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1Cor15:1-28

GOING BACK TO BASICS

Paul reminds the corinthians of the Gospel - the thing that really matters.

CHRIST DIED AND ROSE AGAIN.

But there was division, and this time in an essential. The Corinthians believed in the ressurection of Jesus, but some did not believe in the ressurection of the dead (man).

"Why has Paul so carefully proved the resurrection of Jesus? It wasn’t because the Corinthian Christians believed Jesus did not rise from the dead. In fact, he makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 15:11 that they did believe it: so we preach and so you believed. Then why was it important?


i. The Corinthian Christians were not denying Jesus’ resurrection; they were denying our resurrection. They were influenced either by Greek philosophy (which considered the resurrection undesirable, thinking the state of “pure spirit” superior), or by the thinking of the Sadducees (which thought the world beyond to be just wishful thinking). The bottom line is that the Corinthian Christians believed we lived forever, but not in resurrected bodies.


ii. Remember that resurrection is not merely life after death. It is the continuation of life after death in glorified bodies, which are our present bodies in a glorified state. - David Guzik

Paul presents the logic why ressurection of dead is a truth.
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First Fruits

I cannot remember if I mentioned this during gospels. Christ was the first fruits of the dead. In Judaism, before the field was harvested - a first fruit (wave sheath) offering was made by the priests. Some choice grain was picked and offered to God, then the full harvest would commence. Christ went first and we come after as the harvest of the "body of Christ".

INTRICACY OF GOD'S PLAN
God's plan is so intricate, and in regards to Christ very faithful to the Feasts he declared to Israel.

The first fruits offering (lifting up the sheath of grain to God) was done on the first day after the Sabbath. Not the High Sabbath of Passover, but after the Sabbath (Saturday) that fell after Passover. Offering took place sometime in morning before noon.

So it is entirely possible that on the Sunday following Christ's crucifixion when the priests were making the first fruit offerings to God - that at the moment of the offering - is when Jesus went up to the Father as the literal first fruits offering.

[Note: There was a period of 7 days before Jesus came back to doubting Thomas in the upper room, and later eventually ascended into heaven. Co-incidently the priesthood were to go into their tent (later in seclusion of temple) for 7 days to be ordained in the presence of God before they could be consecrated and perform their priestly functions (LEV8:33). Wonder if that is why Jesus was in presence of God for seven days before returning to the disciples? :)He is our High Priest isn't He?]

More? Acording to Eliot McQuaid of "Friends of Israel" site. Oil (symbol of anointing) was spread on the sheath of grain, and the way it was done the bundle of grain appeared to have stripes on it when held up to the sun. The same as Christ was anointed and He bore the stripes of man when he was lifted up to God.
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Adam and Christ

"For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."

Repeated concept - twice for emphasis. First it is clear Paul is talking about a real person (Adam). Second, some people have a hard time with concept of one man being the reason for sin in the world. At times, I have a hard time understanding the concept.

Two things:
1) If you can accept Christ (one man) redeemed all sins; then why not one man being the cause of "death" (sin)?
2) The empirical evidence is in. Look at mankind. The OT heroes were flawed. Mankind has each gone his own way like sheep astray (Isaiah). This world is no Garden of Eden - something is wrong - it started somewhere.
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GLORY TO GOD

I believe that this whole creation process by God was to provide a love gift to His Son - Jesus Christ. That Jesus would be the first fruits of many "brothers".

In the END, Jesus who has been given all power in the heavens and earth, in an act of submissiveness (there's that word again)- will return all to the Father as His gift.

Why? Besides out of love and submissiveness to the Father? Because then God will receive His FULL GLORY. And that is what this has been all about from the beginning - God's glory.

Regarding the Book of Job & Job 5, there is much truth in what Job's friends say/tell him in regard to his situation. I don't think the Book of Job is about what his/Job's friends say or think or do - I think the Book of Job is about knowing that even though you may be a righteous person & in God's favor, that that situation can change at any time - not because you have been sinful or disobedient but because you are going to go through the fire in your/our lives to be tested & that is exactly what was happening with Job - so don't be unaware of these circumstances/happenings that will come to God's sons & daughters - it will surely happen, it is part of the process. I don't judge Job's friends but understand them well-they are grasping at straws just like we do when something happens to us or those we love/our friends. I take this as a book of learning & knowing that we will all go through the fire & be tested & to hang on like Job does/did to the truth of God (what he/Job knew) & ride the wild wave to completion/deliverance & reap the reward after the testing (especially if you pass the test).

Job's friends did the best they knew how & according to their experience & knowledge of how the Lord acts/acted in the past in regard to sin/disobedience.

Job

I agree with Jan, that the friends are doing the best they can with what they know - even if the tone becomes progressively harsher.

Perhaps what is important here is what the friends DO NOT DO:

1) They do not pray. They do sit and empathize with Job for seven days in silence - but no prayer. There is plenty of prayer (addressing God) in Job - but it comes from Job. The friends "talk" about God.

2) Friends do not hear Job. They do not address Job's speeches other than saying, you say this - but God punishes sin, you are being punished, therefore you sinned, repent. How many times do we in consoling friends get locked in on a train of thought and speak it, without really hearing what the other person is saying?
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Bildad ( a bit harsher)

Premise: Man must have God's blessing to prosper.

Starts off without the tact of Eliphaz. "How long will you say such things?
Your words are a blustering wind."

God is just; does he pervert Justice? (NO)

Therefore, God will not punish the righteous.

Implies Job is wicked. So repent.
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JOB REPLIES

For the first time in story involving the speeches, I noice Job hears and responds to what is said.

Job agrees with Bildar's wrods, BUT no man can be just before God.

God has complete power over nature.

Job cannot prove his innocence before God.

To Job it looks like God punishes the good and wicked.

[NOTE: There are some intersting insights (truths)about God by both Job and his friends. They just cannot connect the dots.

CH. 9
v 2. Man cannot be righteous before God

v15. I can only plead for mercy before the Judge. We do not want justice from God - we want and need His Mercy.

V22. God is just, but God also may afflict without cause. Job knows these two things and believes them. However, Job cannot resolve the two in his mind. Later in Jesus, we see the two put together in the sacrtifice of an innocent Christ to save mankind.

In vs. 32-34 Job recognizes there is a missing link. Job cannot stand before God and defend himself, he needs an intermediary. (Foreshadowing Christ)]

In chapter 10 Job returns to the theme - Let me understand or leave me alone to die.
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ZOPHAR (harshest yet)


God is lenient: you deserve worse.

God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

Gods ways are incomprehensible.

Repent and God will forgive.

In the Jewish culture at the time of Job it was believed that anything good that happened to a person was a reward for pleasing God and anything bad that happened or any illness was a punishment from God for doing something unpleasing to God. If you stubbed your toe on a rock it was because you did something that God did not like.

Job’s friends were trying to get Job to repent so God would lift His punishment from Job. Job’s refusal to repent was because he felt God was so great and he was so unimportant that he had no right to call on God to relieve him from his suffering. (Job 9:32-34)

God is all that great but we are not unimportant to God! God wants us to bring our problems to Him, large or small. God cannot put His arm around us and bring us comfort during hard times if we shut Him out. God wants to be our comforter – He loves us that much!

God Bless!
Pat

Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The belief of some in corinthian church was corrected by Paul that We as christians believe in resurrection as Jesus Christ Himself was resurrected.

All men die due to Adam; All men through Jesus get resurrected.
But oblivious to this fact, they had people in corinthian church who believed that theres no resurrection.
That is inconsistent with our gospel of Jesus we recieved.

I guess, people now in this age, propagate so many kinds of beliefs which are inconsistent with the foundational beliefs of our gospel.

Some preach that Jesus has no power to do miracles now. only in that period he could do but not now. Its a pity that they twist some of the scripture in order to justify their stance.

Jesus, is the same, yesterday today and tomorrow. He never changes, Time cannot limit him. He's the alpha, omega.

Its totally unscriptural to say resurrection is not there and its similarly unscriptural to deny of God's resurrection power and His miracle working power as people are stripping God from His matchless wonder working power as people are propagating this error.

Hey, Lets have our eyes and heart open to God. May He reveal Himself and correct and reprove us when we are wrong.

Job 8-11:20

In the old TV series, Dragnet, one of the main characters use to say, “Just the facts “M’am,” just the facts.” But as we continue reading in Job we will find that facts and truth are not same. Job and his friends are still thinking that God is the one who has brought on this calamity. Job is trying to prove that he is righteous and His friends are trying to prove to Job that he is sinful.

One of the hardest things to do is to try to convince someone who has all ready made up their mind that you are right and or they are wrong. You can wear yourself out trying to do that.


I Corinthians 15:1-28

The very foundation of the Christian faith, is Jesus’ death, burial and Resurrection. Paul puts it like this,

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 KJV)

We are so caught up in “living” we forget what life is all about. So too with our Christian walk, in trying to be “Christians” we forget what being a Christian is all about. It is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is all about what He has done, not what we have done. When we lose sight of that then we wind up on the road of “strange” doctrine, we wind up arguing over the incidentals and forgetting the foundation, Jesus’ Death, Burial and Resurrection. I believe that message is what Paul is trying to drill into the heads, hearts and minds of all those who say they call on the Name of Christ.

Remember this letter is one of correcton.


Psalm 38:1-22

Someone once asked the question, “Do you have brains?” “How do you know, are you sure?” Well we would say because I can reason and think I know that I have brains. Then the person asking the question said, “If you have brains, when was the last time you felt them?”

Just because you feel a certain way, does not mean that what you feel, or don’t feel is truth.

The title of this Psalm says, “A psalm of David, to bring us to the LORDs remembrance.” God has said He will never leave us or forsake us, (AMP) 1Ki_8:57; Pro_9:6; Heb_13:5; but we constantly find ourselves reminding God what He has said. Truthfully, we are really not reminding God of anything, who we really are reminding is ourselves. We are speaking to ourselves, mediating on the Words God has given us to remind us of what He said, by reminding Him of what He told us to remind Him with, His Words. (Hope this makes sense)


Proverbs 21:28-29

I think the wicked put up a bold front because they are trying to convince everyone, including themselves, that they are right. If enough volume and bravado is added to his words and body language, then he can gain what they want by intimidation and brut force. He operates under the false assumption that “Might makes Right.”

Job 8
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Then Bildad the Shuhite replied to Job:…
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Such is the fate of all who forget God. The hope of the godless comes to nothing.
14
Everything they count on will collapse. They are leaning on a spiderweb.
15
They cling to their home for security, but it won't last. They try to hold it fast, but it will not endure.
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The godless seem so strong, like a lush plant growing in the sunshine, its branches spreading across the garden.
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Its roots grow down through a pile of rocks to hold it firm.
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But when it is uprooted, it isn't even missed!
19
That is the end of its life, and others spring up from the earth to replace it.

It takes WISDOM to discern the reality of truth. The fact is, what Bildad says is what the Lord Himself has said in other places, and is irrevocably true:

Jeremiah 17

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Thus says the Lord: Cursed [with great evil] is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man, making weak [human] flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord.
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For he shall be like a shrub or a person naked and destitute in the desert; and he shall not see any good come, but shall dwell in the parched places in the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
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[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.
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For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

THEN THE LORD EMPHASIZES THE REALITY OF THE HUMAN HEART:
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The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?(A)
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I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.


SO...
Does that mean that Bildad the Shuhite was correct in the way he was talking to Job? It was like he was scolding him. When people get sick, do we automatically ssume, “there must be sin in his or her life”?

Sin, of course, can and will effect every area of life—including the body and the mind—if not repented of.

I like the Weekly Torah Reading from the website hebrew4christians, a Messianic Jewish website where Christians can learn Hebrew for free—and learn the wonderful Jewish roots to our faith. Part of the Weekly Torah Reading
is pertinent to the question about Bildad the Shuhite and, by extension, about all of us:

“In the reading from Mark, the LORD Jesus was asked which of the mitzvot of the Torah is the most important of all? Or, to put it another way, what is it that God requires of us? What is the purpose of our lives, and how can we fulfill that purpose?

Jesus answered this question by reciting the Shema (with the v’ahavta) as the greatest commandment and added the commandment from Leviticus 19:18, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” as the second great commandment:

Jesus answered, "The most important (commandment) is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31)

Va'etchanan means “I pleaded,” which we may now understand as God’s plea that we:
1. Love Him as the Source of all our real and abiding good
2. Love one another as we love ourselves

The love of God and others! Think of it!
The greatest commandment is NOT found
* in the knowledge of
Torah, regardless of how
edifying or noble;
* nor in external
observances, regardless
of how scrupulously or
beautifully observed;
* nor in the practice of
Jewish minhagim
(customs), regardless of
how much they might make
us feel identified with
God’s Chosen People.

No.

==> Jesus' answer is that the greatest duty of our lives is to love God with every bit of our passion, inwardness, and strength, and to extend that same love we instinctively feel toward ourselves to others around us.

When we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit is produced within us, we will not find ourselves walking contrary to the way of the Torah (Gal. 5:22-23), and the inward motivation of the Torah will be written upon our hearts (Jer. 31:33).

As Rav Sha’ul (Paul) wrote in Romans 13:10, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.”

May it please the LORD to give us a heart that can love in the truth. Amen.

We KNOW that Jesus has truly risen from the dead—and thus so have we as God has placed us “IN CHRIST”—and we have trusted and received Jesus as Lord. THANK GOD!

Since we know that, we CAN live the love life that the Father commands, that Jesus commands—through Jesus living HIS LIFE THROUGH US!

I need to spend time before the Lord… being so full of HIS LOVE and HIS PRESENCE so there is no room for any sinful intentions to rule. THEN… I can love as I trust Jesus to love through me.

Vance

Job 8:1-11:20


(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV)


Job and his three friends: Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar are walking by sight, sense and circumstance. Granted, they did not have the luxury of reading the Apostle Paul’s writing; however, faith, trusting in God despite the environment that surrounds was just as relevant under the Old Covenant as it is in the New. It may be easy to dismiss their thought patterns and behaviors as strictly Old Testament “folly” but we find ourselves doing the same thing daily.

When making rash judgments on why “bad” things are happening to people, all we have access to is what we experience with our five senses and rationalize with our mind. Without the key, a Revelation from God, we are merely blind men and women groping our way in the dark.

I find myself taking Job’s stance when I try to defend myself or explain why things look the way they do and the only reason why I am doing that is to try to look good/better/righteous in front of others. Information, facts, observances don’t in themselves lead to truth they just may give you more information to come to wrong conclusions. Without a revelation from God, we only know in part. We still are only seeing through a glass darkly. Until we stand in the Presence of the King of kings, we will only be able to observe imperfectly. Theology doesn’t make a relationship with God.

Job 9 (NKJV - Job: There Is No Mediator)
32
“For He is not a man, as I am ,that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together.
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Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.
34
Let Him take His rod away from me, and do not let dread of Him terrify me.
35
Then I would speak and not fear Him, but it is not so with me.

NOTE:
It is true that God the Father is not a man. In fact, that is a wonderful thing about God—He is God and not a man. As such, He is totally above all creation, He is trustworthy, and He is not fickle.

I Samuel 15 (NKJV)
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And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.”
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Yet, Job needed God to be a man so Job could talk “one on one” with God. God did, however, come to earth in the Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus is our Mediator.

May we not live “in the fog” and pray “in confusion” about our lives. May we know God’s will as God has revealed in His Word. May we know God intimately through the Lord Jesus by the Spirit of God so we clearly know His guidance, and we follow.

Ephesians 5 (NKJV)
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Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

May we know God’s Word and His way, and set our wills to yield to Him and to follow Him with all of our heart. Andrew Murray said in “With Christ In The School of Prayer”:

“[T]he Lord warns us against the vain repetitions of the Gentiles, who think to be heard for their much praying. We often hear prayers of great earnestness and fervour, in which a multitude of petitions are poured forth, but to which the Saviour would undoubtedly answer, ‘What will you that I should do unto you?’”

“But the word of the Master teaches us more. He does not say, ‘What do you wish?’, but ‘What do you will?’ One often wishes for a thing without willing it. I wish to have a certain article, but I find the price too high; I resolve not to take it; I wish, but do not will to have it."

"The sluggard wishes to be rich, but does not will it. Many a one wishes to be saved, but perishes because he does not will it. The will rules the whole heart and life; if I really will to have anything that is within my reach, I do not rest till I have it.”

“The will is the highest power in the soul; grace wants above everything to sanctify and restore this will, one of the chief traits of God’s image, to full and free exercise.”

“Faith is nothing but the purpose of the will resting on God’s Word, and saying: I must have it. To believe truly is to will firmly.”

“It is often spiritual sloth that, under the appearance of humility, professes to have no will, because it fears the trouble of searching out the will of God, or, when [the will of God is] found, [it fears] the struggle of claiming it in faith. True humility is ever in company with strong faith, which only seeks to know what is according to the will of God, and then boldly claims the fulfillment of the promise [in John 15]: ‘You shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.’ LORD TEACH US TO PRAY.”

Job 11 (NKJV- Zophar Urges Job to Repent)
4
For you have said, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes.’
5
But oh, that God would speak, and open His lips against you,
6
That He would show you the secrets of wisdom! For they would double your prudence.
Know therefore that God exacts from you less than your iniquity deserves.
7
“Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?

NOTE:
I really have to be careful in proclaiming out of pride that “I know what God wants” if I do not know. There is a clear certainty we can know about God—but it comes out of times of prayer, surrender, and seeking God’s Word and His will until He establishes in us His truth about a matter.

I Corinthians 15 (NKJV)
10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

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Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

NOTE:
ONLY BY GRACE am I what I am. And thank God that His grace is NOT IN VAIN. Thus, I always need to ask God for the persistent and consistent faith of the Lord Jesus Who never took His eyes from fulfilling the Father’s will.

God’s grace will accomplish God’s will in me. Am I willing for God to have all of me, so grace can fulfill all of God's will in me?

D.L. Moody said, "The world has yet to see a man fully surrendered to God. I will be that man."

Throughout eternity, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father are one. One God in unity. Yet, in His role, Jesus always is the means of fulfilling the Father’s will. In His role, Jesus brings all in submission to the Father.

Psalm 38 (NKJV)
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For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.
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For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me.”
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Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me!
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Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!

NOTE:
God is our ONLY salvation! May we always pray: “Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!”

Amen.

I've never been a big fan of Christian music, however the video Mike included in today's blog has stuck with me. I have the refrain "Glory glory, hallelujah! He reigns!! Thanks Mike!

Concerning 'doubting Thomas', I have always identified with him. Then someone pointed out that at one point or another, all of the 11 'doubted'...until they saw some evidence or Christ Himself. Didn't Jesus saying something to the effect 'blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe'?

With all that goes on around me and what I see in the World, it's easy to doubt. For me, ultimately, it's my mind working with my will; I choose to believe what the Scriptures say and the testimony of others. There have been *God moments* in my life and I keep telling myself to write them down (my pastor says to build memory alters) to read & re-read to recall the times when He has interrupted my life and revealed something only He could have done.

Poor Job...what sorrow he knew!
Job 10:18-19 "Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me! I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave."
oh, how i know that pain!
Are Job's friends well-meaning? I dont know...But i feel this whole account of Job's life is here for us to know ppl suffer sometimes to no fault of their own. Just because we may go through awful trials, it doesnt mean God is punishing us or we lack faith.

Readings in Psalms show another Godly man suffering greatly. I'm sad that went through that but its sure a comfort for us today who can read their stories, hear their pain and despair and know there is hope. We can still praise God through our pain.

I love Paul's writings as well. death is defeated! amen! today was a rather tough day for me, the 25th...yes i'm behind in my readings, but it would have been my mom's 60th bday. she died at age 48. it hit me very hard and i just hurt so bad today. But I know since she was sealed in Christ she is present with Him. I just miss her so bad, its so hard, but we just have to lean on Christ and hold on to His promises.

Regarding yesterday's video: I have grown to enjoy contemporary praise music. However, different people express themselves differently and I found Chris Tomlin's remark patronizing and somewhat of a put down. Just because someone doesn't dance and clap doesn't mean that they are boring people! Response please...

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