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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Hannah

 

Bible Text:

1 Samuel 1:1-20

 

1 Samuel 1:1- 4 NKJV

“Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters.”

Hannah, one of two wives of Elkanah, had no children, although she had been married for some time. Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, had children.
Each year the family would faithfully go to Shiloh and worship and offer a sacrifice to God. Elkanah loved Hannah very much, even though she did not have any children. Elkanah treated Hannah very kindly and special. He even gave her a double portion of the offering to give to God. However, Peninnah was not so nice to Hannah. She made fun of Hannah because she did not have any children.

1 Samuel 1:5-8 NKJV

“But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”

Year after year Peninnah teased Hannah so much that Hannah even lost her appetite. Her childlessness affected her whole outlook on life. She was so depressed and sad. In her bitterness and misery she could not see her many blessings, such as God’s goodness in giving her a loving husband.
In the house of God, Hannah cried out to God, asking the Lord to give her a son. She earnestly, specifically, and believingly prayed to Him. Hannah was praying so hard that her lips were moving but she wasn‘t making a sound., Eli, the priest, accused her of being drunk.

1 Samuel 1:9-14 NKJV

“So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!”

Hannah explained to Eli, the priest, that she was not drunk, but praying, because she was very sad. Knowing that God would surely do what was best for Hannah, Eli told her to go in peace. Eli reminded Hannah that as she brought her request to God in faith, she could have peace knowing that He would answer in the way best for her.

1 Samuel 1:15-18 NKJV

“But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.” Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.”

Eli knew that God would answer Hannah’s prayer in His own perfect way, so he told her to go in peace. After Hannah prayed and Eli spoke to her she was no longer sad or unhappy. She went her way rejoicing, knowing that God had truly heard her prayer. The next morning Elkanah and his family returned home.
God answered Hannah’s prayer in time and gave her a son. She named the baby Samuel, which means “Heard by God.”

1 Samuel 1:19-20 NKJV

“Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

 

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 1:13

 

Life Application: God hears our silent cries.

 

Review

1. Hannah had no ________________, although she had been married for some time.

2. Each year Hannah’s family would go to Shiloh and ________________ and offer a sacrifice to God.

3. Hannah’s husband treated her very kindly and ______________.

4. Peninnah was not ________ to Hannah. She made fun of Hannah because she did not have any children.

5. Hannah cried out to God, asking the Lord to give her a ______.

6. Hannah explained to Eli, the priest, that she was not drunk, but ______________, because she was very sad.

7. Eli told her to go in peace because God would ____________in the way best for her.

8. Hannah went her way ________________, knowing that God had truly heard her prayer.

9. God answered Hannah’s prayer in ________ and gave her a son.

10. Hannah named the baby ____________, which means “Heard by God.”

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Gideon Is Bold

gideon   Memory Verse: Hebrews 13:6

Bible Truth: While running your race be bold.

The children of Israel had done evil in God’s sight, so God allowed the Midianites to oppress them for seven years. Afraid of their enemies, the Israelites hid.

Judges 6:1-3 NKJV

“Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years, and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves, and the strongholds which are in the mountains. So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them.”

The Midianites continually stole animals and ruined the crops, leaving the Israelites to starve.

Judges 6:4-6 NKJV

“Then they would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it.
So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.”

When Israel cried out to the Lord, God sent a prophet to remind them of His faithfulness and their disobedience. Israel had angered God by foolishly worshipping Baal. The people sought strength from the idol instead of relying on God, the true source of strength.

Judges 6:7-10 NKJV

“And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried out to the Lord because of the Midianites,
that the Lord sent a prophet to the children of Israel, who said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage; and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. Also I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.” But you have not obeyed My voice.’”

As fearful Gideon hid from the Minianites threshing wheat in a winepress, the Angel of the Lord appeared and said, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Judges 6:11-12 NKJV

“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Gideon was fearful when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him.

Judges 6:13-15 NKJV

“Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”

When Gideon accused God of forsaking Israel, the Angel shocked him with the news that God would use him to deliver them. The Angel encouraged Gideon, assuring him of God’s presence and promising victory over Midian.

Judges 6:16-23 NKJV

“And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
Then he said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me. Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You.” And He said, “I will wait until you come back.”So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented them. The Angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so. Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face.” Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”

At last Gideon believed, built an altar and worshiped God.

Judges 6:24 NKJV

“So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The Lord- Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites”

That night God told Gideon to tear down his father’s altar to Baal and build an altar to the Lord in its place.

Judges 6:24-26 NKJV

“So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Now it came to pass the same night that the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; and build an altar to the Lord your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.”

God wanted Gideon to build an altar to remind Israel of the only way to Him. Gideon wanted to obey God, but he was still timid, so he tore down the idol of Baal by night and built an altar to the Lord.

Judges 6:27 NKJV

“So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the Lord had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night.”

The next day the men of the city saw what had happened and demanded to know who was responsible. Eventually they learned it was Gideon.

Judges 6:28-29 NKJV

“And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, there was the altar of Baal, torn down; and the wooden image that was beside it was cut down, and the second bull was being offered on the altar which had been built. So they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And when they had inquired and asked, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.”

Gideon’s father, Joash, defended him when the men wanted him put to death. Joash told them to let Baal stand up for himself.

Judges 6:30-31 NKJV

“Then the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it.”
But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!” Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, “Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar.”

God was helping Gideon learn to be bold – to stand up for God and do what was right. It wasn’t easy, but God was with him. Later when the Midianites prepared to attack Israel, God gave Gideon His Spirit and he boldly gathered the army of Israel.

Judges 6:32-40 NKJV

“Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, “Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar.” Then all the Midianites and Amalekites, the people of the East, gathered together; and they crossed over and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, who also gathered behind him. He also sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali; and they came up to meet them. So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said—look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. hen Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.”
And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.”

 

Camp Challenge

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.”

God wants you to be bold and do what is right. God is our strength and He will help us be bold for Him.

Hebrews 13:6 NKJV

“So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Prayer Points

Ask God to strengthen your faith.

Ask God for boldness.

Ask God to help you see yourself as He does.

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Water Baptism

water baptism

Memory Verse: Matthew 3:13

 

Life Application: We should follow Jesus’ example of water baptism.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 28:18-20

Luke 23:39-43

Matthew 3:13-17

Mark 1:9-11

Luke 3:21-22

Acts 8:26-38

Water baptism is an important part of a believer’s life. As a believer we should follow Jesus’ example in water baptism. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus gave us the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were Jesus’ followers. Jesus established the command and the Church obeyed it. We, too, should obey it. When we are baptized we are obeying Jesus, and it is a milestone (memorial) in our life. It is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.

 

Salvation Is By Grace

We are baptized to show others that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and want to follow Him and live for Him. Water baptism is also an illustration of our dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ Jesus.

Water baptism does not save us. A person does not have to be baptized to go to heaven. In Luke 23:39-43 the thief on the cross who asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom was told that he would be with Jesus that day in paradise.

Luke 23:39-43 NKJV

“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

The thief was not baptized, however he went to heaven. Salvation is by God’s grace not by our works. If we accept salvation through Jesus’ dying on the cross for us, we are saved and we will go to heaven.

Repentance comes first – before water baptism. After salvation (repentance), water baptism is a natural step in our faith. Each person that is saved should obey Jesus and follow His example in water baptism.

 

The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ ”

Jesus told us to baptize in the name of the Father, the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit. By baptizing in their names it shows the equality of the Godhead. There is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The three are one – equal in power, glory, and authority. As we are baptized using these words, we recognize God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as having equal and total control in our lives as we publicly claiming our relationship to them.

 

Reasons For Baptism By Immersion

The word “baptism” means to submerge, dip, or immerse. Some churches teach that sprinkling is the proper pattern for water baptism. Others believe in immersion – the entering into and being lowered under the water. The primary reasons for believing that water baptism is to be done by immersion is:

1. In water baptism we identify with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

2. We are making a declaration to others of the death and burial of our old sinful life and our resurrection into new life through Christ Jesus.

3. It shows others that our “old man” has died – that we are a new creation.

4. Jesus was immersed. We should follow His example.

Jesus’ Baptism

Matthew 3:13-17 NKJV

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:9-11 NKJV

“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Luke 3:21-22 NKJV

“When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

The Ethiopian Eunuch Was Immersed

Acts 8:26-38 NKJV

“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”

Review

1. Water baptism is an _____________________ part of a believer’s life.

 

2. Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were ______________ followers.

 

3. Water baptism is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our _________________ and _______________________.

 

4. Believers are baptized in water to show others what?

 

5. Water baptism is an illustration of our ____________ to sin and being _______________ to new life in Christ Jesus.

 

6. Salvation is by God’s ______________ not by our works. If we accept salvation through Jesus’ dying on the cross for us, we are ________________ and we will go to heaven.

 

7. Why are believers baptized in the name of the Father, the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit?

 

8. What does the word baptize mean?

 

9. Who baptized Jesus in water?

 

10. When Jesus came up out of the water…

* the __________________ were opened to Him.

* the ___________ _____________ descend upon Him like a dove.

* _________ spoke from heaven.

 

11. What did God say?

 

12. Where was Jesus baptized?

 

 

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Don’t Dabble

DON'T DABBLE  Memory Verse: Revelation 21:8

 

Life Application: Occultism will have it’s place in the lake of fire.

 

Bible Text:

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

Revelation 21:8

Revelation 22:12-15

Don’t Open The Door

Believers must be vigilant about not opening a door for Satan into their lives. One way, but not the only way, to keep the door closed to Satan is to be careful about not to dabbling in the occult. The dictionary describes dabble as to have a casual or superficial interest in something.

Demonic influence and oppression are realities in the world in which we live. When a person entertains themselves with things that glorify evil and darkness, they are helping the enemy gain access into lives.

One such evil that is rapidly growing today is an interest in occultism. When we say the word sorcery people usually think about magic or witchcraft. Sorcery is a type of false worship. Some dictionaries definition it as magic performed with the aid of evil spirits; witchcraft. Other dictionaries define sorcery as trying to use the power of Satan and his demons to affect people’s lives. However, there is still another definition of sorcery that many in today’s world try to avoid or overlook. And that is drug use.

The Bible makes God’s feeling very clear concerning occultism. It was an abomination to Him during Biblical times, and it still is to Him today.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 NKJV

“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.”

Examples of Occultism

A person that claims to be a Christian has no business dabbling with occultism, in any form. All forms and types of occultism must be avoided. A few examples are: astrology, worshipping the sun or moon or stars, spells, enchantments, charms, sorcery, wizardry, witchcraft, divination, fortune telling, mediums, spiritism, familiar spirits, séances, channeling, clairvoyance, and spirit-guides.

All people who practice occultism will be judged by God, and will be cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:8 NKJV

“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death”

Revelation 22:12-15 NKJV

““And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie”

When choosing music, what do the words of the song glorify, who does the singer glorify-either with their words or with their life? Does the song contain inappropriate words or themes?

When choosing a movie to watch, does the movie contain any occultism (magic, witchcraft, or supernatural phenomena)? Does the movie make light of God and His values? Does the movie contain inappropriate words or themes?

When choosing clothing that has words or symbols displayed on them, are they immoral? Do the words contain occultism – do they have an occult meaning? Are the words inappropriate?

When choosing a book to read, does the book contain any occultism (magic, witchcraft, or supernatural phenomena)? Does the book make light of God and His values? Does the book contain inappropriate words or themes?

Review

1. What does dabble mean?

2. When a person entertains themselves with things that ______________ evil and darkness, they are helping the enemy gain access into lives.

3. Sorcery is a type of ____________ worship.

4. Occultism is an abomination to ______________.

5. List a few examples of occultism.

6. When choosing music, what are some questions to consider?

7. When choosing movies to watch, what are some questions to consider?

8. When choosing clothing what are some questions to consider?

9. When choosing a book to read, what are some questions to consider?

 

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The Great Flood

THE GREAT FLOOD

Memory Verse:  Genesis 7:5

 

Life Application: We must obey God’s commands, no matter how old or young we are.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 7:5

Genesis 7:1-3

Genesis 7:4-6

Genesis 7:7-9

Genesis 7:13-16

Genesis 7:10-12

Genesis 7:17-20

Genesis 7:21-24

Genesis 8:1-5

Genesis 8:6-12

Genesis 8:13-14

The people that God had created had become very wicked. It grieved God so much that the people He had created no longer loved Him and were full of sin. As God looked over all the people on earth, Noah was the only righteous man to be found. Noah’s character is described as righteous and blameless. Noah conformed to God’s standard – the things that God sought in man were present in Noah.Noah was a man who believed in God took Him at His word. The Bible tells us that Noah walked with God. There was fellowship between Noah and God

Because of the sinfulness of the people (rebellion to God), God was going to destroy the world and He instructed Noah to build an ark. Noah obeyed God’s command to build an ark. It took Noah and his sons one hundred and twenty years to build the ark During this time Noah warned the people about the coming judgment.

Genesis 7:1-3 NKJV      “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.”

God commanded Noah and his family to enter the ark which they had built. They were to take with them two of every animal (a male and a female) and five of every clean animal.

Genesis 7:4-6 NKJV     “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”
And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.”

Genesis 7:7-9 NKJV     “So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.
Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth,
two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.”

Noah and his family obeyed God’s command to enter the ark immediately. When Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark, God shut the door.

Genesis 7:13-16 NKJV     “On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.”

After seven days the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, bringing rain. It rained for forty days and forty nights. As the flood waters begin to cover everything on earth, even the tallest mountains, the ark began to float.

Genesis 7:10-12 NKJV     “And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

 

Genesis 7:17-20 NKJV     “Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters.
And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.
The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.”

 

Everything and everyone whose home was on the land died, old and young alike. The flood waters raged on the earth for one hundred and fifty days. The flood was so destructive that only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark survived.

Genesis 7:21-24 NKJV      “And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.”

God in His great mercy and compassion, remembered Noah and his family. He caused the fountains of the deep and the rain from heaven to stop, a great wind to blow over the flood waters. For one hundred and fifty days the wind blew causing the waters receded from the earth.

At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased and the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The water continually decreased until the tops of the mountains were seen.

Genesis 8:1-5 NKJV     “Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.
And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.”

After the ark had rested for forty days, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven. When let out of the ark, the raven did not return. It flew until it found land. In order to find out if the waters were receding from the land, Noah sent out another bird, a dove. The dove did not find land so it returned to the ark. Seven days later, Noah sent the dove back out. The dove returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf in it’s mouth. Noah waited another seven days, then he sent the dove out again. This time the dove did not return to the ark.

Genesis 8:6-12 NKJV     “So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.”

The flood waters had been on the earth, and Noah and his family had been in the ark, for over a full year.

Genesis 8:13-14 NKJV     “ And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.”

Review

1. Why was God grieved?

2. Noah’s character is described as ____________________ and ___________________.

3. The Bible tells us that Noah _______________ with God.

What does that mean?

4. God instructed Noah to build an _________.

5. How long did it take Noah and his sons to build the ark?

6. While building the ark Noah warned the people about the coming ____________________.

7. Noah took _________ of every animal (a male and a female) and five of every clean animal.

8. When Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark, _________ shut the door.

9. It rained for ________ days and __________ nights.

10. Everything and everyone whose home was on the land __________, old and young alike.

11. The flood waters raged on the earth for _________ days.

12. The flood was so _________________ that only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark survived.

13. How long did it take for the waters to receded from the earth?

14. Where did the ark come to rest at?

15. After the ark had rested for forty days, Noah opened the window and sent out a ____________.

16. Did the dove return the first time that it was sent out?

17. The second time that the dove was sent out it returned with what?

18. How long were Noah and his family in the ark?

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Lesson – “Jesus’ Promise”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Luke 11:13  NKJV

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. Acts 1:8 NKJV

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

3. John 16:7  NKJV

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

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Child’s Hanukkah Booklet – From One Christian’s Perspective

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G.L.O.W. – God Lights Our Way

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Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105

Life Application: God lights our way.

Bible Text

Psalm 119:105

Psalm 119:11

Proverbs 6:23

2 Timothy 3:16

Ephesians 5:8-14

1 John 1:5-7

John 3:18-21

John 5:24

John 6:40

Ephesians 5:8

God’s Word can be described as light and as a guide for living. Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light is also something that brings understanding or shows the way.

Psalm 119:105  NKJV     “Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.” 

          The Bible gives us instructions on how to live as a child of God. It was given to us by God for our own good – not to hurt us, but to help us. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will help us not to sin.

Psalm 119:11  NKJV     “Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I  might not sin against You.”

Bible Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy Word.

I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

And I will hide it’s words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

Guide / Instruction Book

God’s Word is a guide book for living. It gives us understanding and guidance. God’s Word, the Bible, enables us to see the path that we are on as well as the path that we should be on. It shows us all that is in store for us as well as the pitfalls and snares that the enemy tries to place in our path.

Proverbs 6:23  NKJV     For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction  are the way of life”

     God’s Word should be our constant companion, always in our minds and hearts giving instructions and directions. When we are not living up to God’s standards the Bible will shine a light on were we need to change. Even when it gives us words of rebuke it shows us how to change and offers words of hope, encouragement and love.

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV     “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”

Walk In Light That God Has Given Us

As a Christian we are instructed to walk in the light.

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

          Manifest means to show something clearly, to make something evident by showing or demonstrating it very clearly.

          When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our position changes. We were one in darkness and evil, but at salvation we become righteous and full of light through Christ Jesus. We were spiritually dead but are made spiritually alive. God expects our walk to change since our position changed. We must walk worthy of the Lord and the forgiveness that we received.

          Worthy means  fully deserving something, usually as a suitable reward for merit or importance, respectable, morally upright, good, deserving respect, and good.

1 John 1:5-7   NKJV     “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

          There is no darkness or evil in God. If we truly want fellowship with God we can’t have any in us either. We must have God’s standards and God’s morals. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will keep us from sinning against God.

John 3:18-21  NKJV     “He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

     As we allow God to shine a light into our life it will change us. The Light of Jesus Christ was sent to this world by God the Father so that not one would be lost and that all would receive eternal life. If we believe in Jesus and His name we are not condemned and we receive life instead of judgment.

John 5:24  NKJV     “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

 

John 6:40  NKJV     “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

     Those that do not believe in Jesus or His name are condemned and they will receive judgment. God sent His Son, Jesus, to this world to light the way to Himself. Jesus is the Light of the World. Throughout history and in this present age, people offer many excuses for not accepting Jesus as their Savior and the Lord of their life. The excuses they give are an attempt to hide what is really in their heart. Deep in their heart they do not want to accept Jesus as the Lord of their life. They do not want the light of Jesus to shine in them because if it does it will show them for what they really are – a sinner that does not want to change and who does not want to draw closer to God.

We must never forget that the Light of Jesus Christ reveals sin and enables us to see ourselves as we really are and as God sees us. The true believer, however, welcomes the light of Jesus shining in them. The light will help people see what they need to do in order to draw closer to God.

Ephesians 5:8  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

     When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are changed. We were once children of darkness and sin but, we become children of the light and righteousness. Our new life must reflect that change in us in every area of our lives.

Review

1. The Bible is our guide for living. What does guide mean?

2. Give examples of the following:

How has the Bible lead you in the right direction?

How has the Bible influence you?

How has the Bible advised or counseled you?

How has the Bible effected the way you  behave or act?

How has the Bible helped you learn something?

3. The Bible gives us instructions on how to live as a _____________ of God.

4. The Bible was given to us by God for our own good – not to hurt us, but to help us. How has the Bible helped you?

5. The Bible enables us to see the path that we are on as well as the path that we _______________ be on.

6. The Bible shows us what is in _____________ for us.

7. The Bible shows us the pitfalls and snares that the _____________ tries to place in our path.

8. What is a pitfall?

9. What is a snare?

10. God’s Word should be our ____________________ companion, always in our minds and hearts giving instructions and directions.

11. When we are not living up to God’s standards the Bible will shine a light on were we need to change. Is it always pleasant for God to shine a light on an area in our life that needs to change?

Why or why not?

12. Along with rebuke, the Bible offers words of hope, __________________________and love.

13. What does rebuke mean?

14. All Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. What does doctrine mean?

What does reproof mean?

What does correction mean?

What does instruction mean?

15. According to Ephesians 5:8-14 believers

* are to find out what is ________________________ to the Lord.

* are not to fellowship with the unfruitful works of ____________________.

*  are to __________________ the unfruitful works of darkness.

16. When a person accepts Jesus as their Savior they are made ____________________ alive.

17. God expects a believer’s _____________ to change.

18. Believers must walk _________________ of the Lord and the forgiveness that we received.

19. If a person says that they have fellowship with Jesus and walk darkness they _____________, and do not practice the truth.

20. When a person walks in the light as Jesus is in the light, we have ______________________ with God.

21. There is no ________________________ or ____________ in God.

22. We must have God’s _______________________ and God’s morals.

23. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will keep us from ________________ against God.

24. What happens to a person who does not believe in the name of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God?

25. People who practice evil hate the light – they love the ______________________.

26. Why does a person who practices evil hate the light?

27. What will God’s light do to your life?

28. Those that do not believe in Jesus will receive ______________________.

29. The Light of Jesus Christ reveals sin and enables us to see ourselves as we _____________ are and as God sees us.

30. The true believer ______________________ the light of Jesus shining in them.

31. When we accept Jesus as our Savior our life must reflect what?

32. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will help us not to ______________.

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Do What You Have To Do – Worship Even When Others Don’t

DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DODo What You Have To Do – Worship Even When Others Don’t

Memory Verse: Psalm 122:1

Life Application: We should delight at opportunities to join with others in worshipping God.

Bible Text:

Matthew 15:9

Luke 7:37-38

Psalm 122:1

Psalm 9:1-2

1 Chronicles 16:29

Psalm 95:1-6

     When the woman with the alabaster box left her house to go to the home of the Pharisee, she went with one thing in mind. To worship the King, Jesus Christ. She desired to worship Him because of the gratitude in her heart for His acceptance and forgiveness. As she left her home and walked toward Simon’s house, did she think, even for one moment, that she would wash his feet with her tears and dry them with her hair? Did it ever occur to her that she would be the only one gathered there to worship Jesus?

All across America people gather each week for their Sunday service. Some of the people gather there with the expressed purpose of worshiping the Lord. Others are like the Pharisees. They gather for a variety of reasons, but the wrong reasons.

Matthew 15:9  NKJV     “These people draw near to Me with their mouth,

And honor Me with their lips,

But their heart is far from Me.

And in vain they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

     As the woman entered the house where Jesus was what she saw grieved her and cut to her heart. There sat Jesus, the King, with His needs not met. She knew their customs and she knew that His feet should have been washed. But there He sat at the table with unclean feet. He had not had His needs ministered to. Tears began to fill her eyes at the thought of her King not receiving the respect that He was due. She decided to do whatever she had to do to see that Jesus’ needs were met.

Luke 7:37-38  NKJV     “And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.”

     There may be times that you are in a service and you sense that the Lord has not been ministered to. Like the woman, your eyes may fill with tears as your heart seems to break.

Psalm 122:1  NKJV     “I was glad when they said to me,

‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ ”

     We should delight at the prospect of worshiping God . As we prepare to go to the house of the Lord, we must purpose in our heart that we will worship the Lord even if no one else does.  Like the woman, we must do whatever we have to do in order to see our Lord and King’s needs are met.

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;

I will tell of Your marvelous works.

I will be glad and rejoice in You;

I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

1 Chronicles 16:29  NKJV     “Give to the Lord the glory due His name;

Bring an offering, and come before Him.

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

Psalm 95:1-6  NKJV     “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!

Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms

For the Lord is the great God,

And the great King above all gods.

In His hand are the deep places of the earth;

The heights of the hills are His also.

The sea is His, for He made it;

And His hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

Review

1. What did the woman take with her house to the home of the Pharisee?

2. The woman desired to ___________________ Jesus because of the gratitude in her heart for His acceptance and forgiveness.

3. What is gratitude?

4. What does, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips,

but their heart is far from Me” mean?

5.  As the woman entered the house where Jesus was why was she grieved?

6. The woman decided to do ___________________________ she had to do to see that Jesus’ needs were met.

7. Our attitude should be that of  Psalm 122:1.  (I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the ______________ of the Lord.’ )

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8. We should _______________ at the prospect of worshiping God.

9. “I will praise You, O Lord, with my _____________  _____________  ; I will tell of Your marvelous works. I will be glad and _________________  in You; I will sing __________________ to Your name, O Most High.”     Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV

10.  We should delight at opportunities to join with __________________ in worshipping God.

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Deceptions Of The Devil – Innocent Fun or Unaware Paganism?

DECEPTIONS OF THE DEVIL     Deceptions Of The Devil – Innocent Fun or Unaware Paganism?

 

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:11

Life Application: Believers are not to fellowship with darkness.

Bible Text:

Ephesians 5:11

Romans 12:2

2 Thessalonians 5:21

Romans 12:2

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

     There are many feasts and festivals in the Bible. Each one presents a wonderful truth about God and Jesus Christ, our soon coming King. The enemy has always sought to turn people away from God. One way of doing that, is by counterfeiting the things of God.

When we are desperate for more of the Lord’s presence in our lives we can not hold on to the ways of the world. Including the world’s holidays and celebrations that have pagan roots and ties. Many of the world’s celebrations (holidays, events) are soulish. Many have evil or sinful roots. Many

glorify evil and ungodliness. Are we participating in innocent fun, or are we really like the Israelites, falling into paganism unaware of what is happing to us?

Unaware: not aware; unconscious; without thought; unawares.

Unawares: without being expected; by surprise; without knowing.

     God tells us in His Word, the Bible, that we should not have any fellowship with the darkness.

Ephesians 5:11  NKJV     “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them”

     Believers are not to fellowship with darkness. Fellowship means a sharing of common interests, goals, experiences, or views. It can also mean  a group of people who share common interests, goals, experiences, or views. They  (believers) are instructed to be different than the world. We can be in this world and not of this world. We must not allow the world and it’s standards to rule us. A Christian must not set themselves in agreement with the practices, standards, conduct or worship of the world.

Romans 12:2  NKJV     “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”   

     As Christians we should be careful about participating in the things of the world. Each person should seriously read the Word of God and pray as to what they will  participate in.

2 Thessalonians 5:21  NKJV     “Test all things; hold fast what is good.”

     In Romans, we are told not to be like the world, and not to let the world set the standards for our lives.

Romans 12:2  NKJV     “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”

     God has never changed His mind about how He feels about evil. According to Deuteronomy 18:9-14,evil and the things associated with it are an abomination to God.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14  NKJV     “When you come into the land which the Lord you God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord you God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.”

     Abomination means something that arouses strong disgust. If God has brought you out of Egypt into a new land ( if you have accepted the gift of salvation / if you are saved), you have no part in participating in the things that are an abomination to God. If you are a child of God, He has not appointed you to participate in evil.

Review

1. The enemy has always sought to turn people ________________  from God.

2. When we are desperate for more of the Lord’s _____________________   in our lives we can not hold on to the ways of the world.

3. Many of the world’s holidays and celebrations that have _________________   ____________  and ties – they glorify evil and ungodliness.

4. God tells us in His Word, the Bible, that we should not have any ____________________ with the darkness.

5. Believers must not allow the world and it’s standards to _____________  them.

6. A Christian must not set themselves in _________________________  with the practices, standards, conduct or worship of the world.

7. How should a person decide about participating in the things of the world?

8. How does God feel about evil?

9. What does abomination mean?

10. Believers have no part in ______________________ in the things that are an abomination to God.

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