The Matches Are Lit, The World Is Burning (by oldpoet56)

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The Matches Are Lit, The World Is Burning


What is it that we westerners do not get about what the rest of the world is experiencing around us? Do we really think that our children will live in a world that is safer than the world we grew up in? If you would, please lend me your ear for a few moments. Hopefully, the things you read will help to broaden your understanding as to why I chose the title that I have for this conversation with you.


Do you remember the so-called “Arab Spring” of a few years ago? O what a beautiful thing this could have been for this region of the world plus the vibrations it could have caused around the world, this shaking off of dictators. But the people of the region have learned it seems that a military strongman is the only way to keep other religion-based dictators from taking their place. Back during the first Gulf War than American President George H.W. Bush knew the importance of keeping the dictator in Iraq in power. It seems that his son George W when he took the power of the Office had not learned at his dad’s feet, or, was it ego that made him make up a story so he could attack Iraq and remove Saddam? There are many American people who I have come across who believe that “we the people” are paying fat pensions to at least three international war criminals (President, V.P., Secretary of Defense). Criminal or not because of their actions the whole world is crawling with the Asps they helped unleash on all of humanity.


In this real world that hopefully, the politicians will soon join us in, it does not matter if you are a republican, democrat, independent (like me), or none of the above. Hopefully soon partisan party politics can be shelved and they and the national media outlets can become more concerned about current imminent physical threats to our people. This threat is to all of our non-strict Muslim cultures, to their property, their religions, and their very lives. There are tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of fellow brothers and sisters who because of being misguided who simply want you to get off of the face of the earth, “their earth”. A life where only loyal followers of Allah will be allowed to live a non-slave life if you are allowed to live at all, doesn’t that sound exciting? America our location on the globe no longer gives us an immunity from other continents griefs. When it comes to ideologies land or water give us very little protection any longer.


By man’s laws here in the States any person can choose to be of any faith they wish, or of no faith system at all. Mans laws write in a few laws governing people’s physical safety though that should be a no-brainer, besides what actual religion would condone attacking or killing other people? Then these laws of civil society for all must be enforced if a humane society itself is going to be able to exist, or it will be erased.


Within the religion of Islam are two main sects, the Sunni, and the Shiite. These two sects have existed on this planet for almost 1,400 years now, and it seems that they have hated each other right from their earliest roots 1,400 years ago. For the few years, a large Sunni militia called ISIS by western media has murdered and plundered their way into power covering hundreds of miles of land belonging to two adjoining Shiite nations, Syria and Iraq. ISIS is like several other high-profile Sunni groups like Boko Haram, and al-Qaeda in that they want to bring strict Islamic law to the middle-east, then the world. Their difference by what we hear in the West is that ISIS is the most violent and most strict toward adherence to Islamic fundamentalist theology, Sunni theology.


By what I have heard and read from the media throughout the years is that within Islam the Sunni are about 80% and the Shiite the other 20% of the Islamic faith. So when you take into account the hatred between these two groups is it any wonder why the Mullahs in Iran want the ability to nuke other nations?They can say it is a defensive weapon though knowing very well that it is a preemptive strike weapon also. Then it comes down to a trust factor, or a stupidity factor, how much you are willing to trust their “Supreme Ruler”  and others just like him with the lives of everyone on earth?


For those of you who don’t already know it the word Islam by definition means submission, as in absolute submission to the will of Allah. I have another question for everyone, what kind of religion is it that tells its followers to kill everyone who will not obey? Why would anyone ever listen to a “prophet” who orders either worldwide conversion or worldwide extermination? Here in the States we have as a nation been blessed, lucky, and just plain good at shutting down larger terror cells who wished to kill us and our families. But folks there are supposed to be at least 18 million Islamic believers inside our borders with us. If only 1% of this population is a true believer of Islamic teachings that equals 180,000 soldiers implanted waiting on their orders to kill as many infidels (non-believers) as they possibly can. America, when they strike, not if, what are you going to do? Are you going to fall apart and burn into ashes? Only time will tell, or, a person could simply read the playbook on-line if you are not allowed a paper copy, it’s called the Bible! For those who don’t understand it, the end times are spelt out very well in its last book, the book of Revelation. The human race has a simple choice of living and possibly dying for the winner or, living for a short time but in slavery to the biggest loser in the history of all eternity.


The matches are lit, for now, several large Islamic hate groups are fighting each other all over the Middle-East in an attempt to kill each other. If all of those efforts to kill each other were being directed at western targets as they soon will be, what then? If the two main Islamic factions were to quit fighting among themselves they would then join forces in their hatred for everything and everyone that is not Islamic. Every nation, every people on earth, you, your culture, your religion, your country, you are currently being measured for bagging. America (and every other nation on earth), folks, life is about to change more rapidly toward the negative than any sane person could ever want. The question is simple, are we going to fold as a culture, and as a Nation, when more horrible things start happening on our soil? By these horrible things, I do mean markets and grocery stores being blown up, bridges blowing up, churches being shot up and our school children being massacred live on CNN? This is the reality that the whole world is facing, we as a people must all decide how we are going to react to this reality when it comes busting into our own homes, because folks, it is coming, soon!


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Whaaaat??? “Jesus was the first to decriminalise sex work” – Banner in Cape Town!

The following article appeared in News 24 today in South Africa.

I will add some notes from the above article and also just a few of my thoughts lest I turn this blog into a “Long Read”. Furthermore, a response from the Christian community is welcomed if one feels the need to respond. Should the Church be “Seeker-Friendly” and Culturally applicable? Should the Church side with the philosophical and ideological world and capitulate to the overwhelming pressure that the worldly societies subject the Church too?

Decriminalizing Sex Work!

There is a call on all Churches by the Central Methodist Mission in South Africa to come together and decriminalise “Sex Work” because Jesus never came to judge the world (John 3:17) and, furthermore, Churches need to preach the Gospel and stop judging sinners.

Reverend Alan Storey of the Central Methodist Mission, together with members of the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work, on Thursday, hoisted a banner over the church steeple in support of the decriminalisation of sex work. (sic)

He explained that the criminalisation of sex work disempowered sex workers from insisting on safe sex practices with clients.” (sic)

Apparently, the Church should be “A non-judgmental space”!

According to the article in question, “Church should be a non-judgmental space.” (sic)

Pamela Chakuvinga, assistant national coordinator at national sex workers’ movement, Sisonke says that. “… On behalf of all sex workers in South Africa, we are so happy that we have pastors who recognise sex workers as human beings…” (sic)

The World is already judged!

What these people, including the misguided Reverend Storey, do not understand is that Christ came to save those who are His. These people, obviously, have not practised good exegesis or even hermeneutics or they would have realised that Scripture, especially the Book of John, has to be used in full context.
John 3:16-22

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

The Woman caught in Adultery!

What they have not considered and which their own ignorance has prevented them from understanding is what Christ’s take on sin and sinful acts is.

The woman who was caught in adultery in the Book of John Chapter 8 was brought before Jesus by the Pharisses with the sole purpose of trapping Jesus. To cut a long story short, Jesus tells those who had no sin to cast the first stone. Obviously, there was not a person who could be found without sin. Therefore Jesus tells the woman that He neither condemns her. But, the conclusive phrase out of the entire episode is, “…Go and sin no more…” (John 8:1-11).

The Gospel is a Judgment in itself!

According to the propagators of the decriminalisation of Sex Work, Constance Nothando Mathe, coordinator at Asijiki said: “I would like to emphasise to those pastors that it is not their duty to judge. Only God can do that. They are there to preach the word of God.” (sic)

Well, there are just two things that I would like to point out here;

  1. Firstly, the Bible says that “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). The truth of this Scripture goes to show that the Church was never for the unsaved but rather for the saved. Furthermore, notice the word “JUDGMENT”. The very word used in this passage of Scripture expresses what it actually means, “Judgment”, and, therefore, if it is judgment, then that means a verdict has to be made between right and wrong and emphasizing an everlasting torment for the unredeemed.

  1. Secondly, Jesus came to save sinner but, those people whom he does not save stand condemned. He never came to judge the world but the world stands in judgment because of their perversities and unrepentant hearts. The Gospel is Good News to those who believe, but it is certainly bad news for those who reject the Gospel. Once again, the Gospel Truth is to bring Judgment to the reprobate and redemption to the one whom God regenerates through His Holy Spirit (John 6:44)

2 Timothy 3:1-9

1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

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Ps. Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, BDiv)

An Open Letter to the Suffering Christian (David Powlison).

I have added an article by David Powlison from Crossway ( below which I, not only found very interesting but, also highly encouraging, especially for me, seeing that the season my wife and I are going through is rather tough and challenging at the moment. I know this to be true as well for many members of our Church seeing that there are Cancer issues, death issues, job issues, health issues and just issues, issues, and more issues.

Now, I know that this may seem obvious but the Christian life is not exempt from fiery trials at all. When I was much younger, I, unfortunately, believed that whenever some sort of trial came my way, all I needed to do was jump up and down, hype myself up with faith (which by the way is not even Biblical) and tell God to make it go away. Well, that never ever worked and I am really thankful it did not otherwise I think I would be some sort of Quasi-Christian today with no real firm foundation of truth – perhaps another Benny Hinn, or likes of him, with a perverted theology and ideology of God.

In the meantime, I hope the reader is as encouraged as I am. Enjoy the read!

This article is part of the Open Letters series.

Dear friend,

What words can I say to you when your life is hard and you are hurting? If we were face to face, I probably wouldn’t start with words at all. I would want you to talk when you are able. I want to know you, what you are going through, what it is like for you, and how you are doing. Simply being present and conveying that tears, heartache, and confusion are valid would probably be more helpful. Many wise Christians have commented that Job’s counselors did well until they opened their mouths (Job 2:11-13), and I certainly don’t think there is some magic word that will make everything better.

But when it comes time to say something, I might say this: Jesus is a most sympathetic friend, fellow sufferer, and Savior. He has walked a hard road. He has felt his own anguish and crushing pain (Isaiah 53). He understands. He is compassionate toward you. By the comfort of his presence and sympathy, he intends to draw you out and draw you to Himself.

Be honest. Don’t take any shortcuts. Let each day’s trouble be sufficient for that day.

I encourage you to go to him and speak to him. There is something about our ability to find words to express what we’re experiencing that makes a genuine difference. A wise Christian of many centuries ago said, “To open one’s heart to one’s friend—it doubles our joys and cuts our griefs in half.” I have found this to be true. Sharing a joy really does double the joy. And of course, sharing heartache never takes it all away — but there’s something about speaking to someone who truly cares about you that soothes your wounds. You are not alone.

The psalms, which are so full of heartache and so full of faith, often start with simply giving voice to the experience of suffering. As they do, it’s significant to notice that they don’t simply cry out in a scream of pain….

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David PowlisonDavid Powlison (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a teacher, a counselor, and the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He is also the senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling and the author of Seeing with New Eyes, Good & Angry, and Speaking Truth in Love.

Ps. Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, BDiv)

Immodesty Will not Make You Respected; Being a Modest Woman Will

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I am sharing Christina’s post below. I found it to be Brave and God-honouring. Thank you Christina.

This is what Christiana had to say:


I normally stay away from entertainment news, but over the past few days, this one article/news title keeps popping up on TV or on social media.

Recently, a girl by the name Aly Raisman posed nude and on her body the phrase “Women do not have to be modest to be respected” was written down her body, and that is a slap in face to godly women.

However, everyone is praising her, telling her how she is “right,” and how girls can walk around in the shortest skirts possible while still being respected. I’m going to be frank with you on this one, If you think you can be respected while being promiscious, then you are sorely wrong.

If you want to respected, then you must respect yourself. Looking immodest does not get you respect; instead, it just gets sex-addicted men messaging you to send him suggestive photos.

Women all across the world wonder why men kept asking them for nudes, and it’s because of themselves. Don’t go on a rant when a man disrespects you when you were the one who posted suggestive photos to start with. If you did not want gross comments, then don’t post raunchy photos that will get that kind of attention. Instead, have respect for the body that God gave you.

Common sense, right?

A godly man will not give you the time of day if you do not respect yourself enough to wear modest clothes.

A job employer will not take you seriously if you do not dress professional.

And a man’s mama will tell her son to let you go if you don’t know how to be a lady.

Modesty equals respect whether you agree with me or not. If you want to be respected by people, then you need to respect yourself and have dignity for yourself.

If you believe that posing nude or wearing clothing that does not leave anything to the imagination is okay, then that shows that you are insecure, and it also shows that you are only surface level. If you show off your body in an unholy light, then in your mind, you belive that your body is the only thing you have to offer.

You don’t have to show off your body to get respect. You can be respected because of how you respect others, how you uphold yourself, how you treat people, and you are respected even more if you respect yourself.

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19

Modesty isn’t a woman “being afraid of her body,” but modesty is a woman respecting herself so much, that she refuses to defile her body or her temple. Your body is a temple, and when you are showing it off to every single person, you are destroying your temple.

I am modest because I have more to offer than my body. I want people to look at my intelligence, my love for Jesus, my love for writing, my love for children, my passions, and I do not want people to look at my body. My future husband is the only man who will ever have the right to see my body, and no one else has that right, so why am I going to show off what belongs to my future husband? Not only am I supposed to respect myself, but I am supposed to respect the man that is going to take me as his wife.

“in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,” 1 Timothy 2:9

Society is wanting to destroy godliness, and it sickens me. Ladies, please have respect for your body. Do not fall for the trap that society has laid out for you. Again, modesty does equals respect, and how can you claim to be a godly woman when you aren’t dressing like a godly woman?

Cleanliness is close to godliness, and dressing provocatively isn’t close to godliness, so if you want to be close to God, then you must do all things for His glory, and that means all things.

We are meant to set apart from this world, and if this world wants to believe that they don’t need clothes to be respected, then they are headed down a dark road.

Isn’t it weird how this world functions? Society is chanting “Me Too” yet they are the same ones who tell women that they don’t have to dress modestly to be respected. Do you see how hypocritical our society is? Do you see how one-sided they are?

If my future daughters ever told me that they thought modesty didn’t mean respect, then I would have failed as a mother, because it is my job to make sure my future little girls know that modesty never goes out of style, and it is also my job let them know that though soceity is sinful, their bodies are worthy of being sacred, and modesty is beautiful in the eyes of God.

In the end, if you are craving for respect, then respect your body, and bring something else other than your sex appeal to the table. Show us how smart you are, how wise you are, how sweet you are, how lady-like and Christ-like you, and then we will start to respect you. Respect doesn’t go one way, but it goes both ways.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

I am modest not because I am ashamed of my body, but it’s because I view my body as so sacred, that the only person who will ever be allowed to see my body is my future husband, and I refuse to give that right to any other person. I believe that a woman should be modest if she wants to be respected, and I don’t apologize for that belief, for I would rather promote modesty than promiscuity.


Getting Back to God, Getting Back to Basics. The Doctrine of Salvation, Part 1 – Introduction

Today, I want to start a series on the Doctrine of Salvation. This series will be recorded “OUT OF MY STUDY” because the Church’s video equipment has not been working too well. In the beginning of the year, I preached very briefly (skimming over) on the topic of salvation. However, what I want to do today is; get into what the Bible has to say and what it teaches us when it comes to the Doctrine of Salvation.

Doctrine simply means, in this context; “What the Bible has to say, as a whole and comprehensively, about a certain topic or subject.” and in this case; Salvation!

The theme of this series called; Getting Back to God – Getting Back to Basics and, under this theme, I have subtitled/entitled the series; The Doctrine of Salvation!

This is a mere introduction and what I will be dealing with in the coming weeks is things like; “Common Grace”, “Saving Grace”, God’s Sovereignty”, “Free Will”, some people living under “The Delusion” of Salvation – some people thinking that they are saved when they are not”, “Election and Predestination”, “God’s Promise of Forgiveness”, God’s Promise of Eternal Life”, Justification by Faith Alone” and so on and so forth.

Today, however and, as I said, is a mere and brief introduction. Below are some of the points:

Fishers of Men – Going Fishing!

How is your Christian Themometer?

Idolatry – Money!

Grace – Common Grace and Saving Grace!

Bible Text: Matthew 22:1-14.

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Ps. Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, BDiv)

I Was Adopted: Here’s My Story

An amazing story of God’s Mercy, love, and passion, especially for little ones. This truly is a story worth telling and showing the world, especially that there is indeed a God – the One true God – who never sleeps nor slumbers but is continually pouring out his Grace and protection. He is passionate about Families!!!

Justified And Redeemed

I’m letting you into another part of my life that defined who I am, and this one isn’t down or gloomy, but some may think the beginning part is, but I have come to terms with my past, and I want to share it.

God blessed me with loving parents, and even if they weren’t my biological parents, they loved me as their own daughter, and I want to share the wonderful joys of adoption or in my case, becoming the daughter of my biological grandparents who are the most wonderful parents I could have ever asked for!

My “adoption” story is different, as I stated above, for I was adopted/legally raised within my own family, but they still loved me as a daughter. God blessed me with loving grandparents who then legally became my mom and dad at age 3, so I still saw my family growing up, but…

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Communicating with God – A Personal Relationship!

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Many Christians, when they are asked by non-Christians; “Is Christianity not just another religion….?”, would  then, of course, respond almost immediately with the popular and well-learned apophthegm ; “…Christianity is not a religion; it’s a Personal Relationship with God…”

Well, perhaps that would be true for some but, the question is; is that honestly true for the rest of Christendom?   A personal relationship, just as it should be between a man and his wife, should be one of natural communication. It should never be a one-way monologue. If it was then surely that could never be deemed as a relationship, could it? I suppose, in some sense, that would be one of the reasons marriages do not last these days – among many other reasons like infidelity, abuse, and the list goes on and on.

Now, we are told that when we want to speak to God, then we go to Him in prayer, right? Again, the prayers of so many Christians are a practice that is made only at dinner time, bedtime, at a prayer meeting, or when there is trouble and the flare-gun-prayer is shot off into the sky, and so forth.   But, is that really communication with God? Is our communication with God relegated to specific times (ingrained) because of tradition and habit – as if God listens only at those moments [of prayer]?

I think of David who spoke to God about anything and everything. He did not just leave it to “a prayer meeting” but, rather communicated with God all the time because he knew that God was always with him and he was always with God – even when he sinned. David knew how to communicate with God and not just “Pray” only at certain times but perpetually and fervently spoke to God continually – impassioned with a need to communicate with his Creator, God!

Yes, we are most definitely called to pray and, we are most definitely are called to do it together as Christians should be doing. But, if a genuine “Personal relationship with God Christian” is what we describe ourselves to be then surely, we are then meant to speak to God without having to close our eyes at specific times like we have been taught by the bidding of traditions. Imagine closing your eyes and praying while you are driving your car? That probably would be the last prayer you would ever be saying and, perhaps for the other person or people you have just driven over because your eyes were closed.

Our personal relationship with God is communing with Him all day long; speaking to Him and knowing that He will speak back to our heart, mind, and spirit.   Listen to David’s communication with God and how naturally it pours out of his mouth. This is just one example out of so many other examples. There are just so many Psalms one could read and realise how David communicated with God.

I could have probably even have used Job as a good example as well, and it would be good to even go and read about his communication with God. Moreover, there are even many, many more characters in Scripture that I could have used, but I have Chosen just this one;

Psalm 86

“Incline your ear, O Lord , and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord , to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord , that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favour, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”

Notice how naturally David is communicating with God. Yes, it is still called prayer but, it is not just at a specific time but all the time.

My question once again is this; and, by the way, it includes the writer as well – me. Are we really Christians who have a Personal Relationship with God and are speaking to Him continuously and pouring out our thoughts and hearts to Him vocally? Notice how David speaks to God. This is what I would want to encourage every “Personal-Relationship-with-God Christian” to do. Speaking to God should never be a monologue or a shopping list but, rather, “Deep crying out to Deep” and having our hearts and souls filled with His presence!

Lord, Jesus, give us hearts that are like David’s heart and a longing to be with You, speak with You, and glorify You!



Ps. Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, BDiv)