Friday February 23rd – Open Thread

Our 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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160 Responses to Friday February 23rd – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

    As long as we’re visiting electric blues I thought it might be fitting to listen to ZZ Top’s tribute to Delta Blues men like Muddy and John Lee . . .

    Liked by 13 people

  3. bessie2003 says:

    I posted this on the wrong thread so am re-posting it here.

    Not sure if any television stations will be covering it so here is a link to Right Side Broadcasting’s live coverage of President Trump’s 9 A.M. (Eastern time) speech at CPAC.

    http://rsbn.tv/watch-live-president-trump-major-speech-at-cpac-2018/

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  4. WhistlingPast says:

    ICR’s “Days of Praise.” Blessings on all who read.

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    • And, if memory serves, the end of Hebrews 11 has the saints who suffered mightily & did Not receive their reward in this life. They were held up as even greater examples of faith than those patriarchs, etc, recounted from the beginning of that chapter. I’ve never heard anyone preach on the latter part of Hebrews 11 but it seems to contradict much of the “name it & claim it” “gospel” that has permeated certain Christian enclaves. So thankful that the Lord saw fit to include those who endured such great suffering as such champions of faith “of whom the world is not worthy”…

      I thinks some of their cousins in suffering regularly visit & pray for others on the prayer request page here at CTH & contribute mightily to Christ’s Body here on earth!

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  5. Lucille says:

    Have a blessed Friday…

    Liked by 11 people

  6. Mk10108 says:

    Still working through today’s gut punch of an adult refusing to step into the arena. 17 dead…one man visiting the beach collecting monthly retirement check while parents visit their child’s grave.

    Liked by 5 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      I smell parents filing civil suits for failure to perform due diligence in the near future of that deputy. Even if he finds a jury that he’s not liable the lawyer costs will severely cut into his spare money. NYC lawyers who made a career suing NYPD and are now practicing in Miami are probably tripping all over themselves trying to get to those parents.
      I can see probable cause for suits against the school board and school to for policies that made this possible. FBI’s just admitted they didn’t follow policy when they were warned about the shooter a month before the killings, a dummy move as they’ve just admitted to a level of liability. The government is immune to suits to a degree BUT there’s always the possibility of going after individuals under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Let the circus begin.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Another way to look at the FBI is the Deep State mantra….never let a crisis go to waste.

        The FBI is the way into the Federal government…..which is a way to the Congress…..which is a way to gun control.

        It’s just another Deep State Clinton/Obama strategy if you will. They did nothing to stop it. I’m sure that isn’t the only crazy lunatic the FBI purposefully ignored to get this result. The books should be gone over quickly, especially to those that were ignored, “lost”, or stolen.

        Sorry to be a cynic, but most likely this is the correct path toward an investigation that will determine culpability. Much like the FISA crap…..it stinks of corruption,

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        • czarowniczy says:

          No no, no need to apologize, we’re all a bit paranoid here I fear.
          The Bureau under Hoover discovered the benefits of collecting files on political figures and usin g them to its own advantage. The stories about the race to Hoover’s filing cabinets as soon as he breathed his last are legend.
          I don’t believe for a second that they stopped blackmailing strategic members of Congress or the White House – look how early on the went after Trump and, after their illegal and arguably treasonous machinations were discovered, how they’ve put everything on the back burner while their CYA-Team is creating ‘evidence’ in the backroom to try and make their treason look patriotic.
          As for the Clinton-FBI connection: the Clintons during their joint Arkansas gubernatortial stint had far more questionable alleged relations with government agencies and drug dealing than they’re now saying Trump had with alleged Russians yet the Biureau was dead silent on that period. Hmmmmmmmm…….

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    • 🍺Gunny says:

      I smell a cover up for the Sheriff Depts ineptitude…he’s the fall guy…listening to the children die….no words..

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      • 🍺Gunny says:

        There are enough lawyers down there now, you could touch one just by putting your arm out…
        They should sue the entire Sheriffs’ Dept, The school District, all of em…they are all dirty…
        Sue em…burn it down….kids are dead…sue em…
        the only thing they care about…money…

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      • smiley says:

        with such a weight as that on his conscience, that Sheriff won’t age well.

        cowards like that don’t do well when the enormity of their betrayal finally hits them like a ton of bricks.

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  7. nikkichico7 says:

    God bless us everyone. 🌷🌸🌷🌸🌷

    1 Samuel 2New King James Version (NKJV)
    Hannah’s Prayer
    2 And Hannah prayed and said:
    “My heart rejoices in the Lord;
    My horn[a] is exalted in the Lord.
    I smile at my enemies,
    Because I rejoice in Your salvation.

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  8. nikkichico7 says:

    Revelations 21:3-4
    Revelation 21:3-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them[b], 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

    Revelation 19:11-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    The Coming of Christ
    11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will [a]rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the [b]wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

    🌸🌷🌸🌷🌸🌷🌹

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  9. cheryl says:

    Behold, the Cheese Chasing Competition in Britain. https://imgur.com/gallery/o4Ygd

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  10. Missing Andrew says:

    On his 95th birthday, Billy Graham presented the Gospel to millions of people across North America through My Hope With Billy Graham, involving more than 25,000 churches and thousands of homes and other venues.

    Evangelist Billy Graham will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.,from Feb. 28 – March 1.

    Mr. Billy Graham goes to Washington
    to preach his last crusade

    REPENT!

    “But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.” Luke 18:27

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  11. Lucille says:

    On Nazi Germany…but it could happen anywhere, during any age…and we cannot say we have not been warned….

    “With the tools of democracy, democracy was murdered and lawlessness made ‘legal’.
    Raw power ruled, and its only real goal was to destroy all other powers besides itself.”

    ― Eric Metaxas, BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY (pub. 2009)

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  12. Dear Treepers, (this is a duplicate posting from the Prayer Request page, fyi)

    Would you please pray for my son Brandon today? He’s having orthopedic surgery later this morning on his broken & displaced collarbone, following a snowboarding fall on a fun event to begin his Spring Break from college a couple days ago (thankfully he hasn’t been in much pain). His twin brother, Josiah, & I will be accompanying him to the hospital & J has been showing him the surgery ropes having been under the knife so many times himself…

    Please pray that the surgery would go well & that he won’t need an in-patient stay; that he can have some financial favor (the co-pays, “thanks” to Obamacare, look to be roughly 1/2 of his gross earnings for 2017); that he can heal quickly; that he’ll not fall behind in his studies (he’s a couple months from college graduation); that work can make some adjustments so he can continue with some income (he’s a waiter at a local restaurant); that the Lord would guide & direct his footsteps for the next phase of his life; that we can all shine the light & love of Jesus wherever we go (this isn’t the hospital where J has had all his surgeries so is unfamiliar territory); & that God will be glorified throughout these adventures. Thanks so much for your prayers!!!

    Blessings to you all!

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  13. smiley says:

    Wild And Silent

    oil/panel

    ca 2014

    Adam Hall ~ American (b. 1981, West Virginia, now resides in Nashville, TN) ~ Contemporary ~ Landscapes

    he is entirely self-taught…his phenomenal work is a combination of Expressionism and Realism.

    cool website, too….

    http://www.adamhallart.com/about/#bio

    🙂

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
    Prov 15:3 (KJV)

    https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/verse-of-day.php

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  15. duchess01 says:

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

    Liked by 10 people

  16. Dora says:

    J.M.W. Turner – Study of a Fire at the Grand Storehouse of the Tower of London (1834)

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  17. MAGA_Berserker says:

    MAGA!

    (Auth)

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  18. Dora says:

    The Greatest Human Rights Abuse in the World Continues

    In the past 45 years, an estimated 60 million innocent human beings have been killed in the United States with the consent of our government, and this crime against humanity continues to this day.

    Federal lawmakers recently tried to pass a bill that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill failed in the Senate on a 51-46 vote — an embarrassing stain on our nation in the fight to protect human rights.

    http://www.catholiclane.com/the-greatest-human-rights-abuse-in-the-world-continues/

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  20. northwoodswatcher says:

    Yes, the figure quoted of babies killed since 1973 legalization of abortion is more than 60 million.

    Of course, that figure only reflects surgical or medical abortions.

    The figure quoted does not accurately represent the number of human beings killed by all forms of abortion. By this I mean we need to include chemical abortions.

    Chemical abortion is far and away the chief mode of baby/embroyo killing in the U.S. over the past half century. As you read down this page you will see that the actual baby/embryo-killing figure is colossal.

    The statistics below are from the American Life League (ALL): http://www.all.org

    ALL is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the U.S.

    Here is their abortion statistics page: http://www.all.org/learn/abortion/abortion-statistics/

    FACT. Since the first states decriminalized abortion in 1967, it is estimated that more than 60,000,000 reported surgical abortions were performed in the U.S.

    FACT: An estimated 1,878,990 were committed before Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that lifted all restrictions.

    FACT: ALL estimates that the total number of surgical abortion performed in the U.S. from 1973 to 2013 is 56.5 million.

    FACT: An average of 1,300,000 babies are killed annually in the U.S. through surgical abortion.

    FACT: Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control in the U.S. at any given time.

    FACT: Using formulas based on the way the birth control pill works, pharmacy experts project that about 14,000,000 chemical abortions occur in the U.S. each year.

    FACT: ALL estimates that a total well in excess of 560,000,000 chemical abortions were performed in the U.S. between 1965 and 2005.

    FACT: Using formulas based on the way the birth control pill works, pharmacy experts project that well in excess of 610,000,000 chemical abortions were performed in the U.S. between 1965 and 2009.

    FACT: Since that 610,000,000 figure only takes you to 2009, you have to add in the years 2010 to 2017 — eight additional years of chemical abortions. Eight times 14,000,000 equals 112,000,000. Now add in the estimated 61,000,000 surgical and medical abortions since 1965. The total is 797,000,000.

    So this is what I wanted to point out — the American abortion number is not 60,000,000-plus.

    No, it is 13 times that amount.

    Let’s put this mass murdering into context:
    • 20,946,000 = murdered by the Nazis
    • 61,911,000 = murdered by the Soviet Union (1917-1987).
    • 76,692,000 = murdered by Red China (this is a moving number, since the communist Chinese still have prison camps).

    IMHO, you can thank the 19th Amendment for the sorry fact that American women are far and away the top mass murderers of all time.

    FACTOID: A majority of American women have consistently voted for DemonRAT in EVERY SINGLE Presidential election since Reagan vs. Carter, i.e., for the past 36 years.

    Draw your own conclusions.

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    • Before I got married I went on “The Pill” so my body would have time to adjust to the changes by the wedding. I specifically grilled the doctor about the Pill being a possible abortifacient & she absolutely lied to my face that it wasn’t. Although I was only on that chemical for about a half a year after marriage I’m still haunted by the possibility that multiple children were conceived but chemically sloughed off. I did get pregnant the first month I was off the Pill after having been told it can take “many” months before one conceives.

      I warn child-bearing aged Christians I know about The Pill being an abortifacient, but am not sure that any of them are overly concerned. The blood of all these children sacrificed to “Molech” surely cries out to the Lord! May God convict, forgive, & heal us all…

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  21. nikkichico7 says:

    Micah 7:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    8 Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy.
    Though I fall I will rise;
    Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.

    🌹

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. Missing Andrew says:

    Democrats and Republics agree on immigration reform

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  24. Bob Thoms says:

    Friday morning food porn; cheddar fries at Snuffers (dallas).

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  25. As the school shooting was happening this little bombshell was going off in Europe.

    https://www.enca.com/africa/scandal-hit-oxfam-faces-new-sex-claims-in-south-sudan

    Pizza anyone?

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  26. BigMamaTEA says:

    President Trump just finished his CPAC speech. It was roughly 1 1/2 hr. long.

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  27. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Forget about poly-tics and stay in Wigwam Village Inn. Saw this and thought it was cool. In the early 1930s, Frank A. Redford dreamed of building a place where families could stay overnight in a unique setting.

    http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/wigwam-village-inn-2-ky/

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  28. Dora says:

    This makes me sad.

    =====

    New York’s Waldorf Astoria is now controlled by the Chinese government
    https://qz.com/1214009/new-yorks-waldorf-astoria-is-now-controlled-by-the-chinese-government/

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  29. phattcat says:

    For Smiley:

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  30. John Adams says:

    For us older folks. Simple truths are best.

    Liked by 2 people

  31. rashomon says:

    Medical ethics vs. transgender politics: Mt. Sinai has induced lactation in a transgender woman using an off-label drug not approved for such purposes. Not only is the baby ingesting this drug, but also the hormones the person is taking to retain female characteristics.

    What could possibly go wrong in this child’s future? The hospital should be decertified!

    http://politicalmavens.com/index.php/2018/02/21/first-do-no-harm-medical-ethics-vs-transgender-politics/

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  32. Lucille says:

    Brain Scans Could Change How We Diagnose Depression
    Written by Temma Ehrenfeld on February 12, 2018

    Researchers say brain scans could help pinpoint four subtypes of depression, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment.

    https://www.healthline.com/health-news/brain-scans-could-change-how-depression-diagnosed

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  33. nor'easter says:

    These people are sick:

    The horrifying life of sex slavery North Korean cheerleaders face
    By Natalie O’Neill February 23, 2018 | 2:02pm | Updated

    https://nypost.com/2018/02/23/defector-claims-north-koreas-cheerleaders-are-actually-sex-slaves/

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  34. BigMamaTEA says:

    h/t Patriot Post…

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  35. Some people have asked for some updates on my son’s surgery…so here’s some of what I shared at the CTH Prayer Request Page here:
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2011/02/01/prayer-requests-9/

    “Valerie Curren says:
    February 23, 2018 at 3:45 am
    Thank you so much! We, Josiah & I, are taking Brandon to the hospital for that surgery later this morning. He, B, seems to be doing pretty well & thankfully not in much pain. Josiah being such a veteran of Many surgeries (I think 19 now) Really Wanted to come for Brandon’s event–he’s being a real support & encouragement to his twin! It’s always great (& surprising, given Autism) to see him so focused on someone else’s needs…

    Valerie Curren says:
    February 23, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    Hey Prayer Warriors
    Josiah & I got called back to see Brandon & just before he went back for his surgery my husband unexpectedly showed up! He (fortuitously?) had jury duty today…& wasn’t picked! So the three of us are hanging out in the waiting room. Michael just spoke with the OR & B’s procedure starts soon. We should see him in about an hour & a half…

    Thanks for your prayers & encouragement…

    Valerie Curren says:
    February 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    Thank you all so much for praying for us today. Brandon came through surgery well with only a little little queasiness & dizziness. He & Josiah are heading home now with my husband & I’m getting blessed with some live piano music as I pause to write this post..Thank you Lord for this extra measure of grace& beauty at the end of a long & trying week (that included having our 27 year old furnace& A/C replaced)…

    We are All very thankful… & also very tired…God bless you all!”

    We are all back home from the hospital & pretty worn out. Brandon is resting comfortably & my husband just laid down for a nap…Me, I’m sharing updates here first! Blessings…

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  36. Harry Lime says:

    The left constantly demonizes our LEO’s and this is where it leads. Over $30 million paid out to this mama thug’s family because she was stupid enough to point a loaded shotgun at LEO.

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  37. amwick says:

    So the twitterverse is exhausting.. SD has been tweeting all kinds of important stuff, but tweets are not the same as actual articles and some people just don’t get it. I don’t know where he gets the energy to do both… I still can’t believe that so many people in the tweetworld know @TheLastRefuge2 but not CTH…. *sighs Maybe it is better that way.

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  38. Sepp says:

    Recently, Pope Francis received media attention for a statement he made about using a different translation in the Lord’s Prayer for the phrase “Lead us not into temptation” and theological reasoning behind it.

    Whether the media accurately reported his statement is one matter.

    The second matter, temptation and sin, is addressed in an excellent article on an Orthodox Christian blog in England of a traditional view without being too difficult to understand, nor harshly focused on Pope Francis.

    “Lead us not into Temptation’. The Pope and the Lord’s Prayer”

    May it be as edifying for someone else as it was for me.

    http://www.brookwoodblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/lead-us-not-into-temptation-pope-and.html

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  39. Lucille says:

    More and more evil…. These revelations are reminders to us all that we cannot, we must not give up the fight for truth, justice, morality and doing what’s right….

    “Children’s Rights” Consultant for Pro-Abortion UN Agency Sexually Assaulted Boy for Years
    Article by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. – February 23, 2018 | 3:54PM NEW YORK, NY
    http://www.lifenews.com/2018/02/23/childrens-rights-consultant-for-pro-abortion-un-agency-sexually-assaulted-boy-for-years/

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  40. 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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  41. Lucille says:

    (WATCH VIDEO) New York State Attorney General Lies About Use Of Fake Facebook Information On Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors
    February 23, 2018
    https://www.thomasmore.org/press-releases/watch-video-new-york-state-attorney-general-lies-use-fake-facebook-information-pro-life-sidewalk-counselors/

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  42. nikkichico7 says:

    John 20:28-30 American Standard Version (ASV)
    28 Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Because thou hast seen me, [a]thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

    🌹

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