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    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

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    Title: Oregon's new mantra: Free abortions for all! LINK

    Description: Democratic leaders remain committed to ensure their supposedly tolerant and diverse political party keeps the door shut to pro-lifers. 

    Author: Charlie Butts,Billy Davis
    Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017

    Title: Blockers of TX privacy bill may pay political price LINK

    Description:

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017

    Title: Trump-obsessed 'Big 3' showing true colors LINK

    Description: Al Gore's latest film predicting an environmental Armageddon continues todisappoint at the box office and a media watchdog says it's not for a lack of attention. 

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: It's eugenics in Iceland - not 'eradication' LINK

    Description: A daily newspaper in Illinois targeted a conservative state lawmaker who linked to a story written by a pro-family activist. 

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Pastor: Racism not a new thing, not Trump's fault LINK

    Description: A group of conservative pastors and academic leaders says President Trump is not the instigator of the racial division in America – and that respect needs to be shown to the office of the presidency.

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: 'Weak Link' flexes muscle, gets results LINK

    Description: A recent report shows that the Untied States will save $1 trillion over a decade in taxpayer-funded welfare and aid programs – or $3,000 in cost-savings per American – by implementing President Donald Trump’s merit immigration reform that he endorsed earlier this month.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Don't forget the persecuted in wicked North Korea LINK

    Description: Advocates for persecuted Christians are celebrating the freedom of a Korean-Canadian pastor in North Korea but there's little hope from three Americans still held by the despotic regime. 

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Muslim European takeover no prediction: It's already happening LINK

    Description: A nationally acclaimed commentator is alerting the world that the Muslim takeover of Europe is the “biggest story of our time” – a problem he says nobody knows about … a problem that stems from two major factors.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: An endless battle against pro-aborts' lies LINK

    Description: An influential state representative in Texas is literally hiding from constituents after refusing to bring up a bill supported by Republicans.  

    Author: Bob Kellogg,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: There's no satisfying the 'permanently angry' LINK

    Description: The National Science Foundation has the mission of using taxpayer funds to promote science. But one critic says they've recently drifted to the left of that goal.

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

    Description: Front Page Stories


    Title: Oregon's new mantra: Free abortions for all! LINK

    Description: Democratic leaders remain committed to ensure their supposedly tolerant and diverse political party keeps the door shut to pro-lifers. 

    Author: Charlie Butts,Billy Davis
    Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017

    Title: Blockers of TX privacy bill may pay political price LINK

    Description:

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017

    Title: Trump-obsessed 'Big 3' showing true colors LINK

    Description: Al Gore's latest film predicting an environmental Armageddon continues todisappoint at the box office and a media watchdog says it's not for a lack of attention. 

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: It's eugenics in Iceland - not 'eradication' LINK

    Description: A daily newspaper in Illinois targeted a conservative state lawmaker who linked to a story written by a pro-family activist. 

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Pastor: Racism not a new thing, not Trump's fault LINK

    Description: A group of conservative pastors and academic leaders says President Trump is not the instigator of the racial division in America – and that respect needs to be shown to the office of the presidency.

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: 'Weak Link' flexes muscle, gets results LINK

    Description: A recent report shows that the Untied States will save $1 trillion over a decade in taxpayer-funded welfare and aid programs – or $3,000 in cost-savings per American – by implementing President Donald Trump’s merit immigration reform that he endorsed earlier this month.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Don't forget the persecuted in wicked North Korea LINK

    Description: Advocates for persecuted Christians are celebrating the freedom of a Korean-Canadian pastor in North Korea but there's little hope from three Americans still held by the despotic regime. 

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Muslim European takeover no prediction: It's already happening LINK

    Description: A nationally acclaimed commentator is alerting the world that the Muslim takeover of Europe is the “biggest story of our time” – a problem he says nobody knows about … a problem that stems from two major factors.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: An endless battle against pro-aborts' lies LINK

    Description: An influential state representative in Texas is literally hiding from constituents after refusing to bring up a bill supported by Republicans.  

    Author: Bob Kellogg,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: There's no satisfying the 'permanently angry' LINK

    Description: The National Science Foundation has the mission of using taxpayer funds to promote science. But one critic says they've recently drifted to the left of that goal.

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

    Description: Front Page Stories


    Title: Oregon's new mantra: Free abortions for all! LINK

    Description: Democratic leaders remain committed to ensure their supposedly tolerant and diverse political party keeps the door shut to pro-lifers. 

    Author: Charlie Butts,Billy Davis
    Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017

    Title: Blockers of TX privacy bill may pay political price LINK

    Description:

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Thu, 17 Aug 2017

    Title: Trump-obsessed 'Big 3' showing true colors LINK

    Description: Al Gore's latest film predicting an environmental Armageddon continues todisappoint at the box office and a media watchdog says it's not for a lack of attention. 

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: It's eugenics in Iceland - not 'eradication' LINK

    Description: A daily newspaper in Illinois targeted a conservative state lawmaker who linked to a story written by a pro-family activist. 

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Pastor: Racism not a new thing, not Trump's fault LINK

    Description: A group of conservative pastors and academic leaders says President Trump is not the instigator of the racial division in America – and that respect needs to be shown to the office of the presidency.

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: 'Weak Link' flexes muscle, gets results LINK

    Description: A recent report shows that the Untied States will save $1 trillion over a decade in taxpayer-funded welfare and aid programs – or $3,000 in cost-savings per American – by implementing President Donald Trump’s merit immigration reform that he endorsed earlier this month.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Don't forget the persecuted in wicked North Korea LINK

    Description: Advocates for persecuted Christians are celebrating the freedom of a Korean-Canadian pastor in North Korea but there's little hope from three Americans still held by the despotic regime. 

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017

    Title: Muslim European takeover no prediction: It's already happening LINK

    Description: A nationally acclaimed commentator is alerting the world that the Muslim takeover of Europe is the “biggest story of our time” – a problem he says nobody knows about … a problem that stems from two major factors.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: An endless battle against pro-aborts' lies LINK

    Description: An influential state representative in Texas is literally hiding from constituents after refusing to bring up a bill supported by Republicans.  

    Author: Bob Kellogg,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    Title: There's no satisfying the 'permanently angry' LINK

    Description: The National Science Foundation has the mission of using taxpayer funds to promote science. But one critic says they've recently drifted to the left of that goal.

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Tue, 15 Aug 2017

    News from Christian News Wire 18 August 2017



    Christian Newswire: Religious Liberties / Persecution
    LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

    PJI's Response to SPLC's Baseless and Reckless Hate Label
    LINK Contact: Brad Dacus, Pacific Justice Institute, 916-616-4126

    Florida Media Unleashes Dangerous and Defamatory Article
    LINK Contact: Liberty Counsel, 407-875-1776, Media@LC.org; Press Kit

    Trump was Right to Blame Both Sides
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Sandra Merritt Seeks Dismissal of Charges
    LINK Contact: Media Office, Liberty Counsel, 407-875-1776, Media@LC.org

    Public Prayer Service for Healing and Unity in Charlottesville Today -- Call on Church Leaders to Offer Support, Urge All Churches, Especially Evangelical, to Denounce Hatred and Bigotry and Foster Peacemaking, Humility, Gospel of Love of Neighbor
    LINK National Clergy Council Representatives to Travel to Charlottesville.

    New Leaders Elected at AG General Council
    LINK Contact: Mark Forrester, Assemblies of God, 417-862-2781

    Hijab Artwork Sparks Controversy
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Operation Rescue's Troy Newman Endorses Judge Roy Moore in U.S. Senate Special Election
    LINK Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-683-6790 ext. 111; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info.operationrescue@gmail.com   

    Foundation for Moral Law Defends the Ten Commandments
    LINK Contact: John Eidsmoe, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245, info@morallaw.org   

    Solution for 70% College Faith Dropout: The First 72 Hours on Campus is Critical and a National Coalition is Turning this Around
    LINK Contact: Lisa Smith, 512-331-5991, lisa.smith@campusrenewal.org

    Child Evangelism Fellowship Wins Injunction Against Indiana School District
    LINK Contact: Rachel Hamel, Corporate Communications Manager, Child Evangelism Fellowship®, 636-456-4321 ext 1177 www.cefonline.com

    Judgment Reserved in Case of Christian Magistrate Dismissed from NHS over Family Views
    LINK Contact: Andrea Williams, Christian Legal Centre, 07712 591 164

    Atheists Should Sue Supreme Court
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Life Legal Files Petition in Supreme Court Contesting Gag Order Against Daleiden
    LINK Contact: Alexandra Snyder, Life Legal Defense Foundation, 202-717-7371

    Knights of Columbus to Save Christian Town Decimated by ISIS in Iraq
    LINK $2 million will help reconstruct and resettle Karamdes on the Nineveh Plain

    Pope Francis Commends Efforts of Knights of Columbus on Behalf of Persecuted Christians, Promotion of Family Life
    LINK Papal greeting sent to K of C's 135th international conventionContact: Andrew Walther, 203-824-5412, andrew.walther@kofc.org; Joseph Cullen, 203-800-4923, joseph.cullen@kofc.org; both with Knights of ColumbusST. LOUIS, Aug. 1, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pope Francis has praised the Knights of Columbus for its charity, especially on behalf of persecuted Christians and for defending and promoting the sanctity of marriage and the dignity and beauty of family life.The pope's sentiments Source: Knights of Columbus

    Australia's War on Christian Kids
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Supreme Court Denies Counsel to Man Wrongfully Convicted
    LINK Contact: Sharon Rondeau, 203-987-7948, www.thepostemail.com;

    Christian Doctors Association Lauds Appointment of Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador
    LINK Contact: Margie Shealy, Christian Medical Association, 423-341-4254

    Holdover Bureaucrats Undermine Trump Administration Progress
    LINK Contact: Jim Jacobson, Christian Freedom International, 800-323-2273

    News from Christian Headlines:


    Title: ChristianHeadlines.com LINK

    Title: Attendance is up at UK Churches Due to Choral Music Performances
    Description: UK churches have been struggling to maintain attendance, but one thing that is bringing in more attendees is a renewing of old choral evensong music.

    LINK

    Title: Calls for Trump's Impeachment are Increasing, but White Evangelicals Continue to Support the President
    Description: Although many have been calling for President Trump’s impeachment, white evangelicals largely oppose this.

    LINK

    Title: Study Reveals Most Common Content of Prayers is Gratitude and Thanksgiving
    Description: A study by Barna released this week found that most Americans pray silently and by themselves.

    LINK

    Title: Iran Tops List of Countries with Most Restrictive Blasphemy Laws
    Description: A new report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has revealed the countries that have the strictest blasphemy laws.

    LINK

    Title: Christian Operation Using Balloons to Get Scripture into Hands of North Korean Christians
    Description: Christians from neighboring South Korea are involved in a special mission to get Scripture into the hands of North Korean Christians, and that mission involves specially-designed balloons.

    LINK

    Title: After the Hobby Lobby Scandal, a Spotlight on Antiquities Sales in Israel
    Description: The arrest of five antiquities dealers who allegedly helped Hobby Lobby purchase illegally obtained ancient artifacts has shone a spotlight on the sale of antiquities in Israel and revived questions about the ethics of the trade in general.

    LINK

    Title: Thousands of Faith Leaders Ask Congress to Protect Johnson Amendment
    Description: More than 4,000 religious leaders have signed a letter urging Congress to maintain the Johnson Amendment, a law barring pulpit politicking that President Trump has vowed to gut.

    LINK

    Title: Female Suicide Bombers Target Refugee Camp, Killing 27
    Description: Three female suicide bombers have targeted a refugee camp in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 27 people.

    LINK

    Title: David Tennant and Michael Sheen to Star in New Comedy about Biblical Apocalypse
    Description: A new Amazon mini-series based off a popular book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett will soon be released and will feature a biblical apocalyptic setting.

    LINK

    Title: Texas Gov. Signs Pro-life Bill Which Will Limit Insurance Coverage for Abortions
    Description: Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill this week that limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures.

    LINK

    Title: Tillerson: Protecting Targets of ISIS’ ‘Genocide’ a Religious Freedom Priority
    Description: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson underlined the nation’s commitment to protecting religious and ethnic groups targeted by the so-called Islamic State as he issued his department’s first international religious freedom report since President Trump took office.

    LINK

    Title: Actress Patricia Heaton Speaks out Against Killing of Down Syndrome Babies in Iceland
    Description: Recently, actress Patricia Heaton added her voice to those criticizing Iceland’s view toward these unborn babies.

    LINK

    Title: 100-Year-Old Jewish Prophecy Says Eclipse Signals End of North Korean Regime
    Description: A 100-year-old Jewish prophecy has predicted that this Monday’s total solar eclipse signals the end of North Korea’s regime.

    LINK

    Title: President Trump: ‘I Wanted to See the Facts’ before Denouncing White Supremacists
    Description: In a tumultuous press conference on Tuesday, President Trump attempted to clarify why he did not initially denounce the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday and carried out a violent vehicle attack.

    LINK

    Title: Hundreds of Botched Abortions Were Carried out at Abortion Chain, Report Discovers
    Description: Marie Stopes International clinics have been investigated and found to have performed 373 botched abortions, which resulted in women needing emergency medical care.

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    kjv@Matthew:13:19 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This understanding is not a matter left to human intelligence, it is plain and evident to persons of all IQ's/literacy/backgrounds. Satan is not omnipresent so he utilizes man's sheep like pack and conforming nature. He will twist and distort ones intentions and honest curiosity, even God's own words to produce doubt and apparent contradiction to foster rejection and rebellion. It is not understood because the heart has fattened and calloused against it. A mans own peers become the fowls of the air as much as any demon.

    kjv@Matthew:13:20-21 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: From whom does the most pressure/persecution come from? Those just described as the wayside. Those here now without root expect peace and pleasantry. If the gospel is obvious to them it should be obvious to others they presume, and yet it is not obvious, ridiculed, divisive, persecuted against, even deadly. The young fledgling becomes disheartened, embarrassed, offended. A process - sunlight that is supposed to bring about growth instead kills off the plant. Though passive from ther out typically by number they are used by the wayside (therefore Satan) to increase the pressure on the remaining believers.

    kjv@Matthew:13:22 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: A believer that overcomes the first two elements must also contend with the cares of this world. It may not matter what others believe or think or behave, the believer is settled and assured in this part of his faith. However, the real issues of life and family and citizen present a constant drain on his time and energies causing anxiety and fatigue and over extension. The productive fruit of his life gets chocked out without him barely realizing it. I speak from experience.

    kjv@Matthew:13:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: For the few strong that remain all of this process works to produce fruit in them 30 60 100 fold; supernatural returns. Fruit like this would not be possible if it were not for the entire process the necessitated it and brought it about. We should not consider it odd that these many things go into producing spiritual fruit. It is producers like these that the Lord wants with Him in His Kingdom. These souls are basically the humble and meek He spoke of in the Beatitudes that His light and Spirit have shown through, His redemption has fashioned, branches abiding in His vine, created unto good works; they are the blessed.

    kjv@Matthew:13:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The Lord sows a very particular seed expecting later a very particular fruit, a fruit worthy of the kingdom from which it was born, worthy of acceptance into the kingdom to which it is harvested. It is a supernatural fruit that comes forth in supernatural numbers; the fruit itself that bares more of this particular seed. The process it takes to produce from seed to root to a plant to fruit is deliberate and unavoidable as sunshine. Understanding this parable is to understand such spiritual process. Is this the fruit that I am producing?

    kjv@Matthew:13:24-30 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This parable is to be placed beside the parable of the sower for direct comparison, one extends the other. The first is a look at the process of the individual believer and what he must overcome. The second is a picture of the field (world) of all. The enemy has come in and planted a false believer with every appearance of the true believer except in final fruit. To remove the false believer at this time would also uproot the true believer, so the two are left to grow together. Both parables work together to draw a broader and deeper picture. The Disciples will shortly ask Jesus to explain this further.

    kjv@Matthew:13:24-30 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This is not to say that the Devil has created his own humans and planted them amongst God's. This is better explained by whom the God created human becomes moral agent of/to. The Kingdom of Heaven becomes firmly planted into one and the false kingdom of heaven becomes established in the other. The differences nearly indistinguishable until the fruit from each is bore out.

    kjv@Matthew:13:37 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: f[NT-GOSPEL@Son of man] speaks largely of His betrayal cruxifiction and return.

    kjv@Matthew:14:1-12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This passage almost reads backwards. At some point earlier the disciples of the Baptist told Jesus and His disciples the outcome of John's imprisonment - beheading. The crew is aware of the circumstances therein. What is happening now that Herod Antipas is associating Jesus with as a haunting of John. We do not know how this becomes known (perhaps one of Herod's servants) but, it does.

    kjv@Matthew:16:28 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Could this be referring to John and the visions of the Book of Revelations?

    kjv@Matthew:16:21-28 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The comment about the leaven of the Pharisees is just as much a observation of what is currently transpiring against Him as it is a doctrinal fidelity teaching. Jesus sees what is developing and the rage mounting against Him so He checks to see how far along the Disciples hearts are in the revelation process. They are currently far enough to know that He is Christ but, not so far as to know what Christ must suffer for them in the very near future. Until they grasp this further more complete revelation they will not grasp their own future pathway - the baring of their own cross for Him in His absence up until His return.

    kjv@Matthew:17:1-13 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: We see that the focus of Christ's work with the disciples has sharply turned towards His Cross and is being confirmed from above with the types of signs that the Pharisees had asked for earlier. The disciples believed but, had not asked. The Pharisees did not believe and yet had asked. Which do you think were allowed a sign? Now that they've seen it they are kept from telling anyone of it. Worse than a non-believer not believing and not receiving a demanded sign is a non-believer disbelieving all the more after seeing a believer that has seen the sign by invitation.

    kjv@Matthew:18:1 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The subject 'greatest' is often brought up and is often tied to child like qualities. Not child like as in play, but, child like as in service/respect to others. Perhaps one can be playful and imaginative in service, but, certainly not the other way around serving child play/imagination.

    kjv@Matthew:18:7 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Recently, we have heard of the influences of a faithless wicked generation being at the root of a failed exorcism and now a world from which offenses/entrapments toward humble child like servants must/do come. The forces and momentums Jesus fights against are considerably larger than just you and I. We must also be aware of their effect and influence as well. They exist even amongst our own ranks!

    kjv@Matthew:19:1-12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: What would Jesus know about marriage fidelity? Funny you should ask. Who is Jesus married to (future tense)? The Church Israel/Gentile. Has She been faithful? Is She unblemished? Has there not been cause for a writ of divorcement? Continuously. Why then has He not? What is it in Her that He sees in Her future and is willing to go to His grave for? What God has joined together... let no man put asunder. The principal is true as a church. It is true as a couple. Is Christ righteous in not serving us His papers? Is He merciful in this? Shouldn't we likewise be?

    kjv@Matthew:21:12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: There is the physical temple and there is a temple of individual men's hearts. Where a man's heart is there will be his treasure. There are men who treasure making money from the religious needs of many. There are men who treasure peace that do not confront them. There are men who treasure their position in the church that allow for even profit from such allowance. There are men who treasure the way things just the way they are, the way things have long time been. There are those who treasure their own ideals of the temple and not the ill image it projects to those it mistreats. These are the types of men who would be displeased by Jesus' message carried out in the temple for they do not treasure Him. When we look as individuals upon a collective temple such as this we look upon men's collective hearts. The object is not to avoid coming to the collective temple, it is to call upon all men's hearts by a higher calling; to call upon all men to come observe the most holy heart of our Lord and Savior; to meet with Him by His grace then and there. And if need be, shake a few tables of our own.

    kjv@Matthew:21:19 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Additional natural info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_fig

    kjv@Matthew:19:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The rich man will not be of the same mindset if he does enter.

    kjv@Psalms:60 @ Psalms:60 @ p[RandyP] comments: By the time of son Solomon's reign, God had used David as an instrument of bringing Israel from the pits of "hard things" to a nation with all enemies subjected to it. It was a time like never before and never again for Israel. David from the start believed in God's promise and God's ability. These neighboring nations were to be overcome by God's hand if only there be a leader such as David faithful and fully expectant. It is a hard lesson to learn when we go about electing our own way and our own man, going about by our own resource as they had done in the reign of Saul. Israel was taught in hardship that it really didn't have it's own resource and had little ability to stand against such hardened external/internal foes. It is also taught by prosperous times that God can bring about a great many essentials outside of their normal resource to surround faithful leaders such as David. Battles begun being won for the cherished nation that by their own strength would have undoubtedly been lost (or not even pursued) largely by the faith and petition of a God fearing/seeking man. God surely teaches by the hard times and by the prosperous times; the message either way is much the same. This lesson unfortunitely would have to be relearned every few short generations.

    RecentComments @ Acts:2:42 @ p[RandyP] comments: Chuck Smith calls this verse the 4 essentials of the church. This must occur to proceed towards the great commission. The teaching of doctrine, the fellowship/oneness/unity of believers, the communion with Christ amongst each other, prayer. The Lord added daily to this essential functioning church.


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