the light of the world

The Light of the world

14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:14-16

The great commission calls us to ministry. This is the ministry of the Word. To a demoniacal world bound to fleshly desires, a  world which is filled with darkness, we are to be the lights of the world. By the Holy Spirit we are to offer spiritual restoration through the Gospel of Christ.

However to often we see this spiritual ministry abandon by church leaders.  Out of the desire to be the Gods moral authority and gain temporal power on earth they leave the love of Christ for political and social power and worldly gain.

Time and again we see in history Christ being used as a way for men to gain control of the masses. As a result the foot print the Church  has left on  world history is horrifying.

I challenge you now to consider what you know and have seen of Jesus Christ and his teachings.  Imagine the great city of Alexandria less than 400 years after the ascension of Christ. A  city that values knowledge, education. philosophy and enlightenment above everything. The place where the Bible was translated into  Greek for the first time.  Now imagine Christians running through the streets, pulling a woman from her chariot, stripping her naked and dragging her through the city back to the church where they filet her with pieces of tile and sharp stones until she is dead. They then cut her body to pieces and burn them outside the city walls.

The woman’s name is Hypatia.

The church leader at the time was Cyril.

I offer this for your discernment.

Now imagine if people you knew, who you went to church with committed these same acts. That the woman had been killed in your place of worship. The horror this idea brings to your mind is the same horror experienced by Alexandrians in 370AD.

Personal journals that survived from this period attest to this.

The organization of the churches was never to gain sociological and political influence. The purpose was to have places that safe guarded the teachings of Christ, that continued spreading the Gospel message and to worship and fellowship with each other. The gifts of the spirit are given for this very purpose.

Even now we see church leaders driven to fill pews organizing social and political actions against would be threats to Christendom.

Does any of these sound familiar?

Abortion, home schooling, school prayer, gay marriage are a few that come to mind. leaders quote scripture in order to condemn the actions of groups and politicians that support them. In doing this quite often they have parted from the spirit of God and the message of Christ.

Lets use gay marriage as an example.

 

We have two completely different issues here.

One issue is the  marriage ceremony as preformed by the church. This is a sacrament of the church. This is marriage in the eyes of God.

The second issue is the marriage contract. This is the document that legally binds you to another. This is marriage in the eyes of the law.

Our constitution is very clear with regards to the separation of church and state. If the government allows gay marriage it makes no difference to the sacrament of the church. However if the government passes a law which states that all churches must perform gay marriage ceremonies then there is an issue.

Thanks to our Constitution this will never happen. The government can never determine what is sacred. So why then is gay marriage a christian issue or a church issue?

Gay marriage has nothing to do with what Christ did for us. It is a witch hunt like Hypatia.

Most people have read John 3:16. Have you ever read what follows?

16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” JOHN 3:16-21

We are called to the ministry of the Word. To share the gospel of Christ. To be light in a world of darkness. We are not called to establish a government that binds people to Gods law. Nor are we called to be sheriffs and enforce Gods laws in society. Nor our we called by God to seats of judgement over society.

We are called to the ministry of the Word. Through the spiritual renewal we receive from the Holy Spirit we are empowered to share the love of Christ with others.

It is easy to use Gods word to condemn others.

Who is without sin?

Hypatia is  a horrifying  example of what happens when Gods Word is ministered in a wrong way. But how can we as Christians know the right way?

First we are to love everyone unconditionally as Christ did. Telling a sinner he is sinful is like telling a terminally ill man in  a hospital bed that he is going to die. We are not to announce death but bring the message of life. Christ did not come saying you are dead he came saying you are forgiven. His message was one of hope not condemnation.

Second we must believe in Gods plan for salvation. We bring the non-believer to Christ and Christ through the Holy Spirit will do the rest. What man can save himself or justify himself in the eyes of God? The only salvation is Christ. Quit trying to eliminate sin. Instead share the Gospel of salvation.

Third… always remember- no matter who tries to move you… or compel you… or co-worse you to act… no matter what their education… or what knowledge they claim… or credentials they claim- or how others in church or society received them-that you alone are accountable to God.

You alone are accountable for your own soul.

When you stand before God, you can not say, “well the elders of my church said” or “my Paster told me to do thus and so” or “that  everyone else was doing it” or “that was how I was raised.” You will not be able to say, “well Lord virtue was not convenient at the time.”

 32“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.  34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35“For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law 36 and a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.  37“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. MATT10:32-39

Do not be afraid to stand on the side of what is right even if you are the only one on that side. Even if it means you loose family or friends. Be Berean. Seek the truth of Christ in all things.

Remember -You are the Light of the World

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

 

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Take the Bullet

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As your Quartermaster I will share the gizmos, gadgets and Apps that I have found really useful and that I have made essential in my daily living. All are field tested and Quartermaster approved.

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 The Pen

In the article about EDC entitled What has it got in its pocketses, eh? I covered what I carried in my pockets when I left the house. If you would like to read that articles click the picture above. But you don’t need to read it to understand this article.

If you look in this picture from the article in the lower left you hand corner will see a moleskin note book with a pen on top. The pen is a disposable pen that served me well for years. I have thought many times about getting a refillable pen that would become part of me, that I could carry everyday and that I could rely on. My father carried a Parker pen this way  his entire life.

His ball point click style pen was always in his shirt pocket ready for use. If he was signing a check at the grocery store or working the TV guide crossword puzzle he was using his pen. That pen was his pen. It was part of him. When we buried him one of the things that went with him was his pen.

The last time my trusty disposable pen ran out I went to get another and was unable to find one. The stores at least in my area no longer carried that style. Funny how we grow attached to things isn’t it?

So my pen quest began…again.

Now there are more pens on the market than I could ever cover in this article. So I will not cover any of them.

What I will talk about is the direction I went in. Since there are pens that are very expensive I picked what I thought was a reasonable price for a pen. I then decided I wanted something small and easy to carry. Oddly I started seeing custom made pens in all different places.

Funny how you suddenly see things when you look isn’t it?

Engineers offering their pens through kick starter programs, machinists offering unusual designs and independent on line markers. All of their pens appear to be wonderful.

But in the end I didn’t buy any of them.

The odd thing about all these custom designers and fabricators is what they all had in common. It was the  insert… you know the ink cartridge. They were all the same. They all came from the Fisher space pen.

Yes the pen of the astronauts.

I know that the Fisher Space pen is like the obvious Geek choice for a writing implement. However let me explain why it was not mine. If you remember my uncle who lived in Washington D.C. if you don’t you can read the article where I mention him here:

DSC00758My uncle actually carried an original AG7 space pen. Like my fathers Parker pen it was a long style click pen that clipped on your pocket. Below is an image of the original that my uncle carried.

AG79AG7 original Astronaut pen

This pen without a doubt is awesome but I was looking for something small and sleek that I could carry even when I’m wearing shorts. Honestly I also got lost in the idea of having something different from everyone else. Something unique that is part of me.

The problem with being unique is that it usually costs a lot of money.This ruled out a lot of different but wonderful pens that I looked at. They just cost to much. Unique was to expensive. I guess I was more a disposable style kind of a guy. So the idea of a pen simply fell by the wayside.

Then it happened. I got a discount offer from an on line store. If you THINK like a GEEK you can figure out which one it was. They were offering a discount on a Fisher space pen. But it was not the one I was familiar with.

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Until I saw the ad for this pen I did not know that Fisher made more than one style of pen. I thought that the AG7 was the one and only pen that Fisher offered. However as I have since learned they offer a wide range of styles. This is the 400 Chrome Bullet Pen. Closed it measures only 3.75 inches. This pen is small enough for me to be able to carry all the time.

Needless to say the pen is awesome.

I recommend it to everyone.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

Enterprise TOS Bridge 2

Personal Log Stardate 1406.09

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The bridge is deserted. I have not seen my crew in a month. I triggered a Memorial Day message from the bridge. It was a transmission from last year. I have been on shore to long. The waiting is getting to be to much. I am restless. I can’t sleep. I shuttle from the Pier to the ship just to be able to breath.

Space dock. The ship has been over hauled.  That is the answer to where we have been for the last month. Our ship is now fully integrated and optimized for media play.

What does that mean?

It means that we can now produce both video and audio content that can be incorporated into our site. We are bigger better and sleeker than ever and in the coming weeks you are gonna love what you see.

It means if you are a subscriber you need to actually visit our site. Listening to our Podcasts and watching our YouTube video is now possible right off our site.

To our dismay we did hit a snag in the development of our Podcast app. To have the app we have to charge for it. This has to do with a sharing arrangement both with our hosting company and our app syndicates.

We are trying to keep the price to a one time fee or just a few dollars for life. If we can reach that agreement then we will move forward. You will still be able to listen off of our site for free as we have integrated a media player for this purpose. The RSS is a free means as well.

However, if you like the podcast you can help promote it by actually purchasing the app. We get a small percent of each sale that will help us to cover the cost of the hosting. We will send out an alert for that purpose.

We also have a webcam  which means we can now do videos. Since we want the content to differ from what we do here we are thinking, brain storming and watching what chimps do with crayons.

Chimps do nasty things with crayons by the way.

The real question is what to do with this free time. Maybe I will go see Godzilla again that was awesome.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

 

 

Hail the Victorious Dead !

imagesCAA2V33E “Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country. Hail the victorious dead.” -King Theoden.

The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom. This tradition predates recorded history. Here in the United States this practice became a national day of remembrance.  Originating after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War it was called Decoration Day. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. It was observed for the first time that year on May 30.  According to the White House, the May 30 date was chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom.

The name gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It  became more common  after World War II, but was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

In 1968  the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This resulted in Memorial Day moving from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.  Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Please do not confuse the two.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act you have a three day weekend. So while your enjoying your day off ..please take the time to remember why you have the day off.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

About Us

DSC00658Wacko Jack here is my residual self image. He is the mental projection of my digital self.  Not a Matrix fan? OK fine. Wacko Jack here is my Gravatar. A Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar. Wacko Jack is what I use instead of a selfie.

This site is devoted to helping all the people who don’t quite fit in and who are not right in the head. My goal is to help you improve the quality of your life. Each day I get up and try to do better than I did yesterday. I try to learn from my mistakes. I think most people are the same. Chances are you are the same.

The problem is that life doesn’t come with an owners manual or a field guide. We are simply thrown into the arena and expected to survive. Life is simply experiential experimentation. Trying to do better each day is all we can do.

Walking with Christ, learning new things, taking care of business, living well, being your own person, being tech savvy, changing the world, making me time, trying new things and getting in shape are the things that I focus on each day.

Blogging about my successes and failures at each of these helps me to strive harder. I am now a wacko with a purpose. Yes this site is extreme (or Extremus). This is because I don’t do anything halfheartedly. I would rather die trying than sit on the couch like a quitter.

I hope that the articles here help and inspire you to strive harder each day to improve yourself and our life.

bruceA friend  posted this on my Facebook page.

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one,” -Bruce Lee.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

 

 

Commemoration

Commemoration Star Date 1405.01

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Today we commemorate our first year in Cyberspace. We Honor our vessel the UCS Geekus Extremus and the men and women who serve on board. This plaque will be added to the bridge of this vessel with the following inscription:

 

UCS GEEKUS EXTREMUS

UNITED FEDERATION OF CYBER SHIPS

CONSTITUTION CLASS

CYBER-FLEET REGISTRY: NCC1701

FLEET YARDS NAVY PIER, CHICAGO

COMMISSIONED: STARDATE 1305.01

FIRST SHIP TO BEAR THE NAME

” TO EXTREMUSLY GO WERE NO GEEKUS HAS GONE BEFORE”

 

This star is to commemorate the valiant men and women who courageously serve aboard this vessel. They will be honored and remembered as the first to serve on a voyage of this kind.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

Captain’s Log Star Date 1404.26

KirkIn just a few days we celebrate our first year in Cyberspace. This last month the crew was pulled  from their normal duties and reassigned in order to help ensure we are ready to commemorate this mile stone. We also granted a little shore leave…

Enterprise TOS Bridge 2Engineering has finished our Bridge. This is now a static page that welcomes you and familiarizes you with the inner workings of our ship. From here you will still be able to go everywhere and see everything. Since the side bar is always changing we suggest that subscribers visit the bridge at least once a month.

quartermasterOur Quartermaster patch has gotten a lot of attention. We really liked this and we have adopted this as our stamp of approval on all that we review in our Q articles. The patch is the symbol for this station. So say we all…(BSG?)

spockThis months FAQ is: When will you finish your Into Darkness review? We will publish the next part in May.

uhuraUhura is here to remind everyone that we are holding a subscription drive this month. You can subscribe through our RSS feed or Email. Please take the time to subscribe. We are working hard to be the best Ship in cyberspace.

martianchronicles1Many on our crew have been overwhelmed with added responsibilities do to our one year celebration. They want the chance to finish this months book the Martian Chronicles. Since they are the hardest working crew in the fleet we said the only thing we could say…permission granted. Mays book is the Martian Chronicles.

starSince we love Ray he is our featured artist for the month. If you get the chance take the time and get to know Ray and his work.

filmMacready has insisted that this months film be John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror classic The Thing. I saw this film the day it opened. It blew me away. In fact I am waiting for it to show up at the Music Box theater to see it again on the big screen.The Holy BibleDraw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

You may have read that in our Easter article. The point here is that it is true. These truths are revealed to us in Gods word. Taking a few minutes out each day in order to put these words in your heart is the best investment in time you could ever make. Start your Bible reading today…

kirksPeople love the Jargon we have been using here on the Ship. In order to keep you up to speed with the latest we will report any new terms that we use here on board the Ship. Our latest is Communicators. This refers to people who view our site from their mobile phones. Please keep in mind that what you receive on your communicator is only a small portion of what appears on our home screen.

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We have held back the release of our first podcast to celebrate our first year in Cyberspace. Beginning in May Commander Mark Petrie will begin his transmissions from on board the Galileo 7. We can’t wait to make this announcement.

 

cropped-ghjjgjghj.pngYou have seen the store logo on our viewscreen. We love the design and can’t wait to put it on a shirt. This is just one of the items we are going to sell in the gift shop.

TTTWe have 7,852 likes on Facebook all because of you. We are hoping to see that number reach 10,000 by the end of May. With your help we know we will. We also want to hear what you thing about our articles. Please comment.

twitterWe are really amazed at how much people enjoy our one liners or quotes. We are currently at 16,200 followers and would like to see that number reach 20,000 by the end of May. Please share our tweets and encourage others to follow us.

youtubeWe have 33,323 views. But only 26 likes. Maybe we need to ask you to hit that like button. We hope to reach 50,000 views by the end of May. Please share our video with friends.

emailYou can subscribe through email from the Bridge…

feedYou can subscribe to our RSS feed from the bridge…

uhuraHailing frequencies are open so subscribe today…

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From my personal log

DSC00658I can not believe it has been a year already. People are amazed at how much has been accomplished. I can’t help but feel that we should be further ahead. But I am glad to be here. When you see Wacko Jack you are hearing directly from me. He is my Gravatar. This is a globally recognized avatar. He is what I substitute for a selfy. He is the admin for this site.

Wacko Jack is a Lego figure. I am using him as a substitute for my own image. So to answer your question…No,  I am not right in the head.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

 

 

 

 

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Experiential Jesus

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If you are reading this on Easter morning please understand that this is not the article I intended on posting. If you have been following the Being Berean articles then you know that this article should be about what happened that first Easter morning. The article would make a strong argument for why the women finding the empty tomb adds credence to the Gospel narrative.

Apologetics…is the idea that we can reason someone into believing in God. The funny thing is I did not come to believe in God this way. You see I already knew there was a God. I understood that there was more going on in the universe than most people took the time to think about. I also felt that there is a reason why I am here.

Yes I mean a purpose for my life.

What I did not know was which was the correct God. Every religion on earth claims knowledge of a higher power. Each claims to be the correct  path. Which one is the correct one is the real question.

So how can you find the truth?

You see I can try to argue and point out to you the Truth of Christ. I can write endless articles in an effort to try to rid you of doubts. The truth is that only God can reveal himself to you. Only the Holy Spirit of God can lead you to the truth of Jesus Christ.

My understanding of this truth is not from my own intelligence or knowledge or education. My understanding was because God chose to reveal himself to me. He did not do this because of who I am but because of who he is. How do I know? Because he told me so…

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

 

My belief is simply an example of him keeping his word. I went looking so he moved closer. His Spirit drew me to the truth of who he was. The real question is how do you draw near to God.

Talk to him. Pure and simple. Open up your heart and mind to him. Tell him your needs and worries. Repent for all that you carry around in your heart that you are ashamed of. Ask him to forgive you for all that you have done. Then ask Christ to dwell within your heart. Jesus taught us that God only wishes us to love him and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Not really that hard is it?

If you seek him you will find him. How do I know? Because he told me so…

But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deut. 4:29

 

As humans we tend to complicate things. We over think things. We reason and argue all possible angles. The truth is the only way to experience Christ first hand is to talk to him for yourself.

The experiential way is the way most people come to accept Christ into their lives. They seek him and they find him. This is a personal moment when you experience Christ first hand. Each person has their own moment of clarity, understanding and acceptance.

How do I know ? Because he says so…

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

 

That and I have had this moment myself. While I will continue to write articles to strengthen and edify those who believe only you can move closer to God. I can not get you there. You have to go on your own.

If you do you will understand why Easter is celebrated.Today Jesus did what he said he would do. How do I know? Because he told me so.

Happy Easter

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

The time that is given us

An Article from Elementary

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Film of the Month

Just as we have been reading or at least trying to encourage reading with our Book of the Month we thought that we should do the same for films. We love movies. So we thought that it would be fun to feature some older films that a lot of people may not have seen.

Now these are just suggestions for films that you might enjoy. We are not going to review or comment on the films other than to suggest that you watch them. You will find this image on the Bridge. Click to see the new film each month.

I really don’t watch a lot of episodic television anymore. Many because I am usually to busy to tune in each week to see what happens next. As a result I find I prefer putting a movie on. This also helps limit the amount to television I watch in a day. I realized with reality programing that I was sitting wasting my life watching the lives of others unfold rather than living my own life.

I also tend to get lost easily watching something I enjoy and abandon everything else. This of coarse resulted in the BSG virus. Click on the image belong to read more:

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Learning to focus is one of the reasons I started this site. Experimenting with my own reality and adapting new ” ALIEN” approaches to life that I was unfamiliar with has also helped. Learning to spend my time on things that really matters is on going process. This is the Extremus life view.

With a few acceptations I feel I am improving.

Let me show you what I mean. The average American watches television 34 hours a week. This doesn’t include the three to six hours of taped video they watch. All in that’s almost 40 hours. ( This is based on a 2012 Nielsen survey)

So when I used the excuse that I don’t have time to run, read, hike, study, learn, cook, etc. this was not true. The truth is I didn’t want to give up couch time. In order to abandon these habits I substituted movies for television. One movie a day is only approx. 90min of time vs. the 5.7 hours a day I was watching before.

I just put thirty hours a week back into my life that I was wasting.

So out went cable and in came Netflix. One movie before bed. This was working well until they started loading entire seasons of television shows. Now I am limited to one movie or two episodes a day.

This rule came into effect after the BSG virus.

To be honest I have this problem with most things I like or enjoy. I will take them to an extreme (and not in a good way). This is why I adopted the Extremus life view. By fully “jacking in” all things become possible. Watching 40 hours of programs is not “jacking in”  and living an Extremus lifestyle.

This is being a couch potato.

Thirty hours to spend with family and friends. To learn to cook and to workout, to read and learn new things. To write articles and podcast and make videos. To build models and paint figures.

To actually do the things that I need to do when I need to do them.

There have been a lot of different things that I have read or have seen that characters have said that have stayed with me throughout my life. Here is one that comes to mind.

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“…All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

In that thirty hours there is  time for God as well.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

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