Sunday March 26th – Open Thread

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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91 Responses to Sunday March 26th – Open Thread

  1. Trump will KEEP the Big Club on DEFENSE and force the House to KEEP IT SIMPLE

    Congress has NEVER solved a problem and never will.
    • Congress cannot act decisively: They don’t know how.
    • Congress won’t address single issues: No Big Club benefit
    • Comprehensive Solutions always fail: It’s their MO.

    • You don’t “FIGHT” the Big Club: They can buy opponents.
    • You don’t “WAIT to REPLACE” it: It takes too long.
    • You “MAKE the Big Club IRRELEVANT”
    • You “KEEP the Big Club ON DEFENSE”

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    • TRUMP TACTICS within the Administration:
      • Take Fast & Furious Action to implement the Trump Agenda:
      ○ Consume the Big Club with trying to keep up, team up and adjust to the changes.
      ○ Congress can’t scheme fast enough across Uniparty wings, Big Club sponsors, Lobbyist scribes and Media mouthpieces to obstruct.
      • Bypass Congress to Team with the Governors:
      ○ Cut the Big Club out of the action: Red States dominate; State Politicians can’t overspend and won’t screw their voters; 50 States are too costly to buy off during and after every election cycle.
      ○ The best solutions are State solutions: Voters rule.
      ○ Cut Congress out: Fund State solutions with their savings from cutting regulation and ending costly Illegal Immigration.
      • Assault the Big Club with the Entire Executive Branch:
      ○ Regulate, Investigate and Prosecute.
      ○ Consume their time and resources with defending themselves.

      TRUMP TACTICS With Congress:
      • Make Congress do its Job:
      ○ They don’t know how, so they’ll ask for help.
      • Hold Congress Accountable:
      ○ It consumes their time.
      • Limit Legislation to Single-Issue Bills:
      ○ They’re easy to control and hard to rig.
      • Start with bills that benefit Workers FIRST.
      ○ Prove that Donor Corporations always get LESS

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    • Rip Tide says:

      I love his style Knight! He knows how to win…yugely🏆🏆🏆

      Liked by 4 people

  2. nimrodman says:

    ‘He’s a little fatty!’: Hilarious moment a rotund raccoon is rescued after getting stuck upside down in a tank turret

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:


    Islam and the Jihad in London

    “…We are not talking about Muslims here. We are talking about Islam. Lots of individual Muslims desire peaceful coexistence, even assimilation. But Islam’s aim is to prevail…”

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    • nimrodman says:

      That’s a nicely phrased distinction.

      A distinction without a difference when it comes to the pathology and lethality of islam, or fuzlims in aggregate, whichever, I don’t care.

      But it does make for a nice, academic-sounding riposte when confronted with the “not ALL fuzlims” whining.

      I always counter the “not ALL” with
      “it doesn’t take ALL to wreak havoc and damage, it just takes SOME.”

      And with the ALL we get the SOME, now, don’t we?
      And then there’s the corollary:
      If we didn’t have the ALL, we wouldn’t have the SOME, now, would we?

      Conclusion: So let’s not have MORE, thank you very much.

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      • nimrodman says:

        I always bristle at the “not ALL” claim.

        I just heard it today in relation to illegals and the Maryland rape case, and I don’t know why the news hosts don’t stop the commenters dead in their tracks when they come out with that.

        It’s the weakest refuge of those who have no valid argument at all.

        First off, it’s a straw man.
        Nobody said “ALL”
        You said ALL.
        The only one saying ALL is the person claiming “not ALL”.

        Second, there’s the all-important ALL/SOME dichotomy, as outlined above.

        Ok, I’ll stop now. And stay off my lawn!

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        • nimrodman says:

          The “You” in “You said ALL” is not directed at you, Mary. Just to be clear.

          It’s directed at the imaginary adversary I’m dressing down while at my desk with chicken and basil pesto and a nice glass of orange juice on ice.

          I very much liked your post.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Interesting you guys. I just watched a Louder with Crowder video, where he made the distinction of “If you worship Mohammad, that’s who I’m talking about being the terrorists”

          I don’t quite understand the diff. But I thought that was an excellent as a quick retort!


  4. Lucille says:

    “Rollins College Muslima professor gets Christian Student SUSPENDED for blasphemy”
    By Pamela Geller – on March 25, 2017

    Liked by 1 person

    • nimrodman says:

      Nice. With his restaurant receipt and that security-cam photo, I’d guess he has grounds for a lawsuit against extremist professor.

      She’s falsely reported to police and slandered him in doing so, no?

      Liked by 3 people

    • Les says:

      What a waste of $46,000 a year. The reviews stated it is full of rich white kids from up north. Your kids gotta go somewhere if they can’t be admitted based on academic achievement, so send them to Orlando. Orlando is FULL of muzzies.

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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  6. ♡May those who seek Him Find Him
    ♡May those who have found Him press more deeply into Him
    ♡May those who have been mislead open their hearts and find His Grace and Righteousness

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  7. nimrodman says:

    Stasi returns to Deutschland:

    German Union Asks Members to Spy On Populist AfD Party Supporters

    “The union also advises their members to follow their colleagues’ social media accounts, like Twitter, Facebook, and even the Whatsapp messaging service for signs of right wing sympathies.”

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  8. Lucille says:

    Serenading the cattle with my trombone (Lorde – Royals)

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    • piper567 says:

      thanks, Lucille, this just made my day.
      I like the cow in the upper R corner: the Skeptic…but one=ce he made up his mind, he ran to join the others..
      Kind of reminds me of how we all have responded to sundance’s announcement of novelty, in our case, The Truth.
      just charming.

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      • Lucille says:

        Check out this lovely vid on elephants and music:
        “Beethoven for Elephants” – Thailand @ the River Kwai – Slow movement (2) from Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata

        By Paul Barton: I took my piano to the mountains of Kanchanaburi to play for some very old, injured and handicapped elephants, especially a blind elephant Plara immediately behind the piano. Plara arrived at breakfast time and stopped munching the juicy grass when he heard music, so, (?) perhaps he was listening….

        (BTW, Kanchanaburi is an area where much of the world’s beautiful blue sapphires are mined.)


  9. Dora says:

    Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov (31 May 1862 – 18 October 1942) was a major representative of religious symbolism in Russian art.

    Youth of Saint Sergius (1892)

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
    Romans 10:17 (KJV)

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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  12. Dora says:

    I thought nothing about the church would surprise me any more, but I admit this is a bit shocking.


    History may well show what impact Saul David Alinsky did or did not have on Pope Paul VI, and on contemporary radical modernist Catholicism – especially in the United States of America.

    Pope Paul VI, before being elected pope, spent two weeks consulting with Saul David Alinsky “on the Church’s relationship to local Communist unions.” Saul Alinsky was already a famous published author when they met:

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  13. BakoCarl says:

    duchess01 says: March 25, 2017 at 7:50 am
    Verse of the Day ✟ John 15:20
    “Remember the word that I said unto you, . . . If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; . . .”

    Hate and Persecution

    One thing this world does very well is hate.
    No matter where you look, it’s all around.
    Between colors, races, the poor and rich,
    Between political parties, hate abounds.

    Satan tried to be like unto God,
    Fallen from Heaven, cut down to the ground,
    Now he’s at war with God and Christ
    And those who believe, until he is bound.

    Satan is the prince of this whole world,
    Though many won’t admit he exists.
    Whether you admit his presence or not,
    He’s an evil force that we must resist.

    God is love – He loves undeserving men.
    To show us His love, He gave us his Son.
    And we are to love God and our neighbors;
    Love is the answer, ‘til our life is done.

    Satan tried to kill Jesus our Lord
    To win his fight to rule over men.
    Hate is a tool he likes to use
    To counter God’s love and destroy men.

    Satan is behind all those who hate,
    Who lie and steal and persecute men.
    If we follow Jesus and love our God,
    Persecution is ours, time and again.

    Jesus has risen, He’s left this world,
    But told us all what we need to do.
    “Keep my commands and love each other.”
    Those are the words we need to turn to.

    When we meet persecution and hate
    For loving God, each other and His Son,
    Love God, praise God, give Him the glory,
    Then the battle is ours, the victory won.

    I Thess 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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    • duchess01 says:

      The battle – evil vs good – continues – but, we know how this story ends – don’t we Carl?

      Thank you for your words of wisdom – given lovingly to remind us – God Bless You!

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      • BakoCarl says:

        The story with the bestest ending!

        Thank YOU for your daily Words of Wisdom!

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        • duchess01 says:

          I have a poem for you, Carl – that I wrote on 04/14/2013 – hope and pray it warms your heart just as you have warmed mine – here ya go…


          His truth overwhelms dearly and daily;
          Manifesting blessings aptly and ably;
          By those who accept Jesus as Lord;
          Whose actions – through faith – create accord!

          His love continues to light up a world;
          Congested with turmoil – in truth – unfurled;
          Perverse with evil – at every turn;
          Wherein for relief – many hearts will yearn!

          Justifying – His Word – shines forthwith;
          In the least likely place – truth dispels myth;
          Just when you think you have heard enough;
          The tough get tender; the tender get tough!

          The Warring Angels send the demons flying;
          The Comforting Angels curtail the lying;
          The Spirit surrounds the afflicted in truth;
          And dispels the myth created in youth!

          Through prayer and remorse, the cold heart softens;
          Normally – not quickly – nor as often;
          However – at times – the Spirit moves swiftly;
          And Grace flows freely to heal quite quickly!

          Witnessing the swiftness surely astounds;
          The Power of the Spirit – it surrounds;
          All who were connected through the airwaves;
          Can have no doubt in mind – that Jesus saves!

          My Cup Overflows with gratitude;
          Happiness reigns without platitude;
          No admonition to reel this soul in;
          The Love of Jesus flowed freely within!

          All Praise and Honor and Glory are His;
          In Him, Through Him, and With Him it is;
          The gift of His Spirit indwelling within;
          The ransom He paid – the high price of sin!

          Let your cup overflow with happiness today;
          Where there is a will; there will be a way;
          Patience is a Virtue; a Virtue is a Grace;
          Put ‘em both together – you get a Happy Face!

          XXX: 4/14/2013

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          • BakoCarl says:

            It’s great – please write more! 🙂 🙂 🙂

            With all the recent events in mind,
            I think I need a change.
            I’ll focus on something more worthwhile,
            Lest I become deranged.

            A Change of Focus

            “The time has come,” someone once said,
            “To talk of many things:
            Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax –
            Of cabbages – and kings –
            And why the sea is boiling hot –
            And whether pigs have wings.”

            ‘Tis well, I thought, just yesterday,
            To think of God and flag;
            And how our land is now corrupt,
            And how our “statesmen” brag.
            They primp and pose throughout the day,
            And how their tongues do wag.

            Their words are not worth listening to;
            Their lies so big and bold.
            My time’s well spent on other things,
            With other thoughts to hold.
            I’ll think of God and His true Word,
            While deeper thoughts unfold.

            It’s here, I think, my time’s well spent,
            To hear and read God’s Word;
            To read and think and contemplate
            With other thoughts deferred.
            I’ll set my gaze hard on the prize,
            And let my soul be stirred.

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. G-d&Country says:

    Good Morning ! Here is a bacon recipe for today you still have time to make for lunch. Have a MAGA day! 🙂

    1-1 1/2 pound pork tenderloin
    6 – 8 strips bacon
    4 Tbl apricot preserves
    2 tsp mustard
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 cup onions chopped fine/minced, or sliced fine
    2 tablespoons olive oil

    Preheat the oven to 350°F

    Trim the pork of any excess fat and rip off the silvery membrane if it’s still attached.
    Spread 1tsp mustard over the top of the roast, then the garlic and onion powder. Fold the tapered end of the pork back under the rest of the tenderloin a little bit, just to the point where the whole tenderloin is a uniform thickness. Wrap the pork in strips of bacon, overlapping the pieces and making certain they fit snugly around the pork Tightly tuck the ends underneath the tenderloin to hold them in place. Secure the ends of the bacon strips in place with toothpicks.
    Heat the oil in a roasting pan or a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork until it’s brown on all sides, about 10 – 15 minutes total. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the tenderloin until the core temperature registers 145°F for medium, about 15 minutes, or 155°F for medium-well, 20 – 30 minutes.
    While the pork is cooking, pour excess drippings out of the pan and cook the onion over medium heat until soft and browned. Mix together the apricot preserves and 1 tsp mustard, add to onion and warm over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.
    About 5-10 minutes before the roast is done depending on how crispy you want it, spread on the apricot, mustard and onion mixture [1], and finish cooking. When the roast is done set aside to rest, covered, for 5 -10 minutes.
    [1]You can make extra sauce mixture and put over the roast when cooking. When done, pour out of pan, skim off fat and serve, or just make and set aside to pour over roast when served.
    Some recipies add brown sugar, but I prefer it without as it dilutes the other flavors, and makes it very sugary. This process can be used for any spice/preserve combo you want.

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    • BT in SC says:

      Drooling here! Printing this out to make for dinner one night this week. Wish I’d have seen this before Church, because we’d be having this tonight! Already made the grocery stop on the way home, though, so too late. Regardless, cannot wait to make this. Looks absolutely awesome!!! Thanks, G&C for sharing!


      • G-d&Country says:

        Thank you BT 🙂 My mom loved apricots so for her birthday and mother’s day I made her a lunch with apricots in every course. I have been making apricot pork roast for years, but never from a recipe, so I used an average of recipes online for size of roast, time and temp for baking. They were fairly consistent so it should work well. Please adjust the seasonings to your tastes, and let me know how you like it ENJOY ! 😉


        • BT in SC says:

          Bought the ingredients this morning, G&C! Will make it for tomorrow night. [Must finish leftover steak and pork chops already in ‘fridge tonight. I absolutely HATE when food has to be thrown away because it didn’t get eaten fast enough. May as well just throw $$$ in the trash is my thinking, there. So, dinner tomorrow night! Can’t wait. Have been thinking about this – and talking about it – since yesterday when I saw your post. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Again, YUGE thanks for sharing!


  16. Scott Adams has a hell a of a good insight. The Trump-is-Hitler meme just got demolished. A fantastic step forward for Trump.

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  17. Mike says:

    File hosting test, personal shots I have taken:

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  18. silverlakela says:

    Traitor Paul Ryan caught!!!
    Paul Ryan Had A Secret Meeting An Hour After He Killed The Healthcare Bill


  19. Donna in Oregon says:

    God is all knowing and all seeing. President Trump said it right, we should not worry…..Washington DC cannot hide.

    2 Peter 2:19King James Version (KJV)
    19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

    2 Peter 2:19 New International Version (NIV)
    19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”


  20. Sepp says:

    Today is the Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast or Great Lent in the Orthodox Church. On this day, as well, the Church honors Saint John Klimakos or Saint John of the Ladder. The Saint’s best known writing is the book “The Ladder of Divine Ascent.”

    In the week ahead, the Church will pray the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete and listen to the Life of Saint Mary of Egypt. This service and the life of the Saint inspire us to repentance. On Friday, the Church will pray the Akathistos or Salutations to the Theotokos, seeking consolation from the All-Holy (Panagia) and ever Virgin Mary.

    Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me a sinner.

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  21. Sentient says:

    Small update on the Philando Castile shooting: Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, another woman named Dyamond (really) and a 3rd woman were charged a few weeks ago with attacking another woman and repeatedly beating her on the head with a hammer. Looks like Castile hung with a pretty tough girlfriend. It’s bad enough to smoke marijuana with your small daughter in the car, but you might want to keep the bashing-with-a-hammer to a bare minimum – at least until the trial’s over.

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  22. Lburg says:

    The screeching has begun. Must be spring near the water. Osprey (or, as the old timers call them, fish hawks) sightings for the past week or so, but today they are hanging around and calling for their mates. (from the Cornell allaboutbirds site: An Osprey may log more than 160,000 migration miles during its 15-to-20-year lifetime. …During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America.)

    Ospreys mate for life but knowing that too much of a good thing is, well, too much of a good thing – they ‘vacation’ separately during the winter and then get back together at nest sites. Where I live their arrival signals the potential for amazing aerial battles….eagles vs. osprey. These days, my money is almost always on the osprey since many times it’s two osprey driving off a single eagle.

    I suppose as in all things, there are lessons to be learned by nature. Not the least of these lessons are take separate vacations and help your mate in life’s big battles.

    More information for anyone so inclined:

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  23. Southpaw says:

    Stories for Noah

    Politics. Bleh! It did remind me of a story about how you approach work. I had an employee in Georgia that was not doing his job properly. His name was James Brown, which is ironic because there was a world famous soul singer from Georgia with the same name. His tag line was “the hardest working man in show business.”

    This employee was slacking off and spent a lot of time avoiding his assignments. After repeated encouragement and one on one sit downs he wouldn’t improve his performance. I finally had to let him know I was firing him. His response was, “Don’t, I’ll try harder. I promise.” I called him into the office to give him his separation paperwork and gave him some advice for the future. Never tell anyone you will try harder because that means you weren’t giving your best effort from the beginning. You were telling me that if you could get by with minimal effort you would do it. You were telling me I had wasted my time trying to train you. You were telling me that you didn’t care about the people you worked with and if they could cover your mistakes you liked that. Good luck and tell people you will try to get better at your job and your appreciation for other people.

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  24. MTeresa says:

    God our father, thou guidest everything in wisdom and love. Accept the prayers we offer for our nation; by the wisdom of our leaders and integrity of our citizens, may harmony and justice be secured and may there be lasting prosperity and peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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  25. R-C says:

    To those who scoff at the sad thought of a coming civil war:

    Here is one facet of the enemy: “Antifa”. Forming units (“chapters”) among us, as I write. Openly fomenting for warfare against us. They wrongheadedly believe they’re fighting ‘fascism’. They’re obviously misguided and bizarre, but being misguided doesn’t make them ‘harmless’–unhinged lunatics can be very dangerous when they’re lashing out.

    They openly seek to overthrow our government.


  26. citizen817 says:

    Snake Poem…French Edition


  27. Janie M. says:

    Before Adele, there was Alison Moyet (both Brits), whom I discovered in the early 80’s. You may notice a similarity in their voices.


  28. Kelly says:

    The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is in full swing. Beautiful two days worth of great weather.


    • Les says:

      Question: If Obama wasn’t eligible to be president, do all his executive orders and laws he signed become null? Just wondering. I’m still a closet birther.


  29. Ziiggii says:

    This 60 Minutes piece on Garland, TX is fascinating!

    There is some real problems in the FBI.


  30. Lucille says:

    Pakistan asks Facebook and Twitter to identify Pakistanis outside country who post anti-Islam material
    March 26, 2017 6:51 p.m. by Robert Spencer

    Will FB and Twitter weigh the dangers to expatriate Pakistanis and refuse the Pakistan government’s “request” (more like a demand)? With dhimmis running both, odds aren’t in favor of the expats.


  31. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  32. Just Scott says:


  33. BakoCarl says:

    duchess01 says: March 26, 2017 at 7:27 am
    Verse of the Day ✟ Romans 10:17
    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

    Faith and the Word of God

    God gives us faith, the Bible says,
    And then we can believe.
    For without faith, we all are lost,
    Unable to conceive.

    It’s by faith in His only Son,
    That we can come to God.
    We must first all trust in Jesus,
    Because we are so flawed.

    We won’t meet Jesus in our towns,
    Or walking on our roads.
    He won’t be fishing in a boat,
    Or wheeling heavy loads.

    But, you’ll find Him through the Bible
    From beginning to end.
    Words to read, words to believe,
    On Jesus we depend.

    God has given His Word to us
    So that we all can read
    That Jesus healed the leper,
    And made the blind man see.

    And as we read, God promised us
    Our faith will grow and grow,
    And He will give us peace and joy,
    And set our hearts aglow.


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