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A Writer’s Random Rhyme (Five Minute Friday)

Five Minute Friday
Hey all!

It’s time for Five Minute Friday. You know, that point in the week where I link up with Lisa-Jo Baker, she gives us a prompt and we write… For five minutes.

Today’s Prompt: WRITE



Sometimes, I write.

I write with delight and sometimes with fright.
Sometimes it’s a fight… but good granny… I write.

I write in the day, and sometimes the night.
And always, oh always, I write in spite…

In spite of my flaws, my shortcomings, my distractions,
I am not quite sure of writing’s attractions.

It’s a challenge, makes me think, encourages me grow,
And what the final product will be, most times I never know.

Sometimes I write funny, happy, silly or sad,
And some interesting stuff comes out when I write flaming mad.

OH WAIT… now that I sit down and think why I write,
I write for Him, The One, Most Holy, My Christ.

That’s right. That’s why I write.



I (obviously) feel a bit Dr. Seuss-ey today… (But no Star-bellied Sneetches or overthinking the thinks you can think… Or Green Eggs and Ham, no ma’am.)

Thanks a ton for stopping by, dear friend… As you move through your day, no matter what you are doing, whether it’s writing, buying groceries, logging the hours at your job or wiping runny noses… Do it for The One who matters Most.

Writing for Christ,

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man…” ~Colossians 3:23 

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A Brief Lil Breather

Hi friends! Just wanted to let you know…

1. We are still alive.

2. Life is hectic, but blessed.

3. I am taking a brief lil breather from blogging… Don’t worry, it’s only for a few days. (4 blog posts worth… if you don’t count this one.) I won’t be blogging for the next week ish or so,  as we start settling into our new home (and won’t have legit internet connection.) Plus, in the almost two years I have been blogging, I have only taken one blogging vacay, and that was involuntary when I got stupid sick with pneumonia while I was pregnant about this time last year.

Good times.

Anywho, this time, the brief breather vacay is on my terms (with God’s guidance, of course!) So stay tuned… because there is potentially going to be some big bloggy/ministry news (ahem, and a giveaway– perhaps kinda sorta) when I return… Just sayin’.

Til then… A little visual food for thought this wonderful Monday.


Via Atul Bansal @ Flickr

Be blessed!

“I’m in the very presence of God— oh, how refreshing it is! I’ve made Lord God my home. God, I’m telling the world what you do!” ~Psalm 75:28 MSG

PS: I would appreciate your prayers for God’s guidance for the direction of this ministry (exciting stuff happening!)… as well as the supernatural ability to start acclimating/organizing our new home in like, a day. (Ok, so maybe that  last one is a bit of a stretch… But with God all things are possible, right?? 🙂 )

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Everyday Jesus: The Smiling Square Faces

Are you ready for yet another incredible installment of our “Everyday Jesus” guest blogging series? I sure hope so… because this one, written by my sweet friend Amy, is a doozy. Her perspective will surely make your scratch your head (in a good way!) and her personality will make you want to reach through the screen and drag her to Starbucks for a face-to-face chat about… well, anything! This gal is an incredibly talented writer and such a passion for Jesus that it’s contagious.

So yes, meet Amy. And be sure to show her the love both here and over at her place!

Always impressed by Him,

It’s easy to lose track of Jesus online. Bloggers blast out words at all times of day and night. Pieces of truth they are learning, and that truth is usually accompanied by a beautiful picture with a moving piece of scripture inscribed in cool font.Tweets and likes and +1’s, cloud my thinking, and it doesn’t make sense that Jesus can be the topic of almost every post I read and yet, somehow go missing.When I start feeling like this, I know it’s time to unplug, and I do so happily.Who will notice I am missing?Surely, the smiling, square faces from Arizona, Arkansas, and across the ocean are busy, and if I close shop for a time, it would go undetected. *Insert speculation about the quality of my online relationships.Amyonlinegirls

And so I pull the plug. No blogging for a week or maybe even two.

I decide Jesus is present in the quiet mornings of my home, and I need time to think about the realness of my smiling square “friends”.

And then I receive a text inquiring about my new job. From an online friend.
And an email asking if I need anything. From an online friend.
And a call filled with giggles. From an online friend.
And my iPad rings. Oh, it’s an online friend.

Jesus sneaks up.

He tells me my online friends may not be sitting in front of me, but He instructs me to embrace the love they share anyway.

Then, Jesus surprises me.

Although He doesn’t tell me, I get the distinct impression Jesus doesn’t feel all of the online chatter is shameless self-promotion, nope. Instead, I think He’s thrilled to be the focus of conversation and happy people are connecting in His name.

Your turn: Tell me about the people you have met online. Do you ever wonder about the authenticity of your online relationships? Have you seen real friendships bloom out of a shared passion for spreading ideas about Jesus online?

amyblog picAmy L. Sullivan pounds out words early in the morning and late at night. She doesn’t have any “online friends”. Nope, just regular ‘ol friends she happens to meet online. Want to be one of her regular ‘ol friends? Connect with her via her blog, her Facebook Page or on Twitter. 
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Everyday Jesus: Coincidence?

Ever have those friends or people in your life that you just simply ADORE? I do– and today’s guest post is brought to you by just one of those such people… Kelli is not only my dear friend, but she is also a mentor, coach, “boss,” and encourager in my life. I have been privileged to work alongside her for over a year and a half, in which time we have laughed together, cried together and grown in Christ together. 

She is a talented speaker and writer– so please show her lots of love (both here and at her site via leaving comments) as she shares her heart today on the latest and greatest edition of “Everyday Jesus!” 

Be Blessed, 



kelli rainbow

I remember running late taking my kids to school one morning several years ago. I was frustrated. They were in tears. Instead of speeding and risking getting a ticket or being involved in an accident and making my morning even worse, I decided to slow down. We were just going to have to be late. And I began to pray that God would show me Himself. “God, give me patience. Make me a better parent. Help my kids get their act together!” (You know, the usual prayers when you are late and frustrated.) Out of nowhere, a peacock came out of the woods and began to cross the road. Seriously. I thought I was losing my mind. I live in mid-Georgia. Last time I checked, we don’t have peacocks running wild.

Then I felt like God say to me… “Here is your gift this morning. Slow down and search for me. I am always at work. Look for me.”

Was my prayer for God to show Himself and a random peacock crossing a rural Georgia road a coincidence? No, my friend, that was a God-incidence. God showed up, He showed out, and I was aware enough to see Him.

Really, these God-incidences happen all the time.

Like the time I was telling my son that he the only two things that he had to do was to listen and obey. That was it! And God whispered, “Yeah, that’s it. That’s all I need for you to do.” Easier said than done, huh?

Or the time when I dropped my church ministry business card into a drawing at a restaurant and someone new to the community who was looking for a church saw it, pulled it out, and now calls our church his home.

Do we see Him? Do we seek Him? Everyday Jesus is at work… around us, in us, through us, and for us.

“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”  ~Jeremiah 29:13

Let’s not miss the gifts God has for us in the everyday things… your children’s laughter. A friend’s conversation. A moment with your husband. A meal with your family. Practice looking for Him in the everyday. The seemingly mundane. The ordinary.

And you might just see a peacock crossing the road. 


Kelli headshotKelli Wommack is a motivational speaker, writer, and blogger and loves seeing people reach their full potential in Christ. With over twenty years of ministry experience, she currently leads others in a discovery process of their special God-given design in her role as SERVE minister at Christ Community Church in Georgia. As a Samford University seminary grad, Kelli loves to study and teach God’s Word. She enjoys a crazy life with her husband of 20 years and her teenage daughter and tween-age son. In her abundant spare time (ha!), she enjoys frappuccinos, frozen yogurt, and friends. She invites you on the journey of Living for ONE at

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Everyday Jesus: God Cares for Our Basic Needs

Welcome to another edition of our guest post blogging series “Everyday Jesus!” Today’s guest blogger, Laura, is one of my great online gal-pals… Her writing is an inspiration– and today’s post is absolutely no exception! Be sure to show sweet Laura some love– both here at 7 Days Time and over at her place by leaving a comment. (Hint, hint, wink, wink…) 


Have you ever noticed that everything seems worse when you’re tired or hungry?

Think about it. You might not be having the best day, but it’s not awful. And then, as you go from meeting to meeting or run errands, you miss lunch. And what happens? You get cranky. Maybe a headache comes on. You lose your patience with co-workers or your kids. And your day has gone from bad to worse.

This was me a few weeks ago, but not because I missed lunch.

I did something to my back, although I don’t really know what. One minute I was fine. The next minute I sat down for dinner, and I felt something slip out-of-place. It was painful, but not awful.

Over the next few days, it got worse, until I could barely move. It didn’t matter what anti-inflammatory medications I took, or how long I kept the heating pad on, I couldn’t move.

The pain meant I wasn’t sleeping either. And it doesn’t take long for lack of sleep to catch up with me.

On the evening of the worst day, I was near “total meltdown” stage. (My family would say I was already well into “total meltdown” stage. So, don’t ask them.)

I prayed for healing, but instead, I slept.

God knows.

He knows our basic human needs. And He knows when they’re not being met.

Everything seems worse when we’re tired or hungry…or in Elijah’s case, both.

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
1 Kings 19:3-5 NLT

I’ve never actually had to run for my life, but I’ve been at the end of my rope like Elijah.

God, I’m tired of this.  I can’t do it anymore.

Maybe you’ve felt that way before too.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
1 Kings 19:5b-6 NLT

I imagine Elijah would’ve liked God to do something about the people who were trying to kill him. But instead, God gave Elijah rest and food.

Not just once, but twice.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.
1 Kings 19:7-9 NLT

Everything seems worse when you’re tired or hungry.

God knew that before Elijah could think clearly again, he needed two basic needs met—sleep and food.

Aren’t we the same today?

When the lack of sleep took me under, the pain in my back was out of control and I couldn’t focus on anything else. But after a night of rest, I was able to think a little more clearly.

I was still in pain, but God met my basic need of sleep. And later that day, I could feel my back start to relax.

We want to get right to the result—problem solved.

But sometimes, God wants us to see something else first.

He wants us to see Him in our everyday basic needs.

And with that clearer vision, we can see Him at work in our end-of-my-rope moments.


Laura Rath Bio Pic

Laura Rath is a follower of Jesus Christ, a wife, mother, writer, blogger, and works in church ministry. She continues to grow daily in her relationship with God and loves the faith journey she’s on. Laura is a monthly contributor for 5 Minutes for Faith, and hosts an online Bible study, using books relevant to women today. She can be found at Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith, where she shares from her heart and encourages others in their walk with the Lord. You can also connect with her via Facebook or Twitter. 

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SURPRISE! Everyday Jesus Series Intro

Not gonna lie… I just love it when a profound and exciting Jesus idea pops into my head.

Seriously. There are few things more motivating.

As we approach the birth of our first child, a season/event which my husband and I fondly call BabyTime, I have spent significant time thinking/praying as to what ministry will look like when our “Little Patriot” makes his/her debut into our lives.

My answer: I have no idea. 

Don’t get me wrong… I’m sure there will be plenty of sleep-deprivation and poopy diapers. But as to what 7 Days Time and ministry looks like? Great question. I will get back to you when I have the answer myself.

One thing that was made pretty clear to me was not to quit completely. I know some folks cut all ministry/writing/bloggy ties when baby comes into the picture, if not forever, at least for an extended season… which is completely acceptable and understandable. Apparently being a Mama is a poop-ton of work (pun intended.)

But while we are excited about the arrival of our new little one, God hasn’t released me from this ministry (for which I am very thankful!) Also, He didn’t tell me to take a specific type of break. (Because really, it would be waaayyy harder to stop for a few weeks than legitimately pick it back up again instead of write it off forever. And honestly, Jesus and I have worked too hard and too long over the last year and a half just to be like, ok, DONE. Chapter closed. Moving on.)

Instead, He told me to ask for help.

So help I am getting.

Here’s the loose game plan… Next Monday will begin a new chapter at 7 Days Time– a guest blogging series from some of my greatest Jesus writer-y girlfriends (and guy friends, believe it or not!) The series will run til… well, until I run out of guest bloggers 🙂 The series is entitled “Everyday Jesus.”

The general premise is going to be about how my sweet guest bloggers have experienced a “Jesus sneak-attack” in the everyday moments of life… At the grocery store, doing the laundry, even on Facebook, etc, etc…

OR how they have been a part of Jesus moving in someone else’s everyday life.

I have a sneaky suspicion that these posts are going to be  funny, quirky, heartfelt, intense, all over the board.  (The sky is the limit.)

Um, I might kinda-sorta-perhaps be a smidgen excited about this season of life and this Jesus opportunity/epiphany to feature some incredible writers who have remarkable hearts for Jesus.

Monkey surprise

Are you as surprised and excited as these guys? I am.
(Image Courtesy of Doug Wheller via Flickr)

I know that each and every one of you will welcome these awesome guest bloggers with open arms– and leave them lots and lots of love in the form of feedback and comments. (Hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

Plus, you will get some sweet connections to other Christian-esque blogs.

Plus, you will definitely be encouraged about how important it is to look for Jesus in everyday life.

Are you excited? I sure hope so… because I can hardly wait!!

So on that note: What are you looking forward to most about this blogging series? Do you have a great “Everyday Jesus” story moment you would like to share? Comment below!

Thanks for your flexibility and support during this new life season for us– it’s gonna be a wild ride, but I have a sneaky feeling that Jesus is gonna be with us each step of the way… every day!

Ready to rock and roll,

“This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details.” ~Ephesians 3:7 MSG

PS: As of this very moment, I hope to continue blogging on a regular basis in addition to the Monday guest bloggers… It might be a little sporadic from time to time, but my pre-birth nesting phase has transitioned into the digital world (thank you, Jesus!) so I am/have been working on several fresh posts to share post-baby. Stay tuned!

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Oh Look– Something Shiny! (Five Minute Friday)

Greetings all! It is Friday (whoot!) and if you have been hanging ’round these parts for a hot minute, you know that Fridays can only mean one thing…

Five Minute FridayProductivity is optional.

(Just kidding. If you are at work, you better get busy before your boss reads this over your shoulder and you end up having a “Come to Jesus” chat with him.)

But seriously. Fridays mean it is time for Five Minute Friday.

Each week, I link up with my friend Lisa-Jo Baker. She gives us a prompt and we free-write for five minutes flat. No over-thinking, no OCD perfectionistic editing.

Just go with it. Which I do believe is a perfect attitude for a Friday.

So my fingers are itching… Let’s do this.

Today’s prompt: FOCUS

Ready? GO!


Books, pens and supplies are scattered around my work station. I am deep in thought, brow crinkling, eyes focused on the task at hand. Just a few more final…


Sigh. Does this ever happen to you? I don’t know, maybe I’m the only one. (Although I kind of doubt it… No offense, just saying based on how my friends and I function, I don’t think I am alone in this.)

Keeping focus can be a full time job. Sure, when I am by myself and motivated, its pretty easy for me to work on a project or remain zeroed in on the task at hand until it is completed. But if I am around other people or I’m having “one of those days…” I find myself distracted by something shiny.

Those distractions can stem from procrastination (Oh, look, the kitchen floor is FILTHY! Better clean it before I sit down to work on my latest project.) Or perhaps just the buzzing culture that we have become accustomed to (I really need to check Facebook. Like, now. I mean, somebody could have gotten engaged or had a baby in the last 17 minutes.) 

But sometimes the distractions that take away our focus are a little more intense. They can come from The Enemy as he tries to take our focus off of The One who is our everything in life.

Satan doesn’t just use inconveniences or “bad” things to rob our focus from following Christ. He oftentimes will use something good to distract us from God’s best. (But that’s another blog post.)

Focusing on what is TRULY important can be difficult. But let’s remember– if we are easily distracted by “something shiny,” God is the light of the world– and nothing gets “shinier” than that.



Do you sometimes struggle with focusing on the important things in life (namely: God)? What “shiny” thing typically distracts you? How do you think we can stay on track and keep our focus clear? I always adore hearing your feedback. Leave a comment below.

Moving forward with focus,

“The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus.” ~Mark 8:25 (MSG) 

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On our Tippy Toes (Five Minute Friday)

Hello all! We have made it to another Friday once again. (See, no matter what you do or don’t get done today, you can at least say you survived (and hopefully thrived) through another week!)

Fridays are extra special ’round these parts. It is the day where I link up with our favorite Gypsy Mama Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday.

Five Minute Friday is just like it sounds– she gives us a prompt, then we write for five minutes. Sounds easy enough, yes?

Five Minute Friday

Here’s the kicker– As we let the words flow, there is no over-thinking or editing. We just go with it and see what Jesus comes up with via our fingers in five minutes.

Today’s prompt: STRETCH

Ready? GO!


A cheerful (ok, slightly annoying) tune plays on my phone as my alarm rings. My eyes reluctantly flutter open. Time to face another day. I lay flat on my back, stretch my arms out as far as they go, straighten my legs, yawn and…


Ow!!! Cheese and crackers, that HURT!! What I intended to be a good morning stretch resulted in popping or pulling something in my neck/back area that hurt for 5 days. (True story.)

Sometimes, when we are stretched… it can hurt.

Yes, even when God does the stretching.

However, the best news about God stretching us is that He doesn’t injure us beyond reconciliation. Sure, it might be painful and unpleasant for a little while– but down the road, we discover that the trial or experience that stretched us was really for our own good and God’s glory.

We must allow God to stretch us in our lives, families, ministries, careers you name it. For only when we are stretched do we know how high or how far we can go in the name of Jesus.

Are you stiff and sore today in your relationship with Christ? When was the last time you have asked him to stretch you? What happens when God stretches you to your capacity? I would love to hear your thoughts– leave a comment below.

Now, if you will excuse me… God is calling me to do my daily stretching– heart tugs, open hand extensions and most of all, tippy toe calf raises as we stretch for heaven.



Thanks for stopping by, peeps– I always appreciate your presence! May you have a wonderful and blessed weekend– and see you back here on Monday morning! (I have a lil surprise to share with all of you!)

Stretching for God,

“We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him.” 1 John 3:22 (MSG) 

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Birthday Bests

It’s official.

Being sick is pretty much top ten most un-fun things EVER. Hence the reason why I haven’t been able to blog for a week. I’ve been battling bronchitis and pneumonia. (Both of which came out of NOWHERE, I might add.) For several days it was all I could do to make it to the kitchen back to the couch, let alone stare at a computer trying to string words together to form complete sentences. Fortunately, I have learned (often the hard way) that I HAVE to take a break and rest… or you might be reading this post as it would be written from my husband beside my hospital bed. Uh, no thanks.

 But I’m back. Ish. Still crazy tired and probably will be for a while, but relatively coherent again. Thanks to those of you who prayed for me… and thanks for understanding that I needed time to heal.

During my time of sleeping/coughing/napping, I realized that Wednesday, August 1 was my blog’s ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY. Holy cow. A whole year of writing nearly 5 days per week. As of this post, I have published 261 blog entries. That’s crazy.

Happy Birthday to us! Who’s bringing the cake?

But it also makes me praise God’s faithfulness for helping me push through and stick with it. Blogging 5 days a week is HARD and takes some serious discipline– which is proof that it is only by God’s grace has this ministry grown this much this quickly.

Plus, I certainly couldn’t have done it without you, my darling readers. Seriously. Your encouragement that you actually read these posts keep me going when the words won’t seem to come any longer.

So today, as a belated birthday celebration, I wanted to share with you links to some of my “best” posts based on comments, page views and my personal bias. 🙂  (Side note: that’s the beauty of being the author– I get to make the rules.)

I invite you to check out the following links and let me know what you think if you missed them the first time around. Or if you have a different favorite post… please leave a comment below letting me know which one it is or  what you enjoy most about this ministry in general.

Even Though… My most vulnerable and top viewed blog post of all time… A recount of our miscarriage earlier this year– and how God was faithful through it.

Faith by the Foot A fun and humorous look at my testimony– with a little secret about me revealed.

A Latte Love (Factor of 7)  Sharing some Jesus love with strangers– in the form of Starbucks coffee.

Some Comments on Commenting  One of my “bolder” moments when I share a few thoughts about the importance of blog comments.

Life-as-a-wife survival kit A funny look at marriage, God’s sense of humor and how to survive it all.

Christ in a Cow Pasture My personal favorite story of all time– the day that I lead my dad to Christ– in a Cow Pasture.

Can’t wait to hear what you think… And praise Jesus for a great year of growth and learning together as a virtual family! Thanks for hanging with me over this last year– and here’s to many more to come!

Partyin’ like it’s blog’s birfday,

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” 2 Thess. 3:5 (NIV)

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I Choose Option B (Five Minute Friday)

After a 3 week hiatus, Five Minute Friday is BACK over here at 7 Days Time.

I will give you a moment to compose yourself. 🙂

Five Minute Friday is simple. And fun. It’s like a writing flash mob. Each Friday, I pop over and link up with The Gypsy Mama Lisa-Jo Baker. She gives us a prompt. Then we write. For five minutes flat.

No over thinking. No editing. Pure, word-flowing, Jesus inspired writing.

Five Minute Friday

And very appropriate for a Friday.

So now… Let’s get this party started!

Todays prompt: BEYOND



“ARE WE THERE YET?” I have to admit that this question is not utter from the mouths of babes in the backseat on a road trip… Instead, it oftentimes seems to involve my heart and a conversation with God.

I am a forward thinker. And by forward thinker, I really mean that I have a tendency to be impatient. (Great way to sugarcoat it, right? Thought so.)

We all have to be very careful not to fall in the trap of “Beyond.” Now, don’t get me wrong– beyond is a B-E-A-uitful thing. It’s exciting. It’s refreshing. It’s hope-inducing. But if we focus on too much on the beyond… we miss The Now.

“I will be happy when the house is clean…” 

“When I get my blog post written, then I can relax.” 

“I just have to make it through this ridiculous season of army insanity.” 

I am looking beyond. Yes, it keeps me moving forward… But sometimes, we just need to chill out and live in The Now.

Because God is in The Now AND the Beyond.

He’s in the clutter in my house.

He’s in the words of my blog posts.

He’s in the trials that the army throw at us.

God is in The Now. And also gives us a sweet hope in our heart of the beyond…

So we can choose:
A) To experience heaven only in the beyond, sludging through our day-to-day lives
B) To experience heaven in today AND beyond, by enjoying The Now but rejoice in The Later

I don’t know about you… but I choose option B.



Five Minute Friday is always fun… mainly because I’m always surprised at what ends up from my head and heart into the scribbly words of my post. Jesus is at work… And I’m glad we can experience it.

May your weekend be filled with hope of the now… and beyond.

Beyond Blessed,

“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great…” 1 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) 

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