Reflections of a dead man walking, a sinner condemned to death, an unworthy servant of Christ who has received God's incredible blessings and undeserved forgiveness.

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31st August 2014

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#NOWHERE TO HIDE:  King David wrote Psalm 51, a beautiful, humble prayer for mercy, forgiveness and praise when the Prophet Nathan confronted him with his affair with Bathsheba.

On reflection, perhaps the rest of us can learn a few things from this most famous predicament:
- Everyone is bound to FAIL.  Even the great David, described by God as someone after his heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), was certainly not an exception.
- We can NEVER HIDE our disobedience from God.  He sees our heart, our true intentions, like David sending Uriah to battle, only because so he really wanted to have a romp with Bathsheba, the soldier’s wife.
-  Sin has CONSEQUENCES, and can really hurt those around us.  David delivered Uriah to his grave.  Then, God didn’t allow the baby, the fruit of the affair, to thrive.
- Even greater MERCY awaits if we ask for forgiveness.  “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”, declared Nathan (2 Samuel 12:13).  More importantly, David & Bathsheba would have another child, and his name was King #SOLOMON.

No distance from God’s heart is too far for him.  No sin & disobedience is too much for God for those who turn back, ask forgiveness and run back to him.  Proof you say?  He sent his own son #Jesus to the cross so that sin, disobedience and all suffering it brings, are dealt with forever.

I pray that Psalm 51 will be our “go to” prayer not just in times of need, but a constant reminder of God’s great & abundant mercy.  Have a blessed week, dear friends…

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“Create in me a clean heart, O #God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your #HolySpirit from me.” #Psalm‬ ‭51‬:‭10-11‬ #ESV

#Jesustweeters | #AWEful2014 short #devotionals | Via #YouVersion, the #Bible app  (at Twickenham Green)

#NOWHERE TO HIDE: King David wrote Psalm 51, a beautiful, humble prayer for mercy, forgiveness and praise when the Prophet Nathan confronted him with his affair with Bathsheba.

On reflection, perhaps the rest of us can learn a few things from this most famous predicament:
- Everyone is bound to FAIL. Even the great David, described by God as someone after his heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), was certainly not an exception.
- We can NEVER HIDE our disobedience from God. He sees our heart, our true intentions, like David sending Uriah to battle, only because so he really wanted to have a romp with Bathsheba, the soldier’s wife.
- Sin has CONSEQUENCES, and can really hurt those around us. David delivered Uriah to his grave. Then, God didn’t allow the baby, the fruit of the affair, to thrive.
- Even greater MERCY awaits if we ask for forgiveness. “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”, declared Nathan (2 Samuel 12:13). More importantly, David & Bathsheba would have another child, and his name was King #SOLOMON.

No distance from God’s heart is too far for him. No sin & disobedience is too much for God for those who turn back, ask forgiveness and run back to him. Proof you say? He sent his own son #Jesus to the cross so that sin, disobedience and all suffering it brings, are dealt with forever.

I pray that Psalm 51 will be our “go to” prayer not just in times of need, but a constant reminder of God’s great & abundant mercy. Have a blessed week, dear friends…

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“Create in me a clean heart, O #God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your #HolySpirit from me.” #Psalm‬ ‭51‬:‭10-11‬ #ESV

#Jesustweeters | #AWEful2014 short #devotionals | Via #YouVersion, the #Bible app (at Twickenham Green)

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30th August 2014

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#RealityCheck: “Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to #God.” - #John 16:2  And why you ask? #Jesus’s answer is in verse 23: “They will do these things because they HAVE NOT KNOWN the #Father, nor ME.” Blessed #Sunday folks!

#Jesustweeters #Youversion #ESV #EnglishStandardVersion (at Twickenham Green)

#RealityCheck: “Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to #God.” - #John 16:2 And why you ask? #Jesus’s answer is in verse 23: “They will do these things because they HAVE NOT KNOWN the #Father, nor ME.” Blessed #Sunday folks!

#Jesustweeters #Youversion #ESV #EnglishStandardVersion (at Twickenham Green)

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29th June 2014

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From today’s #Gospel:  No one can sit on the fence.  #Jesus asks each person “Who am I?” — just as he did to #StPeter.  The question is, what will our answer be?  #Blessed week ahead, folks!

“But who do you say that I am?” Simon #Peter replied, “You are the #Christ, the Son of the living #God.” #Matthew 16:15&16 #ESV (also in #Mark 8:29)

#AWEful2014 short #devotionals | #Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible #app (at Twickenham Green)

From today’s #Gospel: No one can sit on the fence. #Jesus asks each person “Who am I?” — just as he did to #StPeter. The question is, what will our answer be? #Blessed week ahead, folks!

“But who do you say that I am?” Simon #Peter replied, “You are the #Christ, the Son of the living #God.” #Matthew 16:15&16 #ESV (also in #Mark 8:29)

#AWEful2014 short #devotionals | #Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible #app (at Twickenham Green)

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10th June 2014

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At the #cross, our #imperfect #faith meets the #perfect #God in the person of #Jesus, and through which he poured out his boundless #grace, #forgiveness and #love.  What a #Saviour!

Blessed week, dear friends!

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“God showed his great love for us by sending #Christ to die for us while we were still #sinners.” -#Romans 5:8 #NLT

#AWEful2014 #devotionals | #Jesustweeters, via #Youversion, the #Bible #app  (at Teddington Lock)

At the #cross, our #imperfect #faith meets the #perfect #God in the person of #Jesus, and through which he poured out his boundless #grace, #forgiveness and #love. What a #Saviour!

Blessed week, dear friends!

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“God showed his great love for us by sending #Christ to die for us while we were still #sinners.” -#Romans 5:8 #NLT

#AWEful2014 #devotionals | #Jesustweeters, via #Youversion, the #Bible #app (at Teddington Lock)

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19th May 2014

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In the midst of of our #troubles big & small, we must never forget that for anything, in fact #EVERYTHING, that God allows to happen in our lives, he does so only in his #goodness, #love, #grace & #mercy.  Blessed week dear friends….

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And we know that for those who love #God all things work together for #good, for those who are called according to his #purpose. #Romans 8:28 #ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the #Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. #Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

#AWEful2014 #devotionals | #Jesustweeters, via #Youversion, the #Bible #app | #photogrid @photogridorg (at Teddington Lock)

In the midst of of our #troubles big & small, we must never forget that for anything, in fact #EVERYTHING, that God allows to happen in our lives, he does so only in his #goodness, #love, #grace & #mercy. Blessed week dear friends….

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And we know that for those who love #God all things work together for #good, for those who are called according to his #purpose. #Romans 8:28 #ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the #Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. #Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

#AWEful2014 #devotionals | #Jesustweeters, via #Youversion, the #Bible #app | #photogrid @photogridorg (at Teddington Lock)

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18th April 2014

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Today on #GoodFriday, #Jesus redeems the world from the bondage to #sin & saves us from inevitability of #death apart from #God.  Therefore let us, you & I dear friends, the REDEEMED of the LORD to SAY SO!!!  A blessed #HolyWeek to you & your family… 

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“Oh give #thanks to the #Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the #redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” #Psalm 107:1, 2 #ESV

#AWEful2014 #devotionals | #holyweek2014 #passionweek #passionweek2014 #A4PL | #Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible #app
 (at Twickenham Green)

Today on #GoodFriday, #Jesus redeems the world from the bondage to #sin & saves us from inevitability of #death apart from #God. Therefore let us, you & I dear friends, the REDEEMED of the LORD to SAY SO!!! A blessed #HolyWeek to you & your family…

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“Oh give #thanks to the #Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the #redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” #Psalm 107:1, 2 #ESV

#AWEful2014 #devotionals | #holyweek2014 #passionweek #passionweek2014 #A4PL | #Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible #app
(at Twickenham Green)

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13th April 2014

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…In #AWE of #Jesus, our #Shepherd-#King, and the breadth of his #mercy & #love, and his willingness to #suffer the worst possible #execution at the #cross, to bring his lost kids home.  #Blessed #PalmSunday, dear FB friends…

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“My God, my #God, why have you forsaken me? All who see me mock me.  They have #pierced my #hands and #feet.  They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” — excerpts from #KingDavid’s #Psalm 22 (v1, 7, 16, 18), written hundreds of years before the first #HolyWeek.  From today’s  #responsorialpsalm. 

#AWEful2014 series of short #devotionals | #Jesustweeters #passionweek2014 #holyweek2014 | via #Youversion, the #Bible #app  (at Sacred Heart RC Church)

…In #AWE of #Jesus, our #Shepherd-#King, and the breadth of his #mercy & #love, and his willingness to #suffer the worst possible #execution at the #cross, to bring his lost kids home. #Blessed #PalmSunday, dear FB friends…

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“My God, my #God, why have you forsaken me? All who see me mock me. They have #pierced my #hands and #feet. They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” — excerpts from #KingDavid’s #Psalm 22 (v1, 7, 16, 18), written hundreds of years before the first #HolyWeek. From today’s #responsorialpsalm.

#AWEful2014 series of short #devotionals | #Jesustweeters #passionweek2014 #holyweek2014 | via #Youversion, the #Bible #app (at Sacred Heart RC Church)

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12th March 2014

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…In #AWE of the #God’s endless #secondchances that he freely gives every single day.  Now, who says God’s people, even the most famous and celebrated, were #perfect?  Next time feel we’ve strayed too far away from God, think about these guys:
- #Matthew was a dodgy tax collector.
- #Peter denied #Jesus three times and hid while Jesus was on the cross.
- #Abraham denied Sarah was his wife, not just once, but twice.
- #Jacob was a first-rate cheat and played favourites with his kids.
- #Moses stuttered and ran away from murder.
- #David was both an #adulterer & #murderer.
- #Elijah suffered from #depression.

Then there’s #StPaul, author of 13 out of 27 New Testament books.  When Jesus needed an apostle to the Gentiles, he picked the perfect candidate – #Paul, not just A but THE #enemyofthechurch.  who dragged Jesus’s followers to #prison and even approved stoning them to death.  Yet, Jesus appeared to him and goes on to fiercely preach the grace of the cross, leading to his own death.

Tireless pursuit of his long lost children, changing their hearts and turning their lives completely around — only an #AWESOME God can do that!

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From the #Parable of the #ProdigalSon - “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” #Luke 15:24 #ESV

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning." #Lamentations 3:22, 23 ESV

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Part of #AWEful2014 series of #devotionals ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

 #Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible app | #photogrid  (at St Margarets, TW1)

…In #AWE of the #God’s endless #secondchances that he freely gives every single day. Now, who says God’s people, even the most famous and celebrated, were #perfect? Next time feel we’ve strayed too far away from God, think about these guys:
- #Matthew was a dodgy tax collector.
- #Peter denied #Jesus three times and hid while Jesus was on the cross.
- #Abraham denied Sarah was his wife, not just once, but twice.
- #Jacob was a first-rate cheat and played favourites with his kids.
- #Moses stuttered and ran away from murder.
- #David was both an #adulterer & #murderer.
- #Elijah suffered from #depression.

Then there’s #StPaul, author of 13 out of 27 New Testament books. When Jesus needed an apostle to the Gentiles, he picked the perfect candidate – #Paul, not just A but THE #enemyofthechurch. who dragged Jesus’s followers to #prison and even approved stoning them to death. Yet, Jesus appeared to him and goes on to fiercely preach the grace of the cross, leading to his own death.

Tireless pursuit of his long lost children, changing their hearts and turning their lives completely around — only an #AWESOME God can do that!

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From the #Parable of the #ProdigalSon - “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” #Luke 15:24 #ESV

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning." #Lamentations 3:22, 23 ESV

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Part of #AWEful2014 series of #devotionals ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

#Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible app | #photogrid (at St Margarets, TW1)

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9th March 2014

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…In #AWE of God whose #grace & #mercy he freely gives, not because we deserve it, but because of that is who he is, #God of grace, mercy & multiple #secondchances.   Blessed week folks!

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“For we do not present our pleas before you because of our #righteousness, but because of your great mercy.” #Daniel 9:18b #ESV

Part of my #AWEful2014 series of short #devotionals ==>  http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

#Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible app


 (at Twickenham Green)

…In #AWE of God whose #grace & #mercy he freely gives, not because we deserve it, but because of that is who he is, #God of grace, mercy & multiple #secondchances. Blessed week folks!

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“For we do not present our pleas before you because of our #righteousness, but because of your great mercy.” #Daniel 9:18b #ESV

Part of my #AWEful2014 series of short #devotionals ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

#Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible app


(at Twickenham Green)

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28th February 2014

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…In #AWE of God who commands his people to FEAR NOT, FRET NOT & WANT NOT!  Blessed #weekend folks…

For I, the Lord your #God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” #Isaiah 41:13 ESV

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!" Psalm 37:7 ESV

"The #Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." #Psalm 23:1 #ESV

This is part of my “AWE-ful 2014” series of short #devotionals ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/ 

#FearNot #FretNot #WantNot |#Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible #app | #photogrid #snapseed  (at Twickenham Green)

…In #AWE of God who commands his people to FEAR NOT, FRET NOT & WANT NOT! Blessed #weekend folks…

For I, the Lord your #God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” #Isaiah 41:13 ESV

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!" Psalm 37:7 ESV

"The #Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." #Psalm 23:1 #ESV

This is part of my “AWE-ful 2014” series of short #devotionals ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

#FearNot #FretNot #WantNot |#Jesustweeters via #Youversion, the #Bible #app | #photogrid #snapseed (at Twickenham Green)

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23rd February 2014

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…In #AWE of #God’s great & steadfast #love, #compassion & #mercy, as high from #earth to #heaven and as far as east is from the west. 

From today’s Psalm.  Blessed week folks! 

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his #steadfast love toward those who fear him. 

As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” #Psalm 103:11, 12 #ESV

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Part of my “AWE-ful 2014” #devotional series. ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/ 

 #Jesustweeters via #Youversion  (at Twickenham Green)

…In #AWE of #God’s great & steadfast #love, #compassion & #mercy, as high from #earth to #heaven and as far as east is from the west.

From today’s Psalm. Blessed week folks!

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his #steadfast love toward those who fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” #Psalm 103:11, 12 #ESV

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Part of my “AWE-ful 2014” #devotional series. ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

#Jesustweeters via #Youversion (at Twickenham Green)

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17th February 2014

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…In #AWE of God’s abundant and unending #blessings and #mercy, through his #Son Jesus…

"And my #God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in #Christ #Jesus." #Philippians 4:19 #ESV

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Part of my “AWE-ful 2014” #devotional series. ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/ 

 #Jesustweeters via #Youversion
 (at Twickenham Green)

…In #AWE of God’s abundant and unending #blessings and #mercy, through his #Son Jesus…

"And my #God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in #Christ #Jesus." #Philippians 4:19 #ESV

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Part of my “AWE-ful 2014” #devotional series. ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

#Jesustweeters via #Youversion
(at Twickenham Green)

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15th February 2014

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…In #AWE of the depth & breadth of #Jesus’s grace & mercy, by turning #Saul the bitter enemy of his #Church, to #Paul his fearless #Apostle to the #Gentiles.  If he can save St Paul & give him a #secondchance, boy, can he save ANYONE.  Blessed weekend, folks!

"#God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, #Christ died for us." #Romans 5:8 #ESV

Part of “AWE-ful 2014” devotional series ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/ 

 #Jesustweeters via #Youversion. 

 (at Twickenham Green)

…In #AWE of the depth & breadth of #Jesus’s grace & mercy, by turning #Saul the bitter enemy of his #Church, to #Paul his fearless #Apostle to the #Gentiles. If he can save St Paul & give him a #secondchance, boy, can he save ANYONE. Blessed weekend, folks!

"#God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, #Christ died for us." #Romans 5:8 #ESV

Part of “AWE-ful 2014” devotional series ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/

#Jesustweeters via #Youversion.

(at Twickenham Green)

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11th February 2014

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…In #AWE of #Jesus, #God’s eternal #King, who dwelt among us not to be served, but to serve so that you & I can spend #eternity with him.  Blessed week folks!

"For even the #SonOfMan came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a #ransom for many.” #Mark 10:45 #ESV #Jesustweeters #Youversion

Part of a series of “AWE-ful 2014” devotionals ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/
 (at Twickenham Green)

…In #AWE of #Jesus, #God’s eternal #King, who dwelt among us not to be served, but to serve so that you & I can spend #eternity with him. Blessed week folks!

"For even the #SonOfMan came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a #ransom for many.” #Mark 10:45 #ESV #Jesustweeters #Youversion

Part of a series of “AWE-ful 2014” devotionals ==> http://instagram.com/p/ipK7c_uYia/
(at Twickenham Green)

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7th February 2014

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…In #AWE of #God whose #Word endures #forever, and through his #Son #Jesus grants #eternallife to us who are bound to wither like a field of grass.   Blessed weekend folks!

“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” #Isaiah 40:6, 8 #NIV

#Jesustweeters #Youversion  (at Twickenham Green)

…In #AWE of #God whose #Word endures #forever, and through his #Son #Jesus grants #eternallife to us who are bound to wither like a field of grass. Blessed weekend folks!

“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” #Isaiah 40:6, 8 #NIV

#Jesustweeters #Youversion (at Twickenham Green)

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