Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Daily Readings for SUNDAY, February 4, 2018 - Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Sexagesima)

Jesus Heals Many at Simon’s House
Mark 1:29-34

Sunday Readings
(Revised Common Lectionary Year B)

Opening Sentence
From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and a pure offering: for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.
~ Malachi 1:11
Prayer of the Day (Collect)
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Confession and Forgiveness

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
God is light; in him there in no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him, yet walk in the darkness, we lie and son not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
~ John 1:5b-8

Most holy and merciful Father, We confess to you and to one another, that we have sinned against you by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not fully loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not always had in us the mind of Christ. You alone know how often we have grieved you by wasting your gifts, by wandering from your ways. Forgive us, we pray you, most merciful Father; And free us from our sin. Renew in us the grace and strength of your Holy Spirit, for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen
The Lessons

First Lesson: Isaiah 40:21-31
Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1   Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praises to our God!
how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
2   The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3   He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
4   He counts the number of the stars
and calls them all by their names.
5   Great is our LORD and mighty in power;
there is no limit to his wisdom.
6   The LORD lifts up the lowly,
but casts the wicked to the ground.
7   Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make music to our God upon the harp.
8   He covers the heavens with clouds
and prepares rain for the earth;
9   He makes grass to grow upon the mountains
and green plants to serve mankind.
10   He provides food for flocks and herds
and for the young ravens when they cry.
11   He is not impressed by the might of a horse;
he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel. For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is searching for you." He answered, "Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do." And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Here ends the Lessons

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The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
Closing Prayer
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep me from falling away and will bring me with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time, Amen

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
~ Numbers 6:22-27


Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God! Alleluia!

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"A Lonely Place to Pray" Sermon for SUNDAY, February 4, 2018 - Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Sexagesima)

Jesus goes to a "lonely place" to pray
Mark 1:35

"A Lonely Place to Pray"

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is searching for you." He answered, "Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do." And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
~ Mark 1:29-39


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are two events in today’s gospel lesson which this sermon is centered around.

The first is Jesus being taken to Simon’s mother-in-law as she lay sick with a fever. The second is Jesus going to a "lonely place" to pray. These two event have significance for our lives as it did for the disciples 2000 years ago.


Jesus being taken to Simon’s mother-in-law.

Jesus was at the synagogue, taught as one who had authority as we saw last week. The crowds listened to his words.

Then a man with an unclean spirit entered the synagogue. And Jesus healed the man by driving out the unclean spirit.

The disciples must have been impressed, but also curious for they did not know how to take Jesus. They had not been with Jesus long, so they must have been surprised and astonished at his teaching and at the healing He preformed.

So after the service, they went to Simon’s house to get something to eat. Notice there was nothing about Simon’s mother being sick that led them to Simon’s house. They just went as Peter was a gracious host and wanted to feed his friends.

Notice what the text says now: "Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them."

They told Jesus she was sick, but it does not say they asked Jesus to do anything. They did not demand anything of Jesus, but only made Him aware of the problem. What faith!! They wanted Jesus to be in a relationship with this woman and somehow they knew, they felt, He would take it from there.

The disciples had not been with Jesus very long. He had taught in the synagogue, He healed a man with an unclean spirit and now the disciples were able to let Jesus decide what He was going to do. This was remarkable faith on their part. They could have demanded that Jesus do something as they had seen in the synagogue, but instead they allowed Jesus to take the action himself.

Notice the text again. "And He, Jesus, came " Jesus took the initiative and brought His grace into her life. Jesus acted on his own accord. Jesus acted and the woman responded. After the fever left her, she got up and served Jesus.

We do not even know the woman’s name, it does not say anything about her faith, all we know is she was brought into a relationship with Jesus and Jesus responded. It all depended on Jesus not the woman.

Notice too, the disciples told Jesus of her, they began the relationship, but Jesus went boldly ahead to come into a personal relationship with this woman. He acted. He took the initiative. He brought His grace into the brokenness of this woman’s life.

She was a passive receiver. We do not have any account of what the woman said, but we do know her actions. Her response afterwards when she was healed, she served them. She went to the kitchen and made dinner.

I believe the important lesson for us in this story is to see that being in a relationship with Jesus is important, and in that relationship we need to let Jesus bring His act of grace into our lives as He sees fit. Because He is a God of love, He will do for us out of His loving heart. We must trust as the disciples did, trust Jesus with a faith and a conviction which will allow Him to act for us.

This point of allowing Jesus to act in our lives can be illustrated in the following:
In a textile factory where threads are woven into fabrics there is a sign above the machines: "If the treads become tangled, call the foreman." A new employee found the threads on her machine badly tangled. Frantically she tried to untangle them. The foreman came by and said, "Why didn’t you call for me?" she replied, "I was just trying to do my best." Then, very pointedly, the foreman told her, "Doing your best includes calling the foreman."
The ever-present God is available for our help, and we have not done our best until we have invited him into the tangled scenes of our lives.

They knew that no matter how much difficulty we are in, Jesus can handle it in His own way as illustrated by the following:
"A small boy was in a boat with his father. As he looked over the side, the water appeared dangerously deep. He asked his father, "Daddy, is the water over my head?" "Yes son, it is over your head, " his father said. Then after a pause, "Daddy, is the water over your head?" And the father replied,"Yes, son it is even over my head." After some thought, the boy then asked, "Daddy, is the water over God’s head?" Now it was the father’s turn to pause in thought. After a few moments he said reflectively, "No, my son, the water is not over God’s head."
In our relationship with Jesus, we need to allow Him to handle our problems in His own way. Like the disciples, we must be in a relationship with Christ, then have the faith, the conviction, the assurance, that He can handle the troubled waters of our life.

As the text illustrates when it says:
32 That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.

34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.


That Jesus can handle every situation in life.

The second significant event in this passage says: "And in the morning, a great while before day, He, Jesus, arose and went out to a lonely place, and there He prayed."

Most of the time when we read this passage and other passages such as Mark 7:24, Mark 6:31, where it says Jesus went to a lonely place to pray, we think of a quiet, peaceful time. A time to collect thoughts and recharge batteries.

However, I would like to suggest that this was far from the point. It was not a peaceful time, but a time a soul searching, a time of turmoil, a time of decision. It was a time for Jesus to focus in on the mission His Father called him to do.

As the Rev. Thomas Longs says in his book "Shepherds & Bathrobes" "we have a miss understanding of this time, because the word which is translated "lonely place" is erhmov which is better translated as wilderness. The erhmov is a holy place, alive with the presence of God. The erhmov is a dangerous place, the atmosphere charged with the possibility of betrayal. The temptation to follow the will of the crowd instead of the will of the Father was present in the erhmov."

Peter told him, "Everyone is searching for you." Peter was saying: come back to Capernaum be the wonder worker, be their private priest. "There was Jesus in the erhmov, the lonely place, with two paths leading out. One path led back to Capernaum and a life of comfortable popularity. The other path led on to Golgotha and a costly sacrifice. One path led to a place where all were crying "Hosanna". The other path led to a place where all would cry, "Crucify him." The lonely place was no place of serene reflection; it was a place of momentous decision, the Kingdom of Self-interest versus the Kingdom of God. Facing the tempter again, Jesus decided, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out."

This struggle is seen throughout scripture. The struggle to please the crowd verses the struggle of what Jesus mission was all about.

That struggle was seen in the story of Jesus feeding the 5000.

After Jesus had feed the 5000 He went up into the hills, to a lonely place to pray, because He knew the crowds would come after Him the next day and beg for more bread. He could have given them the bread that fills the stomach, but instead He gave them the "living bread" the bread of His wisdom, and the bread of His flesh as it says in John 6.

Over and over again in scripture, the lonely place was a place of struggle, a place of decision for Jesus. To do the will of the people, or to do the will of the Father.

In our lonely places the same thing happens. We decide if we want to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ allowing him to bring His grace into our lives as He sees fit.

Or if we want to be in control, if we want to be in charge, if we want to be the boss. In our prayer life, it is a constant struggle to allow Jesus to be in control and not us. Prayer is a time to surrender our will to the will of Christ. Prayer is the time to cement our relationship with Christ as we surrender our will and allow Him to bring a measure of His grace as He sees fit into our troubled lives.

A closing example speaks to all the lonely places, the broken places in each of our lives where we cry as Job did in about the unfairness of this world and we allow Christ to come and touch us with the Kingdom of God.

On page 95 in Elie Wiesel’s "The Town Beyond the Wall", there is a rebellious character who has profoundly experienced the lonely place of human suffering and who chooses not to bear this in silence. He loudly laments, crying angrily to God that his fate is unjust, indeed, that God is unjust. It would seem that he had fallen into the snare of temptation, but he confesses:
’I want to blaspheme, and I can’t quite manage it. I go up against [God], I shake my fist, I froth with rage, but it’s still a way of telling Him that he’s there...that denial itself is an offering to his grandeur. The shout becomes a prayer in spite of me.’........."
Sometimes, when the lonely place is a place of great disturbance, it evokes our rage against God, clarifies how seriously we take God’s power and presence and, thereby, brings us ever closer to God.

"The shout becomes a prayer in spite of me."
Dear Lord, meeting with you in morning prayer uplifts me and gets my day off to a good start. For I know You hear my words and will show understanding to my hopes and needs. All through this day, Blessed Lord, please guide me safely and surely wherever I go, whatever I do. Help me to reach my goals. I ask this not only for myself, but for each of my fellow church members. We want You close beside us today and always. Amen.
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"And in the morning, a great while before day, He, Jesus, arose and went out to a lonely place, and there He prayed."

Prayer of the Day for SUNDAY, February 4, 2018


Dear Lord, meeting with you in morning prayer uplifts me and gets my day off to a good start. For I know You hear my words and will show understanding to my hopes and needs. All through this day, Blessed Lord, please guide me safely and surely wherever I go, whatever I do. Help me to reach my goals. I ask this not only for myself, but for each of my fellow church members. We want You close beside us today and always.
Amen

Verse of the Day for SUNDAY, February 4, 2018


Mark 1:35 (NIV) [Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place] Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary (lonely) place, where he prayed.

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Un dia a la Vez - Oración por mi carácter


Oración por mi carácter

Pero yo, Señor, en ti confío, y digo: «Tú eres mi Dios». Mi vida entera está en tus manos.

Querido Jesús: Reconozco que muchas veces no he sido un buen ejemplo para mi familia y mucho menos para las personas que me rodean. Sé que muchas veces mis actitudes no han dado buen testimonio de tu nombre.

Te suplico que me ayudes a retener mi boca y no hablar cosas de las cuales me pueda arrepentir.

Aunque sé que te amo, mi Dios, reconozco que he usado tu nombre en vano y he dudado de tu poder, de tu amor y de tu misericordia.

Te pido perdón con todo mi corazón.

Quiero que formes el carácter de tu Hijo en mí y que yo pueda, Señor, ser un instrumento tuyo en esta tierra.

Guíame para que mi vida llegue a ser ejemplo y tú puedas reinar siempre en mí.

Aléjame, Padre, de personas que no aportan nada bueno a mi vida y, por favor, no me sueltes de tu mano. Te necesito, mi Señor.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - SHUN FEAR AND COURAGEOUSLY PRESS ON


SHUN FEAR AND COURAGEOUSLY PRESS ON

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”
~ 1 Peter 3:14 (NIV)

One of the major tactics of Satan is to use difficult situations to create fear in us and thus immobilize our witness. For example, during the 9/11 attack in USA, Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry were being held in a prison in Afghanistan. In an interview with Christianity Today magazine on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Heather Mercer said, “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it. God sent me to prison to set me free. I don’t think I realized how much fear I actually had in my life until I had to confront some of my deepest, darkest fears. When I first set out to go to Afghanistan, I knew it might cost me my life to reach Muslims with the love of Jesus. Then I had this opportunity to face that fear of, ‘What would I do if someone tried to kill me for sharing the gospel?’ God made Himself known in such a profound way that now, what do I have to fear?”[1]

In Papua New Guinea (PNG), Wycliffe’s Sue Ambrose was out for a walk on February 4th, 2009. She was talking to the Lord about people, issues and life. As she continued her walk, she read memory verses from three Gospels that say, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

The slapping sound of bare feet running on packed earth causes her to turn around to see a crazed PNG man charge her with a large machete-like knife raised murderously above his head. After a quick altercation and feeling as though she was dying, Sue was rushed to the medical clinic where friends and co-workers were shocked to see her in such grave condition: many abrasions; a damaged hand; a puncture wound near the sternum just below the diaphragm and lungs; and the knife still stuck fast in her hip.

Sue was remarkably calm through the process and felt no pain. Once stabilized, she was transferred to medical facilities in Australia. While in hospital, God gave Sue a clear vision of an angel, “A big warrior kind of guy that was eight or ten feet tall with his sword raised, saying, ‘No, that is enough! I am not going to let you kill her.’” Sue says, “That really opened my eyes to the whole spiritual realm; that this man was part of Satan’s attacks on us, on the training centre and on the work of SIL.”

Two and a half weeks after being air-lifted out of the country, Sue returned to her ministry in PNG. The Wycliffe magazine, Word Alive reported: That seemingly simple act proves to be a strong counterstrike to the enemy—a living sermon calling others to shun fear and courageously press on in their respective callings. “I don’t think that I ever considered not going back,” says Sue. “God has given us the strength to return and it has spoken volumes to people.” Sue models an attitude that we all must grasp, the article concluded. Let fear not rule![2]

RESPONSE: Today I will not allow the enemy to use the tactic of fear against me.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful examples of fearlessness shown by Your people today.

1. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/septemberweb-only/heather-mercer-interview.html
2. Craig Pulsifer, “Let Fear Not Rule,” Word Alive (Wycliffe Bible Translators, Fall 2011), pp. 33-37.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

LHM Devotion - February 4, 2018 "Some Excuses Don't Work"

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Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Some Excuses Don't Work"

Feb. 4, 2018

(Jesus said) "Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment...."

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has a nice, sophisticated ring to it, don't you think?

It certainly sounds classier than the Internal Revenue Service. Both organizations may do much the same work, but one name just sounds so much more ... more refined.

Maybe that's why I paid attention when I read that in this year's tax returns, Her Majesty's Revenue and Custom people were going to be keeping a keen eye out for any mention of aliens. No, not the aliens who come from a different earthly nation. The HMRC was referring to little green men who come to earth in a flying saucer.

Apparently, someone had tried using the space aliens as an excuse for not being able to file their tax returns by January 31st. I suppose it's not necessary for me to tell you that the excuse was found to be entirely unacceptable.

There were other pleas and pretexts put forth by other citizens which were found to be almost as weak. Among those offerings could be listed

• "I've been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play";

• "My ex-wife left my return upstairs, and my vertigo won't let me go upstairs to get it";

• "My business doesn't really do anything";

• "I spilt coffee on it."

Along with pointing out rejected excuses for not filing your tax return on time, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs shared some business expenses which haven't been received with anything resembling acceptance and approval.

On that list of rejected business expenses would be things like luxury watches as Christmas gifts for staff from a company with no employees; pet food for a Shih Tzu "guard dog"; Armani jeans as protective clothing for a painter and a decorator, and betting slips.

Of course, not all excuses are offered to the government.

In Matthew 25, the Lord Jesus pointed out an excuse which wasn't going to work on Judgment Day. He told how He would have zero patience for anyone who thinks that he can live a totally selfish life without making any commitment to the Lord or the rest of humanity. In making His statement, the Lord wanted to make it crystal clear that anyone who has been given faith in Him will gladly and willingly respond in the way they lead their lives.

In other words, we who are needy recipients of God's grace -- as given to us through Jesus' sacrificial life, death, and resurrection -- cannot escape responding positively to others who are also in need of our help and a good Christian witness.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, because Jesus first loved and gave Himself for me, help me to reflect that love to all the others with whom I come into contact. Use my witness to help them see the forgiveness and salvation Jesus wishes to give them. This I ask in the Savior's Name. Amen.

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Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has a nice, sophisticated ring to it, don't you think?

Хлеб наш насущный - Изумительно!

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Наполнится славой Его вся земля. Аминь и аминь.

В нашем естественном состоянии мы ее лишены (Рим. 3:23). Иисус был ее сиянием (Евр. 1:3), и те, кто Его знал, видели ее (Ин. 1:14). В Ветхом Завете она наполнила скинию (Исх. 40:34-35). Израильтяне шли за ней.

А нам обещано, что в будущем небеса будут сиять ею, и свет будет настолько ярок, что отпадет нужда в солнце (Откр. 21:23).

О чем все это сказано? Это слава Бога. Наш Господь изумителен!

В Библии говорится, что на земле мы можем видеть лишь отблески Божьей славы. Эта слава – внешнее проявление Создателя. Поскольку Его Самого мы видеть не можем, Он дал нам яркие иллюстрации Своего присутствия и действия в таких явлениях, как величие природы, чудо нашего спасения и присутствие Святого Духа в нашей жизни.

Попробуйте найти отблески Божьей славы, доказательства Его величия вокруг себя. Вы увидите их в красоте природы, детском смехе и любви людей. Бог по-прежнему наполняет землю Своей славой.
Благодарим Тебя, Небесный Отец, за отблески Твоей славы. Мы видим их вокруг себя. И верим, что увидим ее полноту в Твоем Царстве.
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автор: Дэвид Брэнон

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