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Shades of Jade Escalades

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The reality of life is this:
There are fallacies that incite me to quit.
Despite my wife’s plight being legit, sometimes it’s not enough.
Despite the colorful spectrum she exudes,
Sometimes inciting wonderful sessions can’t be exhumed…
As reciting writing as a Legend is doomed by writhin’ in the rough.

Rather, once my drive gets buried beneath winds of unchanged constants,
My rough drafts change into muffled chains of consonants.
I can’t blame God for this – sometimes I edify friends with unpurposed words.
Let me spell it out for you:
when I can’t even gather words for my best friend
On the day she birthed my bachelor’s Quest to end…
I’ve been saddled worse than equestrians who bet against the Bulls versus the Spurs!

And once there’s no son to shine and buff,
Whatever the sun shines in is like a bluff.
Like a diamond in the rough, there’s nothing left to reflect upon.
With no light redirected,
Shades of Jade becomes slightly defective
As my plight’s left rejected like a pilot light that gets ejected once it bombs.

But how could this be?: 
‘since you, every rhyme I’ve devised
Is a lyrical missal of divine design…
You inspire me to climb – who else could make me sing without knowing the song?!!’
The better question to ask is who or what
Can make me depressed and gloomy enough…
To take the ‘heir’ out of a room – who sucks enough to stoop to such low resolve?

who has come but to steal, kill and destroy
Whatever real zeal that’s been deployed
By the real Dealer of a JOY which the world could never give me?
Better ‘STEEL’ – Who is so splendidly resplendent
That He works best when I have plenty appendages?…
Who senses me through sending a sentenced kindred to forever deliver me?!!

Who’s overcome thorns
When a ‘rose’ was hung and adorned?
Who’s better than D. Rose? – who swung for the bleachers
and sprang back after spraining His heel?

Who placed my bride adjacent to me to help quell my achin’ heart?
Who put the ‘G’ in bride to bridge what the devil’s spaced apart?…
Who excavates the spark to help me escape the darkness as I scale faith’s hill?

He Who provides the paint for me to wield Jade escapades
Is He Who subsides the pains with plains for escalades.
His ways are best displayed when shade is thrown my way!
Rogue rage from rouge waves of ample seethes
Gives way to amber and sirene tangerine
As walls from strongholds fall under the timber (tam-ber) of green thrones –
seated too high to be dismayed.

As such emerald shading
Stamps out flames from an ephemeral Hades,
In general, complaining comes to an ensued and abrupt end.
And as Zion’s cyan permeates the landscape,
Its royal scions imbibe and encircle purple pathways
To surround those drowned in hurtful wrath and hate with a renewed trust in Him.

This is the cruxt of the gem
That was just dropped to crush the extent
Of foolishness that rushed in to muddy the remedy for my Living Water.
The Living Water that cleanses my mind’s brightness.
The Living Water that replenished the lines to write this…
The Living Water that refracts Christ’s Light to split what
was crushing my spirit’s emptied borders.

(a continuation and evolution of the poem that started it all as read through the link below):

Shades of Jade Escapades

Two or Three If By Sea

This is a poem I wrote to honor the three leaders of my 2014-15 Elgin Leadership Academy:  Dan Fox, Don Waters and Ruth Munson.

As this gift does many times, it took a life of its own from it’s Originator, my Creator:  The Lord God.  In light of the recent Baltimore riots, it began to take the form of a declaration over the city/region of Elgin: an outcry for the Spirit of God to direct and lead those who are committed to servant leadership and the betterment of others.

I joined this academy in hopes of influencing and being influenced by leaders in this community and count it a blessing to have been involved.  The benefits have only just begun to scratch the surface.

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‘For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.’
– Matthew 18:20

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‘And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.’
– Ecclesiastes 4:12

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Happy Ishtar…?: Face Palming Easter Sunday

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My wife presented the name “Josiah” to me for our firstborn son because of the work that King Josiah did in the Old Testament.  I became a father for the first time at the age of 30.  At the same time, I had come to a place in my life where the Christian traditions of old were meeting Christian revelations of truth that I’d never known before.

When Josiah became King and had the book of the law presented to him (see 2 Kings 22), he saw how Solomon (the King of Israel before him) had established empty traditions among the people in the face of the living God.  Solomon had intertwined not just empty traditions but demonic idolatry (the art of worshiping an image or entity in place of or alongside the ONE, TRUE and LIVING God) into reverence of YHWH:  the LORD God of Israel.

Despite King Solomon’s wisdom, he had become a people-pleaser more so than a pleaser of the most High God.  Specifically, he sought to please the various cultures from the hundreds of wives and concubines he had amassed in his reign.  The Hebrews had been warned against marrying outside of their people to avoid this very thing:  bringing in the customs of different peoples with varying gods (nothing more than demonic powers falsely exalting themselves to distract humanity from the ONE, TRUE and LIVING God).  According to the law of their day (specifically, Exodus 20:3-5), this was a BIG mistake:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Like King Josiah, when I realized the error in my ways in the idols (anything that I’d placed in front of God) of my life, I tore them down.  As such, things like my love of secular Hip-Hop over music that praises and honors God and Alpha Phi Apha Fraternity Inc. over a lifelong pledge to the brotherhood and body of Jesus Christ had to go.

I became adamant that for me to do the work of God in His Kingdom on earth, I had to tear down false doctrine and false gods alike – no matter how familiar and renowned they’d become in my life.  Searching my soul and surroundings, I began to find and challenge many different long-standing areas of tradition:  religious (done out of customs, repetition and/or ignorance) things that I’d accepted as truths without a real understanding.

This became more of a challenge than I’d ever thought as I began to see traditions established within Christian staples in my life.  I’d been raised in a Catholic church, so it was easy for such things to creep in on my attempts to form a relationship with my Heavenly Father.

With Resurrection Sunday still fresh in our minds, I’d like to focus the observation of Easter around one such idol that King Josiah tore down:  Ashtoreth:

And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. – 2 Kings 23:13

For the sake of brevity, let’s spell out exactly who/what this Ashtoreth is and the connection to the holiday that Christians such as myself venerate as the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ishtar (pronounced Easter, apparently) was celebrated in Assyrian and Babylonian culture as the goddess Ishtar of fertility and sex.  These aspects of her powers were purportedly symbolized by the egg and bunny, respectively.

Astarte (which is the Greek transliteration of Ishtar adopted into their pantheon of god/desses) is transliterated as the Hebrew name Ashtoreth.

It’s that simple. Just like Christmas, as Christianity was spread to the world surrounding it, leaders decided to sway converts by placing Christian holy days such as the birth and resurrection of Christ in the same season as holidays celebrated by pagans.  The hope was that the celebratory events would help Christians relate to and proselytize the natives.  But what ended up happening is the same thing that King Solomon did:  for the sake of a little booty, the culture became intertwined and tainted.

Call it serving God and mammon or whatever you’d like, it simply cannot be done.  We will end up hating one in favor of whichever other one feels better to our flesh:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
– Matthew 6:24

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. – 1 Corinthians 10:21

So what will it be?  Will you drink the cup of the Lord purely – or sup at the pimp cup of demons because it has a cute Easter bunny on it with an amuse-bouche of peeps and chocolate eggs?!!  God is not amused… and neither am I.  I hate what (not people, people!) the Lord hates.  Sure.  I grew up on Easter baskets and dyeing hard-boiled eggs.  YES.   It was FUN!

“Dying Easter Eggs”

Is dyeing Easter
Eggs really worth dying for
With an Eastern pledge?!!

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But knowing better means doing better.  We are consecrated; yet, my consecrated brethren are the same ones who twist up their brows and turn down their noses when I suggest abandoning Easter’s Ashtoreth poles that stick out like sore thumbs in the many-membered body of Christ.  Simply avoiding saying the word Easter means nothing if you’re still dropping Resurrection baskets on your kids and gathering up your family for the annual Resurrection Egg Roll at the White House.  Let he who has bunny ears hear.

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What do you value most?  Let he who has had his sins covered by the Blood of Christ throw away the first jewel-stoned Fabergé egg.  SELAH.

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Overcoming Major Blockage

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These blocks are pretty cheap novelty items that I won at a work retreat but they’ve come to mean more to me than any movie-themed LEGO brick ever could.  These blocks showed my 7-year old son that he can hear from God DIRECTLY.

Have I got your attention?  Good!

I brought these blocks home last week to give to my 3-year old daughter since her older brother has ALL the cool LEGOs and she only has a handful.  We took them out of the packaging they came in and put them in a ziploc bag so she would be less likely to lose them.  Well… if you know little kids, they always find a way to circumvent your best strategies!  By the morning, she had lost the entire ziploc bag!

When the evening had come, I asked both of my children when and where was the last time either remembered seeing her with the bag. Josiah (my son) remembered seeing Maiyah (my daughter) walk into her room with them.  I took Maiyah to her room to investigate while Josiah was tasked to go to the study to finish up his homework.

Now, I have to pause for a moment to provide some backdrop to the story.  During the prior weekend, we’d lost something else.  Josiah had been invited to a birthday party so we went to the store to get gifts and a card.  Upon leaving Hallmark, we stopped by this shoe store to find some shoelaces for Maiyah before heading home.  I remember Josiah having the bag with the card and small gift when we left Hallmark.  This was on a Saturday.

By Sunday afternoon (minutes before the birthday party), we couldn’t find the bag!  When I asked Josiah when and where he last remembered having it, he couldn’t remember.  At this point, I asked him to ask His Father in heaven to reveal where the bag was while I did the same.  His eyes began to tear up with guilt and frustration.  When I asked him why he was crying, he said that he was afraid God wouldn’t respond to him.  The unspoken truth to this that I discerned in him was also that he would feel as though I’d be disappointed that he couldn’t hear God speak to him.  After easing his grief, I chalked up the bag as a loss and drove to the birthday party.

While en route, the Lord did speak to me and showed me that the bag had been left at the shoe store.  Specifically, He showed me that there was a 90% probability that I  was the one who had left the bag!  I called the store and they confirmed a Hallmark bag was behind the counter with similar contents to our purchase:  a card and a small, plush Yoda doll.  After apologizing to my son, I dropped him off at the party and went back to get the bag.

Fast forwarding back to this missing bag of blocks, as I stood in Maiyah’s room a little disgusted that yet ANOTHER thing had been lost, Josiah came in with the bag in hand.  After congratulating him on such a great find, I asked him where he’d found it.  Oddly though, he wouldn’t tell me.  He wanted to show me, instead.  I continued to ask him several times until he revealed the secret place.  The bag had been in quite an obscure location:  underneath a chess table behind a Carrom board.

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I was baffled!  When I asked my son how he had managed to find the bag in such a weird place that was no where NEAR his sister’s room, he still held back.  As I studied my son, I discerned his reluctant strategy.

“Did you ask God?”… yes, he replied.  “…Did you hear Him tell you that?!!”… yes, he replied again!  I.  Was.  GEEKED!  I asked him several times to be sure I hadn’t misinterpreted what Josiah was telling me or filled in the blanks for him but he reconfirmed several times that he hadn’t seen where the bag was in a vision as much as he heard his Father respond directly to a question he had asked.

This is where it begins, people of God!  If you can be faithful over a few things in learning how to seek God, He will make you ruler over many, no doubt!  These are the building blocks of a lasting and growing relationship between an earthly son and His Heavenly Father.  SELAH.

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Rout Planning: Out-Planning ‘Strategery’


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rout – vb. to defeat decisively or disastrously

rout – n.  a disastrous defeat

Any strategist worth his “assault” wanting to become a great strategist must learn to deal with defeat.  Once they admit to it, though – great strategists will analyze it to understand his tactics AND the tactics of his enemy that brought about this TEMPORARY loss.

People of God – we are called to be strategic against the strategic tomfoolery (thus, the portmanteau of strategery in the title; as coined by Saturday Night Live’s Will Ferrell) of the devil and his insurgents.

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Though they have been handed a SOUND defeat in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they react much like many of the terrorist organizations around the world that were tied to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden after their deaths.  They continue to raise hell in pockets around the globe though the head has been cut off.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? – 1 Corinthians 15:55

We are called to be strategic in our encounters with these insurgents, though.  That doesn’t mean we won’t take an L (loss) along the way.  It just means that we will regroup, collect our intel, adjust our strategy and OFFENSIVELY STRIKE (we’re not always meant to cower/counter strike in defense) again to beat back those who would attack the Kingdom of God in earth.

This is the nature of being apostolic. It is a term of WAR.  Saints, we must analyze our role and the role of the enemy in these battles to overcome and MAINTAIN a victorious stance… in face of, in opposition against, and even as often as the defeats come.

No one likes to be defeated but be encouraged and learn from each loss… for you are MORE than a CONQUEROR in CHRIST!

As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 8:36-39

Do you want to know how to be strategic and what the apostolic movement looks like in warring against sickness and disease in your region?  Come out to the Kingdom Advancement Center’s 2015 Year of RELEASE:  Healing and Deliverance  Conference on the weekend of April 25th for three days of apostolic teaching! (registration is below):

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A Cherished Moment of Embarrassment

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Me (to my son): “Josiah, do I embarrass you sometimes?”
Josiah: “Yes.”
Me: “How?”
Josiah: “…”

Even after I told him it was alright to tell me and that he wouldn’t get in trouble, he couldn’t give me an example. The easiest one is when I tell him “I love him” when I drop him off to KinderCare and make it known as he walks down the hallway that I’m waiting for him to say it back.

I explained to him the difference between being embarrassed by me and being ashamed of me. He said I haven’t made him feel shameful of me being his dad but it’s almost inevitable that this will happen when he’s older.

The reason behind all this was simple: he was embarrassed to pray over his food in front of his friends at a birthday party today. I asked him if God (his heavenly Father) has ever done anything to embarrass him or make him be ashamed of Him. He said “no” but I pointed out that when he says his grace on the sly/incognito tip, he is acting ashamed of his relationship with his heavenly and ever-so more important Father: a Father who loves and does INFINITELY more for him than what I ever could (and I make it known to this little boy how much I LOVE him as much as I can!). In doing so, I told him he also misses an opportunity to explain to someone what he’s doing (and offer to pray over their food) or encourage another closeted Christian kid to say his/her grace.

Even though I have embarrassed Josiah, he says he has never felt ashamed of me, though (yet). Again, I told him, if he’s not ashamed of his earthly father who has embarrassed him, how much more should he NOT be ashamed of His Heavenly Father Who can NEVER do anything to make Josiah be ashamed of Him?

He said he understood. We’ll see…

An abridged message for adults: “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32-33 NIV

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Minister Quiana Kee’s Initial Sermon: The Focus of Our Fear

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What should it mean to truly fear the Lord?

Can fear and love of God exist at the same time?

Minister Quiana Kee rightly divides the Word to answer these questions in the video below followed by her installation and licensing as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (the message was brought forth on 3/15/15):

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BONUS FEATURE:

The initial sermon from 3/8/15 of Minister Quiana Kee’s husband can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.steelwaterspoetry.com/blog/?p=4332

 

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You Are More Prophetic Than You Think

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Let me ask you something.  Have you ever visualized yourself doing something before you do it to encourage yourself?  Have you ever spoken something out loud as a way to lay claim to it before it comes much like… that’s right – a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Any time you willfully seek to execute a task according to a “vision” you had or write something down according to a flash of genius that literally flashed across your mind, you are operating by faith to bring what is unseen by the natural eye into the physical realm of sight.  Such vision is not anything that you had to trigger or concentrate on as much as it seems given to you, right?  What has been given to you is insight.  What has been given to you who are Christian is the mind of Christ:

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.  – 1 Corinthians 2:16

You are more prophetic than you think.

I’m not talking about the spooky Nostradamus-type prophecy, either.  I’m talking about the scripturally Biblical prophetic word spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:3 which reads:

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Let’s look at the three descriptive words for ‘he that prophesieth’ :  edification, exhortation and comfort.

edify – to build up (with words); or more formally (as defined by Merriam Webster), to  teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character

exhort – to encourage (with words); or more formally (as defined by Merriam Webster) to try to influence (someone) by words or advice : to strongly urge (someone) to do something

comfort – to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : to give comfort to; to give strength and hope to

Each of these words provides clues to the types of words that prophecy is based in.  In its truest form, a prophetic word is a real-time word from God which can do what these three words indicate for an individual or a group of people.  Even the written Word (Logos) of God came originally as an expressed word (Rhema) to someone who simply recorded it on some form of media.  God prophesied the universe into existence by speaking to build it up (edify) out of nothing by influencing the darkness (exhort) with light and giving mankind a mandate to strenghthen and give him hope for a future that would not be full of woe (comfort a la Jeremiah 29:11-12).

What we then gained as an inheritance from our heavenly Father was the ability to speak prophetically as He did.  Does that still seem spooky or unfounded to you?  Then how about we just call it something plain such as “speak life”.  We are meant to speak positively into one another.  We have the power to do both with our tongue even as the LORD God Himself spoke to the Israelites – chastening and warning them of what would happen if they sinned but also giving them a literal spiritual wealth of words that hinted at the abundance of blessings He has stored up for them… and US!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
– Proverbs 18:21

How we wield this power determines the way in which we build up (with words of life) or tear down (with death – whatever words oppose life) our fellow man or even ourselves.  There are some people who constantly fulfill death in themselves by speaking negatively over their own lives.  This should not be so!

Jesus told Peter that the rock of the Church upon which He would build (edify, people!) would be based on the expressed revelation Peter received regarding Who Jesus really was.  Flesh and blood did not reveal it to Peter but God Himself… via a prophetic, revelatory word.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said , Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou , Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. – Matthew 16:15-20

Speak life, people of God.  The life of the Church… the light of the WORLD depends on it.

“The Projected Prophetic”

When you project it,
Your vision is perfected
By the prophetic.

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“The Envisioned Mission”

Envision it, get
Written scripts, THEN the mission
Will exhibit it.

‘And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.’
– Habakkuk 2:2

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“The Apostolic Mission and Prophetic Vision Statement of the Church”

Apostles and prophets
act out the mission and
vision of the Church.

‘And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom you also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.’
– Ephesians 2:20-22

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My Initial Sermon: Daily Bred

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* Please note that Romans 4:17 should be Romans 14:17 on the slide entitled:  Good Things to Ask Our Heavenly Father as Importune (Shameless) Children *

 

Live Recordings from 3/8/15 (with extra/bonus features and slides not seen in the narration found at the bottom of this page… that’s as close to a CD/DVD as you’re going to get!):

PART I:

PART II:

PART III:

 

Pre-Recorded Narration:

BONUS FEATURE:
My wife’s initial sermon which was done a week later on 3/15/15 can be found below:

http://steelwaterspoetry.com/blog/?p=4360


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Heated Debate: Seen vs. The Unseen Shadow of Substance

Look carefully. Do you see it? The way you view the world greatly impacts the truth of what you know exist in your surroundings.

If you just take things at the surface level such as the surface of this glass window, you will only see and feel what your senses tell you is true. But there is so much more going on in your Christian life that is unseen yet more real than what you are experiencing!

As I span over to the floor (though the camera barely detects it), you can see heat is being released from the vents beneath the windows into the atmosphere.  The heat is unseen until you observe a shadow of its substance in the air.

Be mindful of these things and sharpen your faith based on the unseen which exists in the marvelous light of Christ to warm you up from the cold of the darkness of the world that surrounds you.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
– 2 Corinthians 4:18

For the law having a shadow of good things to come , and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. – Hebrews 10:1

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