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  1. What a beautiful photograph and perspective you brought to having a home and family with our Lord! Beautiful perspective on what has happened to Christianity with regard to families and our culture these days! People were lulled into being titillated and mesmerized by technology and people starting trusting in man and materialism to a fault and are abandoning God their only hope of being saved from eternal damnation. Even myself thinking I was always a pretty good Christian now realized I was still diluting my faith with a sprinkle of this or that and even self-ego that I can do OK; sort of giving myself license to sin a little which we all do but, consciously inviting it in a sense, which is not putting one’s whole heart into loving Jesus our Savior! I see now that true repentance and devotional faith; that we are at least trying our best to improve each day is required of us, and we can’t be lukewarm as Scripture tells us so plainly! On Calvary I see how by that best of all examples as our Lord was actually here and finalizing His new and everlasting covenant on that cross, so the despots or fools who lived in sin were being crucified along each side of him but the one that had been cold to seeking our heavenly Father, seeing Jesus the Savior, had his own great epiphany talking to Jesus as they were dying and became hot for truth, and through his humble contrite heart at that juncture, he was saved as Jesus told him, “Verily I say to you today, you will be in paradise with Me.” I feel it’s pretty obvious we must be close to the end time and hopefully more people are going to awaken before it’s too late! God Bless You and Yours.
    Lawrence

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      1. Absolutely you’re welcome Christian! Can identify and the only way worth going of course is up so knowing that I figure I better try a helluva lot better if I’m capable! My mother was always saying God only asks that we try our best, see words of wisdom there because Jesus knows our heart perfectly and will know if we did our best in spite of the sins and failures He will know if we are one of His! We are either for Him or against Him, plain and simple! God Bless.

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