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Be or Become?

This coming Sunday LDS members will be studying chapter six of the Teachings of President Lorenzo Snow.  This chapter is entitled:  “Becoming Perfect before the Lord: ‘A Little Better Day by Day’”.  In the first part of the chapter two biblical verses are quoted.

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect.” [Genesis 17:1.]

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” [Matthew 5:48.]

It then goes on to state:  “We learn that the Lord appeared to Abraham and made him very great promises, and that before he was prepared to receive them a certain requirement was made of him, that he [Abraham] should become perfect before the Lord. And the same requirement was made by the Savior of his Disciples, that they should become perfect, even as He and His Father in Heaven were perfect.” (p.95)

Did you notice the subtle change made from the verses to President Snow’s explanations?  Both verses use the word “be”.  But they are both explained with the phrase, “should become perfect”.  That is a subtle but huge change.  There’s a big difference between being and becoming.  Who would you go to if you were sick?  A person who is a doctor or who someday might become a doctor?  The idea of becoming inserts a degree of uncertainty – there’s no guarantee that the goal will be ever reached.  It also introduces the reality that the person isn’t yet there – and we don’t know when they will be there.  There’s a huge difference between being and becoming.

God commands perfection now – not sometime in the future.  A perfection that is equal to the perfection of our Father in heaven.  Who can meet such a requirement?

People who are trusting completely in Jesus’ works can!  That’s what the Bible says.  “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrew 10:14).  When a person despairs of his own efforts and places all their trust in Jesus’ efforts, they are covered with his righteousness (perfection).  “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” (1 Cor. 1:31)

But they are the only ones who can.  Everybody else is not perfect and thus won’t be able to enter God’s presence – for God cannot abide any imperfection.  And that is why Mormonism is such a deadly religion.  As this chapter amply illustrates, it doesn’t point people to Jesus’ perfection for them, instead it incessantly urges people to become perfect themselves.  Even when it does talk about Jesus, it does so in a way that puts the burden back on the person.  “Our hearts should be set on things above; to strive after that perfection which was in Christ Jesus, who was perfectly obedient in all things unto the Father, and so obtained His great exaltation and became a pattern unto His brethren.” (p. 102, my emphasis) Urging people to become perfect is nothing less than a recipe for disaster.

It is not about becoming perfect.  It’s all about being perfect right now in Christ.  That is the only way anybody will ever come into God’s presence.  It is my prayer that more and more people see that – and believe that.

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13 Responses to “Be or Become?”


  1. March 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Mark, it seems to me that in Mormonism Jesus is more of a way shower , than the Way . In other words
    following His example on how to live , keeping the requirements that enables a person to gain God’s favor
    and eventually receive eternal life as given through His spokesman the Mormon prophet. Mormon leaders
    say that Jehovah/Jesus became a God by continued obedience to a set of rules laws and commands, LDS
    can too. Mormons talk about a “relationship” with Jesus but that term seems to be explained as
    following Jesus in doing all that His modern day apostles have declared are the necessary rules, laws , and
    commands of their “restored” gospel , rather than a personal relationship with our risen Savior ( like what
    two people can experience between each other as friends ) . Constantly striving to prove yourself worthy
    by climbing the Mormon “gospel ladder” of “requirements” and thus merit/earn eternal life and live with
    God in His celestial home is a recipe for futility . The Mormon people are decent people who have been
    detoured by prophets in these latter days ( Matt 24:11) from the right Way to know God /Jesus ( Jn 17:3)
    and have instead embraced another way —-Rom 10:1-4—a futile way . Anyone can be misled by
    imitations in these latter days by false prophets . False prophets are conniving, immoral individuals ?
    Perhaps , but they can also be very polite, well dressed men who talk about following Jesus .
    This is why Jesus alerted us in advance —-Mk. 13:22-23 .

  2. 2 Rachele Funk
    March 17, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Mark, Jesus is the ONLY way. . . He is the way, the truth and the light. Jesus said, Come. Follow Me. He then went about leading the way by His example. If we fail to live as he did, can we call ourselves disciples? We do, however believe that we will be saved after all we can do. Where much is given much is required. We must practice at becoming as He is and then through Him we will be perfected in Him. It is so much simpler to just simply believe that by professing your belief in Christ you are saved. The truth is we are all saved, whether you even hear of Christ in mortality or not, but what do you want your eternity to look like? How could he be a just God if given mortality, there was not a way to be redeemed? The truth of the matter is that most mainstream Christians I know believe in being good and then better and to keep trying to be better. That is because that is the eternal nature of man and is so outlined in the doctrine of the true ane restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Our mortal probation is a time to prepare to meet God. What version of you would He want to meet? I hope that he recognizes me by my faith and obedience to His gospel and the example I followed – the one of His Son Jesus Christ. It is true we have living prophets and apostles. I ask you to ask yourself this question: If God is the same today and tomorrow as He was yesterday, then why would he not have prophets and apostles for our day and our time? Adam was a prophet Moses, Noah, Abraham, Isaiah. . . Christ himself restored the church during his mortality and then again it was lost. He has restored His Church. Prophets and Apostles live. Christ is the head of His Church. Priesthood authority is again on the earth. I hope you will take the opportunity to learn about it for yourself.

  3. 3 markcares
    March 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Rachele:
    Thanks for taking the time to write. You are correct in saying that many Christians are trying to live good lives. I am one of them. But I am doing that, not in order to be accepted by God, but because I am already accepted by him through Jesus. My motivation is not one of fear of rejection but rather joy of being accepted. Whatever good I do has no bearing on whether or not God accepts me – rather it’s the natural outcome of the exhilaration I feel for all the gifts he has give me – including eternal life with Heavenly Father.
    I am still wondering what your thoughts are about the striking contrast between the Bible commanding “be perfect” (by the way, Joseph Smith in his translation kept the “be”) and Mormonism’s emphasis on becoming perfect.

  4. 4 Rachele Funk
    March 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    This life is a time to prepare to meet God. We can not and will not be perfect/perfected in mortality. Even the Saviour himself was perfected into His eternal glorious state after his mortal death. We can be perfect at certain things and then we may have a really great day where we don’t, let’s say, be angry at the kids or the dog, but on another day, be off and just go a little nuts, maybe yell or slam the door. Anger is a sin, is it not? We weren’t perfect at keeping that commandment, but maybe we did a number of other things perfect that day, like keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. When we sin, which we all will and do then steps in the Savior. That is the role of the Savior. We then repent and we try again. . . and again. . . and again if necessary. And then, after all we can do – and how do we know all we can do? we don’t give up and we press forward with steadfast faith in Christ never losing sight of our eternal goal-, the Savior will be our mediator and sastisfy the gap between justice that law demands and mercy that we require. There is no way without the Savior. We can be perfect in this life, just not perfected. We will have our ups and downs. Man has weakness to teach him to be humble. He has weakness so that through Christ his weaknesses can be made strong. And as for all of those that don’t get the opportunity to accept Christ in this life will get that opportunity. No just God could exist if a way for those that life didn’t bless with the knowledge and blessing of Christ in their life could attain the same rights and blessings as those that for whatever mortal lottery brought them the good fortune to know Christ. I don’t live a good life to be accepted by God either. I am his daughter. He loves me and I love him. I am good and try to be better so that I can honor him and show him that I love him, just as I expect of my children. I don’t force them to behave or be good, but I teach them how to be good to help them better. I teach them to use their free agency for becoming all that the were created to become. You can only do that if you seek after righteousness. One of my favorite Hymns is More Holiness Give Me. I think this is a fairly good way to describe my hope, my faith and my mortal quest for being like Him. Not perfect in mortality, but perfected in order to dwell with Him forever. Just as an aside, you should know that we believe that children and adults without the mental capacity to make choices for themselves are automatically saved and perfected in the kingdom of our God. Again, wouldn’t a merciful Father prepare a way for ALL of his children? Hope this helps! I am giving this lesson to the women of our congregation (ward) in just a few hours. THanks for helping me prepare my lesson more fully. Just one more thing (plus I’m happy to answer any other questions you may have). The next quote under the title you mention in your post is “Do not expect to become perfect at one. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today.” Surely this path will take us where we need to go!

  5. 5 JBR
    March 18, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Rachele,
    What you have described about God \ Jesus would be like describing somebody trying to solve the problem of Swiss cheese …. they were there to fill in the holes of failed efforts.
    .
    God revealed that it doesn’t work that way. It’s a “all or nothing” concept….
    either you’re 100% perfect or you are not. …… so if your 99.9% , —- that .1 % still makes you unworthy.
    .
    Anyone found to be unworthy even by the slightest amount will be sent to outer darkness.
    .

    Why are those who attempt to “do all you can do” will be sent to outer darkness?
    Isaiah 64:6
    But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; …..
    ———————————————————————————-

    Do you know what God was revealing by saying: all our righteousnesses are “filthy rags” ? …
    .
    A : what we today would call heavily used tampon.

  6. 6 Rachele Funk
    March 19, 2013 at 1:33 am

    I guess that all depends on how you view the atonement and the plan of salvation. It is very easy to get caught up in reading a (singular) scripture and then comparing it to another scripture singularly and finding that they are completely opposite. I can do that all day long. I have heard plenty of sermons preaching on one scripture without any context or mention of scriptures that are contrary. I grew up with a Jehovah’s Witness for a father so I know fully how that takes place. I believe that the Kings James version of the Bible is the most correct of all of the versions of the Bible, but I also believe that it has lost many truths. I also only vaguley understand anything Isaiah ever wrote, but hope to learn more as his words are very profound.

    The reality is that revelation continues. Scriptures are living and have a way of teaching things through sincere study accompanied by the gift of the Holy Ghost. We have living prophets. Christ is my Savior. I will stand before the judgement bar of God and account for my actions in this life. I am not perfect on my own and will never be perfect without the help of my Savior. I know a loving Heavenly Father will not command anything without providing a way for ALL of His children to be brought back to him. I don’t believe in a Heaven/Hell. I believe that all mankind may be save through the atonement of Christ. I believe all men will be judged according to their works. I believe that outer darkness is reserved for Satan and those who are his disciples. It will also be a place for those that new Christ and denied Him. I can not nor ever will be the righteous judge of another mans standing before God.

    It seems to me that you have a righteous and sincere desire to learn and understand more and that you are not blogging to merely insight religios bashing. No true Christian would do so and you seem sincere to me.

    If I can answer questions about my faith I’m gladly willing to respond. I don’t know everything, but hope to continue to learn as I know the Glory of God is Intelligence.

    Hope you had a fantastic Sabbath Day and here’s to a great week!

  7. March 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Dear Rachele,
    I want to bare my testimony to you, I was raised Mormon, baptized at Eight became a deacon @ twelve, and served the sacrament. Even at eight I felt the social pressure to become a member of the LDS church, how could I resist at such a young age , My parents and the church were all expecting it and looking at me to do it, at eight years old saying no to the church did not feel like an option. And the again at twelve it was time to become a deacon it was just something that you were supposed to do ready or not. The members of the ward expected me to take next step but there was a problem I knew I wasn’t “Worthy” I could not keep the standards of the church and I was too ashamed to talk to anyone about it, oh I tried to comply but no matter how much I willed to do it, I could not.
    I felt like a hypocrite at twelve I could not face the humiliation of not moving forward at the expected rate of Mormon advancement, I lied in my interview with the bishop and just lived with my shame and hypocrisy this continued for several years in other ways I remember temple trips where everyone was expected to go and again do to my weakness in character I lied rather than face the pain of public humiliation among my teenage pears bearing the shame of being found not worthy.
    In the end I failed @ Mormonism I could not keep the standards of the church, I eventually left the church just to end my life of hypocrisy I then went on to live a life on my own without organized religion.
    I spent many years living a fairly sinful life, the truth is I am very blessed with great weakness, I perhaps more than most and maybe even all, am corrupt, my character and morale stands are weak I can justify just about anything and seems to struggle and fail at most everything, I do not have in myself have the capacity to hold myself to a very high level of integrity, I’m sure there are many factors involved in this, but ultimately my weakness is a blessing, because Oh how I cling to the cross.
    I struggle through life even as a Christian, but thankfully from the beginning God made it clear it was not about me, it was about Him, His glory, and His righteousness. I was so broken and wounded when I was saved I had no Idea how starved I was for love and acceptance from God. I found that in Christianity. A Christianity with a gospel that takes away the shame of the filthy rags of my own righteousness and replaces them with the pure white righteous robes of my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit whispers to me continually “You are righteous before me” and the bible confirms it. O how I cling to Jesus I am so desperate for Him, how I need His strength, His righteousness. A Christianity that takes away the burden of needing to do all that I can do and declares me worthy before God, not because of what I have done but what he Has, a Christianity that assures me today that I have eternal life today in Christ Jesus.
    It has taken me some time to accept the fullness of the grace God has given me, the sinful nature in me wants to make a righteousness of my own and to somehow justify His love. The fearful part in me takes such conciliation in the fact that my salvation is secure and my sins have and are continually washed away by His blood. I am perfect before God fully accepted in the Beloved Son Jesus no one can snatch me from His hand not one can taint His righteousness that I wear. He said on the Cross it is finished and I take Him at His word, for He is the word.
    Rachele you can’t see it because you are immersed in it, the god of this world (satan) blinds men and snares them in systems of works righteousness and self-justification it appeals to fallen man’s way of thinking. Systems based on legalistic prescriptions for righteousness and ascension to God like status, just look at our legal system (we love laws an external deterrent and fixes) its primary principles are more laws and more jails, man is broken from the inside permanently and completely beyond hope of restoration, that is unless he is reborn, then and only then can we start anew. We broke the one law God gave us back in the garden and the thousand laws he gave in the desert, the law is not the answer.
    Neither is self-justification, oh it sounds right as it follows the pattern of this earth where everything must be earned, but in Gods Kingdom He out of His great love provides for us what we cannot, payment for our sins and righteousness before Him.
    Holding to a system of religious standards is not the answer for man; he needs a new heart, one that is remade formed after the only one who had a perfect heart of obedience, humility and love. Jesus said Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets, I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. And he did, so we are no longer under that yoke but a new yoke, one that is light. Jesus sets us free from the law and we are free indeed!
    Jesus has given me a new heart, one that desires to serve Him in obedience, one that beats for Him and His righteousness, Some people fear grace they think man will just take it and run, but when you are truly saved your yoked by love and gratitude and It’s not the grace to sin but to try again. Oh how I love the Gospel it brings such joy to my soul.
    Jesus Christ and the Bible stand outside of organized religion, you don’t have to join anything to have eternal life today, and you can go straight to Jesus for everything you need. If want everlasting life you just need to believe on Him and you will be saved. Mormonism teaches a different Gospel and a different Jesus than that of biblical Christianity, satan is deceiver and a liar from the beginning, he takes truth and twists it makes it appeal to man’s sinful nature “hath God said ? ” and “ You can be like God”
    Mormonism is a heavy yoke of ordinances and complex repentance with standards of legalism and engineered social pressure to conform. It’s a man-made ladder of ascension to Godhood.
    Man is still trying to build tall towers to heaven so that he may boast in himself, Adam and eve tried to cover their shame in their own garments but God removed them and gave them ones He provided. So too it is with Jesus Christ we must die to our own self-made righteousness and take on His, as it is the only one acceptable before God.
    Rachele I pray that God may open your eyes to truly see, that you may drink deeply from the well spring that brings life and discover the blessed grace that is available to all in Christ Jesus.

  8. 8 Rachele Funk
    March 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you Jeff. Sorry to hear about the experiences you’ve had. Mine is quite the opposite in that I had no expectations from anyone. My mother was Mormon in name only, my father an avid Jehovah’s Witness. I grew up in a heavily populated LDS community in which I didn’t fit in. We were rarely friended or fellowshipped by Mormons, but constantly by the JW community that my father was a part of. I did not become a Mormon because I was raised into it or expected to follow the path. I had to search and find my own way and I believe that I truly do drink deeply from a life blessed with the Grace of Jesus Christ. There is no sin (other than the sin of denying The Christ) too great or person too low to be brought back through the Savior’s atonement. I understand your sentiments and even how you’ve developed your perspective, but I feel it is truly from lack of knowledge and understanding and perhaps some flawed views developed at a young age, perhaps because we are all human and perhaps because this is merely the path you need to take to become all the our Father intends for you to become. I think we are more alike than you can see and I know that just like me you are doing and trying to be the best you can be. I believe in the end that even if Mormonism is a made up religion (which I have strong witness not to believe) that my judgement bar will not be hampered by the very standards you have indicacted you believe. I know that there are many, many, many churches built up purely on the philosophies of men, but again, I have witness to believe that Jesus Christ himself restored his Church and that I am a member of that church. There is never any harm in being (or trying to be) better. I don’t believe there are any moral standards too high nor do I see the ordinances as complex or expecations too great. I have many weaknesses and I have yet to master most of them. I believe that Satan also tricked you into believing that you weren’t good enough. He is the father of all lies and he knows our weaknesses and will stop at nothing to destroy the plan of our Father in Heaven and steal as many souls as he can.

    I, if as you have said, merely need to profess my belief in and faith in Jesus Christ and accept him as my Savior then I already have passed the test and can die in peace knowing that eternity in heaven is mine. If, however, I am right, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been restored by Him, then you will not be damned for not following this path. You will allowed to continue in your eternal progress and inherit the blessings and rights you are entitled to. I believe in good people. I believe that many faiths and religions have bits and portions of truth. I learned a lot of my scriptural knowledge from Bible study with JW’s! I know that even Mormons, who I believe have the rights and keys to the priesthood, are still human and still inherently flawed, but the Church as established by the Savior Himself is not. I believe in a just and loving Heavenly Father that sent his children here to prove their faithfulness and there is no way in mortality to make that an even playing field without the atonement of Christ. All will be made whole.

    Our govenment in corrupt. Our laws are not just. Nothing will save people from wickedness but their own agency. I know that the Gospel that I believe in creates a path that if followed develops a pattern of living that prevents you from falling into the trap of rioutous and fruitless living. No, it doesn’t make you perfect, but we know that from our very first ancestors evil has been a natural tendency (Cain and Able). But agency is an eternal principle. It is a gift, one that especially as Americans, are giving up day by day, but this too we knew would come to pass. We live in a very wicked world, the speed towards condemnation seems to be moving ahead at full force. But I know who wins. I know who’s side I am on. I have no fear of what the future holds.

    Bless you and those you love. I hope and pray that you find peace and comfort and the love of our Savior and eldest brother Jesus Christ in every day of your life.

  9. 9 JR
    March 20, 2013 at 1:00 am

    It is sad that Jeff Alverson had those bad experiences in the LDS church. Everyone needs to realize that those experiences happen in all churches. I have family members and friends in many different religions and hear similar stories. There are good and bad people in every thing: religions, organizations, schools, work, and in all socio-economic classes. When I was 12 years old until I graduated high school an Evangelical woman that worked with my mother terrorized me. Being a kid and taught to respect my elders I was an easy target (plus shy and quiet). I have had good and bad experiences from people from all faiths during my life, and still do.
    So Jeff I am glad you found peace for yourself. Like Rachele my experience in the LDS church was good, opposite of Jeff’s. If I took everything to heart when people said bad things to me and about me and tried to make me feel low and less of a person and not worthy of anything, I would be an Atheist.

  10. March 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Rachele,

    Thank you for your kind and sincere response, I see how devoted you are to your faith and striving to do what you in your heart feel is right, a commendable quality to be sure. Oh how I wish I could get you to see what you cannot see, this is my frustration as I know it’s work of the Holy spirit. It is correct you are trusting in Jesus a “Mormon Jesus” You are following the plan of salvation (Exaltation) The Mormon version. But all counterfeits has some resemblance to the original The bible clearly warns of false gospels and those who confess Christ and have works but to whom He will say I never knew you.
    See Galatians 1:6-9 Please read Matthew 7

    The simple truth is one of us is preaching a false Gospel, because they directly contradict each other.
    But what I know is the evidence that supports the truth of my Gospel causes yours to crumble.
    Simply put the Mormon Gospel, The Mormons doctrines can in no way stand true when put under the same light and testing and validation that Biblical Christianity has been put through.
    If you are willing I am more than glad to show reams of evidence on this claim.

    The devil has done a real work in making Mormons relaxed about final destinations because Mormonism has taken the sting out of ultimate and final separation from God by proclaiming a very different and universalistic version of Heaven and “outer Darkness”

    You believe I have no doubt but what you believe is not a Gospel that saves it’s a Gospel that leads to death.
    I speak boldly because the stakes could not be higher, while I am anti Mormonism I am fully committed to Mormons and bringing them a truth that’s saves.

    May God bless you with eyes to see and ears to hear.

  11. 11 Tom B
    March 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, after reading Racheles comments I feel Like I am back at sacrament meeting. The reality everyone is talking about is belief in Jesus Christ. As an Ex or post Mormon I believed in Christ then as I do know, just not in the same way. When speaking to a Mormon about believing in Christ it is hard to get through because they truly believe as you do. Just look at Racheles answers. I believe her, she really does. Thats not the point. Rachele I appreciate your sincere testimony, I understand I was there too BUT you have to read something other than just Church regulated material. You have all the coined phrases down perfectly but there is so much more you truly can’t answer other then just giving your testimony. You always state at the end of your blog,” don’t know much but you can keep asking me questions if you like”. I know you look at this as a missionary opportunity but I would ask that you sit back, take the blinders off, have an open mind and listen to what these people are saying and asking. If you are truly committed to your faith and testimony you will not be afraid to do the research many thousands of us have done and were truly enlightened to find that what we thought was the truth was the farthest thing from the truth. I testify to you that by doing so it is not a bad thing or a negative thing. It has been a huge blessing in my life. Rachele at a time when I needed God in my life, more than ever before, I found it wasn’t the Mormon way of God, it was Gods way. I want to challenge you to really study the Bible. I know in the Mormon Church there is no true Bible study. You need to go to a local BSF or good Bible study program locally that can help you understand the Bible better because if you did you would understand why the BOM and the Bible can not live together in the same Christ believing home. I know you are happy where you are at, so was I. It’ s better, much better here. You sound very intelligent and I hope you will put that intelligence, spunk, willingness to study and faith in God and take in a challenging direction. Challenge yourself. Challenge what you have been taught. In the end your testimony will be stronger or you will have found a better way. This is a win/win challenge. I have never left a blog or whatever this is called, before but I truly enjoyed reading this and just felt I needed to say this.
    Rachele-recommendation for reading
    The Ragamuffin Gospel / Brennan Manning /this was the beginning of my new life.

  12. 12 markcares
    March 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Rachele:
    I have been busy the last couple of days so I couldn’t get back to you. Sorry about that. Thanks again for taking the time to respond.
    You mentioned repentance. According to D&C 58:43, the sign of true repentance is forsaking the sin. Forsaking or abandoning the sin means never doing it again. True to the Faith explains it this way: “Maintain an unyielding, permanent resolve that you will never repeat the transgression.” (p. 135) My question is how can you talk about trying again and again, if repentance means abandoning the sin. I think it was Spencer Kimball who said in the Miracle of Forgiveness that to try is not good enough.

  13. March 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Rachele,

    I just want to say one more thing to you, in reflection just in case we, and by that I mean me in particular have overwhelmed you, or if I have been offensive or overly aggressive in my zeal, then I do offer my apologies, and ask for your forgiveness.

    As Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
    13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

    All things must be done in love and certainly the Gospel must be delivered with the right heart, I truly do want to reach Mormons with the truth but always in love, which I feel sometimes I do not express, or gets lost in the effort.

    I wish you well in your journey in life and pray that you may always have loving positive encounters with those of my faith.

    God bless

    Jeff


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