Category Archives: FL Birds

Jesus, Bring The Rain…Or Whatever Brings You Glory!

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Be careful when you pray this prayer!!

Jesus takes it seriously!!

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Job 13:15

“Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him;    

I will surely defend my ways to His face.”

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We must come to the place…

Where we will serve Him no matter what!

-Even if life seems to be going against us…

(True faith rises when it’s tested in the valley!)

-Even without encouragement from others…

(Sometimes you may need to stand alone…and say,

“As for me and my house we will  serve the Lord!)

-Even when we don’t understand everything He’s doing…

(Sometimes it’s when you don’t know His plan and purpose

that you build your greatest work for God!)

Do people ask how you can still praise the Lord…

With all that you’ve gone through???

Circumstances can’t possibly change…

Who you are forever in our Lord!

Since your life was changed

Long before the rainy days…

It’s now forever settled in your mind!

I’ll never turn my back on You…

Oh, Lord!

You’re my only shelter from the storms…

I’ll draw even closer through these times!

So I pray…

“Bring me joy, bring me peace…

Bring the chance to be free…

Bring me anything that brings You glory!”

Though there will be days when this life brings me pain…

If that’s what it takes to praise You…

Jesus Bring the Rain!

I am Yours regardless of the dark clouds that may loom above…

Because You are much greater than my pain!

You made a way for me by suffering Your destiny…

So tell me…

What’s a little rain???

You’re Holy, Holy, Holy! 

My Lord God Almighty!!

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This prayer means you take what God gives you…

And you use it for His glory!!

It doesn’t matter what you’re going through…

But that you KNOW He’s going through it with you!!

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John 4:23

“Yet a time is coming

and has now come

when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth,

for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

God is spirit,

and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

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John 6:66-68

 “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.

 ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve.

Simon Peter answered Him,

‘Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.'”

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2 Corinthians 4:7-10

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay

to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

We are hard pressed on every side,

but not crushed;

perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not abandoned;

struck down, but not destroyed.

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,

so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

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Matthew 5:44-45

“But I tell you,

love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you, 

that you may be children of your Father in Heaven.

He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good,

and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

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Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,

for the Lord your God goes with you;

He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Amen!

Hey, Big Shot!! You’ll Never Be As Big As Jesus…But It’s Okay!!

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Psalm 145:3

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;   

His greatness no one can fathom.”

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Colossians 1:15-18

The Son is the image of the invisible God,

the firstborn over all creation.

For in Him all things were created:

things in Heaven and on earth,

visible and invisible,

whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;

all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things,

and in Him all things hold together.

And He is the head of the body, the church;

He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,

so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”

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John 15:5

“I am the vine;

you are the branches.

If you remain in Me

and I in you,

you will bear much fruit;

apart from Me you can do nothing.”

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I could move to Hollywood
Get my teeth capped, I know I could
Be a big star on the silver screen
Just like James Dean, I could be a star
I could climb the corporate ladder
Buy, sell, and liquidate
Maybe be just like the Beatles
Melodic, rocking heavyweights
I could learn to sing and dance
If I only had a chance
I could be a big rock star

I could be anything I wanted to
I could be anything, but one thing’s true

Never gonna be as big as Jesus
Never gonna hold the world in my hand
Never gonna be as big as Jesus
Never gonna build a promised land
But that’s alright, it’s okay with me

I could build a tower to Heaven
Get on top and touch the sky
I could write a million songs
All designed to glorify
I could be about as good
Good as any human could
But that won’t get me by

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You’re never gonna be as BIG as Jesus!!

So don’t even try…

You can’t top Him!

You can’t out-give Him!

Don’t try to do His job in your life…

Or be God in someone else’s life…

He’s God…

You’re not!!

It’s OK…

  Your job from the Father isn’t as hard as the Son’s!!

Whew!

How liberating…

And such a relief!!

Hey, just say it…

“I’m not as big as Jesus!!”

It’s OK…

I’m not either…

No one is!

We don’t need to be…

And we can be okay with that!

We need a BIG God!

Jesus is your Superhero!!

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Luke 4:14-21

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,

and news about Him spread through the whole countryside.

He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him.

He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up,

and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was his custom.

He stood up to read,

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.

Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
    because He has anointed Me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.

The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him.

He began by saying to them,

Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”

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Revelation 22

“Look, I am coming soon!

My reward is with Me,

and I will give to each person according to what they have done.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the First and the Last,

the Beginning and the End.”

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Amen!

When Can God Be Trusted??? Always!!

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Always, Always…

  His help is on the way!!

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(Sunset photo taken at Ponce de Leon Park by my friend Marian!)

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Psalm 37:5

“Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.”

Foes are many…

Rise against you…

Hold your ground!

Don’t fear the wars or storms…

Your help is on the way!!

Our God will not delay…

  He’s our refuge and strength…

Always!!!

His promise is true!

  Our God will come through…

Always!!!

Trouble surrounds us…

Chaos abounds…

My soul will rest in You!!

Lift your eyes up…

Your help comes from the Lord!!

Always from You Lord…

Always!!

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Psalm 124:8

“Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.”

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Psalm 121

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    He will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”

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Where does your help come from???

Look to the Lord…

He’s always right here!!

With His Love…

His Promises…

His Strength…

His Help!!

Always!!

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Exodus 15:2

“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise Him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

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Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid;

do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Psalm 28:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise Him.”

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Psalm 73:26

“My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”

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Psalm 9:9

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.”

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Ephesians 6:10

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”

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Amen!

I’m Filled With Thanksgiving…Thank You For Giving, Lord!

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2 Corinthians 9:15

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

Ephesians 5:20

“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,

in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Lord, Thank You…

For Your promises…

 Your awesome scenery…

For finding me…

And for giving me life…

So I can serve You!

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Psalm 145:2

“Every day I will praise You   

and extol Your Name for ever and ever.”

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Rejoice always,

pray continually,

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

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Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do,

whether in word or deed,

do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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Psalm 100:4-5

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving   

and His courts with praise;   

give thanks to Him and praise His Name.

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;   

His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

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Give thanks for who He is…

And what He’s done for us…

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Psalm 106:1

“Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord,

for He is good;   

His love endures forever.”

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Jesus gave everything…

He held nothing back…

Don’t take this for granted…

Value what He’s done for you…

Respond to His extraordinary love…

With heartfelt Thanksgiving!

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Don’t be stingy in your devotion…

Give your all, too!

Mark 14:8

“She did what she could.

She poured perfume on My body beforehand

to prepare for my burial.”

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John 6:35

“Then Jesus declared, 

‘I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry,

and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.'”

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Matthew 25:40

“…Truly I tell you,

whatever you did for one of the least

of these brothers and sisters of mine,

you did for me.”

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Lord…

Thank You for giving Your life…

So I could live…

And be alive in You!

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 When I consider my list of people and things to be thankful for…

Lord…

You’re at  the top of my list!!

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Isaiah 11:6

“…and a little child will lead them.”

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Well, I thank God we’re not TURKEYS!!!

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Amen to that!!

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along????

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Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.”

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Philippians 2:3-4

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition

or vain conceit.

Rather, in humility

value others above yourselves,

not looking to your own interests

but each of you to the interests of the others.”

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Matthew 7:12

“So in everything,

do to others

what you would have them do to you,

for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

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James 3:6

“The tongue also is a fire,

a world of evil among the parts of the body.

It corrupts the whole body,

sets the whole course of one’s life on fire,

and is itself set on fire by hell.”

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Check out this video!!

http://dogwork.com/dog-polarbear

Polar Bears and Siberian Huskies Playing!!

(The black and white one, looks just like our “Precious Little Girl!!”)

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1 John 4:19-21

“We love because He first loved us.

Whoever claims to love God

yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.

For whoever does not love their brother and sister,

whom they have seen,

cannot love God,

whom they have not seen.

And He has given us this command:

Anyone who loves God

must also love their brother and sister.”

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Romans 12:18

“If it is possible,

as far as it depends on you,

live at peace with everyone.”

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John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you:

Love one another.

As I have loved you,

so you must love one another.

By this everyone will know that

you are my disciples,

if you love one another.”

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Hebrews 12:14

“Make every effort

to live in peace with everyone

and to be holy;

without holiness

no one will see the Lord.

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Proverbs 19:11

“A person’s wisdom

yields patience;   

it is to one’s glory

to overlook an offense.”

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Proverbs 17:14

“Starting a quarrel

is like breaching a dam;   

so drop the matter

before a dispute breaks out.”

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Matthew 6:12-13

“And forgive us our debts,    

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,    

but deliver us from the evil one.”

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Proverbs 16:24

Gracious words

       are a honeycomb,    

sweet to the soul

and healing to the bones.”

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1 Timothy 6:3-5

“If anyone teaches otherwise

and does not agree to the

sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ

and to godly teaching,

they are conceited and understand nothing.

They have an unhealthy interest

in controversies and quarrels

about words

that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 

and constant friction between people of corrupt mind,

who have been robbed of the truth

and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.”

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Ephesians 5:21

Submit to one another

out of reverence for Christ.”

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Matthew 6:12-15

“For if you forgive other people

when they sin against you,

your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others their sins,

your Father will not forgive your sins.”

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You may be a polar bear…

You may be a husky,

But see how nice you can play together? 

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Let’s play nice!! 

God calls us to love one another…

And get along!

Read the Scriptures…

Obey them…

Go love on someone!! 

And give them a big  polar bear hug!

Amen!

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We’re Italians!!! We Don’t Know Any Different…Or Any Better Way, To Live!

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I received this e-mail recently, I love it! 

(author unknown…)

Here’s The Difference Between Us…

AMERICAN KIDS:  Move out when they’re 18 with the full support of their parents.

ITALIAN KIDS:  Move out when they’re 28, having saved enough money for a house,and are two weeks away from getting married….. unless there’s room in the basement for the newlyweds.

AMERICAN KIDS:  When their Mom visits them, she brings a Bundt cake, you have coffee, and chat.
ITALIAN KIDS:  When their Mom visits them, she brings 3 days worth of food, begins to tidy up, dust, do the laundry, and rearrange the furniture.

AMERICAN KIDS:  Their dads always call before they come over to visit them, and it’s usually only on special occasions.

ITALIAN KIDS:  Are not at all fazed when their dads show up, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00 am, and start pruning the fruit trees. If there are no fruit trees, he’ll plant some.

AMERICAN KIDS:  Always pay retail, and look in the Yellow Pages when they need to have something done.

ITALIAN KIDS:  Call their dad or uncle, and ask for another dad’s, or uncle’s, phone number to get it done.

AMERICAN KIDS:  Will come over for cake and coffee, and get only cake and coffee. No more.
ITALIAN KIDS:  Will come over for cake and coffee, and get antipasto, a pasta dish, a choice of two meats, salad, bread, a cannoli, fruit, and espresso.

AMERICAN KIDS:  Will greet you with “Hello” or “Hi.”
ITALIAN KIDS:  Will give you a big hug, a kiss on your cheek, and a pat on your back.

AMERICAN KIDS:  Have never seen you cry.
ITALIAN KIDS:  Cry with you.

AMERICAN KIDS:  Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soft mushy white bread.
ITALIAN KIDS:  Eat Genoa Salami and Provolone sandwiches on crusty Italian bread (for breakfast).

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 Ya Gotta Love Us!!!

Don’t miss out…

Go visit an Italian today!!

Once we meet…

You’ll never  be a stranger…

You’re part of our family now, and…

Forever!!

God Bless!

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“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed

on the anvil of everyday living.”  ~ Chuck Swindoll

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Ephesians 1:5

“God decided in advance

to adopt us into His own family

by bringing us to Himself

through Jesus Christ.

This is what He wanted to do,

and it gave Him great pleasure.”

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Deuteronomy 6:6-7, 18 

“These commandments that I give you today

are to be on your hearts.

Impress them on your children.

Talk about them when you sit at home

and when you walk along the road,

when you lie down

and when you get up.

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight,

so that it may go well with you

and you may go in

and take over the good land

the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors,

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Where Does Jesus Live??? He Lives In Me!! Oh, Yeah!!!

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Who Is This Who Lives In Me???

Exodus 3:14

“God said to Moses,

I am who I am.

This is what you are to say to the Israelites:

I am has sent me to you.’”

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John 17:22-23

“I have given them the glory that You gave Me,

that they may be One as We are One—

I in them

and You in Me—

so that they may be brought to complete unity.

Then the world will know that You sent Me

and have loved them

even as You have loved Me.”

Amen!

I’ve been the one to shake with fear
And wonder if You’re even here
I’ve been the one to doubt Your love
I’ve told myself You’re not enough

I’ve been the one to try and say
I’ll overcome by my own strength
I’ve been the one to fall apart
And start to question who You are

You’re the One who conquers giants
You’re the One who calls out kings
You shut the mouths of lions
You tell the dead to breathe
You’re the One who walks through fire
You take the orphan’s hand
You are the One Messiah
You are I AM
You are I AM

I’ve been the one held down in chains
Beneath the weight of all my shame
I’ve been the one to believe
That where I am, You cannot reach

The veil is torn
And now I live
With the Spirit inside
The same One
The very same One
Who brought the Son back to life!
Hallelujah, He lives in me!

You are the One Messiah
You are I AM
Hallelujah, He lives in me!
You are I AM
Hallelujah, He lives in me!

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 Who Are We When He Lives In Us???

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We’re children of the very same One  who…

Conquers giants!

Calls out Kings!

Shuts the mouths of lions!

Tells the dead to breathe!

Walks through fire!

Takes the orphan’s hand!

Is the One Messiah!

Is the great…

I AM!!!

Romans 8:9

“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh

but are in the realm of the Spirit,

if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.

And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,

they do not belong to Christ.”

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Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ

and I no longer live,

but Christ lives in me.

The life I now live in the body,

I live by faith in the Son of God,

who loved me

and gave Himself for me.”

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Colossians 1:27

“To them God has chosen

to make known among the Gentiles

the glorious riches of this mystery,

which is Christ in you,

the hope of glory.”

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1 John 5:11-12

 “And this is the testimony:

God has given us eternal life,

and this life is in his Son.

Whoever has the Son has life;

whoever does not have the Son of God

does not have life.”

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1 John 4:4

“You, dear children,

are from God

and have overcome them,

because the One who is in you

is greater

than the one who is in the world.”

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Oh, Yeah!!!

That’s the One in me!!!

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