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April 2011  

^ŽƵƚŚƌĞƐƚŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛ƐDŝŶŝƐƚƌLJ

ŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛ƐDŝŶŝƐƚƌLJĚŝƚŝŽŶ      

   

,ĞůƉŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛Ɛ&ĂŝƚŚ'ƌŽǁ KŶĂƐƚĞƌ͕ǁĞƌĞŵĞŵďĞƌƚŚĞƉŝŶŶĂĐůĞŽĨŽƵƌŚƌŝƐƚŝĂŶĨĂŝƚŚ͗:ĞƐƵƐ͛ƌĞƐƵƌƌĞĐƚŝŽŶ from  the  dead.  His  victory  assures  us  of  forgiveness  and  eternal  lifeͶtwo  things   worth   celebrating!   You   can   use   the   Easter   message   as   a   springboard   to   share   'ŽĚ͛Ɛ ŐŽŽĚ ŶĞǁƐ ǁŝƚŚ your   kids   all   year   long.   Let   kids   know   that   Jesus   is   their   friend  and  lets  them  live  forever  in  heaven  with  him.  Follow  these  tips:   ͻ ZĞĂůŝnjĞ ƚŚĂƚ ŬŝĚƐ ƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚ 'ŽĚͶand   EasterͶin   vivid,   literal   images.   ŽŶ͛ƚ dismiss  tough  questions.  Instead,  read  the  Bible  together.  

POWERSOURCE ASK  GOD:   1.

ͻ dǁĞĂŬ LJŽƵƌ ƚƌĂĚŝƚŝŽŶƐ͘ dƵƌŶ LJŽƵƌ ƵƐƵĂů ĂƐƚĞƌ ĐĞůĞďƌĂƚŝŽŶƐ ŝŶƚŽ ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚŝĞƐ to learn   more   about   God   and   his   Word.   For   your   egg   hunt,   for   example,   fill   plastic  eggs  with  Scripture  verses  as  well  as  candy.  

To nurture   your   children   spiritually   as   they   grow   up   physically.  

2.

To help   your   children   know   that   Jesus   is   their   personal   Savior   and   best  friend.  

ͻ <ŶŽǁ ƚŚĂƚ ŝƚ͛Ɛ ŶĞǀĞƌ ƚŽŽ ĞĂƌůLJ ƚŽ ƐŚĂƌĞ ƚŚĞ ŐŽŽĚ ŶĞǁƐ͘ ŽŶ͛ƚ ǁĂŝƚ ƵŶƚŝů LJŽƵƌ kids can   communicate   to   tell   them   about   Jesus.   Remember   that   children   can   discover  God  from  infancy  (see  2  Timothy  3:14-­‐15).  

FAITH INSIGHTS   ͻ

In a  2010  survey,  two-­‐thirds  of  Americans  said  they  knew  that  Easter  is  a   ƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐ ŚŽůŝĚĂLJ͘ Ƶƚ ŽŶůLJ ϰϮй ĐŽŶŶĞĐƚĞĚ ŝƚƐ ŵĞĂŶŝŶŐ ƚŽ :ĞƐƵƐ͛ ƌĞƐƵƌƌĞĐƚŝŽŶ͘ ŶĚ ŽŶůLJ Ϯй ƐĂŝĚ ƚŚĞLJ͛Ě ĚĞƐĐƌŝďĞ ĂƐƚĞƌ ĂƐ ƚŚĞ ŵost   important  holiday  of  their  faith  (Barna  Group)  

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Another Barna  Group  study  found  that  children  are  most  likely  to  become   ŚƌŝƐƚŝĂŶƐ ĨŽƌ Ă ůŝĨĞƚŝŵĞ ĨƌŽŵ ĂŐĞƐ ϱ ƚŽ ϭϯ͘ /Ŷ ĂĚĚŝƚŝŽŶ͕ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛Ɛ ŵŽƌĂů development  is  largely  complete  by  age  9.  

3.

To help  you  make  Easter  all  about   JesusͶand   about   sharing   Jesus   with  others.    


͞tĞ ŚĂǀe been   born   again   because   God   raised   Jesus   Christ   from   the   dead.   Now   we   live   with   great   expectation,   and   we   have   a   ƉƌŝĐĞůĞƐƐŝŶŚĞƌŝƚĂŶĐĞ͘͟   (1  Peter  1:3)     Because  Jesus  rose  from  the  grave  on  Easter,  everyone  who  believes   in  him  has  hope,  peace,  and  the  promise  of  life  forever  in  heaven.  

Teachable Moments  

Begin a   conversation   with   your   children   about   Easter,   using   these   discussion  questions  as  a  launching  point:  

1. Faith   in   MotionͶWhile   telling   children  about  the  first  Easter,  stand   ƵƉ ĂŶĚ ĂĐƚ ŽƵƚ ǁŚĂƚ͛Ɛ ŚĂƉƉĞŶŝŶŐ͘ For  example,  run  in  place,  peer  into   a   tomb,   act   surprised   or   scared,   jump   for   joy,   and   gently   shake   a   ƉĂƌƚŶĞƌ͛Ɛ ƐŚŽƵůĚĞƌ ƚŽ ƐŚĂƌĞ ƚŚĞ good  news.  

1.

Why do   we   have   such   big   celebrations   at   Easter?   How   can   we   celebrate   ĂƐƚĞƌ͛ƐŐŽŽĚŶĞǁƐĞǀĞƌLJĚĂLJ͍  

2.

What gifts  did  Jesus  give  us  on  the  first  Easter?  How  can  we  share  those  gifts   with  other  people?  

3.

,ŽǁĂƌĞLJŽƵ͞ŐƌŽǁŝŶŐƵƉ͟ŝŶ'ŽĚĂŶĚŚŝƐtŽƌĚ͍tŚĂƚŚĂƐĐŚĂŶŐĞĚĂďŽƵƚLJŽƵƌ faith since  you  were  younger?  

4.

How can  you  keep  growing  closer  to  God,  day  by  day  and  year  by  year?  

2.   Easter   PartyͶThrow   a   party   to   ĐĞůĞďƌĂƚĞ :ĞƐƵƐ͛ ƌĞƐƵƌƌĞĐƚŝŽŶ ĨƌŽŵ the   deadͶand   to   remind   children   that   Easter   morning   is   about   more   than   baskets   of   candy.   Play   praise   music   while   you   enjoy   a   special   breakfast.   Then   wave   streamers,   make   confetti,   and   play   homemade   musical  instruments.  

3. Special   MessageͶHide   hollow   chocolate   eggs,   rather   than   plastic   or  real  eggs.  Tell  children  to  hunt  for   the   eggs,   which   contain   a   special   message.  As  kids  discover  their  eggs   ĂƌĞ ŚŽůůŽǁ͕ ƚĂůŬ ĂďŽƵƚ :ĞƐƵƐ͛ ĞŵƉƚLJ tomb  on  Easter  morning.  Then  have   them   share   what   the   resurrection   means  to  them.  

FAMILY EXPERIENCE   Celebrate  the  good  news  of  Easter  with  these  activities:     ͻ Sheep   MuffinsͶzŽƵ͛ůů ŶĞĞĚ ƉƌĞĐŽŽŬĞĚ ĐŚŽĐŽůĂƚĞ ŵƵĨĨŝŶƐ͕ ǀĂŶŝůůĂ ŝĐŝŶŐ͕ shredded  coconut,  Fruit  Roll-­‐Ups,  scissors,  plastic  knives,  and  paper  plates.  Peel  the   papers  off  the  muffins.  Have  family  members  each  place  their  muffin  upside  down   on  a  paper  plate  and  ice  the  muffin,  leaving  the  sheep's  "face"  on  the  side  and  the   bottom  plain.  Sprinkle  a  layer  of  shredded  coconut  over  the  icing  for  wool.  Remove   the   Fruit   Roll-­‐Ups   from   the   cellophane   and   cut   two   quarter-­‐inch-­‐tall   ears.   Stick   the  ears  into  the  icing  on  the  sides  of  the   ƐŚĞĞƉ͛Ɛ ŚĞĂĚ͘ dŝŐŚƚůLJ ƌŽůů ƚŚĞ ZŽůů-­‐Ups   and  cut  into  four  equal  sections  for  legs.   ZĞĂĚ ĂůŽƵĚ :ŽŚŶ ϭϬ͗ϭϭ͘ ^ĂLJ͗ ͞:ĞƐƵƐ͕ ƚŚĞ good   shepherd,   gave   up   his   life   for   us,   his   sheep.   But   the   good   news   is   that   he   ƌŽƐĞĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĚĞĂĚŽŶĂƐƚĞƌŵŽƌŶŝŶŐ͊͟ Enjoy  your  snack  together.   ͻ Rock-­‐Solid   RemindersͶSet   out   some   rocks   and   markers.   Have   each   family   ŵĞŵďĞƌ ĐŚŽŽƐĞ Ă ƌŽĐŬ ĂŶĚ ǁƌŝƚĞ ƚŚĞ ǁŽƌĚ ͞ĂůŝǀĞ͟ ŽŶ ŝƚ͘ ;,ĞůƉ LJŽƵŶŐĞƌ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͘Ϳ Read  aloud  Mark  16:1-­‐ϲ͘^ĂLJ͗͞ĨƚĞƌ:ĞƐƵƐĚŝĞĚŽŶƚŚĞĐƌŽƐƐĂŶĚǁĂƐďƵƌŝĞĚ͕ĂůĂƌŐĞ rock  sealed  his  tomb.  But  on  Easter,  the  rock  was  rolled  away,  and  the  tomb  was   ĞŵƉƚLJ͊͟ĞĐŝĚĞŽŶĂƉůĂĐĞƚŽŬĞĞƉLJŽƵƌƌŽĐŬƐƚŽƌĞŵŝŶĚLJŽƵĂďŽƵƚǁŚĂƚŚĂƉƉĞŶĞĚ on  Easter.  Close  in  prayer,  thanking  God  for  being  our  reliable,  solid  rockͶand  for   raising  Jesus  from  the  dead.  


MEDIA   MADNESS  

MOVIES

MUSIC

Movie: Rio    

Artist: Rebecca  St.   James  

Genre: Animated   comedy,   adventure  

Album: I  Will   Praise  You  

Rating: to  be   determined   Cast:  Jesse  Eisenberg,  Anne  Hathaway,   George  Lopez   Synopsis:   This   film   from   the   creators   of   Ice  Age  features   Blu,  a   rare  macaw   ǁŚŽ͛Ɛ ƐĂĨĞ ŝŶ ŚŝƐ ĐĂŐĞ ŝŶ DŝŶŶĞƐŽƚĂ͘ When  he  finds  out  about  a  female  like   him,  he  sets  off  for  Rio  de  Janeiro  and   the   Brazilian   rainforest.   But   iƚ͛Ɛ ĨĂƌ from   love   at   first   sight   between   Blu   and  Jewel.   Our   Take:   This   movie   presents   a   fun   opportunity   to   teach   children   about   geography.   For   a   family   outing,   see   if   ƚŚĞƌĞ͛Ɛ Ă ZĂŝŶĨŽƌĞƐƚ ĂĨĠ ƌĞstaurant   near  you.  Enjoy  dinner  or  dessert  as  a   post-­‐movie  treat.  

Artist Info:   Australian-­‐born   St.   James,   33,   released   her   first   Christian   pop   album   20   years   ĂŐŽ͘ ^ŚĞ͛Ɛ ǁƌŝƚƚĞŶ ŬƐ ĂŶĚ devotionals   and   especially   encourages   teenage  girls  to  live  pure  lives   for   God.   St.  James  is  getting  married  in  April.    

Summary: In  her  second  studio  worship   album,   St.   James   has   a   more   mature   feel.   Her   signature   soft   vocals   really   ƐƚĂŶĚŽƵƚ͘/Ŷ͞^ŚŝŶĞzŽƵƌ'ůŽƌLJŽǁŶ͕͟   St.   James   sings   of   the   joy   of   walking   in     'ŽĚ͛ƐůŝŐŚƚ͘     Our   Take:   St.   James   offers   praise-­‐filled   songs   that   will   appeal   to   older   elementary  kids  and  preteens.  Her  lyrics   explore   the   many   ways   that   God   is   good,  loving,  and  always  faithful.    

GAMES Title   The  Toy  Maker  

Kideos

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  Content  

Rating &  Platform  

At this   free,   fun   site,   kids   can   print   out   dozens   of   patterns   and   then   assemble   a   wide  variety  of  toys  and  puppets  

thetoymaker.com

This site   serves   as   a   kid-­‐friendly   YouTube.   Prescreened   videos   are   available   for   children  ages  birth  to  10.  

kideos.com

An evil   faction   led   by   Comrade   Black   has   sucked   the   color   out   of   Prisma   City.   The   ŚĞƌŽŝĐ ůŽď ĂŶĚ ŚŝƐ ďƵĚĚŝĞƐ ŵƵƐƚ ͞ƉĂŝŶƚ͟ the  whole  place  back  to  normal.  

E10+; Xbox   360,   Wii,   Nintendo  DS,  PS3  

This   page   is   designed   to   help   educate   paren–• ƒ† ‹•ǯ– ‡ƒ– –‘ ‡†‘”•‡ ƒ› ‘˜‹‡ǡ—•‹…ǡ‘”’”‘†—…–Ǥ—”’”ƒ›‡”‹•–Šƒ–›‘—ǯŽŽƒ‡‹ˆ‘”‡††‡…‹•‹‘•ƒ„‘—– what   your   children   watch,   listen   to,   and   wear.   www.family.org   is   another   great   resource  for  movie  reviews  and  is  focused  on  safe  viewing  for  your  family.  

       

CULTURE &  TRENDS   ͻ DƵůƚŝŐĞŶĞƌĂƚŝŽŶĂů ŚŽƵƐĞŚŽůĚƐ ĂƌĞ ŽŶ the   rise.   Nearly   50   million   Americans   now  reside  with  numerous  generations.   (Pew  Research  Center)  

    ͻ ,ŽŵĞ ĞŶƚĞƌƚĂŝŶŵĞŶƚ ŝƐ ŐŽŝŶŐ   olfactory!   A   $70   contraption   called  

ScentScape will  waft  20  different  smells   into   video   games.   With   a  ScentEditor  app,  users   can   even   create   and   share  scents  of  their  own.  

QUICK STATS   ͻ KŶůLJ ϭϰй ŽĨ Ăůů ƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ ƐĂLJ ƚŚĞLJ͛ƌĞ very  familiar  with  what  the  Bible  has  to   say   about   parenting,   even   though   77%   identify   themselves   as   Christians.   (Lifeway  Christian  Resources)  

ͻ tŚĞŶ ŵĞĞƚŝŶŐ ŶĞǁ ƉĞŽƉůĞ͕ Ϯϴй ŽĨ preteens and   teenagers   are   most   likely   to   turn   to   a   social   networking   website   rather   than   another   mode   of   communication.    (Harris  Interactive)    


Mealtime Moments  -­‐  APRIL   Children's  Ministry  wants  to  partner  with  families  equipping  parents  to  develop  a  home  that  is  Christ  centered.      We  are  providing  52  devotionals   throughout  the  year  from  Mealtime  Moments  so  you  can  try  one  every  week.  They  are  grouped  into  7  categories:  Wisdom  from  the   Bible,  Faith   and  Trust,  Family,  Salvation  and  Witnessing,  Love,  Following  Jesus,  Building  Character.  

WEEK 1:    Better  Than  Homemade   Mealtime  Prayer:   Appetizer:   Main  Course:  

Table Talk:   Vitamins  and  Minerals:  

Thank God  for  the  many  ways  He  provides  for  you.  Thank  Him  for  being  the  Bread  of  Life.   Name  all  the  different  kinds  of  bread  that  you  can  think  of.  What  is  your  favorite?   Have  everyone  at  the  table   eat   a  piece  of  bread.  How  does  it  taste?  What   do  you  like  with  it  (butter,  cheese,  liver,   ketchup,  etc.)?  Breads  of  various  forms  are  eaten  all  over  the  world  by  almost  everyone.  Why  do  so  many  people  eat   bread?  What  are  some  of  the  different  ways  people  use  bread?  (For  example,  in  Ethiopia  they  use  it  as  a  plate!)  How  is   ŝƚŐŽŽĚĨŽƌƵƐ͍dŚĞŝďůĞƐĂLJƐƚŚĂƚ:ĞƐƵƐŝƐƚŚĞƌĞĂĚŽĨ>ŝĨĞ͘tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬƚŚĂƚŵĞĂŶƐ͍,ŽǁŝƐƚŚĞ͞ƌĞĂĚŽĨ>ŝĨĞ͟ different  from  regular  bread?   Where  can  we  find  the  bread   that  Jesus   has   to  offer?    How  do   we  fill  ourselves  with  the  Bread   of  Life?  How  is  this   bread  good  for  us?  How  can  we  offer  the  Bread  of  Life  to  others?   ͞/ƚĞůůLJŽƵƚŚĞƚƌƵƚŚ͕ŚĞǁŚŽďĞůŝĞǀĞƐŚĂƐĞǀĞƌůĂƐƚŝŶŐůŝĨĞ͘/ĂŵƚŚĞďƌĞĂĚŽĨůŝĨĞ͟;:ŽŚŶϲ͗ϰϳʹ48).  

WEEK 2:    Caterpillar  or  Butterfly?     Mealtime  Prayer:   Appetizer:    

Thank God  for  His  salvation  and  that  He  changes  lives.   The  caterpillar  spins  its  cocoon  with  silk.  What  other  creature  spins  with  silk?   (Answer:  The  spider  spins  its  web  with  silk.)   Main  Course:   A  caterpillar  is  not  always  a  caterpillar.  It  eats  and  eats  until  it  is  full.  Then  it  spins  a  silky  cocoon  around  itself  and  goes     to  sleep.  When  it  wakes  up  and  comes  out  of  its  cocoon,  it  is  a  new  creatureͶa  butterfly.  If  you  could  go  to  sleep  and   wake  up  different,  what  would  you  be?  Why?  How  is  Saul  in  the  New  Testament  like  a  caterpillar?  Read  Acts  9:1ʹ22  to   find  out.   Table  Talk:   Are   you   a   caterpillar   or   a   butterfly?   Why?     How   do   people   change   when   they   become   Christians?   When   you   meet     someone,  how  can  you  tell  if  he  or  she  is  a  Christian?  How  can  people  tell  that  you  are  a  Christian?   Vitamins  and  Minerals:     ͞/ĨĂŶLJŽŶĞŝƐŝŶŚƌŝƐƚ͕ŚĞŝƐĂŶĞǁĐƌĞĂƚŝŽŶ͖ƚŚĞŽůĚŚĂƐŐŽŶĞ͕ƚŚĞŶĞǁŚĂƐĐŽŵĞ͊͟;ϮŽƌŝŶƚŚŝĂŶƐϱ͗ϭϳͿ͘  

WEEK 3:    Eggs-­‐actly  Like  Jesus!  

Mealtime Prayer:       Appetizer:      

:ĞƐƵƐƚŚĂŶŬĞĚ,ŝƐ&ĂƚŚĞƌĨŽƌ,ŝƐĨŽŽĚ͘tĞĐĂŶĨŽůůŽǁ,ŝƐĞdžĂŵƉůĞďLJƐŝŶŐŝŶŐƚŚŝƐƐŽŶŐ͗;dƵŶĞ͗͞>ŽŶĚŽŶƌŝĚŐĞ͟Ϳ͞'ŽĚŝƐ ŐƌĞĂƚĂŶĚ'ŽĚŝƐŐŽŽĚ͕'ŽĚŝƐŐŽŽĚ͕'ŽĚŝƐŐŽŽĚ͘>ĞƚƵƐƚŚĂŶŬ,ŝŵĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĨŽŽĚ͘ůůĞůƵŝĂ͊͟ How  long  does  it  take  a  hen  to  produce  an  egg?  (Answer:  twenty-­‐four  to  twenty-­‐six  hours.)  What  kinds  of  hens  produce   white-­‐shelled  eggs?  Brown-­‐shelled  eggs?  (Answer:  White-­‐shelled  eggs  are  produced  by  hens  with  white  feathers  and   white  ear  lobes,  and  brown  shelled  eggs  are  produced  by  hens  with  red  feathers  and  red  ear  lobes.  Really.)   Main  Course:     Play  an  eggs-­‐citing  game  of  charades:   4. Each  family  member  takes  a  turn  drawing  a  name  to   1. Write  the  names  of  family  members  on  separate  pieces   role-­‐play.   of  paper.   5. dŚĞƉĞƌƐŽŶǁŚŽŐƵĞƐƐĞƐƚŚĞĂŶƐǁĞƌŐĞƚƐ͞ŶĞdžƚƵƉƐ͘͟   2. Put  names  into  a  bowl  (or  plastic  eggs,  if  you  have  them).   6. Pay  special  attention  to  how  people  portray  Jesus.   3. ĚĚŚĂůĨĚŽnjĞŶƐůŝƉƐǁŝƚŚ͞:ĞƐƵƐ͟ŽŶƚŚĞŵ͘   7. Give  everyone  a  high  five  for  doing  an  egg-­‐cellent  job!   Table  Talk:   ,ŽǁĚŽǁĞďĞŚĂǀĞǁŚĞŶǁĞ͛ƌĞĂĐƚŝŶŐůŝŬĞ:ĞƐƵƐ͍  Is  it  possible  to  mimic  His  actions  throughout  the  day?  How?  Why     should  you  copy  Jesus?   Vitamins  and  Minerals:     ͞tŚŽĞǀĞƌƐĞƌǀĞƐŵĞŵƵƐƚĨŽůůŽǁŵĞ͟;:ŽŚŶϭϮ͗ϮϲͿ͘  

WEEK 4:    Eating  It  Up   Mealtime  Prayer:   Appetizer:    

Thank God  for  the  many  meals  around  the  world.   ŝĚLJŽƵŬŶŽǁƚŚĂƚƚŚĞ:ĞǁƐŝŶ:ĞƐƵƐ͛ĚĂLJŽďĞLJĞĚƐƚƌŝĐƚůĂǁƐ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƚŽůĚƚŚĞŵ  what  to  eat  and  how  to  dress?  But  Jesus   ĚŝĚŶ͛ƚůŽŽŬĂƚƚŚĞŽƵƚƐŝĚĞ͖,ĞůŽŽŬĞĚĂƚƚŚĞŚĞĂƌƚ͘  Peter  was  willing  to  break  the  laws  of  the  Jews  to  share  Jesus.  When   would  you  have  to  break  a  law  to  share  Jesus?   Main  Course:   WĞƚĞƌǁĂƐŽŶĞŽĨ:ĞƐƵƐ͛ĚŝƐĐŝƉůĞƐ͘ƐĂ:Ğǁ͕WĞƚĞƌĐŽƵůĚŶ͛ƚĞĂƚĐĞƌƚĂŝŶĂŶŝŵĂůƐ͕  such  as  pigs  .  .  .  until  he  had  a  vision.     Read  Acts  10:11ʹ15.  What  did  this  vision  tell  Peter?  Later,  Peter  realized  that  God  was  talking  about  different  people   as  well  as  different  food.  Before  Jesus  came  to  earth,  God  mainly  worked  through  His  chosen  people,  the  Jews.  After   the  vision,  Peter  knew  ƚŚĂƚ'ŽĚǁĂŶƚĞĚĂůůƉĞŽƉůĞƚŽƌĞĐĞŝǀĞƚŚĞŐŽŽĚŶĞǁƐƚŚĂƚ:ĞƐƵƐ͛  death  was  for  everyone!  Why   was  this  so  important?   Table  Talk:   Why  does  God  care  about  all  people,  not  just  those  of  a  certain  faith?    tŚĂƚ͞ůĂǁƐ͟;ƐƵĐŚĂƐ͕ĚŽŶ͛ƚĞĂƚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ   unpopular  kid)  might  need  to  be  broken?  Why?    Name  three  people  in  your  neighborhood  or  school  whom  God  loves   just  as  much  as  He  loves  you.  How  can  you  share  Jesus  with  them?   Vitamins  and  Minerals:     ͞'ŽĚĚŽĞƐŶŽƚƐŚŽǁĨĂǀŽƌŝƚŝƐŵďƵƚĂĐĐĞƉƚƐŵĞŶĨƌŽŵĞǀĞƌLJŶĂƚŝŽŶ͟  (Acts  10:34ʹ35).  

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