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He is Coming – W.E. Smith

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

Dear ones – hear me please, lean into the Spirit for just a moment, and hear what He is saying to us here, in these profound and precious words. Our Lord has not left us unprotected and unloved in this cruel world, as orphans; He has left us in the care of the Father who is greater than He is, and under the provision and protection of the Holy Spirit that is filling all things with Himself and preparing a place for both He and the Father to dwell.

All is thick darkness in this hour, and the darkness is increasing and subsuming all light. It is manifest on the surface of things yes, but it is a spiritual darkness anticipating the very emergence of the false one, the seed of the serpent who will (unlike our Lord) accept everything his father offers him. He is coming dear ones, and everything is being staged and prepared for this very thing. This is why the words above, from the heart of our Lord, are so very timely for us all, those who love Him, and live by every word that He is breathing into our hearts and lives.

Evil, cruelty, sodomy, violence, deception, seduction, narcissism, spiritual adultery and fornication, demonism, despotism – all is increasing and intensifying. The nations, indeed, the nations are being dragged to a place and position where they will literally scream out for a savior, a deliverer, a messiah.

Then he will surface – the Assyrian, the Beast from the sea, the Anti-Christ who comes up out of the abyss to deceive the nations and indeed everyone who does not believe or appropriate the Lord’s words above.

“for the ruler of this world is coming” – yet was not Satan already there when the Master spoke these words? It seems to me (and I could be mistaken) that this is not referring to Satan exclusively, but to another king also, another ruler, and my brethren – he is coming. Man’s ultimate prince, full of the very pride of his father and the corrupted ambition, and the power of hell – he is coming!

And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17)

In this high-priestly prayer, the Lord asks three things on our behalf, three things that are more urgent and pressing in this time than ever before – that the Father would keep us in His name, that the Father would keep us from the evil one, and that the Father would sanctify us in truth.

I have been praying with Him in agreement and amen to all these lately (moreso in fact as I see the Day approaching), that He would keep us (hold fast to us, grip us tightly not letting this world or its spirit claim us), that He would protect us spiritually from the spirit of anti-christ that is rising and growing and penetrating all things (yes even the testimony of Christ on this earth), and that He would secure us in purity and holiness, close to his heart, in amongst this adulterous and corrupted generation.

Dear ones, all those who name the name of the Lord, who love Him with a first love, who have rejected the adulterous path of the many – the time of reckoning, of separation and identification, of fierce shaking is upon us. Whose side, I ask all of you – are you on? Whose mark will you receive? Whose name will you claim? Who holds the keys to your very heart and life?


And I dare say with the full heart of the Lord, that this small-c, low-calorie, saccharin, christianity-lite that so falsely and insidiously represents the Father’s Beloved Son will not stand in that hour. They will cry out for their Saul to be king, just like all the others. They will reject the Lord as their King for their own.

And so what are you, yes you reading these very words, doing about all of this? Are you ready? Are you awake? Are you watching on the wall? Are you praying intensely with the Lord that the Father would keep you in His name, keep you from the false one, keep you in truth and holiness, separated unto Himself alone? Are you interceding for all of His people, with the heart of a prophet, of a Daniel, of a Nehemiah? Are you devastated that the testimony of the Lord has fallen, that the walls and gates are broken down and burned by an enemy? That His beloved, blood-bought and redeemed people would rather suckle at the tit of Babylon and Sodom, than be fed by the bread from heaven? That they are sacrificing their own little ones for Baal, for the good and easy life, for the American dream?

Will you go forward with Him, or do you need to go back and say goodbye to all your loved ones and your earthly treasures, your stock portfolio, and career, and place in this tangled garden of a world?

Have you even died to all of this? Do you even know what that means? Do you die daily to this festering dung heap called a world? Has your flesh gone up to that cursed tree, has it been pierced and splintered, has it cried out “nevertheless Thy will be done Lord?” Why are you still residing within the city when He has already judged it and called His own outside the wall? Take the angels hand and go! Just go! Damn it all and go! And don’t look back!

Dear ones, redeemed by the very blood of the Lamb, your little christian psychology books and 12-step bible courses won’t help you when the seas separate and the beast rises up to consume this world and all things  in it, to deceive and destroy! What alone matters is that you are identified and claimed by the Lord – NOT YOUR CHURCH, NOT YOUR GROUP, NOT YOUR TEACHER OR PASTOR, NOT YOUR THEOLOGY – These won’t keep you, only the Father can do that. And He will if we go to Him with tender and undivided hearts, agreeing with the Lord in His prayer.

Oh Lord, open our eyes, our ears, our hearts, press down upon us in all Thy weight of reality and glory, surround us and encompass us in this dark and desperate hour? Keep Thy little ones in Thy Name oh Lord! Keep us, Hold fast to us, even and especially when we let go of Thee! Insert Thyself into our very spirit, that every idol, every hidden idol and adulterous love be banished forever from our hearts. Breathe on us Lord, breathe Thy Living Word on each and every one of us who claim Thee as our portion. Separate us from all of this mixture, this corruption, this baalism among Thy people – separate us unto Thyself oh Lord! Mark us with Thy spirit! Build a fence around us to keep the Lie from penetrating our hearts.

Oh Lord – Thy Kingdom come, and Thy will be Done in all Thy Creation!

Make all the world Thy footstool, O’ Mighty King! Thee and Thy Bride Made Ready! Put all Thy enemies under Thy feet of Gold!

Come Lord Jesus, Come!


To Taste and See – W.E. Smith

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? (Psa. 42:1-2)

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psa. 63:1)

We have elsewhere alluded to the reality that, as spirit-born children of a Heavenly Father, only God Himself can truly satisfy the thirst He has given us. David, in particular, recognized this reality and wrote about it often, stretching even language to its breaking point. Those who are truly His, living and breathing and abiding in the fullness and life of the Son, can affirm this intimately, for to taste the Bread of Life even once is to desire more; this is a living principle and how the Father of Life has ordained it.

Here, we would like to pursue this concept of heavenly food even further, as the Spirit permits, for it represents to us the essential things such as sustenance and survival and healing. Without nourishment the body will weaken and die; this is as true in the spiritual realm as it is in the natural.

In Ezekiel, we learn that one like David himself will be established as the true and faithful shepherd over the Lord’s people –

“Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.” (Eze. 34:23)

Of course we know this to be none other than the Father’s Beloved and Faithful Son, Jesus Christ. And later, in the New Testament, we see this responsibility extended and fulfilled through His first disciples –

So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.”  (John 21:15-17)

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28)

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Pet. 5:1-4)

So what, in fact, is this food that this Shepherd will provide for His hungry sheep. Let’s consider this further, for our very survival and development in the Spirit rests upon both the One who feeds and the food itself.

In Genesis we see that the Creator speaks life into existence; that all of His creation responds to His Word. In this sense then, it is a creative and sustaining Word – a Living Word. And it is a faithful word because it never returns to Him void or empty.

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isa. 55:11)

It always fulfils precisely what He purposes for it. This may sound familiar for there was another to whom this describes –

Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. (John 4:31-34)

Just as the Creator’s Word spoke the heavens and the earth (and all things in them) into existence in Genesis, Jesus Christ is the Living Word whose food is to do the will of the Father and to finish all the work that He has purposed. In fact, this very same Word is one and the same from the beginning, as John affirms for us –

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. (John 1:1-4)

What sustained our Lord on the earth, as His food and sustenance, was actively pursuing the will and work of His Father in Heaven. And as the living and dynamic Word that expresses all life into being, He in turn represents the food we need to live and grow in Him. Often we hear teachers tell us that the Scriptures are the food we need to remain spiritually healthy and to grow up in the faith. This is only partially true of course, as the Lord Himself is the Living Word and Expressive Truth that encompasses all of the Father’s creative will and purposes.

The physical manna falling daily in the wilderness was a wondrous and miraculous source of life and health for the people of Israel. Yet it was not provided or intended to satisfy the hunger that only the Bread of Life could satisfy.

“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” (Deut. 8:3)

Notice how David expresses this –

Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate (or feed on) faithfulness. (Psa. 37:3)

O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psa. 34:8)

To feed on something, to literally take it into your mouth so you can taste it, is a form of apprehension and experience that goes deeper than sight or touch or even hearing it with your ears. Only when this food gets inside you, and becomes part of you, can you know it truly, and only then will its life-sustaining energy begin to work. All the while the Israelites were constantly worrying about food and physical survival, and experiencing the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord’s miraculous provision, they were failing to learn the lesson that they were to feed on the Lord’s faithfulness; to taste that He is good and trustworthy, that “life is more than meat, and the body [is more] than raiment.”

Sadly they were more like those described by Paul –

For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” (Phil. 3:18-19)

Like Esau before them, they hungered only for the earthly pottage that fills the body for a time, and not for the Living Bread who represents true life and fullness for the spirit in man.

We would do well to heed this lesson brethren, for the very fact that most of them did not enter into the promised land represents a harsh lesson for us. We must be careful if we are so convinced in ourselves that we are standing in the Lord, lest we fall in our delusion.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6)

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” (John 6:35)

…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.(Rom. 14:17)

Yes, this spiritual food includes biblical teaching and doctrine (milk), but the real meat (solid food) that the Father wants us to sink our spiritual teeth into is Christ in all His fullness and life. It literally broke the Apostle Paul’s heart that he could not take these babes deeper into the provision and sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ, as our All and Everything; as the food that will ultimately satisfy us for all eternity. This is where all of these natural and physical shadows and types in the Old Testament lead. He alone is the conclusion of the matter; the moral of the story if you will. Ever so painfully and slowly it seems I am starting to learn this wondrous principle.

Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. (1 Cor. 3:1-2)

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Heb. 5:12-14)

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. “But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” (John 6:29-38)

So what about you and I? Is He our daily bread? Do we feed on the strength, wisdom and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ? Or, are we actively seeking to be filled by some other means? He does indeed save us but He is so much more than a Savior. He does indeed justify us, but He is so much more than merely a Justifier. He certainly sanctifies us, but He is by no means limited to that. You see brethren, these are mere doctrines, and although they do hold a place, they can only be touched or handled, never tasted. Better that we understand and apprehend Him as the Bread of Life, and the Living Water, and the flesh and blood of the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. The life is in the food and the feeding. Oh that He would impress this on His people! Oh that we would be so much more than theologians or Bible scholars – and savor the sweetness of the Living, Creative Word!

My friends, in this context there are really only three groups of people on the earth today. The first care nothing of the things of God and generally go about their little, natural lives “sitting down to eat and drink and rising up to play” (Exodus 32:6). They want only to fill their bellies, much like Esau, who forsook his birthright for a bowl of soup to appease his carnal hunger.

The second have a taste for spiritual things, perhaps attend church regularly, even consider themselves well-schooled in the truths of Scripture. Many in fact are what they would consider fundamentalist or conservative in their understanding and approach to the Christian faith. Yet, because the soul has not been brought under the subjection of the spirit, they know only the theological word (milk). A such, they remain babes; born again to be sure, but stunted in growth, not walking and pressing deeper into the life and provision of God’s Heavenly Bread. Satisfied only with milk, they know little of hungering and thirsting for righteousness; of eating the body and drinking the blood of the Lamb of God. When they read things like David wrote in the Psalms, about “tasting and seeing” the Lord’s goodness, and “feeding on (or cultivating) His faithfulness”, it is more poetry than a living dynamic marking the difference between life and death; between divine life and humanly-sustained religion.

The third group has grown faint in this world, feeding for a time on its food and philosophy and religion. Yet, they have come to the point where they are no longer satisfied with the enriched white bread of man’s pursuit of God and meaning. They are tired of eating and drinking and still feeling empty and wasted. They have perhaps sampled many different foods on their journey, yet each leaves them even more empty. They hunger for something real; something substantial; something that will finally satisfy the longing in their spirit. After tasting the sweet manna of the wilderness, they desire the true Heavenly Bread sent down from the Father. And for the very few who have partaken of this Bread, their lives have been changed and enriched forever. They have partaken of the fruit of the Father’s glorious provision of life, and its taste is sweet and full in their mouths. It sends out strength and healing and victory over the old man, and all that is sickly and weak within them. And they are forever one with Him whom they have partaken. Finally, they have come to see that life can only flow from the Living Word that is inside them. To derive life from Him, then to live and move in the power and energy of that life, is what the Creator had always intended for them.

I recognize, with all frankness and humility, that there are elements of each of these in every one of us, my brethren. At least I can say this of myself even on my best days. But I also recognize that “in Him we live and move and have our being” and that He is the very fullness of God because He is the very food of God. There is no other. Believe me, as someone who has spent many years on this earth sampling this or that delicacy, hoping it will appease my hungry soul, I can confess honestly and completely that He is indeed the only One. Everything else is junk food, which is no food at all.

My hope and prayer is that each of us would feed on the Lord’s faithfulness; on His strength and fullness; and that we would taste and see that He is good and trustworthy, and that His Word never returns to Him empty or void. It is the very creative voice of God, and the Son, and only until we develop an appetite for this Heavenly Bread will we ever hope to be truly satisfied. Don’t be fooled by anything else, dear ones. And if you feel like you have been on milk for far too long, the time to go on to Him is now. Ask Him for the meat that is the Lamb of God, and He will not disappoint you.

By His grace and power, let us partake of the Prince of Life, and grow thereby in all ways pleasing to our Heavenly Father! Let us pray daily for one another as the time of His appearing draws near. Let us present ourselves before Him as a living sacrifice pleasing to the Father, no longer living and being for ourselves but for Him and His Glorious Kingdom. Let us forsake the cares of this world, the love of self and pleasure and money and getting more, more more! He is all we need my friends; all we need in every sense! Let us draw further into the Light as the darkness of the pit rises up with all manner of wickedness and deceit and violence against the household of God! Most of all, let us come to Him meekly as little children, acknowledging our absolute dependence on Him for all things pertaining to the life of the body and the Spirit.

In Jesus’ precious name, we pray. Amen.

God Hears…

God Hears

It is like knowing the day you are going to die,

or walking into a black forest.

Sometimes your heart just hurts so much you can almost hear it scream.

It is impassioned grief, sadness, and pulsing anger

all churning around together.

You cry out, and POUND the walls

and BANG on the windows of heaven,

hoping someone who can take the pain away will hear.

In the end you fall asleep somewhere,

your eyes creased and scarred by tears…

[God hears]

Your friend,



Welcome to LivingWalk, a gathering place for God-thirsty souls willing to color outside the lines of contemporary Christianity. It is our hope and prayer that here you will discover fresh ideas about our new lives in Christ, and facilitate mutual edification and sharing as we each advance on our journey into the heart of our God.

My name is Wayne, and I currently live with my wife and son in the Midwest USA. I am sorry to say that I have been groping for God for most of my adult life, being one of the fatherless mentioned in the Bible. I have weathered a number of church/Christian experiences ranging from “law and order” style legalism, to “come as you are, stay as you are” liberalism. I guess all I really ever wanted was a “living walk” with my God and creator, and yet, like many, what I found at the church on the corner was mere membership in a club.

I guess what I ultimately I discovered was that when the God of Heaven and Earth reveals Himself to one fully (in His Beloved Son and Holy Spirit), every man-inspired religious enterprise shows itself for what it is – lifeless and empty. To have the Lord is to have it all; everything you truly need – joy, peace, power, direction, wisdom, understanding, and perhaps most of all, a hunger for more of Him. To know what is in His heart; what He alone desires; to share in His plans and purposes; to see what He sees, to breathe life on His terms, in all of its fullness. Truly, the law came through a man, but grace and truth (real life) came from God Himself through His Beloved Son!

To a large extent, Living-Walk represents my personal reflections on where the Lord Jesus Christ is leading me, as He reveals the Father and restamps the image of God on my heart. This process, familiar to many of us, involves shaking us loose from the world and the self, and untethering us from what the Apostle Paul calls the “old man”.

I cannot promise, unabashedly, that everything presented here will rise to the level of “Thus saith the Lord”. Yet, with humility and sincerity, and the Lord’s steady hand, I will endeavor to present insights that the Father is revealing to me by His Spirit, as I learn to release my life to Him and to His Son. Only as I learn to abide in the Living Word, and to partake of the Tree of Life, can anything authentic result. My intention and prayer is that this living testimony of Jesus Christ will be manifest on these pages, openly, honestly and sincerely.

I can only share sincerely what I believe the Master Vinedresser is saying to me, and doing with me, as he prunes and cares for His vine. It is not my intention here to represent any single school of thought or practice, or to provide in-depth theological treatments on the Christian faith at large.

It is my intention to advocate for a life-minded Christianity (you will be seeing a lot of this message here), centered wholly in Christ and His Life, based on the faith once delivered, engendered entirely by the Holy Spirit and advanced by His grace; one that magnifies the name of Jesus Christ and glorifies our heavenly Father. It is a faith and life that goes deeper than behavior, profession or ritual; It is real, authentic, moment-by-moment, heart-deep, and transparent… and the gates of hell nor the fear of it can ever cause its capitulation.

If you are discouraged by human beings so readily replacing the “mystery of godliness” with worldly methods and stratagems; if your soul is thirsty for God and Christ alone; if you want your walk with Jesus Christ to be alive, dynamic, vibrant, intimate and truly heart-changing… then I believe you have come to the right place. In this sense, Living-Walk presents a view of Christianity by and for the rest of us!

All are encouraged to share, and edify in a spirit of kindness, love, patience and respect.

In Christ,