The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Have you ever followed your own plan in life and found that it was not very fruitful? In fact, following my own plan seemed to be desert like. The Lord allowed me to learn a hard, but lasting lesson; only Jesus’ guidance is fruitful.

Perhaps you have been down a similar road and found out what the world offered was not so grand. In our story, Peter had been fishing all night and had not caught anything. Then Jesus came and gave Peter guidance and there is a great catch of fish. God has more for Peter and more for us. But it takes His fruitful guidance to get there.

Jesus Gives Peter Surprising Guidance

Luke 5:When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! [1]

Peter was the professional fisherman; Jesus was a carpenter. Peter knew that fish generally were not caught in the deep during the day. But to honor Jesus Peter did what Jesus said. The timing of the great catch makes it even more awesome.

Jesus Gives us Fruitful Guidance

Are you tired of how your life is right now? Do you desire a life that is more fruitful? I believe all of us want to live lives that make a difference in the world. The good news is the Lord’s divine guidance is readily available in His word.

 The first step to His divine guidance is the most important. You must place your faith in Jesus as your Savior. The Lord tells us in Hebrews 11:And it is impossible to please God without faith.[2] Have you taken that step yet? If not, the Lord is calling you today. Today is the day of salvation. (Ref. 2Cor. 6:2) When we become believers in Jesus, we begin a lifelong journey of transformation and our entire eternity changes.

If you think it’s too late for you to become productive, think again. Instead of focusing on productivity as the world defines it, consider following the ways of Jesus. What spiritual fruit would you like the Lord to produce in you? Seek Him and through His power you will produce fruit that will last.

To hear how Jesus’ guidance is fruitful, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-peter


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Like a good parent, God calls us into deeper water and out of the shallows of life. When you are a child, you feel safe in the baby pool because you can stand, and the water is not above your head. When you are in deeper water, you must learn a new skill called swimming.

As the Lord calls us into deeper waters, we must also learn new skills that stretch us spiritually. One of the first skills the Lord teaches us as He leads us into deeper water is to depend on Him. As people we want to depend on ourselves, but when we are in deeper water, the Lord becomes our rock to hang on to.

The Lord Called Peter into Deeper Water

Luke 5:When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”[1]

The Lord is Calling You into Deeper Water

You won’t be able to go into the deep in your life if you aren’t willing to leave the shore. Likewise, you can’t experience the wonderful things the Lord has for you by staying in the baby pool.

Jesus tells Peter to launch out into the deep because the best catch is found in the deep. Similarly, as we mature in faith, we are unable to get all that we need from the spiritual baby pool. If we are willing to venture out and cast the nets in deep waters, there will be a great spiritual harvest awaiting us. Trust and guidance from Jesus are the keys to the blessings of deeper water.

Romans 11:33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! [2] Paul expressed the shear awesomeness of experiencing a greater depth in God.

Answering the Call to the Deep

What must I do to experience the deep things of God?  Would you like your life to have more spiritual depth than it does right now? It’s God’s desire that we all have an intimate experience with Jesus that is life changing. God has more for us.

This is what happened to Peter, and the Lord is also calling each of us into deeper spiritual waters. To have a deeper experience with Jesus we must spend time in prayer, meditate on God’s word, worship the Lord, and look for guidance from the Holy Spirit. Raise your sails and let the winds of the Holy Spirit take you into deeper water.

To hear how God calls us into deeper water, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-peter


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

1-Minute Bible Love Notes: Dwelling On God's Word Can ...

Will you let God’s word change you?  This is a question we all need to ask ourselves. Each of us has free will and we can allow God’s word to transform us, or we can resist. If we resist, we hinder the work that the Lord wants to do in our lives. This will have eternal consequences. How has the Lord’s word changed you? How did the Lord’s word change your priorities and direction in life?

The Lord desires all of us to be transformed by His word and become people of faith because God has more for you. James1:22But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.[1]

The Lord wants us to both hear the word and do what it says because He knows this is best for us. The word of the Lord is lamp that guides each step. The Lord does not want us to look any farther ahead than where we are and to depend on Him daily. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. [2]

Jesus’ Words Brought Transformation

Luke 5:1One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. [3] The people that gathered along the Sea of Galilee were blessed to hear Jesus in person. The crowds were amazed by Jesus’ teaching because He taught with authority unlike the rabbis. We are also given the amazing gift of God’s word as we read the Scriptures. What will you do with the gift of God’s word?

Let God’s Word Transform You

Paul writes about the power of God’s word. Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [4]

If we are to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices, we have a role to play. You will be able to discern and do God’s will only when you “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Here the Greek verb translated “be transformed” means an ongoing process. Transformation doesn’t happen automatically, when we first put our faith in Christ. Rather, it is a life-long process of opening ourselves to the power of God’s renewing word.

Notice that God transforms you by “changing the way you think.” This renewed mind comes as you allow Scripture to teach God’s truth. It comes as you meditate on God’s word. Though we cannot transform ourselves, we can participate in the process which opens our heart to the Holy Spirit. As this happens, we will be able to know God’s will so we can build His Kingdom. Will you let God’s word change you? To find out more listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-peter


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

With all that is going on in the world, have you ever asked, “How long before the Lord sets us free from our enemies?” As humans, we don’t see the big picture of what God is working out and become impatient when things are not wrapped up like a 30-minute TV program.

The Hebrews had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years and had cried out to the Lord to overcome their enemies. At the time the Lord called Moses, they had no idea God was putting His plan into action to free them from slavery.

Exodus 3:18 “The elders of Israel will accept your message. Then you (Moses) and the elders must go to the king of Egypt and tell him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So please let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord, our God.’ 19 “But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him. 20 So I will raise my hand and strike the Egyptians, performing all kinds of miracles among them. Then at last he will let you go.[1]

Jesus Came to Set the Captives Free

Failure can produce chronic hopelessness, to the point where you give up trying. Broken and crushed, Israel cried out to the Lord, and He responded. Exodus 3:Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering.[2]  

Notice how God extended compassion toward them: Exodus 3:So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land.[3] God came down to bring them up and He can do the same for you today.

The Lamb Sets Free

Israel’s deliverance called for the slaying of a spotless Passover lamb. They applied its blood to their doorposts and the death angel passed over them.  

Generations later Jesus would come as our Lamb. John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29) 1 Corinthians 5:7Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.[4]Jesus Christ is our sacrificial lamb who shed His blood to set us free from the sin that enslaves us.

What are you struggling with today? You can be released from captivity. Not by your own futile efforts, but by trusting in the God who answers the cries of His people. On the cross Jesus defeated sin, death and the devil. Jesus has defeated our enemies! The Lord sets us free from our enemies, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-a-call-for-moses


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

#ChristianStrong Sometimes when we get overwhelmed, we ...

When God’s plan overwhelms me, it can be frightening. If you are overwhelmed, you feel you can’t handle the task you have been given. When the Lord told Moses He was going to send him to free the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt, God’s plan seemed too big. Like many of us, Moses was looking to his own strength. Although the Lord said he would be with Him and go before him, God’s plan still seemed overwhelming to Moses.

Moses is Overwhelmed by God’s Plan

Exodus 3:10 Now go, for I am sending you (Moses) to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” 13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.”[1]

As the story unfolds the Lord sends Moses’ brother Aaron with him and he successfully confronts the Pharoah of Egypt. God was with Moses just as He said.

Look to God When You are Overwhelmed

It is not unusual for any of us to feel overwhelmed when we move forward with God’s plan for our life. God’s plan usually stretches us, and it takes us outside of our comfort zone. When we begin to follow the Lord’s plan, we must continue to seek the Lord in prayer for ongoing direction.

As we move forward with God’s plan there will be opposition. The enemy does not want to you to make a spiritual impact on anyone including yourself.

Ephesians 6:10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.[2]

When God’s plan overwhelms me, I remember He is the Good Shepherd who will guide, encourage, and give me peace as I move forward in faith. He will do the same for you, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-a-call-for-moses


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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For We Are God's Handiwork, Ephesians 2:10, Catholic ...

Have you ever meditated on the fact that “God desires to work through you?” Why would God want to work through us if He does not need our help? God does not need our help and that is a true statement. He wants to work through us because that helps us grow and mature spiritually.

The Lord created man with the goal of working through His created beings. God has a plan for our life and that plan includes Him working through us.

Ephesians 2:God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. [1]

God Desired to Work through Moses

The Israelites had cried out to God because they had been enslaved by the Egyptians and God would use Moses to free His people. Exodus 3:10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” [2] The Lord would empower and send Moses as His ambassador to confront the Pharoah of Egypt to let God’s people go.

God Desires That We Depend on Him as He Works Through Us

God’s plan for our life is all about seeking the Lord and what His plan is. To seek the Lord is to depend on Him and to look to Him. To seek the Lord is to put our plan aside for His plan. The task He is giving you may seem large, but He is with you and will work through you. God does not call us forward to be mired down in the mud.

Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. [3]

As you read this you may have gotten off the trail of life, but it is not too late to turn around. Seek the Lord for His plan for your life. Let the Lord strengthen you to have the courage to carry out the plans for God has for your life. God has such amazing plans for each one of us that you will be surprised how wonderful they are. God’s plans are not easy, but they are fulfilling. His plans always build His Kingdom so other people can come into the boat of salvation.

God’s plan may seem overwhelming but take one day at a time. Remember God desires to work through you. To learn more, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-a-call-for-moses


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

God will rescue me | I miss you everyday, Words, Words of ...

Will God rescue me? Have you ever cried out to God to rescue you from a situation you were in? How did God respond? How many people did God rescue today when they cried out to Him to save them spiritually? What does this tell us about God?

I remember hearing a testimony many years ago about a couple of men whose plane crashed in the Bearing Sea. They had unwilling taken onboard their plane empty gas cans to be delivered to the community they were flying to. After their plane went down, they were hanging on to those unwanted empty gas cans as they tried to keep above the waves of freezing water. Would God rescue them?

One man praised God as the waves took him away. He thought God was going to rescue him either by a death or a miraculous deliverance. Later they were rescued by an air and sea rescue team. The cold water should have overwhelmed them, but through a miracle the freezing water did no permanent damage. God had indeed saved them to continue to build His Kingdom. 

God Would Rescue the Israelites

Exodus 3:So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey.[1] The Israelites had cried out to God. The Lord heard their cries and would use Moses to deliver His people from the hands of the Egyptians.

God Will Rescue You

Facing the storms of life can be extremely difficult. But during heartache and pain, you can find the hope and courage to go on. With God’s help you will receive the necessary strength to overcome. As difficult as this life storm may be, you are not alone. God is with you always. He loves you, and cares about what is going on in your life. He hears your cries and sees your pain.

Moreover, He understands. Jesus, our High Priest, knows what it is like to walk through a storm. 1 Peter 2:24 Jesus He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. [2]

By Jesus’ death and resurrection, He rescued us from our sin! He is a God who saves. He is a God who rescues because it is His character. Colossians 1:13 For Jesus has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. [3]

You may wonder, will God rescue me? Listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-a-call-for-moses


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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We know God hears our cries, but at times it doesn’t feel like this is true. Not long ago a friend who was a believer in Jesus died after a battle with cancer. Untold prayers went up to God to bring healing. Didn’t God hear these prayers? Instead of being healed, he died. How do we define answered prayers?

If I were this person and found myself in heaven in perfect health and free from all sin, I would say people’s prayers were answered. God does hear our prayers, but it often takes a different form then we would like this side of eternity. We don’t always see the bigger broader plan that God is working out.

God Heard the Cries of Hebrew Slaves

During the days of Moses, the Israelites had been slaves for 400 years. How many cries to God went up over the centuries? God raised up Moses to deliver God’s people out of the hands of the Egyptians in His timing. God did hear their cries!

Exodus 3:Then the Lord told Moses, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. [1]

God Hears Our Cries

How many people have cried out to God this week alone as they faced some time of difficulty in this world? Are you in distress? Is life spinning out of control? Is the pestilence and all its ramifications getting you down? Are you in pain and feel there’s no one to help you?

Don’t be disheartened, for our loving God is always there to help you. Sometimes when we don’t feel God giving us an answer immediately, we think He is not hearing us. That is not true. Look at the story of the Hebrews being slaves for 400 years. God acted, but in His perfect timing. Often His timing does not match our desires.

I want to encourage you with God’s word. Psalm 18:6. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. [2] There is no one who knows more about your life and all that you are experiencing than the Lord.

As a believer in Jesus the Holy Spirit dwells in us. God is literally onboard. He may not bring immediate deliverance from our difficulty, but He will never leave us. He will always walk with us as we face the storms of life and give us a peace as only He can.

Persevering in Prayer

God always hears our cries as we pray.  Fighting through the frustration and persevering in prayer is not about getting God’s attention, it’s about Him getting ours. With each prayer, we remember where our help comes from, and we make space to hear from the Lord. 

God is working and we can trust Him, even when it seems like nothing is happening. Take heart in knowing God hears you and is working all things, even the hard things, together for your good for those who love God. (Romans 8:28.)  

God hears our cries, to hear more, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-a-call-for-moses


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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God invites us into His Presence. The word invite means “to request the presence or participation of.”[1] An invitation always begins with someone else. Moses had been a shepherd for 40 years in the land of Midian since his exile from Egypt. What began as a normal day with his sheep suddenly changed when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a burning bush that did not burn up.

Exodus 3:When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. “Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.[2]

Moses did not expect to encounter the Lord in a supernatural way that day. God, in His timing, invited Moses into His presence. In reverence, God asked Moses to take off his sandals. God’s presence made the area where Moses was standing holy. God invited Moses into His presence to give Moses a new assignment. Moses’ life would never be the same after his encounter with the presence of God. When God has more for us, He takes the initiative.

God Invites Us into His Presence Because He Loves Us

Our Heavenly Father invites us into His presence because He loves us more than we can imagine. When we are in His presence, He gives us great joy. Psalm 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. [3] One of the most important spiritual aspects that we can engage in is to spend time in God’s presence. When I am aware that I am connected to God, I have peace, hope and the spiritual strength that I need for whatever the day brings me.

For me, to be in God’s presence usually begins with prayer. I often feel the greatest presence of God when I am interceding for others. I regularly remember the scripture James 4:Come close to God, and God will come close to you.[4]This is a promise that God gives us in his Word.

God’s presence is real, full of love, and completely transformational. It takes what was broken and brings healing. It satisfies the weary, brings light to the darkness, and pours out the refreshing rain of God’s love on the driest, deepest parts of the soul.

Make Time to be in God’s Presence

Scripture contains story after story of God coming down to meet God’s children where they are like our story today of Moses. He longs to make the reality of His presence known to you. He longs to refresh you with his nearness. You were created for encountering God, and you will never be satisfied until you continually live in the experience for which you were created. Allow your desires to be stirred up to encounter the living God as you read His word and spend time in prayer.

Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” [5]

To hear how God invites us into His presence, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-a-call-for-moses


[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invite

[2-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Second Chances - Simon Peter - Legacurry Presbyterian Church

I am always amazed when God surprises me with a second chance. Have you ever been surprised by receiving a second chance? How did that feel? How did you respond the second time? There is something about being given a second chance when the first time did not go well. You may not have deserved a second chance, but someone mercifully bestowed upon you that opportunity. It was their idea.

It is often during that second chance that we begin to appreciate the opportunity we have been given. Many times, forgiveness plays a key role in second chances. This is key to a second chance in a relationship or marriage when things have become difficult. Perhaps you have been the one to give another person that second chance in a relationship.

Moses’ First Chance Did Not Go Well

When Moses was 40 years old, he saw how poorly his people, the Israelites, were treated. Although Moses was an Israelite, he had been raised in the court of the Egyptians as one of their own. When he was an infant, he was pulled out of a basket in the Nile where his mother had placed him to save his life from the Egyptians. The Egyptian Pharoah ordered all Hebrew male babies thrown into the Nile River at the time of Moses’ birth.

When Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, he killed the man. Moses had not waited on God’s plan or timing. To escape the wrath of Pharoah for this deed, Moses fled to the desert of Midian. He would spend the next 40 years in there as a shepherd, which was a far cry from being in the Pharoah’s court.

 In the desert Moses grew in faith and humility. God would refine Moses for a greater purpose, but it would take 40 years. Forty in the Bible is a time of testing. When we have a failure like this, we may think that God can’t redeem this type of failure, or He will never give us a second chance.

Moses is Given a Second Chance

Moses was now 80 years old and was content to continue to be a shepherd, but God was going to call him into deeper things. God wanted more for Moses, and He would take the initiative to give him more.

Exodus 3:1One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied.[1]

God was calling Moses to a new assignment. His was to confront the Pharoah of Egypt in order to free the Israelite. Moses was given a second chance to free his people in a way that he could not have imagined 40 years earlier. God’s timing is always perfect. Moses had changed after being in the desert for 40 years and now was prepared for what God wanted him to do.

Jesus Gives Us a Second Chance

Have you placed your faith in Jesus, yet? If not, the Lord is giving you a second chance right now. Don’t let another day go by before asking Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. If you are a believer, be thankful you came to faith. How many times did the Lord call you before you responded to His call?

Remember God has more for you in your life and takes the initiative just as He did in the life of Moses in your life. Have an open heart to be led by the Holy Spirit and God’s word.

2 Peter 3:The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.[2]

When God surprises me with a second chance, it is amazing. To hear more, listen:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-a-call-for-moses


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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