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What is the reason for going to a church?

  • To bring up the kingdom of God (This is the main theme of Jesus Christ).
    Where God is king, everything goes well.
  • To meet other like-minded people and operate with them as one body (one family).
  1. They will remind you Jesus mission.
  2. They will help you to stay focus on it
  3. They will be your partners on accomplishing it.
  • To give by grace what you had received by grace ( Salvation, forgiveness, love, peace and hope ).
  • To make new disciples to continue the mission.
  • For the church to empower you and for you to empower the church  into taking the gospel to everyone.
    Not everyone will believe, but everyone needs to hear it.  The sewer of the story through the seeds on all types of soil.

What is real worshiping?

  • True worshiping is to honor God by obeying His words.
  • It’s to meditate on His words and commandments and fear His judgment.
  • It’s to remain calm in the midst of trouble knowing that He is good, He Almighty and He is in charge.
  • It’s to give thanks on every circumstance because whatever happens, it will work for good.
  • It’s to say God is good, not because you must say it, but because you know it.

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Justice

Justice

So many sinners (people doing bad under the name of God) getting thides and leading the church of Christ.  

In other times, to be a religious leader did not represent wealth or earthly reward whatsoever.  At that time, only true Christian will try to lead the church.  But when the church becomes powerful and highly rewards its leaders, leadership becomes appealing even to all sort or money seekers without any sincere conversion.

This does not mean that there is no true leadership within the church.  It only means that the good days has brought a crisis of some bad leaders.

Jesus die for the true.  Christian should stand for the true and take away all those bad leaders who are a shame for the church of Christ.  They are killing the sheep for which our Lord Jesus died.

Do not gossip about a pastor that does evil in the church.  If you are sure that you are telling the true, tell the elders.  If they are equally bad, expose them publicly.  If nobody wants to do what is right, go to another church, but serve God.

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There were many wide-spread lies in the dark ages in the church.  Many of those lies were bound by the reform.  But when it comes to the nature of God.  There is a concept that still persists and preached as if it is true.  It’s not based on scriptures or anything.  It’s just a very defended concept that many support.

This is the saying that Trinity is a mystery that no one can possibly understand.  It’s a way to close the subject before any question may arise.  Whoever even touches it, is automatically considered heretic.  This was one of the main causes of mass killing by the Catholic church based on heresies. (more…)

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Justice

Justice

The chapters 5 to 7 of the book of Matthew is the review of the commandments and the Jews laws by Jesus.

He says that he did not come to abolish the law, neither the prophets, but to fulfill the law. 

The Lord understands how people try to play tricks to stop doing what they are supposed to.  The Pharisees and teachers of the law are the best example.  When something seems too difficult, we tend to accommodate it.  This is part of human nature. (more…)

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On these days, the church seems as it’s being purified.   All the false Christians, and false teachings are falling.  The many lies are exposed.

To be Christian is not so popular anymore.  To stand firm as Christian we need a strong conviction and deep faith in God.

This is the time to to watch and stay awake, making sure that our faith has a strong base.  That the real base of our faith is Jesus. (more…)

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Receive the kingdom as a child

The purpose of the church is to continue the ministry of Jesus

The revival already came when you understood that we needed to be saved and Jesus was our only hope.

Revival is no more than to renew yourself.  It’s to come back to life.  It’s to wake up.

When a person or a church is not in “Revival”  it’s just because it has lost its purpose.   It does not understand what it stands for.

The purpose of the church is no more than to bring the kingdom of God.   This was the purpose of Jesus’ ministry and so the purpose of the church is to follow his ministry.

To bring the kingdom of God is to do the work of God.  It’s to proclaim good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom to the captives, release from darkness, from prisons, to proclaim the year of The Lord’s favor. (more…)

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2 Timothy 3:

2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also. (more…)

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Growing discontent against church

People are angry against the church

There was once a disease called AIDS, still affecting many.  Many people contracted the disease by different ways which included blood transfusion.

There were rumors where many were saying that this was a punishment from God.  The reason for this allegations, was that this disease was mainly affecting individuals of promiscuous behavior, drug-addicts who shared needles and homosexuals.

Later on, doctors discovered that the disease was past from one individual to another by body fluids like semen and blood.

The true is that, it affected many people in the homosexual community mainly males.  Many of them die abandoned from their families and without their partners next to them. (more…)

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Calling for revival

Calling for revival

Nowadays, we are observing the revival of many pagan religions.  Atheist are calling their experience of getting into atheism, awakening.  Does this mean anything to us as Christians?

This is the the time to proclaim the real Jesus.  The mystic and unreal stories without real based have no place in church any longer.

We need to understand once for all that the bible is real.  The bible is not a bunch of unrelated stories, but the word of God.

Many of us know this, but not everyone who is in church actually belief.  Now it’s the time when believing is turning into an absolute requirement. (more…)

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Part of professing Christ is to understand our priorities in life.

When we know Jesus, he comes to be our main priority.  He is the support from where our lives are hanging.

But, I can’t be sincere with Jesus if I do not carry with my obligations as parent, child of my parents, neighbor and friend.

If someone needs me, as Christian, I should be there for them.

The people who need me the most, are my children.  They need me, to supply all their needs.  They won’t be productive and happy people if I don’t do my job.

My job is to nurture them, to feed them, to support them, to pray for them, and to correct them.

The most difficult aspect of raising our children is to turn them into well-behaved kids.

Eli had this problem, 1 Samuel 1-4.  He was a high priest and served God, but not so his children.  His children did evil at the eyes of
God and he didn’t correct them.

When we have children is not about whether we know how to correct them.  It’s that, we have to correct them.  We don’t give up until we see results.  If what I do is not giving results, I should try what gives me results.  But my child has to behave well.

And one thing I noticed with my own children is that I need to believe that they will listen to what I say.  In other words, I need to speak with authority.  To speak with authority has nothing to do with speaking loud.  You need to be credible.

Do not assume, they would not listen.  Always believe that they will listen, or you will find the way for them to listen.

The secret of good parenting is not spanking neither entertaining your kids, but to pay attention on their reactions and to listen to all their needs.   Teach them how to live their lives, using the most powerful tool that any parent can use.  This tool is the word of God.  This is our manual for salvation and our manual for life and the manual for our children’s lives. Proverbs 22:6

And last, but not the least important, we need to pray for them.  What we can’t do, God can do it.  It does not matter what type of kid you have, everyone will benefit from praying parents.   If your child is beautiful, super smart, outgoing, well behave.  This child still needs parents who pray for him or her.   Only God knows the future, and He can also shape it.

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Facial composite of Saint Paul (* 7-10; † 64-6...
Support your ministers to support the work of God.

Some church members feel very proud when they can say that the pastor of their church have a full time job besides his ministry.

Some others feel proud that they can support a minister.

Why ministers will stay sitting down and going into trips paid by the church members?

Well, some ministers may not do much to justify a salary. (more…)

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Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach. The Protestant...
Martin Luther initiator of The Christian Reform

Aren’t Catholic Christians?Then, why are the Protestants trying to convert Catholics?

The Israelites, and now the Jews were born as the people of God.  They were the chosen for being descendants of Abraham. They did not need to become Israelites, because they were born Israelites.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for The Gentiles, us.  To become Christians, we need to believe that Jesus is Lord, that God resurrected him from death. Also, we need to repent from our sins and live according to the teachings of the Gospels.  This is what make us Christians.  Christian means to be the tale of Christ.  And the tale, follows the head wherever it goes.
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Map of Prosecutor regions

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Stop China prosecution against Christians

Every time that we purchase, we are supporting the business and strengthening the economy of those who produce what we bought. Everyone in US, knows this.

But what many of us possible ignore, is that some of those countries which economy we had been supporting with our purchases, are prosecuting and killing Christians just for being Christians and for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hostile countries and Areas: Restricted Nations:
Chiapas, a state of Mexico.

Colombia

Ethiopia

India

Gaza and West Bank

Indonesia

Kazakhstan

Lebanon

Mindanao in Philippines

Nepal

Nigeria

Sri Lanka

Turkey

Afghanistan

Algeria

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belarus

Bhutan

Brunei

China

Comoros

Cuba

Egypt

Eritrea

Iran

Iraq

Jordan

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Libya

Malaysia

Maldives

Mauritania

Morocco

Myanmar

North Korea

Oman

Pakistan

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Sudan

Syria

Tajikistan

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

United Arab Emirates

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

Yemen

Note: This list was taken from The Global Report of 2010 of The Voice of The Martyrs

China is our greatest supplier and owns about a quarter of external debt.

According to http://www.USChina.org statistics, our country importing from China has increased almot 200% since the year 2000 to the year 2009.

I remember that at the beginning of the 90s, we were convinced that our economy was an economy of importation due to the high value of our American dollar. And China was in the opposite side. It just made a great deal of sense to purchase Chinese products over many American products. It was more expensive to produce than to purchase.

Many manufactures had to close, but many stores were doing great. Now, we see the most powerful economy in the world with an astronomical debt of 13 trillion dollars after the war in Irac. China owns about a quoter of this debt and Japan, about another quoter. We owe money to England, and even Russia and India.

This is still okay, but let’s think this way. The most valuable access of our country is freedom.

We have it and we want to keep it.

A powerful economy guarantees freedom. For the sake of our brothers and sisters and our own families, we should make a big effort of support our country and the other countries that support Christian beliefs and freedom for all.

There is a big prosecution in China, India, Africa and many Muslin countries.

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It may sound a little silly, but in moments of desperation or frustration, really works to call Jesus and tell him exactly how we feel.

I was in church for many years, and “knew a great deal about the bible.”  I remembered that my pastor told me once, that I was an elderly of the church to my surprise.  And even after that, at one point, I found myself struggling and I said in my heart, I need Jesus.

And I told him.  I said Lord, Jesus, I need you.  I need you to fix my life.  I need, you.

And I started surfing the web about Jesus.  I subscribed to newsgroups about Jesus.  And all I found were people denying God and cursing.  I started talking to them, exposing the gospel.  I started telling them about Jesus.  All the words were coming back to me.  And at the same time, those words were talking to me.

The whole bible started having a more especial meaning.  Every story in the bible was like brand new.  The stories that I heard since I was a child got a special power and sounded different.

Then, the greatest thing happened.  The Lord started working with me.   I never felt him so close.  My prayers were answered, I changed.  Everything changed.  I started seeing things from a different perspective.

So many things that I used to believe, I started seeing them as they were.  I realized that I was believing many lies.

I understood that The Lord truly love us and care about us.  That the blessing of God is always there if we just can see it. Also, I understood that I was blind, that I couldn’t see.  The Lord opened my spiritual eyes.  I also understood, that I was never as righteous as I thought.  But that The Lord could take me through all the way if I just trust him.

I learned that I would never be the same.  I started seeing things differently, feeling more compassion, caring more about others.  I got so sensitive, that I even started liking Opera.  I mean Christian Opera and old music.  I was living every feeling coming from the music.

When I read the news, I prayed in the spirit.  Every morning was a day for The Lord.

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Christian Positions that are not according The gospel of Jesus Christ

It’s not enough to call ourselves Christians, we need to follow Jesus teachings and be light to the world bringing up The Kingdom of God. We all need to be born again and allow Jesus to lead our actions and thoughts.

  • Hate to Emigrants
  • Hate to homosexuals
  • Hate to Jews
  • Segregate Children with Home schooling
  • Supporting of wars
  • Believing that worth is synonymous of God blessing
  • Race divided churches

Hate to emigrants: This is contradictory to the hospitality preached in the bible, and original American values.

Hebrews 13:2
“Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it.”

Home Schooling and Segregation of your children: Believers are not called to segregate themselves, but to influence the world with their Christian faith.

Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? … You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Hate to homosexuals instead of hate to homosexuality: Christians should not hate to anyone neither behave aggressively against any group.  Homosexuality is wrong, but hate is not going to fix it.  Jesus shed his blood for everyone regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender.  Social and moral problems should be fix by the roots, not by the branches.  Only Jesus gives a new birth transforming the heart.  We can’t change anyone and can’t either push anyone into changing.

1 John 2:9-10
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”

Hate to Jews: The nation of Israel is the nation that God chose to put his name over it.  And The Lord those not repents.

It’s true that they rejected Jesus and God made a new covenant with his church.  But it’s also true that while believers in Jesus Christ are the spiritual Israel, The people of Israel are still the physical people of God.

Money as a sign of blessing: Money is part of earthly blessing.  But those seeking the kingdom make their treasure on Heaven where

Mathews 6:20
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Race Divided Churches:

  • White churches will allow blacks, but they won’t let them assume positions of leadership.
  • Blacks will stay in a withe church, but would not feel happy with the differences and non intentional but still painful comments of racism.
  • Whites still can’t help to feel insecure in black communities.
  • White can’t either help to feel that they need to lead over blacks.
  • White still think that they are smarter and more educated for being white

As you can see, we all need to be born again and allow Jesus to lead our actions and thoughts.

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The Bible

John 5:39-40
39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

Obviously, The Lord was not referring specifically to our bibles.  The bible was not put together yet.  He was talking of individual books well-known by the Jews and accepted as the word inspired by God.

Traditionally, we understand that all the books in the bible were written by men and inspired by God.
We believe on everything that is written as the word of God.

Who decided that those books were inspired?

Who decided that these books belong into the bible?

There were individual scriptures where the most important was the book of the law or the Pentateuch ( The first 5 books of the bible).

It wasn’t until around the year 70 when the old testament was put together.

We obtained our New Testament after many attempts to gather, what was going to be the authentic word of God.  There were many disagreements.  And some of those disagreement persists still today.  Not all Christian bibles are composed by the same books.

The Christian bible was first organized around the years 300 and 400.

The protestant church rejected the Apocrypha.  The Apocrypha are five to nine other books belonging to the Catholic bible. But what many protestants ignore is that the Catholic bible is older than the protestant bible.  I also thought at one point that our bible was first.

One thing that always bug me about the number of the books of the bible, is that the bible itself says in Revelation that 6, is a number of man and incomplete.  So we have 66 books in most of our protestant bibles.

Another thing is that the bible refers to some books that were never found.  These are the lost books of the bible.

Examples of these references are:

Joshua 10:13, 2 Samuel 1:18, Numbers 21:14, 1 kings 4:32 & 11:41, 1 Chronicles 29:29, 2 Chronicles 9:29 and some others.

There is also the Nag Hammadi library.  This one was unknown until the past century. I believe, it was 1945.  Correct me if I am wrong.

As a Christian, I believe that there is more to know about our Lord.  That the bible is our road-map to heaven, yet not complete without at least taking a look to those other scriptures not included in our cannon.

Like Paul said in 2Timoty 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”

He also says in 1 Thessalonian 5:21

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.”

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Enlighten

His light is brighter than the sun's light.

Enlightenment is more like loosing that cover from your eyes that does not let you see the true in things.  It’s like waking up to a reality before unknown.

This is a way to explain a real conversion like it was the case of the apostle Paul.  It’s the knowledge received by the Holy Spirit where the believer is convinced of sin and realize that what he though he knew, wasn’t as he thought.  The believer understands without further explanation, that something important has happened in his life.  And that his life, requires a drastic change.

According to some dictionaries, enlightenment is just learning something new.

On the other hand, baptism is like to deep in. 

Baptism in The Holy Spirit is an experience where God himself make you part of his family and a new member of the spiritual world.   It’s a great deal of controversy surrounding this.  Some affirm that this type of manifestations are not biblical and even call them heresies.   So far, almost everything seem a heresy.

The Pentecostal evangelicals, believe that what happened in Pentecost did not end up with the apostles.  It actually continues today in the same way.  Pentecostal evangelicals affirm that they speak to God, listen to Him, speak in new tongues angelic and human languages, heal the sick, resurrect the death and perform miracles just like Jesus and the Apostles did.

That even when times had changed, God and his church remain the same.

It’s also understood that a great deal of knowledge about Jesus Christ and his primitive church was lost.  After the reform of Martin Luther, the church has gone through a recovering experience trying to go back to the original church.  This has been the effort of many ministers and church revivals.

Revivals is the ideal stage of the church when the church is directed by God through the Holly Spirit.  It’s an experience where people come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the sick are healed, and miracles just happen reinforcing the faith of the believers.

Many Pentecostal Evangelicals believe that revivals should stay in every Christian life as the day they believe and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Revival is what causes to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The message of Jesus is a revival in itself.

There is a mystic way to explain spiritual matters; way that make them feel far and unrealistic.

But the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple enough to be understood by the uneducated as well than by the intellectuals.  At the same time is too complex for the fleshy mind that only can understand physical terms.

To understand God and His true, more than a mind, we need a heart.

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It's wonderful to know that we were not left alone

God is as real as math. They just exists. They can be discovered, but never created.

I believe that is wrong to say, I believe, when I don’t.

This is Hippocratic and take away the opportunity for true believing.

This does not mean that the unbeliever is justified from their sins by accepting that he does not believe. No way. He just gets himself open for a real encounter with what is true.

It just means that the person is sincere. When we say that we believe and in our hearts we actually don’t, we do not become saved either. We are rather taking away our chances of finding the truth.

I remember this show about Atheists talking about how they became Atheist. I couldn’t believe that some of them in fact did not believe in the existence of God. I have to recognize that some of them actually don’t believe on the existence of a supreme power.

For many of us believers, this is a shock. God is so real to us that we can’t understand how a person has not sensitivity whatsoever in relation to the spiritual world.

But the true is that knowing what I know about Jesus. If I would not believe in God, I would make Jesus my God. If I would not even believe that Jesus ever existed, I would make the ideas of Jesus my way of living.

The reason for this is that the message of Jesus is so much deeper than what we can asimilate.

Because of his message of inner peace reflecting to the outside. The love that does not seek anything but to build and to heal by extreme compassion. A compassion that does does not see obstacles, but the amazing satisfaction of serving others. He teaches not only to forgive our enemies, but to love them and bless them, to pray for them. We all know, that this is humanly impossible. Only God can get us there.

His only mission is to bring “The kingdom of God” to human kind. This is a kingdom of love, joy, peace, hope, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control, complete freedom. A freedom where not only the body is free, but the soul. We are free to feel joy, to retain our peace even when everything goes wrong and a faith capable of changing any circumstance.

He brought a mission to his church, the mission to change the world through his words and by his example. He gave us a mission that needs to be delivered even when the price is our own lives. The reason why, it is because, there is a need, and we want to reach those in need. People needs the Lord.

This message is worth to live and die for.

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No wars should be made in the name of GodThere are some teachings of Jesus very hard to digest. But looking at them closely, we realize that they are the base of our Christian faith.

The Lord send us as sheeps in the midst of wolves.
Christian should never fight back, they say…
The sheeps have no chance when facing a wolf. Because the sheeps are unable to defend themselves. The Shepperd pays close attention to any danger and immediately something goes wrong, he runs to rescue them. He does not care of how big is the danger. But he put his life to save his sheeps. The example is king David when working as a Shepperd for his father.

In this world, If we try to defend ourselves as Christians, we will perish. If we fight evil practicing evil, then we are like them. In this case, we won’t be enhancing the kingdom of God, but the kingdom of darkness.

Matthew 26:52 says: “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. It’s clear that the Lord disagree with faithing his battles through a sword.

Jesus healed the soldier who went to catch him after Peter cut his ear. We are called to heal, to restore, to forgive, to give to the poor. In few words, to bring the kingdom of God to this world.

Someone may ask, how this can be done without fighting. This is the reason we live by faith. The Lord founded his church with a few

God loves my enemy, so should I.

followers who were not politically powerful, neither well educated, but believe in Jesus words with all their hearts.

Like Paul said, our fight is not against flesh neither blood, but rather against principalities of darkness.

We need to make everyone aware that no one should go to war. This is a dream, it may look impossible, but one day it will happen. It’s written.

If our whole nation convert to Jesus, we need to change our army and instead of people with weapons, we should have an army of man and women with bibles and full of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel to the enemies. Because the only enemy of Jesus followers is evil itself, not the people. If we need to abandon the country, we can do it because we know that our citizenship is not of this world but of Heaven. If do not have anything, we can trust that the Lord provides to those who are loyal to him. This is faith and true belief.

As Christian and I am not patriot for any country but of Heaven. If my country fights and my enemy looses, I also loose. Because God is also at their side. My victory is only when everyone wins. When there is peace. When Jesus touches the hearts and people come to God.

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The Apostle Paul

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Paul was not one of the twelve, but is recognized as one of the greatest apostles.

He was a man of refined education and sharp intelligence.
But Paul’s intelligence did not take him further than becoming a Pharisee of Pharisees and also a prosecutor of the church.

Paul did not become the great apostle and inspired writer of the gentiles until he met Jesus. Was then, when he recognized that all human gains, could be just an obstacle to reach salvation. (more…)

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