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John F. Kennedy Becomes A War Hero

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10 Voices of Vero: If you could learn something new tomorrow, what would it be?

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12 TC Stylist: Summer’s Last Hurrah 14 Voices of Voices: What was your favorite subject in school and why? 18 Travels by Steven: The Most Magical Places on Earth! 20 Penny Cooke’s Movie Review: The Case for Heaven 22 Recipes: Enjoy the Season’s Harvest of Fresh Peaches!

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Georgia is still considered the “Peach State” even though California and South Carolina produce more fruit. New Jersey is the fourth top peach-producing state. Every year, the United States grows 1.9 billion pounds of peaches. According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Franciscan monks introduced peaches to St. Simons and Cumberland islands along Georgia’s coast in 1571. The only difference between a peach and nectarine is the lack of fuzz caused by a recessive gene. The fuzz helps protect the fruit from insects, animals, diseases, and blight from sun exposure or bad weather. The peach is a member of the rose family. A peach tree can produce up to 66 pounds of fruit per year for about 12 years. Sources: farms.com, tonsoffacts.com, exploregeorgia.com, harryanddavid.com

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Nearly 80 years ago this month, a 26-year-old Navy lieutenant named

JOHN F. KENNEDY

BECOMES A WAR HERO I

WORLD WAR II, AUGUST 1943, A YOUNG LIEUTENANT IN THE PACIFIC n 1943, after the Guadalcanal campaign - the Allied Forces’ first major offensive - the U.S. began island hopping, securing the Solomon Islands. A Japanese destroyer rammed an American Patrol Torpedo boat, No. 109, slicing it in two, leaving eleven crewmen floundering in the water. The destruction was so massive other American PT boats in the area assumed the crew was dead. Two crewmen were, in fact, killed, but eleven survived, including Lieutenant John F. Kennedy who commanded the PT-109, one of the small 80-foot-long Navy Patrol Torpedo boats used to monitor and disrupt the Tokyo Express - the shipping lanes used by Imperial Japan’s destroyers through the Ferguson Passage and Blackett Strait. PT boats operated almost exclusively at night, often in fog and without reliable radar. They fired their torpedoes at close range, then sped away. On the dark night of August, 2, 1943, PT-109 was idling on one engine to avoid detection while awaiting approaching enemy destroyers. The crew was shocked to realize they were in the direct path of the oncoming speeding Japanese destroyer, the Amagiri. With just seconds to respond, they were unable to avoid collision and the PT-109 was broken in half and began to sink. Less than a minute had passed since the first sighting. The impact tossed Kennedy around the cockpit. Most of the crew were knocked over or fell into the water. One man below decks, engineer Patrick McMahon, was badly burned by exploding fuel. Fear that PT-109 would go up in flames drove Kennedy to order the men to abandon ship. But the destroyer’s wake spread the burning fuel, and when the fire began to subside, Kennedy sent his men back to what was left of the boat. From the wreckage, the men identified the location of their shipmates still in the water. Four were able to swim back on their own. Kennedy CONTINUED PAGE 9

Lt. John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109. Photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

“A Japanese destroyer rammed an American Patrol Torpedo boat, No. 109, slicing it in two, leaving eleven crewmen floundering in the water. The destruction was so massive other American PT boats in the area assumed the crew was dead.”

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swam out to the injured McMahon and another crewman, Charles NAURU ISL … COMMANDER … NATIVE KNOWS POS’IT … Harris. Towing the incapacitated McMahon by a life-vest strap, Kennedy HE CAN PILOT … 11 ALIVE NEED SMALL BOAT… KENNEDY returned to the boat, while encouraging the hurt and exhausted Harris (The coconut shell is on display at the Kennedy Library in Boston.) who followed behind to get him through the difficult swim. The message reached Lieutenant A. Reginald Evans who was loating on and around the wreckage, the crew took stock. Two watching the coast of Gomu Island located next to an island occupied men had disappeared in the collision but eleven men survived. by the Japanese. The morning of August 7, eight islanders appeared They knew the Imperial Japanese occupied the larger islands. at Nauru Island shortly after Kennedy and Ross awoke. They brought After a discussion of options the men abandoned the remains food and instructions from Lt. Evans that Kennedy should come over of the sinking PT-109 and struck out for an island three and a half miles to Evans’s post. away they hoped was unoccupied. Early in the evening of the 7th, a little more than six days after Kennedy had been on the swim team at Harvard and was able to tow PT-109’s sinking, Kennedy stepped onto Gomu Island. The ordeal of McMahon by a belt through his teeth. Several of the other men were PT-109 was over. also good swimmers, and the men who couldn’t swim were lashed to a Evans had already notified the base at Rendova of the discovery of PTplank that the other men pushed and pulled to safety. 109’s survivors, and the base commander was proposing to send the rescue Kennedy arrived first at the island named Plum mission directly to Olasana. Kennedy insisted on being Pudding so spent he had to be helped up the beach picked up first so he could guide the rescue boats by McMahon. Kennedy collapsed and waited for the through the reefs and shallows of the island chain. rest of the crew. Late on the night of August 7, the boats met Hiding from the passing Japanese barges, Kennedy at the rendezvous point, exchanging they realized there was no food or water on the a prearranged signal of four shots. Kennedy’s island. Kennedy decided to swim out to sea again, revolver was down to only three rounds, so he hoping to flag down a passing American PT boat in borrowed a rifle from Evans for the fourth. Standing the Ferguson Passage. Island-hopping and clinging up in the canoe to give the signal, Kennedy did to reefs, Kennedy made his way out into the passage not anticipate the rifle’s recoil which threw him off where he treaded water for an hour before deciding balance and dumped him in the water. It was a wet there were no PT boats coming. The return voyage and embarrassed Navy lieutenant who climbed nearly killed him as strong currents spun him out into aboard the PT-157. Blackett Strait and then back into Ferguson Passage. The PTs crossed Blackett Strait under Kennedy’s Making the weary trip again, Kennedy stopped on direction and eased up to Olasana Island early in Leorava Island where he slept long enough to recoup the morning of August 8. The exhausted men of Lt. Kennedy receiving the Navy and Marine himself for the final leg of the trip. Returning to Plum Corps medal from Captain Conklin. The Medal PT-109 were all asleep, and Kennedy, his relief and Island, Kennedy slept through the day. was presented to John F. Kennedy at the exhilaration enhanced by a couple of doses of brandy, Chelsea Naval Hospital in Massachusetts for On August 4 Kennedy led the men back into the began yelling for them, much to the chagrin of his his heroics in the rescue of the crew of PT ocean, striking out for Olasana Island in hopes of 109 during WWII on August 2, 1943, when the rescuers who were nervous over the proximity of the finding food and fresh water and also wanting to be motor torpedo boat was struck by a Japanese Japanese. But the rescue occurred without incident destroyer. (Photo courtesy the John F. Kennedy closer to Ferguson Passage. Kennedy again hauled and the men of PT-109 safely reached Rendova. Presidential Library and Museum, Boston/Released) McMahon by the strap of his life vest. Olasana Island For his courage and leadership, Kennedy was was a disappointment, however. The coconuts made awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for the men sick and they didn’t see fresh water. They were too nervous heroism and gallantry in action – the highest non-combat decoration about Japanese patrols to explore more than a small corner of the island awarded for heroism by the United States Department of the Navy. (The and Kennedy decided to try the next island over the following day. medal was established by an act of Congress a year prior to the incident, Nauru Island’s eastern shores look out over Ferguson Passage. on August 7, 1942.) Kennedy also received a Purple Heart for wounds Kennedy and shipmate Ross climbed up on to its beach on August 5. received during the incident. Fearing enemy patrols, they stepped carefully through the brush and saw It is arguably the most famous small-craft engagement in naval the wreck of a small Japanese vessel and a box that contained Japanese history, and it was an unmitigated disaster. At a later date, when asked candy. Further up the island they discovered a tin of water and a canoe. to explain how he had come to be a hero, Kennedy, by then an aspiring Upon their return to the wrecked vessel they saw two native islanders in politician, quipped, “It was involuntary. They sank my boat.” a canoe who quickly paddled away, despite Kennedy’s hails. The consequences of the event for John F. Kennedy were more farKennedy and Ross took the canoe back to Olasana Island and saw reaching than receiving medals. The story was picked up by The New the two islanders with the rest of the crew. Turns out they were islander Yorker and Reader’s Digest, and it followed Kennedy into politics where scouts for the Allies which was risky as other islanders who had been it was a strong foundation for his appeal. Kennedy was a war hero who caught helping Americans were tortured and killed. had not only won battles but who had shown courage and dogged will, When Kennedy was at a loss for a way to send a message with them responsibility for those he led, and the ability to inspire them. What for help, they showed him how it could be scratched into a green coconut better qualifications for a political leader? husk. The two islanders left with instructions to take the message to the base at Rendova: Sources: American Minute by William J. Federer, archives.gov,

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VOICES

If you could learn something new tomorrow, what would it be?

OF VERO

by Steve Glaser

I would love to learn how to captain a large yacht.

I always wanted to learn to fly a plane.

I would love to learn farming.

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Chief Keith Touchberry,

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I would love to learn the best way to perfect my people skills. I enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces!

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I would learn something new about God. Each and every day I open up the Bible and learn something new that I can share with others.

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With so many things in the universe still unknown to me, perhaps I would wish to learn to live with less sleep. This would allow me more time to read, ponder, listen and enjoy what lies beyond my life experiences.

It would be wonderful to learn Photoshop and Lightroom. My friend would be so happy…he would no longer have to edit my photos!

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I would love to learn auto mechanics, buy a classic car, and know how to fix it up.

I always wanted to learn to draw and paint by just looking at an object. That is a talent that has escaped me.

I would learn more about the fast-paced world of modern technology.

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VOICES OF VERO

What was your

by Steve Glaser

favorite subject in school and why?

I loved taking a course called Current Events. We read articles from newspapers on local, state and national levels and related how what we read impacts our community. This class taught me all about community and the importance of being involved in making your community a better place.

I still remember my Business Math class. I had a really awesome teacher that was also my Junior Achievement Advisor. She taught us about balancing a checkbook and keeping a savings account. She taught us so much more than just the simple lessons in the book. I value her teachings every day!

My favorite subject was Creative Writing, probably because I was too tall to be cast as a leading lady in any of my school plays. I started writing poetry at age six, then progressed to short stories, stage plays, and college screen plays. There is a magical power in story telling!

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I always enjoyed History. It tells us what the future is!

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English was my favorite subject. It is very important to speak well, and I always enjoyed reading.

Susan Gromis,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAIN STREET VERO BEACH

History. It’s always important to learn from those who came before us, never repeat the same mistakes.

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I was always fascinated by Cultural Anthropology. I was fortunate to have traveled the world and had the opportunity to experience different cultures.

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English Literature. Through the years my grandmother and mother were avid readers. I, too, love reading and understanding the written word.

I always enjoyed Science. It’s never absolute and is always evolving. It’s very intriguing and we can learn from it.

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Math. You knew if you were right or not by working the problem backwards so there is no guess work.

History was my favorite subject. It always held my attention, which is difficult with anything that is not music-related!

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All shows and parades were wonderful, but in celebration of Disney World’s 50th Birthday there is a new fireworks and light spectacular which is a fantastic show (although some people I met on the cruise told me the new light show at Epcot was better-maybe next time…). ow onto the Wish! Every cruise ship has a godmother, but Disney decided to switch things up and chose Make A Wish children as their godchildren, apropos for a ship named the Wish. If you have sailed on a Disney ship before, you are in for a great surprise as this ship is modern and upgraded with great WiFi and many USB outlets in the cabins. That said, one design kept in the stateroom as with other ships is the split bathroom which I love. There is a separate WC and sink from the Shower/Tub combo so families can easily share a standard balcony stateroom and feel comfortable. What was most enjoyable about this ship versus the others is that the adult section is truly separated from the rest of the ship. That was always a challenge on others where the adult section was just a half-wall separated from the rest of the ship and you could still hear the noise. This time, there is a wonderful infinity pool facing aft overlooking the ocean and a peaceful bar and upscale restaurant. What is fun also is the Star Wars themed lounge which transports you into space. There is a complete spa, and of course several grand suites. The Royal Suite was my favorite with a hot tub on an aft facing balcony, two bedrooms and a bathroom to die for.

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Disney is known, of course, for entertainment and does not disappoint. The main dining rooms are themed wonderfully with Marvel and Frozen restaurants having shows, and a third main dining room giving a nod to 1923 when Disney Studios began. Unfortunately, the welcome show with Captain Minnie (yes, you heard me right…Minnie is now a captain and seen for the first time in pants) and The Little Mermaid were still in production, but they gave us a 30-minute sneak preview, and these are sure to be spectacular. The short cruise took us to Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and back for a quick three days, but long enough to know that whether on your own or as a multi-generational trip with grandparents, parents and grandchildren, there is fun to be had by all. My cynical self couldn’t help but smile more than I care to admit, so I suppose Magic Kingdom and the new Disney Wish are the most magical places on earth! Steve Eidelberg is the owner of Cousu Main Travel, an affiliate of Cruise Brothers Travel 401-369-8477 seidelberg@cruisebrothers.com, cousumaintravel@gmail.com

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o you wonder what happens when we die? Should we be fearful of death? Is there sufficient evidence that we have a soul that will live on? What evidence is there of heaven and hell? These are some of the questions answered in the documentary, The Case for Heaven. Lee Strobel’s life-threatening illness in 2011 prompted him to investigate the nagging question: “What happens when we die?” He sought to find out how Scripture lines up with what people who have had a near-death experience (NDE) have reported. He traveled extensively to talk with everyday people who had such encounters with death, as well as experts—both scientists and theologians. Strobel is somewhat of an expert himself. As an investigative journalist for the Chicago Tribune and an atheist at the time, he determined to disprove what the Bible says about Jesus Christ. His research brought him on a two-year quest, and in 1998 he published his findings in the best-selling book, A Case for Christ. In 2017, a film was released by the same name. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, you know he found irrefutable evidence. Since then, he has gone on to write a series of A Case for… books. His latest is The Case for Heaven, published in 2021. The film was released in April 2022, and is now available for streaming. I thought A Case for Christ was outstanding. I have to be honest, though, The Case for Heaven left me

a little disappointed, at first. You might think it would be full of stories of near-death experiences, and there were some. Strobel informs that there are millions all over the world who have had NDEs. There are common threads in almost all their stories—a tunnel, a light, seeing loved ones. More persuasive, they describe things they could not have known regarding what was happening around the scene of their death had they not had a consciousness beyond their death. But perhaps more stories of NDEs would not be convincing. Even the Church has been skeptical of NDEs. One argument is that the Bible says no one (on earth) can see God and live (Exodus33:20). But, could it be they were seeing with their spirit? I came to realize Strobel’s intent was to go much deeper than NDEs. He sets out to prove, scientifically as well as spiritually, that we are more than physical matter, that we have a soul, a consciousness that continues on after our physical body is clinically dead. Ultimately, the film is well done and answers many of the questions and fears we all have. It addresses a lot of things we simply cannot ignore, and it gives much-needed hope. If you have not seen or read The Case for Heaven and A Case for Christ, please do. There will be a moment of truth for everyone, and what we believe about God, Heaven, and Hell changes everything—in this life and the next.

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PEACH CRISP WITH PECANS INGREDIENTS For the filling 3 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/4” slices 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1 lemon) 2/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt For the topping 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 2/3 cup pecans, chopped 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick unsalted butter, softened INSTRUCTIONS • Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.

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EASY RUSTIC FRUIT GALETTE I love the rustic-looking fruit tarts at the Fresh Market, they’re delicious. But I don’t enjoy making pie crust so I use a recipe that “cheats” and uses refrigerated pie dough instead. No, it’s not as good, but it’s still delicious and I’m more apt to make it. It takes some practice to successfully create the pleats … it’s “rustic” so it’s okay to be messy. INGREDIENTS 1 9-inch refrigerated pie crust 2-3 cups mixed fresh fruit, such as sliced/diced peaches, plums, blueberries, raspberries 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 large egg, beaten 1 tablespoon coarse sugar (for sprinkling on crust)

INSTRUCTIONS • Preheat oven to 425°. Gently unfold and lay out pie crust on a parchment-lined baking sheet. • In a large bowl, gently combine the fruit, granulated sugar and cornstarch. Pour the fruit into a strainer to release any extra juices. (Don’t worry – baking will release more juice). Pour the mixture in the center of the unfolded pie crust, leaving a 2-inch border. • Fold up the uncovered border over the edge of the fruit and pinch into pleats. • Brush the egg onto the crust, and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. • Bake in preheated oven until crust is lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Good with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. CONTINUED NEXT PAGE August 2022 / ISSUE 139 / Vero’s Voice 23


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ur society was founded on a winning formula that dates back to Colonial times. People find their niche or hone a skill and then market it to others in need. From early colonies where a dairy farmer traded with a grower of produce, we have celebrated our varied abilities and shared our talents. The service industry sprung from this platform, allowing someone else to butcher the meat for our family’s table, and earn a wage for that provision. In recent years, the service industry is failing due to lack of workers. Drive through any town in America and see the “Now Hiring” signs in many windows and lament the loss of many businesses that closed due to the labor shortage. Offering “service with a smile” has been replaced by “be patient as

pharmaceutical miracles are misused creating thousands of addicts, numb to any need except their next dose of peace of mind. The four basic instinctive drives of humanity all begin with the letter S. First, it is instinctive to fight to Survive. As discussed above, this is no longer a given. Addiction and suicide alone have changed that precept. Next, the Sex instinct was instilled to ensure reproduction of the species and family unit. Many things have thrown this instinct into chaos, but it is easy to diagnose that technology has increased the ease in finding the graphic detail of pornography. These mental pictures can’t disappear from the psyche and are often the cause of sexual crime and obsessive imaginings. The desire to be Secure is innate, both emotionally and physically. As the socioeconomic classes become more divided, greed and entitlement remove the earlier tenet that security and benevolence are readily available. Emotions tear as marriages break apart, schools install security measures while fearful children watch, and previously-respected elected officials are ridiculed openly for sport. The final instinctive S given to us by Creation is the call to belong in Society. Humankind was meant to work together. A tribal species, we benefit when we build on each other’s strengths. Loneliness is claiming lives as our elderly lose their purpose and teenagers clamor for acceptance by a rejecting peer group. These two age groups lead the tide on the suicide charts. Demoralization is a spiritual sickness. Depravity comes in progressive waves, so it may get worse. Our nation needs our spiritual support. Pray for the day when our country will come together like the great generation did almost 80 years ago. he war we are fighting is real. This is no time for complacency. Put on your battle gear, even though it is worn and ragged. It may have been punctured by the bullets of prejudice and ripped by the divisive spear of the avarice of those in authority or position. Still, we have the sword of the Spirit, and with that, we will be effective. In the heat of the battle, remember that we already know Who wins.

“Still, we have the sword of the Spirit, and with that, we will be effective.” we are short workers.” Businesses with longstanding reputations of quality are cringing as they read two-star reviews due to lack of quality workers to maintain their standards. Could this latest trend be the offshoot of a change in our country’s ethics? Let’s look at history. The group dubbed the “greatest generation” fought a World War together. They needed each other during the war and afterward, and that common distress made them open to lending a hand to rebuild a strong America. Since then, even with common perils like terrorism and pandemic, each of the following generations has moved further from community, breaking into factions that point fingers of contempt and measure intelligence by noting on which side of the division one stands. Self-sufficiency is rewarded with online marketing and self-check-out speed. Technology replaces faceto-face meetings and isolation soars with the suicide rates. Opiates and

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n today’s society, it is becoming increasingly challenging for many people to understand certain truths in the Bible that are simply life-changing. Truths that can cause your life to be filled with meaning, joy and hope. Finding Jesus is truly the greatest gift that you can ever receive! Unfortunately, with the culture of today, many people want to change scripture or they claim that it no longer applies to us today because things have changed so much in so many ways. In Matthew, Chapters 5, 6 and 7, Jesus gives us the recipe how we should live. A big portion of these chapters covers the Sermon on the Mount. Personally, I believe that these 3 chapters of scripture can totally change a person’s life if they make a decision to apply the scripture exactly as is and not change it for convenience sake. One of the most destructive things taught today is that many of these teachings simply don’t apply to us anymore because we are in a dispensation of grace. The problem I have with this crazy belief is that the early Church

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16 does not give us a picture of what is being You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes taught today. or figs from thistles? Please do not misunderstand me; I am not 17 saying that God does not bless us, protect Even so, every good tree bears good us and want to prosper us. On the contrary. fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 I have a strong belief that He wants to do A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor all those things and is doing them. However, can a bad tree bear good fruit. I also believe that serving the Lord means 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit that life is not always a rose garden. We often is cut down and thrown into the fire. have to deal with challenging things that can hanging God’s Word to suit our own be very hard to bear. personal desires or what the culture Jesus taught us that there are two paths demands is not going to get us to the that we can take as a Christian: destination that we want to go. Jesus said the path to life is narrow and not always easy. Matthew 7:13–19 (NKJV) However, by following God and making the 13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide right life choices, according to God’s Word, is the gate and broad is the way that even though it may not always be easy, will leads to destruction, and there are enable us to live a life of total fulfillment, joy many who go in by it. and peace in this life and the next. 14 Because narrow is the gate and diffiPastor Alex Pappas is Senior Pastor at Oceans cult is the way which leads to life, and Unite Christian Center located in the Indian there are few who find it. River Mall. Live broadcasts and podcasts are available at oceansunite.com. 15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

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