The Power of Love

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The person who knows God loves God and loves all things He has made. His love does not capitulate for it does not rest on the shifting sands moved by the winds of time and circumstance; instead he knows a complete oneness through Christ with the Father whose very essence is love. He does not seek because he has all. Wherever he cast his eye he sees the reflection of God and the same glory reflected in himself. All things resonates the love of God, from the birds that sing songs of praise early in the morning to the chorus of night creature that meter a harmonic voice to the wee hours of the morning. For this person all creation sings praise to the love of God, his spirit is raised to new heights of adoration and his prayers move mountains, calms the seas of fear and doubt. He knows and is known by and through the great power of God’s love.




Source of Happiness


Pascal says, “All dignity lies in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time, which we cannot fill.” He says further: “These are only two kinds of people who can be called reasonable; those who serve God with all their heart because they know Him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know Him.”

The first man is both reasonable and happy. The second is reasonable and unhappy.
But a man who neither knows God nor seeks him is foolish as well as unhappy.


In “respect is a man’s deepest value”, Emerson reports on a national survey in which 400 men were asked which they could endure better: (a) to be left alone and unloved in the world, or (b) to feel inadequate and disrespected by everyone. Seventy-four percent said they would prefer being left alone and unloved over feeling inadequate and disrespected.( Love and Respect pgs 49-52)


This one paragraph hit so close to home that I feel the stab in my back right between the shoulder blades. At the drop of a hat I will respond to the call to war , to protect home and family. Does this mean that I like to fight? That would be a greatly overstated. However God has wired us men that it is not common for us to back down from a good fight or better stated the action of backing down is the result of  the suppression of manliness. Men what does that say about us? To fight and lose is the same as to fight and win. This is called respect. I do not win all my fights in life. I have lost the battle of pride many times. I have lost the battle with lust many more times. I have lost the battle with bitterness and coldness toward others. I have acted in an unloving way to my neighbor, friends, family, wife and my God. I still come back swinging to be humble before my God. A man is not measured by the battles he loses but the number of times he gets back up and comes back swinging. The most boring boxing matches is the one that does not last one round. However respect goes to both men for getting in the ring. We all want to see a long battle that shows the determination of each man willing to stay the course. Truly does it matter who wins? No! except to the bookie and the betting men who do not have the courage to get in the ring! I am not a great fan of boxing or fighting sports but I am a man and I can relate to the why they do what they do. No man truly wants anything other than respect and if respect is not coming leave us alone.

1Co 9_24-27 

We are instructed as men to live in such a way that we do not bring dishonor or disrespect first to God and then to ourselves. Respect is the highest measure of God for it produces Glory. Many times in the scripture we are told to Fear God. The English language is too subjective for this expression. To fear God we recognize that He is supreme in intelligence, power, and might. Everyman esteems to have all three of these qualities. To possess them is wisdom and respect. Some of the most powerful men that have walked on this earth did not have physical stature to move mountains and yet they moved mountains. Power is found in the arm and chest. Power is also found in the intellect. Might is found in the stature of a man. Might is also found in the temper of a man. This is illustrated with diamonds which possess power and hardness. What can match the power and hardness of a diamond?  The fear of God is our view of His intelligence, power and might.

And fear not them which destroy the body, but are not able to destroy the spirit: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both spirit and body in hell. Mat_10:28

Many have been harsh with this passage. Jesus is speaking to us men on a very personal level. Who do you respect?  The same is said of poisonous snakes, lions, bears, crocodiles, and sharks. Make your own list. We give them space for the reason of respect. They have the power to wreck havoc on our body. They are worthy of this respect. You can call this fear if you must. The respect is not found in what they do instead what they are capable of doing.


Now the million dollar question:  What does God require? He requires the same thing all of us men do, who is made in His image and likeness. Respect! You want respect? Be respectable. God the Father gave us Jesus as an example of being respectable. He loved, He cried, and He laughed. He walked on water not to prove that He is God but to show us that we can do mighty things in His name. Ask Peter! He healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf not to prove that He is God but to show us that we have the power to have compassion on the needy and fix broken things. He gave life to the dead not to prove that He is God, but to show us that life is in our words for the building up of those who are around us. Ask Martha. He gave His life on the Cross innocent of every charge brought against Him not as a show of weakness or frailty but as a show of strength found in mercy. Ask the thief beside him on the Cross!  This mercy is to be our strength in this messy world. He was buried in a borrowed grave to show us that our life is not about the monument raised in our name because this is not the end but the beginning. He arose from the Dead to show us that as God he has shown the way through the grave and blazed a trail to greater things than we have ever known. He appeared to the disciples who testify that grave could not hold him and death could not  defeat the power of God and that we to are victorious through Him. We are a victorious people who though we may lose battles WIN THE WAR. He did this for you and so much more. This is RESPECT. This is GLORY.

Men we all want respect. Fact is we need respect. We are wired for respect. Respect begins with a relationship with Christ and following the example He has set before us. What this means is that we fight for character and integrity. We evaluate our lives and take corrective actions to be men of faith, men of courage, men of honor, and men of integrity. We go through the furnace and temper our words and actions. We do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God!


Purpose = Happiness

God created us with a purpose in mind no doubt. We find in the

Westminster Shorter Catechism:

The most famous of questions: Q. What is the chief end of man? A.Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

We all want to know why we are here and that our being has meaning and significance. We often confuse results with purpose as if cause/effect must alway be origin/end. God is glorified when you are happy and you are happy when God is glorified. This is not the law of causality rather the Law of Reciprocal Action. 

God is the first cause with out question and his creating you is His glory demonstrated or manifested in you. Your joy or happiness is then first demonstrated in your being. The more you seek His purpose for your life the greater His glory is magnified and the greater your joy in being all He has created you to be.

Thank you for your post for in doing so you have Glorified God in your sharing and you have shared your joy with me bringing me great joy. I pray that God will increase His glory in your life and in so doing increase your joy!

May the Lord Jesus Keep you close, clean and safe!

Source: Purpose = Happiness


old path

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jer 6:16 

Growing up I loved this song:

“Old Time Religion”

Give me that old time religion,
Give me that old time religion,
Give me that old time religion,
It’s good enough for me.

1) It was good for Paul and Silas,
It was good for Paul and Silas,
It was good for Paul and Silas,
It’s good enough for me. [Refrain]

I am not sure that we get the message though from this song that is conveyed in Jeremiah 6:16. I know that for me the message looks like the 20th Century church and life. God though has another view of the OLD PATH. Jesus said narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and broad is the way that leads to destruction. Solomon wrote:

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Pro. 16:25

The way that seems right

For those of us who have most of our childhood and even adulthood in the 20th Century have witnessed changes at a rapid pace. Those born in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s have literally witnessed the introduction of indoor plumbing, appliances and motor vehicles for every household. Those who remember an outhouse and hauling water can reminiscent those old days with a certain fondness maybe because they appreciate not having to work so hard. Those born in the 70’s, 80’s remember a time without electronics and can reminiscent those old days without the internet and cell phones maybe because they appreciate not having to work so hard. We can get caught up in the good ol’ days and apply this same view to scripture. The challenge we face is not in our view but the reference point of the view. Solomon is right there is a way that seem right and the vector is at least a degree off.

What is right?

What is right not What is truth? Truth does not guide us to right. For instance it is true that an atom of hydrogen can be split. The way to split the atom may seem right however history show the destruction to two Japanese cities as a result. Sound familiar? The end is death! That may be an extreme example.

hammer a screw

Consider a hammer and nail, screwdriver and screw. It is true that you may use a hammer to drive a screw into a 2×4. It is true you may use the handle of a screwdriver to drive a nail into the same 2×4. Equally true is the hammer will drive the screw and the screw will rip a hole in the 2×4 doing damage to the wood and rendering almost useless the hold the screw was designed or the screw will be damaged rendering it useless. Equally true is the nail will wedge into the wood as designed and no resulting damage to the nail or wood. However the handle of the screwdriver will bear the scar of the nail head and eventually destroy the handles design to be held by the craftsman.  Just because we can, does not mean we should. Right and truth are not synonyms.  Right is a path that should be followed that leads to life not death, rest not turmoil, harmony not chaos, purpose not meaningless.

What is truth?

Pilate ask Jesus “What is truth?” Jesus responded to the question several times throughout His earthly ministry.


drifting from truth

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Joh 14:6

What does this mean? Jesus is not giving us a nice catch phrase for us to feel better. He claims He is the truth. In other words there is truth everywhere and some truth is meant to follow and others not to follow. Truth does not make right. Truth is not a thing rather the revealing of a thing as opposed to concealing a thing. To conceal is to potentially deceive or at least continue in ignorance. Jesus points us back to the OLD PATH: The way that is true and leads to life.

What is the OLD PATH

What is the OLD PATH spoken of by Jeremiah? The OLD PATH, you may be surprised, is not a list of things that you should or should not do or a religion. What is religion?

The English word “religion” is derived from the Middle English “religioun” which came from the Old French “religion.” It may have been originally derived from the Latin word “religo” which means “good faith,” “ritual,” and other similar meanings. Or it may have come from the Latin “religâre” which means “to tie fast,” or “bind together.”

Defining the word “religion” is burdened with difficulty. Many attempts have been made. Many people focus on a very narrow definition that matches their own religion, but few if any others.[i]

Anyone can be religious in belief and practice. This does not mean that the belief and practice is one that everyone should follow or that the practice is linked to God.

For instance a person who rises every morning and gets a cup of coffee and checks his email falls into the cast of religious activity. This ritual has no link to God or even a moral code of do’s and don’ts. This is a ritual and this man religiously performs this ritual every morning. Is it any wonder we have a difficult time understanding scripture?

The old path can be related more to a testimony of a man who lived before the flood. Enoch 6th born from Adam or Noah’s Great Grandfather walked with God. One day Enoch was walking with God and God took him from this world.  I like to think that while out walking the day got late and God announced to Enoch my house is closer that yours come on home with me. We read:

And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Gen 5:23-24

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Heb 11:5


The OLD PATH looks more like a relationship than our modern religion. Jesus demonstrated this with the 12 disciples and later with Paul. He actually walked and talked with them. John is reported to have leaned his head on Jesus’ shoulder. He laughed with them an even cried at Lazarus’ tomb prior to raising him from the dead. They ate with him and slept on the ground next to him for three years. They fellowshipped around the tables with many people who would call Jesus a close friend and they were correct for He called them His friends. The OLD PATH Jeremiah speaks of is not a list or even a commandment but a fellowship, a friendship for life.

Make no mistake to tell the truth, there is right and wrong. There is good and evil. There is an OLD PATH and that path is a path that if we follow will lead to eternal life and rest in this life. That path does not lead to a church building or denomination, and hopefully the people who are in that building is on the OLD PATH. The OLD PATH is not a way of life or ritual. The OLD PATH is not a set of rules but Jesus said that the one who follows the OLD PATH will have a fellowship of love and will follow His commandments which are not a burden; instead a truth that sets free from the bondage of sin and death.

The OLD PATH is the designed purpose of every human being to have a relationship with his/her creator and a walking, talking fellowship all the days on this earth and for ever more.


What do I want?

Hmmm….What do I want? Have you ever asked this question? I don’t mean right now or as it pertains to impulse, I just seen something flash by on the billboard at 70 mph on the freeway kind of want. I mean what do I really want that comes from my conviction of heart that says I can not live without kind of want.


We are used to hearing the words, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” the problem with this expression based on age and accomplishments I am still waiting to grow up. I am sure this expression is well intended however it lacks substance and needs clarification. How do we know when we grow up? To ask the question, “what do you want” reveals the sub-conscience desire to be known. We call this the heart of man or the inward man or the spirit of man. This would be best described as “I” or the real you. You can smile outwardly and cry on the inside revealing that the inward man or the real person is housed in flesh. You can be hungry of body and eat a whole pizza and still be starving for attention. The body may want and never satisfy you! What do you want?

What Do You Want ?

Jesus addresses this question by making a statement that first provides all our fleshly needs  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you.” What things? Food, Drink, and Clothes. We are able to move on to the real wants…Ask, Seek, and knock you will receive, find and the door will be opened.  You will always move in a direction that asks, and seeks your greatest desire. However do you know what it is your seeking? I am amazed that we miss this simple question and spend our whole lives trying to get it and never fully realize that is the path we are taking. Even those who take their own lives are trying to escape to a place to get what they want. The great despair is found in what they could not seem to answer and find to grant to them what they want.


You may be familiar with this expression or the passage of the bible used here. I find though these things are no help. They are just knowledge or information. What does it mean? You will find no solace in catch phases. You will not get the message these passages tell until you can answer “What do you want?”

How to know what you want.


What motivates you? For one person to help other people is really important. For another person obtaining money, property, or toys (tools: guys call them) is really important. Yet there are others that want to be seen, noticed, or famous. The first step is learning “who am I “. I am motivated to write this blog because I feel it is really important for people to connect with God and each other. We live in a dysfunctional messy world and we all need to be seen and heard. I believe there is an appropriate way to achieve this and an inappropriate way. One leads to fulfillment and the other to self-destruction. What motivates you? What would bring you the greatest satisfaction in your life?

Go to the Source

Jesus explained seeking the kingdom of God is the path to finding lasting satisfaction or the path to finding what you want. I like to start at beginnings and working forward. You may be a person who likes to read the last chapter before the first. Either way you will get to the source.  I am awestruck with the realization of all the things I have no control. Like for instance I had no control of when I was born or where i was born or to whom. Ultimately speaking I have no control of when, where or how I will die. The Question is if I have no control of those weighty matters what makes me think I have control of the dash on grave stone between Born –-and– Died. I don’t know about you, but I know that the dash in between is not by accident. It is no accident when I put on my 501 Levi jeans. I have to search wide and far to find them and I really like to wear them. Someone made them which is why I have them available. Our real desires are much the same. What you really want is not so different. God made you to have certain wants and desires even as He made you with wants and desires for food, drink and clothes. He not only made you with them He also has provided all you need to fulfill the want and desire. You are already searching the world over for your wants, but are you searching in the right place? Are you aware of what you want to ask, seek and knock on the creators door to have you wants and needs met?

looking for love

What does it mean to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? I am so glad you asked! Sometimes the bible can seem to be a code breaking exercise. Where do you come from? About this time you are thinking of a place quite possibly the place of your birth. If not your birth place then the place you lived and you are really fond. Now what gives you the right to claim the Idea you came from somewhere? You were a resident of the place of course. Jesus is making a statement the answers the question “where do you come from?” Why would I, a child of God, want any other place than Heaven? Why would I want to seek any other place or Thing when the place and thing gives me my hearts desire? For you to seek the Kingdom in this case you are not trying to find it  rather you are busy making it more known. The idea is more akin to turning on a light in a dark room. The light is not for others it is for you, but anyone with you will benefit from the newly lit room. The Kingdom of God is here now in the hearts of men and women who have come to the Source of all life Jesus Christ.

I tell you the truth, To return to the source is to find What you are looking for and what you want. Until then you will seek the world over never find. Find the source and you will find the design and purpose of your life. Find these and you will find a fulfilled Dash between two dates when you arrived on earth and when you left this earth for a the kingdom of heaven.


Too Many Mind!

Too Many Thoughts

too many mind

We humans think altogether too much on altogether too many things. In the space of a split second our minds may entertain a mishmash of unconnected ideas and half formed notions such as could not be found on the printed page outside of Wikipedia. We jump haphazard from one idea to the next, unguided, unguarded, unfiltered and clutching on to whatever is blasted at us across the moving screen of mind and declaring it to be real. We start the Subconscious Mind moving in one direction, halt it, start it off in another, recall it, send it off again, recall it, literally hundreds of times each day.

We have developed habits of utterly undisciplined thinking. Worse still, very often where any discipline is present it is aimed at negative thinking. One moment we are happy and entertain happy thoughts. Then a shadow crosses the face of the mind, and we entertain morbid thoughts. A friend pays us a compliment, and we feel important and vain. An acquaintance criticizes us, and we entertain thoughts of resentment and bitterness. We wait for stimulus from outside to determine what thoughts we will accept and which we will reject. Consequently we become victims of every wind that blows and every twig that falls, and the temper of our lives is determined by countless unending streams of circumstances over which we have no control.

Rare in fact is the man that disciplines himself to accept only positive thoughts and beliefs. Rare is the man that is firm in his faith and foundation, who out waits the world to achieve his ends.

The sea and the mountain, the storm and the stars shall not persevere against such a man, and he shall move the very ends of the earth: Faith that moves mountains and the faith that by shear thought transplants a tree in the ocean.


Do we think? This many well be the trillion dollar question. Could it be that we as human beings have been deceived into believing that we think or better said we make thought? It is strange that we should believe this, since we have no concept or perception where a thought comes and from what it is made. Even so most treatises on the mind maintain that man imagines and makes up thoughts. Yet a vigilant investigation of the process of thought, you will find that we observe thoughts instead of making thought. You will find that thought is a stream or a river that flows across the conscious mind more like a screen projection. These thoughts parade across your consciousness in a never-ending stream, following one upon the other incessantly.

Some you select and add to you, others you reject and send on their way. But the plain and irrevocable fact is that it is not you who sets the stream of thoughts in motion. If you doubt this, try to stop it!

streams of thought

Do not despair! You will find that all your efforts cannot stop your thinking, for the essence of being is observation, contemplation, and comprehension; and though you may slow the stream of thoughts even to a focal point, and examine each thought presented to you with diligent care, still they come.  These thoughts come from out of nowhere, displaying before your consciousness word pictures and images, demanding of you to establish a position: accept or reject. You are demanded to evaluate truth and fiction, right and wrong, real and fantasy.

Consider the writer who sits keyboard in hand. Does this writer “think up” the story? Does this writer “think up” the characters or plot? The writer unequivocally puts himself in a position of someone who is going to write.  The process is simple from this vantage point. He then observes the thoughts and ideas that cross the conscious mind accepting or rejecting until the ideas which appeals to him is settled. This idea he takes and examines places him in position not only to observe thought but in a position of writing a story about a man who is, let us say, standing in the middle of a busy city street. He wonders how he arrived there and the stream of thoughts come, and he accepts one, and now he is writing a story of a man who is going to meet his future wife. With each question and resulting thoughts that stream by the plot, characters and story line emerge. In no way shape or form does he “think them up. Fact is he has rejected far more thought that he has accepted.  His entire story, once completed and written, is merely evidence of the thousands of ideas he has accepted from the thoughts that have streamed through his mind. He has not thought up a thing; he has simply exercised choice. His story tells you what he has accepted; nothing will ever tell you the millions of ideas and thoughts which he has rejected.


Though it is a far stretch to say we author the story of our life; Like the writer who authors a story, each of us observes the life script of our lives and how we deal with the thoughts we accept and reject. Each of our lives is a story, unfolded by the silent contemplative Self who dwells within us, who does nothing more than accept and reject, who is involved only in making choices. This indwelling Self says, this is the law of nature and the law of God. All thought then becomes a matter of acceptance or rejection of these truths:  “This is so,” “This is not so,” “I believe this,”  “I do not believe this,” “There is hope,” “There is despair.” And each of these choices is manifested in the physical world.

We are today living testimonies to the choices that have been made from the thoughts that have streamed through our minds. We are literally products of the thoughts accepted or rejected. We are what we believe, that only, nothing more or less.

We are admonished to hold every thought captive!

2Co 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The Spirit of God within us is teaching us to accept only good. The Spirit of God within us is teaching us to reject all evil by bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ!

Col 3:1-2, 12-16  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

We are deliberately compelling ourselves to accept the things that build us up and add value to our lives. This includes the values listed in scripture whereas these values are health and strength to us.

Consider these word carefully:

Gal 5:19-23  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

We are deliberately compelling ourselves to reject all suffering, all sorrow, all depression, all morbidity, all inferiority, all aches and pains. We know that we are only what we accept from the thoughts that come to us, and more than ever the wisdom of Jesus is brought home, “As ye believe, so shall it be done unto you.”

St. Augustine wrote:

I, Lord, went wandering like a strayed sheep, seeking Thee with anxious reasoning without, whilst Thou wast within me. I went round the streets and squares of the city seeking thee; and I found thee not, because in vain I sought without for him who was within myself.

Heed the Holy Spirit in the recesses of your being. Know that to him all things are possible, according to what he accepts. You are what you choose to be, and your choice is made in the mind. Seek the high and forsake the low. A man adds all things unto himself simply by taking a position with impregnable faith.

mustard seed faith

As a reflection know that “as a man thinks in his heart, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). However the limitation of this statement is based on our view and maturity. Consider the mustard seed as given by parable by Jesus. If you have the faith the size of a mustard seed you would be able to say to a mountain be moved or to a tree be transplanted in the sea. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”. Do you believe? How big is your faith? Dare to believe and have courage to stay the course. This we know that at the end of life the person who loves much, laughs much has lived much will view life as having much to show. The opposite or negative of this is true as well. The person who has loved little, laughed little has lived little and will view life as having little to show.


Father grant to me discernment to accept the thoughts that flood through my mind that add value. Grant faith that moves mountains in my life and restore to me the joy of my salvation. Grant me grace that moves my view from my own and this world to your view. Let me see your thoughts toward me and allow me to see myself as you see me and accept the thoughts you have accepted toward me. Give me discernment to reject the thoughts that will unleash evil and the consequences of this evil in and through my life. Restore health and vigor to my life, mind and spirit.

Additional scripture reference

Gen_6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Psa_10:4  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Psa_33:11  The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Psa_40:5  Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Psa_94:19  In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Pro_12:5  The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

Jer_29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Heb_4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

For the Praise of the Glory of Grace