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"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
"Standing Together as One
. . . Under the Cross of Christ"
"May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(1 Thessalonians 5:23)
The First 100 Days
Prayer Resources for The First 100 Days
Tools to Assist in Offering Prayers for President Trump
and his Administration during these First 100 Days
1. 24/7 Prayer Line
Sponsored by the 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Network, you can call this number anytime, day or night, and join other prayer warriors across the nation to pray for the new administration.
The Conference Number is: 712-770-4340
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All are welcome to join!
PrayerSurgeNow hosts a weekly call every Saturday morning, beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. Topics are geared to time-sensitive events happening in our country, and anointed speakers are invited to host each call, bringing insight to intercessors across the nation.
PrayerSurgeNow also hosts other calls throughout the week, as the need arises.
In order to keep pace with their news, please visit their blog at: www.prayersurgenow.blogspot.com, or by going here.
PSN's Conference number is: 712-432-0075
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3. Daily Devotions - Sponsored by the AsOne network.
A prayer topic, intercession and Scriptural decrees are posted daily during these First 100 Days. Please go here to find today's devotion.
4. President Trump's Weekly Address:
Friday, April 21, 2017
To view last week's address, please go here.
5. PRAYERS FOR THE PRESIDENT
The First 100 Days and Beyond
A Collection of Prayers by the People:
An Inaugural Gift for President Donald J. Trump
To read this guide to prayer, written by 100 intercessors for each of the President's First 100 Days, please go here.
6. White House Press Briefings
To view each day's press conference,go here.
The videos of these press briefings appear below the video of Inauguration itself.
7. 100 Days of Our Lives . . . Family Research Council
The Left may not like the job President Trump is doing, but the people who hired him for it are sure happy! Despite all the hype about Trump's unpopularity, even the latest Washington Post/ABC poll shows what a convenient soundbite that is.
The reality is, the White House's new occupant couldn't be more popular with the people who voted for him -- sporting a 94 percent approval rating heading into his first big milestone: 100 days in office. (Read more)
Focus on Israel
1. Israel pauses to remember 6 million murdered in Holocaust - Times of Israel
Israelis across the country paused for two minutes Monday morning in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered in Europe under Nazi rule as a siren pierced the clear blue sky in an annual marking of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The 10 a.m. siren was to be followed by ceremonies at schools, memorials and elsewhere in honor of those who lost their lives, as well as Shoah survivors. (Read more)
- Abba, we remember the lives that were lost in the Holocaust. We pray for every single seed of Israel today; asking You to heal their wounds, bring them peace, comfort, and joy. We pray for the revelation of Yeshua to them and just like the prodigal son, may they return to You. We pray for their protection and the peace of Jerusalem. In the name of Yeshua, amen.
2. 'We have red lines too' - Israel National News
A senior political source on Monday evening spoke to Arutz Sheva about the ultimatum presented by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, regarding his planned meeting with members of leftist groups Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem, saying the move was necessary.
The message was conveyed earlier on Monday by the Foreign Ministry to Gabriel's entourage as he landed in Israel. He is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with both Netanyahu as well as with the members of the leftist organizations.
"It's time to make clear to Germany that we too have red lines," the official told Arutz Sheva. "If it was a low-level meeting, it might have looked different. But when the Foreign Minister comes here and goes to meet with organizations that are working against the government's policy and against the Prime Minister's policy, this is unacceptable." (Read more)
3. Lebanon Wants Permanent Ceasefire With Jewish State - Breaking Israel News
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations Friday for help in forging a permanent cease-fire with Israel.
"I urge the U.N. secretary-general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward," Hariri said, Reuters reported.
Hariri's request comes a day after Hezbollah officials staged a media tour of southern Lebanon to view what they claim are recent Israeli fortifications along the Israeli-Lebanese border. (Read more)
4. Heads of Israeli Intelligence Community against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Jerusalem Online
Approximately a year ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established the National Cyber Authority. The decision was met with strong opposition from Israel's security authorities- the Mossad, the Shin Bet, the IDF and the Ministry of Defense.
The heads of the intelligence and defense were promised that the cyber authority would be established in full accordance with them. However, when they received the legislative draft for the establishment of the authority, they discovered something different. (Read more)
5. Arab water theft leaves Jewish farms high and dry - Israel National News
The growing phenomenon of water theft in the northern Jordan River Valley area is leaving some local farmers in dire straits, with little water left over after the illegal siphoning for irrigation.
Yehuda Reines, a Jewish farmer and one of the founders of the town of Mehola in the Jordan River Valley, spoke with Arutz Sheva about the impact of illegal siphoning operations by neighboring Arab villages.
"In recent days the problem has worsened," said Reines. "The Arabs have gotten the principle. Mekorot [Israel's national water distribution company] has already known about the water thefts for more than two years, and according to their figures the Arabs stole 2.5 million cubic meters of water last year with drilling in Bardala [a village in the northern Jordan Valley]." (Read more)
Summary of News out of Israel - Compiled by Kris Schlyder, Coordinator, Australian Indigenous Prayer Network
To read this extensive summary, please go here.
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Congress devoured by dark, 'corrupting influence' - wnd
One of the first big surprises was the pressure put on all members to fund-raise on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is tasked with winning House races. Buck said all members are obligated to raise money, and those on lucrative committees are tasked with raising even more. The most high-profile committees include Appropriations, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Rules and Financial Services.
"We have dues, and if you're on an 'A' committee, your dues are higher than if you're on a 'B' committee. By higher, I mean $450,000 this year for being on an 'A' committee," Buck said.
For members to reach that bar, they must grovel to special interests. "They are reached by approaching special interest groups and asking for money," Buck said. "The challenge is, those groups expect something in return. So there is a quid pro quo. There is a system in place. You are required to pay dues, and you are required to raise money. Part of that is going to be being influenced by people that you may not agree with." (Read more)
__Lord, only You have the ability to break the constant demand for money from our Congress. Both sides have engaged in quid pro quo politics, so we pray that integrity begin to reign over our legislators. We ask for You to move over Congress, the Party System, and change their hearts. We declare no more in the Name of Jesus!
_"But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lies. So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; it takes away the life of its owners." (Proverbs 1:18,19)
2. Entire Senate being called to White House for North Korea briefing- Fox News
The entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing Wednesday on the North Korea situation, amid escalating tensions over the country's missile tests and bellicose rhetoric.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators, on Monday.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers.
It is rare for the entire Senate to be invited to such a briefing. (Read more)
__Father, we do not know what this rare meeting entails, but we pray for Your hand over its proceedings. We ask for wisdom for all in attendance, and especially the men who will be conducting the briefing.
_"There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless, the Lord's counsel - that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21)
3. ACLU defends 'ideological rot' at Justice Department - WND
Far-left organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way have written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to insist that hiring decisions for the agency's Civil Rights Division should be left to the entrenched bureaucrats who, in many cases, were put in place under the Obama administration.
"The division's career staff must not be politicized by the incoming Justice Department political appointees," they wrote in a letter dated April 11.
"We urge you to affirm your commitment to existing laws and equal employment opportunity (EEO) and hiring policies - including specific direction and training of incoming political appointees on the department's EEO policies and civil service protections - that ensure that personnel decisions in the Civil Rights Division, and throughout the department, are made based on merit."
The letter was in response to a request that came just days earlier from a coalition of experts on civil rights, asking Sessions to clean up the Civil Rights Division by removing political activists from leadership, ridding the office of "ideological rot" and stopping its bureaucrats from abusing their authority. (Read more)
__ Lord, the searing depths of evil within our government need to be pulled out by their roots. We ask that You grant Attorney General Sessions the strength to ignore the ACLU and stand firm on truth, and life.
_"Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity." (Psalm 141:3,4)
4. GOP to Sessions: Prosecute Lois Lerner! - WND
GOP lawmakers are urging the Trump Justice Department to review evidence that former IRS official Lois Lerner engaged in criminal misconduct by targeting tea-party and conservative groups for their political beliefs.
Lerner, meanwhile, the subject of a class-action lawsuit by more than 400 of the targeted groups, is asking a judge to seal her upcoming deposition in the case, claiming she faces death threats.
Lerner, the former IRS exempt organizations division director during the Obama administration, confessed in 2013 that her agency obstructed tea-party and conservative groups' applications prior to the 2012 election because of their political beliefs. She pinned the blame on low-level employees, however, then pleaded the Fifth in a hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform House committee. The GOP-led House responded by passing a contempt-of-court resolution, and she resigned in September 2013.
In their letter, the lawmakers pointed out to Sessions that in February 2014, while the DOJ probe was ongoing, President Obama stated there was "not a smidgeon of corruption" at the IRS, which, they said, "preempted a fair investigation." (Read more)
_Lord, Ms. Lerner targeted Your people and tried to destroy Conservative organizations. If Congress does not charge her, we ask that Your justice prevail in this matter.
_"Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,'says the Lord." (Romans 12:19)
5. War declared on 'deep state' political agenda - WND
The powerful public interest legal firm American Center for Law and Justice is declaring war on the "deep state," comprised of entrenched bureaucrats who apparently are using their position and power to try to undermine the president.
"First, the Trump transition team was caught up in surveillance conducted by the Obama administration, wrote ACLJ's chief counsel, Jay Sekulow. "Second someone in the Obama administration unmasked the names of those on the Trump transition team who were caught up in that surveillance. Third, in its final days, the Obama administration changed the rules in order to widely disseminate this information. Fourth, the deep state bureaucracy leaked this information to the media," Sekulow said it's looking more and more "with each passing day" like "an orchestrated conspiracy where the conspirators' marching orders come from the highest levels."
The concept of a "deep state" or "shadow government" isn't unknown. In the United Kingdom the losing political party forms such a chain of command to "shadow" the sitting government and hold it accountable. That apparently is what is happening now in the United States. Instead of leaving Washington, as most former presidents have done, President Obama has set up a command center in a mansion only a few miles from the White House. (Read more)
___Lord, Your Holy Spirit searches the hearts of all men. The people that are in place who should not be there, we ask for light to come into the darkness and root them out. We rebuke the plans of the enemy and seek Your hand to remove all vestiges of the shadow government that has been wreaking havoc.
_"But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us." (Psalm 44:7)
6. Here's 'most influential person' of 20th and 21st centuries - WND
Who was the most influential person of the 20th century?
A case can be made for many giant figures, but for Christopher Monckton, a former adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, there is one that stands above the rest. The man, he said, is Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, who in 1978, became the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West.
. . . He noted an "astonishing change" has taken place "everywhere where power is exercised and influence is wielded," citing the media, universities, churches, unions, "big business" and "big politics." "How have virtually all of these centers of power gone to the very far totalitarian left so very quickly?"
Monckton pointed to Pacepa's appointment as the head of a then-newly formed division of Soviet-bloc intelligence called the Disinformation Directorate. The directorate's operatives, Monckton said, "took every opportunity to worm their way into the media and into positions of influence and then use those positions to denigrate the reputations of those who had proved effective in opposing the Communist Party line anywhere in the world."
Monckton said he saw the impact of the KGB plan when he was studying at Cambridge University. A fellow student there was hired by the BBC precisely because he was a Marxist, Monckton said, noting the man is still working for the iconic broadcaster. "And that's how the BBC recruited, and they still do, because this was the effect of Pacepa," he said. (Read more)
___Father, we ask for wisdom in listening to news media, and for discernment of their message. We pray for a move of Your Holy Spirit to turn the hearts of all to You - unions, political parties, news media, everywhere there are darkness and lies, we pray for truth and light.
_"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?" (Psalm27:1)
7. Analysis confirms British role in Trump being spied on - WND
The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn took place.
This runs contrary to the blanket nature of the denial insinuated in GCHQ's carefully crafted statement of March 17 claiming it was all "nonsense" and "utterly ridiculous" that they conducted surveillance of "then president-elect" Donald Trump (emphasis added). The surveillance went back a year before he became "president-elect."
President Trump's claim of being "wire tapped" has been vindicated. Indeed, the surveillance is far more extensive than even he suspected at the time. (Read more)
__Lord, thank You that truth is beginning to seep out. We ask that it would become so bright that even those who live in lies will be able to see it. We pray that wherever lies have deceived the people, You will set them free.
_"My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times. You rebuke the proud - the cursed, who stray from Your commandments." (Psalm 119:20,21)
8. "If Marine Le Pen Is Elected President of France, the Jews Must Leave"- Breaking Israel News
Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar warned French Jews that if far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen wins, they must leave the country, EJP reported Saturday. Lazar also praised President Vladimir Putin's attitude towards Jews in the same speech.
Addressing an audience of more than 2,000 at the Limmud FSU conference in Moscow, Rabbi Lazar said "the situation in Europe is very worrying," and suggested that "If Marine Le Pen is elected president of France, the Jews must leave."
Rabbi Lazar voiced his concern about the rise of nationalism across Europe. "The situation there is very worrisome," he said. "Not only because of immigrants, but also because the general population is heading toward radicalization. The best example of this is the rise of extreme-right parties." (Read more)
__Lord, this situation from a Russian Rabbi seems to feed into the idea that Ms. Le Pen is a "far right candidate" and must be an "Extremist" because she is in favor of secure borders, deporting Islamists, etc. We ask for truth, we ask that Your people both Jews and Christians in France not succumb to lies and deceptions. We pray for Ms. Le Pen and her opponent, that whoever wins the election would have wisdom. May the winner of this runoff election stand with Israel and support the Jews who now live in France, amen.
_"For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
9. Sen. Dick Durbin: Democrats must back abortion rights to be part of party - Washington Examiner
A Democratic senator said Sunday that Democrats must back abortion rights to be part of the party even if their personal stance on abortion is different.
"I am committed to women's rights under the law, reproductive rights certainly, and our party is," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told CNN. "We've made that part of our platform and position for a long, long time. I know within the ranks of the Democratic Party there are those who see that differently on a personal basis, but when it comes to the policy position, I think we need to be clear and unequivocal.
"We need to be understanding of those who take a different position, because of personal conscience, but as long as they are prepared to back the law, Roe versus Wade, prepared to back women's rights as we've defined them under the law, then I think they can be part of the party," he added. (Read more)
_Lord, this platform of the Democratic Party is pure evil. WE ask for Your people to rise up and say NO to Senator Durbin, and anyone who demands that they support abortion.
_"Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord." (Psalm 101:8)
10. United Nations elects Saudi Arabia to Women's Rights Commission- Fox News
Saudi Arabia was recently elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, provoking backlash from human rights organizations.
The Gulf state became the 45th country to sit on the UN panel tasked with promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women across the globe. UN Watch, a nongovernmental watchdog that monitors the United Nations, called the election "absurd."
"Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman's life from her birth until death," Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said in a statement released Saturday. "Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars."
"Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women's rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief," Neuer continued.
The election took place through a secret ballot during the UN's Economic and Social Council, the Hill reported. Neuer said at least five members of the European Union voted for the Saudis to serve four years on the commission. (Read more)
- Father, this travesty once again shows that the UN is a bastion of sin and evil. We pray for You to intervene. We ask that every knee in the United Nations bow to You.
- "That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father." (Philippians 2:10,11)
11. Trading Replaces: House Rolls out New Health Plan - Family Research Council
When members of Congress fly back to D.C. today, they'll have some interesting reading material: a new Obamacare replacement bill. After a seesaw month that saw Republicans write and rewrite the text, the GOP is hinting that it may have the plan voters are waiting for. (Read more)
- Lord God, we continue to lift this contentious issue before Your Throne of Grace, asking that You would grant Your wisdom to these members of Congress, who are working diligently to create this legislation. Amen.
- "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
The Daily Jot
Monday, April 24, 2017
Discerning The Truth From Fake News
A lot is written about fake news these days. Fake news actually has been around for a long time. It is one of those sensational headlines that entices you to read the story, but in reality, the story is not really a story. The National Enquirer had a reputation of such. Perhaps a headline about a celebrity having another celebrity's babies. When you read the story you discover that the celebrity gave a dog that is having puppies to the other celebrity. That was fake news before the politicians got a hold of it and took it to a whole different level. Then there always has been propaganda-some news with a political bent to move people's thinking. It's all about weaving in enough truth to make a better lie. How do you discern?
First, boil it down to the very pith of the issue. The Apostle John gave some great advice on this very issue. He wrote in 1 John 4:1-3, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." Ask the question to yourself, 'Is this of God or not?' Once you have that figured out, determine if it aligns with the word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Think about that. The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. How does the intent of a story weigh against the word of God? What is the story trying to get across? Who or what is the story advocating? But before you can use the word of God as a tool to discern, you need to know the word of God-not what somebody says is the word of God, but what you have personally found is the word of God. This means that you need to study and know it.
The third test is really one of the spirit. Your relationship with Jesus Christ will help you discern the truth. The deeper your relationship, the better your truth detector will be. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, "If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." If you can learn to break down every news headline and story by determining the spirit of it, discerning its intent, and finding the truth from a spiritual perception, you can discern what is fake news and what isn't. But with this is the responsibility to know God, know the word of God, and to know Jesus Christ in spirit and truth-not man's doctrines or the Word out of context. Like anything, practice makes perfect.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Family Research Council Announces a Score in Favor of Latest GOP Health Care Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council (FRC) announced today it will score in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) which may come up for a vote as soon as this week in the House of Representatives. This is the first time FRC has announced a plan to score a health care related bill in the new Congress. AHCA, for one year, would eliminate more than $390 million (over 86%) of over $450 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood, from all mandatory spending programs. This is identical to the provision that was ruled to comply with the Senate's Byrd Rule in 2015. AHCA also redirects funding to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1 and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortion. (Excerpt; FRC)
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The Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
O HOW I LOVE JESUS
"Because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
"Because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
There is a Name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth; It sounds like music in my ear, The sweetest Name on earth.
O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!
It tells me of a Savior's love, Who died to set me free; It tells me of His precious blood, The sinner's perfect plea.
It tells me of a Father's smile Beaming upon His child; It cheers me through this little while, Through desert, waste, and wild.
It tells me what my Father hath In store for every day, And though I tread a darksome path, Yields sunshine all the way.
It tells of One whose loving heart Can feel my deepest woe; Who in each sorrow bears A part that none can bear below.
It bids my trembling heart rejoice. It dries each rising tear. It tells me, in a "still small voice," To trust and never fear.
Jesus, the Name I love so well, The Name I love to hear: No saint on earth its worth can tell, No heart conceive how dear.
This Name shall shed its fragrance still Along this thorny road, Shall sweetly smooth the rugged hill That leads me up to God.
And there with all the blood-bought throng, From sin and sorrow free, I'll sing the new eternal song Of Jesus' love for me.
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Signs and Wonders
Upcoming solar flares could wreak havoc on Earth
A giant fissure has opened across the sun and is spewing rapid solar winds toward our planet.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory got wind of the massive hole Friday morning. This coronal hole is a vast region where the sun's magnetic field tears apart, allowing solar wind to escape.
Super-charged solar winds flowing from the sun's atmosphere are expected to reach Earth on April 23 or 24. (New York Post) Read more.
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"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
Poland to Muslims: " Here, Jesus is our King so get out"
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"How Great Is Our God" - Worship Dance
The Bible Readathon
Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
We are now reading the Word of God every night from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. We are reading through the whole Word, from Genesis to Revelation, and beginning again in Genesis when finished.
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