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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Thur, 6/14/2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Merciful and Loving Father, when we needed a Mediator You sent us the best You had, our Lord, Jesus Christ. We needed someone to help us , someone to mediate between us and You. Jesus has bridged the gap so we can come directly to You through Him no matter how far away we may be. He is our Mediator between a God who hates sin and the sinner who sins. Thank You for Your Perfect Son Jesus Christ and for His mediation for us. Help us to accept and understand Your desire to be close to us so that we may live closer to You through Jesus. Forgive us of all our sins. It is in His Name that we pray. Amen!
Vic.

  
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MY9STONEJOURNEY 6/15/2012 10:15AM

    AMEN!!! LOVE IT!!!

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    emoticon emoticon Beautiful Prayers...God Bless

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NADINEL 6/15/2012 1:53AM

    Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/14/2012 11:27PM

    Thank Vic for your awesome prayer. Each day, I look for your prayer and it find it helps me through the day. You are a true leader we can all follow. God knew who to put in my path to keep me going in the right direction.
God bless you Vic and may you have a peaceful, restful sleep.
Joan emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou are the best.

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STARWARSFAN2 6/14/2012 6:13PM

    Good words. TY

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LMMIMI 6/14/2012 11:35AM

    Thank you!

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    emoticonprayer emoticonVic

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/14/2012 9:04AM

    Thank you for sharing this prayer Vic. The plan of salvation is so miraculous. To know that we can come before the Father because Christ has taken our sins upon himself and washed them away is so amazing and awesome. Praise God! Blessings to YOU!

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AHEARTFORCHRIST 6/14/2012 8:17AM

    Beautiful prayeer.

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LOSTLIME 6/14/2012 7:48AM

    Thank you for the morning prayer.

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EDITOR 6/14/2012 7:05AM

    Vic, I am behind in my thanks for my goodies, but not behind in watching each morning as you pray to our Mediator and teach us how pray.

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FOLLOWING IN THE OOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thur, 6/14/2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, 6/14/2012

Exodus 2:1-10
The Man With Two Mothers, Lesson 2c

THEY CHOSE TO GIVE MOSES LEADERSHIP

Both of the mothers God gave Moses invested themselves into his life.

His Egyptian mother gave him the best that Egypt had to offer. Acts 7:21-22 says, “And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.” This means that she gave him the best education available. It is possible that Moses, by virtue of being adopted by the daughter of Pharaoh, was in line for the throne. He was trained as a prince in Egypt. He was trained for leadership, and that training would serve him well in his later years.

His birth mother gave him something his adoptive mother could not give him. His real mother introduced Moses to the God of Israel. She told him about the true and living God. She would have warned him about the false gods and religions of Egypt. She would have told him the stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. She would have told him about the reason the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt. She would have told him about the promises of God to delver His people from bondage some day. She would have instilled within him a love and respect for the God of his fathers.

Her lessons took root in heart. How do we know? Heb. 11:24-27 says, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

By the time he was grown, Moses understood that God would use him to delver the people of Israel from their slavery. Acts 7:24-29 says, “And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons.”

C. The lessons Moses learned from his mother set the very course of his life. Thus it is with the children we have been given the responsibility to raise. We need to give them something that all the universities, schools, and extracurricular activities in the world cannot give them. We need to give them knowledge of God!

If they leave your home and unable to balance their checkbook, but with a clear understanding of Who God is and Who the Lord Jesus Christ is they are well ahead of the smartest of their peers. If they leave your home not knowing how to dance, play ball, conjugate a verb, solve long division problems, or multiply fractions, but if they leave knowing that the Bible is the Word of God, Jesus is the Friend of sinners and that God loves them, they are far, far better off than their peers who learn nothing of God from their parents.

What I am saying is this: In the culture in which we live, parents want their children to have more than they did. We want them to have a better education, a better home, a better life. What we should want more is that they have a deep, personal, abiding relationship with God. What we should do is to do everything in our power to cultivate their love for the Lord. We should pray with them, and pray for them. We should read the Bible with them, and to them. We should take them to church faithfully. We should see to it that they are involved in the programs of the church. We should see to it that our personal walk matches our profession of faith in the Lord. We should be real in front of our children!
More than anything, we should give our children Jesus Christ and Him crucified and resurrected, the only hope of salvation!

Chuck Swindoll gives the following insight on how we raise our children.
How to Train Your Child to be a Delinquent
1. When your kid is still an infant, give him everything he wants. This way he'll think the world owes him a living when he grows up.
2. When he picks up swearing and off-color jokes, laugh at him, encourage him. As he grows up, he will pick up “cuter” phrases that will floor you.
3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is twenty-one and let him decide for himself.
4. Avoid using the word “wrong.” It will give your child a guilt complex. You can condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing a car, that society is against him and he is being persecuted.
5. Pick up after him--his books, shoes, and clothes. Do everything for him so he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility onto others.
6. Let him read all printed matter he can get his hands on...[never think of monitoring his TV programs]. Sterilize the silverware, but let him feast his mind on garbage.
7. Quarrel frequently in his presence. Then he won't be too surprised when his home is broken up later.
8. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort. Every sensual desire must be gratified; denial may lead to harmful frustrations.
9. Give your child all the spending money he wants. Don't make him earn his own. Why should he have things as tough as you did?
10. Take his side against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They're all against him.
11. When he gets into real trouble, make up excuses for yourself by saying, “I never could do anything with him; he's just a bad seed.”
12. Prepare for a life of grief.



Conc: God providentially prepared Moses for his role as the deliverer of Israel through the two women he gave him to be his mothers. Their influence made Moses into the man he became.

If you were blessed to have a good, godly mother, you should thank Him for that today.
If your mother was not what she should have been, ask the Lord to help you overcome her negative influence and to help you be a better person than she was.
If your mother is lost, you should pray for her salvation.
If your mother is alive, you should confirm your love for her.
If you are like me, and you need the Lord to work in areas of your life that are lacking, you should come to Him today.
If you would like to come and pray for your children’s growth, maturity and successful departure from your home, this would be a good time. After all, “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.”
If you are out of God’s will, you should come home today, so that you can be the kind of influence God wants you to be.
If you are lost, you should come to Jesus Christ right now for salvation. He will forgive your sins, save your soul and change your life. When He changes you, He will change those around you through

TODAY’S Hymn!
“Jesus Loves Me!” By Anna B. Warner (1860)

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died,
Heaven's gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! loves me still,
When I'm very weak and ill;
From His shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He will stay,
Close beside me all the way;
He's prepared a home for me,
And some day His face I'll see.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

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LIN1111 6/15/2012 8:48AM

    My favorite song of all times...Thank you for the studies...they are awesome...God Bless You

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AAEEFDCA 6/15/2012 6:24AM

    These are wonderfu studies. Thanks

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NADINEL 6/15/2012 1:53AM

    Thank you, Vic. These words are muchly appreciated.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/14/2012 11:51AM

    A great way to start my day. Thank you Vic

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AHEARTFORCHRIST 6/14/2012 8:17AM

    Beautiful blog.

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ALLGRACEY 6/14/2012 6:55AM

    Thank you for your well written and TRUTH-FILLED post. May God bless you as you parent.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Wed, 6/13/2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Heavenly Father, Almighty God, we do adore You for all that You do is for our good. Help us to not judge harshly a devastating situation in our life, but rather let us wait on You and see what good You have in store for us that we might praise the Almighty Loving God of heaven and earth. Open our eyes and our hearts so we may see Your magnificent and compassionate works. Enable us to trust in Your work even if we cannot see it, and praise You when we can see Your marvelous and glorious works. We know that in all things You work to the good of those who love the Lord. Enlarge our thinking and our hearts. This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

Vic.

  
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SAVINGHANNAH 6/13/2012 11:12PM

    Amen!
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POETLKNG2LOSE 6/13/2012 9:40PM

    Thanks Vic for the prayer. Oh how true it is in my life right now. I can't understand why I have to wait so long for a job to come along. I cannot understand or comprehend why others are getting married again and i am not. I cannot understand why my daughter has to go through so much pain and discomfort without relief. I know that He is good but at times it is hard to see the good in everything that's going on in my life. I want to be able to see something; to hold onto something good.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/13/2012 6:25PM

    Amen! Beuatiful emoticon

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ANHELIC 6/13/2012 4:36PM

    Thank you for your beautiful prayer for us Vic. It really ministered to my heart. I prayed it twice, it was so compassionate and understanding. I have opened my heart to your prayer and our Lord's still small voice so I can hear what he has in store for me.
Thank you for the sparkgoodie Vic. May the Lord bless and keep you and guide your prayers the way he has for us. Thank you again.
God Bless you,
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LACEEJO11 6/13/2012 2:44PM

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Beautiful prayer!!



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NADINEL 6/13/2012 12:43PM

    Amen!

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EDITOR 6/13/2012 8:07AM

    (Thanks for the for the goodie yesterday) Thanks, loving child of God for praying through the day for us!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/13/2012 7:41AM

    Enlarge our thinking and our hearts...Wow Vic! This is to true. When we are going through our own personal struggles sometimes it is hard to bend our own will to be more in tune with his Master Plan. Thank youf or this prayer today. It really ministered to me.

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LIN1111 6/13/2012 7:32AM

    Beautiful Prayer and sooooo true! God Bless You! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/13/2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, 6/13/2012

Exodus 2:1-10
The Man With Two Mothers, Lesson 2b

THEY CHOSE TO GIVE MOSES LOVE

Both of the women God placed in the life of Moses loved him more than they loved themselves. His birth mother risked her life to save his life. His adoptive, Egyptian mother risked the wrath of her father, the Pharaoh to save Moses’ life. Why would they do this? The only answer that makes sense is love. They loved Moses more than they loved themselves. Their love for him motivated them to action.

Jochebed loved Moses because he was her son. Her body gave him life and nourished him as he grew, (verses 7-9). Her love for Moses allowed Moses to fulfill the greatest earthly destiny ever designed for any Hebrew. Because his mother loved so much that she risked everything to save him, he was able to lead his people out of Egyptian slavery, destroy the armies and power of Egypt without lifting a single sword or firing a single arrow. Her love allowed him to fulfill his God-given destiny to be a savior of his people.

The princess loved Moses because God put it into her heart. There is no other reason that this pagan daughter of Pharaoh would adopt the son of a Hebrew slave. Her heart was moved by the plight of a helpless child and she took him as her own son. She named him “Moses.” The name means, “Drawn Out,” referring to the fact that Moses was “drawn out” of the Nile River. This name was also providential. Moses was “drawn out” so that he might one day “draw out” others.

It is hard to escape the irony of this situation. Pharaoh had to pay for the upkeep of a child he had ordered to be murdered. Again, this is the providence of God. Just a reminder, we serve a God Who is in charge of all things. He controls every event in life to accomplish His purposes in the world, (Psa. 115:3; 135:6; Eph. 1:11).

God put love for this child into the hearts of two vastly different women. God spared Moses from certain death because He had a plan for this man’s life. He would use Moses in a tremendous way. There is another reason that God spared Moses. According to Acts 7:29-20, which says, “The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live. In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months.” The phrase “exceeding fair” literally means that he was “fair to God.” God loved this child and worked in the hearts and lives of others causing them to love him too.
If you were born into a family where you received love, you should rejoice! If you have been loved, you have been blessed.

Years ago, a young mother was making her way across the hills of South Wales, carrying her tiny baby in her arms, when she was overtaken by a blinding blizzard. She never reached her destination and when the blizzard had subsided searchers beneath a mound of snow found her body. But they discovered that before her death, she had taken off all her outer clothing and wrapped it about her baby. When they unwrapped the child, to their great surprise and joy, they found he was alive and well. She had mounded her body over his and given her life for her child, proving the depths of her motherly love. Years later that child, David Lloyd George, grown to manhood, became prime minister of Great Britain, and, without doubt, one of England’s greatest statesman.

The mother of three notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not she'd have children if she had it to do over again. “Yes,” she replied. “But not the same ones.”
A teacher asked a boy this question: “Suppose your mother baked a pie and there were seven of you--your parents and five children. What part of the pie would you get?”
“A sixth,” replied the boy. “I'm afraid you don't know your fractions,” said the teacher. “Remember, there are seven of you.” “Yes, teacher,” said the boy, “but you don't know my mother. Mother would say she didn't want any pie.”

Washington Irving once said, “The love of a mother is never exhausted. It never changes--it never tires--it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother's love still lives on.” Thank God for mothers who love their children!

Author Max Lucado offers some intriguing insights into a mother’s love in his book “A Gentle Thunder.” With some adaptation, here are his comments.

“Moms: Why do you love your newborn child?
I know, I know; it’s a silly question, but indulge me. Why do you?
For months this baby has brought you pain.
They’ve made you break out in pimples and waddle like a duck.
Because of them you craved sardines and crackers and threw up in the morning.
They punched you in the tummy.
They occupied a space that wasn’t theirs and ate food they didn’t fix.
You kept them warm. You kept them safe. You kept them fed.
But did she say thank you?
Are you kidding?
She’s no more out of the womb than she starts to cry!
The room is too cold, the blanket is too rough, the nurse is too mean.
And who does she want? Mom.
Don’t you ever get a break? I mean, who has been doing the work the last nine months?
Why can’t Dad take over? But no, Dad won’t do. The baby wants Mom.
She didn’t even tell you she was coming.
She just came.
And what a coming!
She rendered you a barbarian. You screamed. You swore. You bit bullets and tore the sheets.
And now look at you. Your back aches. Your head pounds. Your body is drenched in sweat. Every muscle strained and stretched.
You should be angry, but are you?
Far from it.
On your face is a longer-than-forever love.
They’ve done nothing for you; yet you love them.
They’ve brought pain to your body and nausea to your morning, yet you treasure them.
Their face is wrinkled and their eyes are dim, yet all you can talk about are her good looks and bright future.
She’s going to wake you up every night for the next 6 weeks, but that doesn’t matter.
I can see it on your face. You’re crazy about her.
Why? Why does a mother love her newborn?
Because the baby is hers?
Even more. Because the baby is her.
Her blood. Her flesh. Her sinew and spine. Her hope. Her legacy.
It bothers her not that the baby gives nothing.
She knows a newborn is helpless, weak.
She knows babies don’t ask to come into this world.
And God knows we didn’t either.
We are his idea. We are his. His face. His eyes. His hands. His touch. We are Him. “
Thank God for the love of parents for their children. Genuine parental love is a window into the very heart of God.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“All Things Bright and Beautiful” By S. A. Brooke (1881)

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
Refrain:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all

The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.
Refrain:

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
Refrain:

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.
Refrain:

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Refrain:

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/13/2012 7:56PM

    Thank you Vic for a wonderful lesson

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/13/2012 6:22PM

    Thank you Vic!
God has spoke in Isaiah 66:13 " As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you"
A mother's love is unconditional and never die!

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NADINEL 6/13/2012 12:55PM

    Thank you, Vic. This was encouraging and very timely for me. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Tue, 6/12/2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Heavenly Father, Merciful God, You warn us of the dangers that lie ahead. You want us to be prepared for those trials, not to lose heart, and to keep the faith, because Jesus will not leave us alone and has sent the Holy Spirit to us. Father give us strength as we teach others about Jesus. Help us to not become discouraged when those we teach sometimes reject Your Teachings. Thank You for giving us Jesus as our Savior and example . Forgive us our sins and help us to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, as often as we can, wherever we can, and Father help us not to do any harm at all. This we pray in Jesus blessed name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 6/13/2012 12:36AM

    Thank you for the goodie, Vic. I look forward to your prayers and inspirations. You are truly a man of God.
God bless you Vic. Have a blessed evening.
Joan

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/12/2012 7:11PM

    Amen!!!
Remember "to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, as often as we can, wherever we can", we must realized that we have something to offer this world that nobody else does! Pray and Ask God to show us how we can benefit others with our talents, gifts and experiences that God has given us. emoticon

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STARWARSFAN2 6/12/2012 6:50PM

    "Help us to do all the good we can, to as many as we can, as often as we can, wherever we can..." Words to live by. Amen. emoticon

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 6/12/2012 5:21PM

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

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HUZZAH39 6/12/2012 5:17PM

    Amen!

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/12/2012 8:35AM

    Thanking God for your words.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/12/2012 8:35AM

    Amen! Vic, your ministry here on SparkPeople is very appreciated. God Bless You!

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AVANELL 6/12/2012 8:01AM

    One time I was experiencing a lot of rejection from fellow believers and the Lord had me go through the book of John and take note of the times where the Word says that Jesus caused a division in the people, some thought He was good and others thought He was of the devil. He reminded me that Jesus Himself said that He didn't come to bring peace, but a sword and that even household members would be set against each other by His teachings. If He experienced such turmoil in His ministry why should we think we would be any different?

Thanks, Vic! Keep on spreading the spark of God's truth!

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EDITOR 6/12/2012 7:30AM

    Thank you for the goodie yesterday, Vic. But more than that when I need to say a hearty and truthful Amen, I can come here and experience it.

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