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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Sun, 7/8/2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Heavenly Father, God of Comfort, comfort is a gift we receive from You because You are The True God of Comfort. In Your comfort we find security from tensed situations of life. We find comfort in You and in Your Word and in Your Spirit when we are frightened , hurt or sad. We thank You for people You place in our life whose presence is comforting and supportive. We thank You for Jesus and the comfort He provides us daily through His Love, Mercy and Grace. We find comfort coming to Your Throne of Grace because we know You hear our prayers and You answer them. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! These things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 7/8/2012 10:29PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome prayer. Sometimes we forget to thank Jesus for our comfort and only when He helps us through tough times. I know God has been here for many of us and today, I felt totally comforted with my family and never thought to thank Him for the beautiful day I had.
Thank you for sharing your prayers Vic.
God bless you and thank you for your friendship.
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/8/2012 8:08PM

    Amen! Thank you Vic!
His comfort is our peaceful place!

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LOSTLIME 7/8/2012 7:45PM

    Thank you. God does give us everything we need in life. We just need to follow in God's footsteps.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/8/2012 6:19PM

    It's important for us to remember that God is the orchestrator of our lives and that nothing happens without His knowledge. He will keep us through every situation if we remain faithful to Him! Thank you Vic. I hope you had a blessed Lord's Day!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/8/2012 10:00AM

    Comfort and rest are two blessings we often overlook. Thanks for another good prayer.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/8/2012 9:54AM

    Amen! I'm holding on to his comfort right now.

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LINDA7668 7/8/2012 8:12AM

    Amen.

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MIMIDOT 7/8/2012 7:40AM

    Amen! Great prayer. Thanks for sharing.

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EDITOR 7/8/2012 7:25AM

    So many reasons to thank Him because we can approach the Throne Room. Pretty awesome, Vic, and thanks for your prayers, notes and goodies because like Him you do follow up and leave no man behind.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/8/2012 7:17AM

    Amen & Amen

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  Nice

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/8/2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/8/2012

Exodus 16:11-15
MANNA: WHAT IS IT? Lesson 12b

ITS CHARACTERISTICS PICTURE JESUS

The details the Bible uses to describe the Manna that fell in the wilderness reveal a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus.

6:14, 31 Its Appearance – The way the Manna looked paints a picture of Jesus.

6:14 It Was Small – This speaks of His humility. He is the Creator of the universe, (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17). He is God Almighty,( John 1:1). Yet, He came into this world and robed Himself in human flesh, (John 1:14). He humbled Himself and became a servant so that He might die for His people on the cross, (Phil. 2:5-8). What love! What grace! What supreme condescension!

6:14 It Was Round – Like a circle that has no beginning and no ending; Jesus Christ is eternally God. He did not have His beginning at Bethlehem; but was able to proclaim, “Before Abraham was, I am,” (John 8:58). And, just as He had no beginning, He shall have no ending, (Heb. 7:25). Our Savior is eternal.

6:31 It Was White – White like the purest of snow. The whiteness of the Manna speaks of the purity of Jesus. He was born into this world without the taint of human sin, (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5; Heb. 7:26). In fact, He was not even able to sin! He lived without sin, so that He might die for sin on the cross, (Heb. 9:26). Only a sinless man could do that!

6:16, 31, 35 Its Appeal –God designed the Manna in such a way that it was a blessing to everyone who ate it.

v. 31 It Was Sweet – The taste of the Manna was like tasting “wafers made with honey”. No doubt it was pleasant surprise to everyone who placed in on their tongue. This is a great picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the sinner, Jesus appears to be harsh, a cosmic killjoy, who delights in keeping people from having fun. But, when you come to know Him, you find that He is the delight of the soul! You find that He makes life worth living. The songwriter said: Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. The Psalmist said it this way, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him,” (Psalm 34:8). That has been my experience and I am guessing it has been your too, if you are saved.

6:16, 35 It Was Sufficient – For 40 years the Manna was sufficient for the young ones and the old one and for everyone in between. The Manna was right for everybody! The growing boy grew into manhood from the nourishment of the Manna. The young girl grew into a woman by eating the Manna. It sustained the rich and the poor. It fed the leader and the follower. It was good enough to sustain the lives of the entire congregation of Israel for 40 years.

Again, this is a picture of Jesus! He is an all-sufficient Savior. Regardless of where you are in life, or where you have been, Jesus is all you need! He can save the young ones; He can save the old ones and He can save all the ones in between. He can save rich folks, poor folks and folks who are getting by. He can save religious folks and wicked folks. In fact, He can and will save anyone who will come to Him and ask, (Rom. 10:13; Rev. 22:17). The invitation Jesus offers is good for “whosoever will”, (Matt. 11:28). The Manna did not fail until they arrived in the Promised Land; the salvation Jesus gives will never fail, (John 10:28; John 6:37-40)! It will safely shepherd the people of God home to glory!

Two thoughts are worthy of note right here. First, according to 16:16-18, no matter how much Manna a person gathered, they always had the right amount. When you come to Jesus, you will find that He is sufficient to save your soul!

Second, According to Num. 11:8, after two years, some people got tired of the Manna. They tried every trick at their disposal to change its flavor. But, instead of improving the taste, their attempts to make the Manna better ruined the taste. When man adds his alterations to the Gospel message to make it more appealing, he robs it of its saving power! The Gospel is sufficient just like it is, (Rom. 1:16)!

Its Appropriation – The way the children of Israel appropriated the Manna also paints a picture of how people must come to Jesus.

6:14-15 It Was Appropriated By Stooping – The Manna appeared on the ground. In order to gather it, the people had to bend their knees and get down there where it was.
Friends, the only way to come to Jesus for salvation is with a humble heart, (Matt. 18:2-4). No one comes to Jesus filled with pride and thinking they are adequate within themselves. The only ones who can come to Him are those who see themselves as sinners in need of a Savior. Those who come to Jesus do so by bowing in humble repentance, (Acts 17:30)!

6:16-18 It Was Appropriated By Swallowing – The Manna was gathered by the men of the tent. When the Manna was brought into the tent, it was divided out according to the number of people in the tent. The Manna was there, but it could help no one until it was eaten. The only way to benefit from the Manna was to get it inside you!

Again, this speaks to us of Jesus! You can come to church, carry the right Bible, hear sermons, song songs, pray prayers and do all the religious stuff you want to. But, you will never be saved until you come to Jesus for yourself. No one can do it for you. Thank God for saved moms and dads, but children cannot ride into Heaven on their coattails. Grandparents that love Jesus are a blessing, but you have to be saved for yourself. Here again the words of the Bible, (Acts 16:31; John 3:3, 7; Rom. 10:9; Rom. 10:13).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Whosoever Will”, By Phillip P. Bliss

“Whosoever heareth,” shout, shout the sound!
Spread the blessed tidings all the world around;
Spread the joyful news wherever man is found:
“Whosoever will may come.”
Refrain:
“Whosoever will, whosoever will,”
Send the proclamation over vale and hill;
’Tis a loving Father calls the wand’rer home:
“Whosoever will may come.”

Whosoever cometh need not delay,
Now the door is open, enter while you may;
Jesus is the true, the only Living Way:
“Whosoever will may come.”
Refrain:

“Whosoever will,” the promise secure,
“Whosoever will,” forever must endure;
“Whosoever will,” ’tis life forevermore:
“Whosoever will may come.”
Refrain:

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ANHELIC 7/8/2012 10:40PM

    I love this lesson Vic. Jesus is all we need. No one else can be there for us like our wonderful Savior. Each day, I feel closer and closer to Jesus. You are certainly helping me to discover the wonderful lessons I can learn. Thank you so much Vic. May God richly bless you for what you are doing in spreading His word.
I love Jesus more and more each day.
God Bless,
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/8/2012 8:14PM

    emoticon lesson
How sweet that is to have his blessings and favors
Choose to be grateful. It's the key to staying happy and at peace. In his Love!

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NADINEL 7/8/2012 7:56PM

    Yes, every day with Jesus IS sweeter than the day before. Thanks, Vic. Enjoy your week!

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LOSTLIME 7/8/2012 7:42PM

    Yes, Jesus is all anyone needs. Thank you for this lesson.

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GAYLE119 7/8/2012 2:30PM

    AMEN!!!! Praise the lord! Jesus is all we need! emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/8/2012 8:10AM

    This is a wonderful picture! I really need someone to help me slow down and think about the wonderful depths in the Bible. Here is one story, one item in the story and you have mined out wonderful gold. Thank you so much for sharing and letting us go along on your journey to discover Bible riches! May God give you strength to keep on keeping on.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/8/2012 7:16AM

    Oh I love this lesson Vic....Jesus is ALL that I need.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 7/7/2012

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Glorious Father, Almighty God, when we walk with the Lord, not every step on our way seems lit with glory. At a moment of heartbreak, or on the return of a test result, when we realize the deadline is passed and the news is bad, we turn to You in hopes of a better answer, or an explanation. In the face of failed hope, we respond by taking stock of what we have to save ourselves, and we come up short. When our inventory does not provide a solution, our first impulse is to blame, or self-pity, or panic. And we ask ourselves, “Why would God bring me to a place where there is nothing I can do but fail?” Help us to understand Father, that these moments are “Your fight“ and not ours. Help us to trust in You more than in our own gifts or expectations, that our lives may bear witness to Your Great Might and Victory. Remind us that the battle belongs to the Lord, for these things we pray in His Mighty name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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NADINEL 7/8/2012 3:21AM

    Amen!
Sometimes God allows those test results (or the other things you have mentioned) to bring us closer to HIM. I know that's what I have been going through these past 3 + months. This valley is definitely worth getting closer to Christ!


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ANHELIC 7/8/2012 12:12AM

    Thank you for the prayer Vic. I missed it this morning because I spent the day with my mother. I can relate to this and am really trying to remember He is our God of the mountains as well as God in our valleys. He is with us through the good and bad. Sometimes I have to fight with myself to keep leaning on Him. I am really cherishing this prayer since it relates to me, but I am getting better. Thank you Vic for your guidance.
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LOSTLIME 7/7/2012 5:08PM

    Amen.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/7/2012 11:53AM

    Amen emoticon

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KALLIE1958AR 7/7/2012 10:31AM

    Amen I agree

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/7/2012 10:16AM

    Thank you Vic for this prayer. We need to remember that our only goal on this earth is to accept Christ as our Savior and to help others to do the same. This world has so little to offer us compared to the heaven to come. Our life here is fragile and yet we should not be afraid to leave it. God has so much more planned for us when our time here is through. Thank you Vic for giving your life to bringing others to a knowledge of salvation through Christ Jesus. I pray you are able to continue this mission for years to come.

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FERGSGIRL2 7/7/2012 10:16AM

    Amen and thank you for heeding the spirit within you to share what the Lord has given you.

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BABY_GIRL69 7/7/2012 9:59AM

    Amen.

Thank you Brother Vic!

God bless you!

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KEEP_GOING247 7/7/2012 8:41AM

    Amen. Thanks Vic for reminding me that `Salvation belongs to our God`

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EDITOR 7/7/2012 8:05AM

    He is glorious in the valley and on the mountaintop. Thank you Vic for reminding us to pray even when our personal inventory "appears" to be depleted.

Thank you for yesterday's goodie and personal touch.

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THEEXERCISER 7/7/2012 7:49AM

    Great Blog Amen

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CMKARLS 7/7/2012 7:46AM

  Amen.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/7/2012 7:39AM

    Amen! Even a simple life is a big battle.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 7/7/2012

Saturday, July 07, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 7/7/2012

Exodus 16:11-15
MANNA: WHAT IS IT? Lesson 12a

As the children of Israel journeyed from Egypt toward Canaan, they surely had many needs. There were, by some estimates, about two million of them! They needed massive amounts of food and water. Both of these needs were met by the supernatural power of God. This passage gives us some insight into the food they ate as they journeyed.

The Manna that fell in the wilderness was a great blessing to the people of Israel. It fed them in that harsh land for forty years. God used it to sustain them, strengthen them and to supply them until they arrived in Canaan. The Manna was given to them to feed their fleshly bodies. The Manna also serves to teach us spiritual truth.

While Jesus lived on this earth, the Jews challenged Him to prove to them that He was Who He claimed to be. They suggested that if He had really been sent by God He would give them Manna from Heaven to eat, like Moses had given their forefathers, (John 6:31). In response, Jesus told them that God, not Moses, had given their fathers bread in the wilderness. He also told them that the Manna served an even greater purpose than that of feeding a people long dead. He told them that the Manna represented Him. Jesus claimed that He was the Bread of Life, (John 6:32-35; 48; 51). Jesus identifies Himself with the ancient Manna that fed Israel.

Now, when the people of Israel first encountered the little pieces of bread lying on the ground, they looked at it and called it Manna. The word Manna means “What is it?” I would like to take that question for my title today. I want to show you what the Manna was and why it represents Jesus. Let’s notice a few facts about the Manna today. It might be God will use this passage to help you come to know Jesus, or to come to know Him better.

v. 4 ITS CONCEPTION PICTURES JESUS

The idea for the Manna originated with God. It was not man’s idea. All the people of Israel could think of was the food they had left behind in Egypt. Left to themselves, they would have produced something they could have been a part of. The people would have sought out something that would have gratified their flesh. By sending the Manna, God totally removed man from the equation. You see, the Manna was free; all the people had to do was stoop down and pick it up, (v. 14-17). The Manna was also the gift of free grace, (v. 4). They deserved judgment and death, but God gave them life!

That is exactly what God has done in the area of salvation. Left to himself, man will seek out a religious experience that satisfies and gratifies his flesh. Man would have never conceived of a plan that demanded nothing of man. Man wants to work. Man wants to earn his salvation by the good works he does. Man likes to brag! He likes to flaunt his achievements. But, that is not God’s plan; (Eph. 2:8-9). God’s plan is for man to come to Him through Jesus and through Jesus alone. There is no other plan of salvation available that will save the human soul, (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31). Salvation is a not about what we can do, but it is all about what Jesus has done. Friend, you can do anything you please; believe anything you choose; join any group our church out there; but salvation and peace will only be found in one place; and that place is in Jesus Christ!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Thou Art The Way” By George W, Doane (1824)

Thou art the Way: to Thee alone
From sin and death we flee;
And he who would the Father seek
Must seek Him, Lord, by Thee.

Thou art the Truth: Thy Word alone
True wisdom can impart;
Thou only canst inform the mind,
And purify the heart.

Thou art the Life: the rending tomb
Proclaims Thy conquering arm,
And those who put their trust in Thee
Nor death nor hell shall harm.

Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life;
Grant us that Way to know,
That Truth to keep, that Life to win,
Whose joys eternal flow.

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ANHELIC 7/8/2012 12:17AM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson. You are an awesome friend and a true teacher of the scriptures. I look forward to tomorrows lesson. God bless you Vic.
May God richly bless you.
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LOSTLIME 7/7/2012 5:07PM

    Thank you again for the lesson.

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BLEGNER1 7/7/2012 12:37PM

    Thanks Vic for sharing. You are most appreciated by me and blessed of the Lord
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GAYLE119 7/7/2012 12:18PM

    AMEN Vic!!!! Jesus is the Bread of Life and I have ate of it!!! God bless you always! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/7/2012 12:00PM

    emoticon Vic Another emoticon lesson emoticon
If we keep visiting what God had done into our lives, we will continue to be amazed of the love he had poured into our lives! We will realized how lucky we are!

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FERGSGIRL2 7/7/2012 10:14AM

    Thank you Vic for a great word and lesson, I'm still reading them! I will share with my sunday school class. Blessings to you!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/7/2012 7:39AM

    Bravo Vic! I really Love this line...."Salvation is a not about what we can do, but it is all about what Jesus has done. "

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Fri, 7/6/2012

Friday, July 06, 2012

Heavenly Father, life is full of barriers that are too great for us, but with Your goodness and gifts these barriers can be broken down. Help us not to be a barrier to others. Enable us to not allow any unwholesome word to proceed from our mouth, but only wholesome words that edify so that it may give grace to those who hear them. Help us to think about our words and how they affect others. Help us to always be an encourager and a blessings to others. Let our lips flow with a little balm and a little honey from heaven. Let our words be good for edification according to Your love and the need of the moment. Enable us to follow the examples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This we pray and ask in His name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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LOSTLIME 7/6/2012 6:46PM

    Thank you for this prayer!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/6/2012 12:08PM

    Amen

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LBEEKMA 7/6/2012 11:25AM

    Thanks

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JOANIEBUG46 7/6/2012 10:46AM

    This is fabulous, Vic. And so true!

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AVANELL 7/6/2012 10:32AM

    Thank you, Vic, for another awesome prayer! May the Lord continue to direct you as you pray for and encourage those around you!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 7/6/2012 10:03AM

    I read a book many years ago called "Taming the Tongue". It would be good for me to read it again.

May your day be blessed and Good Luck reaching Your Goals!!

Cindy

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/6/2012 9:49AM

    Amen. Thank you Vic. My grandmother used to say, If you can't say anything good about a person, don't say anything at all. She forgot to say, If you can't think anything good. . .

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SONYALATRECE 7/6/2012 9:39AM

    Life and death are in the power of our tongues.
Amen!



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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/6/2012 9:37AM

    Amen! emoticon Vic

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/6/2012 9:34AM

    Jesus said that it's not what goes into the mouth the defiles us; it is what comes out of the mouth. Thanks for your prayer!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/6/2012 9:32AM

    Amen.

Thank you Vic leading us in daily prayer & your prayers for us....you seem to hit the nail on the head every rip.

God bless us all!

Dee

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/6/2012 9:08AM

    Amen! Thank you Vic for this very thoughtful prayer.

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EDITOR 7/6/2012 8:11AM

    Oh, excellent. May we not be a barrier to others! Words can kill or cleanse. This is our prayer and a must do list for Christians.

Thank you, Vic and thanks for notes and the goodie yesterday.

Let's all pray someone into heaven today and show them by our actions that Christ is real.

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ANHELIC 7/6/2012 7:58AM

    Thank you for your awesome prayer, Vic. My Avon order arrives today and the friend that is helping me, sometimes gets under my skin. I have read your prayer twice so I will remember it well. I need to hear this when working with Barb. this was meant for me and for today especially. Thank you my friend.
God bless you Vic an thank you for your special prayer that was targeted for me.
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MARYJOANNA 7/6/2012 7:56AM

  Amen! Great blog!

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