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Creativity: God's Gift to You; Your Gift to God
 

"See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts." (Exodus 31:2-5)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:25

Dying to Self

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Dying to Self

What is your biggest obstacle to being totally surrendered to God?  To be honest, most of us really don't even

comprehend complete surrender.  'Laying it all down' in submission to His will is the ultimate act of humility and most

of us really don't get it.  Jesus described the “dying to self” process (“denying self”) as part of following Him — “If

anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Mt 16:24)

Denying ourselves is a concept that is pretty foreign in today's culture.  Everything we read and watch is about

indulging ourselves, pampering ourselves and obtaining things to entertain us and aid in our comfort.  There's even a

popular magazine named “Self.”  Who can even define humility?  It's so easy to say that we need nothing but Him

when we have every luxury at our fingertips.  Sitting in our Bible classes, we quote the verses easily.  But who is

living it out? The most difficult prayer for us to voice is, “Not my will, but Thine be done” and sincerely mean it.



Time is growing short and the Lord is pressing us toward His purposes.  There is no more time for lounging around

enjoying “Self” magazine and quickly reading a short Bible verse on the way to work or play.  The line is being drawn

in the sand.  Either we humble ourselves and stop procrastinating our walk into the deeper things of God or He will

take our calling and assign it to someone who will take action for the Kingdom.   He is serious at this time about our

obedience.  The world is not our god.  We have been called, chosen, and set apart to achieve His purposes.  It's simply

not about us.  We must take these verses seriously now.  There is a lost and dying world all around us drowning in

deception.  We must die to ourselves and learn what it is to really live.



George Muller, known for his great faith and ministry to orphans in 19th century England, was asked the secret of his

fruitful service for the Lord. He said, “There was a day when I died... utterly died.” As he spoke, he bent lower and

lower until he almost touched the floor. “I died to George Muller — his opinions, his preferences, his tastes, and his

will — died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends — and since then I have studied only to show

myself approved unto God.”  And God did amazing things through his ministry.



DYING TO SELF

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the

oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF



When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed,

and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take in all in patient, loving silence.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF



When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you

stand face­to­ face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility­and endure it as Jesus endured.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF



When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption

by the will of God.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF



When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after

commendations, when you can truly love to be unknown.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF



When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no

envy, nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF



When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly

as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF



Are you dead yet? In these last days, the Spirit would bring us to the cross.

Author Unknown



"That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made

John 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to

take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Dying to Self

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Dying to Self

What is your biggest obstacle to being totally surrendered to God?  To be honest, most of us really don't even

comprehend complete surrender.  'Laying it all down' in submission to His will is the ultimate act of humility and most

of us really don't get it. 

Monday, 28 April 2014 21:14

Feelin Good at Church

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Feel Good  Christianity
"I feel good, nana-nana-nana-na."  Ha! Remember that song?  Feeling good is so important in today's culture that we will do just about anything to stay in the groove.  The world we live in dictates our growing need for comfort and encouragement.   Naturally, this philosophy follows us right into the church.  ­­­­­­­­­I know people who are undoubtedly going to be upset with me for writing this today, but it has been eating away at me for a long time.
First, let's take a little walk down memory lane, back just a few years in church history, and then look at how we have progressed.  Growing up in the 50's and 60's many of us attended church as a family.  The church bells rang out over the town as families went inside their respective denominational buildings, usually bearing a steeple and stained glass windows.  We sat on pews, listened to an organ and piano playing hymns as we praised, then listened to a sermon which expounded on the necessity and the urgency of choosing heaven or hell.  There was quite a bit of praying, on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings, and other prayer groups on other weekdays.  Fellowships halls were places filled with homemade potluck foods, baked by the ladies, lots of coffee, tea and laughter.  Picnics in the park or on the church grounds were looked forward to by all.  If there was sickness or a death in a family, not only did the pastor and his wife visit and pray, but church members took food, sent cards in the mail and came by the family's home to help with errands, chores around the house or babysitting.  Right now, it sounds like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, but it was what it was.  Was it perfect? Of course not.  However, it was foundational for many of us.
As the culture shifted through the years, we saw women breaking out of their bondages of different sorts, children breaking free of parental control, men abdicating spiritual authority as well as parental responsibilities, and people in general demanding independence from constricting moral codes (like marriage).  Everyone was moving to a freer lifestyle, a more fun one, and one in which each could determine their own course and no one had the right to infringe on anyone else's decisions.  The idols of the culture became fun, comfort, feeling good, freedom and tolerance.  Where was the church in all of this?
The church in general about that time was definitely not keeping up with the times.  People who were becoming more enlightened and free felt very confined and even bored to go into a little church with an organ playing that draggy music.  They couldn't blame their kids for not wanting to go.  Husbands couldn't take it any more and started playing golf on Sunday mornings.  Women actually enjoyed a chance to finally get to use their leadership skills so they pretty much took over church meetings.  The preachers were struggling the worst.  Nobody wanted to hear a sermon about sin or hell; that really put a damper on things. 
So, leaving out many steps along the way which you can fill in yourself, we arrive at today's church.  If all the family members go, (which is a big "if"), they arrive in separate cars, and attend different services or classes.  The parking lot is so large you must catch a shuttle, but it's okay because it lets you out at the coffee bar and you can watch videos while you wait for your friends.  The music is lively and fun....and loud...and the songs are about making you feel better.  (But, it's a shame you can't take grandma because it hurts her ears).  The sermon is the best part.  Why?  Because it really makes you feel good.  You don't have to worry about any of that sin stuff because it's all about how God loves you, wants you rich and famous, prosperous and happy.  All your friends and neighbors like to go because it's fun.  There are so many different types of entertainment available you can go to church any day of the week and have fun.  There is a paid staff member to cover any unfortunate events, such as a death in the family.  Wonderful caterers will even deliver a meal if necessary.  And, best of all, no matter what you do or how you live, no one will judge you or offend you in any way.  You can be comfortable.   Yes, church has definitely evolved. 
An interesting phenomena is that nowdays when a church goer is asked a biblical question, the answers are vague or completely out of context from what the writer intended.  As long as the topic concerns feeling good, becoming prosperous financially,  always being healthy, or anything else that feels good, some verses can be quoted.  But....if a question arises that goes deeper into the meat of the gospel, confusion reigns.  The world culture and church culture are pretty much one in the same.  People can justify just about any behavior or attitude by twisting things just right, even Bible verses.  There's no need to offend anyone.  We can all feel good.
Do you suppose Jesus and his disciples offended anyone when they were out spreading the gospel?  Do you think they spent a lot of time figuring out how to make temple time fun?  Did the people who walked miles to hear a sermon get offended and demand that Jesus publicly apologize?  If so, do you think He did?  Do you suppose Jesus was more interested in making people feel good than saving them from an eternity in hell? 
I agree that in some ways church operations have to follow the times to an extent.  The service of the 50's and 60's is not always relevant today, just as in Jesus' day things operated differently.  However, the Word of God is the same.  It is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword.  The person who studies it from cover to cover, seeking the true and in-depth meanings inside, will never be bored.  And they won't always feel good either.  The Word is convicting, to help us grow.  Where did we lose that hunger to be better, to be cleansed of our old sin and seek godliness?  The Holy Spirit illuminates Bible passages and imparts things that astound and inspire.  The church in general has lost that wonder, that spark of the flame of God, that love, their first love.....Jesus.  You can plaster His name on buses and billboards but if He's not living inside you, you have nothing.  No amount of fun and entertainment will ever fulfill your deepest needs like He can.  The Word empowers one to do self-examination and be inspired to grow and be better, not comfortable.
I am grieved so deeply over today's church.  People talk a big talk, but in reality, their time is focused on their electronic devices, their jobs and their fun and entertainment.  Soon it will all be taken away, and then what?  If His Word is not hidden in your heart, you will be devastated beyond belief because your fun and entertainment will not sustain you.  At this point, some will accuse me of "judging."  I don't think it's judgmental to examine our actions and make direct observations.  I am trying to be loving. I am thankful that there are a few solid churches active today with pastors who preach the full gospel.  But unfortunately, many, as Jesus Himself said, will stand before Him saying "Lord, Lord," and He will say "depart from Me.  I never knew you."  Then, even though you sang all the 7-11 songs about how good God made you feel, singing it over and over and over, with Jesus' name on your T-shirt, you will walk into total darkness for all eternity.

Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

Feelin Good at Church

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Feel Good  Christianity
"I feel good, nana-nana-nana-na."  Ha! Remember that song?  Feeling good is so important in today's culture that we will do just about anything to stay in the groove.  The world we live in dictates our growing need for comfort and encouragement.   Naturally, this philosophy follows us right into the church.  ­­­­­­­­­I know people who are undoubtedly going to be upset with me for writing this today, but it has been eating away at me for a long time.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:24

The Sound of Life or Death

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Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.  James 5:20


What is the true mission of your Christian life?  Do you ever stop to think about why you are here and how you are fulfilling God's purposes? This week I've been meditating on this quite a bit.  I can justify my lack of evangelizing by saying it's not my gift or calling.  I can ask God to put lost souls in my path and when He doesn't seem to do that, well, there's an excuse.  But honestly, if we all seem to agree that time is short and there is a lost and dying world out there, how can we just complacently sit in front of our TVs, computers and smart phones and pretend it's not happening.


The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”  Jeremiah 17:9-10


We are very good at justifying our behaviors and attitudes.  In fact, we can get quite defensive if anyone confronts our lack of action.  But, the Word tells us that our hearts are deceiftful and sick, and without the blood of Jesus covering that, we would be doomed.  The people around us are hurting.  People in pain are everywhere and many without any true knowledge of what Jesus can do for them.  They have plenty of false ideas, wrong assumptions and resentments toward carnal Christians.  But they don't know what can happen in their lives when the Holy Spirit indwells them and heals their wounds.  Why aren't we more excited to go tell them?  There are many reasons.


Last night I was preparing for bed when I heard an animal screaming in distress.  I went out on my back deck and wished I hadn't.  Apparently a mountain lion was killing a deer right in my yard.  I can't tell you how horrible the sound was of the predator breathing hard and growling while the victim was fighting,  crying in horrible screams as it finally gave up.  I am still haunted by the sound.  I could not see much in the darkness, just hearing every miserable sound.
Later as I tried to put it out of my mind and go to sleep, I felt the Lord impressing upon me that it is not unlike the human world.  The enemy is preying upon those running freely, thinking they are independent and not needing help from above.  And finally, in the end their screams of agony will pierce the heart of God as they go down.  If I told you my experience last night, you might say to me, "that's just the normal food chain.  It's life,"  and go on with no emotion.  But, if you had been there to hear it, you could not ignore it and go on nonchalantly.  Maybe we need to hear the torment of souls who perish so that we can wake up....and care.


The passage I began with in James states that by bringing a soul back from death, we will have a multitude of sins covered.  God's grace and mercy abounds to those who care enough to reach out to a dying world.  Let's all ask Him today who and where we are needed, and then be obedient.  The sound of the angels rejoicing in heaven when a soul comes to Christ is the sound I prefer to hear. 


Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00

The Sound of Life or Death

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Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.  James 5:20


What is the true mission of your Christian life?  Do you ever stop to think about why you are here and how you are fulfilling God's purposes? This week I've been meditating on this quite a bit.  I can justify my lack of evangelizing by saying it's not my gift or calling.  I can ask God to put lost souls in my path and when He doesn't seem to do that, well, there's an excuse. 

Friday, 04 April 2014 02:41

Our Need for Discernment

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Our Need for Discernment

1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

Discernment defined: the quality of being able to perceive and comprehend what is obscure or unseen; wisdom in perception with insight; skill in the ability to grasp, comprehend, and evaluate clearly; it allows us to distinguish between what is real and what is imitation.

Discernment is a form of wisdom given to us by God, that moves us beyond book knowledge or intellectual achievement.  It grows in us as we mature in our walk with the Lord.   It means that we can look at a situation and understand things about that situation that are not obvious, not seen by the natural eye.   Discernment grows as we study the Word of God and build our relationship with Him.  We must be able to discern what is true or false teaching, true or false prophecy, and so on.  If we do not know the Word of God and study it for ourselves, we will never be able to discern when a false teacher or prophet is leading us astray.  If we do not spend time in prayer, learning to hear the voice of God, we will not know when a demonic voice is speaking to us and may mistake it for God.  Can you see why it's so important to pray for God to help us grow in this area? 

How many times have you known that something was truly from God and were willing to stand on it no matter what, but some well meaning person told you it wasn't logical or it didn't make sense, so they would never do it.  These times can shake your faith, if you let them.  Many things are spiritually discerned and in the natural they may not make any sense at all.  Surely Noah felt that way, or Abraham and Sarah, Elijah, Joshua, and we could name so many more throughout scripture.  The Holy Spirit living in us gives us that spiritual discernment to understand the promptings of God as well as warnings when things are not right.  Discerment is a protection as well as a guide.

We need to pray for discernment every day.  The enemy is always ready to deceive and if our guard is down, we can fall into his trap.  As we move into more difficult days in our world, recognizing the true voice of our Father may mean the difference in life and death.  We cannot be fooled by false voices, false doctrines or false signs and wonders.  God loves to grant us the wisdom we ask for, and He will sharpen our discernment skills as we submit to His leading each day.  The One who leads us into all truth will always guide our steps (John 16:13).

Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

Our Need for Discernment

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Our Need for Discernment

1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

Discernment defined: the quality of being able to perceive and comprehend what is obscure or unseen; wisdom in perception with insight; skill in the ability to grasp, comprehend, and evaluate clearly; it allows us to distinguish between what is real and what is imitation.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:40

Understanding Dominionism and its Roots

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Guest Blog by Stacy Solorzano

 

Do·min·ion noun \də-ˈmi-nyən\: the power to rule : control of a country, region, etc.: the land that a

ruler or government controls

Our (Zionist Jews) race is the master race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different

from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts

and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule

over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The

masses will lick our feet, and serve us as slaves.

Menachem Begin, Israeli Prime Minister, in a speech to the Knesset [Israeli Parlament], quoted by

Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the Beasts,” New Statesman, June 25, 1982 (via dougnj)

The meaning of the history of the last century is that today 300 Jewish (Zionist) financiers, all Masters

of (Masonic) Lodges, rule the world.

Jean Izoulet, prominent member of Jewish Alliance Israelite Universelle, 1931

Dearest siblings, the history I am about to share with you is hard to swallow. But I ask you to

read with an open heart, and prayerful discernment. There are literally volumes of historical text to

back up my research. I am more than willing to share resources, websites and answer questions. I want

to establish clearly, that Judaism is not Zionism. This is not an attack on a religion or a particular race.

This however, is an attack on a dangerous ideology which has infiltrated the world and is muddying the

waters of sound doctrine. I am here to establish that Zionism is freemasonry...and as such has no place

in the Church. Christian Zionism is an oxymoron, and to support the geopolitical state of secular Israel is

to create the stage by which the Anti-Christ will one day rule the world. The leaders of the Zionist

movement used deception and manipulation to convince naive Christians, anxious to hasten the Lord's

return, to support the State of Israel at all costs.. even at the cost of common sense, and Godly concern

for mankind. They twisted the scriptures to fit their agenda and today it is a great delusion and fear of

God's curse that keeps the support coming.

Let's start at the beginning..Kingdom Now Theology, Dominionism, The World Wide Church of

God, The New Apostolic Reformation and the newly formed various Messianic Jewish teachings, such as

the Hebraic Roots Movement, all base their prophetic -end-time Israel/Jew centric doctrines on the

muddy foundation of Dispensational Theology.

The Pre-tribulational, pre-millennial futurist doctrine of Dispensationalism is relatively new (150

years). Prior to its introduction in the mid 1800's by John Nelson Darby the teaching had rarely been

heard of in Christian history and never taught in a systematic way. The closest thing to it being the

various Jesuit futurist teachings of a two-stage coming of Christ and an end-time Anti-Christ, all written

in an attempt to convince Europeans, in the wake of the Reformation, that the Pope was not the Anti-
Christ. (see 1581 Futurist Treatise by the Jesuit Cardinal Bellarmine) John Darby's particular rendition of

this teaching was shaped by his own influences in Freemasonry, Kabbalah and the Occult (no doubt

pulling from that Jesuit history). Its dissemination was a direct result of the same.

Enter Zionism. Historically Zionism has been intimately intertwined with Freemasonry, the Kabbalah

and the Talmud. In 1861 a Jewish periodical, La Verite Israelite reported:

"The connections are more intimate than one would imagine. Judaism should maintain a lively

and profound sympathy for Freemasonry in general, and no matter concerning this powerful institution

should be a question of indifference to it. ..the spirit of Freemasonry is that of Judaism in its most

fundamental beliefs; its ideas are Judaic, its language is Judaic, its very organization, almost, is Judaic.

Whenever I approach the sanctuary where the Masonic order accomplishes its works, I hear the name

of Soloman ringing everywhere, and echoes of Israel. Those symbolic columns are the columns of that

Temple where each day Hiram's workmen received their wages; they enshrine his revered name. The

whole Masonic tradition takes me back to that great epoch when the Jewish monarch, fulfilling David's

promises raised up to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a religious monument worthy of the creator

of Heaven and earth." ( 1861, Parisan Jewish periodical La Verite Israelite (Vol V., p.74)

In the late 1800's the Zionist movement had started in earnest. By 1881 parts of Palestine had

been purchased by the Bank of England owner Mayer Amschel Rothschild and thus marked the so

called "Masonic New Age of Michael"..when the Jews would create their own homeland. At the same

time, the Dispensational teaching of Darby, which held Israel's establishment and future at its core,

was taking off and had been adopted by William Eugene Blackstone; the Father of Christian Zionism.

Blackstone, financially backed by Standard Oil Baron, Nelson D Rockefeller, JP Morgan, various other

Freemasons and even members of the Skull and Bones Society, along with Dwight L Moody, published

the 1891 Blackstone Memorial, a booklet calling for a Zionist State in Palestine.

Then in 1897, Theodore Herzl officially established the Zionist Movement. What can I say about

Herzl other than the current Grand Lodge of Freemasonry in the State of Israel is named after him.

Herzl's Zionists were vehemently opposed by numerous Orthodox Rabbis. Rabbi Pinchas Eliyahu

Rothenberg,rabbi of Piltz, Russia is quoted stating:

"There is a new group calling itself “Chovevei Tzion” or “Zionists” who entrap many people in

their net, who think that their actions are for the sake of Heaven. I therefore find myself obligated to

make known and warn all those who have fear of G-d in their hearts to stay as far as possible from

them, and to uproot and cleanse away their actions… All the great rabbis of our time have already

warned us to keep away from them, and it is a great deed for anyone who has the power to spoil their

plans. Rabbi Pinchas Eliyahu Rothenberg,rabbi of Piltz, Russia (c. 1902) (Daas Harabbanim, letter 4)

Why were they so opposed? Because Zionism, at its core is a Masonic desire for a secular

political state free of the religious obligations of Judaism..or any religion for that matter. The Rabbis

understood this. Many naive Christians did not.

Without the support of Rabbis, the Zionist saw an opportunity in the Dispensational, Israel/Jew

centered teachings of Darby to win support for the establishment of their Jewish Homeland. C.I.

Scofield had entered the scene at this juncture and being financed by Samuel Untermeyer, he spread

the dispensational theology near and far. Untermeyer was a member of the Magical Order of the

Golden Dawn, a Zionist and reportedly called a "Satanist" by a British Newspaper. C.I. Scofield..well, in

short, he was a fraud with a felony record. Charged with abandoning his wife and children, (something

he never publicly repented of nor attempted to rectify), and a long list of other charges pending from

bribery to embezzlement.. he was a scoundrel and a liar. (look it up) In 1909, backed by Untermeyer,

he and William Blackstone published the first ever Scofield Commentary Study Bible. The bible was the

first of its kind, with doctrinal notes teaching pre-tribulational, pre-millennial- Israeli centered

Dispensationalism. They disseminated this false teaching first, through the Moody Bible Institute and

later (1924), the Dallas Theological Seminary would become the center of Dispensational teaching in

America.

The heretical teachings of Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism may have fallen away

naturally, had it not been for the Scofield Bible. Surely the Secular Zionists would not have gained the

foothold they have today without it, and the onslaught of Charismatic Christian Zionist denominations,

all teaching a theology that places unbiblical emphasis on the physical, political state of Israel, that have

followed would not have taken root. From the muddy foundations of Dispensationalism, Zionism and

Freemasonry are built the bastions of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements. The founding father of

the Charismatic Movement, Charles Fox Parham, the spiritual director behind the Azusa Street Revival,

was himself a Zionist, a freemason and a Klansman to boot. He believed white males to be the "true

jews"..Other early leaders, with a long list of criminal charges, false prophecies and nefarious ties to the

occult are a topic for another paper..

I adjure you my friends.. to prayerfully petition Jesus and ask him who exactly was he talking

about when he warned his children in the book of Revelation:

“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they

are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan" (2:9)

and again in 3:9

"Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—

behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved

you."

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