Chatting on the Deck – Juice and Jingles


“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.

Are you looking forward to fall?

YES, I love the fall. tree  nove 18Our beautiful undressing Maple tree.

What are the three best colors for you to wear, and the three worst?

This is hard, I have a very limited wardrobe. I like purple, teal, and black. Orange and pinks don’t do anything for me.

What is your favorite kind of juice? If you are not into juice, you can tell us your favorite flavor of soda, tea, coffee, Tang, mud, etc.

I like Tomato juice and Orange Juice.

Have you ever been in the hospital (at least an overnight)? You don’t need to share the ailment, but tell us what the longest time is.

When I was 19, I was in the hospital for 6 weeks, less a day to go to church.

Do jingles, songs from ads, and TV or movie themes stick in your head? Do you find yourself singing them? (This question means that I’m trying to find out if I’m the only crazy person who sings quirky stuff!)

That is easy, at random times, without any prompting, I break out with: “I’m an Oscar Meyer Wiener!” I could not resist adding this commercial,  Oscar Meyer Wiener, 1965.

Isn’t it fun to chat? Join us here.

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July 31, Today’s Thought-Render Unto God

july2212 duplication 002My heart yearns to walk in His paths,
according to His way marks.

Good Morning

Matthew 22:15-22

Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel
how they might entangle him in his talk.
And they sent out unto him their
disciples with the Herodians, saying,
Master, we know that thou art true,
and teachest the way of God in truth,
neither carest thou for any man:
for thou regardest not the person of men.
Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou?
Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said,
Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
Shew me the tribute money.
And they brought unto him a penny.
And he saith unto them,
Whose is this image and superscription?
They say unto him, Caesar’s.
Then saith he unto them,
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s;
and unto God the things that are God’s.
When they had heard these words, they marvelled,
and left him, and went their way.

Render unto God the things that are God’s

What things of God do I possess?
The heart, soul, mind, and strength
Praise and thanksgiving
Time and Talents

Render – verb

1. To submit or present, as for consideration, approval, or payment: render a bill.
2. To give or make available; provide: render assistance.
3. To give what is due or owed: render thanks; rendered homage.
4. To give in return or retribution: He had to render an apology for his rudeness.
5. To surrender or relinquish; yield.

Render – noun

A payment in kind, services, or cash from a tenant to a feudal lord.

Proverbs 3:27
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due,
when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Meditating, am I rendering to God all He desires and deserves?
Or am I withholding a part?
With my payers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 30, Today’s thought – An Effectual Prayer

482012 004Wilkes and Molly

Good Afternoon.

A true story of effectual prayer from the book Touching Incidents, and Remarkable Answers to Prayer complied by S.B. Shaw, 1893.

“No,” said the lawyer, “I shan’t press your claim against that man, you can get some one else to take your case, or you can withdraw it, just as you please.”

“Think there isn’t any money in it!”

“There would probably be some money in it, but it would, as you know, come from the sale of the little house the man occupies and calls home; but I don’t want to meddle with the matter, anyhow.”

“Got frightened out of it, eh?”

“No, I wasn’t frightened out of it.”

“I suppose likely the old fellow begged hard to be let off?”

“Well, yes, he did.”

“And you caved, likely?”

“No, I didn’t speak a word to him.”

“Oh, he did all the talking, did he?”


“And you never said a word?”

“Not a word.”

“What in creation did you do?”

“I believe I shed a few tears.”

“And the old fellow begged you hard, you say?”

“No, I didn’t say so; he didn’t speak a word to me.”

“Well, may I respectfully inquire whom he did address in your hearing?”

“God Almighty.”

“Ah, he took to praying, did he?”

“Not for my benefit in the least. You see”–and the lawyer crossed his right foot over his left knee, and stroking his lower leg up and down, as if to state his case concisely; “you see, I found the little house easily and knocked at the outer door, which stood ajar; but nobody heard me, so I slipped into the hall, and saw, through the crack of another door, just as cozy a sitting-room as ever was. There on a bed, with her silver head on the pillows, as an old lady, who looked for all the world just as my mother did the last time I ever saw her on earth. Well, I was right on the point of knocking, when she said as clearly as could be: ‘Come, father, begin; I’m ready.’ down on his knees by her side went an old, white-haired man, still older than his wife, I should judge; and I could not have knocked then for the life of me. Well, he began; first he reminded God they were still His submissive children, mother and he; and no matter what He saw fit to bring them they shouldn’t rebel as His will! Of course, ’twas going to be terrible hard for them to go out homeless in old age, especially with poor mother so sick and helpless; but still they’d seen sadder things than ever that would be. He reminded God, in the next place, how different all might have been if only one of their boys might have been spared them; then his voice kind of broke, and a thin, white hand stole from under the coverlet, and moved softly over his snowy hair; then he went on to repeat, that nothing was so sharp as the parting with those three sons–unless mother and he would be separated. But at last he fell to comforting himself with the fact that the dear Lord knew through no fault of his own, that mother and he were threatened with the loss of their dear little home, which meant beggary and the alms-house; a place they prayed to be delivered from entering, if it could be consistent with God’s will. And then he fell to quoting a multitude of promises concerning the safety of those who put their trust in the Lord; yes, I should say he begged hard; in fact it was the most thrilling plea to which I ever listened. And at last, he prayed for God’s blessing on those who were about to demand justice” –the lawyer stroked his lower limb in silence for a moment or two, then continued more slowly than before; “And, I believe, I’d rather go to the poor-house myself, tonight, than to stain my heart and hands with the blood of such a prosecution as that.”

“Little afraid to defeat the old man’s prayer eh?” queried the client.

“Bless your soul, man, you could not defeat it!” roared the lawyer. “It doesn’t admit of defeat! I tell you, he left it all subject to the will of God; but he left no doubt as to his wishes in the matter; claimed that we were told to make known our desires unto God; but of all the pleading I ever heard that beat all. You see, I was taught that kind of thing myself in my childhood; and why I was sent to hear that prayer I’m sure I don’t know, but I hand the case over.”

“I wish,” said the client, twisting uneasily, “you hadn’t told be about the old fellow’s prayer.”

“Why so?”

“Well, I greatly want the money the place would bring, but was taught the Bible all straight when I was a youngster; and I’d hate to run counter to such a harangue as that you tell about. I wish you hadn’t heard a word of it; and another time I wouldn’t listen to petitions not intended for your ears.”

The lawyer smiled.

“My dear fellow,” he said, “you’re wrong again; it was intended for my ears and yours, too, and God Almighty intended it. My old mother used to sing about God’s moving in a mysterious way, I remember.”

“Well, my mother used to sing it too, ” said the claimant as he twisted his claim papers in his finger.
“You can call in, in the morning, if you like, and tell mother and him the claim has been met.”

“In a mysterious way,” added the lawyer, smiling.

James 5:13-16
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Is any sick among you?
let him call for the elders of the church;
and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,
and the Lord shall raise him up;
and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another,
and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Praying. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Sunday Bible Reading – Matthew 21:23-32


Good Morning

Matthew 21:23-32
And when he was come into the temple,
the chief priests and the elders of the people
came unto him as he was teaching, and said,
By what authority doest thou these things?
and who gave thee this authority?
And Jesus answered and said unto them,
I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me,
I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say,
From heaven; he will say unto us,
Why did ye not then believe him?
But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people;
for all hold John as a prophet.
And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell.
And he said unto them,
Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

But what think ye?
A certain man had two sons;
and he came to the first, and said,
Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not:
but afterward he repented, and went.
And he came to the second, and said likewise.
And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
Whether of them twain did the will of his father?
They say unto him, The first.
Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you,
That the publicans and the harlots
go into the kingdom of God before you.
For John came unto you in the way of righteousness,
and ye believed him not:
but the publicans and the harlots believed him:
and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward,
that ye might believe him. KJV

Matthew 21:32, Amplified
For John came to you walking in the way of an upright man in right standing with God, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots did believe him; and you, even when you saw that, did not afterward change your minds and believe him [adhere to, trust in, and rely on what he told you].

Believe on Him . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 25, Today’s thought – Not Just Contemplating

482012 007Wilkes by Tom Clark

Good Morning

Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him. John 8:28-30

The Christian compulsion is threefold:
A sense of direction–to “do always those things that please him”. Nothing can transcend the examples and practice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Among all treatises on personal relationship and conduct, there can be found no more reliable guide in matters of faith and conduct than that afforded in this simple and vital summary–that is, that we occupy ourselves with doing (not just contemplating) the things pleasing to Christ, “always”.
A sense of mission.Christ, ever our example, recognized and accepted His Divine Mandate, With Him the task was not a self-appointed one, but rather He was conscious of Divine Compulsion. “He sent me.” So it must be with all who bear His name.
A sense of companionship. Christ reiterates this fact of the Divine Presence. “He hath not left me alone.” Supremely important in this reassurance. ~~~Selected

Be a doer, not a contemplater. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 24, Today’s thought – Amazing Grace

482012 005Molly by Tom Clark,
One of my favorites

Good Morning

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Amazing Grace

John Newton (1725-1807)
Stanza 6 anon.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

Amazing Grace. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

To hear this sung beautifully by II Divo: click

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July 23, Today’s thought – Since That Time

July 19 butterfly and signs 007These signs lead veggie lovers to our vegetable stand on Saturdays.

Good Morning

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2Chronicles 16:9

God is always looking for a man, or woman, whose heart with be always set on Him, and who will trust Him for all He desires to do. God is eager to work more mightily now than He ever has through any soul. The clock of the centuries points to the eleventh hour. ~~~~C.H.P.

In an address given to ministers and workers after his ninetieth birthday, George Mueller spoke thus of himself: “I was converted in November, 1825, but I only came into the full surrender of the heart, four years later, in July, 1829.
The love of money was gone,
the love of place was gone,
the love of position was gone,
the love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone.
God, God alone became my portion.
I found my all in Him; I wanted nothing else. And by the grace of God this has remained, and has made me a happy man, an exceedingly happy man, and it led me to care only about the things of God. I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God or is there this thing or that thing with which you are taken up irrespective of God? I read a little of the Scriptures before, but preferred other books; but since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me, and I can say from my heart, God is an infinitely lovely Being. Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say, God is an infinitely lovely Being!”

Surrender . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 22, Today’s thought – My Utmost for God

July 19 butterfly and signs 006Even Griss was interested in the butterfly.

Good Morning

Philippians 1:20-21 . . . my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

My Utmost for His Highest. “. . .my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . ” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest–my best for His glory.” To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps us from making that decision, although we cover it up with the pretense that it is others we are considering. When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point–He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only–my utmost for His highest. I an determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.

My Unstoppable Determination for His Holiness.
“Whether it means life or death–it makes no difference!” (see 1:21). Paul was determined that nothing would stop him for doing exactly what God wanted. But before we choose to follow God’s will, a crisis must develop in our lives. This happens because we tend to be unresponsive to God’s gentler nudges. He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him and we begin to debate. He then providentially produces a crisis where we have to decide–for or against. That moment becomes a great crossroads in our lives. If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocable.
~~My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers

Utmost – greatest possible degree, extent, intensity—unconditional, undiminished, unlimited, unmitigated, unqualified, unreserved.

Absolutely and Irrevocably . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading –

July 19 butterfly and signs 003Look who came for breakfast!

Good Morning

Matthew 20:29 – 34

And as they departed from Jericho,
a great multitude followed him.
And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side,
when they heard that Jesus passed by,
cried out, saying,
Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
And the multitude rebuked them,
because they should hold their peace:
but they cried the more, saying,
Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
And Jesus stood still,
and called them, and said,
What will ye that I shall do unto you?
They say unto him, Lord,
that our eyes may be opened.
So Jesus had compassion on them,
and touched their eyes:
and immediately their eyes received sight,
and they followed him.

He was moved with tender pity. The tender pity of Christ met the earnest cry of the blind men, and their immediate cure was the result. Clarke’s Commentary

Believe and follow . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 19, Today’s thought – Step by Step

July 12 005Flower of the Okra

Good Morning

As thou goest step by step, the way shall open up before thee.
Proverbs 4:12 Hebrew Version

The love of God quite as often withholds the view
of the entire distance of the winding path through life.
He reveals it to us step by step and from corner to corner.
Hence it is necessary to trust Him to lead,
for He can see around the bend in the road.
He knows what lies ahead,
and whether we can cope with the situation now or later.
He consults our wants,
not our wishes, like wise and loving Father.
His corners are not the end of the way.
Corners discipline faith,
teach us patience to walk step by step,
and fit us for blessing.
Because our vision is limited,
it causes us to continually seek His guidance.

Proverbs 4:10-13
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

Walk step by step . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 18, Today’s thought – Forever Gone

July 12 006Too much shade is what you get when
you plant too many sunflowers in the squash patch,
but it looks pretty.

Good Morning

I Looked

I looked upon a farm one day,
That once I used to own;
The barn had fallen to the ground,
The fields were overgrown.

This house in which my children grew,
Where we had lived for years–
I turned to see it broken down,
And brushed aside the tears.

I looked upon my soul one day,
To find it too had grown
With thorns and nettles everywhere,
The seeds neglect had sown.

The years had passed while I had cared
For thinks of lesser worth:
The things of Heaven I let go
While minding things of Earth.

To Christ I turned with bitter tears,
And cried, “O Lord, forgive!
O haven’t much time left for Thee,
Not many years to live.”

The wasted years forever gone,
The days I can’t recall:
If I could live those days again,
I’d make Him Lord of all.
~~Theodore W. Brennan

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. Proverbs 24:30-34

Look and receive . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Chatting on the Deck – Recipe and Games

“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.

Have you cooked any interesting dishes lately?

I recently tried a recipe from Raley’s Something Extra magazine, Garlic and Herb Potato Stacks. I’ve spent 20 minutes trying to find the recipe on line so I wouldn’t have to type it, no luck. I feel like complaining about the unfriendly search program for recipes, but won’t.

1 pound Yukon gold potatoes (about 2-inches in diameter)
3/4 pound red potatoes (about 2-inches in diameter)
3/4 cup finely shredded Rumiano Dry Jack Cheese divided
1/4 cup melted butte
2 tbsp.chopped fresh herbs(rosemary, thyme and sage ( I used dry Italian seasoning )
1 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
3/4 tsp. Mccormick Smokehouse pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
4 cloves garlic minced

Preheat oven 400 degres F and spray muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray ( I just layered in a baking dish.)
Cut potatoes in thin slices.
Place in large bowl with 1/2 cup cheese, butter, herbs, mustard, pepper, salt, and garlic
Mix well with fingers (thi is the fun part) so all sides of potatoes are covered
Stack in muffin tins or baking dish
Scrape bowl to get all the goodies spoon over potatoes
Top with remaining cheese
Bake for 20 minutes, then tent with foil and bake for 20-25 more minutes until tender when pierced with sharp knife.

I really like this tangy, cheesy scalloped like potatoes

PS  After I clicked publish I thought – Google  – presto!  here is the link  with picture

What question would you like to ask Wendell?

Are you staying cool this summer/does Patrice put ice in your water bucket?

Have you had any thoughts of Christmas yet?

Yes, I bought some stamped pillow cases to embroider for ________. In case they read my blog.

Do you make jams and jellies?

I haven’t in a long time, we don’t eat much jam since the kidlets are gone. One of my favories is strawberry fig jam, made with figs and strawberry jello, simple and yummy.

Do you have any board games that you enjoy?

I prefer card games. We’re playing ‘May I’ a variation of rummy and some cribbage.

I’ve been enjoying a bit of cooler summer, but weather man says will heat up again to over 100 degrees by the weekend.
Stay cool.

Join us here.

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July 17, Today’s thought – Steadfast and Sure

P1030442Can you find the squirrel? Taken fall, 2011

Good Morning

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:23

God’s children often find themselves in positions of profound difficulty. He leads then into tight corners. From here there seems to be no way of escape. No human judgement would have permitted such predicaments had they been previously consulted.
What are the attitudes of His children when they are placed in circumstances such as these? There is but one! A steadfast and sure trust in God! Refusing to look at circumstances. Look above them. Both light and darkness are alike to the One who dwells in them. Our loving Heavenly Father seeks the highest good for each of His own.We are in the school of faith, and there are lessons to be learned. Even God’s severe dealings are dealings in live. He “scourgeth every son whom He receiveth!” (Hebrews 12:6)
Where can one ind faith?
In some hour of desperate need it will be born within just when we are “at the end of the rope.” a precious experience given to a child of God is knowing no helper but God himself. “When He hath tried us we shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

Holding on . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 15, Today’s thought – While Waiting on the Porch

house-122The Porch

Good Morning

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Luke 15:20

I have been waiting on the porch, for such a long time.
What have I been doing while I’ve waited?
I have been very busy.

1. I checked the driveway, yes, free from poison oak and stinging nettles
2. I checked the porch foundation, yes, secure and constant.
3. I swept down cobwebs of discouragement,regret and disappointment.
4. I washed the window to keep a clear vision.
5. I kept the steps de-iced with warmth, forgiveness and compassion.
6. I sat on the porch chair and prayed.
7. I washed the steps with tears.
8. I was watchful, even when busy, glancing out the window.
9. I paused often, listening for a knock.
10. As I looked down the road, I looked up.

The best part of waiting on the porch was opening the door and saying,

“Come in! I’m glad you’re home!”

reprint from July 17, 2009

It was worth the wait.
With my prayers, desiring yours. Leslie

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Five Minute Friday – Present


“Writing is like wrapping yourself in words and giving yourself away.” ~@lisajobaker

This is where a brave and beautiful bunch gather every week to find out what comes out when we all spend five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing ‘em over here.

Present: being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current:


In the school room the teacher calls my name.
I respond, “PRESENT!”

I don’t want the teacher to miss me.

I don’t want to miss out.

I want to be present,

I have to be present

not only in body but also in mind and spirit.

Otherwise, I’ll miss the part that is especially for me.

I’ll leave half full, wanting, even perhaps empty.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37


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