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What is Depression?. A psychotic or neurotic condition characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, and feelings of extreme sadness, dejection, and hopelessness. What is Depression?.

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What is Depression?

  • A psychotic or neurotic condition characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, and feelings of extreme sadness, dejection, and hopelessness.


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What is Depression?

  • A psychotic or neurotic condition characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, and feelings of extreme sadness, dejection, and hopelessness.

  • From a Bible standpoint there are several words which would either describe or involve depression: Anxiety, despair, worry, an overwhelmed spirit, etc.


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • (John 10:10 NKJV) “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • (Philippians 4:4 NKJV) Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • God has not promised to take away the sources of our despair, but has given us the way to endure with joy. (1 Cor 10:13; Phil 1:30)


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • (Philippians 1:27-30 NKJV) Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • {28} and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. {29} For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, {30} having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • The most powerful example of our faith is how we respond in suffering. (2 Cor 12:10)


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The Christian Life is Joyful!

  • (2 Corinthians 12:10 NKJV) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


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Characteristics of Depression

  • Depression alone is not a sin!


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Characteristics of Depression

  • Depression alone is not a sin!

  • There are different levels of depression - Short term, Periodic and Chronic.


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Characteristics of Depression

  • Depression alone is not a sin!

  • There are different levels of depression - Short term, Periodic and Chronic.

  • All God given emotions are to be experienced


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Characteristics of Depression

  • (Ecclesiastes 3:2-4 NKJV) A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; {3} A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; {4} A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • An unreal view of the world and people. They often have their own reality.


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • An unreal view of the world and people. They often have their own reality.

  • They become ego centered. All things are viewed by how it relates to them.


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • An unreal view of the world and people. They often have their own reality.

  • They become ego centered. All things are viewed by how it relates to them.

  • There is a strong desire to withdraw.


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • There is a strong desire for escape. (Eating, shopping, drugs, alcohol, “binges,” immorality, spending all spare time on recreation)


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • There is a strong desire for escape. (Eating, shopping, drugs, alcohol, “binges,” immorality, spending all spare time on recreation)

  • There are physical changes.


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • There is a strong desire for escape. (Eating, shopping, drugs, alcohol, “binges,” immorality, spending all spare time on recreation)

  • There are physical changes.

  • Thoughts of suicide.


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • Warning signs of suicide

  • * Changes in eating and sleeping habits.

  • * Withdrawal from friends, family, activities.

  • * Violent or rebellious behavior, running away.


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • Warning signs of suicide

  • * Drug, alcohol abuse.

  • * Changes in hygiene.

  • * Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, decline in schoolwork.

  • * Frequent stomachaches, headaches, fatigue.


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Characteristics of Chronic Depression

  • Warning signs of suicide.

  • * Loss of interest in pleasurable activities.

  • * Inability to accept praise.

  • * Feeling "rotten inside."

  • * Giving away favorite possessions.

  • * Verbal hints, such as "I won't see you again."


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • Elijah (1 Kings 19:2-10, 18)


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • (1 Kings 19:2-8 NKJV)Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” {3} And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • {4} But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” {5} Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” {6} Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • {7} And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” {8} So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • (1 Kings 19:18 NKJV)“Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • Elijah (1 Kings 19:2-10,18)

  • David (Psa 142:1-4)


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • (Psalms 142:1-4 NKJV)I cry out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. {2} I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. {3} When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me. {4} Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.


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Men who Overcame Depression

  • Elijah (1 Kings 19:2-10,18)

  • David (Psa 142:1-4)

  • Both these men were able by faith to overcome.


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Sources of Depression

  • Buried anger. A passive escape! (Eph 4:26-27; 1 John 3:15)


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Sources of Depression

  • (Ephesians 4:26-27 NKJV)“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, {27} nor give place to the devil.


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Sources of Depression

  • (1 John 3:15 NKJV)Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


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Sources of Depression

  • Often the most angry people I know are the most passive ones.


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Sources of Depression

  • Often the most angry people I know are the most passive ones.

  • By burying and dwelling on hurts we only make them bigger. We may make them permanent.


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Sources of Depression

  • It is never better to run from problems. God has commanded what we should do. (Matt 5:23-24; 18:15-17)


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Sources of Depression

  • Living in the past. (Phil 3:12-14)


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Sources of Depression

  • (Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV)Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. {13} Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, {14} I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


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Sources of Depression

  • Buried anger. A passive escape! (Eph 4:26-27; 1 John 3:15)

  • Living in the past. (Phil 3:12-14)

  • Selfishness. (Phil 2:3-4)


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Sources of Depression

  • (Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV)Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. {4} Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.


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Sources of Depression

  • Buried anger. A passive escape! (Eph 4:26-27; 1 John 3:15)

  • Living in the past. (Phil 3:12-14)

  • Selfishness. (Phil 2:3-4)

  • An overemphasis on the here and now. (1 Tim 6:6-10; 17-18)


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Sources of Depression

  • (1 Timothy 6:6-10 NKJV) Now godliness with contentment is great gain. {7} For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. {8} And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. {9} But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.


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Sources of Depression

  • {10} For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


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Sources of Depression

  • (1 Timothy 6:17-18 NKJV) Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. {18} Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,


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Sources of Depression

  • Buried anger. A passive escape! (Eph 4:26-27; 1 John 3:15)

  • Living in the past. (Phil 3:12-14)

  • Selfishness. (Phil 2:3-4)

  • An overemphasis on the here and now. (1 Tim 6:6-10; 17-18)

  • A poor family upbringing. (Eph 6:4)


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Sources of Depression

  • (Ephesians 6:4 NKJV)And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.


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Sources of Depression

  • It is not uncommon for depression to go through generations.


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Sources of Depression

  • It is not uncommon for depression to go through generations.

  • Some are raised in an anger filled home where resentment is taught.


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Sources of Depression

  • It is not uncommon for depression to go through generations.

  • Some are raised in an anger filled home where resentment is taught.

  • Others are taught to run from problems rather than solve them.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • To the one dealing with depression.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • To the one dealing with depression.

  • Build your faith in God. (Phil 4:11-13)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV)Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: {12} I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. {13} I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • A daily transformed mind. (Rom 12:1-2)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Romans 12:1-2 NKJV)I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. {2} And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • A God centered mind. (Phil 4:5-7)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Philippians 4:5-7 NKJV)Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. {6} Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; {7} and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • A life of meaning and fulfillment.(Matt 20:28)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Matthew 20:28 NKJV)“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • Worship to the ever present God.(Psa 73:16-17)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Psalms 73:16-17 NKJV)When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me; {17} Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • Confidence in the hope of heaven.(Rom 8:24-25; 12:12)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Romans 8:25 NKJV)But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Romans 12:12 NKJV)rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • Surround yourself with faithful people. (1 Cor 15:33)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV)Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • Some seek to associate with others who are depressed because they will “understand”. This could lead to compounding your problem.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • During your times of weakness you will need others who will strongly encourage you to faithfulness. (Gal 6:1-2)


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • (Galatians 6:1-2 NKJV) Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. {2} Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


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The Christian’s Response to Depression

  • Do not flee from problems!


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The Family of the Depressed

  • There are two common, but wrong approaches to the depressed.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • There are two common, but wrong approaches to the depressed.

    • Some treat the member with silence and by ignoring them. Others may even ridicule or bury anger against the depressed.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • There are two common, but wrong approaches to the depressed.

    • Some treat the member with silence and by ignoring them. Others may even ridicule or bury anger against the depressed.

    • Some may allow the depressed to rule. In this situation they must submit to the depressed person or be punished. Here the depressed one can be very manipulative.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • Have the courage to give the person what they need, not everything they ask. (Mk 10:21)


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The Family of the Depressed

  • (Mark 10:21 NKJV) Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”


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The Family of the Depressed

  • This may lead to short term anger, but long term solutions.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • This may lead to short term anger, but long term solutions.

  • I have seen cowardly men and women allow these problems to make shipwreck of their entire family.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • This may lead to short term anger, but long term solutions.

  • I have seen cowardly men and women allow these problems to make shipwreck of their entire family.

  • There may be a need for professional help.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • Understand your own limitations.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • Understand your own limitations.

    • You cannot change another person against their will.


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The Family of the Depressed

  • Understand your own limitations.

    • You cannot change another person against their will.

    • Always keep your own faithfulness in mind. (Gal 6:1)


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The Family of the Depressed

  • Understand your own limitations.

    • You cannot change another person against their will.

    • Always keep your own faithfulness in mind. (Gal 6:1)

  • Have realistic expectations.


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The Church’s Response

  • Give understanding, love and support to the brother. (1 Cor 12:22-24)


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The Church’s Response

  • (1 Corinthians 12:22-24 NKJV)No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. {23} And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, {24} but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,


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The Church’s Response

  • Stop the depressed from spreading their fear and in some cases gossip.


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The Church’s Response

  • Stop the depressed from spreading their fear and in some cases gossip.

  • The depressed fight “contending for the faith”. They want no more conflict. Do not let this attitude spread (Jude 3)


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The Church’s Response

  • (Jude 1:3 NKJV) Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.


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Remember God’s Way!

  • (Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things.


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Remember God’s Way!

  • {9} The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.


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