Performance

I woke up today with a desire to review what the Bible has to say about men & women who do things just to be seen by men.  I will post passages from Matthew Chapters 6 & 23 at the end of this writing. 

I recall having a dream a year or so ago where I saw a woman manipulate other people constantly.  I had learned that she always seemed to be doing things to try to appear as though she is always generous and kind.  I detested the things she did so much I wanted to be as far away from her as possible.  She seemed to want to show me kindness in order to try to convince other people about how kind and loving she is.  She had been working her con for a long time.  I could only guess that she had probably been fooling people for years.   Today I remembered the woman in the dream and thought about how she could possibly receive spiritual help if she pondered on and prayed about the words that Jesus spoke.  

People that work in the theater are stage bound.  People that pretend to work for the Lord are constantly striving to be crowd pleasers, too.

The questions true Christ ones need to ask themselves are questions like, “Who are you  trying to perform for?”  &  “Are you waking up each day thinking about the many people you will please that day or are you waking up each day asking the Lord to show you what he wants you to do?”

The Word of God also tells us that bad company corrupts people. 

It is probably wise to do the best you can to have a few good Godly friends & family members to keep in your circle of friends than to be around people that are living their lives putting on the con.

I was also reminded today of how God will hold each person accountable some day. 

All people will stand before the Judge of all as they are held accountable for every idle word spoken and every evil deed they have done.

No one (absolutely no one) will escape the day of judgment.  Baptists, Catholics, Methodists,  Lutherans,  Freemasons,  Athiests, Buddhists,  . . . EVERYONE  will stand before the judgment seat.   

Many of us will recall the words found in Psalms 91 verse 8 when we see or hear about the punishment of the wicked.  We will know that the way of the wicked will perish like we are told in several Chapters of the Psalms.

Anyone that does not repent of their sins completely turning away from their sins will answer to the Lord.

 

The first 28 verses from Matthew 23  (KJV):  Matthew 23King James Version (KJV)

23 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

 

&  Matthew 6 (KJV):  Matthew 6King James Version (KJV)

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 

Matthew 7 (NIV):

Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

 

1 Corinthians 15:33  (NIV)

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

(NIV)

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

The Hateful Spirit Of King Saul

Every time I think of rebellion, stubbornness, witchcraft, and manipulation I think about how King Saul died.  I also think about why King Saul was taken from this earth because of his stubborn ways.

Most people would be happier if they took heed to the warnings that King Saul ignored. 

These are some words I will use to describe things I read about King Saul:

  1. Proud & Haughty   [he believed his ways were better than God’s ways]
  2. Demanding   [he chose to do things his way instead of doing things God’s way]
  3. Ignorant & Irreverent to God   [he showed no true reverence for God]
  4. Murderous   [he tried to kill the man he was most jealous of]
  5. Envious   [he wanted people to adore him and to think highly of him]
  6. Greedy   [he wanted the things he was not supposed to have]
  7. Unfaithful   [he did not follow instructions]
  8. Manipulating Liar   [when he was confronted for doing wrong he told lies]
  9. Stubborn   [he demanded his own way]
  10. Foolish   [even when he was warned he did not heed warnings sent his way]

King Saul was chosen by God yet King Saul turned away from doing good things.  King Saul let his own will become more important than the will of God.  The unholy desires Saul followed led him to destruction.

Some people today that say they follow God act too much or even a bit like King Saul.  They can walk proudly proclaiming that they are God’s chosen people and they start demanding their own way instead of doing things God’s way.  They can become proud and haughty.  They can also let jealousy and greed enter into their lives. 

We may not be able to change other people but we can repent of our own sins.  We can ask God to deliver us of doing anything that displeases him.  We can examine ourselves and ask God to wash us clean so we are freed from the evil desires within.

King Saul made wrong choices and he suffered and died because of his wrong choices.  

Don’t make the mistakes King Saul made. 

Turn from evil and do good.  Do things God’s way instead of your own way. 

 

Turn Away From Evil Desires

Many years ago God allowed me to be blessed to hear a pastor’s wife share the words about rebellion being a form of witchcraft.

Those words changed my life. I learned to hate rebellion, all forms of witchcraft, stubborn ways, and manipulation.

Do you know how many people still allow the devil to control them when he makes them think that getting their own way is the best thing to do?
Being stubborn and getting your own way as much as possible is not a blessing. Love does not demand its own way. People that demand their own way all the time are usually ugly spirited people.

Most people that enjoy life do not like being around people like that.
The Word from 1 Samuel 15:22-23 can change your life.

I  wrote these words to a friend today:

I know of one person that refuses to do certain things and she actually gets an angry countenance if other  people choose to  live in  a different way  than the way she thinks you should live.   If she thinks women should only wear dresses to church or if she thinks that a person should only read from the King James Version of the Bible then she believes everyone should be just like her if they want to be perfect.  This type of thinking is sad.  The rules that bind people are man made rules. 

She does have a problem with a controlling spirit. There are a lot of people that have that manipulation in their lives.
I give God praise because of the way he teaches us what is right and what is wrong.
He is able to send forth deliverance from evil.

I can only guess that some people like their old stubborn ways.
Let us pray today for those we know who show forth a stubborn spirit. It is like a spirit of witchcraft.
Words from 1 Samuel 15  →
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Men, Do You Want Ready Answers To Your Prayers?

“MEN,  Do you want ready answers to your prayers? 

THEN LOVE YOUR WIVES AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.” 

[ 1 Peter 3:7,  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” ]

Be Kind & Tender Hearted & Forgive One Another

As the Shepherd comforts his sheep we should comfort one another. 

Yesterday I read about how the Good Shepherd cares for his sheep.

Next I will write more thoughts that went through my mind after I wrote about the things I read in Isaiah 40:10-11.

I felt as though the Lord was showing me how he watches over the little ones and the ones who carry the little ones.
I think I first thought about pregnant women who are carrying the child in their womb then I thought of the women that care for their little ones. 
Of course, the good Lord cares about men and women that are caring for their children but women are weaker than men.  It is written in God’s Word that women are weaker.  [ 1 Peter 3:7,  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” ] Oh – I should make a new post after this that simply says,  “MEN,  Do you want ready answers to your prayers?  THEN LOVE YOUR WIVES AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.”  I should add the passage from 1 Peter 3:7 in the next post, too.  Many men know about the Scriptures before verse 7 but they seem to forget verse 7.  The husband and the wife will be blessed if the man gets ready answers to his Godly prayers. 
Since the Lord gives us an example in his word of how the Shepherd watches over the little ones and he gently cares for & leads the ones that have young I believe it’s a good way for us to recall (especially for men to recall) that women and children are to be gently cared for.

Jesus is Gentle and Kind.  He tells us all that we are to be kind and tender hearted.  People that are kind and those who have tender hearts do not intentionally harm another person.  We are also told to forgive one another. [ Ephesians 4:32,

KJV, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” ]
It may not always be easy to change but it is vital.  A pastor told me that a man who refuses to change is a man that does not fear God.  We know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  If a man is wise he will give the Lord reverential fear and respect.  A man that fears God will obey the Word of the Lord. 

Our Shephed Carries Us Close To His Heart

I was reading Isaiah 40 this morning. 

Take a good look at verses 10 & 11 with me:  Isaiah 40:10-11  King James Version (KJV),

Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”

The NIV says it like this:  Isaiah 40:10-11 New International Version (NIV),

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.”

God is strong and powerful.  He is our Lord.  We depend on him the way sheep depend on their Shepherd. 

Isn’t it precious to think of how he will gather us up and hold us close to his heart?

I also enjoyed reading about how the Good Shepherd gently leads those who are with young. 

When I was growing up I met several people that didn’t seem to care about those who are with young or those who are tending to the young ones. 

How comforting it is to be reminded that we serve a Lord who gently cares for us in many ways.  These passages help me think about how surely the Lord is concerned about those who are weak and special care is given to those who are carrying the young ones. 

I am also reminded of the words to a song I heard as a child.

“The Lord is my Shepherd.  I’ll walk with him always.

He leads me by still waters.  I’ll walk with him always.

Always  Always  I will walk with him always.

Always  Always  I will walk with him always. “

Learn More About Jesus / The Lion And The Lamb

Peace is the word that comes to my mind

when I think of a lion laying next to a lamb.

  

Did you know that the Lion and the Lamb are titles given to the Lord?

 

Revelation 5  King James Version (KJV)

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

Learn More About Jesus / The Lion Of Judah

Why do Christians like the Lion?

The Lion of Judah is a phrase in the Book of Revelation that represents JESUS.

Jesus came from the tribe of Judah.

 

[Revelation 5:5King James Version (KJV)
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.] Jesus can open the book.

 

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Notes About Matthew 28

I read Matthew 28 this morning.

There are three things Jesus told the disciples they should do.

  1. Make disciples
  2. Baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  3. Teach the people to obey the Lord

I was also delighted to review the passages that mention that the Angel of the Lord told two women that Jesus rose from the dead.  The Angel also told those women to go tell the disciples what they had learned and that they were to tell the disciples to meet the Lord in Galilee.

This made me happy because a friend recently told me this is where we find proof that women should be able to give messages that God tells them to give.  In other words it is fair to say that God speaks to women and he wants them to share what he tells them to say.  Some people still don’t recognize the fact that women and men can be used by the Lord.  

  [  My friend said that those passages are some of the Scriptures that  help us know that women were the first evangelists. ]

I also noticed that even though the Angel told the women that they should not be afraid the women were afraid but they were also filled with joy.  

The disciples did go meet the Lord Jesus in Galilee.  He stood before them speaking to them. 

Verse 17 tells us that when the disciples saw Jesus they worshiped the Lord but some of them doubted. 

Let us pray that God will deliver us from our doubts and fears. 

The only good fear is the reverential fear of the Lord.

 

 

Matthew 28

Matthew 28             King James Version (KJV)

28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.