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Old 12-18-2012, 07:01 AM   #4361
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Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”
Numbers 21:8

Look To Jesus And Live!

People have asked me what the value of seeing Jesus is. They say, “Pastor Prince, you talk about seeing Jesus all the time. What value is there in doing that? I’d rather you give me principles for success. It’s more practical.”

Well, the wonder of it is that when the Israelites in the Old Testament were bitten by snakes and were dying, those who looked to the Lord were healed (Numbers 21:8–9). Actually, they looked to a bronze serpent on a pole, which typified our Lord Jesus on the cross, as He became a curse for us on that cross (Galatians 3:13). Isn’t it amazing that these people were healed just by looking? They simply looked to the Lord and they lived!

So I pray in Jesus’ name that you’ll have a hunger to see Jesus. Every time you hear a sermon or read the Bible, you want to see Jesus and behold His glory. Ask the Holy Spirit to open up the Scriptures to you so that you can encounter Jesus. And as you fix your eyes on Him, you will be transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18 ). You will find peace for your soul, strength for your body and clarity for your mind. Symptoms of death will give way to manifestations of His abundance and resurrection life!

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This is cute.

The Christmas Story, written and produced by the children of St. Paul's Church in New Zealand. I dare you not to smile.


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Merry CHRISTmas!

The Holy Infant

In the presence of the lowly beasts
The Prince of Peace was born
And to His earthy joyous cries
They bowed low head and horn
The Shepherds stood in wonder
As the Child they stood before
The Child the angel told of
Lay before them in the straw
Countless miles the Magi came
Having traveled from the east
In lavish robes they knelt before Him
And bowed lowly like the beasts
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
Were lain reverently before His stall
Precious gifts brought from afar
For the Holy Infant born for us all


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…Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Genesis 6:8

Rest Finds Grace

The first time the word “grace” appears in the Bible is in the story of Noah—“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8 ). Noah’s name means “rest,” so the verse is showing us here that “Rest found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

My friend, the enemy gets you off-track by getting you out of rest. How does he do this? By getting you into self-effort, where you trust in your own abilities to solve your problem. He wants you running around frantically looking for a solution, feeling anxious and troubled. But God wants you restful, trusting in Him and allowing Him to lead you to victory. Look at Jesus in the Gospels. No one was more restful than Him, yet no one was more effective than He was! Jesus rested in the love of His Father and only did what He saw His Father doing—there was no self-effort.

Beloved, stop striving through your own efforts and rest in the Lord’s love for you. Rest by trusting in His finished work. That’s how you allow Him to direct you with divine wisdom to His divine solutions. That’s how you allow His grace to abound in your life. His grace will stop that addiction. His grace will drive out that disease. His grace will fill your areas of lack and lead you to abundance and victory!

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How to Share Your Life Message
by Rick Warren

God has put a life message within you.

When you became a believer, you also became God’s messenger. God wants to speak to the world through you. Paul said, "... we speak the truth before God, as messengers of God.”

You may feel you don’t have anything to share, but that’s the Devil trying to keep you silent. You have a storehouse of experiences that God wants to use to bring others into his family.

The Bible says, "Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of God in them.” (1 John 5:10a GW)

SCRIPTURE:

“Your lives are echoing the Master's Word. . . . The news of your faith in God is out. We don't even have to say anything anymore — you're the message!" 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (MSG)


REFLECTION:

One thing that will help you prepare to share: Write down the major life lessons you’ve learned. We should be grateful Solomon did this because it gave us the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, which are filled with practical lessons on living. Imagine how much needless frustration could be avoided if we learn from each other’s life lessons.

Here are a few questions to jog your memory and get you started:

What has God taught me from failure? (Psalm 51)
What has God taught me from a lack of money? (Phil. 4:11-13)
What has God taught me from pain or sorrow or depression? (2 Cor. 1:4-10)
What has God taught me through waiting? (Psalm 40)
What has God taught me through illness? (Psalm 119:71)
What has God taught me from disappointment? (Gen. 50:20)
What have I learned from my family, my church, my relationships, my small group, and my critics?

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How Great our God!!! Our Creator and

Redeemer . . . and do we THINK about it ??? God's accuracy may be
observed in the hatching of eggs.. . . . .For example: the eggs of the
potato bug hatch in 7 days; those of the canary in 14 days; -those of
the barnyard hen in 21 days; The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28
days; those of the mallard in 35 days;
-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in
42 days.

(Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)
God's wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant.

The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in
the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that
this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For
this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the
ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs
first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How
wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!
God's wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections
and segments, as well as in the number of grains.

-Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the
rind.

-Each orange has an even number of segments.

-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.

-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.

-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even
number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has
an even number and the next row an odd number.

-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to
the minute in all kinds of weather.

-All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks,
and the Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold all
even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain
specified times during the day. Linnaeus, the great botanist, once
said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil,
moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by
the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in
a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your
life. If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and
a failure. Only the One Who made the brain and the heart can
successfully guide them to a profitable end.

I HOPE YOU FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DID.

May God Bless You In Ways You Never Even Dreamed.

The Bible
When you carry "the Bible", Satan has a headache, when you
open it, he collapses, when he sees you reading it, he loses his
strength, AND when you stand on the Word of God, Satan can't hurt you!
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HAPPY LORD'S DAY!

Lord I Want to Know You

Lord I want to know you more, than just a figment of the mind,
I want to know you in a way, that I will let Your light shine.
I hear others talk about the intimacy they have with You.
I want to get to know You like they say they do.

You know the longing I have for You, way down inside of me,
I want that joy, that overflow, that makes me feel free.
I know I'm Yours and You are mine, for You forgave my sins,
I know You did that for me Lord, for I remember when.

You've been my Lord for many years, and I love You so much,
I yearn to get so near to You that I can feel Your touch.
I've had days and weeks to pass on by I didn't feel You near.
I learned a long time ago to trust You without fear.

Feelings can be deceiving - they will carry you up and down,
but faith is still believing even if you frown.
With faith we can do anything that we believe Him for,
So trust Him with your need and watch your faith soar.

He is a God of miracles, just look all around and see,
He made the world we're living in, even you and me.
When troubles come and times are hard, just cast them at His feet,
There is nothing too hard for Him that He can't possibly meet.

Don't pout and doubt, and leave God out, or get all riled up,
remember that our Savior was willing to drink the bitter cup.
He did it all for you and me because He loved us so,
I want to please this Lord of mine, and to heaven I want to go.

Now let me just say this, in case you have never ever heard,
Jesus Christ died according to His own Word.
He paid a great price to redeem and save you from sin,
You have the best and easiest part, by letting the Savior come in.
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Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean…
Hebrews 10:22, NLT


Get Rid Of The Pebble In Your Shoe

Have you ever walked around with a pebble in your shoe? Even though it’s just a tiny little stone, it affects your ability to keep walking, doesn’t it? Just imagine shopping or sightseeing with a pebble in your shoe. You’re not going to have much fun!

Having sin on your conscience is like having a pebble in your shoe. You can’t really go far in your walk with God. Like the pebble in your shoe, it’ll cause you to stumble and slow you down. Sin constantly pricking your conscience is like the sound of dripping water in the still of the night—it prevents you from getting any rest!

My friend, the only way to find rest for your conscience is to point it to the cross of Jesus. There, every sin that you have and will ever commit was punished in the body of your substitute, Jesus. Because of His sacrifice, all your sins have been forgiven and washed away by His cleansing blood.

Today, you can approach God with boldness and faith because your conscience has been cleansed by Jesus’ blood. The more you believe this truth, the more you’ll walk with a conscience free of the pebbles of sin, and the further you’ll go in your walk with God!
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This spoke to my heart...

Help Me, Lord

As I awake help me dear Lord I pray,
It's time to battle another day.
The pain is already rushing in,
I don't know where I should begin.

Sometimes it gets hard to keep doing what's right,
People are filled with malice and strife.
Time grows short and the path gets longer,
Lord only you can make me stronger.

My desire is to be in the center of your will.
All your desires help me fulfill.
Lord sweep my heart clean and purify,
Help me live a Christ filled life.

I want to be more open to receiving your help,
Help me depend on you not myself.
Your wisdom and strength are much greater than mine,
What a privilege to depend on your guidance strength and comfort all the time.

Thank you Lord for loving and promising to be with me,
Now the path ahead is clear and I can see.
I thank you I don't have to face this life alone,
Lord with your guidance and strength I will march on.

~ Patty Faye Locklear
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…you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:10
You Have Jesus—You Have Everything!

When God gave us Jesus, He gave us not just His best, but also everything. We are truly rich because we have Christ, our all in all.

When we have Jesus, we truly have everything. Jesus is our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption and our success. In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

My friend, when you need wisdom, Christ is your wisdom. When you need righteousness, Christ is your righteousness. When you need sanctification and redemption, Christ is both to you. When you need faith, He is your faith.

When you are fearful of the odds against you, He is your favor. When you are weak, He is your strength. When you are troubled and anxious, He is your peace. When you feel vulnerable, He is your shield. When you are lonely, He is your faithful companion. And when you are sick, He is your healing and health. Jesus, the great I AM says to you, “I AM to you whatever you need Me to be!”

Beloved, you are truly rich because you have Christ. And in Christ you are complete. Don’t wait to have this or that before you feel complete. You are already complete in Christ—your all in all!
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My Father's Care
by Jean Roach
“Dad, I need you to pray for me.”

“What do you want me to pray for?”

“I can’t tell you.”

I had a very serious situation in my life that I couldn’t stop worrying about. It was causing me so much anxiety that I couldn’t sleep at night. I knew if I told my dad, it would upset him also.

“The Lord knows all the details,” I assured him. “I just want you to pray for something very important. Call it my special intention.”

When we said goodbye, I hung up the telephone and spoke out loud to the Lord, “That’s it! I’m not going to worry about this one more minute. I gave it to my dad. Let him worry about it!”

Sometime the next week I called home to say hello.

“Well, did you get your wish?” my dad wanted to know. He sounded anxious.

“What wish? What do you mean?” I had no idea what he was talking about.

“Last week when you called, you asked me to pray for a special intention – something very important.”

“What was it?” I asked, searching my memory bank, straining to recall our last conversation.

“I don’t know! You wouldn’t tell me! But I’ve been praying about it every night and I just wondered if you got it.”

I quickly turned the mouthpiece of the telephone away from my mouth so my dad wouldn’t hear me laugh as bits and pieces of our last conversation flashed through my mind. As I remembered asking him to pray for something that was causing me great anxiety, it dawned on me that I really had let go of whatever it was. I had not thought about it again. Whatever it was must have worked out; I couldn’t remember.

Finally I said, “Dad, I have peace about it, but keep on praying.”

This time when we hung up, I felt like the Lord was standing in my kitchen laughing along with me.

“You got me,” I admitted out loud. “I can’t remember why I was so worried.”

Words formed in my heart, “See why I tell you not to worry? Your special intention had you so worried just a few days ago that you couldn’t sleep. Today, you can’t even remember what it was.”

“What was it?” I really wanted to know. I knew that it had been something big and serious.

“Don’t you worry about what it was,” the Lord seemed to speak to my heart. “See how you trust your dad? See how you have faith that he will take care of whatever you ask him? You give him your concern and then you let go. You never think of it again. That’s how I want you to trust Me.”

I remembered Jesus teaching, “So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil” (Matthew 6:31-34, NAB).

It’s easy to say, “Don’t worry.” But how is that possible? How do we let go of fear and anxiety?

Scripture tells us how: “Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:2).

I’ve had a lot of practice casting my cares on Him. When I was a young, single mom of three small children, it began as a daily discipline that carried me through some very difficult years. Every morning I got up and began my day with my Father in Heaven.

I had three things:

1) My quiet place. Usually the living room couch or a lawn chair out on the driveway – the place with the least distractions. “Rising very early before dawn He (Jesus) left and went off to a deserted place where He prayed” (Mark 1:35).
2) My Bible. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in holiness so that the man of God may be fully competent and equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16).
3) My journal. Keeping a journal helped me focus. It also helped me remember my prayer requests and the Scriptures and direction the Lord gave during those quiet times. “Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets so that one can read it readily” (Habakkuk 2:3).

I began each entry with “Father, I come in Jesus’ name. I need You.” Then I asked Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be with us. Next, I began thanking Him for all of His blessings and help. I listed everything he had done the day before. I wrote in detail so I wouldn’t forget how He hears every prayer and watches over us so closely. After that, I listed all of my cares and concerns for the day; again, in detail. All prayers are not answered right away so I continued to list them until they were.

I prayed for my children and their friends, calling each by name. On the bottom line, I always wrote, “Father I ask you to order my day to Your good pleasure.”

It was only after I had put everything on paper that I was able to let it go and let the peace of God settle over me. I knew that whatever interruption or circumstance I encountered that day had been allowed or arranged by the One who loves me unconditionally.

Then I opened my Bible and read until God spoke to me through His Word. It was through this quiet time of writing and reading the Scriptures that I experienced the friendship of God and learned of His goodness, faithfulness, and power. Nothing is too difficult for Him.

The interesting thing is that now, almost 40 years later, this discipline has become a way of life for me. I still have the same routine at the beginning of each day. I have learned how worry and fear can creep back into my life if I don’t take the time to talk to my heavenly Father and cast all my cares on Him.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-6).
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He Grew the Tree

He Created the Tree
He molded and built
A small lonely hill,
That He knew would be
Called Calvary.

Then He made the seed,
That would grow to be thorns
That would make
His Son bleed.

Then He made a green stem
Gave it leaves and then
Gave it sunshine and rain
And sheltered it with moss.

With tears in His eyes,
God looked down in time
Saw Him spat upon,
Beaten and mocked.

Still, He grew the tree,
That He knew would be
Used to make
The old rugged cross.

Nothing took His life.
With love He gave it.
He was crucified,
On the tree
That He created.

With great love for man
God stayed with His plan
He grew the tree,
That He knew would be
Used to make
The old rugged cross.
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May someone be blessed by this.

Free Will

Oh, my God and hope
My beloved above all others
My king, whom I adore
My everlasting love

That Thou would create me
With something Thou desire
That Thou, my Lord would treasure
My gift above all others

You gave me life and breath
And all your glorious loving
But none of these as precious
As that most holy gift

For Thou has given me
Free will – of all thy creatures
And with that I can give
Myself and all my love

All praise to You my glory
Who has all and gives all to me
That Thou would leave me a treasure
That I can give to You
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Words & wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Who is pure in heart? Only those who have completely given their hearts to Jesus, so that he alone rules in them. Only those who do not stain their hearts with their own evil, but also not with their own good. A pure heart is the simple heart of a child, who does not know about good and evil, the heart of Adam before the fall, the heart in which the will of Jesus rules instead of one’s own conscience.… A pure heart is pure of good and evil; it belongs entirely and undivided to Christ; it looks only to him, who goes on ahead. Those alone will see God who in this life have looked only to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Their hearts are free of defiling images; they are not pulled back and forth by the various wishes and intentions of their own. Their hearts are fully absorbed in seeing God. They will see God whose hearts mirror the image of Jesus Christ.

Biblical Wisdom

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
Questions to Ponder

How is it possible to live in our complex world and still give your heart “completely” to Jesus?

What does it mean to say that people can “stain their hearts…with their own good”?

How would those whose “hearts mirror the image of Jesus Christ” relate to other people, both friends and strangers?

Psalm Fragment

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of their salvation. Psalm 24:3-5

Journal Reflections

Bonhoeffer wrote that: “A pure heart is the simple heart of a child…” Think back to when you were a child. How did you see things differently as a child than you do now as an adult?

What, if any, are the “defiling images” that stand between you and the vision of God? How might you begin to cleanse your heart of them?

What, if any, are your various “wishes and intentions” that pull you “back and forth” and prevent you from seeing God? How might you begin to become free of them?

Intercessions

Pray for all the children that you know (and then pray for all children) that they would be protected from the “defiling images” culture tries to entice them with.
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My Attorney

After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened, and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As I looked around, I saw the "prosecutor." He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me; I felt I knew Him.
The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin."

The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan, and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell."

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and times when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life, and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about. As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged, and there is not a person who can prove otherwise."

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," and then He turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned. I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished."

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life, and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine."

My Lord continued with, "His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice but rather mercy."

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, "There is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all."

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips... "This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed."

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one."

I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?"

Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, "PAID IN FULL."

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The Pastor's Son

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church.

She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.

It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans.

This is when the problem began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son.

The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting.

As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand.

The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past.

As she began to cry the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be. He began to speak and his statement was this:

"My fiancee's past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?"

The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Share Your Faith

If you will spend some time each day
Just listening to God's voice
He'll tell you what you need to do
And in His words, rejoice.

He wills you to go through each day
Reaching out to those in need
To share your faith with those still lost
He's with you and He'll lead.

He gives the words you need to say
Through the Spirit who dwells within
And by your witness to them
Someone lost might turn from sin.

If by your words they realize
There's a better way for them
Introduce them to your Savior
And the life they'll share with Him.

Tell them that you've walked their way
Before you bowed your head
And asked God to forgive you
For the life of sin you lead.

Tell them He forgave you
When you accepted His only Son
And through His grace He saved you
And your lost soul was won.

You never know who might be saved
If you take the time to share
How they too can be saved like you
And dwell within His care.

~Emily McAdams
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