Gold Dust and the Presence of God || Christian Ostrom

Posted on April 9th, by Christian Ostrom in Head. 30 comments

Gold Dust and the Presence of God || Christian Ostrom

I live in Redding, CA., home to one of the most well known charismatic churches in the world. This church is a blessing to the City and full of thousands of men and women who truly love Jesus, many of those being close friends of mine.

I was visiting this Church a few months ago when a “Glory Cloud” appeared during worship. I had heard of this happening, but never had seen it, or really believed it. In short, a cloud of gold-like dust was hovering up by the roof. It caused some hysteria during worship and I found people crowding together and gathering underneath it.

I sat down and began to process what was happening…

Throughout scripture God show’s up in “odd” ways. Some of those being… earthquakes, glowing faces, fire, men struck blind,  thunder, burning bushes, sounds of trumpets, and clouds.

Whatever the case may be, I felt I had to ask the question: “Is there room for something like this? God showing up in a way that the Bible doesn’t describe…” Does it really matter how He shows up or is our response to His Presence all that matters?

I am convinced that God is always present, and often manifests himself, noticeably. But what are the evidences of His presence… Goosebumps, convulsive shaking, angelic uttering, repentance of sin? Is there a set standard?

Jonathan Edwards gives 5 “tests” to determine if a manifestation is a genuine work of the Holy Spirit:

  • Does it honor the person of Jesus Christ?
  • Does it produce a greater hatred of sin and a greater love for righteousness?
  • Does it produce a greater regard for Scripture?
  • Does it lead people into truth?
  • Does it produce a greater love for God and man?

Or how about this story from the Great Awakening:

“Early in his career, when he was working with Wesley in England and people started to fall, Whitefield decided to register a protest by letter:

‘I cannot think it right in you to give so much encouragement to these convulsions which people have been thrown into in your ministry.’

Ironically enough, when Whitefield came to confront Wesley in person he found himself reprimanded by reality, for when he, Whitefield, was preaching the next day, ‘four persons sunk down close to him, almost in the same moment. One of them lay without sense or motion. A second trembled exceedingly. The third had strong convulsions all over his body, but made no noise, unless by groans. The fourth, equally convulsed, called upon God, with strong cries and tears. From this time,” Wesley writes, “I trust we shall all suffer God to carry on his own work in the way that pleaseth him.’”  Francis MacNutt. Overcome by the Spirit 

In all honesty, I didn’t feel anything special that evening. As I sat down I desperately wanted to know what every one else was experiencing. The manifest presence was quite obvious to everyone in that room, except me. While the majority of the room met the ‘presence’ with  laughter and praise, I met it with doubt and skepticism. I asked the question, “if the LORD physically manifests in a room, wouldn’t everyone know it??!” I mean seriously, a cloud of gold dust showed up in church while we were worshiping Jesus… why in the world didn’t I feel an ounce of “the Presence?”

Even today, I still question what happened on that night. But, as confused as I am, I am aware of this; the Church has been entrusted with something very special. We have been given the Power of Jesus, in the person of the Holy Spirit, and a mandate to display that power among the Nations. I believe that we have abused this power in many ways, but have also seen it used for great revival around the world. I deeply desire that our churches encounter the resurrected Jesus. How that will look I am not sure, but I trust that Jesus is king, and that God, as John Wesley says, “will carry on his own work in the way that pleaseth him.”

May we continue to seek and honor Jesus, expecting him to show up, even in unfamiliar ways. And in the midst of the unknown, may it produce greater faith and cause us to fall deeper in love with Him.

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Christian Ostrom Christian Ostrom is the Residence Life Coordinator at Simpson University (Redding, CA) and is pursuing an MDiv from Tozer Seminary. In his spare time you'll find him channeling his inner Kobe on the hardwood or managing the lifestyle and fashion Blog wearecommon.org. As a Seattle native, he loves his coffee and longs for the return of the SuperSonics. You can connect with him on Twitter at @christianostrom.
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30 Responses to “Gold Dust and the Presence of God || Christian Ostrom”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great article Chris and love the quote by John Wesley! These have been some things that I have been calling into question as of late. For a couple of years I attended Bethel, but after seeing some questionable things, I have taken a step back. For some reason God has been bringing into my life more people and situations surrounding questionable teaching. I am not a Bethel basher and in fact have plenty of friends that attend. I am seeking truth. in reflection, I feel that if I were to stand up and preach a gospel that is completely inaccurate, but have plenty of emotion and good timing, I would be able to get plenty of amens. When voicing some of my concerns I have had some pretty intense reactions from a lot of people, and in speaking with those who had left the church before me they had a lot of the same experiences. It seems that 2 Timothy 3:16, bears no understanding to those whom have rebuked me for questioning doctrine.I believe in healing and the works of the spirit. I myself was healed in a service there. My point: Teaching that seeks to meet the needs of the old Adam (material, possessions, checks on the mail, prosperity, wealth) will only continue to satisfy the old Adam. Our need for wealth and worldly possessions are carnal needs of the flesh, yet I saw the “gospel of prosperity” preached over and over. The end result of this teaching, few starving for the true gospel, many starving for everything else. I will continually be praying for discernment on this. Plz feel free to respond back.

    Very Respectfully,

    Your brother in Christ

    • Anonymous says:

      What NO feathers and gem stones? they must be real deep in sin there to get shorted by God like that

    • Anonymous says:

      I was led to this article by putting “commanding God’s glory to come down kundalini spirit.” I’m going to tell you the truth I’ve been on a journey with God the father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit for seven years now to find out true answers. Who are the counterfeiters and who holds the truth? I have to tell you over the past few months i’m beginning to believe that the Catholic Church is got a lot of things that they do do right. If you look in the history it is the first church that fact has become undeniably true to me. And I’m over playing these baby games and protestant churches.

  2. Nice article, Christian. Appreciate your perspective. I once had a gal in a prayer session go totally over the top because she thought she saw a speck of gold on my shoe and one on my cheek. I couldn’t even see it and didn’t put much stock in it, but she sure did! :)

  3. Beloved says:

    I like your honesty. I wonder do you actually question if the cloud of gold dust was from God? How can you deny or doubt something you saw with your own eyes? (I’m not trying to sound rude or arrogant, I’m genuinely asking) As to WHY God does it, is another question. I’ve never seen the glory manifested but I think I would be more than happy to have and to tell others. I feel that God loves us so much that he chooses to give us tangable signs. We love to know (not just by our knowing spirit or by His Word) that He is here. Just a thought.

    • Anonymous says:

      i got a bridge in NYC i can sell ya APOSTATES is all if you fall for it your a real sucker ! next gold rush scrape some up have it checked they are so greedy they wont use real gold ! if ya get gems bring to a jewler PROVE ALL THINGS God made all things and does not need trickery

    • Anonymous says:

      I have it would be glad to tell you my testimony

  4. JKeller says:

    I think it’s good that you are asking questions about the gold dust experience. It brings up alot of questions to me as well. I spent 20 years in a charismatic church and found myself in a similar situation as you described during the time of ‘the renewal’ earlier in this decade. I observed people getting into a lather over what they thought was the Lord (and could have been, who am I to know for sure?), including the pastor’s wife being stuck to the floor and giggling with fits of laughter. This went on for months. As I looked on I wondered if there was something wrong with me, and it made me feel outside the chosen circle. Little did I know that the Lord was about to lead me out of that particular church in a few years’ time to a place of more fruitfulness and a deepening relationship with Him.

    Thank you for including the 5 tests Jonathan Edwards suggests. Pondering these, I do wonder how the gold dust experience would lead people into more truth? How would it create a greater regard for scripture? When it’s happening, other than creating a stir – a hysteria in some cases – doesn’t it distract from the purpose of why we gather, to hear and learn from the actual word of God? Isn’t the focus instead on the gold dust itself? It seems that the teaching time would pale in comparison as mundane and less intoxicating, (unless the pastor decides to rave on about miraculous signs rather than do an indepth teaching from the Word). It seems like such a classic example of focussing on the gift instead of the Giver.

    If someone were to come to Christ and receive Jesus as Savior because of the gold dust, that would be good; but then again, would that person always be looking for more gold dust or the next mind-blowing sign from heaven? Wouldn’t it have been better to come to the Lord by the persuasion of the Holy Spirit through the sharing of scripture coupled with the love of God walked out in the life of a Spirit-led believer?

    What is the lasting fruit of a sign like gold dust? Other than mesmerizing the crowd it seems to be falling on, does it promote a true healthy spiritual relationship with the Lord or do people become fixated on an experience? Are Gold Dust proponents living balanced fruitful lives out in the world or are they in church all the time missing the point of what it is to be a true follower of Jesus? What better way to avoid being available to the people God would put in our path outside the church if we are in church getting high all the time on manifestations of sparkles and orbs? Doesn’t that seem rather self-seeking when there’s a whole world out there that needs us to be salt and light in a way that is practical so we can be of help to people who would never darken the door of a church? The enemy of our souls has a power too and whose to say this isn’t all a ruse to get certain segments of the body of Christ off our true mission and render us useless?

    • Kathryn says:

      I love your response. Thank you for sharing.

    • Julia cadag says:

      Shalom
      From what i can gather there are real gold dust experiences- real gold with no aircon ducts or vents..real gems too.

      Can i ask where God lead you to when he lead you out of your Charismatic church? The Lord has been teaching me about babylon-false religion, paganism, spiritual adultery the last 6 mths and kept saying in my head “come out of her”. Well, i might be a bit slow but I now realise he meant for me to come out of mainstream Christianity. So because I know xmas and easter grieves Him I can’t attend a regular church so searching for a hebrew roots group. I am part of this “hebrew roots awakening/movement without knowing it! Only made aware of it this weekend. Apparently, this awakening is one of the 4 prophecied by a dean cozzens in 1997.

      Shalom
      Julia

  5. Diana Hester says:

    I have been in churches where manifestations have occurred and I like you have no problem with manifestations of the Power of God through the Holy Spirit. However, I have a very big problem with what has gone on in the church in the last few years. In the old days when God was moving, the preachers would be discerning about manifestations stopping them if they went beyond what God was showing was from Him, because they, unlike the modern day charismatic movement, understood the enemy is very capable of infiltrating a movement and bringing his own manifestations. Today, anything and everything that is supernatural is embraced, it seems, but in my heart I did not feel the presence of God at all. It just started getting weird. Furthermore, it makes people feel left out if they don’t “join in” so there is a mass hysteria of people joining in.

    I have done a lot of research and this is my conclusion. People need to get back to the Cross and Him Crucified. In the old days, manifestations accompanied powerful Bible preaching messages of repentance. This has become a seeking of the supernatural for deeper walk which is not Chrisitainity but it is Gnosticism.

    I do not ever want to quench the Sprit of God nor do I want some other spirits to make a mockery of God while the church just laps it up like the little boys did in Pinocchio when they all got changed to donkeys because they got enticed by the party. I believe the church has done some of that in the past decade or two. To see some men of God in the floor barking and braying because they believe they are under what they call the glory of the Holy Spirit is just something I think would have been totally rejected by Paul. He would have looked at that and said, “Oh foolish Americans, who has bewitched you.” He would have warned us of the gold dust and feathers. This isn’t the first time such things have shown up and they showed up in occult practices. And the chasing signs and wonders is reserved for a perverse generation according to the Bible and it is not called Christianity, it is called Gnosticism.

    Gnosticism begins with the quest for a deeper revelation of god through tangible, supernatural experiences. These experiences take the place of God and become an end in itself. No longer do they look at the fruit of the Spirit in a believer’s life (Galatians 5:22), as proof of the work of the Spirit, but they look to personal supernatural experiences as proof of the work of the Spirit..

    Gnosticism was a particularly aggressive heresy that plagued the early church and also plagues it today. It uses our Christian terms and even uses the name of Jesus. To the undiscerning, gnosticism replicates Christianity. It is by far the most subtle and dangerous heresy to infiltrate the church ever.

    In the first century there arose many heresies that threatened the young, growing church. The doctrinal letters of the Apostles provided the answers to those heresies. They were encouraging letters, that exhorted Christians to live godly lives in Christ Jesus. They were also prophetic letters, for they warned of future dangers, spiritual deceptions, heresies and deceit that would come against Christians. These letters eventually became known as our New Testament. Satan, the master deceiver, has tried time and time again to destroy true Christianity. He can appear as an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:14) “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24

    • RinoC says:

      Unfortunately there has been some confusion and even infighting within the church due to a lack of scripture presented concerning these manifestations of gold and diamonds. I’ll take this opportunity to do that. In the bible we often find gold associated with the glory of God.
      I have attended meetings where these manifestations have occurred. In all honesty I struggled with it at first. I didn’t have problems with gold appearing, it was with peoples teeth being filled with gold. I remember thinking “God what are you doing? A new tooth yes but a gold filling? A dentist can do that.” I struggled with this for some time but God in his grace led me to Haggai 2:7-9. Notice how out of place verse 8 is. Verses 7 and 9 flow beautifully together and should be consecutive verses. However not so, God puts verse 8 right in the middle. There you have it, silver and gold sandwiched between glory.
      There is a similar picture presented in Zechariah 6:10-13. Here we see Glory, gold and probably precious stones on the crown. These are items we associate with wealth but to God of course they are common place. They have one thing in common though and that is high reflectivity. That is where their value resides with God.
      Notice the words “temple” and “peace” which are also referred to in Haggai. Also when Solomon completed building the temple the building was filled with the glory of God. With what material was the temple overlaid with? It was gold.
      Revelation chapter 4 is another of several passages of scripture giving testimony to the fact that God does unite gold to the light of His glory. He does like things that sparkle. Now I understand why my wife and other women like jewelry. They are made in His image after all.

      • Adam C says:

        I think the BIG question here is maybe 3 fold. One part being, does it detract from the Salvation message- “Repent, believe, receive”? Was there anybody in that service who was convicted by the Holy Spirit during it because of the gold dust, and as a result came forward, fell on their knees and cried out before a True and a Living God to blot out their sins and regenerate their souls? Did the gold dust HINDER anybody from doing that? Did it take away from the MESSAGE of the preached Word that was being delivered or was there a message BEING delivered?

        I don’t have a problem myself with God making gold dust appear as a sign. But I must question if He would operate like that? Seems a greater sign would be the sick being healed, masses falling down on their face crying out for Jesus Christ to save them from their sins, demons being cast out.

        Sadly I’m afraid from seeing the videos of Bethel Church which I have seemingly been drawn on a “pilgrimage” to (which I’m currently rethinking or at least the PURPOSE for it), that Kudalini is in operation in the church. There is some New Age doctrines that seem to float around. And that is Kundalini’ calling card. And it mimics the Holy Spirit.

        Maybe I’m being drawn out there to confront the spirit of Kundalini. Who knows. God will show me though. :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree that biblically, we are living in the last days2 Timothy 3 and many false prophets are running the churches like a supermarket, meeting the hungry needs of the itchy ears and itchy eyes longing to watch signs and wonders, even the elect will be deceived as they are very busy working and did not attend bible class (Matthew 24:24) Even Satan pull a bible verse out of context to tempt Jesus of Nazareth
      The shaking,trembling in the spirit is actually the Hindu spirit of kundalini (serpent spirits), not Holy Spirit
      Google search “Kundalini spirits invaded the churches by Andrew Strom from YouTube”, you can see the documentaries on Hindu priests laying hands on the forehead of believers and they fell down in animals manifestation
      Such serpents spirits is Satan entering the churches to disguise as Holy Spirit
      Why does Christian need gold dust?
      As we are made in the image of God, why does the Holy Spirit made man to manifest like animals?
      Occult power has entered the churches
      All Christian must pray for the blood of Jesus of Nazareth to cover them from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet as Satan is defeated by the blood of Jesus on the Cross!

      Do plead for the Blood if Jesus on the Cross to cover each of you and Bill Johnson

  6. David says:

    If you are around Bill Johnson then you are entertaining revival demons known as Kundalini spirits. I am Charismatic and I wouldn’t get within 100 feet of the man.

    Andrew Strorm has done research on this demonic manifestation and can be seen on youtube but I am uncertain if he uncovered it including gold dust or feathers or any other unusual falling of some material?

    Good article. Good to question. God is not offended.

    I have only personally witnessed on one occasion in the late 90’s a demon spirit coming into a Charismatic church service. I will never forget it. People were screaming out “Jesus” and on the floor screaming as if they were in the middle of an exorcism. People in spastic convulsions. It was insane.

    Violent head thrashing and hard jerking movements are a key sign of these demons. I am all for tongues, falling out and being slain. No problem. Run around, jump and shout. Praise God but these demons distract by putting the focus on just the bizarre manifestation of violent movement. Fire tunnels are also their expertise. People come out going into grandmal epileptic seizures.

    They are here in America. Men like Bill Johnson roll out the red carpet for them. So does Rick Joyner. Both men need to be publicly rebuked and shamed.

  7. Angel says:

    Beware of Rick Joyner., He is doing the work and Calling of his master the devil. He is a Malta to begin with. He endorses ecumenical with the vatican. But pretending to be of hebrewroots beleif, planning to bring all the messianic jews , jews as well as christian beleivers into the one World order religion with the devil Church of the vatican, for Peace and unity to stand one Before the antichrist altar. Now he has gone so far, even trying to pursuade and commanding that a new law be enforced to begin with in the USA. A military law that will threathen the cityzens to follow rules that will be contrary to christianity. There is a lot going on. Pray and ask the Living God for guidance. Do not fall into religious and spiritual traps that the devil is using to counterfiet the Truth and the real Jesus. Pray and ask for discernment. It is such a time, to be vigilent more than ever.

  8. Adeline Goh says:

    Agree that biblically, we are living in the last days2 Timothy 3 and many false prophets are running the churches like a supermarket, meeting the hungry needs of the itchy ears and itchy eyes longing to watch signs and wonders, even the elect will be deceived as they are very busy working and did not attend bible class (Matthew 24:24) Even Satan pull a bible verse out of context to tempt Jesus of Nazareth
    The shaking,trembling in the spirit is actually the Hindu spirit of kundalini (serpent spirits), not Holy Spirit
    Google search “Kundalini spirits invaded the churches by Andrew Strom from YouTube”, you can see the documentaries on Hindu priests laying hands on the forehead of believers and they fell down in animals manifestation
    Such serpents spirits is Satan entering the churches to disguise as Holy Spirit
    Why does Christian need gold dust?
    As we are made in the image of God, why does the Holy Spirit made man to manifest like animals?
    Occult power has entered the churches
    All Christian must pray for the blood of Jesus of Nazareth to cover them from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet as Satan is defeated by the blood of Jesus on the Cross!

    Do plead for the Blood if Jesus on the Cross to cover each of you and Bill Johnson

  9. Adeline Goh says:

    Bill Johnson came to Singapore in March 2014, running a conference at Singapore Expo, known as Kingdom Invasion
    He prophesies that God wants to heal those with stomach cancer!
    I signal my pagan brother to stand up in tube-feeding to be prayed for miracle healing
    He accepted Christ at the second altar call
    I went to the front to be prayed by his team
    While my eyes were closed, I heard the person laughing softly, “hi-hi , stop a while, then hi-hi” again
    How could the Holy Spirit laugh when praying, it is Satanic mocking at God’s children being deceived by the False Prophet using the name of Jesus
    My brother with stomach cancer returned to Jesus arms on 27 September 2014
    This proves that Bill Johnson is a false prophet
    Bethany Presbyterian church pastor and his wife were sitting behind us
    Rev Timothy Hoong must agree that Bill Johnson is a false prophet as he claimed that God wants to heal those with stomach cancer
    His prophecy is so precise but my brother is not healed, so is Sid Roth who prayed for my youngest brother, both brothers returned to Jesus arms

    • Adam C says:

      I am so sorry that happened to you. :( And your brothers of course. Though they are in a better place now.

      Sounds like you have a death curse on your bloodline that you need to break. Could have been brought through Freemasonry, or murder or blood sacrifice. Somewhere in your family history.

      Cancer is a “bitter root” illness. In other words it generally is born out of some unforgiveness be it one’s self or someone else that’s hurt them. Or they are bitter (angry) toward them. It’s a spirit. And it can be confronted. But most don’t know TO do it. Much less HOW to do it. Again, my sincere condolences. :(

  10. Doug arnold says:

    The glory cloud appeared in the Old Testament because the Holy Spirit was not manifest in people

    When that cloud appeared people fell face down in worship(prostrating) themselves to God

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  16. Anonymous says:

    I understand the skepticism one might have about “gold dust”. I am from a cessationist background. Any presentation like that I would have thought it was from “the devil”. After worshiping and praising God, gold dust appeared on my hands. I didn’t even notice till someone pointed it out, and yes there it was, dropping all over my black pants. It stayed on my hands for days and started to reappear when I was in my “hardcore” cessationist Bible Church. Is it strange? Yes, but so was Jesus when he put mud on a blind man’s eyes. It is indeed a sign & a wonder the scripture speaks of, not to be worshipped but I see it as a “love pat” from our Heavely Father saying thank you for adoring me with your worship. We worship our King, not the signs. Yes God has been showing me for the last several years He was never in the box that so many denominations have put Him in. He can do sometimes very strange things and of course the great counterfeiter likes to try and imitate Him, but discernment always shows the enemy. This movement by John MacArthur “Strange Fire” saddeneds me as He throws the Supernatural out the window… Coming to the saving Grace is a supernatural event in itself. As the time draws nearer of the return of our Lord, we are going to see more and more a move of God in ALL ways that is going to blow us away.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s always important to go back to God’s word to decide the truth, most importantly because God’s word is absolute truth.

    In regards to convulsions… In Luke 9:42 we see a demon-possessed child before Jesus, when the boy came before Jesus the demon throw him to the ground in a convulsion, after which Jesus rebuked the demon and it left the child and he was healed.

    We never see someone worshiping the Lord going into convulsions, we see dancing, even what some would view as crazy dancing (2 Samuel 6:14, we see the encouragement of loud worship (Isaiah 58:1), but never is someone praising God going into a uncontrolled convulsion, laughing hysterically, or being “slayed by the Spirit.” the only time we see someone convulsing uncontrollably in scripture is in the case of a demon possessed child.

    In regards to gold dust… There is absolutely no instance in all of God’s word that someone who encountered the Lord was sprinkled, showered, or even touched with any type of gold dust, Old or New testament, this means that ether A. It happened but it was completely unnecessary for those who, being lead by the Holy Spirit, wrote the events down to even make mention of it, because it was nothing but a distraction from God’s glory, or B. It didn’t happen.

    It’s also important to note that the Lord made it very clear that love, faith, and hope are far and away more important in our walks with the Lord the the ability to preform miracles,

    “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’… ” Matthew 7:22-23

    This statement is very deep, but in regards to this topic, Jesus is making it very clear that just because you can preform miracles, cast out demons, and prophesy in His name, does not mean you know Him and His will. Also be warned, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,” 2 Thessalonians 2:9

    All this being said, I do not know the leaders at Bethel so I do not have any judgement in regards to them, my only hope is that if they are false prophets, that no one will listen to them, and that those who belong to the Lord will come out from under their roof and know the truth, because if they are all wolves in sheep’s clothing they will be brought to the light and vengeance is the Lord’s

    I am a worship leader myself and very much enjoy the songs they produce and have found nothing wrong with the words they use in their music. I know some do and for them I would not preform these songs for you nor do I encourage you to listen to them (read Romans 14). I do believe that the Lord still works miracles and preform wonders in His Church, but these should never be the main focus, or even the secondary focus, of any ministry.

    At the end of the day, it is not about miracles or gold dust, but love, faith, and hope. Without love, faith, and hope, miracles are vain, and gold dust is as worthless as dirt. Rather then seeking these things, seek Jesus, seek to love one another, continue to urge each other on to acts of love in Christ toward your fellow man and more importantly the body of Christ, never hold back the truth and immerse yourselves in God’s word and in prayer, always be ready to share the good news about Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation and reason for our hope. learn the meaning of what Jesus said when he said “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” Matthew 9:13 be humble, be patient with each other, and carry each others burdens, forgive as the Lord forgave us through His Son Jesus. Put to death the old self and all of its desires, be holy because he is holy, and love each other with the love of Christ Jesus, all this by the power and working God’s Holy Spirit living in you.

    Go with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

    And to the one true God, the God of Israel, our Father the Lord of all creation, be the glory, honor, power, and thanks forever and ever through Christ, amen.

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