in his life had he voiced that desire?  Probably thousands, But here he stood before the one person in the universe who could actually make his desire a reality.  And he would not have asked if he had not believed that it could be so.

Jesus recognized the man’s faith.  As a result of such faith, Jesus healed him.  All Jesus did was speak the words and instantly the man could see.  He immediately joined the crowd of followers, staying with Jesus, and praising God.  This was also the response of the people in the crowd.  There were no healings of the blind recorded in the Old Testament, so the Jews believed that such a miracle would be a sign that the messianic age had begun.  Jesus healed other blind people as well, so these people knew something special was happening.  A poor and blind beggar could see that Jesus was the Messiah, and the crowds understood that God was to be praised for such miracles.  But the religious leaders who saw his miracles were blinded to his identity and refused to recognize him as the Messiah.

When we come into the full knowledge and power of understanding that our sickness and diseases are curable through our faith in Jesus, and although we may be spiritual blind just like these religious leaders were, our eyes can be open by our faith in Jesus and we can see the glory of the Lord.  Let us praise God for his mighty works through his son Jesus for opening the blind man’s eyes when the blind man yelled out to Jesus with these words, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)  Isn’t God good?  In everything you do this day, everyplace you go, and with every person you come in contact with, you ought to greet them with these words, “GOD IS GOOD!”  Let there be no shame in your game, speak truth to power, in the name of Jesus, AMEN!

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

Flowers of the Field (Photo by Pastor Davis)

How do we repair a major breach in our lives, when that breach is the glue that binds us together?  Jesus commanded us to love one another.  Love our neighbor as ourselves.  The very first thing we need to do is to get Jesus into our homes, schools, communities, workplace and everywhere we work and playJesus is love; he is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  He is the author and finisher of our faith.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 ESV).

Now my friends, take a few more minutes of your valuable time, and watch this video clip about love, healing and forgiveness.  Then make this day, your day of healing as you pray and meditate on the word of God that his promises will be fulfilled in the lives of those who are in need of God’s blessings this day.

LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

Healing of the Blind Man

Let me begin today’s lesson with a question to each one of you, and the question is this, “Are you suffering from a physical blindness or perhaps from spiritual blindness?”  Our lesson today will take you deep into the heart of these two types of blindness and show you what happens when a beggar hears that Jesus is passing by and he yelled out to the Lord and asked the Lord this question, he said, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)

As Jesus and the disciples traveled towards Jerusalem, they approached Jericho and sitting beside the road was a beggar who was blind and disabled.  When the blind man heard that Jesus of Nazareth was going by, he shamelessly cried out for Jesus’ attention.  He called Son of David,” a title for the Messiah.  This means that the blind man understood Jesus to be the long awaited Messiah.  The crowds tried to hush the man, perhaps trying to keep Jesus from being harassed by beggars.  But that only made the blind man more persistent.

Any normal human being, heading toward certain death, would be extremely preoccupied and probably not necessarily in the mood to help others.  But Jesus did not reject the man as the crowd had done.  He ordered that the man be brought to him, and then asked him to voice his request.  The man replied unhesitatingly, “I want to see!”  How many times in his life had he voiced that desire?  Probably thousands, But here he stood before the one person in the universe who could actually make his desire a reality.  And he would not have asked if he had not believed that it could be so.

Jesus recognized the man’s faith.  As a result of such faith, Jesus healed him.  All Jesus did was speak the words and instantly the man could see.  He immediately joined the crowd of followers, staying with Jesus, and praising God.  This was also the response of the people in the crowd.  There were no healings of the blind recorded in the Old Testament, so the Jews believed that such a miracle would be a sign that the messianic age had begun.  Jesus healed other blind people as well, so these people knew something special was happening.  A poor and blind beggar could see that Jesus was the Messiah, and the crowds understood that God was to be praised for such miracles.  But the religious leaders who saw his miracles were blinded to his identity and refused to recognize him as the Messiah.

When we come into the full knowledge and power of understanding that our sickness and diseases are curable through our faith in Jesus, and although we may be spiritual blind just like these religious leaders were, our eyes can be open by our faith in Jesus and we can see the glory of the Lord.  Let us praise God for his mighty works through his son Jesus for opening the blind man’s eyes when the blind man yelled out to Jesus with these words, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)  Isn’t God good?  In everything you do this day, everyplace you go, and with every person you come in contact with, you ought to greet them with these words, “GOD IS GOOD!”  Let there be no shame in your game, speak truth to power, in the name of Jesus, AMEN!

WHAT DOES AGING MEAN TO YOU

My Dad, My Hero, Me at age 65, My Dad at age 95

WHAT DOES AGING MEAN TO YOU

My Friends, this is a question that I ask each one of you regardless of what age you may be at this time, because we all are living in the process of time.  Day by day, we are moving towards the day we no longer will live in this body.  Therefore, let us understand that there are things we can do to make this process a health one.  Successful aging does not have to be a process of doom and gloom.  The choice that you have before you is to live a joyful and healthy life all your life, in other words all the time you have been given for the task you were sent here to accomplish.  Therefore, I say to you, if you will be obedient to God, as He has commanded you to do, there is no reason to believe you cannot reach your destiny.  Listen to what He commands us to do, He says, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

Today I celebrate my 66th birthday in this body, and I can truly say that I have been blessed with almost perfect health all 66 years.  I have never been hospitalized, never been on any type of medication and can jog five miles daily.  The Lord has truly poured his blessings out on me and allowed me to walk upon this earth daily teaching and preaching his word in perfect health aging gracefully in what I call successful aging.  You too can experience the same, no matter what age you are, no matter what your physical condition may be.  All you have to do is to start from right where you are at this very moment.  Make a decision to change your way of living and grow daily in God’s grace, watch and smile as you see yourself aging successfully.

Now listen up, as I share with you the process of aging and how you can enjoy this process as you make the necessary changes to get into the process. First, aging is the accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time. Aging in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of aging grow and expand over time, while others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow with age, while knowledge of world events and wisdom may expand. Research shows that even late in life, potential exists for physical, mental, and social growth and development.  In this statement, we understand and now can confirm that modern research has caught up with the teaching of the Bible.  “Now listen to what the bible teaches us concerning aging, it says, “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12 KJV).  This confirms to us that no matter what age we may be, we have an opportunity to change our physical and health conditions if we would only run this race with our minds stayed connected to Jesus.

Remember, aging is an important part of all human societies reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and societal conventions. Roughly 100,000 people worldwide die each day of age-related causes.

Age is measured chronologically, and a person’s birthday is often an important event. However, the term “aging” is somewhat ambiguous. Distinctions may be made between “universal aging” (age changes that all people share) and “probabilistic aging” (age changes that may happen to some, but not all people as they grow older including diseases such as type two diabetes). Chronological aging may also be distinguished from “social aging” (cultural age-expectations of how people should act as they grow older) and “biological aging” (an organism’s physical state as it ages).  There is also a distinction between “proximal aging” (age-based effects that come about because of factors in the recent past) and “distal aging” (age-based differences that can be traced back to a cause early in person’s life, such as childhood poliomyelitis).

Differences are sometimes made between populations of elderly people. Divisions are sometimes made between the young old (65–74), the middle old (75–84) and the oldest old (85+). However, problematic in this is that chronological age does not correlate perfectly with functional age, i.e. two people may be of the same age, but differ in their mental and physical capacities. Each nation, government and non-government organization has different ways of classifying age.

Population aging is the increase in the number and proportion of older people in society. Population aging has three possible causes: migration, longer life expectancy (decreased death rate), and decreased birth rate. Aging has a significant impact on society. Young people tend to commit most crimes, they are more likely to push for political and social change, to develop and adopt new technologies, and to need education. Older people have different requirements from society and government as opposed to young people, and frequently differing values as well. Older people are also far more likely to vote, and in many countries the young are forbidden from voting. Thus, the aged have comparatively more political influence.

Now as we grow and age, time has allowed us to begin what I will call successful aging.  The concept of successful aging can be traced back to the 1950s, and popularized in the 1980s. Previous research into aging exaggerated the extent to which health disabilities, such as diabetes orosteoporosis, could be attributed exclusively to age, and research in gerontology exaggerated the homogeneity of samples of elderly people.

Successful aging consists of three components:

1. Low probability of disease or disability;

  1. High cognitive and physical function capacity;
  2. Active engagement with life.

A greater number of people self-report successful aging than those that strictly meet these criteria.

Successful aging may be viewed an interdisciplinary concept, spanning both psychology and sociology, where it is seen as the transaction between society and individuals across the life span with specific focus on the later years of life. The terms “healthy aging”  “optimal aging” have been proposed as alternatives to successful aging.

Six suggested dimensions of successful aging include:

No physical disability over the age of 75 as rated by a physician;

  1. Good subjective health assessment (i.e. good self-ratings of one’s health);
  2. Length of un-disabled life;
  3. Good mental health;
  4. Objective social support;
  5. Self-rated life satisfaction in eight domains, namely marriage, income-related work, children, friendship and social contacts, hobbies, community service activities, religion and recreation/sports.
  6. Mental health can be seen as a continuum, where an individual’s mental health may have many different possible values.[14] Mental wellness is generally viewed as a positive attribute, such that a person can reach enhanced levels of mental health, even if the person does not have any diagnosed mental health condition. This definition of mental health highlights emotional well-being, the capacity to live a full and creative life, and the flexibility to deal with life’s inevitable challenges.[citation needed] Many therapeutic systems and self-help books offer methods and philosophies espousing strategies and techniques vaunted as effective for further improving the mental wellness of otherwise healthy people. Positive psychology is increasingly prominent in mental health.
  7. holistic model of mental health generally includes concepts based upon anthropologicaleducationalpsychologicalreligious and sociological perspectives, as well as theoretical perspectives frompersonalitysocialclinicalhealth and developmental psychology.[15][16]
  8. An example of a wellness model includes one developed by Myers, Sweeney and Witmer. It includes five life tasks—essence or spirituality, work and leisurefriendship, love and self-direction—and twelve sub tasks—sense of worthsense of control, realistic beliefs, emotional awareness and copingproblem solving and creativitysense of humornutritionexercise, self care, stress management,gender identity, and cultural identity—which are identified as characteristics of healthy functioning and a major component of wellness. The components provide a means of responding to the circumstances of life in a manner that promotes healthy functioning. The population of the USA in its’ majority is considered to be mostly uneducated on the subjects of mental health.

In conclusion, let me affirm with you not to worry about your age, but be mindful of how you are aging and enjoy all that God has blessed you with.  Age is only a number that affirms the time of your position in the process.  The process is necessary to help you achieve your purpose in this life, and guides you successfully towards your destination.  The journey is yours to enjoy.  Now live each day as if it is your last day and if you are successful in seeing tomorrow, it will be the first day of the rest of your life.  May God bless each one of you abundantly as He moves you through the process of successful aging?  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

IT IS TIME TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE BATTLES AHEAD

Armour

 IT IS TIME TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE BATTLES AHEAD

So how are you to prepare for the great battle that lies ahead?  Listen how the Bible teaches us to prepare ourselves, “Therefore put on God‘s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].”   Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God. In addition, having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.  Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].  (Ephesians 6:13-16 MSG)

Why are we to put on God’s complete armor?  The reason we are to do so is because, this is what the word commands us to do, and we must always be obedient to the word.  In addition, we are living in tough economic times and believers are losing their faith as well as their homes, life savings, freedom, liberty and much of their possessions.  Satan is on the attack and he is attacking believers as well as non-believers from all four corners of the world.  Our country is in a financial straight jacket, moral free fall, as well as being on the verge of financial collapse.  Crime in our communities is at an all time high.  Where will it all ends?

Let us understand the truth of Satan’s evil ways and his true motives.  However, in order for believers to realize God’s truth and position themselves to fight the good fight, believers must be united and maintain unity in the body of Christ.  There will be inevitable clashes with evil, and the church must be ready to stand and fight for its entire population.

However, let us remember that as Christians, we battle against rulers and authorities, the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by Satan, who is a vicious fighter.  Peter tells us that we can be victorious if we would, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).  Know that to withstand Satan’s attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armor.

Brothers and Sisters, try to understand this one truth, this is no ordinary fight.  We are fighting against a very powerful and evil fighting machine.  This one was designed to crush God’s people.  We can describe it as hand-to-hand combat.  However, we are not in an earthly military campaign, our battle is not against people made of flesh and blood.  Instead, we are battling the demons over which Satan has control.  Demons work to temp people to sin.  Satan did not create them because God is the Creator of all.  Rather, the demons are fallen angels who joined Satan in his rebellion and thus became perverted and evil.

These spiritual beings have limited power.  They are invisible to us, operating in the unseen world.  The mighty powers refers to those spiritual powers who aspire to world control.  They are evil (of the darkness) and they currently rule this world.  The wicked spirits in the heavenly realms refers to the demons dwellings, planet and stars, from which the demons control the lives of people.  Here is a host of spiritual forces arrayed against us, requiring us to use God’s full armor.  These are real and powerful beings, not mere fantasies. Believers must not underestimate them.

We face a powerful army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church.  When we believe in Ghrist, the satanic beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from him and back to sin.  Although believers are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns because Satan constantly battles against all who are on God’s side.

Believers response to the reality of this warfare should be to use every piece of God’s armor.  The armor is available, but the believer-soldier must use it.  We would be neglectful to do other wise, for the battle is real, and we are Satan’s targets.  Only with the armor will believers be able to be standing firm, a word describing standing against great opposition; indeed, it would be impossible to stand on our strength alone.  Christian soldiers must be able to hold their ground and not flee or surrender under Satan’s attacks.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, may the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen.

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