Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.27.20

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“It is a faithful saying.”
~
2 Timothy 2:11 ~

Paul has four of these “faithful sayings.” The first occurs in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The next is in 1 Timothy 4:6, “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation.” The third is in 2 Timothy 2:12, “It is a faithful saying—If we suffer with Him we shall also reign with Him”; and the fourth is in Titus 3:3, “This is a faithful saying, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.” We may trace a connection between these faithful sayings.

The first one lays the foundation of our eternal salvation in the free grace of God, as shown to us in the mission of the great Redeemer. The next affirms the double blessedness which we obtain through this salvation—the blessings of the upper and nether springs—of time and of eternity. The third shows one of the duties to which the chosen people are called; we are ordained to suffer for Christ with the promise that “if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.” The last sets forth the active form of Christian service, bidding us diligently to maintain good works. Thus we have the root of salvation in free grace; next, the privileges of that salvation in the life which now is, and in that which is to come; and we have also the two great branches of suffering with Christ and serving with Christ, loaded with the fruits of the Spirit.

Treasure up these faithful sayings. Let them be the guides of our life, our comfort, and our instruction. The apostle of the Gentiles proved them to be faithful, they are faithful still, not one word shall fall to the ground; they are worthy of all acceptation, let us accept them now, and prove their faithfulness. Let these four faithful sayings be written on the four corners of My house.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.26.20

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Monday, October 26, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.”
~ Ecclesiastes 1:7 ~

Everything sublunary is on the move, time knows nothing of rest. The solid earth is a rolling ball, and the great sun himself a star obediently fulfilling its course around some greater luminary. Tides move the sea, winds stir the airy ocean, friction wears the rock: change and death rule everywhere. The sea is not a miser’s storehouse for a wealth of waters, for as by one force the waters flow into it, by another they are lifted from it. Men are born but to die: everything is hurry, worry, and vexation of spirit. Friend of the unchanging Jesus, what a joy it is to reflect upon thy changeless heritage; thy sea of bliss which will be for ever full, since God Himself shall pour eternal rivers of pleasure into it.

We seek an abiding city beyond the skies, and we shall not be disappointed. The passage before us may well teach us gratitude. Father Ocean is a great receiver, but he is a generous distributor. What the rivers bring him he returns to the earth in the form of clouds and rain. That man is out of joint with the universe who takes all but makes no return. To give to others is but sowing seed for ourselves. He who is so good a steward as to be willing to use his substance for his Lord, shall be entrusted with more.

Friend of Jesus, art thou rendering to Him according to the benefit received? Much has been given thee, what is thy fruit? Hast thou done all? Canst thou not do more? To be selfish is to be wicked. Suppose the ocean gave up none of its watery treasure, it would bring ruin upon our race. God forbid that any of us should follow the ungenerous and destructive policy of living unto ourselves. Jesus pleased not Himself. All fulness dwells in Him, but of His fulness have all we received. O for Jesu’s spirit, that henceforth we may live not unto ourselves!

To dry up a flood of rebellion is something marvellous, but to endure the constant dropping of repeated offences—to bear with a perpetual trying of patience, this is divine indeed! While we find comfort and peace in our Lord’s daily cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?

#throwbackpoem: If We’re Not To Faint

to GOD be the GLORY

~ If We’re Not To Faint ~

By Deborah Ann

If We're Not to Faint ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

If we’re not to faint,
if we’re not to be weak
then God’s face . . .
we must earnestly seek.

If we’re to keep walking,
if we’re not to ever quit
then to God’s will . . .
we must earnestly submit.

If we’re not to be weary,
if we’re not to ever tire
then to God’s plans . . .
we must earnestly desire.

If we’re to keep running,
if we’re not to forsake
then to God’s Word . . .
we must earnestly intake.

If we’re to mount up,
if we’re not to comedown
then to God’s ways . . .
we must earnestly crackdown.

If we’re to have strength,
if we’re not to be overpowered
then on God we have to wait . . .
so we can be empowered!

~~~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 40:31

“But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings
as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 10.26.20

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Because of Us

“For the elect’s sake those days be shortened.”
~ Matthew 24:22 ~

For the sake of His elect the Lord withholds many judgments and shortens others. In great tribulations the fire would devour all were it not that out of regard to His elect the Lord damps the flame. Thus, while He saves His elect for the sake of Jesus, He also preserves the race for the sake of His chosen.

What an honor is thus put upon saints! How diligently they ought to use their influence with their Lord! He will hear their prayers for sinners and bless their efforts for their salvation. He blesses believers that they may be a blessing to those who are in unbelief. Many a sinner lives because of the prayers of a mother, or wife, or daughter to whom the Lord has respect.

Have we used aright the singular power with which the Lord entrusts us? Do we pray for our country, for other lands, and for the age? Do we, in times of war, famine, pestilence, stand out as intercessors, pleading that the days may be shortened? Do we lament before God the outbursts of infidelity, error, and licentiousness? Do we beseech our Lord Jesus to shorten the reign of sin by hastening His own glorious appearing? Let us get to our knees and never rest till Christ appeareth.

Today’s Poem: The Infallible Word of God

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Infallible Word of God ~

By Deborah Ann

the-infallible-word-of-god-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

I believe God’s Word,
is completely infallible
every solitary word
every single syllable.

I believe God’s Word,
is Spirit inspired
and not one verse
should be retired.

I believe God’s Word,
in its entirety
that every chapter
has validity.

I believe God’s Word,
to be absolutely true
that not one Scripture
should be skewed.

I believe God’s word,
yes, I believe it all . . .
right from the beginning
down to the final roll call!

~~~~~

2 Timothy 3:16-17

“All scripture is given
by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 10.26.20

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is given
by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God
may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished
unto all good works.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.26.20

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Monday, October 26, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.”
~
Haggai 1:9 ~

Churlish souls stint their contributions to the ministry and missionary operations, and call such saving good economy; little do they dream that they are thus impoverishing themselves. Their excuse is that they must care for their own families, and they forget that to neglect the house of God is the sure way to bring ruin upon their own houses. Our God has a method in providence by which He can succeed our endeavours beyond our expectation, or can defeat our plans to our confusion and dismay; by a turn of His hand He can steer our vessel in a profitable channel, or run it aground in poverty and bankruptcy.

It is the teaching of Scripture that the Lord enriches the liberal and leaves the miserly to find out that withholding tendeth to poverty. In a very wide sphere of observation, I have noticed that the most generous Christians of my acquaintance have been always the most happy, and almost invariably the most prosperous. I have seen the liberal giver rise to wealth of which he never dreamed; and I have as often seen the mean, ungenerous churl descend to poverty by the very parsimony by which he thought to rise.

Men trust good stewards with larger and larger sums, and so it frequently is with the Lord; He gives by cartloads to those who give by bushels. Where wealth is not bestowed the Lord makes the little much by the contentment which the sanctified heart feels in a portion of which the tithe has been dedicated to the Lord.

Selfishness looks first at home, but godliness seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, yet in the long run selfishness is loss, and godliness is great gain. It needs faith to act towards our God with an open hand, but surely He deserves it of us; and all that we can do is a very poor acknowledgment of our amazing indebtedness to His goodness.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.25.20

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“She gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.”
~ Ruth 2:3 ~

Her hap was. Yes, it seemed nothing but an accident, but how divinely was it overruled! Ruth had gone forth with her mother’s blessing, under the care of her mother’s God, to humble but honourable toil, and the providence of God was guiding her every step. Little did she know that amid the sheaves she would find a husband, that he should make her the joint owner of all those broad acres, and that she a poor foreigner should become one of the progenitors of the great Messiah.

God is very good to those who trust in Him, and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us to-morrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything. The trivial events of to-day or to-morrow may involve consequences of the highest importance. O Lord, deal as graciously with Thy servants as Thou didst with Ruth.

How blessed would it be, if, in wandering in the field of meditation to-night, our hap should be to light upon the place where our next Kinsman will reveal Himself to us! O Spirit of God, guide us to Him. We would sooner glean in His field than bear away the whole harvest from any other. O for the footsteps of His flock, which may conduct us to the green pastures where He dwells! This is a weary world when Jesus is away—we could better do without sun and moon that without Him—but how divinely fair all things become in the glory of His presence! Our souls know the virtue which dwells in Jesus, and can never be content without Him. We will wait in prayer this night until our hap shall be to light on a part of the field belonging to Jesus wherein He will manifest Himself to us.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 10.25.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, October 25, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


God First, Then Extras

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
~ Matthew 6:33 ~

See how the Bible opens: “In the beginning God.” Let your life open in the same way. Seek with your whole soul, first and foremost, the kingdom of God, as the place of your citizenship, and His righteousness as the character of your life. As for the rest, it will come from the Lord Himself without your being anxious concerning it. All that is needful for this life and godliness “shall be added unto you.”

What a promise this is! Food, raiment, home, and so forth, God undertakes to add to you while you seek Him. You mind His business, and He will mind yours. If you want paper and string, you get them given in when you buy more important goods; and just so all that we need of earthly things we shall have thrown in with the kingdom. He who is an heir of salvation shall not die of starvation; and he who clothes his soul with the righteousness of God cannot be left of the Lord with a naked body. Away with carking care. Set all your mind upon seeking the Lord. Covetousness is poverty, and anxiety is misery: trust in God is an estate, and likeness of God is a heavenly inheritance. Lord, I seek Thee; be found of me.

Today’s Poem: Make A Joyful Noise

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Make a Joyful Noise ~

By Deborah Ann

Come all my friends,
come one and all . . .
let’s gather together
and let our praise fall.

Let’s make a noise,
to God that’s joyful
let’s sing why we are
thankful and hopeful.

Let’s loudly proclaim,
our love for Him
let’s tell why our cups
overflow from the brim

Let’s sing of our salvation,
the Rock of our strength
lets not keep our elation
from others at arms-length.

Come all my friends,
let us all assemble
so to the world . . .
Jesus we may resemble!

~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 5:19

“Speaking to yourselves
in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs,
singing and making
melody in your heart
to the Lord;”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 10.25.20

Ephesians 5:19-20

Speaking to yourselves in psalms
and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in
your heart to the Lord; Giving
thanks always for all things
unto God and the Father in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.25.20

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”
~ 2 John 2 ~

Once let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house—this is a Christian necessity, he is no Christian who doth not thus believe. Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation.

What a thousand mercies are wrapt up in the assurance that the truth will be with us for ever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith were little worth. Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot thus deal with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babes, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men.

The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has knit us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so till in death we clasp the Saviour in our arms.

Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in Him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.24.20

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He began to wash the disciples’ feet.”
~ John 13:5 ~

The Lord Jesus loves His people so much, that every day He is still doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet. Their poorest actions He accepts; their deepest sorrow He feels; their slenderest wish He hears, and their every transgression He forgives. He is still their servant as well as their Friend and Master. He not only performs majestic deeds for them, as wearing the mitre on His brow, and the precious jewels glittering on His breastplate, and standing up to plead for them, but humbly, patiently, He yet goes about among His people with the basin and the towel.

He does this when He puts away from us day by day our constant infirmities and sins. Last night, when you bowed the knee, you mournfully confessed that much of your conduct was not worthy of your profession; and even tonight, you must mourn afresh that you have fallen again into the selfsame folly and sin from which special grace delivered you long ago; and yet Jesus will have great patience with you; He will hear your confession of sin; He will say, “I will, be thou clean”; He will again apply the blood of sprinkling, and speak peace to your conscience, and remove every spot. It is a great act of eternal love when Christ once for all absolves the sinner, and puts him into the family of God; but what condescending patience there is when the Saviour with much long-suffering bears the oft recurring follies of His wayward disciple; day by day, and hour by hour, washing away the multiplied transgressions of His erring but yet beloved child!

To dry up a flood of rebellion is something marvellous, but to endure the constant dropping of repeated offences—to bear with a perpetual trying of patience, this is divine indeed! While we find comfort and peace in our Lord’s daily cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?

#throwbackpoem: Redeeming Our Time

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Redeeming Our Time ~

By Deborah Ann

Redeeming Your Time ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Our weekly schedules,
our daily timetables
are not with God’s . . .
remotely comparable.

For we rush head on,
into our own projects
that on God’s purposes
we’ve no time to reflect.

We have our routines,
down pat and firm
that on God’s plans
we don’t bother to affirm.

We are so regulated,
so stiff and unbudging
that we can not feel
the Holy Spirit’s nudging.

But, if we’d slow down,
our time we’d redeem
and God’s will for us . . .
will become our regime!

~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 5:16-17

“Redeeming the time,
because the days are evil.

Wherefore be ye not unwise,
but understanding what
the will of the Lord is.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 10.24.20

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Godly Stability

“And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.”
~ Jeremiah 15:20 ~

Stability in the fear and faith of God will make a man like a wall of brass, which no one can batter down or break. Only the Lord can make such; but we need such men in the church, and in the world, but specially in the pulpit.

Against uncompromising men of truth this age of shams will fight tooth and nail. Nothing seems to offend Satan and his seed like decision. They attack holy firmness even as the Assyrians besieged fenced cities. The joy is that they cannot prevail against those whom God has made strong in His strength. Carried about with every wind of doctrine, others only need to be blown upon and away they go; but those who love the doctrines of grace, because they possess the grace of the doctrines, stand like rocks in the midst of raging seas.

Whence this stability? “I am with thee, saith the Lord”: that is the true answer. Jehovah will save and deliver faithful souls from all the assaults of the adversary. Hosts are against us, but the Lord of hosts is with us. We dare not budge an inch; for the Lord Himself holds us in our place, and there we will abide forever.

Today’s Poem: Wisdom Lovers

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Wisdom Lovers ~

By Deborah Ann

Wisdom lovers
God wants you
His own thoughts
to pursue.

For you will find,
life everlasting
when you strive
for understanding.

Wisdom seekers,
God will show
the wisest way
for you to go.

For He’ll give you,
eyes discreet
when with Him
early you meet.

Wisdom lovers,
God loves you
when you seek
to find Him too!

~~~~~~

Proverbs 8:17

I love them that love me;
and those that seek me
early shall find me.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 10.24.20

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge
of the holy is understanding.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.24.20

C_H__SpurgeonSaturday, October 24, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The trees of the Lord are full of sap.”
~
Psalm 104:16 ~

Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a Christian. There must be life—a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy Ghost, or we cannot be trees of the Lord. The mere name of being a Christian is but a dead thing, we must be filled with the spirit of divine life. This life is mysterious. We do not understand the circulation of the sap, by what force it rises, and by what power it descends again. So the life within us is a sacred mystery.

Regeneration is wrought by the Holy Ghost entering into man and becoming man’s life; and this divine life in a believer afterwards feeds upon the flesh and blood of Christ and is thus sustained by divine food, but whence it cometh and whither it goeth who shall explain to us? What a secret thing the sap is! The roots go searching through the soil with their little spongioles, but we cannot see them suck out the various gases, or transmute the mineral into the vegetable; this work is done down in the dark. Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid in Him; this is the secret of the Lord.

The radix of the Christian life is as secret as the life itself. How permanently active is the sap in the cedar! In the Christian the divine life is always full of energy—not always in fruit-bearing, but in inward operations. The believer’s graces, are not every one of them in constant motion? but his life never ceases to palpitate within. He is not always working for God, but his heart is always living upon Him. As the sap manifests itself in producing the foliage and fruit of the tree, so with a truly healthy Christian, his grace is externally manifested in his walk and conversation. If you talk with him, he cannot help speaking about Jesus. If you notice his actions you will see that he has been with Jesus. He has so much sap within, that it must fill his conduct and conversation with life.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.23.20

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Friday, October 23, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
~ Luke 22:46 ~

When is the Christian most liable to sleep? Is it not when his temporal circumstances are prosperous? Have you not found it so? When you had daily troubles to take to the throne of grace, were you not more wakeful than you are now? Easy roads make sleepy travellers. Another dangerous time is when all goes pleasantly in spiritual matters. Christian went not to sleep when lions were in the way, or when he was wading through the river, or when fighting with Apollyon, but when he had climbed half way up the Hill Difficulty, and came to a delightful arbour, he sat down, and forthwith fell asleep, to his great sorrow and loss. The enchanted ground is a place of balmy breezes, laden with fragrant odours and soft influences, all tending to lull pilgrims to sleep.

Remember Bunyan’s description: “Then they came to an arbour, warm, and promising much refreshing to the weary pilgrims; for it was finely wrought above head, beautified with greens, and furnished with benches and settles. It had also in it a soft couch, where the weary might lean.” “The arbour was called the Slothful’s Friend, and was made on purpose to allure, if it might be, some of the pilgrims to take up their rest there when weary.” Depend upon it, it is in easy places that men shut their eyes and wander into the dreamy land of forgetfulness. Old Erskine wisely remarked, “I like a roaring devil better than a sleeping devil.”

There is no temptation half so dangerous as not being tempted. The distressed soul does not sleep; it is after we enter into peaceful confidence and full assurance that we are in danger of slumbering. The disciples fell asleep after they had seen Jesus transfigured on the mountain top. Take heed, joyous Christian, good frames are near neighbours to temptations: be as happy as you will, only be watchful.

#throwbackpoem: Be The Light

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Be The Light ~

By Deborah Ann

Be The Light ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Your light can shine,
without saying a word
it can speak volumes
without being heard.

The light of your smile,
says I’ll brighten your day
the light of your touch
says I’ll help show the way.

The light of your tears,
says you have compassion
the light in your heart
says I’ll share God’s passion.

The light in your eyes,
says Jesus loves you
the light touch of your hand
says I’ll be with you too.

The light of your mind,
says I’ll show you mercy
the light in your look
says to God were all worthy.

You don’t have to say,
not a word of any kind
just let Jesus’ light shine
and His love others will find!

~~~~~~~~~

Matthew 5:16

“Let your light so shine
before men,that they may
see your good works,
and glorify your Father
which is in heaven.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka

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