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A New Year, A Coronation and

Returning To Eden

It’s the time of year when we can celebrate a new year, according to the Hebrew Calendar. I have written previously on Rosh Hashanah as the ‘Head of the Year.’ It is a day of shouting and blowing the shofar. For more on this Holy Holiday, see Leviticus 23:23-25.

Each year many people associate the coming year with prophetic predictions. Often these are things that God is already doing or plans to do anyway, but we put a greater emphasis on them. But the Bible lists specific things associated with this special day. Further, Jewish scholars and rabbis associate many other celebratory activities besides blowing the shofar.

A New Year, A Clean Slate

We all associate a new year with such terms as turning a new leaf, a clean slate, or a fresh start. While that is true, we must understand that it is not just changing a date on a calendar. The Lord commanded this to be observed in the seventh month. Jews technically have two New Year’s, with Passover being the other one.

Passover occurs in the Spring and marks the occasion when the Israelites left Egypt and bondage under Pharaoh. 1 Nisan marks the beginning of the year and is considered the first month.

But, the civil and agricultural calendar begins on the first of Tishrei with Rosh Hashanah. The seven-year sabbatical calendar and the fifty-year Jubilee are marked by this date.

The Hebrew calendar marks creation as having occurred on this day, so it is a day of great joy and celebration. This was when God brought order from chaos and destruction, known by the Hebrew term ‘Tovu Vavohu.’ Thus, the sounding of the shofar reminds God that He alone is the creator and overcame the Tovu Vavohu by His spoken Word and, later, by the Holy Spirit hovering over the earth.

Creation marked the beginning of all things and is like ‘a clean slate.’ Imagine an artist starting to work with a black canvas. That sounds odd, but that is precisely what God did. Likewise, terms like null and void, darkness, and chaos describe the universe before He began to create.

That is how a New Year is, a blank canvas, but we usually see it as a clean white canvas. But, it may not be. So, just saying I’m getting a clean slate is never enough. God is the creator, and we partner with Him through the Holy Spirit. Repentance and receiving forgiveness are part of the package. Consider that the things of yesterday are placed in a black hole and forgotten. Now, that’s a clean slate.

Crowning The King

Since creation is associated with Rosh Hashanah and God is the ruler, it is only fitting that it is also a time for a coronation. Orthodox Jews see this day as symbolic of crowning God as king of the universe. But, as Christians, we know there is another king, Jesus Christ. Eventually, God, the Father, and Son will rule as co-regents over everything. Yes, they are ruling together now, but the enemy is still on the loose, and Jesus has not yet returned.

Since Jesus died and arose again at Passover and the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost, many see that the next spiritual holy day to be spiritually fulfilled is Rosh Hashanah. So, it is believed that Jesus will return at or near this celebration. Then He will establish His kingdom on the earth for 1,000 years, and we will rule and reign with Him.

He will rule from the city of Jerusalem, and the nations will go back and forth worshipping Him. Then, as King, Jesus will be crowned. While we celebrate His victory over death, hell, the grave, and His rulership from heaven, we look to the future where He will physically rule on the earth.

The shofar reminds us that a king is coming, and the trumpet will sound, preparing His way. When the kings of Judah and Israel were crowned, it was a grand celebration with the blowing of the shofar and a feast. Jesus will marry His bride, the church following His coronation, and there will be a long-awaited feast. Is this not a reason to celebrate?

Returning To Eden

I mentioned that Rosh Hashanah is associated with creation and that man had lost his position in the paradise called Eden. Also, chaos and disorder again emerged on the scene, and man and everything on the earth fell under the control of the devil, fallen angels, and men who served them.

There were several rebellions on the earth, and in each one, humankind made poor choices that affected creation as a whole. Thus creation seemed to fall back into Tovu Vavohu. Finally, however, God planned to bring everything back into order and sent His unique Son, Jesus, to bring complete restoration.

He told us that He would make all things new. He took care of all the rebellions and made it possible for us to enjoy fellowship with the Father once again. Everything that He did is cause for celebration as the restoration of all things will soon be complete. This will be complete in the age to come.

Thus, Jesus’ works are a reversal of the curse, the fall, the rebellion, and everything that was not the result of His creation. Therefore, we should sound the shofar and rejoice and celebrate that we have a king who is restoring everything in heaven and earth and live the victorious kingdom life now.

Rosh Hashanah Everday?

While Rosh Hashanah may be celebrated once a year, Christians should see it as an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice every day. We are thankful that we are no longer outcasts with no hope of returning to the paradise God intended for us to live in eternally.

What I have described here is really the gospel. You may have never heard it that way or thought of it that way, but it is true. God, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, are always restoring. When people are healed or miracles happen, it is a sign that God is still bringing everything back into the created order He intended. But, if you don’t know Jesus, you will never enjoy that and experience this restoration.

Don’t miss the future coronation of Jesus and the restoration of all things!

The Greatness Of The Father:

The Joy of His presence

Key Verses Isaiah 62:4-5 “For the Lord delights in you…. And your God will rejoice over you.”

Growing up, I felt God was always waiting for me to mess up so He could smite me. Unfortunately, most disciples of Christ are never really discipled and go through life feeling the same way. Further, we tend to blame God for the emotional pain we constantly battle and never let Him heal us.

God is Not The Cop In The Sky Waiting For Our Failure!

Then, there seems to be many Christians who focus solely on the loving Father, Glad God, or the Good Father to the point that they think that whatever they do is alright and do not have to be held accountable. There is no fear of God as a righteous judge, so they live as if there is no accountability anymore. They say, “It’s under the blood.”

God is Still The Righteous Judge!

Nevertheless, while both are extremes, the truth is that God is a joyful, loving father yet is still a righteous judge. Therefore, if we sin, we have an advocate, Jesus, who has paid the price whereby we can enter the holy places and come to sit in God’s presence and experience complete joy.

But, if we continue to live a life of disobedience, sin, and rebellion, He will eventually turn us over to the enemy. In Romans chapters one and two, we see that is what God did early on. This passage also refers back to Psalm 82 and Deuteronomy 32. Then there is the man in the church at Corinth sleeping with his mother-in-law. In 1 Corinthians 5:1-11, Paul tells the church that if he doesn’t stop sinning, he will turn him over to Satan.

That may sound harsh, but that is what God’s wrath is about. This is why many have difficulty understanding events in the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation. We tend to gravitate toward God being bad or so gracious that He is no longer like the Old Testament God since Jesus has come. Yet, God has not changed. In fact, He expects more of us because we have the Holy Spirit in us and should live victorious every day.

The Greatness of the Father Should

Cause Us To Want To Obey

Psalm 16:11 “In your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand, are pleasures evermore.”

Knowing that the Father loves us and rejoice in us is reason enough to want to always please him. Desiring fellowship with Him and the Son should be our first priority. When we mess up, sin, disobey, or blow it, we need to repent, place it on the cross and forget about it because He does.

He is for us and eagerly waits for our return into His presence with open arms. Most of us struggle with this aspect because we view God the same way we do our earthly fathers or parents. Often we do things deliberately to hurt our parents because they hurt us.

Sometimes we rebel against God because of wounds and hurts others have caused, and we ultimately blame Him. Yet, even while we are away living in rebellion, He is still like the father in the prodigal son story (Luke 15:11-32).

His Presence: Abiding Joy

Zeph. 3:17 “He will rejoice over you with gladness”… “He will rejoice over you with singing.” ESV

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ESV

In Deuteronomy 28:47, we read that if the Children of Israel continued in idolatrous ways that they would be sent into exile and away from the presence of God. Why? Because they did not serve God with Joy and a glad heart for the abundance of God’s goodness.

The only place anyone can find pleasure and joy is His presence. Sin separates us. The blood of Jesus allows us to be forgiven and stay in His presence. Why would you want to do anything that would jeopardize being in His presence and maintaining that joy? When we do mess up, we often act like He’s mad, so we seem to take forever to repent and ask for forgiveness.

Healthy Balance

The answer to all this is to have a healthy view of God as our Father and judge. We need to quit living in the extremes and live in His presence. Some churches have adopted the phrase “A Presence Centered Church” as their motto.

They each offer their understanding of that phrase as a body, none of which is wrong. However, presence centered should be every Christian’s lifestyle, and no one should have to publicize that through media. It should be like the days of old when people heard that God’s presence was in a church. They showed up to see what was going on.

We must be carriers of His presence, including joy, goodness, and mercy. As we go about our lives, we should remember that He is singing over us and delighting in us. He is interested in everything that we do.

Let’s live in the balance that God is rejoicing over us and when we are disobedient, then be quick to repent and enter His joyous presence. We cannot enjoy Him and truly worship Him otherwise. So let’s approach Him with reverence, knowing He is waiting for us.

Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Balaam, Job, And Jethro Speak To Modern Society and Culture

Which One Are You?

We have seen a rapid decline and erosion of society and culture at all levels in America in the last couple of decades. Sadly, many followers of Christ have sat silently and done nothing, while others have openly embraced the changes. The church has let the government remove prayer and Biblical values from our schools, government buildings, and public avenues. It is no longer safe to call yourself a Christian and espouse a ‘true’ Biblical worldview.

We each have a choice; silence or just going along for not wanting to rock the boat is still a choice. Many in the body of Christ speak out only to be canceled. Sometimes the canceling comes from within the Church. This is nothing new, but it is certainly not the right answer. Some say we shouldn’t be involved in politics, while others believe we should overtake every area of society.

I believe we should be involved and strongly influence, but we are not to take over. Instead, we preach the gospel, which will ultimately prepare the way for the return of the King of Kings to rule from Jerusalem. In the meantime, three men in the Bible embody all three levels of attitude Christians have toward society and culture.

An Ancient Crisis: Slaughter of the Innocent

The recent overturning of the Roe v. Wade Court case by the US Supreme Court has caused every state to scramble to get laws in place regarding legal abortion and a woman’s right to have one. The Bible may be clear that taking a life is wrong, but many still find arguments that support their cause. We can all twist any verse to make it sound like what we want.

Child sacrifice and taking children’s lives for a ‘cause’ is as ancient as the world religions. It is nothing new, but it doesn’t make it right. There were several instances in the Bible where infants and toddlers were killed by order of a king.

There was the incident shortly after Jesus’ birth where Herod ordered the death of all males two years and younger. Then, there is the order by Pharaoh to slaughter Hebrew baby boys in the book of Exodus. Later we see the king of Judah, Ahaz putting his own children through the fire as a sacrifice to the false god Molech.

In the book of Amos, chapter five details how this ritual entered Israeli society early on as they passed through the wilderness. They even carried false gods with them while they sacrificed to YHWH. This was in direct violation of the commands given to Moses at Sinai. Further, YHWH is not into child sacrifice, despite what some say regarding the potential sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham or even the sacrifice by God’s own Son, Jesus.

The text repeatedly tells us that sacrifice and offering children is the practice of pagan worshippers. We live in a post-modern, post-Christian world, where the Biblical worldview is not accepted or credible. Further, abortion has resulted in the loss of millions of babies that only God knew their destiny and their assignment.

I am not here to condemn those that have had abortions, no matter the scenario. But, because of the ease of obtaining an abortion, it has resulted in many ruined lives. God is more than able to heal wounds and scars as a result of these actions.

However, I want to look at an unfamiliar situation from the Old Testament era and see how three men acted when confronted with the idea of killing Hebrew baby boys to stave off a threat to Pharoah’s throne.

Three That Advised Pharoah

Nearly everyone is familiar with the story of Moses and how he was rescued from the Nile River and raised in the house of Pharoah. You may recall that the order went out for the midwives to put to death any sons that were being born. However, the midwives feared God and did not do as Pharoah commanded.

That is a key phrase missing from most Christians today: they feared God. That thought will transition us to these three counselors, Balaam, Job, and Yitro, or Jethro. The Talmud and other early sources tell us that Pharoah had various counselors from time to time. When prophecies about one being born who would help the Hebrews gain freedom and potentially threaten Pharoah’s throne, he consulted the three men mentioned above.

The book of Jasher gives much insight into these dealing, but because there are no original texts and there were previous forgeries, it is not a viable source for our discussion. However, you can check out one book on the subject here.

We are all familiar with these three men and their accounts in the Bible, but you probably didn’t know that they were counselors to Pharoah, and he didn’t devise the scheme to kill the Hebrew boys on his own. In fact, it was Balaam, the prophet, who initially proposed the idea. So there may have been two Balaams; if that is true, this would be the great-grandfather of the Balaam from the book of Numbers.

Regardless, a man named Balaam, who was the father of the two sorcerers, Yannes and Yambres, from Paul’s letter to Timothy, proposed the idea and encouraged it. There was an agenda in suggesting such a thing by Balaam, but that will be the subject of future writing.

Then there is the prophet Yob, or Job. Yes, Job and Balaam are two of seven men known as gentile prophets by the Jews. We know the Bible tells us that Job was righteous and that he was later tested severely. As an adviser to Pharoah, Job was in a very important position. Yet, tradition tells us from Jewish sources, such as the Talmud, that he remained silent or told Pharoah to do what seemed best.

Some sources said that Job had previously had the idea to enslave the Hebrews, but most say that he remained silent. Further, many state that this was the source of his suffering. We can’t say for certainty, but we know he was there and most likely remained silent.

Then there is the man of seven names we know as Yitro or Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. He had other names like Reuel, Putiel, Chobav, Heber, Keni and Jeter. Yitro was a title meaning excellency, so that was most likely the title used at Pharoah’s court or by those subservient to him.

The Talmud records that Jethro opposed the killing of Hebrew infants and had to retreat to the desert. That seems plausible as we find him there when Moses comes upon the scene later as a man fleeing justice. Some sources relate that Jethro encouraged Pharoah to kill the infants and after that repented and had to flee. Regardless, Yitro or Reuel was sincerely repentant of the actions of the king of Egypt, while Balaam encouraged it, and yet another, Job, stood in silence.

Time To Decide

It’s time to decide where you will stand. We can join in the debate or remain silent. Whether it is abortion, racism, children and sexual identity, or human trafficking, we have a choice, and being silent is still a choice.

It’s time to repent for the silence of the past or allowing the voice of Balaam to silence ours. Even if we are forced to retreat and lose homes, friends, or businesses, we must be a voice to a generation that is searching for answers. Like the three counselors, we are not perfect and may be prone to make bad choices periodically.

However, we are the voice of the Lord. We have the living Word inside of us, and we know the truth. So, we must be willing to be canceled. But, are we really canceled? Society may boycott our businesses or not purchase our goods and services, but that does not cancel us. The internet does not belong to one entity, and as Christians, we are responsible for being active and engaged in the day’s issues.

What is your decision? Will you let Balaam pull you away from speaking out? Will you repent for your silence? If we remain silent or remain fearful, what will be the result? Perhaps I shall end by saying, like Uncle Mordecai told Esther, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise (for the Jews) from another place, but your house shall perish.” Esther 4:14

We Need Your Help!

This is one of the top students, Blessings, who now serves by helping the workers set up for classes.

One of the many projects I am involved in is the training/equipping manuals that my wife and I are developing for parents and children’s workers to use in teaching children about prayer. We are almost ready to go to print, but we have a small problem.

The need arose a few years ago when the Lord told me that my wife and I were to teach children about prayer, specifically the Apostolic prayers at our church. So, those simple lessons grew into what looks to be several manuals or a series of books complete with craft instructions, craft coloring pages, and more.

We have also developed the 787 Generation ministry that is now international. For example, we have weekly zoom lessons to Oyugis, Kenya. The work is expanding, and the fruit is evident as kids grow in wisdom and knowledge of the Lord and have stepped into a lifestyle of prayer.

But, we have a problem. Well, we have several, but right now, I need help with the title of the book. Could you help us by choosing one of the following Titles that you, as a parent, leader, or just a reader, believe would attract people to purchase and use the material that God has given us?

Here are the choices: 1- Discipling Children In Prayer

2- Equipping Children To Pray

3-Making Disciples of Children Through Prayer

4-Training Children Through Prayer

Please leave a comment or email us at

If you would like to sow into this worthy endeavor, you may do so at

We use many to print resources, purchase weekly wifi, and help toward costs to enhance the weekly lessons, such as speakers, copiers, transportation issues, clean water, and food. There are many needs, and we are also planning a trip to Oyugis soon. We also have an open door with a least reached people group.

This is an hour where we need all hands on deck. So please pray for our work and let us know how we can pray for you.

Why should we have our inheritance when Jesus doesn’t have His? Samuel Whitfield

His inheritance is the nations– Psalm 2


Joseph and Darlene Floyd

What Is The 787 Generation?

Discipling The Next Generation!

My wife and I stepped out faithfully to fulfill God’s assignment given to us. In 2015 my wife introduced me to Psalm 78. That would come to identify what we now refer to as the 787 generation. But it is not just one generation like Gen. Z., Millennials, Baby Boomers, or Baby Busters. It is the generation of current children and youth and the generation to come.

I want to identify what that generation should look like due to obeying the command found in Psalm 78:5. Our goal is to see a generation that will walk humbly with the Lord and not be like the Ephraimites and turn back when it is their time to pick up the mantle and fight. While I believe and teach that children can do almost anything we adults can do, they still need to be discipled.

The Failure to Disciple A Generation

When I was growing up, I heard my father-pastor speak of the teenagers of that day as different and more challenging to reach than his generation. Sociologists, theologians, and teachers will try to argue many reasons as to why this was the case. They referred to them as a rebellious generation. There were the Vietnam War protests and the ‘hippie movement’ of the sixties.

Yet, many of today’s church leaders came out of that rebellion, and others went on to bring a dark stain on that generation. When it was my time to graduate high school, we were expected to do great exploits.

But, turning the world upside down for Jesus was not something placed upon us by leaders, teachers, and even parents. I know most people aren’t supposed to be in full-time ministry, but regardless we are supposed to be like the early disciples and turn the world upside down for Jesus. As a result, many left the church in mine and the following generations.

We have seen this problem worsen. Why? Again we can point to many reasons. Yes, society pulls on our children and us to follow a different path. Students are raised in church and Christian homes, and when they make it to college, they receive a plethora of worldly teachings that shake their spiritual foundations.

Soon they find themselves coming out as atheists, agnostics, or practicing new age, gnostic beliefs and practices. Why? Perhaps they were not properly discipled. They were not grounded in the word of God. If I had not been rooted and grounded in the Word, I would have quickly fallen sway to secular, worldly ideas and became someone with a philosophical mind devoid of anything resembling the Jesus of the Bible.

Sadly we see this now occurring in the Church. Preaching is just moral practice and not the cross of Christ. Worship has become a conundrum in Rock and Roll performances or a mini-concert. It seems that Sunday morning has become full of idolatrous practices. The doctrine of Balaam has begun to take hold of us in this hour. We need to disciple every generation.

Psalm 78:5-8 He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children that the next generation might

know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,

so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers,

a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast,

whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Three Things God Established For Future Generations

  • Established a Testimony In Jacob- By establishing a testimony in Jacob, he was able to pass it to his children and their children his parents and grandparents imparted to him. God established his covenant with Abraham and renewed it with Isaac and Jacob. Like Abraham and Isaac, Jacob had a life-changing encounter. Future generations also had encounters that would make God more personal to that generation. Thus, the testimony or witness was established and meant to carry over to each generation.
  • A Law In Israel- Yes, YHWH gave the law to Moses. We still keep the ten commandments as gentiles (nations). The law would point to a New and Better Covenant through Jesus, which would be less cumbersome and allow us freedom from sin. The law was not meant to be burdensome, but we make it that way in how we obey Jesus’ commands. I feel that is why many leave the church. They never have a real relationship with the master.
  • The Command To Teach Children, Now and unborn. What will we teach them? I have no grandchildren, but I have trained, discipled, and equipped my children to teach their children. If we don’t ground the current generation in the word, we will lose them.

Six Things To Teach Children, Now and Future

Set Their Hope In God

The Children of Israel failed to keep their hope in God alone. They often turned to the gods of the nations around them. When the enemy came knocking on the door, bringing oppression, they were weak and forgot what God did for them in the past.

We are like the Children of Israel. We are ok, but when sickness or other traumatic event occurs, we let fear or depression seize us. We forget that God supplied all of our needs supernaturally last week and that He is still the healer. We live in a world with so many conveniences we tend not to trust God but what we can do ourselves.

Part of discipleship comes by demonstrating faith when situations of life arise. The younger generations need to see their parents or the older generations demonstrate ‘hope in God’ and God alone to develop solid faith and not lose heart and turn back.

Not Forget The Works Of God

The Children of Israel watched as God delivered them from a hot furnace of affliction. He bore them on eagle’s wings and eventually drove out the nations in Canaan right in front of them. Yet, one generation died in the wilderness because of short memory. They complained and grumbled, not remembering what God was capable of doing.

We have all seen God demonstrate His power in our lives. Just being born again is a miracle in itself. Yet, we forget that one miracle. We don’t testify enough of how the God of the Universe can live inside we weak humans. He has done so much in mine and many others’ lives; how can we forget Him and His marvelous works. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to teach the next generation what God has done for us and what He will do for them.

Keep His Commands

Jesus commanded us to keep His commands, and further in the Great Commission, He commanded us to teach them. But, sadly, most millennials and Gen Zers don’t know what the Great Commission is or what it means.

God gave the law to protect the Israelites from worshipping the gods of the nations around them. The law was to help them enjoy God. Over time they made it cumbersome, and many rebelled. It seems that goes on in the church today. Jesus made it easy to follow Him. But what we put man’s traditions and expectations in place, so our youth find it cumbersome and fall away. We fail to teach what Jesus commanded.

Not To Be Like The Previous Generations

This is talking about not following the mistakes of those that have gone before us. I grew up, and a lot of religion still surrounds me. But, they are man’s traditions and not God’s commands. We do many things because it looks good and we get results for a season. But, when the season is over and God is ready to do something different, we keep doing the same old thing.

I have been a part of some major revival movements in my life. Thankfully they weren’t like previous generations. But, as God pours out His Spirit on future generations, I am sure it will not look like ours. Thank goodness, because we want it to look like what we think, but generation 787 kids and youth want to experience God uniquely. God doesn’t change, but how He reveals Himself to each successive generation may look different.

A Generation With Steadfast Hearts

A steadfast heart is fixed and unmovable. We need to teach our youth to have their spiritual eyes fixed on Jesus and not move from that place. In Numbers 22-25, we read about Balaam’s prophecy and how he taught the Midianites to entice the Israelite men to go after Moabite and Midianite women and serve their gods.

A man named Phinehas was zealous and had a steadfast heart. He was jealous for what God was jealous for. He ended the plague brought on as a result of the sins of the Israelite men by impaling a Simeonite man along with his Midianite accomplice. Where are the Phinehas’ in the young generations who will stand and throw the spear and stop the plague of impending judgment coming from heaven?

Faithful To God

Let’s face it, Israel and Judah were not faithful to God. That is why they suffered and had to leave the land. Yet, God still loved them and kept His covenant. Even today, Israel is unfaithful to God. It is a secular Jewish state with those practicing Judaism in a set of religious traditions void of what God desires.

We are raising a generation to be faithful to God in every circumstance. We will not shrink back, and we want a generation that will remain true to God and His word, even though we see many doing the opposite. Being faithful to God means avoiding doctrines of demons, not denying Jesus even under persecution, and continuing to love God first and humankind second as oneself.

Pray And Participate

Prayer is foundational to everything we do as believers. We need it more than ever for the 787 Generation as they are confronted with so many voices vying for their attention. If we don’t pray, their eyes will be blinded to the gospel. Already the world has claimed many young lives through New Age practices, CRT, LGBT+, and other religions. They are confusing our children.

We need your prayers as we seek to reach parents and youth who are bombarded with false information telling them how they should go. But unfortunately, Disney, Hollywood, the schools, and all sorts of media are more than ever reaching our children.

Will you do your part by praying and help us to reach this generation before it is too late? Now is the time, not later. The gospel is the only answer to take back this and future generations. Get involved at your church or ministry. Start Bible clubs this summer to reach the youth who need the hope you have. Do something, don’t let another generation be lost to the world’s ways.

Thank you, and God Bless you.

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