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The Origins of Christmas Weâ€™ve all heard the biblical origin of Christmas, but society had been celebrating life and birth in the dark days of winter for centuries before Jesus walked the earth. In the Norse country, the winter celebration was known as Yule. Around December 21st, the winter solstice, fathers and sons dragged an evergreen indoors as a reminder of life and sat logs on a fire as a promise of good fortune. Ancient Romans had their own
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I was fortunate to be invited as a guest to a Wounded Warriors luncheon by my longtime friend, A. Bronson Thayer, CEO of Bay Cities Bank. The luncheon was held in downtown Tampa high atop the First City Center skyscraper in the private University Club. The panoramic view of Tampa was awesome. I joked and told everyone that I was able to see my dock on the Weeki Wachee River 50 miles away from our vantage point overlooking the Tampa Bay region. Our keynote speaker was Mark Dominik, who is the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I met Mark back in 1995 when he started with the Buccaneers as an intern in the scouting department. I was publishing the Buccaneer Magazine at the time. Mark worked for many years in the scouting and player personnel department and was instrumental in recruiting the players that would give our Bucs the best
chance of winning. Mark moved up the ranks and was made the General Manager in 2009, replacing Bruce Allen. From the moment I met him, I was able to tell that he was being groomed to become a General Manager for an NFL football team. I liked that he stayed with the Buccaneers so I could follow his progress and decisions closely. Dominik and his staff spend millions of dollars on players in salaries and performance bonuses. Many times the salaries are guaranteed and the team has to continue to pay even if the players are no longer active on the team’s roster. I told Mark that I particularly like the Ring of Honor immortalizing players and coaches from yesteryear. Their legacy will live on forever with their name prominently displayed in Raymond James Stadium. Our Buccaneers now have two players in the prestigious Hall of Fame. Our beloved Lee Roy Selmon and the recently inducted Warren Sapp. Two players and a coach made the initial cut for next year’s class. Linebacker Derrick Brooks, safety John Lynch, and coach Tony Dungy. Jeffrey Neil Fox has covered the Tampa Bay Sports scene for over four decades. He is an expert at fan culture. For more information, email JeffreyNelFox@gmail.com, visit www.FoxMarketPlace.com, or call 813-391-2495.
Samantha Taylor Pure Health Studios I do love the holidays, but we all know along with them comes lots of savory foods that we don’t always have access to, hence our mind tends to justify eating them. The problem is, it’s not just one meal, it’s a lot of different meals, parties, and pastries that people seem to always bring out during the holidays, especially in the workplace. I decided years ago that I was not going to let myself use the holidays as an excuse to gorge and plump out like a stuffed turkey. Personally, my biggest challenge is with sugar, and during the last three months of the year, there are temptations everywhere. Here are five tips to help you enjoy this month without expanding your waistline. That way you can get smaller-sized pants for Christmas instead of needing larger ones! 1) Know that you have a mind, will, and intellect that can decide not to partake in every little fancy food that makes its way across your path. Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean you have to eat it. A dog acts on impulse and just scarfs down whatever is there. You are not a dog. You can make wise decisions for the outcome you want and not just act on impulse. 2) Have balance. Enjoy some foods and for
some, say “Not today.” This can cut down on 50% of the calories you would normally consume at this time. 3) Make sure you exercise at least four times a week. With the extra holiday foods, if you exercise, you at least won’t gain. Of course if you have weight to lose, losing at least a few pounds this month is a better goal. However, it’s also a great accomplishment to not gain weight this month, either. 4) Fill up first on protein, fat, veggies, and nuts before eating the starchy carbohydrate foods. That way, you will be fuller and can start to lose your appetite a little for those foods. This also helps balance your blood sugar more instead of eating carbs first, which spikes your insulin and leads you to to eat more calories overall. 5) Fill up on a glass of water or snack on some nuts or salad before you go to a party or dinner. That way, you aren’t starving when you get there. We tend to make worse choices when we’re starving. I’ve learned not to put myself in that position. I’m all about celebrating Christmas. I love it! I would like to invite you to the Christmas party we’re having on Saturday, December 14th. We will have lots of goodies and some delicious sweets with hardly any carbs in them. Wait until you try these things, especially my no-sugar chocolate peanut butter cups! Check out my website for more details and to RSVP, for we’re not only celebrating Christmas but also our new location. I’m moving my studio into a new building by Jan 1st on a lake in Land O’ Lakes. Check it out at www. purehealthstudios.com. Merry Christmas!
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Two Monster Jam® Shows in Tampa Feld Motor Sports will host two Monster Jam® events at Raymond James Stadium in 2014: Saturday, January 18 and Saturday, February 1, both at 7pm. Each event will feature a different show with variances to the Monster Jam race track and competing monster trucks. Tickets for both shows start at $15, and they are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Raymond James Stadium box office beginning
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“To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.” — Ecclesiastes 2:26
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Hope Children’s Home Rescuing the Next Generation
Is Christmas a busy time of year for your family? It sure is for mine. But Christmas is a very exciting time for us. Obviously, the children are excited about receiving presents. They also look forward to celebrating with family and friends. But for me, Christmas is exciting because we get to have an impact on so many lives during this time of year. Many people are hurting. Some are wondering how they are going to provide Christmas for their families. Others may be mourning the loss of a loved one. Still others are just struggling with life in general. During Christmas, we get to reach out and touch more lives through our songs and testimonies and hopefully, make a little difference in someone’s life. But I’d like to share a solution that I found many years ago, a permanent solution to the trials of life. This solution is the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. The solution is Jesus Christ. God came to earth in the form of an infant in the person of Jesus. He was born of a virgin in a manger in Bethlehem, Israel. He walked this earth for thirty-three years, teaching, healing, and establishing a way for man to regain fellowship with God. According to the Bible, all of us are sinners. God cannot be associated with sin. So when man sinned in the Garden of Eden, man broke fellowship with God. God then established a way for man to atone for his sin through the sacrifice of blood from an unblemished animal.
But man corrupted that practice as well. So God, in His desire to fellowship with man again, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross, to shed the perfect blood of the perfect Lamb of God, for all sins, even yours and mine. By accepting the blood sacrifice that Jesus made for you on the cross, you can have fellowship with God. It is called salvation. Salvation also guarantees your residency in heaven for eternity. But salvation is a gift. And just like at Christmas, if you don’t accept the gift, you don’t get it. Jesus is the reason for the season, but He is also the solution to many of the problems each of us face each day. Won’t you consider Christ and accept His free gift of salvation? All of our staff and many of the children have taken this step of faith in their lives. You may ask, “Why are the children in the situation they are in if God loves them so much?” Salvation doesn’t eliminate our problems. It helps us to cope with and conquer them. We still struggle with things. But we know we have a heavenly Father who will answer our prayers and help us through any situation. This principle helps many of our children to overcome the difficulties they’ve experienced in their lives. So, this Christmas season, please consider Christ. He wants to be the best Christmas present you’ve ever received. If you are looking to give a gift to a child, let me suggest a gift card to Walmart, Target, JC Penny’s or Sears. Come June, many of the children will have outgrown the clothes they get at Christmas and will need new ones. This would allow us to ensure those children are taken care of at Christmas. We can also use fast food gift cards (McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Dairy Queen are some of their favorites). God bless you and may you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Magnolia Manor has enjoyed 85% occupancy since opening, is pet friendly, and the staff-to-resident ratio is above state requirements. In fact, everything at this charming ALF meets and exceeds Florida state requirements. The State Agency for Health Care Administration recently performed the bi-annual license renewal inspection, and Magnolia Manor scored a Barbara Keithly’s lifelong dream to create an assisted living facility with an open, airy feel in a wonderful, natural setting became a reality in November 2011 when Magnolia Manor Assisted Living opened in the Lutz area. Residents enjoy holiday and birthday parties, a 4th of July parade,
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North Tampa Chamber of Commerce 12/10 Chamber Chatter Connections “After Hours Mixer” 5:30-7:00pm, hosted by E.L.L.A. Boutique inside Lutz Ace Hardware, 18469 US Hwy. 41 N., Lutz. Refreshments will be available. RSVP to Andrea at info@ ELLAboutiquelutz.com or call 813-477-6226. 12/12 General Meeting. 11:45am at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2701 E. Fowler Ave. (just west of 30th Street), Tampa. Topic/ Speaker: “Discovering Your Human Worth,” presented by James Evans, CEO & President, Principal Consultant, Author, Motivational Speaker - Eagle Quest Group, Inc. Doors open at 11:00am with informal networking until 11:30am. Buffet lunch at 11:30am.
12/17 Chamber Chatter Connections “Coffee Connection” 7:30-9:00am, hosted by Rocky Creek Retirement Village, 8606 Boulder Ct., Tampa. Breakfast will be served and tours will be available. RSVP to Joe at jgiani@ rcrp.com or call 813-928-3463. 12/19 Chamber Networking Luncheon: Relationship Building With Business Neighbors 11:30am, Beef O’ Brady’s, 8810 N. Himes (Himes & Busch), Tampa. Please RSVP if you plan to attend these chamber events. For more information about the North Tampa Chamber, visit www.northtampachamber.com, call 813-961-2420, or send an email to info@NorthTampaChamber.com.
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A group of happy anglers with redfish they caught in Tampa Bay while fishing with Capt. Ric Liles and Reel Simple Fishing Adventures.
As I sit down to bring you this report, we are between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving gets more attention, but I think Veterans Day is just as important and I want to personally thank all that have served. I’ve been fielding questions via email from some of the readers and answering them back as I get them. One question I received last month had to do with bluefish. Bluefish are a fish that we see a lot of action from certain times of the year. The question was, “Is there any way to cook these fish where they are tableworthy?” My answer to that is, I haven’t found it yet. I have tried them two different ways and could not finish. I do know that you can use small portions of the meat and substitute it as crab in crab cakes. It is pretty good prepared like that, but the bluefish constitutes very little of the total recipe. If you have a good recipe for them, please share. The bite in the bay area has continued to be strong for many species. The best bite I have had lately is the redfish bite. Most of the schools of redfish have gone, but there are still a few around and they have been very cooperative. I think the warmer weather attributes to this more than anything else. Snook and trout have also been a solid bet but not as dependable as the redfish in the last few weeks. On my
trips, we’ve been catching a good amount of trout, with most of them being underslot fish., but there are a few areas in the bay that you will get just the opposite results. I’ve been caught with an either/or decision lately with my trout and redfish anglers. The bigger trout have been on the other end of the bay from my good redfish bite, so doing both is not practical on a half-day trip. We’re starting to see the snook gorge themselves to get ready for the cooler months that are ahead. I always love fishing for snook this time of year because I think that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is one of the best times to catch a trophy snook. If you want to get a little farther off the shoreline, you can still catch Spanish mackerel and kingfish. These guys are on the ready and will start to migrate down to warmer waters as soon as our water temps start falling. Bluefish and jack prevalence are eating everything in front of them right now and are a great fish to catch if you are solely in it for the sport. Bait is still on the grass flats and will stay there until the water temps drop as well. Once the bait has left the shallow water, you should be able to find it in various deeper water locations or at the bridges. It’s worth the extra effort to get white bait (scaled sardines) if you’re going to fish for any of the species already mentioned. If you want to catch sheephead or bonnethead shark, then you’ll want to get to the bait shop and get some shrimp. If anyone is interested in a gift certificate for Christmas, I have them available. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember, don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing. For charter information, call (813) 601-2900, email CaptainRic@msn.com, or visit online at www.ReelSimpleFishing.com.
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the same as a baseball hitter. The most exaggerated and possibly detrimental phrase in golf is to keep your left arm straight. How many baseball hitters keep their left Rick Bradshaw arm straight when batting? None! P.G.A. Professional The secret is to keep your arms in front of you and down as you rotate your shoulders, Years ago, Golf Illustrated Magazine then left arm straightness can be achieved presented a list of the all-time golf instruc- when you swing the golf club. But locking tors. At the top, ranked number one, was your left elbow straight at the top of your Percy Boomer from the Isle of Jersey in back swing is a no-no! Look at these images of the baseball hitGreat Britain. In his masterpiece golf instruction book, On Learning Golf, Boomer ter and professional golfer. They contain talks about a down feeling at the top of the secret to the down feeling where the arms are leveraged against the body for your backswing. This play on words could be a little con- power and consistent golf swing. fusing when you first read Percy’s book, Rick Bradshaw, G.M Heritage Isles Golf and the number one question my students ask me after reading Boomer is what he & Country Club Director of Instruction, Dent/Bradshaw meant by the down feeling. This down feeling is one of the most School of Golf 2004/2006 PGA Teacher of the Year crucial in a great golf swing and is a relatively simple technique to achieve. Let’s (North Florida Section) www.tourexperience.com consider some examples of a down feel813-220-8099 ing. Shoppers in the grocery store holding a paper bag of groceries in front of them is a down feeling. Holding a heavy medicine ball in front of you with both your hands palms up is a down feeling. A baseball hitter at the plate ready to swing is a down feeling, and finally, a tyrannosaurus rex holding its prey in both its arms and hands would be an example of a down feeling. The idea I am getting at is that the arms do not lift up in the air on the backswing independent of the pivot to hit the golf ball. A baseball hitter when batting has his elbows slightly flexed as his arms remain down for power and leverage. World-class PGA Tour professional KenThe down feeling in a Down feeling in a golf baseball swing swing (Kenny Perry) ny Perry actually flexes his left elbow much
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Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, Inc. will hold its 34th Annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, from 10am to 4pm at Lake Park, N. Dale Mabry Rd. (south of Van Dyke Rd.). Admission is FREE but Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation Dept. will collect a $2 per car charge. This vibrant event attracts between
20,000 to 30,000 visitors each year and features over 250 vendors with a wide variety of artists of every medium participating thereby offering the public a huge array of art and handmade items from which to choose. There are booths showcasing paintings, photography, jewelry, wood carving, ceramics/pottery, stained glass, quilts, and of course, great food. This is a juried art show with several categories of art forms and substantial cash prizes are awarded by the Woman’s Club.
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Pastor Bruce Blagg LifeQuest
The answer: God gave himself in this gift. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.” He gave a piece of his heart. What would Christmas be like if we also made a gift of our hearts? Maybe you are angry with someone. Wouldn’t the gift of forgiveness help bring peace to the situation? Maybe there is, you know, someone who is alone and unhappy. Wouldn’t the gift of time and laughter bring joy? Maybe there is someone struggling with the circumstances of their life. Wouldn’t the offer of a helpful hand, a shoulder to lean on, and a supportive friend bring hope? And maybe, just maybe, there is someone in your life so different it causes you to keep your distance. Wouldn’t accepting them as they are, helping them to be what God desires them to be and not what we want them to be, be a gift of love that would change both your lives? Over two thousand years ago, God gave a piece of his heart. Now we have the same opportunity. It may not be the easiest gift to give, but it will be the most precious. May the joy, hope, peace, and love of the Christ Child be renewed in all our hearts this Holy Season. Merry Christmas.
It’s Christmas again. Decorations are going up. Houses, stores, and trees are glowing with multi-colored lights. Christmas carols fill the air. Once again, we find ourselves surfing the Internet, digging through ads, and running from store to store searching for the perfect gift while trying to stay within an overstretched budget. On that first Christmas night, the angels spoke of a different kind of gift. They conveyed a message of joy (“I bring you a message of great joy”), hope (“a Savior is born”), peace (“Peace on earth”), and love (“Goodwill to all mankind”). How was this possible? What material blessing was provided to cause so much joy? What new invention was going to produce such hope? What change in the economic and political climate would finally bring about peace? What amazing gift did Bruce Blagg God use to bring love to mankind? Pastor, LifeQuest It was a baby, a baby in a manger. We’ve firstname.lastname@example.org become so accustomed to the Christmas Phone: 813-398-9742 story that we no longer realize how miraculous this was. He was so little and in such [LifeQuest holds services every Saturan insignificant place. His crib was a feeding trough for animals. How could this tiny, day at 7:00 PM at 4207 North Boulevard, Tampa.] obscure baby be such an awesome gift?
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December festival. One week before the winter solstice, Romans began celebrating Saturnalia, a festival of food and drink in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture. Some Romans, particularly soldiers and government officials, also worshiped Mithra, the sun god. It’s also believed that this set the birthday of Mithra as December 25th, the holiest day of the year. By the first century A.D., pagan traditions were being challenged as Christianity took hold throughout the empire. But Christ’s
birthday remains a mystery since the Bible doesn’t mention exactly when he was born. Since pagan Rome already celebrated Mithra on December 25th, it’s been theorized that the church adopted the date as the date of the birth of the Christ child. In the fourth century, the church made it official, declaring December 25th as the first day of the nativity. The church knew it could not outlaw the pagan traditions of Christmas, so it came to accept them. The evergreens traditionally brought indoors were decorated with apples symbolizing the Garden of Eden. These apples would eventually become Christmas ornaments. The story of Santa Claus also begins in the fourth century with the death of Nicholas, a beloved Turkish bishop. The anniversary of his death became known as St. Nicholas Day, and on December 6th good
children awoke and received gifts and bad children received nothing. In Holland, he was known as Sinterklaas. About 1,500 years later in America, a seminary professor named Clement Clark Moore re-imagined the legend of St. Nicholas and in 1822 wrote a poem called The Night Before Christmas about a goodnatured saint called Santa Claus who was pulled by group of reindeer and came down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Like
St. Nicholas, Santa Claus spread good cheer and gave gifts to children, and it was less clear what Santa Claus looked like. Then in 1863, Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, settled the matter with his version of the Christmas saint. Thomas Nast’s Santa was rotund and jolly with a full white beard and a sack full of toys, and an American icon was born. http://www.history.com/videos/historyof-christmas#european-christmas-customs
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The holidays are coming! Along with fun, food, and good cheer comes a host of clutter and storage challenges. Now is a perfect time to give yourself the gift of organization. Susan Layden, president of Susan’s Organizing Solutions (SOS), can show you how to enjoy this season with less stress. There is time to put a few simple systems in place now and enjoy the amazing difference during the holidays and into the new year. Save time and money during the month of December and take advantage of Susan’s specially-priced four-hour package—the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one! Call or visit the website today to claim your absolutely FREE copy of “13 Tips for Having Glad Tidings This Holiday Season.” Thirteen ways to be more organized and less stressed out this year! Susan is a Certified Professional Organizer and a member of The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Susan’s Organizing Solutions serves the entire Tampa Bay area. Check the website at www.orghelp4u.com or call 813503-0967 and schedule a consultation. Any time is a good time to get organized. All you have to lose is clutter.
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Add Sparkle to Your Holidays In a few short weeks, the holiday season starts. First, Thanksgiving and Hanukah, then Christmas parties and celebrations right through to the New Year. With all you have to do, don’t “do” windows! Call the pros at locally-owned Sunshine State Window Washing. Sunshine State is licensed, bonded and insured. The trained staff will take on all the drudgery required to leave you with sparking windows and an improved view for the entire holiday season! Owner M. Lewis Briggs ensures expert service with respect for your home and privacy. Sunshine State caters to individuals and business professionals by providing VIP
Gaither Homecoming Spectacular
Multi-Grammy Award-winning recording artist Bill Gaither will present the Gaither Christmas Homecoming music spectacular at Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL, on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The legendary recording artist will present an exciting celebration filled with the very best in Christian music, including Gaither’s own multi-awardwinning group, the Gaither Vocal Band. This special event will begin at 6:00pm. For nearly half a century, multiple Grammy and Dove award winner Bill Gaither has been a musical trailblazer. His reputation as a performer, songwriter, and mentor for newly-discovered artists is known
worldwide. Gaither’s beloved series of Homecoming CD’s and DVD’s continues to top the sales charts and attract an everincreasing audience. Whether you are a brand new fan or a longtime lover of feelgood gospel music, don’t miss this incredible concert experience. The roster of talented friends taking the stage with Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band—featuring Mark Lowry, David Phelps and Wes Hampton—includes The Martins, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Angie Primm, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald, and Kevin Williams. Additional information regarding the Gaither Christmas Homecoming Tour stop at Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL, is available online at www.premierproductions.com or www.gaither.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 1-888-397-0100 or 863-834-8111. Tickets are also available online at www. thelakelandcenter.com or in person at the Lakeland Center Box Office. Complete information is available by calling 863-8348111. Group tickets are also available by calling 853-834-8137.
River of Life Church Candlelight Service River of Life Church is having a special Christmas Eve candlelight service at 11:00pm-12:00am. No childcare is avail-
able. We are located at 410 E. Chapman Rd., Lutz. Church office is 813-949-9931 or visit our website at www.roltampa.org.
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Veterans Dept. Donates to Liberty Manor On November 17th, the American Veterans Sons of Am. Vets Department State of Florida made a donation of a cargo trailer to Liberty Manor for Veterans at their Annual District Meeting at Am. Vets 4 in Tampa. The enclosed utility trailer is the first equipment to be donated for the purpose of implementing a Veterans Thrift Store. The thrift store is intended to assist Liberty Manor for Veterans to become selfsupporting and provide veterans with the means to become gainfully employed. Due to the extent of veterans’ injuries, the veterans have an excessive amount of medical appointments preventing them from procuring full-time gainful employment. Veterans Thrift Store will be able to work
around their medical appointments as well as providing veterans the means to become self-sufficient. This initiative is made possible as a result of American Veterans Sons of Am. Vets National, State, State Commander Ken Barber and Am. Vets 26 sons Commander Jeff Peck and David Lindsay.
The Oakdale Christmas House
The 2013 Mega Christmas Light Display will be held at the Oakdale Christmas house, located at 2719 Oakdale St. S. in St. Petersburg, FL. This will be the event’s 37th year. There will be Christmas trees up to 70 feet tall, a fiber-optic forest, the Teddy Bear parade, and specially-designed items
unique to this display. Hands-on games and bubble machines will be available for the kids. The event will be held from Fri., Nov. 29, 2013 through Jan. 3, 2014 nightly from 6pm to 10pm (rain or clear skies), and admission is free. Fun for the whole family!
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
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